Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Tod and I finally hung up our curtains in the living room. This was the first time we have ever had window treatment. In our old house we had nice wood blinds and didn't want to cover them up. Here was our conversation when hanging the blinds...

Me - "What do we do first?"

Tod - "How the heck should I know?"

Me - "Where do we start measuring from?"

Tod - "How the heck should I know?"

Me - "How far off the ground should they go?"

Tod - "How the heck should I know?"

It went on and on like this until we had our finished product....

Friday, January 23, 2009

Jinxie You Evil Cat

Once a year the Lexington Herald Leader publishes obituaries for its readers pets. If you have ever been a cat owner you can appreciate this one...

You evil feline. For 16 years you swiped food from others' plates. Oh, the many times you ran through wet paint. The times you threw up on our clothes, and pooped under our beds. You tore holes in our ductwork, robbing us of heat to make the crawl space a winter paradise. You urinated secretly on our gas logs, which upon ignition caused sudden evacuations of the house as the horrible burning aroma gagged our family and friends. You once jumped into the pool, only to shred the arm of the man who was saving your wicked life. When your rule was threatened, you lured unwitting other cats and kittens onto Colby Road to meet their demise. You survived long on your wits and foul deeds. But now, no longer will your sandpaper tongue wake us up at all hours. No longer will we hear your screams of pleasure and pain in the night air. And to the amazement of all, you managed to die in your sleep. We'll miss you, old buddy!

I am still laughing at this one! Enjoy!

Birthday, Fuze Ball, and Streets

Yesterday was Tod's birthday. To Tod it is just another day, but to the boys it is a BIG deal. They made him some construction paper book marks which we laminated at Office Max. The employees at Office Max too great care to make sure that these book marks were perfect. Now Brady can yank the book marks out of all of Tod's books! Jacob and I made some mini Brownie cookies and made some yummy cookie sandwiches with icing. Delicious! Happy Birthday!

I watched a friends daughter(almost 3) and son(12months) today while she ran some errands. We played in the playroom for a couple of hours. It was fun to have a little girl around. We played fuze ball, but Maggie didn't want to use the ball. I asked her why and she said, "Because these guys are doing gymnastics!" She would spin the guys around and yell "TA-DA!" It was too funny! I never thought to use the fuze ball table for gymnastics!

In today's Cincinnati Enquirer there is an article about Tod's Grandma O'Donnell.
She is having a street named for her in her town Latonia, KY. She worked for Holy Cross High School for fifty years. It is a touching story. If you have a minute please read the article.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Snowy Day in South Carolina.

Today is our first snowy day in South Carolina! Here is a picture of our back yard and the house. It looks so pretty!

A lonely little dove.

Here are some pictures of the boys playing in our little bit of snow. Hey - it was enough to cancel school!


Today Jacob is experiencing his very first snow day from school. We got a recorded call at 5:45 this morning announcing that school was closed. Both boys slept in today too. Brady woke up at 6:05am and Jacob slept until 6:40! We are off to a good start. There is just a dusting of snow on the ground but we are expected to have snow on and off all day today. Tod's boss called last night and advised him to bring an overnight bag because they may be staying in a hotel downtown tonight because of the weather. Jacob keeps looking out the window waiting for more snow to come. We are all hoping for more snow!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Steal Magnolias

I have always said that no one cries alone in my presents and if there is an emergency...don't call me. I have never been good in a bad situation. Today I was tested. The boys and I were in the waiting room for Jacob's ENT appointment (he is fine BTW) watching the television. A nurse ran through the door and changed the channel to the news and she was followed by a Mom and her two kids who were about 5 and 6 years old. The Breaking News ran across the TV saying there had been a USAirways plane crash from New York to Charlotte. The woman was frozen. The older brother started to cry and yelled, "Does this mean Daddy is dead? Is Daddy dead?" My boys were in shock and glued themselves to their seats. The nurse and I were right there. The Mom just melted into the carpet in great sobs. The daughter cried and the son continued hysterically yelling, "Daddy's dead!" I couldn't say anything. The Mom reached out and she grabbed my hand. I pulled her son in and we just sat there on the floor of the waiting room. I traded a sorrow filled glance with the nurse, but there was really nothing we could do. Then suddenly the Mom's cell phone rang. She said, "Hello? Is that really you?" It was her husband. He was OK. The two kids and their Mom just sat there and told him that they loved him and that they were so happy that he is safe. I gave her a smile and sat back down with the boys. I looked up and saw three men in tears. Not hiding it. Just crying into their hands at what they just saw.

It was amazing to see such devastation and elation. I was so surprised at myself. I actually held it together. Well, until I got in the car. I lost it and cried all the way home. I can still hear that little boys voice. It is haunting. I am going to squeeze Tod a little harder tonight.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ladies of the Y

Everyday (well, most days!) after taking Jacob to school, Brady and I venture to the Y. We are always one of the first ones checking into Child Watch. There are three grandmotherly ladies that work in the mornings. All these ladies want to do is cuddle and snuggle with the little ones. When babies come in they scramble to the front to hold and rock them. Today while dropping Brady off at Child Watch there was a collective..."BRADY'S HERE!" All three ladies were so happy to see him. Brady jumped up and said, "YAY!"

After my workout I went to pick him up and he wasn't there. Panic! The ladies told me that they sent him to Wee Fit because he said he wanted to go. Which is a program for 3-5 year olds to teach them some exercises. I was a little stunned that they sent him without me knowing, but I knew he was in good hands and they were already walking back from class. One of the ladies pulled me aside and said, "Now you know...Brady is our favorite. He sings for us. He dances for us. He plays nicely. And we missed him today so this might be his last time going to Wee Fit!" She laughed. I was touched to see that they seemed to truly care for him and the rest of the kids in the Child Watch.

When we left there was a collective, "Bye Bye Brady!" Brady said, "Bye!" I said, "Thank you!"

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Before the holidays Tod and I were getting a little frustrated with Jacob. Whenever we would ask him to do something he wouldn't do it or he would give us a look and say, "what?" We decided that he had a case of the "6 Year Olds" or just not paying attention.

Last Thursday I took him in for his 6 year old well visit and he failed the hearing test. Hmmm. My dear friend Katie Peter pulled some strings and waved her magic wand and got us an appointment with the Charlotte ENT Audiologist yesterday. Once again he failed the extensive hearing test. Dr Rainey said that she believes it is fluid in the ears, but wants us to see the ENT so they can look in his ears and give us a diagnosis. We go on Thursday.

I feel like such a bad Mommy! Now that I know he has had some hearing loss over the last few weeks I can see all of the warning signs and red flags that have been right in front of my face. He truly hasn't heard me when I've been talking to him. I just thought he was distracted or was just ignoring me. Yikes!

I wrote his teacher today and told her what was going on. She responded with "So that's what has been going on with him!" She also noticed him behaving differently and seated him closer to her so he can pay attention and hear her instructions. Mrs. Carroll is wonderful and is committed to helping him until we figure out what is going on.

I'll post an update later this week after we see the ENT. Wish us luck!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Blog Blog Blog

I've neglected my blog! I decided to make this entry my "random" entry. Lots of little things.
I took Jacob snow tubing after Christmas. We went up to Jonas Ridge. We had great conversations on the way up there. I don't get a lot of one on one time with him these days. After watching the brief safety movie we set out for our first ever tubing experience. We hooked up to the tube lift then waited our turn to zip down the mountain. We were able to tie our tubes together for the trip down the hill. It was really fast! After the second run Jacob decided he had enough of tubing. I finally figured out that he was a little scared of the lift. So....I had to carry both tubes up the hill. It was exhausting. We tubed for about an hour and a half. Lots of fun.

Yesterday was super windy. After dropping Brady off at school, I get home to find our recycling all over the place. I'm all sweaty from going to the Y and a little embarrassed to be seen by my neighbors. Well, I had to suck it up and clean up the neighborhood. Our newspapers were flying through the air and beer cans were clanging down the street. After rustling up all of our recycling, I casually looked around to make sure no one saw me. I didn't hear any laughter, but you never know.

Also, we had the top of one of our really tall trees snap off late yesterday afternoon. The boys and I were playing a game at the kitchen table. We heard a loud CRACK followed by an even louder BOOM! We ran out to the deck to see the damage. The top just snapped off and it came withing 3 feet of the house. No damage to our house, retaining wall, or landscaping. Just lots of firewood to chop!!

I will try not to neglect the blog anymore!

Friday, January 2, 2009

It's Really Over?

I can't believe the holidays are really over. We have had such a fun Christmas and New Year. I just can't believe it is over!

The Monday before Christmas Tod's Mom, Dad and brother came. Then on Christmas Eve my Mom, Dad, and Grandmother arrived. And on Christmas Day my sister and brother-in-law came. We had a full house! But it was loads of fun. The boys loved being the center of attention through the entire week. It was like we had a continuous Christmas.

Tod's brother, Sean, built us a BEAUTIFUL dining room table. He is so amazingly talented. You can see all of his work at ww.odonnellwoodworking.com. We couldn't be happier with the table. It is perfect.

Speaking of talent...Tod's mother painted us an incredible picture for our kitchen. She took a picture of the woods behind our house then painted this...

Just amazing! Every day I'm still in awe of this picture!

The O'Donnell clan left on Christmas Day and we had a "shift change". The Johnson clan (my family) spent the rest of the week together. One of our traditions over Christmas is my Mother makes Gumbo. It is so delicious! We didn't have many leftovers!!

We played countless games of Apples to Apples, Mexican Train Dominoes, and Darts. Who knew my Dad was such a good dart player!?? We shared lots of laughs and enjoyed each others company.

We spent New Year's Eve at a neighbors house. The boys were with my parents so we had no worries. I am so happy that we found the perfect neighborhood for us. Lots of fun families.

2008 brought us many new challenges, and moved us to a new place. I'm not sure if we are ready to find out what 2009 has in store for us. At least I will have the holidays to look forward to!