Friday, January 20, 2012


We traveled once again to Michigan for Christmas. I will never complain about traveling to Michigan for Christmas because we weren't able to one year and it was not Christmas. Some children believe that Christmas does not exist without Santa - I believe that Christmas only happens in Michigan.

I actually did not take many pictures at all. I either forgot to get out my camera or someone else had one out so I chose not to take mine out. I will have to borrow SD cards and transfer them onto my camera.

While in MI I was able to go to two Michigan State basketball games. It was great. I love basketball (something my grandma and I shared) and being a Beadle I LOVE Michigan State - it couldn't be any other way.

My younger brother was married in Chicago on December 29th so I traveled from MI to IL in a one day trip all by myself. The drive went well as did the wedding. I was the photographer (along with anyone else who brought a camera). The next day Sandy, the kids and I headed back home.


We headed South for Thanksgiving this year. We love Florida - all times of the year, yes that includes the summer. Tropical climates are not for everyone but they are for US! Anyway, enough with my cheerleading for Florida. We went to Venice - where we use to live and stayed with Ryan's parents. They have a pool and the kids spent almost all of there time in there. We did pull them away from the pool twice (1) Thanksgiving dinner which we actually ate at a restaurant - it was ok but probably won't do it again (I didn't want to spend an entire day of our four day vacation making food); (2) a trip to Busch Gardens.

While we had a nice time at Busch Gardens and the weather was perfect, we did run into some trouble. Audrey was standing with Nathan looking at the elephants when she started hopping all over the place and crying. I quickly discovered that she was being bitten by red ants. We were able to have her looked at and cared for at a first aid station. Nathan rode his first roller coaster ever. I don't know that he actually enjoyed the experience he said something about closing his eyes and waiting for it to be over. While Ryan and Nathan were off at the roller coaster we went in to the kid section of Busch Gardens. I will start this by explaining that there is only one way in and out. Audrey was playing in the jump around lily pad water area when Ryan and Nathan arrived. They went off to a four story jungle gym. I had not noticed Audrey poking her head around the water area anymore so I went to investigate. She was gone. No one had seen her leave and the "workers" stationed inside the area said they had not seen her in quite awhile. Other mothers started to notice my panic and started telling me what to do - much appreciated. I talked to a security employee who said, "yeah this happens all of the time. Look around for her for awhile and if you don't find her I will alert park security." I started to walk away when one mom who happened to overhear sent me directly back to tell her to alert park security now and then I will continue to look for her. What seemed like an eternity later I noticed Audrey on the third floor of the jungle gym. The fastest way to her was to go across this long rope bridge that was also three stories off the ground. I yelled her name and took off running, losing both of my sandals in the process. When I made it across the bridge Audrey had moved. Then another mother started carrying her down a flight of steps asking, "Is this her." I grabbed her, hugged her and cried. Audrey was wiping away my tears and was not happy that I was crying because, "she saw daddy and she went off to find him but made some friends and decided to play."

Looking back at the experience I think "Way to go Mommies" it was the mothers in the park that were so helpful in finding Audrey. I imagine most of the employees at the park do not have children of their own and have obviously never lost them. And while yes I am sure children wander from their parents everyday, I don't lose my children everyday! So yes, this is an emergency right now - not when I have looked for any amount of time. Then I have to smile at the memory of the mom carrying Audrey down to me asking "is this her?" Because what if it wasn't and she just started picking up any little blonde girl bringing her to me so that I could check! Oh my dear Audrey cancer couldn't take you from me so you had better believe I couldn't possibly lose you at an amusement park.

One Saturday in November

Well, as you can tell, I have not been posting and keeping up with the events of our family very well. One day back in November we took a Saturday to go to Pisgah National Forest where they have a fish hatchery. Nathan went there on a field trip and he wanted our family to go back. I do not remember much about the day except that we were in the car, on the way, and we had to stop to Lowes to pick up Nathan's Build and Grow project to build later when realized Audrey put herself in the car and was not wearing any shoes. We ended up buying her a $12 pair of shoes from Target and the day was saved. I also remember thinking later that we should have packed a lunch and had a picnic as there are may places along the road with picnic tables - I know the kids would have loved it. Instead we ended up eating at Pizza Hut.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Nathan Laughs

Nathan asked if a brachiosaurus is taller than our house. I admitted that I do not know. He said he read that a brachiosaurus is five stories high. I explained that our house is three stories high. He then wanted to know if each room is considered to be a chapter...

Nathan wanted to know how much money Ryan and I have. I gave him a number and he was excited. He wanted to know what I was going to do with it. I told him that we can't do anything with it because it is making more money. So we had a little lesson about interest. He asked if his money was making money (I can just see a picture that must have formed in his head) I told him he would need a bit more money to invest. So he responded, " I guess my money is just lazy."