Monday, March 27, 2006


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Claire is talking to my mom on the phone. I've been listening to her half of the conversation.

"Grandma? Are you still talking? I want Grandpa to be on the phone."

This girl knows what she wants.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Claire's "Friend" Grant

Most of you who read this blog don't know Grant. He is a friend of my brother's, a big tall guy who is as nice as they come. Claire does not like him at all. She really doesn't like boys in general, but Grant is different. Its like he is the Leader of Boys, and therefore the one to be most cautious of. But at the same time, she's curious about him. For example, if he happens to stop by to see my brother, Claire will hide under blankets or in the bathroom until he leaves, and then for the next three or four mornings, she'll wake up saying "I don't like Grant". But, when we are playing and I ask her what her pretend puppy's name is, it will be Grant. Or I'll ask her who she thinks is calling when the phone rings, and she will say it is Grant. And today after we finished drawing a picture for Uncle Dave, Claire wanted to make one for Grant. So we did. I always include some quotes from Claire on her art. Here is what Grant's drawing had written on it:

"Claire what do you want to say to Grant?"
"I don't say anything to Grant."
"What does Grant look like?"
"He looks like a banana."
"What does his nose look like?"
"A big circle."
"What is his favorite color?"
"Purple and blue. Blue and purple."
"Where does Grant live?"
"At the North Pole."
"Does Grant smell pretty?"
"Like a birthday cake."
"What do Grant's toes smell like?"
"Potatoes." (laughs for the first time during the conversation. Up to this point it was ALL business.)
"What is Grant's job?"
"He delivers presents. For Christmas Eve."
"Do you want to say anything else to Grant."
"Not anything."

Thursday, March 23, 2006

splashing around

splashing around
Originally uploaded by shalberg.
Mike and I have been very busy since he got back from the cabin. We knew we had a lot to learn about buying a house, and we were right. But I do feel like we have a good handle on things, and we have some great resources both here and in Maine. I really can't wait to get there and look first hand in a few days. There is so much going on right now, but so far, not very much to actually report. I'm sure that will change soon enough.

And while Mike and I are house hunting, Claire will be doing whatever she wants with her Grandma and Nana. I'm pretty sure my mom never let ME splash water around until the rugs were soaked.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

More cabin pictures.

Eric sent the pictures he took, and I made a set on Flickr of all the cabin pictures. They are really beautiful, check them out.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Cabin 2006

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Everyone is back, and we have pictures already (courtesy of Sheng). The beach looks amazing in the winter.

I said I'd post a few pictures, and I tried to get them all to show up without having to click on links, but it turned out to be too much work. So click away!

Dancing Silhouettes

Sunset at the winter beach

Black River Falls

A Marine

The guy from RiverDance

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Match Day Madness is still sinking in around here. We have a million decisions to make in the next few weeks. Hopefully Mike and I will be able to fly out soon and do a little house shopping, and after that I think quite a few things will clear up. It certainly is an exciting time in our lives right now.

Mike and his friends took off for the cabin last night. This is the tenth year the guys have gone, though I'm not sure they ever have gone in the winter. I checked, and its definitely cold up there, getting down to 6 degrees tonight. Makes me want to put another sweatshirt on just thinking about it! Brrr! Meanwhile, Claire and I are in Green Bay spending some time with my parents, watching some basketball, and just having fun in general.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Got What We Called For!

We're going to Maine!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Basketball Night

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After taking a week off because of being sick, Mike was back to playing basketball, and Claire and I were back to cheering him on (in a new style). They even played the yellow team, or "The Big Lemons" to those of us on the sidelines. We giggled about their yellow outfits the entire game.

Match Day tomorrow. We'll post the destination as soon as we can.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

A Message for Nana:

Things Are Improving

We are definitely on the mend. Every day we feel better and have a bit more energy. What has been really nice is that Mike is one day ahead of me. He got sick the day before I got sick, and his daily improvements are exactly what I experience 24 hours later. So as I type this, I am feeling pretty good, but I know that by tomorrow night, I will be feeling great. I can't believe how much this bug took out of us, it was such a huge drain. But its going around, a middle school in the area closed down Thursday and Friday because 248 students and over 20 faculty called in sick with the same thing we had. That's crazy! It sure is good to have some energy again, and if all those kids are following the same course we have, they'll be ready for school tomorrow morning with no problem.

So on with the Match Day Extravaganza! Its this Thursday! Three more days!! Match Day has been such a big thing on the horizon for such a long time, something we have done so much to prepare for, that it seems unreal that it is this week. It is exciting, to say the least.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Sounds like Potty

We ventured out for a grand total of one hour today to get necessities. When Claire and I ran into the library she had to go to the bathroom. This entails taking off the "Claire's Sick" layers of clothing and then waiting for the family restroom to open up, all the while praying I am not to late! Finally it was our turn and Claire started peeing. I said, "Claire, sounds like tinkle tinkle." She scoffed her reply, "No daddy, it sounds like potty." We did eventually leave the library and as always, made sure to jump over the cracks on the way out!

Call her Miss. Riddle!!!

We are all still sick, but it has given the three of us lots of quality time watching Dora the Explorer and sipping Ginger Ale. On Dora, there is a Troll who asks Dora and her friend Boots (aka Mr. Riddle), lots of riddles which they must answer to cross his bridge. Yesterday I thought it would be fun to ask Claire a few of my own.

Dad: What is red on the outside and has white teeth and a tongue inside?
Claire: No, daddy, yellow on the outside! (She wanted the answer to be banana)
Dad: It's not a banana Claire.
Claire: banana?
Dad: No, not a banana. Try again, where is your tongue?
Claire: Right here (pointing in her mouth).
Dad: What is that?
Claire: My tongue!
Dad: Okay...Where do you put your food?
Claire: In my kitchen!
Dad: No, No...What about your chocolate milk?
Claire: I dropped it on the floor.
Dad: Let's start over. What is on your face right here (pointing to my mouth)?
Claire: MY LIPS!
Dad: Are you joking with Daddy Claire?
Claire: Ha, Ha, Ha.
Mommy: Claire, where are your teeth?
Claire: In my MOUTH Mamma!
Mamma smiles and daddy faints.

If you have any good riddles let me know and I will post Claire's response.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Being Sick Wasn't Part of the Plan

We are all sick today. I was awake for less than three hours yesterday and Sheela is yet to get up today. Claire is still sick, but slept only an hour or two (including last night). Hopefully we will feel better soon, it is cramping our social schedule.

Note to sickies: Watch out for Tylenol (acetaminophen). I typically take the normal Dayquil, Robitussin regimen when I am sick. Today I was looking at what I actually took yesterday - too much acetaminophen. Dayquil (two gel caps twice during the day = 1000mg), Robitussin (normal adult dose 2TBSP twice during the night=2000mg), and Tylenol for my headache (two Tylenol twice=2000mg). Total is 5000mg, and I took everything as prescribed!!! The maximum dose for people with a healthy liver is 4000mg, putting me over the limit, and I definitely would have taken more if I hadn't caught myself.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Surrounded by Sickies.

Mike and Claire are sick. Nothing too bad, just some belly aches, congestion, tiredness, low-grade fevers and on Claire's part, general crabbiness. They both are camped out in the living room watching Sesame Street, and I'm hoping they fall asleep sometime soon. So far, I don't have any symptoms, and I'm pretty sure that it has something to do with the Moms Can't Get Sick Rule. Growing up, I remember my mom getting sick one time, and I was sick right along with her. She claims its because of The Rule, but I have a suspicion that there is a second part of The Rule, Moms Can't Get Sick, And Even If You Were Sick, Moms Don't Get Sick Days.

We're a pretty healthy group, so hopefully this will pass quickly and we can get back to normal around here. In the meantime, I'll be using handsoap and anti-bacterial gel like there's no tomorrow.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Happy (almost) Birthday, Dave!

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Mike and I took Dave and Sharon to a Bucks game last night for his birthday (which is on Tuesday). We went out for dinner before the game at Colonel Hart's, which doesn't look like much from the outside, but is actually a very fun sports bar on the inside. The game was a lot of fun. We lost and lagged behind almost the entire game, but a huge comeback in the 4th quarter got everyone on their feet, so it was a really fun game to see in person.

And just so everyone knows, this picture shows exactly what $150 seats look HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVE! Nothing but the best for you!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

My Butt is Broken!

Tonight Claire was looking in the bathroom mirror and noticed a problem. "My Butt is Broken" she said, "It has a crack in it!" I don't know if this is contagious, but you may want to check your own butt for cracks tonight!


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Claire and I tagged along tonight to watch Mike play some league ball. It was great. Claire totally got into it, cheering "GO BLUE TEAM!!" and "GO DADDY!!". And she waited very patiently for her time to go out on the court and dribble during time outs.

Mike's team won, I actually got to watch the game, and Claire got chocolate chip cookies and an excuse to yell. Lots of fun for all!

While you were out.

Last weekend while I was in Green Bay, my dad and I blew up about 100 balloons, and then my mom stuffed them all in my brother Dave's closet. Then when he got home, he had this to deal with:

Ha! Fun times. We all laughed a lot harder than Dave did, but thats the point sometimes. My dad is always playing little pranks on my brother. My favorite one (its happened a few times, from what I understand) is the bubble wrap on the tire of Dave's truck prank. Bubble wrap can really make some noise when you run a car over it, especially to an unsuspecting driver. Its pretty funny, you should try it (not you, Mike :).