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Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Boy: Mama! I said I love you!
Me: I love you too, sweet thing.
Boy: Well, I don't love you more than God.
Me: That's a good thing.
Boy: I do love you more than motorcycles.
Me: I love you more than motorcycles too.
Boy: You can't love nothing more than God. Except maybe Thomas. And then, only for a minute.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Bluegrass Festival

A friend gave us free tickets to the annual Laurel Highlands Bluegrass Festival (good thing, because it would have cost our family $50 to get in if she hadn't). The weather has been pretty gloomy, but it was nice enough to go on Saturday afternoon and enjoy some good music and see some good friends.

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Phish Show

So I had some Pittsburgh Phish tickets that I traded for after I won some in the Phish Lottery. We decided to head down to the show to do some vending at the parking lot (bags and skirts) and also to sell the tickets. Mike and I decided to make it a family affair since the venue is several hours from us and we knew we would be there for a while.
Here we are setting up. I showed some bags and skirts and the kids sold lemonade and gave away candy... for about 20 minutes. Oops. No vending allowed without the proper permit and not outside the vendors area. I guess the rules on that one haven't changed. Well, the vendors area was full and so the security guys agreed to look the other way. The gal in the watch tower however (no joke, there was a watch tower), stuck to the rules and so we had to pack up our vending operation.

No problem, the parking lot was several miles long. We walked in and out of rows and sold some bags and met some interesting people.

The kids got hungry. Thankfully every other car was selling food. Here they are getting some cheese on hot bread. Mmmmm. Food always tastes better when it is prepared by hippies at a Phish show. There was so much to see and do in the parking lot that the kids didn't even really notice the amount of walking we did. Yes, they are wearing matching soccer jerseys from Jerusalem. We did that on purpose so that they would be easy to spot in a crowd. Plus, they look so darn cute! Lots of hippies commented on this.

Here they are listening to some parking lot tunes. We had been walking for several hours and we still hadn't sold the two tickets we had. Something we weren't prepared for were the amount of people trying to sell tickets. Tons of people had tickets, very few people wanted them. We began to think that it might be easier to try and find more tickets and go into the show, then to sell the tickets we had.

We were right! As Michael was talking to someone about how much he wanted for his tickets, another guy walked up and handed Mike a ticket for free and walked away. Now we only needed two tickets (Margaret was free into the show). The guy with the tickets was in a very happy mood. Mike asked him how much he wanted for two of his tickets. "Oh man, whatever you want to pay me would be great." So Mike offered him $20 for two and the guy accepted. In a very short amount of time we had scored three tickets for $20. These tickets had a face value of $50 each. The kids were going to their first ever Phish show!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It has been determined

Everyone has been curious about whose name Margaret would say first. She of course has said "Mama" and "Papa" for a while. The real question was which of the brothers would she call for first. We now officially have a winner: ISAAC! Margaret loves to call his name when she sees him or when a photo of him comes up on the screen saver. She calls him "Eye-ya."

Monday, June 15, 2009

Michael's Trip to Isreal

We have survived the absence of Michael as he toured the Holy Land for over two weeks. Here is a brief glimpse into his trip. Michael might has time to post more photos later, but realistically, he is a bit too busy to spend his time blogging.
The gold dome on the left of the photo is The Dome of the Rock.

This is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. That group of three with the gal in red, they are touching the rock that Jesus was crucified on.

Ramallah, West Bank. Mortal danger is Mike's bread and butter.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

At least I'm not the only one who hasn't a clue.

Kid 1: "I think somebody has forgotten who the boss is around here."
Kid 2: "Who is the boss?"
Kid 1: "I'm not sure. I guess more than one somebody has forgotten."

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

It's all in the presentation

Take 1
Me: "Who forgot to clear their glass from the table after dinner?"
Enter eerie western movie music and a sage brush blowing across my dining room.

Take 2
Me: "Who forgot to clear their glass filled with chocolate milk from the table?"
Enter thunder of footsteps and high pitched voices screaming, "ME! ME! ME!"

Some Photos

Monday, June 8, 2009

Time for the Slip & Slide

It's good to be the youngest!

Especially when the brothers give you all the desserts that they can't finish.

It's that time of year again...

When people go yard-sale crazy. Check out our great find that has become an instant hit with Margaret!

Thursday, June 4, 2009