Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Romania, here we come!

We had our first DGH Globetrotter Team Meeting last night. Here are a few pics from the evening:

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Life's Little Blessings

I stumbled upon a new job over the weekend, Poop-Sitting. Yes, I really did just use the phrase "poop-sitting" so, before going any further, let me back up a few days and explain how I was introduced to this new-found profession.

Mike and I came down to Houston late Thursday night for our 1-month old niece, Elizabeth's, baptism. Despite our late arrival, Alexandra, Duke and Courtney were awake and eager to entertain. The family excitement has not weaned since...

To give credit where credit is due, Alexandra, who turned two in September, has been Chairing the social committee. She has kept us entertained with non-stop conversation and endless amounts of energy. We have had golf lessons, gone grocery shopping, done hair and make-up, cooked, made Valentines, played cheerleader, danced, watched videos, read books and taken at least one ride on every item in her garage that has 3 wheels or more. It has been a blast. A true gift for uncle Mike and aunt Ashlie.

Unfortunately, late last night (during the cheese course of our Valentines dinner celebration) an unwanted visitor joined our group... The Big D!

My guess is that Alexandra had gone so hard that she worked her stomach into a tizzy. And, despite several "Trojan Horse" attempts at disguising crushed Imodium capsules, we were unsuccessful at sneaking anything medicated into her system.

Which brings me to today... We were all dressed and ready to head to the church. Courtney's parents had just arrived from Austin and I was downstairs emptying the memory card in my camera, making room for afternoon photographs. Un-welcomed and unannounced, the "Big D" came back. We knew in an instant that our hopes of having Big Sister at the front of the church was far-fetched; actually, it was going to be quite dangerous for anyone within a 30' radius.

This is the reason I am sitting in a quiet, almost empty house on poop-sitting duty. I hate that I am missing Elizabeth's special moment, but in an odd-kind-of way I am honored to have a niece who will let me stay by her side when life (momentarily) loses its magic.

A couple highlights from our weekend:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Boys will be boys

Mike played in an indoor soccer tournament this weekend with one of his Greensboro friends, Gary Everhart. It was a round-robin style of play, so the day began at 9:00am and lasted until after 5:00pm.

The good news was they won! They were the undefeated champions of the (smelly) Twin City indoor tournament. Their trophy, a large pepperoni and cheese pizza from Dominoes.

The bad news was a goalie from the team they played for the championship... He had a major temper problem, and when the score hit 5-0 he lost his cool and head-butted one of Mike's teammates! Who in the world thinks about head-butting another person??? (Besides Zinedine Zidane) I feel like I just read something about this on my dad's blog - only he was talking about hippopotamuses in the African wild.

Here are a couple pics to document the victory (and the battle wounds).

Friday, February 6, 2009

Things look "different" today. Thanks for the advice and the prayers.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Had one of my quarterly "I'm frustrated and overwhelmed" cries tonight. Not looking for pity, just optimism and prayers. I need my dad to come back to America so he can give me a "Big, you can do anything" talk. Settling for a glass of wine and a new i-tunes playlist (cheers to Beyonce).