Wednesday, February 22, 2006


I've discovered that as a parent, there's nothing more distressing than the midnight cry of a child who is sick and confused as to what is happening. Gabriel came down with the flu this morning at about 2:30 a.m., while I was up feeding Asher. (It was quite the "party" at our house -- EVERYONE was up and awake!) He's feeling better this morning, and we considered taking him to school, but it turns out he was still sick. So Gabe is now ensconced on the couch, sipping water and buried in an afghan, watching Toy Story 2 and eating toast. He's a trooper though. He says he's already feeling better! Wish I could say the same for myself! The joy of families is that every germ is shared!
The picture posted is one that I took of the boys yesterday while I was vacuuming the area rug in the living room. Ash was playing on a blanket on the floor, batting at some toys overhead, so I had to move him in order to clean. Gabriel gallantly offered to hold him for me and eagerly jumped onto the couch and arranged the pillows under his arms and held his hands out for the baby. Asher went willingly, if a bit nervously, into his brothers arms, and the two stared at each other while I vacuumed up. This was quite a sacrifice for Gabriel, as he had to postpone the eating of three hershey kisses he had been about to devour when he made his magnanamous offer. It was cute to see them sitting together. Gabe always wants to see Asher's eyes. Everytime I have the baby, he asks me ... "Can I see his eyes mama?" I can understand why! Ash's eyes are huge and starry -- full of love and laughter! (Especially, when we "beep" his nose and make him smile uncontrollably!)

The other photo shows what happened on my day at work on Monday! The fire alarm went off and we all grumbled as we got into our coats in the newsroom, thinking it was yet another fire drill ... none of us were too pleased at the thought of going out into the cold and standing across the street in the US Bank parking lot. But we did -- grabbing our coffees or whatever else we thought to bring, and heading out. And then to our amazement, we heard sirens... and it wasn't long before the fire engines and squad cars came to a halt outside our building! As it turns out, it was some kind electrical malfunction caused by water damage or somesuch thing, that caused the alarm to go off. So it was real... not a real FIRE, but still real! We all had a good laugh about it while we huddled in wait for the all-clear. I had grabbed my chocolate flavored coffee, but not my purse. I felt rather foolish for that. Forget about the wallet and the keys .... I need my cafe mocha!! :-) This photo was taken by our wonderful staff photographer, Bruce Halmo, who graciously emailed it my way ... it shows all of us hiking across the street, to wait out the "fire." I've been through it all at this newspaper now ... a system crash that lasted all night, a blackout that also lasted all night, a blizzard, during which I skiied to work, and now ... a "fire." What excitement!

Sunday, February 19, 2006


Well, despite the bone-chilling sub-zero temperatures we've had for the last few days, Gabriel and I ventured outside after church today ... putting on multiple layers of shirts, pants, socks and such and falling out the door into the bright white world of our own backyard. What fun! We spent most of the time digging out "snow ships" and then pummeling each other with our amunition (snowballs). From the photo, you can see how close the "ships" were, so you can imagine the snowball fight that occurred! Meanwhile, Roxy had fun trying to wrestle a dead eggplant out of the frozen ground. To each his own, I guess!

Friday, February 17, 2006


Okay, so I'm new to this whole business of blogging, but I wanted to put some shots of my family here for all to see! We were recently blessed with the birth of our second son, Asher! He's doing wonderfully well, and our other son, Gabriel, loves being a big brother, as you can see in the photo. Even Roxy likes to get in on the action! She loves to be near the baby, and lick his fingers and toes, even though Nathan and I are always batting her away! Anway, our little family is steadily growing and my three boys complete my wonderful world!


I have now experienced my first big winter snow storm in Wisconsin -- complete with thunder and lightning and over 1 foot of snow!! The weather was so bad yesterday that I got out my cross country skiis and glided to work! What a way to travel! Everyone was quite surprised to see me walking into the newsroom with a pair of skiis over my shoulder, that's for sure! Gabriel had a ton-o-fun outside today, making "snow pies" out of big mounds of snow. He even took some over to the neighbors house and put it in front of their door! (while mommy wasn't looking, of course!) Asher and I spent the morning inside, watching Gabe through the various windows in our house. Ash was having a good time smiling and cooing at me, as you can see in the photo.
Our dog Roxy doesn't seem to know how to manage the snow. She was in a quandry until Nathan managed to dig out a path to the backyard for her! Today is sunny and bright -- no more snow -- but the piles line the streets like sleeping giants under gleaming white blankets, and the street is still nowhere to be seen! I LOVE Wisconsin in the winter!