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So, Andrea’s boyfriend drew a picture of her on her white board a few months ago and I have been begging her to erase it. “Nooo! Ryan drew it!” One would think it was a piece he’d toiled over with favor and admiration. You decide:

I do love the MOM tattoo.


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Yearbook Yuks

Andrea just got her senior pictures and I just found a hilarious website that allows you to see what you’d look like in yearbooks through the decades. Yearbook Yourself. We’ll start with Andrea… here’s her senior picture (Class of ’09!):

But here’s how she would’ve looked in yearbooks from 1984 and 1990:

The first one is very Tina Turner but, aww, both are cute. I miss big hair! I want it back soon! The following is the picture I used of myself (you know I had to do this). I chose one where I was laughing, but not nearly as hard as I was laughing while doing these transformations:


In the first one I’m a man, complete with 5 o’clock shadow (or Mr. Drysdale’s secretary on Beverly Hillbillies)… and in the second, I am my elementary school librarian! Mrs. Enke! Hee… the first picture I found to use of Rodney was from last Halloween when he was a male stripper to my bachelorette party bride:


What a nerd Rodney was in 1952, good lord. But his 1986 is pretty Rick Springfield. Here we are as a 1950’s family:

Late 1960’s family:

1990’s family:

I’m about to wet my pants from laughing so hard. But get this. I showed Rodney his “1976” picture and he said, “I have a picture with my hair like that! And I’m wearing THAT SHIRT!” We dug it up and WOW. His actual ’76 school picture looks exactly how they portray the classic ’76 guy look. He was such a slave to fashion. HA!

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Monster Cookie

Last night Andrea’s boyfriend was over and she decided to make us all cookies.

Gee I wonder which one was for Ryan.

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Here’s Andrea ready to get her senior pictures taken:

And here are the proofs we just got in the mail:

I love how the proofs are on a cheap sheet of copy paper with deep creases across her face in all three. But the funniest things are the add-on’s… for an extra $10 you can get Facial Retouching, for $20 there’s Stray Hair Removal, and $50 will get you Removal of Braces. It’s like eighty bucks for a whole ‘nother kid.

(She doesn’t look all that much different from her Kindergarten picture, does she? And I LOVE those stray hairs! *sniff)…

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Simple Life

My need to simplify has been mostly regarding our home and the stuff in it, but it’s also affected my blogging. I went from two blogs (plus domains) I was paying for to this one that is free. I’m getting rid of Flickr and I no longer have myspace or facebook or anything else. (I don’t think… things sometimes crop up that I’ve forgotten about but I want to now just post everything to this new little blog).

Remember how Andrea called me from her trip and announced she WAS GOING to live by the ocean when she got older? A couple days later I was reading an article that mentioned the children’s book Miss Rumphius, in which a little girl decides when she grows up she will do 3 things: travel to faraway places, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful. It reminded me so much of Andrea that I bought it to give her when she got home.

After reading I realized it was just as much for me.

I looked up my old “life list” I’d written years ago (or “bucket list” as people call them now). I had 153 items on that list. How did Miss Rumphius have only three? And how did her three things seem more complete than my hundred fifty-three?

So I streamlined my list down to seven (being charmed by Miss Rumphius’ desire to make the world more beautiful, I had to add that):

  • travel as much as is possible
  • work at making and keeping true friends
  • remember God
  • be a good mother
  • stay in love with my husband
  • live in a quaint small town
  • and do something to make the world more beautiful

Sounds simple…

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Sleep Like an Egyptian

Instead of asking each other if Andrea’s sleeping, Rodney and I have started asking each other whether she’s in her mummy state or not.

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Look What She Did!

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