& HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Baby Karis!
GATDAMN!..The Santa Ana winds be kickin' hard! The entire day the wind blew violently around the house...stirring up the last of the fallen leaves and creating an eerie sound. Instead of usual hissing or whoosing sounds, we were surrounded by a deep growl. Ashlyn and I decided to stay within the safety, warmth, and comfort of our home. Today was pretty mellow...I picked up around the house and played with Ashlyn.
called this afternoon to share the good news: being two days overdue,
Sam and Patti's baby girl finally arrived! *YAY!* Our circle of friends
called one another and planned to surprise Sam and Patti with a visit
at the hospital.
didn't stay too long since we well exceeded the visitor limit AND
somehow were able to smuggle Lauren, Ashlyn, and Baby Taylor in. Shhhhh,
don't tell. We wanted Patti to get some rest and give Sam a chance
to bond with his new infant daughter.
Ed, Sue, James, Grace, Lauren, and Baby Taylor all came over to our house. Aric, Grace, and I whipped up dinner as fast as we could. We made fried chicken, baked pork chops, pasta with spinach and mushrooms in a light garlic cream sauce, and steamed artichokes. We actually didn't get around to eating until 9:30pm! I don't know about everyone else, but I was starved!
rest of the evening was spent sitting around the dining table talking.
Conversation revolved around future family group trips, disciplining
our kids, etc, etc...which is kinda neat since this is my only group
of friends that are willing to talk about this kind of stuff. We already
know that all the dads are quite overprotective about their daughters.
I'm sure the guys were only joking (at least I hope they were), but
they talked about spying, monitoring phone calls and emails, cleaning
their guns (when dates pick up the girls), and other silly stuff.
*shake head* I just have to make sure Aric doesn't spoil his daughter
rotten. He excitedly showed me this link
I got several requests for pictures of the ottomans we bought yesterday. They're great and I really love 'em! They have a hidden storage compartment underneath the cushion (for board games, remote controls, magazines, and such). We got them in stark white because....well, it was cheap!...$99 each at IKEA! But for $30 more, you can chose from a variety of different colors and patterns. The covers are easily removable and machine washable. COOL!
*YAWN* I know I said I was going to finish backloading the second half of the journals from my trip up North, but I can't tonight. It's close to 2am and I'm pretty tired! Tomorrow, oka'? G'Nite!
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