Friday, August 20, 2010


They girls have been asking to get their hair cut all summer. I don't take them very often...I think the last time they had it cut was May 2009. no joke.

I made them wait through the summer so I could braid it and pull it off their neck and out of their face. But since school starts next week I made an appointment with my gal Monica.

They love it...and they'll ask me everyday for straight hair now...

Now you see it....(Camryn)
The girls weren't tall enough for the they stood, Monica sat...

Split "hair-sonalities". They were so excited she offered to blow it straight.

The view from behind...Cam loved it!
...Can't you tell?
Amber's turn...She was kneeling on a huge pillow in order to reach.

Do unto yo do unto the other...

They loved their hair so much they twirled with laughter and excitement together...quite cute.
...Now you don't...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Practically Pointless Project

Do you ever have one of those days?

It doesn't NEED to be done...but you want it to be done...

You've thought about it forever...and today's the day...

It doesn't matter that my dad and brother will redo this in a
bigger and better way in a few weeks....

But for today...I needed to execute a project...start to finish.
And it's not pretty, but it makes me want to cry...

....because the shoes are under the bed now!!!
...out of the closet where they can irritate me to no end.

This system will change, probably in the somewhat near future....but today...

...was my day for Practically Pointless....but it felt SO good. Is that bad?

Homemade bed risers.
Yes...I know I can buy them...and I did...and I returned them.
They didn't work, they were way too wobbly.

And now it's time to go do something more practical....
like do legos with my kids...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

i hate bathrooms....

....they went to the bathroom before we left the church.

....they went at the restaurant. (Camryn promised me she had to go really bad...then freaked herself out by the flush-by-itself potty...then told me she didn't have to go....I think I literally scared the pee out of her....)

....they went at Home.Depot...15 minutes after we left the restaurant.

....2 of them went 10 minutes later while still at HD...because for some reason pee and poop do not happen at the same time.


Friday, August 6, 2010

We pulled it off!!

I'm not sure how, but we did. My dad's last day of work, before retiring, was last Friday. Us kids had been scheming (as we do often) to surprise my dad at work. Our plan was to all be outside his office when he walked out. Only God could have worked it all out so perfectly. Between cancelled flights, late flights, car trouble and a dad who was anxious to leave, I really didn't think we were all going to be there when he was ready to walk out.

Eric and I met up with Lisa and we rode the subway downtown. On the walk from the subway to our dad's was almost blown. See the man in the black shirt behind the 3 ladies walking this way? That's my dad. (my mom is next to him) They came out of a side street only about 30 yds in front of us. We scrambled to find a place to hide just incase...because if we were loud enough he would have heard us....that's how close he was.

Heather, her husband, and Josh were about 20 minutes behind us, although we didn't know that.

This is us, including my cousin, waiting with one of dad's assistants to go surprise him. She came downstairs to find us because one of the other gals was trying to stall dad in his office...telling him that his boss had called earlier, but he'd be calling back around noon.
At the time of this picture, it was about 11:48 a.m.

This is Josh - who managed to hook up with Heather & Reese
as they got off the subway, so they all showed up together.
This is Heather & Reese...I love his expression....

We all filed into my dad's office and surprised the heck out of him. First it was Eric & I and the kids...and in all reality us showing up would have been the most understandable since we live closest...but as the rest of the crew filed in, it was priceless.

This is my cousin, Luke. He had a flag flown over the capital building that morning in honor of my dad, then presented it to him with a certificate.
(He works at the capital, and therefore has connections.)Reese still has a disgusted look on his face...I'm beginning to think he's just not photogenic!

The walk back to the subway brought a lot of smiles to the workers of DC...I mean...
wouldn't seeing this make you smile too?
Dinner was on the river...and it was perfect weather, yummy food, and great company.

Grandad and his grandkids

Congratulations Dad & Mom...we love you!
They are buying a big truck and 5th wheel camper and traveling the US (and surrounding areas) for awhile (like 2 years) until they find that "AH-HA" place that they are looking for.

I wanna say something funny and smart-alic in closing, but I'm so honored to have parents who are adventurous and who still like each other!
Just give us a few hours notice when you plan on swinging by!! Love you!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

We love us some Panters!!!

I mean really....who wouldn't?!!

Sophie (I'm pretty sure)
Nora (I'm pretty sure)

Holly & Nora
Holly & Lydia
Holly & Camryn

On man in a woman's world....Tyler

This had to have been one of my favorite laughs at the Panters last weekend. A sound coming from the crawl space inspired a quick make-shift mouse trap. The gap under the door is about an inch or inch and doesn't matter....there was plenty of room for a mouse to get under it. And although the noise sounded like it was being made by something larger than a mouse...this made Holly and me feel better...especially since Eric and I were the ones sleeping downstairs!

Dear Panters - Thank you SOOO much for hosting us for a couple of nights! We had so much fun and can't wait to have you here or meet you in the middle sometime soon!! We have loved seeing you so much in the last couple of months! XOXOX from all of us Groggs!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 rained

....and there was no lightning/thunder... they played...

....and it was amazing.