Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer Fest #1

The church has members that host a summer fest during June, July, and August as there is no Sunday School for the kids.  We went to the first one yesterday and the kids had a blast!  There was a swingset, sandbox, bounce house, and any number of toys for the kids and a couple of games set up for the adults to play.  The big game out here at parties has to be the bean bag toss.  They had a tournament going and it was actually really fun to watch how seriously some people took it.  There was great food and time to just hang out and talk with others.  We are really looking forward to the next two.001

Jake was really into the magnetic darts.  Joe got him there as a diversion because all he wanted to do was get involved in the beanbag tournament. 002

Lily on the slide...the hat was one of the things that they gave all the kids when they arrived. 003  She kept sneaking off with scoops of sand so I am not exactly sure what was going on there.  I love the look that was on her face...004




Joe got to the second round of the tournament before he and his partner got knocked out! 005


Jake, trying to get involved in the tournament.  He didn't understand why he wasn't allowed to throw the beanbags too.006






And lastly, Jake...on his way to who knows where...most likely the sandbox.  He was a little overwhelmed by the bounce house because all of the kids in it were considerably bigger.  Lily was the closest one to him in size and the next one up was 5.  A little much for the 1 1/2 year old.

All in all, a really fun day.  Now, back to the house and unpacking.  This is my last day to get it all done before we leave for convention and I want to come home to a put together house.  Here's hoping!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Fave Five

blackberrypearl 1. The Blackberry Pearl!  I love my new phone!  It is so much fun to use, and FREE!  Can you beat that? It is nice to have a phone that isn't a piece of junk.  Now the only trick will be keeping it away from the destruction of the Dapelo children.



ispy 2. I Spy!  This is one of the best games...Lily and I have spent so much time playing it and now Jacob is really starting to get into it too.  We do Go Fish with it because the items on the cards are all very recognizable and the kids know them all.

swiffer 3. The Swiffer WetJet.  When you have a house with ZERO carpeting this little gadget is awesome!  I love that all I have to do is switch out the bottle of solution for hardwood floors and tile or linoleum!  It's great and cheap.


flea 4. Angel Pest Control!  You do not truly appreciate a pest free house until you have lived in one that has problems.  I can't express how disgusting it was to live in a house that had jumpers.


basketball 5. Basketball!  We have a b-ball hoop in the driveway and it has been so much fun playing out there with Joe and the kids.  We have met some of our neighbors now while hanging out front.  It isn't so much the basketball I guess...being pregnant jumping isn't the most fun but it gives us a fun reason to spend time outside.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Fathers Day and Installation

 006Joe was installed today as pastor of Faith Lutheran.  It was a very nice service and then the church had a brunch afterwards.  We really enjoyed being able to sit back and get to know the people in our new church home a little bit more.   



After the service and brunch we all 010came home and somehow all ended up taking a nap.  When we got up we decided to drive out to Kankakee/Bourbonnais for some exploring and got in the car.  It was sprinkling a little when we left but in the 30 mile drive somehow we hit a MAJOR thunderstorm with winds about 65-70 miles per hour.  Visibility was awful so we decided to eat there and ride it out a little.  The weather there was nice and the weather at home was nice but in between it was terrible.  So, we had dinner at Bakers Square and then went shopping a little bit.  We headed back home and had a slice of the French Silk Pie that Lily picked out for Joe and watched movies...  All in all, very relaxing and restful. 

The kids just goofing off...002 003

The Relay for Life

Something that we have discovered since living in the midwest is that the Relay for Life is HUGE out here.  We have been away from California for so long that it may be big there too and we would never know but it is a big deal out this way. 

Unfortunately we have never actually made it to one until this year.  It just happened to be practically in our backyard.  The parsonage and church are right in front of the school in town and so the Relay was set up on the track.  We just had to walk across a field and we were there.  We could hear some of the music from the house...

After playing at the playground we got the kids home to the newly fumigated house and bathed them both, got dressed and headed over for the evening festivities.  It started at 6 pm and lasts for 12 hours.  The kid activities all started at 7:00 so we made it there in time for them to play.  They had such a blast.  017

Jake really liked the shot put area and kept running around in circles...I never said he was a rocket scientist! ;)

Lily was really into the jump ropes that they had out for the kids to play with.  She didn't really get the whole jump rope thing so there was a lot of swinging and stepping going on.018


Jake decided to try the whole jump rope thing but that was quickly stopped because as soon as he touched it, INSTANT WEAPON!!












One of the teams had set up a tent for face painting and so of course Lily got her face painted.  She told that that all she wanted was a pink butterfly with black polka dots...025


They also had this little dog that they had dressed up.  The kids wanted nothing to do with anything else once they saw the dog.  Poor thing.  It was probably never more excited than when 028we made the kids leave.

After a few golfing lessons we discovered that golf clubs AND golf balls are also weapons and decided to take a break from the games, walk the track and get some hot dogs.  Lily wanted the kettle corn that they had there so she got three dollars and bought herself a ginormous bag of kettle corn to take home and eat.

It was a really fun night and we had a great time.  The kids love that kind of stuff and it was a nice little break from unpacking.

Exterminator Day!

So, Joe went in a little early and worked until about 1:30 so that we could vacate the house for the exterminator by 2:00.  We went to BK and let the kids play in the play area for about an hour of the three, walked around town and stuck our heads into  couple of the stores on the main drag, got Jacob a much needed haircut and ended up at a park for a little while.  We had a lot of fun wandering around but three hours is a little long to do nothing but roam.002

Joe was loving the swing...003









Lily was loving the slide...


Jake was loving the sand and dragging his feet through it....007







and then the unthinkable...he fell face first, mouth open, into the sand.  Not loving it so much now!


We discovered that the house we moved into is absolutely crawling with fleas.  The previous people who lived here had cats and I guess when they moved and took the cats with them the fleas decided to stay behind.  Poor Lily is covered in flea bites.  She seems to be getting more on a daily basis. 

The exterminator is coming on Friday afternoon, hopefully she will last that long.  We will have to be out of the house for a couple hours.  Maybe we will get in some sightseeing in the new town.

The New House!

001 We pulled into the driveway of the new place and Lily was so excited to see our new house...the kids went crazy running around all over and exploring.  There were some people here from the church that helped us to unload the truck and then we had a really nice lunch over at the church. 

Getting back into the house and starting to try and figure out where we were going to start putting things took a little while but the clothes, kitchen and some of the kids toys were unpacked the first day.

Sunday was the first day that Joe preached at Faith.  It was really nice to be somewhat settled and for Joe to have a very friendly congregation.033

Our Last Night

We got the truck Thursday night after a slight speed bump in scheduling, finished up some packing, and went to bed.  Friday morning came bright and early and all of the last minute stuff getting boxed up.  All the men started showing up around 10:00 to load the truck.  Joe had left for school at 6:00 that morning and wasn't going to be back until around 1:00.  The men were awesome!  They got everything onto the truck and dismantled the last of the furniture ie. beds etc.  Joe arrived with lunch for them, we all had a little while to visit and they left.  We set to work cleaning the house from top to bottom.   The weather had been awful, really hot and muggy...

010 We went to dinner with the Beals that night out to Chinese and were really enjoying the evening when we happened to notice the tv in the background had weather alerts for  Defiance County-right next door.  S0me of the staff came over and 013turned it up and apparently the weather bureau had issued a tornado warning for the county and it was headed our way.  We wrapped up dinner quickly and scattered to our respective cars.  After getting into the car we realized that we were out of milk for Jake.  Normally I would have headed straight for the basement but it didn't look that bad out so we went just down the street to Wal-Mart and Joe ran in with Lily while I waited with the sleeping baby in the car.  The siren started, the sky was getting darker and darker and the wind was really starting to pick up so I started to kind of wonder at what point I was going to start running for the store. 

My breaking point came when I was looking at the store willing Joe to come out and saw the flagpole on top of the store fly away.  I jumped out of the car, grabbed Jake and started running.  Another family was on their way in and said that they had been on the road and heard on the radio that everyone was supposed to get off the road immediately and head for shelter.  There is no more eerie feeling than walking into Wal-Mart, seeing all the lights on and not a soul in sight.  I was wondering how I was ever going to find the dungeon that everyone had crawled into when a manager rushed by and told me where to go.  I found Joe and Lily and after I was able to catch my breath kind of started laughing about the whole thing.  They did end up moving us one more time to a safer part of the store and I think that we were trapped there for about an hour and a half or so.  The kids were not wild about having to stay in one place for so long...especially when that one place was within eyesight of the toy and electronics section.

Of course once all this was done we boogied home to check and see if the 26 foot truck that held all of our earthly possessions was still sitting in our backyard.  It was, and we inflated the air mattress and called it a night.

014 On our way out of town the next morning I stopped and took a few pictures of the house that was on the end of our street.  There were two trees down in the alley behind the house and then a few more on the actual street.  We saw people in trucks hauling big, huge branches all over town.  

Goodbye Napoleon...what a memorable last night!015


You could SEE into the Living room of this house from the street!  4 houses down from us!! CRAZY!!!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Brief Update!

We are currently in that I mean we have a phone but no internet, an address but not new cell numbers, and are up to our necks in boxes! I am going to try and put up an update when we get the internet in the house. Sorry to all.


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