Tuesday, March 19, 2019

and now I can never go back to Concordia

We hosted six lovely Concordia Chicago Wind Symphony ladies on Friday night. I'm not going to promise to tell you more about it later, because we all know I'm not a faithful blogger. 

But I will tell you that the transporting of 6 ladies (plus two trips to hotels and another trip to our house with kids that weren't staying with us) and some of those kids driving our other car because we have kids and someone had to stay home with them left for a teeeeeny bit of chaos. 

So I wasn't surprised yesterday to find a white garbage bad of clothes in the back of the Volvo (which I had two girls drive to church on Saturday morning when we went to drop all the ladies off).  And since this was the end of a week-long trip for them, I was not surprised they'd have that large of a bag of dirty clothes. 

I spent today DM'ing Concordia asking who I should contact to see who's stuff this was. Did I mention I'm not only an alum, but was awarded Business Student of the Year? Never did get that certificate, and after today I'm pretty sure it's definitely never coming. I received a name and email and sent Laura the following... 

Hi! We housed six females on Friday night in Lancaster, Ohio after the wind symphony concert. I found a garbage bag of clothing I believe someone left. If you could check w the girls that’s be great. Thanks! 

Then I got the following response... 

Thank you so much for alerting us to the items that were left behind! I am trying to figure out which girls stayed with you. If you remember even one name, that will help me to find out, but if you can't remember, I will check with the tour manager and see if she kept records. Or I can go to rehearsal today and announce and ask there. 

Once we determine who the items belong to, I will gladly reimburse you for shipping. You say a garbage bag? That sounds like a lot of items. I'm hoping that this won't be too much burden for you!
I'll get back to you as soon as I have information.

I called my dad and got the names of the ladies we housed (no surprise, they spent the night here and I had no idea what their names were because I am a horrible host and at one point there were 14 college kids here). 

Then I thought, maybe I should make sure Emily, my sister, didn't throw those in there, because she did give the keys to the students. 

I called her.  

Yes, the garbage bag of clothing was her's. I had just accused a college kid of leaving a garbage bag of clothes in my car.  They aren't Appalachian, WE are Appalachian.  

I had to send Laura the following email... 

Oh my. Looks like they do NOT belong to any of the girls, but my sister had put them in there to clear space in her car transport people to their house that night. Sorry for the confusion :) 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Photos from our day. 

Phone Thief

Second double ear infection for 2019. 


Ear infection related blowout. 

Monday, March 4, 2019

the boringest post you ever did see

I really have no excuse for not blogging.  I have a computer at home (something that, until last year, was not the case), I'm not pumping (2+ hours freed up in my day), and my kids are in bed by 8:30 every night (ha ha ha ha!).

Apparently, I've decided to go on living my life. 

I have managed to update my reading log.  I'm currently working my way through Rachel Balducci's Make My Life Simple. I'm really enjoying it and the fact that we both start cleaning up by starting with the dishes.  Don't worry, I'm still working my way through all of the British chick lit too.

Our house is working its way through the 276th cold of the year.  Once the last person gets over it, it starts again.  Dex is a blast at night with a cold!

I'm still watching Live PD. Sometimes C will watch with me and provide additional legal commentary.

That's really about it. Looking forward to an extra hour of daylight Sunday!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Ainsley's Movie Theater

Ainsley's Movie Theater is open once a week (no set day, just when she gets around to it). Snacks (no beverages!) and 3D glasses are provided. Showings are roughly 30 seconds and talkies.

**We'd like to thank the previous owners' home church that used to meet in our basement for the whiteboard!

Monday, February 18, 2019

we got out of the house!

It's been a year at the Elsea house. Lots of sickness and coldness and C working late (not complaining, just stating). So as I lay in bed this morning I was trying to think of something different to do that one, got us out of the house (our days are becoming rather monotonous to me, I'm sure to the kids too) and two, didn't involve going to a indoor play place because a, it would be packed and b, GERMS (I've become quite the germaphobe since becoming a parent).  Forget the fact we'd be the ones bringing the germs because Monkey spent the end of last week with strep.  GMac is also sick. His throat has hurt for "10 years."

Then it hit me.  Art & Clay. I packed up the kids and texted C to see if he wanted to pop in to say "hi" as he was at work because apparently everyone else keeps working when the government closes, but I pointed out not as much for him because our office closed the courts.

Anyway, we went to Art & Clay.  Here's the proof.

Also - 

We then went for an early lunch (10:45 a.m.) in "the town we were in" because apparently Monkey thought we were in a different town than normal (she wanted to lunch on Main Street).

I got a new phone, so my pictures will sound better. Something about the old phone sounding like the songs were being played through a toaster (C words, not mine, I couldn't even tell anything was wrong with it). 

If you see me this week and I'm crabby, it's because I'm trying to have health snacks and not much sugar. Also drinking more water, but that's not crazy inducing. I'm trying to bike 25+ minutes a day too.  

I've been reading up a storm and it's taking me away from watching Live PD (really anything on tv). 

Thursday, February 14, 2019


Happy Birthday to our easy breezy, except when it comes to sleeping at night, Valentine's Baby!

This little guy has brought so much joy and laughter to our lives.  He's loved (a little too much) by Ainsley and Graeme (a little too much) and is almost always smiling.  He's a Mommy's boy, but, like all of our children, prefer Grandpa over anyone else.

Happy Birthday, Declan!