Sunday, June 29, 2008

More June News

Lots has happened this month besides me being a major slacker on my blog. Thanks to all of you who verbally flog me and try to keep me in line.

Osto has taken a new job. Its at the same company but a different department. The best thing is that it is day shift and no weekends! This is great because we are like a real family now. We have dinners together. He gets to schlep kids around. I am like a real grown woman and can do things with my real grown woman friends, like attend jewelry parties and gold parties where I got to sell back gold for money. (thank you to several old boyfriends for the extra cash in my pocket).

The no weekend thing is great too. The drawback is that after 11 years of night shift is the change of having someone around messing with the way I've always done things. TV - forget it. All my shows are DVR'd and are stacking up to the point where I will have to soon take a day off work to catch up on So you Think You Can Dance and Men in Trees. Osto's a happy guy these days though so it is all good.

The Osto extended family went to Cedar Point last weekend. This was non-stop fun and action. We're talking 14 hour days riding rides, hitting the water park, eating cotton candy, and riding the best roller coasters in the country. Top Thrill Dragster was my favorite - 120 miles per hour in four seconds, 90 degree turn where you fly up 42 stories, throw in a couple of twists and you're done - pure adrenalin.

Chooch shows perfect form on the Jr. Gemini

Bird contemplates barfing on the Magnum.
I contemplate how sick I will be if he pukes on me.

Osto and Cal race down the body slide.

The other Osto's and Snoopy. Some of the group at the water park

Chooch's cute crack!

The front car is the best! Little jail birds.

We also had one of those Ol' Time photos taken. Cal and I were dressed like prostitutes and the guys were cowboys. Don't you love the expressions on the little ones? Tough as nails!

The dog is getting huge. She is bigger than Chooch. She sleeps with us and she is going to be a horse. This is sad, I know. But I love her! My yard is in full bloom (I'll have to post some shots of that later) but the japanese bettles have descended on the roses and crab apple tree. Work is busy, kids are crazy and we are looking forward to our annual trips to Grand Haven and the family cottage in July. PLUS more Camp Osto retreats!

Friday, June 20, 2008

My baby is 10 - I am old.

My oldest kid turned 10 yesterday. I can't comprehend that I am old enough to be married for 11 years, have three kids, one being TEN!!! I don't feel like I am thirty-six. I must only be about twenty four?

But then considering my babysitter is twenty-two and doesn't know who the characters are on Happy Days, I must be ancient. I have gray hair. I have wrinkles. I have age spots on my hands.

Maybe I am wiser? Not sure about that as I sure still seem to do a lot of stupid things. I do think I have bigger (proverbial) balls as I age.

Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining...I am just making observations. It is all good as I am perfectly happy and content in my life. I guess that is what matters. I have a lot of blessings and good things seem to happen in my life. I have angels and Jesus for SURE. I have a great family who supports me, encourages me, laughs with me and at me, cool kids and good friends. I have a secure job I generally like showing up for and people there I like. I am lucky to have married my best friend, a man who still thinks I'm a babe and who knows who Marian Cunningham is!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Fishing Invitation

Last week, Bird received this great invitation from his Papa via email...

OK, you are out of school for the summer. Yipee!!

Summer is here and you don't have to get up early for a job, you don't have to paint the house, or polish the cars, or hoe bean fields. So that leaves you with plenty of time to think about how you can develop your "FISHING SKILLS"

The good news is that the fish are still in the shallows. Yahoo!!!
We can catch them from a canoe, my little boat, or my big boat. There are fish everywhere. "HOLY MACKEREL"

The only problem I see, is that the only way to catch fish that I know of, is to "GO FISHING".

You can't do it sitting on a swing, or riding a bike, or watching TV. You have to have a fishing rod in your hands. The good news is that I have plenty of fishing rods. I mean I got more rods than we can handle if we each had four hands. And I have a fishing license that will allow us to catch more fish than we can eat in a week. So the only thing we have to figure out is "WHEN ARE YOU COMING TO FISH?"

There is a "FISHING TOURNAMENT" on the Kawxxxx River on Saturday, June 14th. from 7:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. We are invited to attend, I sure would like to have you bring your Dad and we can fish it together as a team.

Sooooo, send Papa a note on what we can do.

Waitin to go fishin, Papa Bob

Who can say "no" to an invitation like that??? Bird took first place for his whopper walleye (largest fish) and their team took third for their bucket of the five largest fish. All-in-all they hauled in a ton of fish, so the freezer is stocked. GOOD JOB!

Saturday, June 07, 2008


Today is our anniversary. Let me take you back to eleven years ago today...

Friday, June 06, 2008


Due to some scheduling conflicts, we will be changing the date for Tube Fest. Stay tuned for details....

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Stanley Cup Champs! Again!

4th time in 11 years. GO WINGS!

Summer kick off!

This past weekend was a flurry of activity - dance recital dress rehersal, dance recital, birthday party, and the patio opener. Felt like a great kick off for the summer! Thanks to our families and friends who showed up and celebrated with us.