Saturday, February 28, 2009

Catching Up

Apparently, time just gets away from me. I've had so much going on lately between, kids and jobs, that I hadn't realized I hadn't posted in about a month. So, let me take this opportunity to give you an update.

My vehicle. I'm sure you all remember the great debate between Traverse and Trailblazer. Well, after weighing all the information we found out, the deciding factor was the Trailblazer was only going to be worth about 23% of its current value in 3 years, while the Traverse would retain 48% of its value. So, I am the proud owner of a blue Traverse. I know some of you thought the Trailblazer would be best in the snow, but let me tell you, the Traverse has been awesome on these icy back roads. Andy has done his best to whip it sideways on the ice, and the thing won't even fish tail. We drove it down past Lansing on one of the snowy days recently where the roads were nothing but slush, and it handled better than my Trailblazer had. I love it.

The kids. Lets just say they've had their share of sickness. Drew has had issues with respiratory infections and Anna has had issues with ear infections. The most recent one called for a strong antibiotic, which really messed with her system. Let me just say, I've been doing lots of laundry because of accidents that are not her fault. I think today may be the first day in over a week that we may not have to deal with that. We have taken her off the medicine because we tried changing it once, and that still didn't help the situation.

My job. I resigned from my job at the college, because I was offered Andy's old job at Tendercare Clare. Yes, my new position is Business Office Manager at Tendercare, and this was my first week. Pretty much I am in charge of approving the financial end of all admissions and collecting all outstanding money, whether it be from insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid, or private pay. How I came by the job is a bit of a long story. When Andy was originally promoted the person he replace was demoted, to his old position at Tendercare. Needless to say, she was only there about a month or so. When the job was posted I applied and was selected as one of the final two. From what I understand I was actually the first choice, however, the administrator felt she should include her boss in the decision, so she was told to hire the person from within the company that I was up against. Needless, to say, that didn't work out so swell either. He was in the position from September until the beginning of February, and Andy was pretty much doing all his work for him. I have been helping Andy at home with things for all of his facilities, so when the administrator decided to get rid of the other guy, she called me and offered me the job. I wasn't sure if I would do it at first, seeing as I wasn't good enough the first time, however, it really was an offer I couldn't refuse. I've wanted to use my accounting degree since I got it, and being a secretary just wasn't cutting it for me. I'm ready for the new challenge, and let me tell you, it certainly will be. There is so much to learn when it comes to Medicare, Medicaid and all the different insurances, that it's not even funny. But I think I'm up for it.

So, I may still not be able to update as often as I'd like, but I'm sure going to try.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Well, I'm sure all of you are dying to know what vehicle I picked. I've decided to keep that to myself until I can post a picture, which should be sometime this weekend. We're going to pick it up Friday night, and I'm very excited. Andy has spoiled me with new cars every few years, but I do enjoy it.

I know everyone else has pretty much posted their Christmas pictures, so now I'm going to add mine.

My beautiful family. Darn, they sure are cute!

Here you can see that Drew is not thrilled with unwrapping presents, he just watched most of the time.
However, once the presents were open, he was all about playing with them.

And of course she got her first bike from Grandma & Grandpa Adsit.

Hmm. Another Care Bear. Don't we have about eight more of these floating around somewhere. No, that's right, Anna has to sleep with all of them every single night. And let's hope none of them ever go missing or get left somewhere, not a good scenario.

Christmas morning Anna was very excited to open her gifts from Santa. However, I must have been blessed with great children. They didn't wake up until after 9:30. That would probably be because they were up until almost midnight the night before though.

And here is Drew Christmas morning. Apparently, he still wasn't ready to get out of bed yet. He did cheer up after a while though.

And here are all the kids later on in the day. Unfortunately you can never get all of them to look at you at once during a picture.

Well, there is our Christmas in a nut shell. The kids definitely enjoyed it, and that's all that matters to me.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Decisions, Decisions

Hello all. Yes, I am still here, just not posting as much as I would like to. One of my resolutions for this year is to try to update more often.

I will include some Christmas pictures of the kids, but first I need some opinions from all of you.

I need a new car. We currently lease my 2007 Trailblazer which is due to go back to GM by the end of March. However, I'm about to go over my miles, so we are going to turn it in this month. As we are within three months of the end date, there is no penalty for this. My dilemma is, do I purchase another Trailblazer or, do I go with the new Traverse? I really do love driving the Blazer, but have test driven a Traverse and really like that as well. The Trailblazer would be four wheel drive, while the Traverse would be front wheel drive, but with the new Stabilitrack. This stops you from sliding at all. We tried it out on some icy back roads and Andy couldn't even come close the to sliding or even fishtailing. Also, I really like the look of the Traverse. I have included a picture of both the Trailblazer and Traverse below.

A new 2009 Trailblazer
A new 2009 Traverse

Another difference, Traverse has third row seating which makes it very easy to fit 8 people. And I do mean 8 Adult people. We did get in the back and you can easily fit three full sized adults in the last row with plenty of room. Probably the only down fall is it makes the Traverse a little longer than the Trailblazer and there are more blindspots because of the way the windows are set up.

So, I need each of you to vote on which one you would purchase. I'm hoping this will help me decide what to do. Andy has pretty much left it mostly up to me because it's my vehicle.

In conclusion, I'll add a few pictures of the kids around Christmas time.

This picture took about twenty minutes to take because of course they wouldn't sit next to each other.Here is Drew being oh so cute. This ended up being our Christmas picture for the year.

Here is Anna's Christmas picture for the year.

And just as a bonus. Here is a picture of Hannah and Mom at our Christmas party.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Okay, so let's try this again.

As you all know by now, Anna had her 4th Birthday party. This year she picked a theme of Hello Kitty. Not quite sure how she decided that, but that's what she wanted.

Here she is calmly waiting to open her presents.
Here she is once she was finally able to start opening.Here she is with her cake.

And of course Drew didn't want to be left out. Pretty much all the pictures I take of him right now his eyes are closed because he's trying to smile as big as he can. It's kind of cute.Oh and I can't forget my friend Kathy. I know she checks this out every once in a while, so she may kill me, but eventually she'll forgive me for sharing this attractive picture of her.

Okay, now on to Halloween. Anna decided she wanted to be the Tooth Fairy. How do you make a Tooth Fairy costume, well, this is what we came up with.
We used her flower girl dress from Loretta's wedding, some Barbie wings and tiara that she already had and some glitter. Of course she wanted everyone to know that she wasn't just any fairy, but the Tooth Fairy, so she drew a tooth and cut it out for a necklace. She was happy, so that's all that matters.

Drew on the other hand wasn't so thrilled. Anna wore this same costume when she was one. It definitely makes it difficult to get them in and out of the car seat and they just end up frustrated. I think he ended up having fun anyway.

Last but not least for this post. Thank you Aunt Carrie for the books. As I said before, Anna is a bookworm, so she was ecstatic when she received these in the mail.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Okay, I've been trying to post for over a week now. I just can't seem to get pictures to work. I was having trouble with this site and now I can't get photobucket to work. So, I will hopefully repost tomorrow with pictures.

Aunt Carrie, Anna says "Thank you" for her new books. I have a cute picture of her holding them, which I will hopefully post tomorrow. Like me she is a book lover and I immediately had to read her "The Cat in the Hat." She has now declared that her favorite book.

So, tomorrow's post will include birthday party pictures, Halloween pictures, and Anna with her new books.

Have a great day watching football!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Success!! Well, Sort Of

Okay, just to get this out of the way. Yes, I am way behind on my blogging, and yes, I will try to be better.

Now on to the important stuff. Andy and I have an extremely stubborn daughter. She only wants to do what she wants when she wants. She will be four at the end of October and we have been unable to get her potty trained. We've tried everything. Sticker charts, stickers, candy, wearing pullups, wearing underwear and just plain bribery. Nothing works. The child plays in her pee if she's wearing underwear, so obviously being wet doesn't bother her.

Well, we've started preschool and they promised to help us out. At first we sent her in pullups and they make her sit on the potty three times during the three hours that she's there. She can't go outside or play until she sits for a certain amount of time. She went the first two weeks without ever going in her pullup or the potty at school. So, her teacher thought underwear would be a good idea. That hasn't worked so well. She had three accidents in the four day she was there this week. At one point we thought she may have went, so we gave her a coveted prize that's been in our closet for the last six month. Share Bear the Care Bear. However, after that she wouldn't go on the potty again. So, Daddy took Share Bear back and put her back in the closet.

I've received two phone calls today. The first to report a success sitting on the potty and going. The second to let me know Anna asked to go and actually went. You would not believe how excited that makes me. We've been working so hard to make this happen for the last few years. And of course I don't want her to be the only kid in her class still wearing diapers. Now, I realize that this doesn't mean we're out of the woods, but I can see daylight!!

I think Share Bear will be coming out of the closet tonight. At least for a visit. We'll have to determine if he can stay and play.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Last Weekend

Well, I did promise to post about our weekend, however another weekend has passed since. But that's okay, I'll still tell you about it.

Andy and I took a much deserved weekend away without the kids. This is very hard for me, because I've never left either of my two kids for more than one night at a time. Yes, it's true, and yes this was only two nights, so I got over it. It's not that I don't trust my children with other people, it's just that working full time, the weekend is really the only quality time I get to spend with them, so I feel terrible when I don't.
Where did we go, you ask? Well, we have some friends who live in Sutton's Bay. So, we took Andy's fathers boat up with us and had some fun. Unfortunatley, the weather didn't quite cooperate with us. It was a great day for boating on Saturday, but a little to cold and windy for swimming.

Here we are hanging out in the boat.
We were out on Lake Leelanau and apparently you can boat down a chanel and dock. A quick walk across the street and you find yourself here.
Yup, Fish Town. The only thing we really did while we docked here was get some ice cream and take this picture.Okay, generally I'm not all that impressed by boats, but if you look closely at this one you'll see another boat on top. The boat on top was about the size of the one we had, approximately 16 feet. On the other side of that boat? A Jeep. I have no idea who owned this boat, but I bet it's gorgeous inside and most definitely bigger than my house.

I'll leave you with one final picture of Lake Leelanau.