Thursday, July 22, 2010


Last week, out of the blue, Miles comes up to be and says "I like Justin Bieber.  You like Justin Bieber, Beth?"  How could I say no?  It was waaaay too cute.  I hear his crazy aunt Sarah is to blame.  It is pretty funny!

Yesterday we were playing Monopoly with the older boys I have this week.  We had been playing for about 20 - 30 minutes and Harrison was counting his money and starting singing "I want to be a billionaire, soooo frickin' baaad!"  I almost went berserk!  I gave him an evil look and then I turned on poor Brogan and Declan!!  "Did you guys teach him that?!?!"  "NO!!!"  Harrison looked at me and said "Dad lets us listen to it on the radio all the time!" 

I long for the days of John Prine and The Beatles and the Grateful Dead and many the more drug induced artists I listed to as a child...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Kara - A 6 word memoir

The following is an email I got from my friend Jennifer.  If you by chance do not know, I lost my best friend to leukemia in September of 2004.  It was tragic and heartbreaking in so many ways.  In honor and remembrance of her, I and many others participate in Light the Night sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Every year we do team t-shirts for our Light the Night walk in honor of Kara.  This year we are putting together a collection of 6 word memoirs that will be on the t-shirt somewhere.  Please submit one.  It doesn't matter how you knew Kara or how well you knew Kara.  Just please submit one.  She was a very special person and is missed terribly.  

Unforgettable. This year's team t-shirt is a collection of
the ways we remember Kara- in words.  It's a tribute to the
six word memoir books.  You get six words to share your
perspective/insight, I've written a few examples below.
Whether you have walked every year, never walked, donated or
not- if you remember Kara in some way- please write your six
words and send them back so we can fill the t-shirt.

Object Sample:  The coolest dollhouse on Wilson Street
Behavior Sample:  8 o’clock bedtime even during summer
Biography Sample: Loved the Lobster/Olive Garden discount
Memoir Sample: Thought we would still be golf-carting

There is only one rule- SIX WORDS. Don't worry about grammar
or punctuation- just write. PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO ANYONE

Not sure what to write? Here are the first results.

Our sister lived two doors down – Kathryn House

Stealing Jod's cheesecake after much drinking. – Nathan

Laughing doing donughts on school sidewalk. – Nathan

"I want to hear some Beasties" – Katy Wethal
Take care,

Please leave me a comment either on facebook or here on my blog.  Either place and I will get them to Jennifer.  

Also - if you feel like going the extra mile.  JOIN US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We walk every year in Davenport.  It is a wonderful experience and helps keep Kara alive.  That was her BIGGEST fear.  That she would be forgotten.  Please show her that she wasn't either by submitting a memoir or by joining us on the walk.  It doesn't matter if this is your first year.  Just come.  The walk this year is on September 24th at Modern Woodman Park in Davenport.  Please try and let me know in advance so we can get a t-shirt ordered for you.  They are usually around $10.00.  We usually get together at the Steeplegate Inn afterwards for beverages and stories.  If that doesn't work for this year, I will volunteer my in-laws backyard!  (Hi Pam!!!!)  Kara wouldn't have it any other way!

On an exciting side note - In 2011, Kara will be the memorial honoree for the Night the Light walk in Omaha, Nebraska.  We are all very excited for her to be recognized in this way.  

Thursday, July 8, 2010


I have 'garden' coming out of my ears right now.  And it is only going to get worse.  The zucchini and cucumbers are about to explode and the tomatoes are right behind them.  Harrison and I are currently picking peas and green beans.  We have about 8 lbs of green beans and 3 times that many left to pick, plus they are in full bloom again!  Holy green beans.  While picking green beans, Harrison was being a little rough on the plants (not really his fault, just his age) so I sent him over to the peas.  He said he was on pea patrol!  Anyway, after he got done picking them this is what he said to me;

"I don't really know if I should tell you this.  I mean, he's being secretive and a little shady.  I think he is trying to keep this from you.  I mean, really, (whisper) Dad doesn't like peas."