Sunday, April 29, 2007

My Weekend

As the weekend comes to a close I thought I would give everyone a recap of what the Milbourn clan did. Saturday morning included a quick trip to Terre Haute, with an expensive stop at Sam's club. We don't go there very often, thankfully, cause we can never seem to leave without spending at least $100. This time was no exception.

After that we came home, had lunch and just hung out, doing yardwork, I took the solar cover off the pool and cleaned it, and then one child even braved the cool temps of the pool and went swimming. By the way the water has warmed up to 68 degrees.

Maren's birthday is coming up next weekend, and she has been wanting either a gymnastics mat to practice on which is WAY to expensive for the small size of it, or a trampoline to practice on. We chose the trampoline -since we figured the other kids could get good use out of it too.

WELL, that was a big mistake. We went ahead and purchased it at Wally world, yesterday, and started putting it together. Let me first say that I have always DESPISED putting things together!! I will go so far as at Christmas as to specifically pick things out for the kids that don't need to be put together. Which now that I think about it is kinda weird, because I use to love putting models of cars, and thing like lincoln logs together as a child. So I'm not sure where I lost my patience. It could be with the 5 yr. old standing next to me right now, as I am typing this, asking me 50 questions, and singing the song "Lifesong" in my ear very LOUDLY. Ok, he left, anyway, where was I?

Oh yeah, the trampoline from hell!!!
Well, to make a long story short, this trampoline came with horrible directions, we got the base-frame put all the way together, only to figure out afterward, that we had did it wrong, and had to take it almost all the way apart, and start over, which caused me to begin losing my patience Big Time!! And then my sweet sister(Love ya honey!!) if you should read this, who happens to live next door and is outside in her front yard, while all this is going on, starts to HECKLE me. YES, I said HECKLE!!!

Comments like, "What's a matter Denny?" "Having troubles over there??" "You better calm down!!" She just kept at it, and a rage built up inside me, like a pot of water quickly heading to a boiling point. I had an instaneous thought to run screaming across the yard and knock her flat.
But then I quickly came back to my senses, and realized that we were not 9 and 7 years old again respectively, and she WAS a girl, so I pulled myself together and ignored her and she eventually shut up. So after about 2-3 hours total of messing with this monster(the trampoline not my sister) -we called it quits for the day. Everything was completed except for the cage(netting)that goes around it, to keep the kids from falling off, at which point I didn't care if it ever got put on.

We did live on the edge , and let the kids jump on it for awhile yesterday. (More pictures below). Today, the netting did go on a little smoother, my sister was outside again , but kept quiet.(I think she is really scared of me!) and when the kids did get on the trampoline,when it was completely finished,suprisingly it did not collapse on them. HALLELUJAH!!!

We ended the evening having supper with some friends, and then had band practice at church, where we learned the song "His Grace is Enough", by Chris Tomlin.

So that's all I got for ya!!

Monday, April 23, 2007


I have been reminded several times by some of my "Favorite Peeps", that I have not posted any pictures from our recent vacation. So over the next few weeks or so I am going to occasionally, do just that. We vacationed in St. Pete Beach, Florida. I LOVE the beach! I think I could literally spend days at a time just sitting by the ocean. The vastness of it is astounding to me. There is nothing like watching the waves come in and out. It is soooo relaxing.

My favorite time though is sunset. Everything takes on a whole new look. Around 3-4 o'clock, the crowds thin out as people head inside to get cleaned up to go out for supper. Then about 45 minutes to 1 hour before sunset, the atmosphere changes from the bustling beach that it was earlier. Families and couples head back out to watch the glorious event. You can see cameras flashing at times as everyone tries to capture the sunset. As the sun slowly dips into the sea, you can hear shouts and claps from everyone on the beach. I choose to think they are shouts of praise to our heavenly Father, who created this all just for us!! No two sunsets are the same. It is truly amazing to me, how the colors of the sky change minute by minute as the sun lowers on the horizon. So just relax and enjoy!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Freaky Weather

Does anyone have Big Al's phone number? I want to give him a call and tell him what I think of his GLOBAL WARMING theory!! :) Maybe he needs to look at the weather we have been having in the U.S the past week or so and rethink it.

What do you all think of this crazy weather? We arrived home from Florida Sunday evening to freezing temperatures, after having 82-83 temps last week. It was beautiful!! Sorry! don't mean to brag. =) I think it was fairly warm here for part of the time we were gone. I have plenty of pictures to follow in later posts of the trip. We had alot of fun.

On Monday, we got a call from our friends at Integrity Pools and Spas, wanting to come open our pool. They said if they didn't do it now it would be awhile before they could get us in, as they are getting really busy. If you know me, you know how much I love warm weather and spending time by the pool or beach so I said sure, go ahead, that way we won't have to wait later when the temps warm back up. So all week we have had this crystal clear pool sitting there , tempting me to just jump in, except for the one small fact that there are small ICEBERGS floating in the water!! OK, so there's no ice yet, but I wouldn't be suprised if I turned off the pump and let the water stop circulating. I have thought about starting a local chapter of the Polar Bear Club-except my heart would probably stop, and no one else in my family knows CPR. Any takers out there who would like to join me??? If not I guess I will keep looking out the window longingly waiting for some warm, Summer days! or fork over some money and buy a pool heater. Tempting!!

What's wrong with this Picture? Could it be the falling snow in April???

The water temp is a balmy 48 degrees. The other freaky thing going on in Milbourn land is with our lawn. It's fluorescent green in some areas.--almost as if a martian has landed and rolled around in certain parts.

At first I thought it was just the spots where our dog goes out to do her duty, but usually when she does this the grass just gets really tall and stays a dark green. There's too many areas that are too large for it to just be her alone-unless she's inviting her friends over when we're not here. Oh well, another unsolved mystery--let me know if you have any ideas.

Well that's all I got right now. My Non-complaining proofreader will probably tell me this post is just a bunch of complaining!!

It's not though, I'm just making some observations on life!!