Monday, September 27, 2010

A Late Update

It's late and I have no time to do a proper post but here's a quick update.  Congratulations to Roland!  The awesome brother who took the M & M challenge and posted first.  Way to go Roland.  I am thrilled to be sending you your extra large bag of M & Ms.

So what is new in our family?  Not much.  Troy just went to the store for milk at 9:45 pm.  He was home all day with me and no where in there did we find time to go get some milk.  He was exhausted but he still went.  What a guy.  Why did he have a day off you ask?  After all he didn't go to dental school where you can pick and choose your schedule right?  He's a busy Neuro Opthamologist.  But he does take days off from time to time to "sharpen his saw."  Anyone read 7 habits of highly effective people by Steven R Covey?  He talks about taking a day off to recoup and sharpen yourself up so you can 'cut' more productively the next day.  He ran ten miles today as well preparing for his marathon in October.  So I am not sure if you could have called today restful for him.  He's beat!  Another interesting (gross) tidbit... he just went downstairs and found a glob of corn chips held together with melted cheese in our hobby room.  We like to enforce the 'no eating outside the kitchen' rule at our house.  Someone must have taken those cheese chips "to go."  Must have been the infamous 'not me.'  He does everything around here.  I hate that guy!

Well with that I will close this post and add a picture of my beautiful girls at the beach last August.  Have a wonderful day!


Friday, September 24, 2010



Since Kelly Baby took the time to set this up and since I Love Kelly, I thought I'd blog even though I hate it! I thought about just stealing some stuff from my families blog, but I'm the king there here I'm just an indian, so I'll just write a short post, post some pics and take home the prize thanks Kelly BABBBBBBY!

I've gone to a 3 day work week and I have to say that I have mostly wasted the extra time but, I have fished more, gone on more family vacations, gone boating more, seen more grandkids, taught both boys to wakeboard this summer, and generally played a lot. Unfortunately my finacial picture has gotten worse but, with my carreer I am glad to still have a job and money in the bank, in case I don't have a job next month.

So here are a few pics of my family, that should tell of some of the time I have spent playing over this last 2 years working 3 days a week.

Looks like the number of pics you can post is limited so, this is all you get for this blog!


Saturday, September 18, 2010

I am a Child of God

Hey family!
It's Kelly again wondering where all of you are out there.  No posts from anyone but me so far.  I know I sent out nearly 40 invites and many of you know how to post.  Perhaps I did the invite thing wrong and maybe I will try again.  But in the mean time here is a video of my sons playing a duet on their violins.  You may recognize the tune.  Drew is my younger son playing the main tune and he has been taking violin for just about a year with his current teacher.  She is fabulous and he has made great strides with her.  He did have some lessons before in Iowa but that teacher wasn't as great.  Nathan has been taking for going on 7 years now and wanted me to let you know that is NOT the hardest thing he knows how to play.  It might just be the sweetest thing to my ears though... 

I think that if you have interest in contributing to KGC blend maybe I will have to give some instructions, and possibly some incentive....I believe you need a google account and have to set one up (with a password) if you don't have that yet.  If you already have a blog through blogger like Marie, Rhonda, Roland and myself then you already have an account.  If not get someone to help you set up an account.  

To create a post, first go to the KGC Blend webiste (the one you're looking at now if you are reading this) you have to click on the orange and white B up in the top left corner. (It's the blogger logo) If you are viewing the website that is where it always is.  After clicking there you should see another blue tab to click that says "new post."  It will then take you to the title slot.  Choose a title for your entry, click in the writing space below (or type the 'tab' button on your keyboard and it will take you there) and start writing.  When you are finished click the orange tab that says "publish post" at the bottom left-hand corner and you are finished!  So easy.  I would be happy to walk any of you through the process on the phone if you like.  My number is 301-570-1157.  

Now for some incentive.  I will mail the first author (besides me) an extra extra large bag of peanut M & Ms as soon as possible.  You won't believe how much better the M & M's taste when they come from Maryland.  Good luck!  

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Calling all Family

Hello!  Here is a new blog I have set up for all of us to contribute to.  Similar to the family letters that Mom (Grandma Gwen) used to organize and send out to us all, this will be a way for the internet to help us keep in touch.  Many of us have our individual blogs but now there will be a central location for us to read up about one and all.  I have been thinking of doing this for a long time but haven't sat down to do it yet.

Reading an essay by Megan Vogel has inspired me to start this blog today.  It gave me new insight into who this niece of mine is who I rarely see but now know a bit better.  You can write updates or have your kids write here.  You can copy their creative work if it's awesome (or even if it's not) and post it here for all of us to relish.  You should also know that only the authors, as in those I have invited to be authors, can read this blog.  It is not open to all the world.  If you or one of your kids want to be added to the author's list just send their email to me at and I will send them an invitation.  As it stands now I have sent invites to all Keith and Gwen's kids, their spouses, and the grandkids who are on the family stats list.  If it needs updating, and I sent emails to the wrong address, then please let me know this as well.

I have had so much fun learning about extended family through blogging.  Rhonda's, Roland's and Diane's kids all have interesting blogs that I will be glad to post links to here on the sidebar (computer lingo for the side for you newbies).  All you need to do is click the links and check in on them if you have the desire.  So far I have set up family blogs on the side bar that are open public blogs.  I can take them off or add more as you wish.  Just let me know, I completely understand if someone doesn't want their blog on the side bar of this family blog.

Now without further rambling here is Megan's essay.  She had to write this for her English class.  It was her "I am Sarah" assignment but was supposed to be about herself.  I particularly enjoyed the part about the feet...

(I will be posting instructions on how to post in the next day or two for those who are confused as to what to do next)

I am Megan and I am extensive. Capturing the essence of who I am would take a lifetime of work, a mountain of paper, and the work ethic of a beaver on steroids. I am confusing and confused. I am something that I doubt even I could explain. I am Megan and I am an enigma.

I am Megan and I detest feet. Feet are one of the few things that push me towards violence. Feet are disgusting. Bony feet, flat feet, stinky feet, dry feet, calloused feet, and particularly big, ugly feet always seem to be in my space. I don’t even like my own feet. I am Megan and you had best keep your feet away from me.
 I am Megan and I am bubbly! Mix that with some hyperactivity and a bit of ADD, and you will get a big pot of me. This is me within the chaos of my comfort zone. I talk too loud, and I think too little. I am driven by emotion rather than logic. I am Megan and I am a highly reactive substance.
 I am Megan and I am the laziest overachiever you will ever find. I do math problems by hand, because I’m too lazy to stand up and get my calculator. I procrastinate, complain, rationalize, excuse and wing my way through life on a whim. I then get mad at myself when at 11:00 at night I’m still working on my "I am Sarah..." paper. I am Megan and I am sleep deprived.
 I am Megan and I am an artist. I am an author and my writing can give me a voice where often my voice fails. I am a musician and my music can convey any emotion. I am the rain dancer, the sun-shiner, and the puddle-jumper. I am strange, I am different, and I am Megan.