Wherein Andy turns 30

By Moriah on May 13th, 2011

I know at least a couple of people are dying to know how last night went and here’s where I should just tell you I totally lied yesterday about having a small family party for Andy’s 30th.

We had a surprise party and actually pulled it off.

A couple of funny things inevitably happened. He showed up at home on Jim’s motorcycle, borrowed for fun (what else would Andy do on his 30th birthday?). But that meant his car was still at the office. Which we needed to “go out to dinner.” So my mom and I had to squeeze in picking up his car along with all our crazy running around town for last-minute party stuff.

Logistically, it was interesting getting her and the kids out the door BEFORE US when they were just “going to the park.” Thankfully Andy didn’t ask too many questions. I already felt like I was in the hot seat, trying to come up with explanations/excuses on the fly.

Then when we were trying to leave, the heavens opened and TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR ensued. What in the world?! It wasn’t even raining over by the church! The highway was slooooooow going because of poor visibility. I thought we’d never get there and it was doubly frustrating knowing tons of people were standing around waiting for us. Oh and THEN, my sister and two of my kids (finishing up the last of the food when we left) passed us on the highway. Me, trying not to laugh, PRAYING Andy hadn’t noticed.

When we got off the exit I made him lay his seat back and cover his eyes since I forgot a blindfold. He thought we drove way past the church and was a little surprised when we ended up there. Everyone had parked in the back so the entire parking lot looked empty. I told him we had to just pick something up someone had left there for us and then we could go to dinner. Ha. Worked like a charm.

So it all worked out in the end.

9 years later

By Moriah on May 11th, 2011

Happy Anniversary Andy! Love you more than ever!

No ordinary Tuesday

By Moriah on May 10th, 2011

We had a birthday party for a little friend last night at the pool. (Today’s high is supposed to be 90 – hello, summer.) My mom is staying until Saturday (let’s all say a prayer of thanksgiving) and so she kept Arianna while the rest of us went to the party.

(I love my baby girl but) I cannot tell you how relaxing it was to just SIT and CHAT and EAT and not chase or feed anyone. I love parties where the dads play, too.

Andy’s first house is closing today. We are SO thankful to be on this side of the process! Lots of lessons learned and I’m sure more to come. He kept telling me through the job hunting that he had a feeling we’d be pleasantly surprised “when all this is over” and I couldn’t help sometimes but to smirk. I KNOW God is faithful and I KNOW He always had a plan for us. But sometimes it’s hard to see and it’s hard to keep going, blind and without any sort of reassurance.

And yet here we are.

Welp, I’m meeting a friend for tea in just a bit and have an OB appointment later this afternoon. (So I guess I should at least wash my face.) Oh, speaking of OB appointments, I haven’t gone to any in at least 2 months. Sick kids, no babysitter, storms, no power… I had to cancel several times. That glucose test? Still haven’t had it. I thought I could squeeze by without it since I’m rather close but no, the nurse wants me to take it anyway. (Ugh.)

And G sent me a coupon for kids-eat-free at Chili’s so I’m thinkin’ we’re going to do that tonight. Celebrate Andy’s first closing – why not? (He can eat vegan there, right? ;) Besides, our 9th anniversary is tomorrow and he turns 30 on Thursday. Enough to celebrate for an entire week, yes?

Friday morning, with muffins

By Moriah on April 15th, 2011

This looked so bright and cheery on the kids’ breakfast table this morning. We’re expecting a storm today so I’ve got all the lights on and I’m staying in my comfy pants. I can’t go anywhere either, since our mechanic is attempting to slide our van past the state emissions test today. (Let’s all groan together now.)

In other news, Andy is LOVING his new work. He is sooooooo busy though. (Like came home from the office past midnight a few days last week.) I did text him one night and said “you better be working and not just shooting the breeze!!!!” He wrote back “ha!” (I’m always a little suspicious because he’s working with a good friend and they have a really great time together.) But, regardless, sooo thankful. Now if we can just eek by until the first closing (earlyish May). God is faithful and does provide. The end.


By Moriah on December 20th, 2010

Our church choir had their Christmas concert last night. Not that you can tell from this distance, but Andy is seventh from the left, second row from the top.



December Photo Project

har har

By Moriah on December 7th, 2010

mini scoop

This one needs a little backstory. Sometimes, Andy thinks he’s so very funny to bring me the smallest serving possible when I ask for something. This was last night’s “bowl” of chocolate ice cream. In a ramekin. (He usually has the real one waiting around the corner.)

(Also, he brought me a CRUMB when I asked for a corn chip to scoop up the last of my chili at dinner.)

Day 7.
December Photo Project

The Have Nots (Andy Edition)

By Moriah on July 19th, 2010

(Dear Andy, thank you for providing me with blog posts.)

First, a little backstory. Or two.

Andy’s gone through a couple (ahem) cell phones. Dropped one in a can of paint; I think another got the washer treatment… stuff like that. So we typically buy $20 cheap phones from ebay instead of paying for phone insurance each month on top of a $50 deductible for a replacement. All that to say, he’s currently without a phone because we are waiting on another one to arrive.  It’s a pain.

So, last night, he left to make a coffee/ice cream/Redbox run since we’re out of coffee beans. A friend had given us some pumpkin spice coffee, which is great for me, but since Andy is a coffee purist he said he couldn’t have two mornings in a row with flavored coffee.  (I know.  High maintenance.)  And since he’s without a phone, he took mine.

I was sitting on the couch, minding my own business and nursing the baby, when there was a knock at the front door.  (I should also mention that it was 10:45 at night.)  I wondered why on earth he knocked instead of just using his key but it turned out to be my neighbor instead: Andy had locked his keys in his car and was waiting for me at the Redbox.  He had to call her to reach me because we have no house line and again, HE HAD MY PHONE.

She took the baby, and I jumped in my van to go rescue my stranded hubby.  I thought about how nice that ice cream was going to smell come this morning, locked overnight in a car and all, and mentioned that when I picked him up.

Maybe, except it turns out he never even made it to Walmart!  Apparently there had been an accident and some rerouting so he turned around and decided to get the movie first.  Stopped at the Redbox and was chatting on my phone with one of his buddies and the next thing he knows, he has a movie but no car.  (Well I mean, he has a car, but no way to drive it.)  Oops.

No coffee.

No ice cream.

No keys.

No car.

And [we died laughing at this point], still no phone!

Happy Father’s Day!

By Moriah on June 20th, 2010

When I came home from dropping the girls at their princess party, this is what I found:

ari and blueberries

Arianna, covered in blueberries.

ari daddy blueberry

(Vintage 1960’s edit via Picnik.)

He had pureed blueberries and apples for her IN OUR [cleaned out] COFFEE GRINDER. (Such an Andy thing to do.) And apparently she loved it!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads!

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