May 26, 2008


Mom gave me three boxes of old school stuff last night. Lots of it was from the 1988-89 school year, when I was a sophomore in high school and Bonnie was in 7th grade. I always felt like a bit of an outsider in school because I didn't have a closeknit circle of friends. But looking back now, I realize I had a pretty good high school experience (if rather bland--I was SUCH a goodie goodie). Tenth grade was full of eventful moments:

  • being in the school musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It wasn't a performance of the caliber MHS is famous for now, but it was still a blast (we were mourning the loss of Grace Holland and were under the direction of a very, shall we say, green teacher who I don't think is there anymore). If you know Joseph, then you know the music is amazing. I can still sing along to almost the entire score when I see the show. Andrew Charon made us all tye-dyed, oversized t-shirts that were part of our costumes; I still have mine--and wear it instead of a robe in the bathroom (yes, it's that long). Matt Philaya played Joseph, Jeff Greenwood was Jacob, and a lot of other classmates were in the show, too.

  • competing in the All American Marching Band competitition in Orlando, FL and taking 2nd place. It was my first time flying, my first time at Disneyworld, really my first big trip anywhere (you can vouch for that, right Bon?). I had such a crush on Josh Alexander. He was a senior and the drum major leading us all. I think he's a principal somewhere now...

  • earning a spot as a varsity volleyball cheerleader. I loved cheering for VB because it was a sport where I actually understood all the rules. Our squad got along really well too, and that was the year the Spuds went all the way to state and won! I remember going to Burger King with the other cheerleaders after home games and eating french fries dipped in mayonnaise. Obviously, fat and calorie content wasn't a huge concern for us in 1988.

Here's what we were listening to that year:

1. Faith, George Michael

2. Need You Tonight, INXS

3. Got My Mind Set On You, George Harrison

4. Never Gonna Give You Up, Rick Astley

5. Sweet Child O' Mine, Guns N' Roses

6. So Emotional, Whitney Houston

7. Heaven Is A Place On Earth, Belinda Carlisle

8. Could've Been, Tiffany

9. Hands To Heaven, Breathe

10. Roll With It, Steve Winwood

11. One More Try, George Michael

12. Wishing Well, Terence Trent d'Arby

Hope you had fun going back to the 80s!

Dog Doo Doo

So, what do you do when your year old dog STILL isn't housetrained? Yesterday morning Dory peed on the loveseat. FOR THE SECOND TIME. I was SO TICKED! After scrubbing down the large puddle, this little episode spurred us to vacuum, spot treat, and steam clean the carpet in the den, half the living room, and the carpet at the top of the stairs--all places that smell suspiciously of dog urine. When I let Dory in from the backyard later that evening, she followed me upstairs and then, apparently, peed on the steps! Kris discovered it because he stepped in it. I swear, I've had it and so has he. Do we try to give the dog away? Is there a way to train her better? I mean, it's not like training a dog to sit, stay, or heel. Oh, and she also has a spot in the living room where she poops fairly often, too. If anyone has advice, I'm all ears.

Hope at 4 Months

Just relaxin' in the bath...ahh....

I love my Grandma Jeanne! I love my Grandma Carol, too--Mommy just needs to take a picture of the two of us together!

Here I am with Mommy on our first Mother's Day together.

May 10, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

To all moms out there--I hope your Mother's Day is full of love, joy, relaxation, and laughter.

May 5, 2008

Mommy's office

At 2:00 this afternoon I was buying a cup of coffee from the vending machine on the first floor of Lommen Hall (this is the building at MSUM where my office is as well as where Ross's preschool is). As I turned to go back upstairs, Jessica (Ross's teacher), Ross, and Chloe were walking toward me. They were on their way to the gym after naptime. Ross, who is hardly ever outwardly affectionate the way Grant is, drew close to me as they approached. As I hugged him hello he looked at me questioningly with his big blue eyes, and his lips actually started to quiver. Tears welled up in his eyes when he realized I wasn't picking him up to go home. It was almost as though he tried to be "strong" and then couldn't bear it any longer--his face twisted as he started to cry. Well, I was so moved by his emotions that I told him he could come to my office with me. That's one major perk to my job--I can bring my child to my office whenever I want to (not that it happens all that often), and thankfully I wasn't too busy to do that today. Ross and I "worked" together for about 45 minutes: I replied to emails and listened to voicemails as he noticed family pictures on my wall, ate a tootsie roll, ate some pretzels, and then dumped the entire bag of pretzel sticks on the chair and floor (he was trying to put some more in the bowl I had given him). We also went to the Dean's Office down the hall. All in all, I had just as much fun as Ross did!

May 3, 2008

Online Pics

It's been a few weeks since I've had a chance to sit down and blog. I got up early this morning just so I could have some computer time before the kids wake up. Grant is already down here with me, and Hope is starting to talk in her crib.

I wanted to share with all of you that we have two online galleries up at the Haney's Photography website. We had Ross's two year and Hope's 3 month pics taken together. If you go to "online galleries" and type in the password: rossandhope you can view the images. I think they're amazing. The other gallery is from Hope's newborn pictures and that password is: hopecarolinegillett.

Check them out if you have a few minutes.