Monday, April 21, 2008


Saturday was Johnny's first game of tee-ball. The team (The Red Sox, even though they wear blue) have already played three games so he is coming into the season a little bit late, but we thought it would help him get ready for next year. After this game we have realized that we may need to go over the rules a bit. When he played 1st base he would fight the runner to be the one to stand on the base. When he was in the outfield he went for a ball that two other players had already gone for, but when he got there he jumped on the pile and was not getting up till he got the ball. It was more like a fumbled football. So we need to cover the fact that they are all on the same team and working together. It was fun to see him throw the ball he really does have a pretty good arm. Everyone standing on the side lines were amazed at how far he could throw it. They also kept saying they needed to get a clock on that arm. Overall it was a good experience and so cute to watch.

My favorite picture

Johnny is baseball ready, with a cute little bum .

This is him and another player a bit side-tracked


Going home

Cute new uniform

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Island Adventure

Two weeks ago we took a little trip out to Calleva's island which is in the middle of the Potomac river for those who don't know. As we paddled down we noticed these beautiful bluebells smothering the island and every where else. We did not have our camera's with us but decided that we would come back for pictures this past Saturday the 19th. It was a great time and the scenery was breathtaking (this time of year it always is). The kids had a blast gathering bluebells and climbing up and down the treehouses that Calleva has built on the island. Between Jen and our family we took tons of pics and we narrowed our's down to these. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

One small incident happened while paddling home. Big John steered us right into a rock and we ended up sideways against it. The boat slowly started to turn backwards and before we knew it we went over a rapid backwards and flipped. Yep, you said it. John, me, Johnny, George and James dumped out of the boat and into the cold Potomac. John was able to save Johnny and James rather quickly but when we went to rescue George (who was in front of the canoe) it took him under. We were both a little nervous and sort of laughing at the sight. George was the only one who didn't cry, yet he probably had the most tramatic experience amongst us all. After that little episode we think Johnny and James are done with canoes. Jennifer and Nick were kicking themselves for not videoing the ordeal but did manage to take some pics after the fact. We will post those later.

Moral of the story:
Don't take a rapid backwards or sideways unless you want to get DUMPED!!
Just being goofy

I love his blue eyes

Cute smile

Best Kiss

Love this


The wiggly bridge

The island we canoed to was covered with these beautiful bluebells.

We made it across the wiggly bridge.

So picturesque!



Best buds

Am I done


(By Johnny Miller)
1. Song that always makes you sad? Lucille by Kenny Rogers
2. Last thing you bought? We just bought the boys their summer pair of crocs. They love the things.
3. Last person you argued with? Kelley. Dumb stuff
4. One of your stuffed animals' names as a kid? I did not have one but defer that question to Billy, Jody McCords gay roommate who had 300 stuffed animals on his double sized bed. puke!!
5. Did you ever own at one time own a Michael Jackson Cd? CD no.. Record yes.. To this day I think that is Jill's and mines biggest fight. Dad bought it at Kmart and we both wanted it. I lost that fight and it stayed in the bad breath room of Jennifer and Jill.
6. Favorite day of the week? Friday
7. Did you take Piano lessons? Yes.. Some lady by mountain view theatres and Sister Sullivan. I think she asked me once if Jennifer could swim well.
8. Most frequent song played? Right now? Probably, "It ain't me babe" by Joaquin Phoenix. Sorry Johnny Cash, Joaquin is better.
9. T.V. show you secretly enjoy? Saved by the Bell.
10. Favorite scents? James' head after a shower. Kelley's perfume, yummy.
11. Date someone older or younger? Married someone younger. I don't date, salvation is to important.
12. One place you could travel right now? Anywhere with a beach
13 Favorite time of the day? Purchase order time, that means I am making money.
14. Do you know all the words to the national anthem? Sure
15. Something you're wearing right now? Hot garms and bball shorts
16. Job you've had? Keuken, Keuken UP, (you just yelled that in your head if you know what it is, didn't you), busboy, Abercrombie guy, heavy machinery operator, MADD satellite manager
17. Did you go to your high school prom? Not Senior prom just Junior prom with Mary Coons.
18. Perfect time to wake up? 8:00am
19. Perfect time to go to bed? 1am
20. Favorite soda? Pepsi (no diet)
21. Ever been in a car accident? Yes, with dad and Jek around the corner from the Belhaven house.
22. Closer to mom or dad...or neither? Come on!! dumb question
23. Who would you want on a deserted island with you? Whole family, Sadie included.
24. Have you been bungee jumping? Nope, but would love to but only in New Zealand
25. Favorite ice cream flavor? Usually anything raspberry. (Ben and Jerry's Doonesberry)
26. Do you have an article of clothing you have had since you were in high school? Yes. Its actually Doug's sadie Hawkins striped Polo that he wore when he dated the blonde girl. Still have it and where it on occasion.
27. Did you play high school sports? Tennis, Baseball, Volleyball. Got kicked off of Basketball.
28. Were you ever in a school talent show? Nah!
29. What are you allergic to? Outside in the springtime.
30. Have you watched sex and the city? The clean version a couple of times. not bad
31. Fun place you lived? LV, Maryland, Cedar City and Provo
32. Do you shampoo first in the shower or soap? Shampoo then soap while shampoo does its job.
33. Wet the toothbrush or brush dry with the toothpaste? wet, apply, wet again.
34. Blue or black ink? Blue ball point
35. Have you ever gambled at a casino? Yes, and on a cruise ship. The last cruise I went on Eric gave me $5 and I walked with $160 on craps.
36. Have you thrown up on a plane? Nope.
37. Have you thrown up in a car? Nope.
38. Favorite cartoon as a kid? Xmen,Voltron and HeMan.
39. favorite childhood tv show? Full house, saved by the bell, Eyewitness news 8 with Paula Francis and Gary Wadell.
40. Who was your first roommate? Travis Howey, Buddy Stoddard, Adam Clark
41. What alcoholic beverage did you drink when you got drunk for the first time? Virgin Pina Colada. VP baby!!
42. What was your first car? 81 Honda Prelude.
43. What was the last movie you saw? Cool Runnings
44. How old were you when you first moved away from your hometown? 19 for the mish.
45. Who was your first grade teacher? My Grandma
46. Where did you go on your first airplane ride? Phoenix for a Suns game with Dad, Jeremy and both Jeff Coopers. Scared to death to go cause I thought the plane would be hijacked and end up in Israel. Don't believe me, ask mom.
47. When you snuck out of your house for the first time, who was it with? Probably, Jeremy
Cooper, Loren Jolley, Chad Kennedy, Bronson Mack, Justin Vaden, Jesse Moffett, Abe McCormick, Ronnie Venucci, Clay Bloxham and maybe Clayton Scrivner. I probably missed a few others.

48. Who was your first Best Friend and are you still friends with them? Jeremy Cooper and yes
49. Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day? Kelley, Jen and Jill. Mom and Dad on occasion. My psychic hotline.
50. Who's wedding were you in the first time you were a bridesmaid or a groomsman? Was I a groomsman at Jen's? I hope you said no to that Jen when you saw my hair. Go look at old pics if you're confused.
51. What is the first thing you do in the morning? Push snooze four times.
52. What were some concerts you have attended? Garth Brooks, U2, Lollapalooza, The Specials, Neds Atomic Dustbin, Live, Morrissey, The Killers, anything else at the Huntridge.
53. First tattoo or piercing? Thank goodness for Bruce at Valley Mill. if he would have given me the day off back in 93' i would have gone with Matt Markoff and gotten Blanka from Street fighter on my hip. Phew!! Glad I didn't make that mistake.
54. First celebrity crush? Elizabeth Shue, Karate Kid.
55. Question from Johnny... Dad? Do you want to hear a joke? I hope that ends real soon.

I tag Kelley, Rob, Nick , Doug and Rebecca, The Whitakers and Howey's if they ever check the blog, Mitch and Pope Benedict the 16th. He recently made a stop in DC and now I feel close to him.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


This view has been a long time coming!! I just love when spring and summer are upon us and the view out my back door returns. It is so fun to watch the cardinals, yellow finches, woodpeckers and bluejays come and feast at our birdfeeder. The squirrels love it too but they destroy the birdfeeder and knock a lot of food to the ground. Got to fix that this year. The greenery is wonderful and refreshing and someday I hope I can have a nicer deck so I can enjoy it even more and find some time to I am definitely a spring summer and fall kind of girl.

To good to be true

They're back!! Talk about an answer to prayers. I prayed that the best case scenario would happen, and truly I don't think it gets better than this. The cars were found not more than a minute away in a neighborhood I have never been in. Miraculously, nothing was stolen not even the GPS that was sitting right on the dash. Nor was my wallet, cash or goods that were in the cars. They sat there for three days with windows down and unlocked and still nothing was stolen. The thieves did however run the cars bone dry. We had to get a gas can to fill one up so we could get it to a gas station. The other amazing thing is that the police officer did not follow protocol which means that we got them back much sooner and we did not have to pay $500.00 to get them from the police impound. We feel we were very blessed and lucky to have them both back with no harm done.