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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A New Do

As I was talking with a co-worker about yesterdays tragic events involving Mr. Mailbox, I mentioned that the sidewalk ends right at our mailbox. And then that got me thinking about the Shel Silverstein book, "Where The Sidewalk Ends" . I used to LOVE that book as a kid. All the funny poems and limericks. *sigh*

Anywho, the point is....when I mentioned that, it got me thinking that it would be a GREAT title for my blog! Though I liked my original "Lizaveta", I felt it was kind of lacking depth. It seemed a little self-absorbed, if ya know what I mean. :) So...we'll try this for a while, and see if I like it. Besides, the fact that this blog is meant for mundane and profound moments kind of goes along with the idea of a sidewalk ending. Mundane -- it's just a sidewalk, and yet profound -- ending sidewalk implies end of life's journeys, new beginnings, adventurous path, etc.

Any thoughts or comments?

Monday, September 29, 2008

A Mailbox Bashing, when Joe woke up, he discovered that our Mr. Mailbox had been not-so-politely removed from its post. Tsk tsk. Apparently, either a drunk with a baseball bat or a vehicle whose hips were too wide met up with our Mr. Mailbox. Sad day. Here are the remains:

At least Joe was able to go and find a new one and get it all set up today -- he's such a great husband. :) Here is his little sketch of what it looked like when he first saw it:

(The scribble expresses how Mr. Mailbox felt....ANGRY!! :)

I forgot to take a picture of the new sharp looking Mr. Mailbox. Perhaps that will be in my next post...

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending a Renaissance Festival in our area with Joe and his family. We had quite the time! It was my first time going to a Renaissance Festival, though I've wanted to attend one since I was in juinor high.

I must say, I think I saw more cleavage than I ever want to see again! But aside from that, we had a jolly good time. :) We even got to see some jousting and a glass blower! Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of either of those...silly me.

Joe was checked out a coin booth while we were there, but secretly I think he was just trying to avoid looking at the well-endowed woman in the background!

By far, the best part of everything we did was the food. Yummmmm....fanTAStic! And my father-in-law got it all half-off due to a discount through his work -- nothing's better than delicious food at half the over-priced price!

As you can see, Al reeeeaaally enjoyed his turkey leg! Yum!

Sawyer isn't sure what to think of this turkey leg business!

Did you know we had a princess in our midst? :)

Check it out Dad -- Joe was drumming! On a djembe type thing! Awesome!

Sawyer didn't know what to think about this large tortoise waddling about!

At the petting zoo, we saw a grouchy looking ox.
We think he was grouchy because one of his horns was growing into the middle of his head...ouch!

One of my favorite pictures of the day...Laina singing and clapping with Uncle Joe :)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A snapshots

Because my posting has been so sparse over the summer, and now we're already into the autumn months, I thought I'd post a brief overview of major events and happenings from this summer. A brief explanation will appear by each photo. :)

My baby sister graduated from high school!
Man...I feel old, but I'm so very proud of her!
Love you Buggeroo!!

Joe had the privilege of being a groomsman in his dear cousin's wedding. As you can see, they had a little too much fun with the bride!

We took our youth group (with my brother in tow) to visit Valley Fair up in the Twin Cities.
We loved our first water ride!
[note how James, on the far left, is completely dry...he wimped out on the ride!!]

We have an annual girls camping weekend with my SIL's and other girls. On this particular night, they were all a little hyper in the pool!
Lookin' lovely, ladies!!

I was blessed by a visit from my dear friend, Charissa early in the summer. She and I tackled a seemingly simple handywoman task, and were left befuddled, exhausted and amazed at how inept we are at assembling products! but we survived it somehow -- I couldn't have done it without you, Triska!! :)

Another annual summer trip is Sonshine Music Fest in Wilmar, MN. Here, you can see the girls demonstrating the actions to our "Taste and See that the Lord is Good" song.
The boys are obviously amazed... ;)

We said goodbye (temporarily) to our dear friend and amazing matchmaker, Corrie, as she left for the Dominican Republic to teach music. We know she'll be an AMAZING teacher, but we sure do miss her!
We love you and are praying for you, Corr!!

This was a sweet bonding moment with my father-in-law, Alibabba, at a youth rally
with our youth group.
How I love him.

Speaking of's amazing mine didn't kill himself while playing with my cousin's Ripstick, here!
Way to go, Dad!

And here, father and son ride in they rock or what?!

There are no words for this picture.
All I can say, is that it was an AMAZING moment with my soul-mate, Meg.
Don't we look hot??

The above picture, later inspired this ----->
moment. Too bad it had to include my belly!

OnLabor Day, I had the privilege and honor of meeting my cousin's newest addition: Teagan!
What a beautiful gift from God...

I also got to go to my first Twins game EVER!!
It was fabulous!
But one of the best parts was witnessing Joe and our little nephews sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" as we waited to enter the stadium.

And this? This my friends, is what happens when you and your husband just "happen" to color-coordinate your clothing for church. Something just makes you go all crazy inside... :)

Follow up...

Well...since my infamous "Launch Day", I have seen a little progress! I've gained 1 guitar student and 1 piano student. Not too shabby. Not super swell, but not too shabby nontheless. We shall see what the future holds....

Thanks for all your support!! :)