Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gideon Michael Painter

Here he is, my new nephew... just one day old. Oh, and I'm sporting my new hair! ;-)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Introducing Baby Painter

Here he is, born today at 10:46 am. He came in at 9lbs 4oz. He is truly an answer to prayer. He and family are doing well!!!


I've been having a lot of strange dreams lately. I blame the movie Inception.

My most recent favorite dream involved my hubby, Jessi and I going to Rod Sickler's Red Hot Winter. We went to a back room where no-one was and low and behold Keith Urban was playing guitar and singing. I was shocked that the room wasn't swarming with women! But, alas, he came to me put his hands over mine and began to teach me guitar while singing. We ended the lesson with a hug. Let me tell you I was one HAPPY girl until I woke up!!! ;-)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February is Pet Dental Awareness Month

I thought you'd like a glimpse of how adorable Cooper is when he brushes his teeth!

Also, this is how he looks with long hair after getting brushed! Tons of static!!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Babysitting Fun! Sat Jan 29

My two year old niece is such a sweet doll! While her mom and dad had a date watching Rascal Flatts, we got to play! We went to the mall briefly so I could get some freebies from Bath and Body Works and MORE IMPORTANTLY to ride on the merry-go-round.

Olivia had a fun riding an Ostrich and 'Uncle Chris' had fun snapping shots of us shopping and playing. Olivia wanted to go again on the merry-go-round but we easily snapped her away by promising a pj-wearing Veggie Tale party! She liked that plan and talked to us the whole way back. She snuggled right in to watch her show and we got sweet talked into watching a second one.

Oh and Cooper had a blast playing with his cousin Dexter too!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Hawaii- Jan 25

Tuesday was our last day in Hawaii. I truly didn't want to leave. We spent the morning hanging poolside, then did the late check out at noon. We ate lunch at the resort and had an entertaining Billy something that was telling me the best way to get a job in Hawaii. Oh, I could dream!!

Rose and I took a Hula class, I really enjoyed it and just wish I could remember more!

We went to A-bay beach. I have to say this way by far the nicest beach we visited as you can tell by the billion pics of me to follow!

We ended the day with a great dinner at sunset. But, the sunset was only beautiful for about five minutes then the grand picturesqueness totally slipped away!

We flew out late at night, I begged the TSA people to find a mistake on my ticket but they failed me and I had to get on the plane. Let me tell you that I truly could of abandoned my life in Illinois and just been a hobo in Hawaii. I think I would truly be happy doing just that, at least during winter. I'll post next about what I came home too! But, Cooper was sure happy to see me! ;-)

Hawaii- Jan 24

An early rise-and-shine. Today was the big day I've been waiting for! We get to go zip-lining! Since we were on the west (desert)side of Hawaii (Kona) we had to drive to the lush east side to find things like zip-lining. We were told that due to construction to give ourselves 3 hours. So, we were on the road by 7:30 for our 10:30 appointment. On the way, we saw some great scenery and Hawaii's Observatory on the top of Mauna Kea. This is where the world's largest telescopes can be found. (there must be some amazing star gazing from there too)

When, we arrived (45 min early) after two scenic point stops. We got to walk around the spider-web-filled Botanical Gardens. It wasn't much to look at except a few highly poisonous plants (that are potentially what gave me a skin rash). But, the ziping was fun! It wasn't all that I had cracked it up to be, but know I can say I've done it and know what it is like!

Following our "zipping" adventure, we went to a couple of scenic parks- Boiling Pots and Rainbow Falls, they were both fabulous sites. At boiling pots, we met a pet pig wandering around in a "no pet" area!

We stopped for lunch and shopping in downtown Hilo. We ate at a bar where I was shocked when Rose ordered a half-pound hamburger. The atmosphere of the bar was nice because the windows where open letting the breeze in. There were a few jewelry shops in the area and I had a mission to find a cute Hawaiian necklace for a friend, mission success!!

We headed off in the afternoon for a black sand beach. We went to the more populated one because the other had a "treacherous" road to it that required a four wheel drive car to get to it!

After the black sand beach, we were off to find red hot lava from Kilauea's recent eruption. Long story short, turns out that it erupted on Thursday, Jan 20th and it was cooled by the time we made it there on Monday. But we could see it in the distance and we were told by a local that a house was standing there Thursday but it had been burned down. The drive back was a bit scary for me, but Chris loved it. The roads would twist and turn and bob up and down. But, at one point, we saw what we thought were fireworks but turned out to be lava spewing out the side of the volcano. It was such a neat site! And, when we looked up, the stars were so numerous- NOTHING THAT I HAD EVER SEEN BEFORE! All in all, it was a WONDERFUL DAY!