Sunday, May 29, 2005


So here's the conversation between Jonah and I as I was picking him up from school on Friday:

J- Mom, is Sydney a boy or a girl?
Me- A girl.
J- Darn.
Me- (smiling) Why?
J- Cuz I want a brother. Mom, can I have a brother?
Me- (inwardly cheering and trying not to vomit at the same time) Well.......we would have to talk to Daddy.
J- Cuz if I had a brother we would be a whole family
Me- (trying not to cry at his wonderfully simplistic view of family and still trying not to vomit) Well buddy, I'll think about it, ok?
J- Ok, can I have ice cream?

So what do I think about that????

Friday, May 27, 2005


Finally, finally.......I have felt so cut off from the world without the internet. Alas it is a very sad commentary on our times, but what can I say? Now I find that it will take me hours to get caught up on everyone's blogs (especially yours Misty!). But we are back online in our new home. So now my life can resume it's normalcy. And American Idol is over so now my Tuesday and Wednesday nights can go back to normal as well. So here's an update on all the Kurtz news....

-Sydney is getting used to her new surroundings. She fought a valiant fight with the coffee table (she's not used to one) and lost. Now she's got a nice shiner. Am currently looking for cupboard locks to keep her out of everything. We got a baby gate for the bottom of the stairs. Makes life a little easier!

-I think we are all unpacked. Now comes the dailyness of cleaning stuff up.

-Matt and I have our own room!!!!!

-I cannot get used to the fact that people just "stop by"!!!!! AHHH! This means my front rooms must be picked up constantly. ugh.

-We had a HUGE problem with ants, the tenny tiny ones. They were everywhere, in our beds, the bathrooms, the kitchen. Gross. But they came and sprayed and little by little they are going away.

-My next door neighbor is a crazy, lonely woman. Think God put me here for a reason????

-Matt and I have our own room!!!!

-People think it's awfully convient that we live right behind the church, ie.
*ring* Hello?
" Hi Mandi, there are some people coming by tonight to do something at church. Could you let them in?"
*hang up*
Knock, knock
"Hi Mandi, I left my church keys at home, can you let me in?"

- Matt and I have our own room!!!!

-I have all my pictures hung up and my manatee stuff hanging in the living room!!!!!!

- Matt and I have our own room!!!!!!!!!!

-And finally, this place is starting to feel like home. God is so good!

I think that's it for now!

Monday, May 23, 2005


FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!! WE ARE MOVED!!!!!!! There were moments that I thought it would never happen. But it did....we are in! Saturday was a very crazy day, and we are still buried in boxes up to our eyeballs....but it's OUR house.Today and tomorrow will be crazy as well trying to find our lives. It was like Christmas unpacking boxes that had been buried for a year. God is so good.

The DSL won't be on at our new place till June 2nd so I'll be coming to mom and dad's probably every day to blog and such. But don't panic if I'm not on messenger every moment! that will happen again soon. :) Well back to unpacking......

Thursday, May 19, 2005


There is light at the end of the tunnel. A million thanks to my sister-in-law Kim who came for a day and a half and was such a HUGE help to me in my hour of need! We hauled all the bed, set them up, and made them. Quite a feat for one afternoon! We also attacked the attic and got quite a bit done. She also went and helped me clean at church. Kim, you are my hero!!!

On a side note, my teeth have gotten out of control. I have not been to the dentist in over 8 years. Before you scold me you have to know that we have not had dental insurnce so paying $150.00 to have my teeth cleaned just could not happen. So over the last week, the right side of my mouth has been bothering me. Finally, in the last two days it has gone from bad to excrutiating. Yesterday, I couldn't not chew on that side. It throbs constantly. It keeps me awake most of the night because Tylenol just doesn't help. So I finally called the dentist this morning. God is good because our benefits kicked in last week. So it was covered. Come to find out my far right wisdom tooth is so decayed that it's all the way down to the nerve! Yeah, ouch. The dentist said, "Do you want me to take it out right now?" Of course, I panicked. Then she said, "Well let me check your other wisdom teeth." Sure enough, they were all bad. So now I must go and have oral surgery to have them all removed. Yeah, because I have so much free time. They put me on Darveset which I hate because it makes me so foggy. But I don't really have a choice because the pain is so bad! Curse teeth....why did God think we needed them anyway????

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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MAttreses and boxes, boxes and mattresses. Ugh. The moving continues. I'm so tired. My sinuses are draining, I have an impacted wisdom tooth that hurts like a son of a gun, Sydney is clinging like crazy.......boy will I be glad when this is over!

Speaking of Sydney, I think she can sense that something is going on. She has become so whiny and refusing to be put down. Which of course kills my already poor sense of getting things done. She just cries and cries which is totally not like her. ah yes, just another kink in the chain of moving.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005


Ok it's official, I HATE PACKING. I hate moving. I hate everything about it. I hate organzing and putting things in boxes. I hate hauling boxes. I hate the feeling that no matter how many boxes I pack there is still an attic full of *&^%$ to move. Grrr. Where are the packing fairies? I do belive in fairies, I do, I do. It will never end. Save me......

Monday, May 16, 2005


Today was Jonah's big field trip to the zoo. I had promised him at the beginning of the year that I would go on a field trip with him and his class before the end of the year. He's been waiting for this day since the last week of April. Strike 1: It was 40 degrees this morning when we woke up! (picture me, admist packing our lives digging for hats and mittens!) Strike 2: Getting everyone up and out of the house by 7:30 AM! and Strike 3: I get grouped with a violent kindergarterner!!!! I thought I would have a small group of children to be accountable for. Well there were so many parents that I only had Jonah! He, of course, had to be with Riley (his best friend ever). Riley's mom was there as well and we get along so that was fine. Riley's mom (I've discovered that when your child is in kindergarten you have no identity besides Jonah's mom, Riley's mom, etc.) got assigned another student. "No biggie," I thought to myself. Well this young man kept hitting me, not like just playfully but like punching. I ignored him at first, thinking it would make him stop. But he continued. I was starting to bruise so I turned around and said, "young man, if you hit me one more time, I will find Mrs. Long and you will sit in the bus!" He looked at me funny, but he stopped. Now, for those of you who know me well, know that I avoid confrontation at all costs. However, at this point I could not not say anything. Ah well. So the trip was very cold, most of the animals were hiding inside, and I got abused. But Jonah had a blast and I suppose that is all that matters.

Sunday, May 15, 2005


Well thanks everyone for the prayers. We are in! We signed the lease papers on Saturday morning and we move this coming Saturday!! I am SOOOO excited. I laid awake for three hours last night just thinking about it. I'll take pictures and post them soon!!!!

Friday, May 13, 2005

*biting my nails*

Well we go to meet with Curtis soon. Curtis is the man from church who is in charge of renting the blue house. He doesn't have three heads or anything. But we are looking so forward to moving......what if it doesn't happen?? What if for some reason we can't get the house? I believe with all my heart that God has been preparing us for that house, at this time in our lives. Why am I doubting?!?!! Anyway, say prayers please and I'll update you as soon as I can.

Now presenting the amazing Sydney

Alright so I've posted on how Sydney has an unusual talent for climbing. She's pretty amazing for a 14 month old. Yesterday topped it all off.

I was on the computer, reading blogs. (Of course, what else would I be doing?!!) Matt comes downstairs and casually asks, "Where's Syd?" I look up in confusion. "I thought she was with you." Dumb look on his face, "Um no." So we split up checking the obvious places first. We can hear her fussing at this point but still cannot locate her. Matt dashes out to the backyard where Molli is playing peacefully in the sandbox. "Molli, have you seen Sydney?" "No, daddy." Matt turned around and there was Sydney, hanging off the second floor balcony. Complete chaos erupted as we all tried to run up the stairs together. She's fine, praise the Lord. If she had let go she would have fallen to the ground, the hard cement patio. It makes me sick to my stomach jsut to think about it. But God is good and Sydney was once again rescued from disaster. I swear, if she lives to be two it will be a miracle.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

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You've gotta love crazy haired pajama pictures! The girls were just playing and so I snapped this shot.

In other news, I am not well. I have been in a fog since last weekend. I am constantly tired and having sinus headaches 24/7. I've been living on Advil Cold and Sinus. I should just buy stock in the company! This is utterly frustrating as I have SOO much to do! We finalize the paperwork for the house tomorrow and we are hoping to move in next weekend. I have so much packing to do. And I just do not have the energy. Does anyone have any suggestions? And don't tell me to sleep more, I've been sleeping 10-12 hours a night and I still feel this way!!!! GGRRRR!

On a more positive note, Idol is almost over which means my life goes back to normal for a while! But let's face it, who's life is ever normal????

Tuesday, May 10, 2005


ok, so Misty had this on her blog and I worked so hard on it that I decided it deserved a place on my blog as well. Most of you read her blog as well, but oh well. The idea is to choose a band or a musician and answer the questions with their song titles.

Name of artist: Steven Curtis Chapman
Are you male or female: Maria
Describe yourself: God Follower
How do some people feel about you? Whatever
How do you feel about yourself? Speechless
Describe an ex boyfriend/girlfriend? Dive (you know who Joce!)
Describe current boyfriend/girlfriend (husband): All About Love
Where do you want to be? Where we belong
How do you live? Living for the moment
How do you love? Love you with my Life
Share some words of wisdom: Be Still and Know

Monday, May 09, 2005

Mother's Day

Well I am so glad that Mother's Day is over. It's just one of those days that I don't look forward to. I always get my hopes up so high, high enough that my poor husband can't even hope to come close to reaching them! Plus, it's on a Sunday which really just makes it harder. Sunday mornings are so stressful for us! So that didn't help. I was just in a deep purple funk all weekend. but I am very glad that last week is over. There was jsut too much stress for one week, with Molli's surgery and the huge mother/daughter banquet. Whew.....

Now I have to start packing...please pray! I hate moving!!!!

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Cute Molli Posted by Hello
Isn't she cute? she's all dressed up and ready for the Mother/ Daughter banquet. She looks so darling in this. Even with her hair chopped off and growing back crazy! She looks grown up to me all of a sudden. Is it possible that her surgery aged her??? Anyways, here's a couple pics of my pretty girl.

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Friday, May 06, 2005


Man, I am weary. I cannot believe how draining it was to go through the whole surgery thing. I mentioned to Matt as we were in the hospital waiting to go home, that I don't know how parents who have children in the hospital for long periods of time do it!!!! I would lose my mind. You can only read and watch TV for so long, you know?? Uck....

Meanwhile, we are in full swing for the mother/daughter banquet that is tomorrow night. It was all my idea and everyone backed me up and now as I look at the guest list of 140 women, I am about ready to burst into tears! I feel so weary. Can we really pull this off???? Where are we goin to put everyone? Will the wedding dress fashion show work? Can I MC it? My sister-in-law is coming into town for it and will be staying in our little attic with us and it's a disaster area! And I have no strength to clean it. If I didn't know better, I would think I am pregnant. but I'M NOT! For those of you who always think you know that! So, blah blah, there's my complaining.

Well I have two power point things to finish and wedding dresses to collect and a church to clean and kids to watch. Ah, for when life was simpler.....

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Here she is, my big brave girl! We are home, thank goodness. I'm not sure I would choose to have a child have surgery at Mott's again. It was so crowded. We were in a room with three other people, a baby who screamed all night, a girl who throw up all night and another mother and daughter who fought the whole time!!! But, that's neither here nor there. The important thing is that she is fine. She's pretty sore, but in one piece. She wanted to ride her bike when she got home, I was like "NOOO!" So she's trying to take it easy. We'll see how long that lasts! Thanks for all your prayers!
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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Big sigh

Whew, well here we are in the hospital and everything went awesome! And let me tell you how cool it is that each bed has their own computer with internet!!!! Molli is doing great. The surgery was text book perfect. She came out of the anesethic great and is moving around and begging to eat. All good signs!!! Thank you soooo much for all of your prayers! More updates to follow!


WEll it's 5:38 AM and we are headed out. Molli's surgery is at 9:30 this morning at Mott's children's hospital which is in U of M. She seems fine as she is sitting on my lap sort of half awake. She wants to talk about it and seems good. Please pray everyone. My apprehension grows as the minutes pass.

Monday, May 02, 2005

So worried

Tomorrow they will cut into my baby.....

I'm really struggling with this today. If it were a life saving procedure I wouldn't think twice about it. This is fairly elective surgery. I mean, we decided to do it so she wouldn't have kidney problems later in her life, but it wasn't life threatening. Did we make the right choice? She will be under full anestetic...what if she's allergic to it? We wouldn't know until it was too late! She's asked me all manner of questions, where are they going to cut my tummy? Will I have a tube in my arm? When can I go home? Will you be with me all the time? Can I take my lovey? I'm grateful that we can be with her when she falls asleep and there when she wakes up. At least she'll think we were there the whole time. Meanwhile, for the two hours that she's in there, I'll be pacing.

So whoever reads this blog, PLEASE be praying tomorrow........