Friday, October 31, 2008

Oh, the things we do...

My dog is so agreeable...

Have a great Halloween everyone!

Monday, October 13, 2008

I did it!

Ok, so I know this may be old news to most of you...but I ran my very first race on October 4th! I didn't do great, but I am just happy to have finished. I ran the Pumpkin Prance 5K in 33 minutes. Here are some pics (the last one is of my sister and I; she ran it with me):

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Flood - Yuck

So, I have been meaning to post the pics from the flooding we had last weekend. We woke up on Saturday morning (the 13th) to find that our lower level had been soak with sewer water (yuck). Here are some of those pics:

So, Jerry and Ernest worked most of the afternoon cleaning up the water and eventually pulling out all of the carpet, but most everything else was OK.

Now, while I was getting ready for church on Sunday, our neighbor came by to ask if we had started flooding again. I said no, but decided to have Ernest check just in case. Well, sure enough, as we watched our toilet began to overflow. Slowly at first, but then it began to look like this...

Yes, that is sewage mixed in with the flood water. It went on like this for several hours. And soon, my lower level looked like this...

And my upper level looked like this...

In the end, most of the furniture was lost, but all the "stuff" was OK. I am so thankful to everyone from church who came to help us out - Jerry and Jeni, Geri and her boys, Mike, Fred, the Morecrafts, the Barkers. Thank you all so much!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

In Need of Suggestions...

Hey everyone. I am looking for suggestions for some good family devotional books that TJ, Ernest, and I can do together. I always seem to buy ones that just don't have much to them. Any suggestions?

Monday, August 18, 2008

TJ's First Day of School

TJ had his first day of school today. Here are some pics:
The first one is of TJ and his 5th grade buddy Shawn.
Then, there's TJ's desk.
One of TJ and his teacher - Miss Wissman.
And the last 2 were taken at home before school.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

The Storm

Thank you to everyone for your concern for our famly after hearing about the tornado that passed through Griffith. We are okay. All around us, most of the homes were intact with minor damage (if any). Please pray for those who lost their homes and businesses and for the town itself as they slowly begin to put things back together.

Here are some pictures I took early on Tuesday morning of our neighborhood as we were all coming out to assess the damage. It was the most amazing thing to see these trees completely torn out of the ground.

Monday, August 04, 2008

TJ's prayer

No pictures today, just a cute story. Last night when we were saying our family prayers TJ said the cutest thing when it was his turn...

"please fill our bodies with Godness and loveness..."

I couldn't control my giggles. It was just the sweetest thing.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Legoland and Rainforest Cafe

Today TJ and I went with a friend and her granddaughter to the new Legoland in Schaumburg. We had no idea that today was the actual grand opening. Boy, was that a long line to wait in. But, it moved pretty quickly and it was worth it. Here are some pics:

Here are TJ's favorites:

Afterwards we went to the Rainforest Cafe for lunch. I had not been there since college. This was TJ's first time.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Pierogi Fest

A group of us from church participated in Whiting's Pierogi Fest this Saturday. It was neat to be able to sing praise songs to a group of people who might not otherwise hear them.

This was also TJ's singing debut. I think it is still too early to tell if he takes after me or not...he was way too nervous.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New Camera!!

Well, my old camera has been on the fritz for almost a year now. But, yesterday I got a new one for my birthday (thank you Ernest and Mama!) So now hopefully I will be able to post more often than before.

Here are some pictures of TJ playing:

He loves to dress up as various Star Wars characters. Here he is as "Anakin Skywalker":

And lastly, some pictures of the guests (and TJ) at my birthday dinner last night.

The top one is Jeni and Jerry from church. Next is Jenny and Scott (also from church). And the bottom picture is our good friend Meredith and her daughter Reese.

Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with me. I am now in the hard to believe.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Here are a couple of pics that Michelle took of us at the Highland Carnival on July 4th.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Summer is upon us...

OK. So I don't think I have any amazing pics to share this time, but I thought I should at least update you on what is new.

School is out for the summer! But I can already tell that it is going to go fast. TJ and I went to my mom and dad's in North Carolina last week (no pics from that, my camera has been very temperamental) Boy, was it HOT down there. They are in a drought ( and have been for about 5-6 years now) Temps reached above 95 every day that we were there. Yuck! We did go to a very cool ranch that took you around on a horse drawn wagon and let you feed some different types of exotic animals - emu, water buffalo, oxycow, zebras, Asian deer... It was pretty neat. TJ did not care for most of the feeding. As soon as one of them slobbered on him, he was done with that! We even got to feed some giraffe! It was great!

So, my amazing sister just bought me a 2 year membership at Omni41! I can't believe it! What a blessing. There is so much to do there, I can hardly contain myself. I went there today and just ran on the treadmill and did the bicycle. I felt kind of out of place because I do not really know my way around or how everything works, yet. I can go to any of the fitness classes and the pool. Plus, on weekends TJ can come with me for free and Ernest for only $2.

Well, I guess that is all for now. Hopefully, I will soon be able to post some new pics.

Monday, April 14, 2008

TJ Lost His First Tooth!

Well, we have reached a momentous occassion here in the Balentine household - TJ is minus one tooth. The funniest thing is that this tooth was not even wiggly this morning, but somehow became just wiggly enough at school, that he got it out on his own. He said he was a little worried that I was going to be mad and tell him that that tooth was not supposed to come out :-)

Not that I am counting or anything, but TJ only has 29 more days of school. I only have 31...:-)

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Um...Let's Give This Another Try (again)

OK, to say that it has been forever would be a major understatement. I will really try this time. At least one post a month...I think I should be able to handle that.

I just wanted to post some pictures of TJ from his recent trip to the dentist. He needed to get his first filling (not a milestone that I am that proud of). Because of the numbness on his bottom lip, he sucked and bit it quite frequently. These pictures show the result. He ended up staying home from school for 2 days because of how infected it had gotten.

The other marks around his lips are just ketchup. (we had just come from Burger King:-) )