Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Nine months old (+ 1 day)!

Can you stand it? He's so much more interested in the world these days... and just so darn cute!

Monday, September 29, 2008

fundraiser invite

We interrupt the usual kid oriented family updates to bring you this special announcement!

You are invited to help turn the Ohio House BLUE… by attending a birthday party for Debbie Phillips, candidate for the 92nd Ohio House District!

Sunday, October 12th, 2008
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Claddagh’s Irish Pub, 585 S Front St, Columbus, OH 43215

Special Guest: U.S. Congressman Zack Space

Appetizers and cake, in honor of Debbie’s 39th birthday, will be served
Suggested contribution: $39 or $92
Business casual attire suggested
Ample metered parking available within immediate vicinity of location

Representative Armond Budish, SEIU, Representative Vernon Sykes

Representative Ted Celeste, Representative Bob Hagan, Representative Sandra Hardwood, Representative Tracy Heard, Representative Clayton Luckie, Representative Dan Stewart, Representative Matt Szollosi, Representative Peter Ujvagi, Brian Usher, Representative Carlton Weddington, Representative Tyrone Yates

Kevin Boyce, Dennis Concilla, Hearcel Craig, James Friedman, Governor John J. Gilligan, John Patrick Gilligan, Hal Keller, David Leland, Kathryn and Mike Lorz, Matt Lorz, Alan Melamed, Gayle Channing-Tenenbaum,
Frederick Vierow


Debbie Phillips is running for the Ohio House in the 92nd District, which includes Athens, Meigs, Morgan, and western Washington counties. She is an Athens City Council Member and Executive Director of the Ohio Fair Schools Campaign. Debbie Phillips resides in Athens with her husband Jim and their children, Jeremiah and Pauline. To learn more about Debbie Phillips, please visit http://www.debbiephillips.net/.
Paid for by Friends of Debbie Phillips, 48 Hudson Ave, Athens, OH 45701

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hooray! It's Christmas time!

Bzzzzzzzzt. It's flippin September! C'mon, Kohl's, check a calendar before you change the seasonal displays!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


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Monday, September 22, 2008


I know. It's September. But, hockey season is nigh... the first CBJ pre-season game is tomorrow night. Patrick and Trevor went to an open practice two weeks ago... apparently Trevor LOVED it. The beginning of the season is always such a hopeful time... they have a perfect record today!

Catch Up!

Where to start...?

1) Our camera is broken. The wise Patrick bought a warrenty for it though, so it's getting either repaired or replaced, but it will take FOREVER. So, look for phoney photos for the next while.

2) The power was out for many days. The family tagged along to a conference in Toledo, and it should be noted that the four of us do not sleep well in the same room. Trevor likes it DARK. Lauren likes a night-light. Trevor is a light sleeper. Lauren can fall asleep, and stay asleep with a screaming baby in the room. Patrick is creative in that he built a little pillow / comforter chaise lounge in the little foyer of the room where he could read while waiting for Trevor to fall asleep. Some hotels have tvs that can be programmed to act as your alarm clock--so even though I made sure the alarm clock wasn't set for some obscene hour--the tv turned on at 6:30. What?

3) The Toledo Zoo has cool things like hippos, giraffes, seals and polar bears... according to the family. All things the Columbus Zoo doesn't have right now. Also had a playground, and a trainride through Africa. This is what the family did while I was conferencing...
4) The power is back on, thank goodness. I think we finally finished raking and bundling downed branches... living in a community called Forest Park lends to lots of yard work after a wind storm.

5) Lauren had her 4-year old appointment last week. She's 97th percentile in weight, off the charts in height, and incredibly intelligent. She took her shots like a pro this time too! When Patrick told me of the appt, he indicated that they asked insulting questions... something like this: what color shirt is daddy wearing? (red) can you draw a circle? Um.... she beats me out right in tic-tac-toe often. And Connect 4.

6) Trevor has his 9 month appt. soon, so we'll update you then. But, he claps, he crawls (really, really fast), and he's yet to find a food he doesn't like. We joke about how we flick food to him like a monkey at the zoo... but it's kinda like we're feeding a monkey at the zoo.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Trevor Claps!

For the first time ever, and here's the proof. Also: the power's back on, we're all OK, and the sky is not falling.

Monday, September 15, 2008

28 Hours Later

...and my best friend is this little clip-on LED reading light. I keep hearing reports of people's power turning back on, but I'm not holding my breath.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


We just learned that it could take up to 7 days to restore power to the 375,000 franklin county households currently without it. Se7en days? wtf? This picture is a currently accurate representation of my family room.

Leading edge of Ike hits Ohio

The wind has been like 60mph for 6+ hours now. We haven't had power for 3hrs. What a crazy day.

girls day out

The mall. Lunch at California Pizza Kitchen. The movies. Big fun.

boys @ home

The girls are on an all-Girl adventure outing, so Trevor and I are "stuck" watching football. Heh.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

My sister, Debbie Phillips!

Ok, I know you're barraged by political commercials, push-poll calls, political surveys by phone, and recordings from your favorite political figures... but this is different. This is my sister!

Give her money. She will be a great representative!
Visit her site to make a donation.

That's me, she, and our mom. Go Debbie!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

My First Day of (pre)School

Today I went to preschool at the YMCA. It was lots of fun. It was like a whole lot of fun wrapped into one ball. We played a game together with Lindsay and lots of other kids. The way the game works and the rules are: When Mrs. Hayes (my teacher) passes the ball to me, I tell her my name and my favorite color. I made a new friend and her name is Lindsay. I played lots of games with her and lots of things with her, but, I didn't come home with her. Because, you know, I didn't live with her. I live with my father and my mother and my little baby brother Trevor. And I love all of them.

(as told to daddy, with little to no editing)

Family Pool Day (Labor Day)