Monday, December 1, 2008

A Very Exciting Thanksgiving Indeed

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Ours was...eventful, lol! It started off normal enough for us. Having both sides of the family close, we do two Thanksgiving dinners every year. The only real difference this year was that Jonni decided to be sick, and missed out on both dinners, poor thing. After being stuffed silly, me and the kids headed home, leaving John in Illinois with our recently sort-of repaired car, to hang out with his brothers on Black Friday. I got home with two sleeping children, hauled them inside and into bed, called John to let him know we made it safely home, put some things away in the kitchen and went to lock the door. Why is that significant, you ask? Because somebody else grabbed the doorknob on the other side!! I quickly put my shoulder to the door and slid the deadbolt home, just as that somebody else put their shoulder to the door and tried to bust in!!! Luckily, I got the bolt shot, and I called John. (yes yes, I know, it should have been cops first! it's just a knee-jerk reaction for me) I called them from our cell while John stayed on the landline, and they got there about a minute later. (we live in a very very small town) They didn't find anything or anyone, much to everyone's relief, and John came home after all.
We decided to spend the night at Bruce and Renae's the next night. John still wanted to hang out with his siblings, and I had a hair appointment with my mom on Saturday, so we deemed this a good compromise and I didn't have to spend the night alone in my house. *shudder* Also, my dad is coming this Saturday to install a LOT more light in the front of my house with motion detectors in front and back. I haven't ruled out an alarm system yet either. We'll see.
John and his brothers and sisters went out on Friday night to ogle the crazy people at the malls, whilst Bruce and I manned the fort at home, and kept the kids from burning the place down. We watched a truly stupid movie, Journey to the Center of the Earth, (don't waste your money or time on it), and got the kids in bed just as John and Renae got back. We then watched Get Smart, which was the funniest movie I've seen in awhile.
The next day, while Renae and Bruce were at a race (Renae participating, Bruce volunteering), I got my hair done. I got my blue streaks!! I've wanted to do them forever, and I finally talked my mom into it! (thanks mom!) I totally love it, as do my son, Todd and Suzanne, and maybe Renae and Bruce. (and can't remember their reactions.) Jonni keeps asking me why I had to go and color my hair with a crayon, and John quite simply abhors it. He hasn't been able to look at me without disgust since it was done. It's getting on my nerves. It's already fading though (after only three days!! I'm totally bummed) so that should make him happy. (mean-hearted *grumble-grumble*)
We went home that night and everyone except Jonni woke up sick on Sunday. We're still sick and miserable. I hate flu season!!
So that's about it. Oh! Along with the pics of my hair below, I put the one and only good shot I got of Erik on his birthday. My batteries ran out before we even got to the cake! Also, my mother-in-law recently reupholstered my couch, so I threw in some before and after shots of that. Enjoy!
The Almighty Liz

Erik opening his first present.

The original fabric on the couch.

An in-progress shot.

Finished product! Doesn't it look great?!

One shot of the hair. See how much it's faded? It was a really bright peacock blue. (we were shooting for navy, but didn't quite make it.)

A slightly better shot maybe. None of the pics I took turned out super good. Sorry!


Jeanette and Jason said...

Oh my goodness Liz. I'm so glad you and the kids are alright. That is so one of my worst fears. I always try to have the doors locked. While reading your blog my stomach was in knots. That must have been so scary. How quick you were to get that door closed and locked. Man. Your hair is sure getting long.

Trisha said...

I am so glad everything was ok! I thought I was going to have to go hunt someone down!!!
Love the hair... what does John know! I think the blue is awesome!
I hope everyone gets all better soon!

Renae said...

So, are you still freaked out? I probably would be.

craftyashley said...

Ooooh scary! I'd definitely get an alarm system. Trent used to work for a company- he may be able to hook you up!

Andrea said...

I just locked my door - seriously. That is terrifying!!!

lizS said...

i'm still a little freaked out. i'm fine if john is here. the mere thought of staying here overnight by myself though...*shudder*

timpani76 said...

I heard this story second hand from your mom, but the whole story sounds even worse. I so would have called Erik before the police too. I also probably would have done something incredibly stupid like run outside to catch the guy myself. Call me if you get freaked out during the day!

The blue streaks look great lady! I'm sorry they are fading already :(
Danielle used to bleach her hair before applying funky colors, and she said that kept the colors strong longer. I love your long hair too by the way! Don't ever cut it again ;)

lizS said...

we DID bleach my hair before we applied the blue dye. you can't really see it in the pics, but as the blue is fading, it's turning this weird green color somewhere between the blue and the blonde. *sigh* i might have to re-dye it brown here soon.

timpani76 said...

Did you start crying when you called John or were you able to remain calm? I kind of wonder what level of freak out I would have if something like this happened to me.

The response time from the police sounds comforting.

lizS said...

no, no crying, even when it was all over. i was shaking enough to cause a 'quake through the whole of the country though!

The Marinator said...

Jeremy said you can buy those alarm system signs to put out in front of your house, even if you don't get an alarm system. If you want the appearance of security, but can't really afford it.

I can't believe John hates your hair. When I did my bright red streaks, Jeremy couldn't keep his hands off me! ;) I think he kinda likes my rebellious side though (some might call it childish, I suppose). I like it. I think it's fun. Sorry it's fading so quickly though. That stinks.

PS - I think you would have kicked any intruder's butt so badly he'd be begging the cops to haul him off to jail - you know, after the trip to the ER and the month in ICU. Really, with all the adrenaline running through your tiny body, you shoved the door shut against a man and were able to get the deadbolt in! You would have put the hurt on him. God was protecting you girl.