Monthly Archives: August 2009

All Weekend

The Russell House has been a flurry this week getting ready for the big Glenwood Ave Arts Fest this weekend.  The Huz decided on Monday night to get three more toy boxes made.  On Thursday, he was there until after 2 in the morning! The Parakeet is supporting in her own way.  She has lists on clipboards of everything to bring, lists on the computer of who is doing what when, and she spent three days chasing down a credit card imprinter.  Those things are apparently relics.  No one carries them.  Her poor planning was no one’s emergency  – that’s for sure.  BUT – here is where props will be doled out when they are earned – Bank of America’s great customer service – her local Bank Manager just loaned her one for the weekend that she usually uses to make cash advances. AWESOME. Now they will not rub credit cards against a table with a pen like a Chinese Food Delivery man.

So, if you are in Chicago – check it out:

If you are everywhere else (other than Chicago), the website should have some pretty major changes by Saturday, so check that out:

This is the Bird and Huz’ first event of this kind, so send them lots of good energy and prayers.  The Parakeet is hoping her home-made chocolate chip cookies will bring lots of excited people over to their tent and onto their mailing list 🙂



Little O is one today.  He got to have a few mashed-up blueberries with his breakfast and he got a portable dvd player a few weeks ago in Branson  – so he’s sufficiently spoiled.  He smiled big this morning as his mama sang “happy birthday”.  Oh, and he also got his first cookie before bed. He’s a special boy and super loved.
Enough words. Let’s look at the past year.

This is really only for serious “Little O” lovers. It is seven minutes long.


There is a new one in the family. Little O is so excited to see Baby Ellie.  Check her out at

Family Vacation

Maybe it is enough to say that Little O did not change his mind about the car between May and August. Oh well. Lesson Learned. Time will tell if they actually learned a lesson.  But it sounds good to say that for now -this little family is staying put.
Not to say that the Missouri Tour was without its “ups”:

Some highlights:
* Stopping with the Ohlms family in O’Fallon.  Always so pleasant.  They got the Huz and the Parakeet laughing with the stories of their own family road trips and car battles and filled their bellies with yummy food before they headed further south.  Little O also got to leave with a Cell Phone where Elmo calls him by name.  That’s right, the phone says “oh it’s you, Owen”.

*Then, they got to Branson. Let’s just skip that day of driving.  It was no fun and super stressful.
Little O, though, was so happy to get out of the car – he was like his parents had never seen him before.  He ran up and down the hallway of the condo – slapping his hands on each wall.  He banged on the tv, the front door, the kitchen cabinets.  He finally found the door stopper spring and squatted down to thump on that for a few minutes.  He could not be contained.  He was filled with hyper excitement at no longer being strapped into a seat and being awake for so many hours.  Who are these babies that fall asleep when a car is in motion? The Huz and Keet can not imagine what that is like.

*The Huz looked at the Parakeet and said, “Please figure out how to order something for dinner. I am not getting in that car again.”  She got enough Papa John’s to last for two days.
On Monday, they went to visit another Aunt and Uncle in Springfield, MO (where they did not remember a camera).  They met up with them at the Bass Pro Outdoor store where the Parakeet’s Uncle works.  This is not a store. This is an attraction. It’s really hard to explain without seeing in person – but suffice it to say, you could get a Starbucks, a sit-down meal, buy a boat, practice shooting at a range and expand your wardrobe all while waiting for your latest trophy to be stuffed. Seriously. It’s huge. Oh, and there are fish tanks everywhere – Little O loved them. They also discovered his love of steering wheels while at Bass Pro. He got to sit in a boat and a hunting “car” and drive. He loved it.

For the rest of the week, the family threw around a few different ideas of what they could visit..
But, tired of the Branson traffic (yes, seriously) and the general Ordeal that is getting Little O through more than ten minutes in the car, they opted for mostly pool and cable time.

*They couldn’t leave without visiting the Outlet malls. At least, the Parakeet didn’t think they could.  The Family got their first Crocs.  Super Comfy.


Then, they packed up to head a bit further north to Barnett, MO where Little O could meet his great-grandparents.  The Parakeet made a trip to the Wal-Mart on their way out of town and bought a portable DVD player.  They were willing to give anything a try.
vaca5OK, not anything….

The day and a half with Grandpa and Grandma the Great was especially nice.
Little O got to ride the riding mower with Grandpa and hold the hose for Grandma while she watered the plants.  He wore his overalls just so he could fit in way out in the country.
He also explored his musical side.
vaca6They left on Saturday morning with a cooler FILLED with fresh veggies and other treats.  They are still snacking on them even this week.

The drive home wasn’t great, but it was a lot better.  It took them ten hours with an hour and a half stop at the Ohlms (again) who were nice enough to get out lunch and let Little O tire himself out going up and down their stairs.  He must have been tired – because he slept a whole ten minutes of the next six hours home.  What can you do?

He didn’t like the Thomas the Train or Wallace and Gromit DVD that his mom bought at Wal-Mart but he really liked the 15 min Fisher Price Little People DVD that came with the barn he got at the Ohlms house.  So, the Huz and Keet had the pleasure of listening to Aaron Neville sing an introduction to each Little People character…”Discovering Michael…”  Oh, man.

This trip was sort of like the big bookmark of time for the Huz and the Keet.  Chapter 1 – first years married. Over.  Chapter 2 – life with a child.  Officially started. They have such fun memories of driving across the country together listening to books on tape, playing guess that song with CDs or the ipod, scheming, dreaming and rehashing each visit with friends or family. 
Traveling with a child is a new chapter in their lives and they are trying to adjust.  So far, he doesn’t like the car and he still goes to bed at 7:30.  It was a new kind of ‘fun’, a new kind of ‘get-away’.   Turns out that whole ‘adjustment to parenting’ thing really does creep into all parts of your life. 

They will tell you about their next vacation in 2011 when Little O can understand words like “hey – just five more minutes”.


Like many babies, Little O has decided he likes the view of the world upside-down and from between his legs.  The Parakeet has only to yell “Yoga-Time!” and he joins her right quick in a little downward dog.

Monday News 07/27 on a Wednesday

Little O’s favorite toy of the week is empty Formula Cannisters.  Did you know how much can be done with those things? They can be banged on, stacked, rolled, dropped, and carried.  They are amazing!  The Parakeet is going to cover them so they are more attractive very soon. She vaguely remembers there being a crafty blog out there ( that explained just how to do that.

new foods: beets, cottage cheese, kiwi, and back to an old favorite – SQUASH – this time a summer variety.  The Parakeet threw pasta into a few purees this week and He LOVED that. So, pasta it is!

This is as far as the Parakeet got with her Little O update last week before abandoning the task to do things that would help the family get ready for a ROAD TRIP!

monday updates may be over with. Turns out that is too much for the bird.

They’re baaaack…

The Huz, Parakeet, and baby O took a tour of Missouri the past ten days.  You will hear all about it very very soon. Get excited!