Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Wordless Wednesday


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Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Which is Better - Part One
I'm simply amazed right now that I have nothing to write about.

Nothing. Zilch. Nada.

And all I really want to know right now is...

Which movie do you think is better?




Yes, that's all.

I just really want to know which movie is better... in your opinion.

Leave me a comment and let me know.

That's all. Bye for now.

I'm sure I'll be back soon to my regular program with something of value.


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Thursday, August 23, 2007
First Day of 3rd Grade

Best Quote of the Day (spoken as soon as he got home): "Mom, I really LOVE school. Last year, I liked it, but this year, I just LOVE it."

What do you love best Perry?

"My teacher."

(Perry and his teacher)

Thank you Lord for answered prayers.


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Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Last Day of Summer Vacation
Here we are... the day before the new school year begins. In honor of the beginning of his third grade year, I wanted to capture this moment in time and take a look back on our summer. I had Perry answer some significant questions.... some about the summer... some about his life in general... some because I was just nosy wondering how he would answer them.

I hope we can look back over these answers next summer and laugh and enjoy the memories that we held this past summer before third grade.

1. What is the best thing that happened this summer?
"Well, there were a lot of things, but playing baseball and catching the fly ball and getting second place in our tournament – that was the best."

2. Did you take a fun vacation? "Yes - we went to Branson with our friends... and swam... and got to go to Silver Dollar City... and watched the water show at Branson Landing.

3. My favorite song this summer? "Life is a Highway – the Rascal Flatts version"

4. Best movie I saw this summer: "Underdog"

5. My favorite meal: Cheese steak with rice and salad

6. My favorite sport: Baseball

7. My favorite book: "Where The Red Fern Grows" (It's what he is currently reading.)

8. Best thing I’ve heard about the coming school year: "That my teacher went to MU."

9. My new teacher’s name: Ms. Stice

10. Will I have a lot of homework? "You bet I will."

11. What I’m most afraid of: "I’m usually afraid of nothing. Well, probably tornado warnings"

12. What I’m most proud of: "My parents." (Interesting answer!)

13. Most important thing in my life: "My parents"

14. Something I’d like to improve on: "Saying stuff that I’m not supposed to say, so I want to improve on not saying things I shouldn’t say."

15. I like… "space, Mars mission legos, my friends, and sports"

16. I dislike… "getting in trouble with my parents... and going to bed."

17. My good friends: "Blake, Brady, Ethan B, and Ethan W."

I really didn't get any answers that were unexpected. No real surprises at all.

I love how he answers that he is most proud of his parents and that we are the most important "things" in his life. I wonder just how long we will continue to be the most important in his life. I'm hopeful that will continue for the duration of his years in school. But very soon his friends will be most important, and I can only hope that they will be the friends I wish for him.... ones that will encourage him, laugh with him, and love him... just like his parents do.

So we're off to enjoy our last day of summer vacation... spending time at the neighborhood pool, sharing lunch at McDonald's, and spending time with friends in the afternoon. We will then participate in our school's "Meet The Teacher" night before we tuck him into bed a bit earlier than normal, pray for blessings on his new school year, and kiss him tenderly on his cheek as we bid him sweet dreams.

Sweet dreams about his third grade year in school.


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Monday, August 20, 2007
Questions, Questions...
To celebrate my one year blogiversary, I asked you if there were any questions that you were just wanting to know... anything. And a few of my beloved and faithful readers showed up to the party and asked me these questions...

From Jennifer:
I'd like to ask what you like best about blogging, and if you want to share what you like least, you can do that too.

I think what I really like best about blogging is that it is a memory keeper. Oftentimes I tend to go back and view my old posts, and it brings back memories of things that I had forgotten about. It is like a online scrapbook to me and I tend to view this scrapbook even more than the ones I create with my own hands.

I think the only thing that I like least is when I tend to be too busy to write things down, like something I should have written about yesterday…

Right after church, Perry was excitedly telling us about what they did in Sunday School. They took the third grade class down to the fellowship hall and had them make sack lunches to take to the homeless people in our city. He told us what they placed in the sac lunches, as well as how it made him feel. It touched him a great deal that there are people who don’t have a home, who are going to be very excited about receiving this sack lunch that he made.

Then at dinner, when it was time to bless the food, he began with his typical…
“Dear God, thank you for everything…” but then he stopped and ended like this…”Dear God, please bless the homeless people with the servings today, and please bless our servings today today in our home.”

Tears welled up in my eyes as I thought about how he is feeling about the homeless.

And I pray that we can bottle those loving feelings up, and instill these feelings in him forever.

From Rachael: Where did Phil take you on your first date?

When he first asked me out, he wanted to take me to the Tim Allen show that was coming to KC in late June of 1993. I said yes on the phone, then hung up the phone and screamed! I was SO excited that he asked me to go to that show with him, but then quickly realized after I got off the phone that it wasn’t for a long time… it was at least a month away.

Later on that week, though, he called me and asked me out for that Friday night and he took me to a movie (Groundhog Day) at the $1 theatre at Independence Square (yes, that’s my fiscal man) and then to Tippin’s for dinner. We talked about how stupid the movie was, and then we just sat and talked there for a very long time. I remember running into a few people while we were there… Tippin’s was the place to be back in those days.

If there was one store where you were given a shopping spree, where would you want it to be? Boy, that’s a toughie since I love to shop… Right now it would be Crate and Barrel or Restoration Hardware because there are so many things there that I would love to buy for decorating my home. But if you ask me in January, it would probably be a department store because that’s when my “I hate my clothes” saga begins.

What is the one thing that you did not expect about being a mother? I think you and I talked about this at our last scrapbook marathon, and it was that I fully expected to bond with him from the moment he was born, and that I did not. And then when I finally did find that everlasting bond within me around his third month, I knew I'd never be able to let it go. I never thought I would love Perry more than my own life, but I do.

From Katrina:
I know that none of us want to determine our children's future or pressure them to be anything, but when you look at Perry, his strengths and interests, his passions and abilities, what could imagine him being when he grows up?

Oh my, this one is so tough and I think it is because Perry is my only child. And I tend to have very large dreams for our only child. But I guess if I could imagine him being a grown up at this moment, he would be working happily in something that he loves. Right now he is set on being an astronaut, playing baseball AND being an artist all at the same time.

Phil and I always imagine him being an attorney because he
negotiates with us on anything better than any other child I know. But we sincerely only wish for his happiness and success in his life… that he loves the Lord, loves his parents and is a good friend to all those he cares about. And makes a boatload of enough money to support us in our olden age!

My dear friends... thanks for the questions. It's been a great year blogging, and I'm looking forward to capturing more moments in the coming year.


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Friday, August 17, 2007
525,600 Minutes

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure-- measure a year?

In daylights-- in sunsets
In midnights-- in cups of coffee
In inches-- in miles
In laughter-- in strife

In-- five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure a year in the life?

How about love?

Seasons of love.

If I had to list my Top Ten Songs of All Time, this song would be very high on my list. It's a beautiful song from the musical Rent. I've never seen the musical, but I love the music and lyrics to this song.

The reason I'm talking about this song today... it is my One Year Blog Anniversary.

One year that I have written about my husband, my son, my extended family and my friends.

Here is my first post.

I always love talking about Perry and his sweetness.

My husband always gives me something to talk about - whether it be good or bad.

I loved participating in the Christmas Homes Tour sponsored by Boomama.

This year has been measured in love, in moments, in good times, in bad times...

And I love sharing it all on this blog.

Now, if you are one of those rare humans that do actually read my blog, please leave me a comment telling me who you are, how long you have been reading my blog, and ask me anything you would like to know that may or may not have been answered on my blog.

Really, I'm serious. Anything.

Now I'm going to go and do something useful like make an appointment to have my toes cleaned and polished.

But in the meantime, please feel free to come back and visit me next week as we finish our school clothes shopping, celebrate another end of the season baseball party, begin the third grade with a brand spankin' new teacher and pray for a drastic temperature drop in our neck of the woods.

It's all good stuff here at The Comfort Zone.


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Saturday, August 11, 2007
UPDATE (SUNDAY, AUG. 12 at 11:35am): Okay, I'm over being alone. I miss my guys a bunch today - especially going to church ALONE, and I'm ready for them to be home. Last night I was told that it would be close to midnight tonight. I'll be ready to give them big hugs when they roll in.

Yesterday afternoon at 4:00pm, my husband and son left for a boys weekend. Along with his friend Nate and his son Ethan, Perry and Phil drove to Tulsa to bake in the heat watch professional golfers win a Championship... in the baking heat.

I am alone this weekend.

And I'm enjoying every single minute of it.

There are not a lot of people who enjoy being alone. I'm not one of them. I re-charge by being alone and having the time to do whatever I enjoy. Whether it be reading, watching rented movies (I chose 2 this weekend), or just getting to sit here and blog, I will refresh my mind and soul.

I did go to a movie last night with a good friend... No Reservations... it was a really cute movie that Phil would not have wanted to see at the theater, so I enjoyed getting chick night with Karen.

And I'm meeting my oldest and dearest friend Laurie today for lunch. After we lunch, we will go visit her mom in the hospital.

So, no need to worry about me. I am getting in my social hours. But I'm also just enjoying the time alone.

It is rest for my soul.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007
The Marriage Meme
My good friend Jennifer Snapshot tagged me for a Marriage Meme. She wrote her version here, and it was really fun to read and catch up on her life before I met her.

For my version, I'm going to bring back memories of our engagement and our wedding day. After we were engaged, we planned a wedding in less than six months. I highly recommend short engagements - it was a whirlwind of fun, laughter and sweet, sweet memories.

1. On April 24th, 1994, Phil asked me to marry him in front of my parents and my best friend, Laurie. And Laurie video-taped the entire proposal... she was a sneaky one like that. The video proposal still cracks me up whenever we watch it. Not because I was so shocked that he was asking me in front of my parents. I knew that it was coming soon, but really had no idea that he would do it in front of my parents with my best friend recording the entire thing. What was funny, though, was that he first asked my dad for my hand in marriage, and my dad's answer to him was... "Don't ask me, it's up to her (pointing to me). " Such tender words for such a tender moment.

2. Even at 30 years old, I was an old-fashioned kind of girl. The lease on the apartment I was renting with my best friend Laurie ran out just a month or so before the wedding. Instead of just moving all my things to Phil's, I moved it all back home and spent the last six weeks before our wedding living with my parents. It was a really fun time as we were still making plans for the wedding day and they helped out so much. We had all the wedding gifts delivered to their house and we piled them up on the pool table in the rec room. Every day a new gift would come and we would display it on the pool table. I felt like I was living the movie "Father of the Bride."

3. We had a "theme" rehearsal. Since we are such great fans of our local football team, we decided to have our rehearsal, as well as the dinner, be casual and fun. We knew the Big Day was going to have us in our finest, so we wanted to just enjoy the night before and have a comfortable and relaxing dinner. Our wedding coordinator had bbq catered in to our apartment clubhouse and everyone wore their Chiefs garb. Every. single. person from the pastor down to my Grandma and Granddad wore Chiefs t-shirts, sweatshirts... it was such great fun.

4. I gave my wedding gift to Phil at our rehearsal dinner. Since it was such a unique gift, I felt it only fitting that everyone could see it. A couple months prior to our wedding, I wrote a letter to Derrick Thomas - his favorite Chiefs player at the time - and asked him to sign an authentic #58 Chiefs jersey for him in honor of our wedding day. Through a friend of a friend of a friend, the jersey and letter were given to Mr. Thomas and he sent it back not only with his autograph on the number 8, but he also wrote on the number 5 "Happy Wedding Day Phil and Lori". The gift was a complete surprise to Phil and he shared several tears of joy with everyone at the dinner. We also then displayed it at the reception and everyone loved it.

5. Family was in abundance at our wedding. As I have talked about here, Phil brought to the marriage a former family that I love as much as my own. They all attended the wedding and all were ushered to the row just behind his father... they were his family.

6. The music at our wedding was so beautiful. The highlight of our wedding music was when my little brother Brad (who was just a senior in high school) played Kenny G's The Wedding Song on his saxophone. It was a CD that Phil and I played all the time in his car... we loved this song. And Brad played it beautifully.

7. We wrote our own vows, but did not rehearse them to each other as we wanted to keep this part of our wedding sacred. He was the first to recite his vows, and his words to me brought tears to my eyes, as well as the entire congregation. At the end of his vows, he promised to be my husband, my best friend, and my teammate. This word brought everyone to laughter in the congregation with his reference to football. I was then full of emotion - both laughing and crying at the same time. Wnen it was my turn to recite my vows, I drew a complete blank. I remembered parts of my vows, but basically "winged it" when it came to reciting the ones that I had written down. As soon as I finished, I looked into his eyes and whispered "those weren't my vows." And you can see me mouthing those words on our video tape. It too is a very tender moment... all on videotape!

Married on October 29, 1994

8. We honeymooned in South Carolina at Kiawah Island. We love this beautiful place and have been back to visit twice. We plan on going back again soon - hopefully for our 15th anniversary.

This was a lot of fun, so I now tag anyone who would like to do this. It brings back such wonderful memories of one of our happiest days. Please let me know if you plan on taking part as I would love to read about your memories in marriage.

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Monday, August 06, 2007
The Countdown Begins
These arrived in the mail this weekend.

Only 16 more days until school begins....


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Thursday, August 02, 2007
I've Got 20 Bucks - Who Gets It?
Today I arrived home from work and there was a note on my counter.

Let me back up... when I left for work this morning, my housekeeper was tediously dusting away Perry's trophy shelves. It's the first thing she does when she walks into my house, and the only thing that I know she does because by the time I've talked to her for a few minutes while she's dusting the trophy shelf, we are ready to walk out the door.

When I return from work, my house is clean.

The three toilets bathrooms that I have her scrub are shining.

The four bedrooms are dusted and swept.

The carpets in all rooms are vacuumed with the stripes only going one way. I still can't figure out how she gets them vertically striped.

And my hardwood floors are glowing.

After a price increase just a year ago (after no increase for a couple years), I now pay $95 for this royalty treatment every two weeks.

Walking into a clean home after a long day at work makes me an extremely happy girl. And you know the saying.... if momma's happy, everybody's happy.

But let me get back to the note that was left on my counter. This is what it said...

Hey Lori,
It took me quite a bit longer today. Do you have a problem paying me for the extra time. I guess with it being a month and all, the work you had done made it extra dirty. If you want, just put an extra 20.00 on my next check. Hope that's okay. :) Thanks, Kim

Yep, that's exactly what the note said.

Now, granted I didn't have her come two weeks ago because if you'll remember, we were in design intervention. But let me explain something. I did not neglect my home. I knew she was not going to be cleaning. I did scrub the toilets bathrooms - I gagged my way through them - but I did it. And I vacuumed constantly. With all the work that had been taking place in our home, we had to. The dust was flying everywhere. And when the kitchen was put back together this past weekend, I scrubbed my hardwood floors - they were in desperate need.

In my defense, our house was not that dirty. I think that she had it in her head that it was going to be a filthy pig sty after one month, and that it was going to take her longer. It may have taken her an extra few minues, but I can't imagine that it took her $20 longer.

So I'm posing this question to all my friends out there... including my family lurkers.

Let me know in the comments what you think we should do?

Phil and I are leaving this up to you.

He says just give it to her and let it go.

I'm not one to part with $20 bucks so fast.

What do you think?

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