Monday, June 16, 2008

Gnaw't bad.

If you look closely, you can see Coraline's two new companions, Little Miss Achey and The Dame of Dentition.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

We got punked.

On Friday, a rumor flashed around the Iowa City area that they were closing the Burlington Street bridge, which would have cut off west Iowa City from east Iowa City. Everyone at the UI promptly packed up and left their offices. Traffic was a mess for hours, but we must have been among the first to get out.

We later went to daycare before the emergency parent-teacher meeting, and shot this video of Coraline practicing her standing in the basement of the church.

It's now Saturday night, by the way, and the Burlington Street bridge is still open, but expected to close today.

Here's a positive flood update...the utilities/services in town most likely won't be affected. About the picture above: I filled my tank here Friday. I have a few coupons for 5 & 10 cents off per gallon. And I have one coupon for 15 cents off. So this is one little way the flood affects me.

I took this picture from the parking lot of the "Waterfront HyVee" grocery store parking lot. Since you can't see the river from the store (it's 1/2 mile away), the name perplexed me. Now, I guess it makes sense.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Cute and dry.

Flood or no flood, Coraline is a happy girl. Not to brag, but we're constantly told by teachers and other parents at her daycare how cute and fun she is. Hey, I'm just reporting the facts, here.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Come to Iowa for the great surfing!

So, we try to keep this blog specifically for news about the kids, but we're going to take a quick break from all that to say, "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHG!"

Iowa City is, as you've heard, flooding. We've been told just now to not go to work for the next week. Well...alrighty then. This is an amazing experience. Iowa City is split down the middle by the Iowa River. The east side contains the downtown area and half of the UI campus and our house. The west side contains some of the dorms plus the athletics and healthcare campuses and our offices. Apparently by the end of the weekend (we're guessing by tomorrow) there will be no way to cross from one to the other. The river won't crest until Tuesday at the earliest, at 33 feet (22 feet is flood stage).

We don't live near the river (we're a couple miles away on higher ground). But we don't know how hard it's going to be to get to get around town, or whether daycare will close (there's an emergency parent-teacher meeting tonight). The news is saying that this is a 500-year flood. I sincerely hope that our children don't have to endure our company 24 hours a day for the next week. On the other hand, maybe we'll get a lot done around the house. We've laid in a supply of water, plugged up the drain in the basement, and are planning to stop taking baths to conserve water. If it's yellow, we're letting it mellow. Will grocery stores run out of food because trucks can't get here? Good thing I haven't cut the grass in two weeks--we'll have something to munch on.

If you're trying to get in touch with Christine, she left her phone charger at work and won't be able to retrieve it for a week. So call Dave instead.

She'd be happier if she wasn't dealing with two new teeth...

Joan, What do you think of Coraline's shirt?

Sunday, June 01, 2008


Dave thought these pictures were too boring to post since she's just sleeping...Blasphemy!

Here she was just pretending to sleep because she didn't want to eat lamb and carrots.

I can put my foot on the wall.

Aizay has been so accepting and loving with Coraline. One morning, he asked me to sit Coraline up in her crib because "I want to see my beautiful girl." He accepted us taking pictures and videos of her because he thinks she is super cute and deserves it. Until this day. Coraline can now crawl at mach 1 and we were attempting to take videos and pictures. However, Aizay kept jumping in front of her and disrupting the shoot. He is also engaging in other attention seeking behavior: telling me he has a sore throat and asking for medicine (Dave thinks he may actually be sick but I am not falling for it). He is a little more whiny than normal.

So here, he chose to pose for the world with his foot on the wall. Enjoy.