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    We are so excited to have you visit our blog.

    We decided that keeping a blog would be the best way for us to keep our friends and family updated on what we have been up to since we moved from Florida to Lawrence, Kansas.

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Guest Post: Cole

Oy.

This is my post, I suppose… Extending the great tradition of Guest Posts…

Chris cut himself, like, the first day I was here. A rogue muffin of English ancestry jumped out and bit him. He kept asking everyone if he should go to the emergency room to get stitches. I told him he’d survive without stitches…

Then on the next day I was helping Elyse make buffalo fries. Chelsea and Chris were watching TV. I was doing just dandy – converted most of 4 potatoes into fry-size segments – when they both quit watching TV and came over and started watching me cut the last bit o’ tater. First thing they said was, “don’t cut yourself.” This, of course, increases one’s chance of cutting oneself by approximately eleventy billion percent.

So I cut my thumb.

Later, we posed our injured extremities for a photo op:

Tiny little hard to see cuts, eh?

Today, me and Chris took a tour of Elyse’s work. The warehouse was loud. They have a bobcat with a jackhammer… Not sure what that has to do with making cables, but they have one.

This is Elyse’s office (apparently she is still just a visitor…). Notice the lack of bumph.

Notice your word of the day in that previous sentence. Note the definition: “Printed matter, such as pamphlets, forms, or memorandums, especially of an official nature and deemed of little interest or importance.”

Where are all her TPS reports and internal memos and useless company brochures? I coulda brought a buncha mine if I knew of her spartan cube. Also, she has a lot of shoes in her office. Not why she needs them; I have no shoes in my office, cept when I take mine off…

(thus ends the guest post (-Cole))

Ryan and Meghan - August 19, 2008 - 3:38 pm

Welcome to the world of cubicles! We hope you’re enjoying your new job!

Danni - August 19, 2008 - 4:10 pm

I wanna splash some paint on those cubicle walls…You look so comfortable in your work attire, that’s awesome. Ya’ll are gonna have to buy some thick gloves to use while prepping dinner/using knives…

chelsea - August 19, 2008 - 10:25 pm

oh my gosh cole!!! that was hilarious!!! you need to blog a bit more often! :) i was l-ing-ol and rofl-ing and l-ing-mao and omg-ing like crazy! jk. i was giggling a little bit though :D. thanks for being a better guest poster than me:)!

Cheryl - August 20, 2008 - 3:35 pm

You’re going to have to start rating your blog w/”BG”, for blood and guts, when you put up cooking pictures. The “Cole’s Blog Takeover” grafitte reminded me of what you need in your cubicle…………………Orange and Blue GATOR stuff!!! Cole is here still (Yeah!!) and may have to borrow our boat to get back to Melbourne. Love you, Mom

New Phones

On Saturday we decided to go and pick out our new cell phones. We both had Alltel but they do not offer service where we live. We decided to go with AT&T for our new service providers. Elyse picked out a nice small and compact flip phone and I decided to get the new iPhone 3G. The AT&T store told me it could be 21 days until my phone came in so we decided to go the the Apple Store and pick up my phone.

Luckily, Leawood is only about 45 minutes away because it is the only Apple store in Kansas. We had a nice ride over and Cole had a fun time playing with all the Apple stuff.

Here is my phone and Elyse’s phone next to each other.

Scenic River Road

Today Elyse had a half day at work so that she could come home and spend some time with all of our guests. We played some Call of Duty 4 on Coles Xbox (boys vs. girls) then we played some ‘Fast Uno’ while watching some of the Summer Olympics. Then we were looking for something to do outside.

So, we jumped in the truck and headed off to this road that I saw a couple of days ago. I had no idea where it went but we thought it would be fun!

Here is a shot of I-70 from a small bridge near our house.

This was part of the River, but not really the scenic part.

We crossed the same railroad tracks about fifteen hundred times.

We stopped at one of the many corn fields to take a picture so that you guys could get an idea of how tall it is.

Chelsea and Elyse decided to run through the corn. Elyse gave up early on but Chelsea ran her little heart out.

The back of the truck…

…and the front.

On our way back the the house we stopped by the city limit sign for a few memorable pictures.

Danni - August 16, 2008 - 9:23 pm

Hey, that corn field looks fun to run through! It seems ya’ll had a fun lil’ adventure on scenic river road, that should be the road you take people “sniping” off of…

but not us :( thanks to yahoo answers! That’s awesome that Cole and Chelsea could visit at the same time! Can’t wait to see ya’ll!

Miss Deedee - August 21, 2008 - 12:46 am

Thanks so much for having Chelsea-she had a blast! Uh-still waiting for the infamous IKEA desk pictures! Love You!

chris - August 21, 2008 - 12:54 am

Between actually working in my office and having an air mattress in it for a week it has been difficult to get it clean enough to take pictures…but, the pictures will get posted. Sorry to keep you waiting so long.

Guest Post: Chelsea!

Hey everybody, this is Chelsea! I am moving home from Dolores, Colorado. I was in Colorado for about a year and a half, working the summers and last fall at a ranch and this past winter at Telluride Mountain ski lifting and barista-ing. In the summer I enjoyed riding horses in the mountains and in the winter I had a blast snowboarding!

I plan to be in Port Richey through Christmas-ish and then I’m researching moving to New Zealand to work at ranch similar to the one I worked at in Colorado.

So, I’m moving home with all my belongings in my 4Runner and am having a great road trip on the way with my pet fish Acmed!

My first stop was in Colorado Springs, CO, but I quickly made my way today to see my friends Chris, Elyse, and Cole in Lawrence Kansas… with only a few minor “detours”!

Here are some pictures of the awesome dinner of Hamburgers and Buffalo Fries we made at Chris and Elyse’s place tonight!

We’re having a great time hanging out! Unfortunately we had a cooking incident in the kitchen tonight. Cole cut his thumb tonight and Chris cut his hand earlier today! Those knives Chris and Elyse have are SHARP!

chelsea - August 14, 2008 - 10:32 pm

this is the best blog yet!!!

Cheryl - August 15, 2008 - 8:23 pm

Hey guys! There seems to be a common denominator in that last picture; Chris, how come your laptop isn’t a pretty color OR doesn’t have loads of sticker art? Chelsea is a great guest blogger!! You guys have fun.

Love, Mom

P.S. Helpful Hint from Home: Keep a supply of bandaids in the knife drawer for about 2 years when learning to use Cutco Cutlery.

Danni - August 16, 2008 - 9:17 pm

Hey Chelsea, it’s nice to see a guest blogger…Hope you have a great time in Lawrence and a safe trip making your way home :)

I think we may need to replace the sharp cutlery with plasticware you guys, ha, be safe :)

Miss Deedee - August 21, 2008 - 12:54 am

Wow-y’all don’t look much different than you did 6-7 years ago-except for the bloody fingers :( sniff! Hope your boo-boos are better!

Michaelann - August 26, 2008 - 10:44 pm

Last pic….

were you all chatting on facebook?! :)

COLE’S Here!!!

Well, the day finally arrived of our much anticipated first guest: Cole Brown! We picked him up at the airport tonight around 7:30p. Cole got to see the East Kansas countryside on the ~1hr drive from the Kansas City Airport to Lawrence.

We were so happy to see our brother/best buddy and hang out!

When we got home from the airport we gave Cole a Star Wars shirt (pictured above on right) that we got him we we got ours (seen in a previous post). We had dinner at home and Chris and Cole plan to hook up Cole’s Xbox after I go to bed!

Cheryl - August 15, 2008 - 8:24 pm

I love seeing you all together!
Mom

Puppies!!!

At the townhome we live in you are not supposed to have pets, but A LOT of our neighbors have cats and dogs. What’s more, several of them have PUPPIES! One of our neighbor dogs that we met this weekend was so tiny and cute that it made me really want a puppy! It is a little daschund pug mix and was hopping all over the lawn:

I went home and looked on the internet at a bunch of puppies! Our little neighbor puppy is so cute, but Chris and I both like medium sized dogs like Max and Rusty (our families’ dogs) so I started looking at slightly bigger breeds. I found a breed of puppy that was so cute called a Puggle (see pic below)! It is a mix of Beagle and Pug. We don’t care for how pugs look, so we like the Puggles that tend greatly towards the Beagle look. It was weird, though; all of the pictures I found of adult Puggles I didn’t like how they looked, so I guess Puggles aren’t for us. But I LOVE Puggle puppies!

Well, Chris felt bad for me looking at all these puppies online, but he didn’t say anything. He told me to get ready to run some errands that we had talked about earlier. We got in the car and punched an address into the GPS and were on our way; I didn’t realize until we got there that we were going to a local SPCA! It was such a fun surprise to see some live, friendly puppies!  Here was my favorite one of the day:

They also had some sweet kittens that wanted to come home with us too! What we really want though, is Danielle and Luke’s kitty, Sassy! She is the best, sweetest cat in the world!

Anyways, we weren’t planning on getting a pet, so we will probably stick to occasional visits to the SPCA for now. But hopefully someday we will get a cute little dog or kitten.

Amanda Jones - August 11, 2008 - 6:23 am

Yay adoption! Just let me know when you are ready for a REAL dog!! :)

Danni & Luke - August 11, 2008 - 10:13 am

Oh My! The puppy is so cute, I want one too!

Maybe we’ll bring Sassy with us when we visit…;) She is unusually sweet, I have never met a cat as loving as her…We’ll start a kitty post on the blog for ya!

Cheryl - August 11, 2008 - 4:56 pm

Wait a minute! You have a dog…remember his name is Max!!! The one who eats through walls and metal cages and indestructible kevlar dog pads! Dad has proof on a recorded cassette, with your voice promising to always bathe and feed and take him out. I think it’s your turn now!

P.S. Oh yeah, and vet bills. Send money. Love, Mom

kelly - August 15, 2008 - 6:03 pm

My sister has a puggle who is grown and is SO cute! She has a lot of energy, but is also very affectionate. It is a GREAT dog! I have some pics of her on my blog http://wikel.blogspot.com/search/label/madison

carrie - April 13, 2009 - 8:44 pm

Your pictures of the pug/puggles were cute. I followed a link because I was looking to see what daschund(sp)pug puppies looked like. Cute pictures :) We are looking like you for a dog,but I think we are going for a medium one too.again,pictures here are really cute!

Demi - December 4, 2010 - 4:37 am

this looks the exact same as my puppy arthur

joyce baldridge - February 25, 2011 - 5:41 pm

I hope someone can help. I rescued a 2 year old puggle. I love him dearly, he is sweet, affectiate and great with children. My problem is housebreaking. He is great when I am home, when I leave him for any amout of time he is going in the house. He seems to know that it is not acceptable. I am not sure the best way to handle this. I have tried everything I know. Any commets would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks/Joyce

chris+elyse - March 1, 2011 - 1:28 am

Joyce,
We were able to keep our puppy from having accidents and causing trouble in the house while we are gone by Crate Training. See the link below for more info: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/crate_training.html . Good luck with your puppy!

Our First Guest

Cole - August 7, 2008 - 11:17 pm

Prepare your red carpet!

And… make sure you got sweet tea makin’ ingredients. I’m sure you northerners don’t drink it, but I’m gunna make some anyways while I’m there.

Madelyn - August 8, 2008 - 10:45 am

You guys have a great week-end with Cole.
Don’t do too much sight-seeing!

Cheryl - August 10, 2008 - 9:29 pm

We’re jealous that Cole gets to go first, but our time’s a comin’! Love ya, Mom

Danni & Luke - August 10, 2008 - 11:45 pm

When we visit, we want a little mermaid countdown! Have fun Cole and bring us back some Kansanian tea! We miss you C&E :(

Cole - August 13, 2008 - 9:13 pm

The Cole has arrived!

Nice house.

Roadtrip : IKEA (2 of 2)

Hello again. This morning we got up and hit the road to finish up the first leg of our journey.

For the majority of the trip when you looked out the window, this is what you would see…

…but then all of a sudden we saw this coming over the horizon!!!

It was a Wind farm! It was so neat to see these things off in the distance. We decided to detour off of the interstate to get a closer look at these giants. There were so many of them! I was so impresses with these things that it was all I could talk about for a long time. We ended up seeing about 4 or 5 different wind farms on our little trip.

This picture below is my stock photo of a wind farm. It turned out so good.

There were some really cool looking barns and silos, so we took some pictures of those also.

Finally, we got there. We decided to go the the Mall of America before we went furniture shopping.

The mall was so big with its roller coast, ferris wheel, Nickelodeon Universe, and Lego Land. Lego land was awesome. There were some really cool statues made completely out of legos. Anyways, I got some new sunglasses at the Oakley store and we picked up a few surprises for a couple of new (little) people in our lives at Baby GAP.

IKEA was fun. This place was so big, and when I say big I mean HUGE. Well, I got my desk…or desks? I bought a bunch of pieces to make the desk of my (current) dreams. We wrapped everything in garbage bags and used orange and blue duck tape to seal everything up from the elements. Then we jumped in the truck for our 7 hour drive home.

Yes, this is a real sign. We found it. The “MANLY Forest City.” We didn’t actual stop to check it out but we believe the sign, and so should you.

Elyse took some really good pictures of the country side as we were driving. I really liked this one.

Well, that was our day today. We leave you with this wonderful sunset over a wind farm.

Tyson Brown - August 3, 2008 - 2:51 pm

I love manly forests. That’s the only kind I’ll go in.

Madelyn - August 4, 2008 - 11:30 am

Looks like you guys had a great week-end. What a way to celebrate MY birthday! The wind mill pic is great! Now have a good week putting together your new desk!

Danni - August 4, 2008 - 4:21 pm

The wind farm photo is really cool, can u send me a copy? I like, really like it! Also, whenever the dream furniture comes to life, we’d love to see it :) I wish Luke and I could have been with you to travel through the big, bad, hairy manly forest! Love you guys…in a manly way of course

Miss Deedee - August 7, 2008 - 11:34 pm

Hmmm… Chris & Elyse’s excellent adventure-can’t wait to see the infamous Ikea desk…Love the pictures! And as always-love you both, too!

JDos - August 11, 2008 - 8:13 pm

Love the pics of the wind farm! So cool!