Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
For anyone that has built a house in the past decade or bought one that is around 10 years or younger, you probably have hard wired smoke detectors. We have a total of 10 throughout the house, one in the basement, two on the first floor and seven on the second floor. So, here's the deal for about the past year or so out of the blue the little suckers decided to go off, of course in the middle of the night! And since they are hard wired if one goes off, THEY ALL GO OFF sending cats and dog running, parents darting out of bed looking for fire, Sophie in shambles because she hates the sound. Of course, no fire. Just a false alarm. Back to bed.......20 mins later BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP, BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP, BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! So we turned the breaker off.... a few months later in the middle of the night....BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP !!! Changed all the batteries and guess what, 30 mintues ago they just went off again! So I did some digging as to solutions and talked to my brother-in-law who is a brave first responder for the Chatam Township FD in New Jersey. Seems that dust, debris and even spiders can cause these darn things to go off. Seems funny that this crud can set off detectors. So I found a nice little thread that talks to cause and solutions. CLICK HERE TO READ. I have to try the compressed air, as my BIL suggested and the thread talks about. Will advise.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Sophie is doing very well with her learning. She is writing well by tracing over numbers and words. Language is doing excellent as well, just like a typical 3 1/2 year old. Other than that she is growing like a weed. Tricia broke out her pants and tried them on, well to say the least they were about 3" too short. We have said adios to all her 12-18 month clothes (yep she could still fit into them until about a month ago). She loves her artwork and explores the world outside. Her memory is very good and always recalls things from her first days with us which is just amazing given the drastic changes she underwent.
So we will just recap the past month with photos and vids.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday we planned on the Zoo, but a nice morning thunderstorm washed that out so we went to Faust Park to ride the carousel and visit the butterfly house. More photos from the weekend tomorrow!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
"Oh she is precious.", said Tricia. I looked at her and said, "That's....our....daughter!" And it was just tear central from here on out.
Never in our wildest dreams did we think that June 13, 2008 would be the day we were matched with our daughter. It was just a wow day and moment we celebrate and thank God everyday for. So, today we celebrate the greatest gift ever. We love you Sophie Lee-Nguyen Belz! Thank you God! Thank you Holt! Thank you to Sophie's birth parents.
Below is a link to the announcement video we did:
Monday, May 31, 2010
Tom and Charlie Turner were assigned to Attack Squadron 155 at Whidby Island, Washington. Their unit shipped out to the Middle East on board the USS RANGER when U.S. military buildup began there in January 1991. Tom and Charlie had been in the region only ten days when hostilities began and they were asked to fly combat missions on Iraqi military targets in the first wave of offensive strikes of the war the opening night of the Gulf War. Tom was the pilot of an FA6 Intruder, and Charlie his BN (bomdadier/navigator). Both failed to return from missions on the morning of Friday, January 18, 1991.
Later reports revealed that two emergency radio beeper signals were picked up indicating that both Tom and Charlie ejected safely from their aircraft. Both were returning to the USS Ranger after a bombing mission over Baghdad.
On January 20, both Tom and Charlie were officially listed as MIA by the Pentagon. It was not until almost two months after the end of Operation Desert Storm that the Iraqis handed over the remains of 14 United States soldiers. One of those was Tom.
Lt. Charlie Turner
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday was the 12th annual cancer survivorship walk and the 7th for Tricia's Team Sarcoma. It started with just the two of us and now we have a wonderful team each year. Thanks to everyone who came out in support of Tricia and the Wellness Community of St. Louis. Later that eve, we grilled some great brauts and the Sophie and Olivia played in the sprinkler ball courtesy of Mema and Grandad. All-in-all it was a fun birthday weekend.