Sunday, December 30, 2007
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007
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Tuesday, December 25, 2007
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Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 7:42 PM
what a busy day we had ~ up early, to the gym, went for a walk, i cleaned up the house while dennis washed vehicles, got meals ready ( for us & for the nursery workers at the church), showered, etc., went to the early service where isaac sang (downloaded on youtube if you would like to see him), stayed for the following candlelight service, went to kelcey & allan's house for their christmas eve party, home to eat, & then FINALLY open presents!
merry christmas to all & to all a goodnight...
santa & mrs. claus are wiped out!!!
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 12:52 AM
Saturday, December 22, 2007
We went out to Wal-Mart and on our way home we saw a couple /plus 3 others ahead of them (it was very windy & cold this morning) .They were walking along the rode side near the airport, pulling suitcases. Assuming they'd flown into Williston and didn't know there is taxi service or couldn't afford it-we stopped to give them a ride. They were walking to the train depot, which would have been about a 3-4 mile hike! It turned out they were 5 Chinese college students in an exchange program with Dickinson State who are on Christmas break and planning a 15 day Amtrak tour to Chicago, New York, Niagara Falls & points beyond. They'd come to Williston the night before and had a problem with their ticket bookings online so had stayed at a hotel ( one without shuttle service. ) We drove them to the depot at around noon and found out the train didn't depart until 7 PM-so they came home with us for the afternoon as our house guests! We fed them, visited with them and found out about their country and lives. They had many questions of us and asked if we were Christians! As we shared about Christmas and our beliefs, we began to see that we were the ones blessed by the events of the day :) God does work in mysterious ways!
May he bless you this holiday season too!
Love to you all,
LeNae & Gary
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 12:21 PM
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Looks like a very content dude! ~ nate
isaac had no idea who this was....yeah, you look pretty cool ~ jen
anyone with hats like that get private rides. ~ dennis
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 2:43 PM
Monday, December 17, 2007
today we finally got some answers to why maxie has been having skin problems for the last year. it started last fall when i noticed some scabs on her back. we've been doctoring with her ever since. i'd take her to the vet, they'd do some tests & she'd get antibiotics. each round lasted about 6 weeks with me having to give her meds everyday & TRY to get a medicated bath in once a week or so. then the spots would disappear, only to reappear about 4 months later. so we've gone through this cycle 4-5 times since it all started. when the spots returned a few weeks ago, we finally decided it was time to spring for the BIG test ~ the HESKA allergy test. well, like i said, today we finally got some answers. anything with EA units of 150 or higher is considered a significant allergen. here is her list of allergies:
FOOD: wheat grain~168 barley~1472
TREES: red cedar~574 palm~383 sycamore~229 juniper~204 olive~145
WEEDS: yellow dock~2619 marsh elder~1280 cocklebur~1042 russian thistle~970 english plantain~495 carelessweed~312 ragweed, western/slender~308 sagebrush~225 ragweed, false~219 ragweed,short~186
GRASSES: red top grass~3883 perennial rye grass~3791 meadow fescue~3756 johnsongrass~3163 bluegrass, june~3012 brome, smooth~2890 orchard grass~2879 timothy grass~1621
ENVIRONMENT: cockroach~271 d. pteronyssinus~175 d. farinae~156
did you catch all of that? don't imagine you all wanted to read every detail of her allergies, but thought it would get the point across. the vet said it's the worst case of allergies he's seen with this test. because her numbers were so exaggerated & there were so many different allergies, he consulted maxie's dermatologist (yes, she has a dermatologist~i don't even have one) & they have decided we'll go with a hypoallergenic food to start with & some more antibiotics & go from there.
at least she isn't really affected by the allergies other than her skin. it never appears to even bother her~she doesn't scratch at it or anything. since we live in las vegas, it's quite common to not have grass (which we don't) so that is good. also, no more food scraps AT ALL!!!
if you're a pet lover (even if you're not, we LOVE maxie~she's our first "kid") we'd appreciate it if you have room in your heart to pray for her.
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 9:22 PM
Sunday, December 16, 2007
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Monday, December 10, 2007
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Tuesday, December 4, 2007
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Friday, November 30, 2007
tara tagged me for this...enjoy!
1. when recalling an event/incident from the past, my family can attest to the fact that i usually relate the event/incident to what i was wearing...
2. i love to eat cereal but can't stand for it to get soggy. i have to have the spoon right there ready to go so once the milk is poured i can get busy with it. :) hence, i'm a fast cereal eater!
3. when i buy a bag of licorice i open it & leave it for the licorice to harden a bit before i eat...i know, this is really weird.
4. i love to play board games & cards...we dont' get a chance to play very much these days. some of my favorites are: cranium, scene it, pinochle, hand & foot, the list goes on
5. this is a gross one, but...i am obsessed with blemishes - only mine or dennis'! ...i know most of you are saying "ewww" right now, but that's the truth!
6. when i make kraft mac & cheese, i put extra milk in it because i like it "soupy"
7. i record days of our lives & watch it every day! i've been watching it since i was a wee girl.
i tag jerolyn since n8 & dee have abandoned their blog :) & tara tagged me for this
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 11:17 AM
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 10:21 AM
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
lauryn was too little to get in the rink so she & g'pa ate ice cream instead ~ i was starting to think that i should've done that instead, too.
it was our first visit to lake las vegas...what a nice place.
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 12:55 PM
Friday, November 9, 2007
He told them to write: "Best Wishes Suzanne" and underneath that "We will miss you". As the picture shows, it didn't quite turn out right. It was too funny not to keep it.
also, lauryn had her 2 year well check today. when i told isaac that we had to take lauryn to the doctor he said, "why, to see if she's really 2?"
lauryn is doing great! she's weighed in at 21 1/2 lbs. she's met/passed many of the benchmarks that are set for her age. nice to hear as a mom!
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 3:16 PM
Thursday, November 8, 2007
well, dennis has & you can see for yourself that he's very excited about it! :)
ten years ago on our move to las vegas, we stopped in alliance, nebraska, to stay with dennis' uncle tim & aunt debbie & family. they suggested that we visit carhenge....since there's really nothing else to do there.
then on dennis' latest trip to wales, he was able to take in stonehenge. this is now in his own words...
My trip was good. After my last message from Cardiff, things didn't go exactly as planned. our equipment all worked right, but when we were going to leave the producer told us that the credentials were on the way and would be there in 20 minutes. He thought we should just wait so that we didn't have to worry about getting them the day of the fight. So, that 20 minutes turned in to over 2 hours of sitting around. By that time it was getting dark, and the Cardiff Castle was closed. That night Saul and I had a good meal at a local pub, I had"Fish and Chips" and Saul had "Steak a la Pie". His was actually asteak in a pie crust. We then walked around for a while and hit a few more pubs. We got back to the hotel at about 1 am. I kind of slept an hour at a time until it was time to get up at 7 and eat breakfastat at the hotel, then we walked to the train station. We took the train2 hours to Salisbury, then had to get on a bus for about 20 minutes to Stonehenge. We spent about 30 minutes walking around and listening to a little radio that gave you "information". Most of what it told you was that they don't know why or how the stones got there! Then we took the bus back to Salisbury where we had a nice walk though town and visited the Salisbury Cathedral. The highlight there was that we saw 1 of 4 remaining original copies of the Magna Charta. Then we were off for a little lunch before catching the train back. We tried to go into a few pubs, but they were really busy with some big soccer/football game on the tele. We found a nice little cafe that looked good and advertised some meals priced right including a steaksandwich. We all were excited to get the steak sandwich, but when I got up to order the man said they were out of steak. So alas, no"Salisbury Steak" for me. After lunch, we walked back to the train station and little did we know, but the fun was just beginning. There were some party people on the train heading to Cardiff, so napping was difficult. There was a group of young guys drinking and playing cards at a table and saying a lot of inappropriate things with kids sitting in the same car, and I noticed one snorting cocaine right off the table. Then we hit about our third stop and there is an announcement that the train has been terminated because the driver's shift was ending and his replacement was a no-show. After some confusion, we find another train and we are off to Cardiff again, only this train only makes 1 stop and it terminates also. What the F! We run to one train and get on then they say that train is going back to the yard we get off not knowing what to do, then there is an announcement of a train to Cardiff a few tracks away and there is a mad dash to that one and we had to stand for quite awhile before we finally get back to Cardiff. It was much later than we had planned for. The other 4 guys with us had to just go to the hotel and get their stuff and head right to the arena. Saul and I at least had the time to shower and change, then we headed over. The fight as I expected was excellent, real highlevel talent and action. The crowd was amazing and loud. 50,000 drunk people in a closed stadium, it gave you goose bumps. After the fight, we had just enough time to go back to the hotel, pack and head to the airport. Then the long journey home began. I did get some sleep on the way back, since I was awake for close to 24 hours straight. I made it home to my lovely family and I am very glad to be here. Well that was a lot of rambling!
for those of you who don't know, dennis was in wales to work for compubox. he & saul were both doing the punchstats for the mikkel kessler/joe calzaghe fight on hbo. here are some more photos from his trip.
THE SALISBURY CATHEDRAL
MIKKEL KESSLER OF DENMARK
JOE CALZAGHE OF WALES
SAUL & DENNIS
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 8:19 AM
Monday, November 5, 2007
lauryn's reaction to getting her singing carebear was priceless! her favorite song is "if you're happy & you know it". we have to sing it pretty much every night before going to bed.
this video is funny....check out isaac at the end. :)
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 9:13 AM
Sunday, November 4, 2007
happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear lauryn, happy birthday to you! we can't believe our little biscuit is 2 years old already! lauryn, we are so blessed to have you in our family. you make us laugh...you bring so much joy to our lives. we love you!
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 9:36 PM
Thursday, November 1, 2007
my friend jerolyn did this on her blog & it was so funny that i decided to do it too (i even stole her title)...although her names will be tough to beat!
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME:(first pet & current car)
Duchess Neon - I kinda like this one :)
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME:(fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie)
Vanilla Oreo - this was the same as Jerolyn's
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME:(first initial of first name, first three letters of
your last name)
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME:(favorite color, favorite animal)
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME:(middle name, city where you were born)
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME:(the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first)
7. SUPERHERO NAME:(”The” + your 2nd favorite color, your favorite drink)
The Pink Coke - this one sounds silly
8. NASCAR NAME:(the first names of your grandfathers)
9. STRIPPER NAME:(the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent,
favorite candy) –
Candies Butterfinger - ewww!
10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME:(mother’s & father’s middle names )
Joanne Alan - ok, not the greatest witness protection name for me when my last name is already Allen! :)
11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter)
12. SPY NAME/BOND GIRL: (your favorite season/holiday, flower)
Autumn Lily - this one is a really pretty name
13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)
14. HIPPIE NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree)
Captain Crunch Oak
15. YOUR ROCK STAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) –
The Reading Storm Tour- Don't you think that if my tour bus said this people would just think it was a giant bookmobile, they'd definitely not think that a famous rock star like Duchess Neon would be on the bus
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 1:54 PM
the actual day of halloween was to be isaac's preschool celebration. but of course, that's not what happened & i didn't receive the flier that stated the celebration had been changed to the day before. so tuesday morning as lauryn, kaylee, & i were dropping off isaac at school, we noticed that all of the other kids were dressed in their costumes. i called dennis to have him dig out isaac's spider-man costume because i knew it would take too long to dress him up as bamm bamm at school when the class is only 90 min. long. i also told him to grab lauryn's puppy costume from last year & a bumble bee swimsuit cover so i could throw them on the girls. we raced home, got the costumes, made it back to the school & got the costumes on. the kids got to go trick-or-treating through the offices & the participating classrooms (his preschool is at a high school). then it was back to the classroom to enjoy snacks before heading home.
on halloween evening, my friend susan & i took the kids to the district (a shopping area). they had a good time, but there were TOO MANY PEOPLE!! didn't get any pictures since i sent the camera with dennis. he left for wales this morning & will be back on sunday evening. it was a late night. we got back to the house at 8:30, ate supper while isaac handed out some treats to the few kids who came to our door, then it was off to bed! i'm so glad halloween is over!
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 1:36 PM
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
saturday was a busy day with soccer & birthday parties. the day started off early with isaac's soccer game where he really came out of his shell! he scored 2 goals too. :) the team he played against was his friend carson's team. i brought isaac over to carson's house late in the afternoon for his birthday party. but prior to that party was lauryn's.
we celebrated lauryn's birthday a week early since dennis will be out of town & returning the evening of her real birthday. we decided to have the party at our house which was a big deal since i don't think we've had that many people (20+ adults & kids) in our place. we thought the halloween theme would be the easiest thing to do & have the kids wear their costumes. the kids all looked so cute! i had every intention of getting a picture of all of the kids together, but...well, you know how that goes sometimes. here are the pictures from her big day!
making a wish!
yum yum yum yum yum ~ delicioso!
showing off her goodies
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 2:57 PM
Friday, October 26, 2007
last night was our church's annual trunk or treat celebration. the evening was full of carnival games, cookie decorating, raffles, bake sale, face painting, & CANDY!
every year there are about 25 vehicles all decked out with halloween decor & are parked in the parking lot. the kids then get to go from car to car to "trunk or treat" and get their candy. it's a lot of fun!
bamm bamm & pebbles
isaac & his friend elijah enjoying their cookies
lauryn hoopin' it up
THANKS TO DOLLY GRANDMAfor making the costumes ~ she put in a lot of work to get them done & sent to us on time so the kids could wear them for the occasion last night. they are adorable!
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 4:57 PM
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 2:55 PM
Monday, October 22, 2007
here is an update on how potty training for lauryn is going. she's doing great!! it's been 10 days since the first time she tinkled in the potty chair. she has now gone up to 6 times a day. (HUGE smile on my face!) i don't have to fight with her to get her to go, just ask her & she's on board to try. most of the time she'd rather be on the big toilet with the blue's clues seat instead of using the potty chair. today, there is even more news to share because (drum roll please) ...
she dropped the kids off at the pool. :) :) :)
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 12:45 PM
Thursday, October 18, 2007
this morning as i was bringing isaac to school, there was a car in front of me (not far from our house) w/ the license plate ALSBENZ. it made me think about how i always wanted a mercedes so the l.p. could read JNZBNZ....i'm still dreaming about that one. anyway, dropped off isaac & then had to drive to bring lunch to my wonderful husband. lauryn & i are almost home & are stopped at a red light. i realize that the car in front of me is ALSBENZ. isn't that weird??? it makes me wonder what goes on in the universe to cross paths with someone ~ again ~ that you don't even know. FREAK~Y!
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 9:54 AM
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
lauryn looks rather cute here covered in chocolate pudding, wouldn't you agree? but looks can be deceiving...remember my post from yesterday "who's the boss"? in case you thought that was just an isolated incident, you're wrong. she gives me directives every day. today lauryn thought that she should be the one to clean herself up after this yummy mess was made. uh, yeah, right....like i don't think so! i didn't agree to abide by her rules so she threw one of her royal fits. but i forgive HRH because....
yes, you guessed it! today she used her royal throne fo' real yo!
Posted by Allen Fieldhouse at 10:03 PM