Thursday, February 14, 2013

bel aire crime spree

every month we get a newspaper called the bel aire breezw. it is about three or four pages long, and has a few articles and ads, and my favorite, the police report. here are a few of the gems from january's issue:

Jan 20 - Officer Steele found an unoccupied vehicle parked at Eagle Lake Park.

(um... isnt that what parking lots are for? to leave your unoccupied cars in? and someone called this in??? hilarious.)

Jan 17 - Officer Murphy responded to a report of fraud in the 4800 block of North Hillcrest. A resident said he received a call from Peru, saying it was his nephew and he had been in an accident and needed money. The man asked for further identification and the caller hung up the phone.

(no harm, no foul. smart to ask for id. but what exactly did you think the police were gonig to do about it???)

Jan 4 - Officer McCaslin checked on a report of two juveniles playing in the frozen pond in Eagle lake Park. Officer advised the boys to stay off the ice.

(whew eagle lake park is a hotbed of criminal activity!)

and my personal favorite from the month:

Jan 7 - Lt. Griggs responded to a report of a suspicious character in the 6100 block of East Danbury. It was a gas company employee reading meters.

(apparently the uniform, van and clipboard werent enough clues for that concerned citizen. sheesh)

so, while i am poking a little fun at these sily reports, i am thankful to live in a community that has such innocuous police reports. yes, there are occasionally robberies or accidents, but a majority of the reports are unconcerning, if not downright hilarious. thank you bel aire breeze for giving me something to look forward to every month!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


 my dad celebrated his 60th birthday  this january, and boy did we celebrate in style! first, bryce came into town from LA onnew years eve. surprise! my dad didnt know he was coming! we had funhanging out and opening christmas presents and being together. then... my grandma and aunt came from florida. surprise! my dad didnt know until about two hours before they landed that they were coming. yay! aunt laura got to see snow for the first time in ages. it was hilarious. friday night we went out for hibachi to celebrate max's birthday. delicious!!!!
 saturday afternoon we got a limo to take us to the cirque do soleil show quidam. it was awesome. jakey sat still for *most* of the three hour show. it is insane how those people can contort their bodies!!! how many almost two year olds get to roll in a hummer limo i wonder? of course he had no idea how cool it was. :) then, the limo picked us up and took us to dinner. another great meal with family and friends. all in all, it was quite the celebration for a 60th birthday!

christmas recap

 we had six (or seven?) different christmas celebrations, lasting well into january. christmas weekend we drove up to topeka twice, first to spend saturday and sunday celebrating withjeremy's parents and siblings. seeing family was wonderful, sleeping with jakey in a double bed maybe not as much. he has a hard time sleeping well not in his own bed. :) it was great to stay with shane and darci though and just hang out.

christmas eve we went to church with my family and the opened pressies with them. then, of course, it was time for our tradition of chinese food for christmas eve dinner. last year we went to a really disappointing buffet, so the restaurant choice this year got upgraded and it was delicious.
christmas morning we opened our stockings and jakey opened his gifts from us. he LOVES his basketball goal. the first thing he says to jeremyevery night when jeremy gets home from work is ball? ball? and points downstairs to his playroom.

then, it was off to topeka again for giant family lunch with everyone (including santa!!!), then to gma and gpas house for our stockings. and more food. it truly is amazing that we didnt each gain twenty pounds after that weekend!

you'd think christ celebrations were over, but they werent! bryce came into townover new years for my dads birthday party so we celebrated with him then.

finally,we had a lovely dinner with ed and beka halfway through january. christmas was finally over, a month after tha date!

we received so many wonderful gifts and were able to make many family and friends happy with the things we picked out and, in a few cases, made. i think our christmas schedule gets crazier every year, but since we are spending time with our friends and family, it is totally worth it.