Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Step Back In Time

The Valhalla Renaissance Faire. One of the best places to people watch. Syd and I went in costume, so this year we were the recipients of the people watching us. Clay and our little guy also went along. I so enjoy listening to the banter that goes on and how so many of the people that attend dress up and really get into their character.

Only bought something at one booth, but what a find - for me, anyway. A lady was selling dyed wool - roving - as well as knitting needles, crochet hooks, wool accessories and spindles. I bought some roving, a mini spindle, and she gave me a free lesson in how to spin. I've been taught before, but it's been quite some time, and the way she taught me I was able to get a much thinner yarn.
Some of our babies have hatched! As of yesterday, one baby bird has emerged, and as of today all but two of the butterflies have hatched. They seem to do that when we're gone so we haven't actually seen them emerge.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Spring has Sprung, Welcome Summer

Yes, I haven't posted in forever. I know.
Yes, I should catch my blog up with what has happened in the last four months. I know.
But do I really want to spend all that time typing about what has happened in our lives in one blog?
So I'm posting a few pictures that I took yesterday that make me smile. And today, especially, I need to smile.

We're expecting! Butterflies, that is. Bought the butterfly kit before Christmas last year, sent away for the caterpillars, and this is what they look like today. We should have butterflies in four days or so.
Looks like I won't be using my clothesline for a while. A mother bird decided my clothespin holder looked like the perfect place to build her nest and lay her eggs.

She laid six beautiful eggs! Ouch.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Heart Day

Another Valentine's Day has come and gone. These are some things that come to mind when I think of things I love:

I love making valentines with my kids. I love watching them open their valentines and reading each one - every one of these valentines are special to them. I was able to go to Adam's class and be there while the kids opened up valentines and got overloaded on sugar by way of cookies, brownies, and rice krispies treats.

Although I can't really say that I love pizza, I like that Papa Murphy's makes a heart-shaped pizza that we can enjoy to celebrate the "love" holiday. What I do love is that Sydnee is able to have the pizza made and can deliver it straight to our house!
We ate the pizza on Saturday night, since Clay planned to make dinner on Sunday. That same evening - Saturday - some old friends of ours from out of town came to visit. They live in Winnemucca so we don't see them as often as we should. I have known Candice since Kindergarten. It was a great visit, and we all agreed that we should see each other more often. Did I get a picture for my blog? Of course not. So I'll just have to find something on the 'net and insert it here.

Ha - the inserted picture above is from Kevin's facebook page. Bet he never thought it would land up on a blog!

Of course, I love these kids! I also love the way they get excited over Valentine gifts from Grandma!

I love this little guy, too!(the little one holding the dog) I really wish I could show his picture, he is such a cutie! But privacy laws prevent me from doing that, and I totally understand. This is a little heart doggie that my mom "Gamma" gave him as a Valentine gift. No chocolate for this guy, since he is allergic to nuts and - as we're finding out - lots of chocolate is manufactured in a plant that also processes peanut products. He's sharing his apple with the dog!

Clay and I have been exchanging Valentines since 1983. Our very first Valentine's Day we celebrated I was a poor college student, and so I baked him sugar cookies, boxed them up and gave them to him. He gave me a diamond necklace. In case you're wondering, yes, I did feel a little cheap giving him just cookies, but I had no idea of the gift he would give me back then.

I love these flowers Clay gave me. Even though we talk about how flowers are a waste of money because they just die and you throw them away, I must admit I love getting them as a gift. I love these two colors together - Clay picked the colors out, and I love them.

Whether you celebrated with traditions, or something new, we wish you a very happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Getting Back to "Normal"

Our little guy has been sick. Probably got it from Adam, who probably got it from the zillions of germs that float around a public elementary school. Only our little guy got it worse. A lot worse.

The past few days I've:

learned how to work one of these

Gotta love Youtube! Amazing how many videos come up when you search "How to use a nebulizer."

I've seen - in my opinion, not his - too much of this

Fortunately, Netflix runs 24/7. Why do fevers always seem to spike in the middle of the night?

Waking up every hour will do this to ya. Take sleep where you can get it!

Goldfish are our friends! For a while, it was the only thing he'd eat :-(

What makes a sick two year old feel better? Why, a bath and his favorite "shoap," of course!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Birthday To You!

It's the second birthday in a week that our family celebrated. Can you believe our little girl is now nineteen?!!
When she was little I thought, I love this age. They grow so fast and you see so many milestones so quickly. When she was in elementary school I thought, I love this age. We send them off to school and get to see them learn, to make friends, and to grow into their own person. Middle school is more challenging, but I thought, I like this age. To see her become more independent and more confident made us so proud. Then high school - I love this age, too! She became her own person, and liked who she has become.
Now she is a college student, and I don't see her as often as I used to. She has grown up into a beautiful person. She is independent, and confident, something I have always lacked. I love this age.
Lest I get too sappy, I'm adding this picture! The day after her birthday, Sydnee had some friends over. There Adam is in the middle of her friends. They let him play seeing as he was the one who know how to hook up the games.
Happy Birthday

Sunday, January 24, 2010

It's The Little Things In Life

It's always fun to celebrate a birthday, but our little guy's was especially fun. He has come into our lives and found a way into our hearts. We will be forever grateful that we have had this time to spend with him. Happy Birthday, little guy!

Erin decorated the cake and we were all glad she did - it looks great! As I've said before, I am not a cook. We joke that I should be on the show, America's Worst Cooks (see picture below).
I can't even boil water - ha! This WAS supposed to be sweet potatoes. Maybe that part about being on the Worst Cooks show isn't such a joke after all.

We made a separate cake just for our little guy. He managed to put quite a dent in it. The plate was a Thomas The Tank Engine plate. He loves "choo choos" right now.

Surprise, he got a train set for his birthday. He has played and played - and played - with this set. He even wanted to take the train to bed with him. I just love this age.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Celebrate Friday

It's Friday! Here are a few things we're looking forward to
this weekend:

No homework! Erin had finals this week
so is taking a break from the books. Adam has had enough of
the dictionary for a while. Here is why:

He opened up the dictionary this week to
look up his spelling words
and this is what he found. Eeewww!

Our little guy is turning two!! With nut allergies the choice of store-bought cakes is hard, so we're opting to make his cake at home. I am by no means a cake decorator, so this cupcake is more pleasing to the eye than my cake will be I'm sure.

Adam is having a friend over
for a sleepover. Can you tell he is excited!
Pizza for dinner!

We're going to watch a high school basketball game tonight. Why oh why did our little guy choose today to not take a nap?!

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