Monday, December 31, 2007

Sunday night

Jarin teaching little Elisa L.(the reindeer) the ropes of how to play a DS game
Candace and Morgan S. got these neat wave boards for Christmas. Candace is a pro.
Morgan's got it figured out too
The girl's got the moves
She was even patient enough to help Justin try to do it. I have no idea how they balance on one wheel on the front and back, but I think it's in the way you swirl around on it. Looks too dangerous to me, but then again, I'm an old lady now and I see "injury" written all over it.:)

We had a "games night" for some of the friends here last night. Enjoyed it to the fullest! We had about 30 some here and about 1/2 of them were kids. Luckily it was warm enough that some of the kids played outside some. I didn't snap as many pictures as I'd have liked to, but here's what I got. Happy New Year to all!

Our Saturday

Left to Right: Aunt Hazel, Lindsey, Michelle, Uncle Kenny and Kelly (front)

On Friday evening we did some "winter cleaning". It was long overdue. While I dusted baseboards and Mike washed light fixtures the kids played outside. It's amazing how dusty a house can get in just a short time. We slept in on Saturday morning and we were having our coffee and reading on Saturday morning when the phone rang. "Hi! It's Aunt Hazel. We're about 2 hrs. away. Didn't Inez (my mother-in-law) tell you we were coming?" "Well, no", I said. They had driven down from ND and were headed down to the valley (snowbirds). So after a quick trip to the grocery store and a quick pick up of the house, they came. They ended up spending the night and leaving Sunday a.m. before we left for mtg. We had dinner on Saturday night with Mike's cousin, Michelle and 2 of her girls, Lindsey and Kelly. Was great to see them all. Lindsey was on a quick home visit from her nanny job in Poland so was great to see her as she left yesterday to head back. Lindsey, if you're reading this, leave us a comment to let us know that you found us!:)

Friday, December 28, 2007

Friday update

Jarin is doing a little better. He's just got the cough/cold virus that's going around. He spiked his 100 * fever last night, but seems to be bothering his brother again this morning, so that's a pretty good indication that he's on the mend! We hope to have some friends over this weekend for a "game night". I'll hopefully have some pictures to post after that. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Thank you Tami and Vil!!

My Dearest Tami and Vil,

I just wanted to thank you for the WONDERFUL gifts you sent! I'm haven't put my new "bird" to use as I'm having a hard time with putting him outside because:

1. I'll be the envy of the neighborhood and I'm afraid I'll have the neighbors knocking down my door wondering where they can get one;

2. I'm afraid people will drive by slowly and ignore the giant Santa Claus next door just to see this beautiful bird in my yard;

3. I'm afraid that we'll have 3 offers on our house and it's not even for sale;
4. I only have 1 bird and 4 flower beds, so I'm very indecisive as to where to place this beautiful bird!

Mike would like to thank you personally too for his new shoes! He can't wait to wear them in the "spring"! I thought you'd like to see how excited he is to have these.

For all of you who DIDN'T receive your gift...If you're really nice to Tami and Vil, you might be getting one for your next bird-day!

Love, M & T

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About the music

The song I posted is on a Kenny G CD that I have. It bears listening to if you've never heard it. Listen to it in it's entirety. I can remember about 3/4 of it happening in my lifetime, but for some of you, you might remember more. The title is "Auld Lang Syne"--Freedom version. Have your Kleenex's thought provoking! Happy 2008!

Happy mid week to you all!

How was everybody's day yesterday? We have a sick little boy (Jarin). He's had a fever and cough, so we'll be off to the Dr. today to see what's up. Hope everyone is enjoying their time with family and friends over the holidays! We spent yesterday just relaxing around the house.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Cookie Decorating

My Dearest Country Kitchen Recipe Friends,
I love the cookie recipe, but I'm a little confused. You said the frosting goes where? The cupboard?

On their mouths?
On their noses?
Oh, now I understand...the frosting goes on the cookies!!
More fun pictures
AND, I just realized that my recipe differs from yours a bit. Will send you the ingredients when I'm not so tired. Good night.:) P.S. Do any of you have any secrets for getting green and red frosting out of tile grout?

Friday, December 21, 2007

Last day of 2007 school year!

Just got home from Justin's party at school. Will post a few pictures I took in between the Betty Crocker frosting mess!:)

Kookaburra's Christmas Down Under

The whole 3rd grade
Our little koala bear
Singing one of their songs
This girl was the kookaburra...cute costume
They presented Mrs. Fletcher (the music teacher and director of the play) with a poinsettia

Justin's school had a 3rd grade performance last night of "Kookaburra's Christmas Down Under". It consisted of a few little skits, singing and a couple dances. Here are a few pictures from the play.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Little acrobat in the making

As I write this, Jarin has scaled the swingset and is balancing off the top beam a mere 8 feet up. I would love to post a picture, but he's managed to slide down the side of one of the beams and is sitting on the crossbar. One of these days we'll wind up in the ER, but so far we've been lucky with this little daredevil!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

We appreciate ya'!

Hi everyone. Just a note to say thank you to all who have commented on our blog. We love hearing from each and every one of you and enjoy checking out your blogs too! It's such a great way to keep in touch.

Not much has been happening around here. I went and had lunch with Justin at his school today. He always enjoys having us come see him during the day. I plan to volunteer to help out with his Holiday Party on Friday. His teacher mentioned that they'll be doing a craft, playing bingo, and decorating cookies. Should be a real mess, I'm sure. One year they made gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and Betty Crocker frosting. What a mess it was. The kids were eating the candy faster than they could put it on, the frosting didn't stick, and we had no wet wipes or sink in the room, so you can imagine what a mess it was. I'm not sure who dreams up these ideas for kids, but you think they could keep it simpler. Ah well, they do have fun messing around with their classmates.

Hope everyone is doing well and if you have travel plans over the next couple weeks, do be safe!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

My Ad Blog

Hi all! In an effort to do more typing (oh, I just love to type don't you?):) I decided to start an "ad blog". On this blog, anyone who clicks any ads will ad to my rather small savings account with Google. At the bottom of the page I've also included a Google search engine on it. Feel free to look anything up that you have an interest in. You're welcome to read my random ramblings too if you wish. I will post a permanent link to this site on this blog as well. I decided not to allow comments on the Ad blog as I don't want to be answering comments from strangers and this blog will be available to the general public. I've also changed our first names and will not be posting any personal content on this site. The site is Enjoy!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Arrow of Light Ceremony

Hello little do you do?
Did you have a nice warm nap in that sweatshirt pocket?
Yes, it's good to be home in the leaves and the windy branches of a tree, isn't it?
Stay warm little snake!
Presenting them with their Arrows
Stirrin' up the fire
The new members of the Middle school Troop

We said goodbye to 7 Webelos 2's from our Cub Scout Pack on Saturday. They had the "Arrow of Light" ceremony where they crossed over into the Middle school's troop. They are 5th graders who have joined the Middle School's Boy Scout troop (which they become eligible to do once they get to 5th grade). We will miss some of them as our Pack is getting smaller now that they're gone. Mike will take over as Achievement Coordinator as one of the Webelos 2's Dads was the prior Coordinator. We celebrated their ceremony with hot dogs, chips and cookies and a campfire. What's a Boy Scout without his campfire! Before the ceremony, one of the boys went to sit down and almost sat on a Rat Snake. An older (middle school) Boy Scout came over to check it out. He (and his Dad) determined that it wasn't a poisonous snake, but just a Rat Snake, so he picked it up and put it in his pocket (after much petting and attention from the younger Scouts). It was very cold and windy out and I think the poor snake had almost froze to death. He released him after a little warming up and I snapped a few pictures. These snakes are a farmers friend here. This is actually a "little" one. We have seen them stretched across the road and they look like a very long black tire tread. They eat mice, rats and other poisonous snakes.

Strange weather pictures

We had some strange weather on Saturday morning. Our cold front blew in. Here's a front and back shot (complete with 1/2 a rainbow).

More flowery pictures

I won this bouquet at Mike's Holiday party last weekend. I took some close up's and thought they were worthy of sharing.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Just stopping in? Please say Hello!

I'm not sure about you, but I like to blog hop and sometimes I end up maybe knowing a friend of a friend, so I've found that this blogging is a great way to see how everyone is doing. It's also a great way to make new friends and renew old acquaintances. With my husband's job, we have moved about 10 times in 12 years. It's very stressful to move around that much, but we've sure made a lot of friends. So, don't be shy if you're a first time never know...we could wind up living in your town next, so it'll be great to meet you before we meet you!:)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Questions abound for you fellow bloggers

These 2 pink ones are from the same azalea bush. They are a variety called Encore Azalea's and they are very hardy here and bloom several times a year.
Last year, this plant sat out next to a white azalea that we have in the yard while we had our patio being installed. It had both this color and white flowers as it cross pollinated. So far this year, it's only showing it's red side.

Hi everyone! I'm wondering several things:

1. Do you use photo editing software on your pictures?

2. If so, what type do you use and do you like it?

I'm thinking of maybe eventually getting some, but want some feedback from those who already use editing software as far as brands/programs are concerned. In the meantime, enjoy these...I took these in our backyard yesterday. Our Azalea's think it's spring and have buds and are starting to bloom again! They are without any form of editing.:)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Jarin and I went for our mid morning walk and he picked a buttercup. Without thinking much about it I told him to hold it up to his chin and see if it turns yellow. If it does, that means he likes butter. He did, then he wanted to try it on me. Where did this old wives tale come from? Anybody know? Anyway, I informed him that I liked butter, but I think I'd take a grilled cheese sandwich about then. "Me too", he said. So, we headed home for lunch.

Q: What's wrong with this picture?

A: It's 10 days away from the first day of winter and this is my hibiscus in bloom. It's a balmy 80 degrees here. And to think that one state to the North had an ice storm and more is coming their way. What I wouldn't give for some cold now! Hope you Northerners are staying warm!

Monday night entertainment

Fun with paint

Last week the kids helped the Speech Therapist at Justin's school decorate homemade ornaments for the trees at school. Justin's broke, so he wanted to make a batch at home. Mike and he made them this weekend and I let them paint them and decorate them last night. Justin took them to school today.

Busy days

We got her a Susan Lordi figurine...mothers and daughters
The cake I made for Sarah
The kiddos
Justin's happy to get a pottery wheel
Happy Birthday Sarah!!

We had a full weekend that started Friday morning when I dropped Justin off at school and headed to Wal Mart for a secret sale. I was one of 3 that got a Gateway laptop for about $200 off, so I was happy I'd made it early enough to get one. Needless to say there were several in line behind me who weren't so happy as I got the 2nd one and the man behind me got the third before they said that's all they had. It couldn't have come at a better time as yesterday I was having computer troubles with the other one we have and now the screen is blank...hmmm...guess Geek Squad will have to come on out again and see what we can do. Ugh! Anyway, I'll try to post some weekend pictures. On Saturday I took a picture for our Christmas cards, but it's on the other system, so hopefully it's not lost. If so, I do have the hard copies of it. We had Mike's Christmas party for work on Saturday night. It was very formal as his company rented out an entire restaurant at the Sacs 5th Ave. store downtown. You know it's a swanky place when they have a $215,800 Bently parked outside. Dinner was fantastic. On Sunday, we were invited up to Joel and Sarahs. I made Sarah an early birthday cake and the kids opened some gifts as well. We enjoyed our time with them and will miss them this Christmas as they'll be in MD. Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Happy Friday!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, December 3, 2007

A beautiful sunset

We had some heavy rain yesterday afternoon, but I snapped this picture of the sunset that followed. It was amazing!

An afternoon jolt

Jill, this one's for you! Yes, they're Peppermint Mocha's (real whipped cream and all!). Who says Starbucks has anything over on me? I whipped these up yesterday and they were great!