Thursday, December 31, 2009
As many of you know, I have had a revived obsession in my life - photography. My blog this year has been an accumulation of "events" - big and small - in our life. I have had the great pleasure of spending much time taking photos of family, friends and all of God's great gifts. I have had people asking me to see more of what I have been doing, so.... in the next couple of days, I will be putting the finishing touches on another blog that will feature many of the photos I have taken and will be taking over the next year. Connie has inspired me to do a POTD..... well, maybe more like a POTW. But, I will do my best to post at least once each week with one, two or many photos. As with all bloggers, we love comments so, if you are so inclined, please leave me some of your thoughts.
Thanks be to God for all he has blessed me and my family with and I wish all of you the same for the new year.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Then the landing....
About half way through the day, the rope broke. Do you see how many stairs there are to the top of the hill. Of course Aubree was not ready to leave so..... time to climb the stairs - 108 stairs to be exact. Do you know how many times we climbed those stairs - Too many!!
Here is Nana and Aubree way on top of the hill.....On the way down......At the bottom.....
Another graceful landing.... Not sure what was more fun - coming down the hill or landing in the straw. Aubree was a little scared on the first run. However, we no more than landed in the straw and she was saying "Again, again, again, can we go again?" What a memorable day. We ended with hot cocoa in the club house to warm up. Here she is on the way home.... Cheeks red and nose running. What a fun day - can't wait to go again. BTW - when we left they got the rope back up and running.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Tonight we took a drive to Marshfield to walk through the park and see all the lights. We have done this every year with Aubree, Heather and Morgan and it has become a "tradition".....and, every year it gets better than the last. If you have never gone.....you are missing something quite wonderful. There are hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park. You can either walk through or drive through..... we do both. Here are a couple of photos to entice you to make the trip. The park is decorated entirely with donations and there is no admission. They have volunteers that work in the park throughout the season and collect donations of money and/or food items. The money raised goes to the needy families in the Marshfield area.
Of course there are a few of these fun photo "boards". Here is Heather and Aubree.....
Papa, Aubree and Morgan.......
On the way home we had to stop at Starbucks. Aubree loves coffee (decaf of course). She had to try Heather's Peppermint white mocha...mmmmmm yummy. A perfect way to end a perfect evening. I Love Christmas.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Here is a picture of Pickles in her outfit. When we got to school, Heather asked her where her clothes were. When she left for school in the morning she had on a pink sweatshirt and brown boots on with her denim skirt. Well, she still had the skirt on, but no sweatshirt and no boots. She told Heather, she "needed" to bring her apron because they were having a feast. Heather asked her where her boots were and she said they didn't match her apron so she had to bring her black shoes. She is only 5!!! Her apron says "Diva in Training" - appropriate???
Before they began their meal they all were told about how the Pilgrims and Indians gave thanks. Doesn't this look like they were praying? They were all told to fold their hands together and give thanks. The did not say pray or did not mention God, but it sure looked like praying to us. Heather and I were so surprised - very, very glad, but wow. I was shocked they did this. Wouldn't it be nice if that wasn't such a shock?
God Bless you all. Maybe someday this will no longer be a surprise or a shock, but something that children and all people will be able to do again.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Well we were successful in a few of those areas. WE SHOPPED! We ate Lots of food, we visited Jenn and We did see Pioneer Woman, but that part of our trip was not as successful as we had hoped. Long story short...... We saw her, but did not meet her. She was doing a book signing for her new cookbook which we wanted. When we got to Mall of America where she was scheduled to be, there was a very long line. We went up, bought our cookbooks and went to take our place in line. That is where the story gets llloooooooooonnnnnngggggg. We waited, and waited, and waited..... We actually waited for nearly two hours and moved about 10 feet in line. There were hundreds of people in front of us. Hundreds and hundreds of people. Sue was waiting in line, holding our spot while I went up to the second floor to see if I could get a couple of pics. We couldn't see her from where we were standing. Thanks Sue! Here are a few pics. Thank goodness for telephoto lenses, because she really was not that close.
She answered a couple of questions before she started signing.
Here is a picture of part of the "line" waiting to have her sign a cookbook or two, or twelve. Couldn't get all of them in the photo. They went behind the stage, behind the escalators and waaaayyyyy down the hall.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Since last time we forgot our saw and had the trying task of pulling it out of the ground, this year we came prepared. Tethers, chainsaws, a cat and a tree bailer - this year we are prepared.
"Little full, lotta sap!"
Here it is laying on the ground after we cut the tree..... getting ready for the baler. It had a long way to go.
On the trailer and ready to go home. I wonder when Eddie will show up?????
"I hear a noise, it's a funny, little squeaky noise."
"You wouldn't hear a dump truck in a nitroglicerine plant."
OK - Enough lines from Christmas Vacation (can you tell that is one of our favorite movies?) BTW - We have already watched it this Christmas season. We all watched it on my birthday.
This tree, which was about 50' tall was across the road from our house. Today, while Lorin was home, he came in as said they were cutting this tree down. Now, we have seen them cut trees before, but they had a cat, and a tree baler and the tree was tethered on all sides so of course we had to go check out what was happening. We walked down the road and talked to the workers. They said this tree was going somewhere in Tennessee to be decorated for a Christmas Tree. Wow - I wonder if the Griswolds had one like this???
Sunday, November 1, 2009
And the parade. Here is the float for our church. We have a Monday Night Worship service that we just started. (If you are unable to make it to service on Sunday, there is a service on Monday night.) So our theme for the parade was Monday Night Worship with a Monday Night Football theme. Our pastor changed the words to several songs and sang them along the parade route as we passed out candy. I figured out how much candy we gave away and it came to over 6,000 pieces. WOW - That's a lot of kids along that parade route. We had lots of kids and adults riding on and walking along with the float. As usual, we had a lot of fun.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Second - I just went a little crazy.
For the past several weeks - maybe months we have been getting calls from the NRA. Now, first let me say for all of you hunters out there. I do believe in our second amendment rights and know that this is a hot button issue with many. HOWEVER, I am sick of phone calls from them. Most of the time, thanks to caller ID, when they call, I just let it ring. Lately though, I have been irritated enough so I have been answering - nobody is ever there - UNTIL TODAY. Here is how the conversation went.
MAN: "Hello, Is mister Evhislingkunslsh there?"
ME: "Excuse me."
MAN: "Is Mister Enfmkosinlfdjka;ushjsh there?"
Now our name may be a little long - but not that difficult.
Me: "No, he isn't - This is his wife."
Man: "Do you know where he is?"
Me: (First Like it's any of his business, second like I am going to tell him. Well, ok I did) "He isn't here."
Man: "When will he be home?"
Me: "Can I help you with something?"
Man: "No, I need to speak to him."
Me: "What is this in regard to?"
Man: "HIS Second Amendment rights."
Me: "I can tell you we are very aware of our second amendment rights and do not need to talk to anyone about them."
Man: "I will call back when "the head of the household" is home - when will that be?"
Me: "That is not necessary and I am tired of phone calls from the NRA."
Man: "I will call back."
Me: "If there is something you need you can talk to me or don't bother calling back." By this time I guess I was just a little more irritated and messing with him.
Man: "I cannot talk to you - YOU WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND - I need to talk to your husband regarding HIS second amendment rights and being able to bear arms."
(DID HE JUST SAY THAT? I WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND? Well for anyone who knows me, you will know that was definitely Not the thing to say to me. - I was just ticked enough to mess with this butt head.)
Me: So I say - "How do you know I won't understand? Don't you think women have guns? Isn't it my Second Amendment Rights too? Why do you think this is just something men will understand. Do you really think you are doing your cause any good by talking to me and other women this way? Why do you think you are superior to women?........." (After about 5 minutes - I did stop talking and asking him questions and he was still on the phone.)
Man: "Women just don't usually understand this stuff so we need to talk to the man of the house."
Me: "You have got to be kidding. You aren't married are you?"
Man: "Well, actually I am."
Me: "I bet she doesn't own a gun does she?"
Man: "I don't understand."
Me: "Think about it."
Man: "I willl call back later and talk to your husband."
Me: Hang up
So, tell me, do you really think everyone that works for the NRA is this stupid? Do you think he will call back? Part of me wishes he does. Maybe I will mess with him again.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
He is a thumb sucker - I love it! Even sucking his thumb he was still smiling. I can't wait to do some fun photoshopping on these.