Sunday, December 23, 2007
- Kids who are always ready to "go with the flow"
- A husband who keeps us safe
- A little dog with a great big bladder
- A full tank of gas (thanks dad, for constantly drilling that into my head)
- Bottled water
- A vehicle with good traction control
- Having the common sense to stop driving
- Snow plows
- A SOFT WARM BED
Friday, December 21, 2007
When it snows, Skittles, more commonly known as "Snow Dog", goes a little nuts. It's as if he's gotten a dose of dognip or something...he just runs around like he's out of his mind. He runs through the house like a maniac, flipping his ball into the air, pushing it down the stairs, chasing after it, running into walls....you get the picture. This otherwise fairly mellow dog is suddenly exuberant...all because of a little snow. That's sort of how it makes me feel.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
The weather couldn't have been better, as far as tree hunting goes. The temperature wasn't unbearably cold, yet the snow was falling down. The forest always seems so peaceful and quiet, and gives you the feeling that you're the only people around for miles, even when that's not the case. If you stand still and really pay attention, you can even smell the sweet smells of the aspen and the pines.
There were snowballs....
snow angels, and catching snowflakes on the tongue...
and even a not-quite hidden smile from a teenager.
Finally, after much searching, we found the tree.
It may seem a little thin to you...maybe it is. But it's fresh, it smells nice, and most importantly, it's OUR tree...one we searched for, found, cut, and drug through the knee-deep forest snow. So thin schminn....it's a GREAT tree!! And it was a GREAT day!!!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
My husband said, "I just don't get it". But I did, and I smiled and said, "that's because you were never a girl". It was coming from the backseat. It started with a silly phrase, "'ello Muffin". Which was returned with, "'ello Scone", and echoes of giggles surrounded us, followed by more and more giggles and silliness. For the moment, it wasn't about peer pressure, or growing up too fast. It wasn't about girl drama, or growing pains. It was about silliness and being thirteen. It was about not yet being a woman but no longer being a little girl...just trapped in that in between place, and, for the moment, relishing in it. Some things have changed, but some have stayed the same, and yeah...I "got" it. It was about wearing each other's clothes and keeping half of your wardrobe in your best friend's closet. It was about making total sense in that nonsensical sort of way. Mostly though, it was about being a girl, and that, my dear husband, is something you'll never completely "get".
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Somehow it turned into a Hawaiian themed party, which is, of course, always a great idea for a November day in Wyoming. It would have been just a bit more festive except that I vetoed the swimming suits. I know, I know...I really should try to be a little more fun sometimes.
Somewhere around the 8th frame, the girls decided that tearing the flowers off of the leis and watching them hover over the fan at the ball return was PROBABLY even more fun than bowling.
We did have some very talented bowlers among us. We managed to have a ball stuck in the gutter, despite the use of bumpers, and personally, I think that's an indication of some great skill.
As for the cake, some blue sugar sprinkles for water, crushed vanilla wafers for sand, green sour strings for palm trees (atop the Twix trunks), a surfboard cut from a piece of gum, some candy rings as floaties, an old paper umbrella found in a drawer, and some Finding Nemo fruit snack fish made for a great BEACH cake. And hey...since most of them weren't mine, I figured why not send them home all sugared up.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
- There is no such thing as too many cupcakes
- A good set of vampire teeth can really make things right with the world
- It's a HEATH bar....not a HEALTH bar
- Though the dad may say to the child, "you don't need to eat anymore candy", that's not necessarily true for himself
- The pizza places do a lot of business on Halloween
- If your bag breaks....that ain't good
- Dogs don't REALLY like to dress up
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The leaf bags have been destroyed. The bags are torn...the leaves are scattered.
The evidence is stacking up:
- nobody else is around
- there are what APPEAR to be leaves on his face and paws
- he can't look me in the eye
- he's not saying he DID, but he's not saying he DIDN'T
- he refuses the polygraph
- he just LOOKS guilty
Monday, October 29, 2007
a BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! The UPS man just came, delivering packages for Paityn's birthday. She'll be 10 on Sat. How does that happen??? Does anyone know how that happens??? How they grow up right before your eyes??
She still wants American Girl doll stuff this year. In fact, that's about all she wants. I'm glad. I'm going to enjoy it for just as long as I can. After all, isn't one of the reasons we have children that we want to enjoy the things we loved from childhood all over again, only this time around we get to enjoy it with those little beings we love the most?
Chris said this was his favorite set I've ever done. We'll see what a man's perpective means. Maybe I need to get his insight for all of my designs!!! :) Here's the listing.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Today was a gorgeous day!! It's hard to believe that a week ago we had 4-inches of snow on the ground, and today Paityn was running around in flip-flops. It was the perfect day for hanging out in the yard, even if we did use the time to clean it up. Hopefully the leaf bags will last through Halloween this time. Paityn filled them a couple of weeks ago and they blew all over the place.