Saturday, April 26, 2014


Oh man am I sick. Fever, headache, snot, a cough from hell and so much junk in my lungs I nearly throw up from coughing so hard. Lovely right? It's been going on since Wednesday and I'm not sure it's ever going to go away. You wouldn't know it from looking at me because being a Mom means I don't get to lay on the couch and get well. I get to run around like I do everyday being a chauffeur and attending to the little people that live in my house. There is no time off here. Except for today. Today I went up to the spare bedroom and gave all parenting duties to Sean for the day. I laid in bed with my pile of used tissues and tried to get well. Ugh, talk about miserable.

It crossed my mind that I didn't even post the cute little Easter festivity pictures. So I'm going to cop out and post pictures and perhaps I'll feel well enough next week to write more.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Kids

A couple of weeks ago when Randi was here we went thrifting and I found a big red map of the United States that holds all the state quarters. I knew Wesley would love it so I bought it and we filled it with all the quarters we could find......I think it was seven. So last week we got a box from Rich and Randi and in it was 42 quarters they found in their quarter jar. Wesley was psyched! So yesterday we put each quarter where it belonged. There were a few duplicates and a few state park quarters that didn't have a spot so I think we are only lacking 14 states now. It's fun keeping our eyes open for quarters we don't have. Thank you Rich and Randi!

Wesley was off of school yesterday, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day! So we headed out for a day of fun. I've been in a bit of a rut lately and I think I just needed to get out of the house and get some sunshine. It worked! I took the kids to Pizza Hut to use their Bookit coupons (they get free pan pizza's for reading books at school). They love going and getting their little pan pizza's! Then off to the feed store for a bale of alfalfa for the goat. I noticed the stores seemed to get their flowers in overnight and there are racks and racks of beautiful flowers. I couldn't not get some, so the kids helped me pick out some flowers for a few of the planters around here.

I told the kids this year instead of an Easter basket full of trinkets, candy and "stuff", they could pick out one nice toy. They were all over that idea so we stopped by the grocery store and they got to pick out a toy. I like this idea because we won't have a big basket of candy calling my name and cheap little toys that get broken and strewn all over my house (I still got them each a package of Peeps....nothing says Easter like Peeps). I think this is a win win. We'll see how it goes.

Then we went to the park to play. We got in a lap around the pond so old Mom could get her steps in. The 10,000 a day step challenge is going great, haven't missed a day this month. It was a good day, everybody was all smiles. I like smiling kiddos. I'm a lucky gal to be able to stay home with these two happy little people.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Trucks, Freezes and Field Trips

It's a busy time of the year. I feel like I wake up running and fall into bed at the end of the day. There is always something to get done. Finding time to sit down and blog has been a stretch so I hope you'll understand when I just shove everything into one longer (picture heavy) post.

In the evenings after the kids go to bed Sean has been going out to the shop to work on his Dad's truck (that was left here after their visit). I'm happy to report he got it all back together after changing out the intake manifold and had it running for awhile the other night. Everything sounds good. Hopefully it will be on the market soon.

We've been experiencing some predictably crazy Spring weather. You know, 85 degrees one day and 44 the next? It's been fun. We had a freeze the other night which makes me happy I haven't moved any fragile seedlings outside yet. Naturally the wisteria vine decided this year was the year to produce it's beautifully fragrant blossoms. The vine outside the bay window was covered in fat little buds that I knew would freeze right off so out I went with a blanket the dogs use, some plastic bags and twine to wrap them up in the hopes it would protect them. Isn't it beautiful? Looks like a dead body.

All that work and the poor little buds still froze. Grrrr. I did manage to cover the strawberry plants (with their baby strawberries already growing) with a quilt and they look great. They survived.

Yesterday was Wesley's first grade class field trip. This year they went to a nature center and park. I wasn't real sure if that would keep 45 six and seven year old children happy for a whole day but it was great, it was very well done. They divided the classes up at the nature center and had little displays with local wildlife and habitats. This woman had a salamander that she was teaching the kids about. Look how excited my child is (he's the one in the yellow coat).

That is until she got a meal worm out and the salamander gobbled it up....along with several more. That sure entertained the class. Oh and the little girl sitting next to him, that's his girlfriend. Well it was until after lunch when she broke up with him. I guess that's how things are done in first grade. *snicker*

Then they had a nice woman talk about native owls and introduced the class to a little screech owl that flew into a fence. The field trip was a success and everything went smoothly.....well except for loosing the bus Jessica and I were following and getting lost downtown. But thanks to Sean we finally made our way to our destination. Talk about beautiful weather too! No wind (which is rare) and sunny skies.

Miss Evie and Jessica. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Wednesday Write-Up

-Everything is greening up so nicely outside. The grass is almost thick now, which seemed to have happened overnight. My seedlings that I started the end of February are growing well and will probably have to be transplanted into bigger pots soon. They will not be going out to the garden until May, after the crazy winter we had I don't trust our predicted last frost date.

-My youngest is a handful to say the least. She decided that while Granny Randi was here she was not going to preschool. The first day she started crying midway through class and declared "My Granny is here and I need to be home with her!". Next class she cried the entire class and I was asked to come get her early. We had a big talk about what is happening. She told me she couldn't control her crying and just wanted to stay home with us. So I figured this craziness would end after Granny Randi went home because that girl LOVES preschool. Not so much. I've had to start bribing her. I now tell her that if she goes to preschool (only two days a week) and doesn't cry and has fun then I will take her somewhere fun on Friday, just a girl day out. So last week I picked her up and asked her if she did ok and she replied "I did great, whenever I thought about crying I just told myself not to." That's my girl. So last Friday we went out to lunch and we found her a new pair of sandals for Spring. You gotta do what you gotta do.

-Since I'm talking about Greta I thought I'd share a little funny story. Her preschool class ordered a bunch of caterpillars so the kids could watch them turn into butterflies. Miss Greta is pretty excited and when she found a caterpillar on our driveway she decided she wanted to do the same with it. So into a jar it went with a stick and some food. We watched "Caterpillary (it's name)" wiggle around and eat leaves. She would get it out and let it climb on her arm. It was her pet. Well, I came home one day and Sean informed me that Greta decided to take Caterpillary outside for a nice jump on the trampoline and somehow it got squished. I can't imagine how a little caterpillar got squished on a trampoline (please note the heavy sarcasm). She was sad but that lasted all of 10 minutes and then she was off to find a new caterpillar.

-Today was the first day of the year I got to take the tortoises outside to soak up some rays. The plan this Spring is to create a tortoise yard for them that's fairly good sized. Somewhere we can let the grass and weeds grow and create a nice outdoor habitat for the three tortoises. I've been researching it all winter and am eager to start on it. But in the mean time they are in the chain link dog kennel. I lined it in 2 X 6's so they can't see out and try to squeeze under the chain link. So go out there to check on them this afternoon and lets just say "Love is in the Air!" Old dude is feeling his oats.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Next Chapter

Man, I am slacking in this whole blogging thing! My in-laws left this morning after an extended visit (they didn't intend it to be an extended visit). So a recap from two weeks ago: Randi and Rich drove up here from their home many many hours away and their tow vehicle (an F-150) started having "issues". They pinpointed it to the intake manifold, ordered a new one and installed it. It's not quite put together yet but Sean is going to finish it up and we'll sell it for them.

They searched around and found a replacement truck so they could get home. They bought a Nissan Titan. It's a fancy truck with all the bells and whistles and a nice tow package to haul their Airstream. It's quite an upgrade from their previous truck. I think it will do great for them (they had been looking for a replacement so this wasn't out of the blue).

We had a nice time catching up with them and the kids really enjoyed their time with Granny Randi and Papa Rich. I don't think they realize Rich won't be visiting every weekend like he's been doing for the past two years. I foresee us sitting around a table in about three weeks and the kids asking why Papa Rich hasn't been here. We'll miss ya around here Rich! We wish you guys the best with the next chapter of your life together.