Saturday, December 15, 2007
The approximate one mile drive back to my SIL's house from her sister's proved quite the challenge. They live a pretty hilly area and the snowfall was coming down harder. We made several attempts before we got up the road of their subdivision with the van. Lots of other neighbors who followed ending up leaving their cars at the entrance and walking their way home. I like the snow and all that-but it better not impede our ability to get to the game tomorrow. No way I want to miss out on the Brettster and Da Packers playing for my belated birthday gift! :) Ok..my DH is LOS now so I best sign off...pics to follow after the game, I hope.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
...not taking time out to videotape more of these two beautiful human beings who bring so much joy to my life and to all who know them. And to quote a favorite film of mine, not videotaping more often was a"Big mistake. HUGE."
Here's to hoping all y'all take time out of your hectic holiday schedules to etch a little bit of time into your days to document the lives of those you love.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Was working at my new scrapbook station this evening and found myself chuckling about how I came about the workstation. Last Friday I was running errands...picking up Christmas photos to go in cards, dropping of boxes of charitable donations at local hub and other and turned the corner, simultaneously catching a glimpse of what looked like a great potential scrapbooking desk. (I have had an image in my mind of what I have wanted for quite some time now-but similar ones were always way too expensive. I had considered making one myself but new I didn't have the time). Anyways, I stopped by the local antique flea market on the way back from running my errands to take a closer look. The store sets things out on the sidewalk to lure you in-and they definitely lured me. The workbench was just what I was looking for! I went inside and came out $78.00 later with the scrapping station of my dreams! Or at least my sized pocketbook! Where the outting took on a slightly more expensive turn was when I went to make a u-turn just down the street from the store. I spotted a stray puppy, wandering along the busy main thoroughfare, scrounging for food. I immediately stopped the van and hopped out. I walked around to the back of the van to look for him and thought he had run off-so I turned back to get into the van thinking to myself I had at least attempted to save him-but I wasn't going to chase him down...and there he was-looking at me with his head cocked to the side as if to say, "Ya lookin' for me-here I AM!" He was a cute small older spaniel dog. I popped him into the van and quickly my mind was reeling with the realization of what I had just done-and what was Mick going to say. I drove the mile and a half home thinking of how I would break it to him that, yes, I had indeed found yet another stray, and yes, I had indeed taken in another pet. I decided that honesty is always the best policy and immediately told Mick about the desk and the dog when I got home. I called our local police dept. to see if any dogs of his description had been missing. The attendant said no but took my name and number.
So...we took "Toby" in and loved on him. And introduced him to the four-legged fam-all who accepted him in a pretty friendly manner. He was the best dog-EVER! He didn't bark, he didn't whine, he didn't beg...he just existed for the sole purpose of being loved by us. He loved to be in my lap. He would've made an awesome pet...and he did...Toby, aka "Melvis" (What were they thinking?) found his owners the next morning after a phone call from them saying they had been missing him. I told them I had given him a bath and had taken him to the vet to get a flea pill and topical flea meds(some for our dogs too)and that he was a great dog. So my quick little 35 minute errand running trip ending up costing us about $125.00. Still not a bad deal given that it is the season for giving! I'll try and get some pics (not great quality) posted soon of my desk and "Toby."
Friday, December 07, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Memories from today:
New BFF "Kiley"
Learning to sign yes, no and the all important "bathroom" :)
The Kissing Hand story
"PU" Sharpie penned into Boo's hand (PU stands for Parent Pick-up)
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Last Sunday Mick and I celebrated our 12th anniversary. Got a sitter and went to local Japanese steakhouse where a tennis friend is a sushi chef there (mighty good one too!). Mick and I pulled into parking lot and he hollered out"Get out of the car! It's on fire!" Well... of course I BOLTED out (high heels and all) only to find out we were leaking radiator fluid all over the engine and that was what was causing the smoke. We laughed and joked about it and were thankful that it was his company car and not our van (as we have had several household Murphy's over the past few months-riding lawnmower tranny going out, fridge starter, dryer, and ERG valve on the van). I know Murphy's are simply a part of life and certainly one we can deal with....putting it all in perspective today as I am glued to coverage of Minneapolis bridge collapse-praying for those who lost their lives and their loved ones left behind. Scary to think that we would've been driving over that very bridge in a rental car in two weeks to attend my 20 year class reunion. How many times have Icrossed that bridge in my lifetime? ...Too many to count.
Here's some pics for Uncle G from his 70th BD celebration last month. More to follow-@ some point! LOL
Here are some pics for Uncle G of his 70th BD party last month-sorry it's only a few but
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
On a sweeter note...when dropping the boys off for their tennis lessons today, Boo Bear hopped out of the van and yelled out "I LOVE YOU MOMMY! SEE YOU LATER!" -all this while being amongst his peers. Sigh...
I realize all too well that the days are fleeting that I will hear these words spoken from his mouth so unsolicited, with such heartfelt sincerity and enthusiasm. So, for today...for now... I am going to savor the moment, relish the sound of his little husky voice whose words still ring in my ears, and push the little tape player of my mind to "record"... to remember this little bit of my life as a momma...for tomorrow...and for the years to come.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
The boys are down at the pool for one last swim before chill time.
I've been spending some of my days reading my camera manual and learning how to take photos in manual mode. I have so much to learn in regards to exposure....am hoping to get my hands on a copy of Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure soon! I'ts gotten rave reviews!
Tonight would've been perfect night to take beach pics-but after getting an Err99 reading on my camera after taking out of a/c to humidity and not working for about a half hour yesterday-I decided against it. Darn it...when will there be a camera for all climates-no lens fogging-no sand -in the chambers. Get to work on it would someone? LOL
So, I'm afraid I don't have any beach pics-only indoor shots. I'm going to try and upload some here soon. Til then ....Suzer...OUT!
Monday, June 04, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
5.5 Loved on our puppers-Rudy and Lily.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Anyways, it is a big deal when you think of all of the really big firsts one has in his/her lifetime-this shoelace tying thing has to rank up there as one of the top for childhood milestones. He is so proud of himself and wants to show everyone he sees.
Now... if ONLY we could bottle up this enthusiasm and be able to sip from it for the rest of our lives-that would be a big deal, wouldn't it?
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
...are the fools who didn't get out and enjoy this gorgeous day! Beautiful sunshine, warm spring weather and just the right breeze for flying kites.
We also managed to clean out the garage and begin staining/sealing our deck. Always feels good to cross stuff off of the "To Do" list.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Kissing a stingray-Mick and Me, Cozumel marketplace, my valentine love, and Ian and me in our first tennis tourney!
Ethan has been asking me the past few days, "How many days 'til Grandpoppa gets here?" Well, thank goodness Grandpoppa Bear arrived yesterday afternoon and they've been having fun ever since! GPA showed the boys all of his latest carving creations-one of which he will be donating to my sister's trade convention (for a raffle , I believe). It is a loon. I'll try and post a pic soon of the whole collection of carvings. The boys are really into the carving thing-and Ian can't hardly wait to sit with GPA on the deck and do a little whittling of his own. (He's enjoyed this special time with GPA ever since he earned his knife badge and knife last year with cub Scouts). Ethan will have to watch for a few more years. WE are still dealing with the healing of his burn. It is healing verll well, BTW.
We will have a few short days with GPA-so we need to cram as much fun as possible in while we can! More later!
Oh, Mon. was my first night of Open Season at my local tennis club. It was awesome! We played five sets- and it was hard to get me off the courts! Does that surprise anyone? (LOL) I get to play tomorrow night! Yeah! Mixed doubles! Oh, and I need to mention that my wonderful hubby asked me a question that I have longed to hear...
"Hey hon, do you think you could get a court for the boys and myself?" Yippeee!!! Be still my beating heart! MY dream come true! I've always wanted for the four or us to play doubles together-so maybe this is the beginning of a beautiful thing. At least, that's my hope.