Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I am heading to bed, and I will probably be tucked in before midnight. I am bummed right now because I finished Breaking Dawn this afternoon (the last book in the Twilight series), so now I just feel kinda empty and wishing that this series hadn't kinda ruined me on all other books. I guess that isn't exactly true, I am sure I will find another good book eventually.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I have a patch from the game that is going to fit in the red blank spot on the left hand page, and was thinking about journaling on the long baseball paper on the right hand page, either printing directly on the paper or on a transparency. This is probably my least favorite page, although I do really like how the stitching came out so it kinda looks like a baseball.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
One of the last trips to the pool for this year probably. I think the pool might stay open this winter because it is supposedly heated by solar panels now. But I think the weather will more than likely keep us away. Mostly because I don't want anything to do with the pool in the winter.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
We went to check out the new Sportsman's Werehouse in Victorville (kind of a Bass Pro Shop kind of place, I guess). In front of the store they have these statues of an elk, and stag. Liam saw them as we drove up and I asked him if he knew what they were, and he said, "yeah"! I said, "what are they"? He says, "it is a Kangaroo"!
So, obviously my son has never been to Australia... he has seen a few deer however when we were back east at my Mom's house. I guess he was too young to remember.
I got him to pose with his new friend Mr. Kangaroo, he wanted to ride it, but I told him we weren't allowed.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
This photo was taken after Fourth of July (well, technically the fifth of July) Fireworks show. Liam and Elizabeth both had over a dozen glow bracelets that they were playing with down by the lake while we were waiting for the fireworks show to start. Elizabeth fell asleep wearing her bracelets and I snapped a couple photos.
Elizabeth and I went to see a Junior University production of Jungle Book with Bryce and Grandma Bonnie on July 19th. Elizabeth did great during the show, she really liked all the costumes. She was super-excited to get autographs from the cast after the show. I had made her an autograph book with jungle book graphics and she had a great time getting autographs and having her picture taken with her favorite castmembers.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
I told a couple people that I would post some of the other photos I took with my underwater camera. I haven't scrapped them yet, but I will throw them up anyway.
I think I might get these blown up and hang them on the wall.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I am playing around with my digital scrapbook skills a little bit. These are photos from last Monday, June 23. We were down in San Diego staying with my sister and we took the kids to the beach. For my kids it was the first time seeing the ocean. Although, having been on the shores of Lake Erie I don't think the ocean looked much different to them. I think it is hard to grasp the hugeness of the ocean when you are 3 or 5 years old. They had a great time playing in the sand and digging for sand crabs. It was perfect weather for the beach, and we only had a couple of minor spots get minor sunburns. Liam loved the ocean, and had a great time walking in the waves with his aunt Jennifer. Elizabeth was not quite so thrilled, and it took quite a bit of coaxing from her cousin Shelby before she would even go in past her knees. We ate sandwiches and had snacks, and then headed home in the late afternoon. What a great day.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
My mom reminded me today that I haven't posted in awhile. So, I am going to work on getting back in the habit. I have been working on the computer so much lately for some of the projects I have been finishing up, not to mention homework, that the "free time" on the computer for stuff like blogging has been falling by the wayside. It is past 11:30 right now, and I am surprised I am making any sense, I have been up past 1:00am for the last two nights in a row and I still have to get up at 6:15am to get Elizabeth ready for the bus. Thankfully, I have finished up the Girl Scout end-of-the-year slideshow I was working on as well as the end-of-year gift for Elizabeth's teacher that took much longer than I had anticipated. And, this is Elizabeth's last week of school - Kindergarten done already! It is hard to believe, she has two days left and then she will be a first grader! YIKES! We are planning a trip to San Diego next week for a couple of days to stay with my sister and we are taking the kids to the beach for the first time. I just hope I don't forget my camera like I did when we took them bowling for the first time this last weekend. I do have a couple of photos from my phone that I will try to load up soon.
Got to get to bed now.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
I had forgotten to post a couple of photos from my phone. This one is of the kids first trip to a real ballpark. It is our local minor league team, the Mavericks. They did have a good time (contrary to how it looks in the photo), once Liam got over the fact that he would only be watching the game and not playing on the field with "his team".
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Oh, and let me tell you about this Sunday, when Robert and I decided that installing some screen doors on our house would be a good idea. First, I told Robert that I had no problem driving down to the home improvement warehouse to pick up a 4 X 6.5 sliding screen door and a 50lb. security screen door with all the various other items one would use for this type of installation. I was thinking that an hour or two on my own away from the kids that I had been with 24/7 for the last 6 and a half days would be a welcome change. That was until I was in the sweltering hot parking lot in front of said home improvement warehouse for almost an hour trying to get all the blasted items to fit either in or on top of my tiny little munchkin sized economy SUV. The screen door on top of the car would act like an enormous deranged kite if I went over 25 miles per hour. My quick jaunt to the store ended up taking me an exhausting 4.5 hours. And, by the time I got home the screen door was warped and the support crosspieces were broken. I was literally crying on the way home at the futility of the whole trip.
Fortunately Robert was able to reshape the screen door and make it usable. Then we proceeded to spend the next 4 hours hating each other while we tried to install the doors. I thought I was going to have to kill him! Have you ever seen the Money Pit? It was like that, only we were just installing a screen door. If I had to remodel the house with him, we would probably be heading for divorce in about three days. Or you would just have to come looking for pieces of one of us buried out in the desert, because one of us would have snapped. If we do actually ever do any remodeling on this house it had better be because we won the lottery and we can pay someone to do it for us while we are on vacation in Ireland. That is the only scenario I see working out.
Now I guess I am going to try and go to sleep in the miserable heat of my bedroom.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Also, I am impressed by Gerard Butler, look him up here. It is hard to believe he is the same guy that played King Leonidas in The 300.
Monday, April 28, 2008
So, today at Target, I bought the kids their own cheapo fishing poles thinking maybe we would go down to one of our little lakes sometime and throw in a line, or that having the poles might give the kids something to do if we were out camping.
The kids had a different idea... the brand new fishing poles were all they could talk about, and I knew I was not going to hear the end of it if we didn't at least go try them out today. I was able to talk a reluctant, hard-working husband into a little early evening trip to the "fishing hole". So, I packed us a lite dinner and we stopped at the market for some bait (night crawlers - yuk! and some fluorescent glittering marshmallows that are apparently supposed to taste like shrimp, okay - as long as they don't end up in MY hot chocolate).
We set up at one of the little lake "fingers" where they have installed little shelters with picnic tables, actually a very nice set up. Robert managed to get the worm on Elizabeth's hook along with a bobber and some weights. He cast it in for her and gave her instructions to sit and watch the bobber. I was still setting up the chairs and getting drinks so I didn't take any photos, and I didn't have anything but my camera phone with me anyway because of course I forgot the regular camera at home.
Robert hadn't even had time to pick up Liam's pole to start setting it up for him, when Elizabeth yells out. We look over and her bobber is going crazy. Robert tells her to yank on it and start pulling it in. Can you believe what my 5 year old daughter pulls out of the lake after 3 minutes...
It had to be about 5 pounds of beautiful rainbow trout. The line was cutting into my fingers as I was trying to get her to hold it up so I could take a picture. Of course, she got all girly and scared on me and wouldn't get near it.
We had every intention of playing catch and release, after all I do not eat fish, and I would rather not cook it either. But the poor girl had swallowed the hook good and was losing eggs all over the place. Robert said we had to take it, because it wasn't going to live if we put it back in the water.
So, I had to take all of our dinner stuff out of the cooler so we could put this fish in it. Blech! And wouldn't you know it, we didn't reel in another fish for the rest of the hour we spent there.
The kids had a great time though, they both cried when we had to leave, and as they were getting in bed tonight they kept asking when we get to go fishing again. Robert even admitted that he had fun, even though it was more work then he bargained for, especially after he had to come home and gut the fish so he could freeze it and take it to work tomorrow to give it to someone who will eat it.
Friday, April 25, 2008
I don't even remember why he was crying. I was trying to get him to cheer up by taking his picture. He is usually such a ham, that just seeing the camera (or the camera phone, in this case) will make him smile. I told him to smile, and he looked at me and then did this. I took the picture anyway because his overreaction just made me crack up.