Tuesday, October 30, 2007

~Wonderful Wedding Weekend~

This past weekend, my sister Dana said "I Do"!! We enjoyed some very busy days with family and friends decorating and preparing, but at 1:00p.m. on Saturday we knew it had all been worthwhile!!!! They had a beautiful wedding and reception that went very well (although at 2:30 a.m. Friday, and 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning when my head hit the pillow, my nerves were getting a little rattled for them :-).

Rehearsal dinner.

The happy couple-- Dana and Philip Vernon.

Rehearsal time!!

Decorating the reception area.

Kaden's reaction to all of the activity.

Khara, Kelsey, and Kaden with cousin Kaley and Grandma dressed for the big day!!

Vicki, Leanna, and I trying to scuff up the bottoms of some very slick shoes.

Four handsome men-Mark, Kaden, my bro.- Jeff, and nephew, Camen.

Kaden and Leanna.

The wedding party.

"Here's to a happy life...." :-)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

"Food for America Friday"

Every year the H.S. FFA class here in ElDo has a "Food For America" event. The students bring animals, tractors, farm equipment, etc. and have little booths set up explaining all of the exhibits. All of the elem. classes take tours and the younger kids are invited as well. They love it!!! Kelsey, Kaden, and I joined our local Parents as Teachers group and made the tour.

Kelsey with her good friend, Megan, getting ready to load the bus.

Kaden on the "big yellow bus", one of the highlights of the trip for these kids who are not in school yet!!

I did ask if it was normal for the goose to have that kind of a "knot" on its head. She assured me for this breed it was, ..... interesting!!

After our tour, Kelsey, Kaden, and I joined a couple of other moms for lunch at Pizza Hut. (you know, where kids eat free?? :-) I had to smile when I gave our table request "3 adults and 7 children (all age 5 and under)". AND, two of us are expecting!! Glutton for punishment ??? Never--just trying to enjoy life to its fullest!!!! :-) Sorry, didn't take my camera into the restaurant, and those are some pictures you would have enjoyed. ;-)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Trying to get "FANCY"

See what happens when you try to make something look a little nicer??? I lost all of my links--GGGRRRR!! I'm working on it, just trying to snatch a few minutes here and there to get it done. You may see several different "looks" in the next few days. Hang on for the ride!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

"2nd Ultrasound AND...."

On Friday I had a second ultrasound, it looks like a precious little baby BOY will be joining our family sometime around the middle to end of February. We are all very excited!! Baby looks great, and the ultrasound calculated my due date even earlier than before, Feb. 18. That's always a thing to smile about!!

I now have four months to get started on this little ones wardrobe. And, I will be able to say good-bye to the little girl things I have saved from Khara, and Kelsey. (sniff, sniff) Thankfully, I have had garage sales along the way and gotten rid of some, but some of that really, really, cute stuff--Wow, it is really hard to part with.


Friday, October 12, 2007

"Out with the Old, In with the New!!"

Pulling clothes from the washer that were still dripping is not exactly what you want to deal with when you have a pile of laundry at your feet. I made a quick phone call to Mark. He stopped by one of the appliance stores he delivers to, and by the next day THIS: was in my laundry room.

Yay--for a husband who moves quickly to take care of his wifes needs.
Yay--for an appliance company that delivers 30 miles away with no extra charge, and installs the new washer and removes the old one.
Yay--for the new FISHER & PAYKEL washing machine. Talk about a huge tub; and really, really dry clothes when you take them out. I'm impressed!!!

What we said good-bye to. Yes, it looks like it is in great condition because it served us well for oh, only about 3 years. What ever happened to the 25 year lasting washing machines??

Friday, October 05, 2007

Any Suggestions???

I have been asked to speak, on a panel with two other moms, at a moms meeting next Tuesday on organizational tips. There are 4 major areas that I was asked to touch on:

* Arriving On Time

* Laundry Tips

*Paperwork/ Office

* Bed/Bath/ & Beyond

I already have 1 1/2 pages of notes ready for this "sermon", but I would love to know if you have any great tips in any of these areas!!

Do you make lunches the night before, have separate baskets for laundry, keep all of your childs schoolwork (I have a friend that does---EEEEEKKK!!!), etc. Please share!! :-) I think this will be a very interesting meeting and am especially looking forward to the great discussion that always follows. I'll try to share some of my ideas later!!

Have a great weekend!!

Monday, October 01, 2007

-Latest Project-

Living with a house a few hundred yards behind your own dwelling isn't that bad. When new neighbors move in, that's not always bad either. But, when new neighbors, to the tune of 16 human beings plus 12 dogs start swarming the place, it caused this family to make a trip to Lowe's.

A New Fence in the Making!!!
The first and most difficult phase, digging the post holes- 16 of them, by hand. Each hole was 28" deep . I felt bad for Mark out there working so hard, so I even tried my hand at digging a couple. I may have lasted 15 minutes. :-)

Finally getting the boards up. The easiest part of the project!!!

Our completed privacy fence---120 ft. of it!!!

We do actually try to be very 'neighborly' to our neighbors. All of them. :-) I gave them produce from the garden, their kids have been over a few times to play :-{ This summer their water was temporarily turned off so they asked if they could use our outside faucet for just a couple of buckets. What do you say when there are that many people and it's 95 degrees plus out. SURE!! When we got our water bill the next month it was nearly double. HHMMM-- Wonder if someone used a little more while we were gone every night to camp??? It was time to "draw the line". :-)

Random pics. from our fall fun so far.

Our first of hopefully several batches this season. YUM!!!

Our camp cook-out, hayride.

Delicious popcorn balls one of the ladies brought.

Watching the Walnut Festival Parade. Another fall family tradition.