Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I'm a copycat today in my blog. Several of my online long haired friends have posted this updo in their blogs. I wanted to try it and see how it looked. So sorry for being a copycat :). I braided a scarf into my braid, and was amazed at how heavy it was. I put it in a bun, and at first it was comfortable. I wore it to church last Sunday. When I got home from church, I had to take it down because it was giving me a big headache. I put it up later, and tried to reposition it, hoping it would be less heavy. It didn't help. It lasted a few hours, and then I had to take it down. My hair is past tailbone now, and is starting to tangle wildly. Part of me is really want to cut it to waist length, but I am holding off for now. Here is a picture of the bun...
Monday, December 15, 2008
Last night was Evie's last night of therapeutic horseback riding for the year. We had a really fun time watching her. She was sad to find out that they switch teachers each semester, so she won't have her favorite teacher Mr. Tim in her next semester. She will have a new teacher when the classes start up again in January. I'm sure the new teacher will be great, but we have really loved Mr. Tim. He has done such a great job with her. Evie adores horseback riding. Everyone there, including all the volunteers, are so great. At the end of the class, she gave Mr. Tim and the volunteers a plate of Christmas cookies and gave them all hugs. Here is a video of Evie trotting on her pony Spike. We had a better video, but for some reason Blogger wouldn't upload it. Oh well. The person running next to the horse is Mr. Rick. He has been Evie's volunteer this semester. The person giving commands is Mr. Tim.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Sierra was also getting ready for the Christmas season. Jeff was trying on her reindeer antlers to make sure they fit. She looks really excited doesn't she?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Next, we went downstairs to play games. The first game was the princess and the pea, but most of the girls didn't know the story, so I read the book. I love this picture because they are all leaned it to listen.
Then we played the game. I hid a green "pea" (it was actually a golf ball painted green) under one of the girls pillows. Whoever had it under their pillow got a prize, and got a certificate with their name on it saying they were a real princess. We did the game until all the girls got prizes. They had a lot of fun.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
And here we are when we brought her home that same night. She was the most beautiful baby. She had hair that was unlike any color I had ever seen on a newborn.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Evie helped me make homemade Christmas ornaments today. I have never made them before, but I thought they would be fun. Here were the ingredients...
4 oz. cinnamon
1 T. nutmeg
1 T. ground cloves
2 T. Elmers glue
3/4 c. applesauce
That is a crazy combination isn't it? Obviously they aren't edible, unless you are okay with your kids eating Elmers glue! They sure do smell good though. We mixed them up by hand, and then kneaded the mixture for about 4 minutes. Then we rolled them out, and cut them out with cookie cutters. We used a coffee stirrer to make a small hole for the ornament hanger. Evie loved getting her hands dirty. I think that was her favorite part of all! They are now in the oven at 200 degrees, and I will keep them in there for a few hours until they are dried.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Here is Jeff and Evie starting the search for the perfect tree...
Here it is right after Jeff cut it!
Here is Sierra waiting patiently in the truck. Last year when we got our tree, there wasn't very many people out at all, so she just stayed out with us as we walked to find our tree. This year the place was really busy, so she had to stay in the truck.
Here is Jeff getting ready to put the tree in the back of the pickup truck. We got a 7 foot tree, and it is really full.
I figured I should take a picture of me, just to show that I was really there too :). It was a fun day! Now we have to decorate the tree!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I really am thankful for technology, but do you ever get technology overload?? The other day I was at my in-laws house. Evie and I were on the couch watching the movie "Alice In Wonderland" on the Disney channel. The commercials were a bit shocking to me. Literally every commercial had the kids hooked up to something. Hand held games, ipods, computer games. You name it, they were connected to it. Even the bicycles the kids had were doing something. One commercial kept showing a family all playing Wii together. Okay, I'm not against technology by any means, but all I could think of was this...don't kids ever just play anymore? Like with real toys that don't make noise, don't have moving pictures, and don't require plugging in? Do any of them even step foot outside anymore? When I saw the family playing the Wii together, all I could think of was what ever happened to playing a board game together?? You know, where you actually have to communicate with each other without some kind of mechanical device. Am I just really old?? I wanted to disconnect from technology after watching tv with Evie. Evie recently started getting into Webkinz stuffed animals. For those of you who don't have kids, Webkinz are adorable, fluffy stuffed animals that have little tags on them with codes. You go online and register them, name them and then take care of them on the Webkinz website. Evie started waking up every morning asking me if she could play on the computer, and then asking me all day if she could play on Webkinz. This is a new thing for me. I'm not used to her being such a computer addict, and I have really started to put my foot down. My parents used to limit both me and my sister to 2 hours of tv a day. This was before computers, hand held games, ipods, etc. Now I am starting to see that I need to limit Evie in the same way. Not only Evie, but myself too! I find that I get sucked into the computer, and waste hours just surfing. I know that God wants me to be productive with my time. Part of me just wants to unplug all the devices and go back to life without all these things. Life almost seemed simpler without all this technology.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Sometimes the spelling, grammar, arrangement or typing of words in church bulletins produces some unintended yet humorous readings. The following are authentic announcements gleaned from actual church bulletins. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins:
Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.
Announcement in a church bulletin for a national PRAYER & FASTING Conference: "The cost for attending the Fasting and Prayer conference includes meals."
The sermon this morning: "Jesus Walks on the Water." The sermon tonight: "Searching for Jesus."
Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 PM in the recreation hall. Come out and watch us kill Christ the King.
"Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don't forget your husbands."
The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled due to a conflict.
Remember in prayer the many that are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say "hell" to someone who doesn't care much about you.
Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
Miss Charlene Mason sang "I will not pass this way again", giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Jack's sermons.
During the absence of our Pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when J.F. Stubbs supplied our pulpit.
The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing "Break Forth into Joy."
Thursday at 5:00PM there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All wishing to become Little Mothers, please see the minister in his study.
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What is Hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles, and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
The Lutheran men's group will meet at 6 pm. Steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread and dessert will be served for a nominal feel.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
Attend and you will hear an excellent speaker and heave a healthy lunch.
The church will host an evening of fine dining, superb entertainment, and gracious hostility.
Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 pm - prayer and medication to follow.
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
This evening at 7 pm there will be a hymn sing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use back door.
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The Congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
Mrs. Johnson will be entering the hospital this week for testes.
When parking on the north side of the church, please remember to park on an angel.
This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Jones to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.
It's Drug Awareness Week: Get involved in drugs before your children do.
The lady at the Bible Study was tearful and crying constantly. She also appeared to be depressed.
This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the Church. Children will be Baptized at both ends.
Illiterate? Write to the church office for help.
At the Ladies Liturgy Society this Thursday, Mrs. Smith will sing “Put Me In My Little Bed” accompanied by the pastor.
Janet Smith has volunteered to strip and refinish the communion table in the sanctuary.
The concert held in Fellowship Hall was a great success. Special thanks are due to the minister's daughter, who labored the whole evening at the piano, which as usual fell upon her.
The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday "I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours."
Our next song is "Angels We Have Heard Get High."
The sermon this morning: WOMEN IN THE CHURCH
The closing song: RISE UP, O MEN OF GOD
The sermon this morning: GOSSIP ... THE SPEAKING OF EVIL
The closing song: I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY
The sermon this morning: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES #3 ... EUTHANASIA
The closing song: TAKE MY LIFE
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
We have been busy the past few days. Yesterday we blew insulation into our attic. Jeff bought 24 of these huge cubes of insulation that are environmentally friendly and don't make you cough or itch. Then we rented this blower with a long hose. I stayed in the garage and filled the blower with the cubes while Jeff was in the attic with the hose blowing it all in. It went quick! 24 cubes in 1 hour. How I wish I would have taken a picture of us afterwards though! We were covered from head to toe with gray insulation powder. Both of us had completely gray hair, and we looked hilarious!
I decided to try something different with my hair this morning...I highlighted it. At first I totally hated it and thought that it looked way too drastic, but Jeff loves it! I only did about 10 small strands, but for some reason it looks like way more. Now the top matches my length more. My hair gets really light in the summer because of the sun, and then in the winter gets dark near the top, so this does help it to blend better. Jeff said it is subtle, unless you are under the glaring lights of my bathroom. It is way more highlights than I wanted, but it is a change. Jeff thinks I look more hip, which I guess is a good thing.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I thought this one of just Evie and Sierra was so good. We are going to have copies made of that for family and for us.
This last one I threw in because it was so funny! Normally it is the people who have their eyes shut in pictures, not the animals! This picture just cracked me up :). You can click on the picture to make it larger, and you will see what I mean.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Jeff and I got up early today so we could go vote. We voted in our small town library, and the parking lot was completely full. On our way home, we went to a nearby city to go to the bank. We went past one of the voting places, and it was completely packed out, so voter turnout seems to be pretty good. It is all in God's hands now. All we can do is pray.
Yesterday, Evie decided that she didn't need training wheels on her bike anymore. She didn't tell us this! She has training wheels on her bike that flip up, so she went out to play yesterday, and flipped up her training wheels and taught herself to ride her bike without them! She did this within about 1/2 hours time, while I was inside making dinner. I didn't even know until she told us at dinner, and Jeff and I both thought she was just making up a story. This morning, after we got home from voting, she had us come outside and she showed us. She wasn't kidding! I was completely amazed that she taught herself that, and in such a short time. Here is a video of it from this morning. I took 4 videos total because I was so proud of what she had accomplished :).
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I had to laugh that while we were in the arena watching Evie, a black cat that lives at the stables came and visited us in the stands. She is the sweetest cat, and I love when she cuddles on my lap. I patted my lap so she could come up, and instead she jumped up on Jeff's lap! The thing is that he isn't super fond of cats. He doesn't hate them, he just isn't a big cat lover. That cat would not get off his lap, and loved on him the whole time. It was hilarious! Jeff finally had to throw her off, and she came and laid next to me.
When we got done with horseback riding, we walked out into the parking lot and it was snowing! It is the first snow of the season. When we got home, Evie wanted to go out into the snow to catch some on her tongue, so Jeff went out with her (and I went out with my camera).
Monday, October 27, 2008
Julie and Steve went back to Nevada yesterday. We had a great time with them. On Saturday, they came over to our house for a little bit with my parents, and then we met them at one of our favorite Amish restaurants for dinner. The food was wonderful. Steve had never been in Amish country before, so he was really fascinated. His eyes were like saucers when he saw all the wonderful Amish food :). We really enjoyed getting to know Steve better. It looks like he is probably going to be a member of our family in the not so distant future!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
My sister Julie is coming in from Nevada today. She won't get in until really late, and she is staying with my parents. We get to see her Friday, and I can't wait! She is bringing her boyfriend Steve with her from Nevada, so we will get to meet him for the first time. We are all looking forward to it. They are really serious, so this is a huge thing that we get to meet him :). I'm believing for us all to be healthy, so we can have a wonderful visit!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The colors were beautiful in Wisconsin. Our motel had a walkway that went along the river, and the colors were amazing. We hiked down to an overlook, and we watched some boats go by.
Jeff took a few long hair pictures. My hair was a mess that day, so the pictures aren't that great. The view was pretty though.
The resort had a golf course, and Jeff played golf with the guys from work once. There was also a miniature golf course on the property, and we played that twice.
The maids were so nice at the resort. They cleaned our room one day after Evie had been playing Barbies on the bed. When we came back to the room, we saw that they had lined up her Barbies in a nice row on the bed. I thought that was really sweet that they did it so carefully!
We came back from Wisconsin on Wednesday night. It has been a busy week trying to get back into the swing of things!