Tuesday, July 25, 2006

update on Will

Just thought I would post an update about Will. He was diagnosed today with Ulcerative Colitis. It has made him pretty sick for the past month or so and caused him to lose about 20 pounds. The good news is that its very treatable, but includes taking 3 horse pills three times a day. Thanks for the concern and prayers. They were all appreciated. The doc says that he should be up and running...ok up and walking in a few days. Glad to have you back babe.

jungle baby

The latest attempt at sewing yielded this blanket for my nephew David. Lightwieght and soft. I love the satisfaction I get with a completed project. Unfortunately, I have a hard time quitting before I'm finished. This has led to some late dinners and even later nights.

Saturday, July 22, 2006


...two boys in a tub. I forgot that I had taken this picture while we were down at mom and dads with Janielle and David. They truely had a good time playing with bath toys and bubbles. I feel so blessed that the boy cousins are so close in age. They really are starting to play together. Something tells me that "Mutt and Jeff" will be a formidable duo in the future. For now, toe headed cousins in a tub is a precious site.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

hot, hot, hot

For anyone reading this blog who is NOT under the dome of heat, its a little warm hear. That is, if you consider 105+ degree heat for the past week to be a little warm. The humidity rockets that temp to over 110 degrees almost every day. Forcast says it should cool off...oh how I long for the days of 95 degree bliss. The only thing we have done is shop, craft, and swim. The trampoline and swingset only see use before 9am. We are lucky to have such gracious friends in the Jacksons. Rosie is Abby's best friend and Parker (yes another Parker) is only a few months older than our own Parker David. Laurie entertained my brood for the past few days...thanks friend! Sorry, no pics of me in a swimsuit...the benefits of being the photographer! Here are a few ideas we have used in the past few days:

1. Swim (obviously)
2. Teach myself how to sew...going ok, but a little sloppy still
3. Get that pesky school shopping done
4. Discover the joys of playing on backyard toys at 10pm
5. Driveway cocktails with the neighbors
6. Take a nap...ok, maybe not, but its a great idea if you don't have three kids
7. Freeze watermelon and cantelope...fun cold treat
8. Think cool, icy, chilly thoughts...I've only had limited success with this one...too hot!

Stay safe and cool evryone!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

latest project

The kiddos were thrilled to see the sewing machine out this week. We all went to the fabric store and the kids picked out their own fabric for mini blankets. My children must instictively know my skill level, because they asked for these baby blankets. Parker needed a blanket for "dogs and boys", not be left out. I'm not sure if anything simpler exists. The American Girl dolls were pleased as were the kids in my house. Too hot to do much more than craft and swim...blog pictures of swimming adventures upcoming!

Sunday, July 16, 2006


I swear I can never have plants that look like this. My friend Laurie has the most amazing plants I have ever seen. The purple on this plant was amazing. Just thought I would leave you with the image...and my gardening envy.

Monday, July 10, 2006

first try

I finally got the sewing macjine out of the basement closet and tried it out. I have to say, I have been a bit frightened by the prospect of sewing. I'm not sure why exactly, but it has had a grip on me for a while. Fear step aside because now I'm sewing. Not only did I get the machine threaded and working, I made 7 burp clothes and all three kids little wallets. Not the work of Kerry or Jan (thanks for the inspiration), but not too shabby for a first timer! I think I may have the bug. Sorry Will...Parker may have some long days at the fabric store ahead of him.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

i love my sister...really

This pic was taken while we were "camping" with bubby in Nebraska. I put camping in quotes because it wasn't exactly the roughing it type camping we did at Sky Ranch growing up. We had bathrooms in our cabin for crying out loud! I remember walking a quarter of a mile at night to go to the bathroom in Colorado! And the food wasn't anywhere near as wonderful as it was in Nebraska. But the time was there. The uninterupted-by-cell-phones-and-modern-conveniences kind of time. The girls actually sat down to play a game of cards. I don't even think there was much cheating involved. I look forward to these brief moments away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

under construction

I am trying to personalize this site a little more. Trying being the active word. So if you click on this page and it looks a little different evry time...stay with me. Any hints on how to add html images to the headers of these would be welcome. Also responses to how it looks in the coming days. I may need a lot of prayer. After an hour of messing with this and experimenting, I am done for the night. Thus, the plain white blog page. Sigh.

Friday, July 07, 2006

it's done

Our latest construction project is finally finished. This pergola has been Will's pet project for the past few weeks. It provides some much needed shade for our patio. We had a handyman come in to do most of the heavy work, but Will had pretty close supervision over the whole project. I say super"vision" because the vision was all his. I swear I had no idea what this thing was going to look like until it was finished. I am VERY pleased by the results. I plan on putting up some hanging baskets and lights. Tha's my department. Onward to painting the exterior, interior, and upgrading the kitchen with tile and slate. God only knows when that part will be done. I love this stuff, so I doubt we will ever be "done".

Thursday, July 06, 2006

fabulous fourth

Alright, I know this is a ton of pictures, but we had a realy great fourth of July this year. Morgan and I got up early and went to a special service here. It was great to celebrate the birth of our nation in such a grand way. The music was amazing. I love spending one on one time with my little red head whenever I can as well. Speaking of red heads, isn't the duo above just too much? That's Daniel there with Morgan. They are friends of ours and Morgan has danced with Daniel for the last several years now. We tease them about being the long lost twins. Daniel is a year and a half younger however.

Parker had the time of his life. Gone are the days of being terrified of the fireworks. Our neighborhood started setting them off as early as Friday. Parker was in heaven. The loud noises, the colors, the smell of the smoke bombs. He loved every second of it. We spent most of the evening with our neighbors. Parker even managed to flirt with the teenage girls who live next door. They spoiled him rotten most of the night.

Abby on the other hand, still has a very healthy respect of fireworks. The loud noises still bother her quite a bit. That meant she stayed at my side most of the evening...not a bad thing. She seems so grown up these days, a little bit of snuggling from a scared nine year old reminds me she is still a little girl and not a 17 year old. What can I say...good food, good friends, and fireworks. Wish you were here dad...thinking about you on this day (and all other days as well).

Monday, July 03, 2006

nebraska fultons

We had a great trip to Ashland Nebraska this weekend. The Nebraska Fultons were great hosts. We had a great campfire on Friday night, swimming and sight seeing on Saturday, and I never get enough of that little David Aaron! We even had fun with the manual labor Ben volunteered us to do (landscaping the back of the Swanson Center). I thought I would add this great picture of Ben and David since my broter has been soooooo good at updating his own blog (ha ha Benny Boy)! We had tons of fun. More pics are available at flickr. Just click on the flickr button at the right!