And this shirt couldn't be more true!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Another project I finished yesterday was setting up a new scrapbooking area for myself. I'm looking forward to using it today while Rebecca naps.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Rebecca had a great time with her relatives and gave them all goodnight kisses and hugs each night. She also loved grandma's donuts and taking a bath with Joanna.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
She had a hard time keeping her head still, but I think I got it pretty even after a few tries. She helped clean up her hair clippings with the vaccum hose. When she was done she wanted "more haircuc" (that's not a typo, that's how she says it). Sorry kiddo, not for a few more months :)
Monday, November 9, 2009
Rebecca also loves her Elmo that she got for her birthday. Here she is reading to Elmo and sharing her snack with Elmo (notice Elmo's mouth). She loves to watch Elmo too. So thankfully our local library has quite a few Elmo videos.
It's been a while since my brother Jon visited, but I don't think that I ever posted this picture. Thanks for visiting Uncle Jon!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Dan had to dress up for work on Friday so I decided to make two costumes that went together. We didn't officially trick-or-treat, but we did make a few stops on Friday night to show off the costumes to some neighbors and family.
Lots of fun for all!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
We had a great time. Here are a few pictures.The train has two dining cars and we rode in the Los Angeles, which was the nicer of the two, we thought.
We dined on shrimp cocktails, salad, rolls, pork tenderloin with steamed veggies, and cheesecake for dessert. It was "BYOB" which we did not do, but our table mates were generous and shared their wine with us.
The tracks over the Des Moines River.
There were great fall colors to see, but the back platform was crowded when we went over the High bridge and I couldn't get a very good picture. We don't know that couple.
The tracks at night. The trip was about 2 hours long and we traveled about 10 miles per hour. It was very relaxing and I would recommend it to anyone.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Congrats to Andy and Carol for closing on their first home today! Rebecca talks about it all the time, "Andycarolhome" (all one word). Thankfully yours is a lot nicer than the one we built. We pray your new home will be filled with love and laughter for many years to come.
Coincidently, 5 years ago today, Dan and I closed on our first home.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Last night as I/we normally do after getting home from work I went to the garage and got a scoop of chicken feed to feed our three chickens. From a distance away I saw the massacre. A dead chewed up chicken lying in the middle of our chicken coop. The chicken wire had been torn off and feathers were everywhere. I looked around and the second and third chicken was missing. Where did they go? I concluded the guilty party(ies) had killed one and taken the other two for a later meal.
Then out of the corner of my eye I see the two hens alive and well strolling around our yard. I realized that while the intruder was busy killing the first hen the other two escaped the scene.
What shall I do now? Cut our losses and butcher the two quickly before the offender returns? Sarah and I were ready to end their lives soon anyway as freezing weather was coming and we don't have adequate shelter. Or do I repair the cage and put the two alive ones back in?
I began to repair the cage and one of the hens came to me and wanted back in the cage to get some food. I decided to hope for the best so I let her in and shut the door. The other was more reluctant. A few staples here and there and I had the cage all fixed up. Before on occasion the chickens have gotten out during feeding and after darkness they are easier to catch. Using this thought I decided to wait until dark to catch the one outside the cage and hope the intruder would leave us alone until Sat. when I could commit time to skinning them. Though I didn't think the cage was varmint proof I was surprised after all summer with no disturbances that now, during the last week before we planned to slaughter them, that we would have wild animal issues.
Darkness had finally come and I asked Sarah to go out and get the lone ranger hen and put her in the cage. She reluctantly accepted. After going outside she discovers that the crime scene was a crime scene yet again. Hen #2 had been killed and upon a thorough sweep of the yard hen #3 was missing. Was she also caught and taken away. We don't know yet. The cage had been torn into again. I feel horrible for not protecting them but next summer the cage will be reinforced. Where is hen #3? I suspect that she is either gone or she was hiding underneath or up in the evergreen trees in our yard. I will look again tonight.
All that is left of chicken #2.
The lone ranger, who actually has a bloody wound on her back.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
These would make really good wall art or even t-shirts!
So here is one I just made for my Pontier family. I printed it and took a picture. I couldn't fingure out how to save it as a document without making it public. What do you think? T-shirts for our next family reunion?
Monday, September 21, 2009
Have I mentioned that I LOVE Fall! This weekend was filled with garage sale shopping, making applesauce, and picking some last things from the garden.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Rebecca and Jessica chillin' infront of the TV.