Thursday, December 30, 2010

Keeping busy on Winter Break

Noah got fingerpaints for Christmas.

Hey, my little hand makes great tulips!

Bathroom decorations??

A last photo with the decorations.

Noah in his new glasses
{he broke them 2 days after getting them and had to have the frames replaced :( }

Mommy teaches Noah to write our last name.
Good use of winter break.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Highlights

The best daddy in the world bought Mya and Noah fold up scooters for Christmas
AND let them try them out in the house!

Mya was happy to get her art supplies.

Little boys need at least one motor vehicle for Christmas. Noah also got a pickup/boat set including fish and men.
 We had a great Christmas. Charlie, Donna and Jenny {or is it Jennee or Jennie ;) } came over to help us eat some turkey and socialiaze for a bit. Of course, they brought gifts for the littles--Panda Pillow Pet and Tron motorcycle. We had fun hanging out.

"Rockin' in the Kitchen" Aprons special ordered from Red Thread Stiches. Way cute!

Sporting Ordinary Hero clothing from Here:
 Christmas day brought tons of gifts being opened--early rising little ones got to open stuff from mom and dad. The big ones all opened stuff at 10:30. It was the first time ever that we all slept in the same house. Everyone enjoyed opening the crazy stuff that this mom got them--aprons, tools, vacuums, thermos, socks, single serving shake makers and the like.  Mom tried to support adoption with some of her purchases.

At noon, Linda, Jim, Ben and his daughter came over. The kids had so much fun--indoors and out.  Ben's girl cried pretty hard when it was time to come in. Who would want to leave all that fun!?!

A Ride on the Sled.

A hole dug by Aaron.
Inspecting the construction of the "cave".


Guess I could just keep posting but I think I'd better stop. We had a wonderful holiday. It was really great to have ALL the kids home at one time. I hope this is something we can keep going forever!

Monday, December 20, 2010

White Christmas Guarenteed

I put Joe to work blowing the newest 4 inches.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Card 2010

Family Photo from Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Wednesday, November 03, 2010


I finally got a shot of Noah with a big cheesy grin so that you can all see his "hole". It's all healed up now and feeing much better.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Not So Scary

This Halloween was again greeted with anticipation for the kids. After finding candycanes at Sam*s club, we decided that we would hand those out for the occasion. I got the bright idea that it would be fun for Mya to dress as Mrs. Claus. I found the cute dress at Goodwill and then got some boots and leggings at W*M--she should get lots of wear out of both. Noah had planned to be a fire fighter but changed his mind when he saw this running suit I bought him. He just wanted to wear it. So he became the athelete. Unfortunately, Noah bonked his hurting tooth with a basketball and did not go out to collect candy. [The tooth is bad and will be removed tomorrow morning :( ] So much for Halloween 2010. On to Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Photo from Christmas 2009
This is the boomerang generation-leaving and coming back home again. Well, it's our turn to have Joe home with us. We are happy to have him (and Rachael) here. For them, it's not so much of a boomerang as a new beginning. They have not always made good choices and have ended up in all kinds of mischief but now they are starting fresh. The cost is high--all have had to swallow pride, all have had to learn to respect and be patient. With time, all will be back in order and they will once again fly the nest but until then, more living and learning. We love them dearly!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

First Day Excitement

Documentation is good.
     Last year, Mya fell asleep on the bus and didn't get off at the daycare as she is supposed to. I was sure she was on the wrong bus --239 to school, 238 on the way home. Nope, just sleeping. She arrived safe and sound. 
     Well, this year when Noah didn't get off the bus at the daycare, it had happened. I mixed up the numbers and Noah was on 239, not 238. After 40 minutes of wondering and calling, he showed up at the daycare--acting all cool and calm. Turns out he told the driver he was supposed to be at Maple Grove Academy and even helped the driver find it. When I asked him about it, he said " I wasn't scared. I guess I was brave!" What a guy!!

School Starts

Monday, September 06, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shoe Shopping

Most days are pretty quiet here in our Maple Grove Manor. No, not quiet in terms of silence but quiet in terms of activities. I am not one who likes to plan every moment. We kind of go with the flow here. Most days consist of getting up about 8 AM [kids idea, not mine] and lounging around, sometimes with TV, sometimes not, until I think of something that we can or need to do. Yesterday, that something was shoe shopping at Kohl's.  I thought we had it all under control. We even picked out some new clothes 'cuz anyone who shops at Kohl's knows they have great sales. Plus we got 20% off for using our Kohl's card AND a $10 coupon to use the next time we shop there. Yee Haw!!  Anyway, we headed home, happily believing we spent only half what we would have paid at full price. We were home about an hour, during which Mya ran a lap around outside with her new shoes on, only to be told "Mom, these are too tight!"  They seemed fine in the store! [Did I mention the box played an annoying Sketchers tune when it opened?? See first picture--rainbow shoes. But, I dirgress.] Of course, in Mya's mind the problem needed to be remedied immediately. Not so for the Momma. It could wait. And it did. Until about 4:30 when I decided I could withstand another trek to K*.  We exchanged the shoes for a better fitting pair [white/pink running shoes-second picture] and were off. {Noah's shoes [black running shoes] were a great fit and didn't need exchanging. He proudly proclaimed that they made him run faster and jump higher and repeatedly thanked me for them.} Now that we have been through shoe shopping, I am totally looking forward to school supply shopping!  I think I will go by myself and boldly proclaim "You get what you get and you don't make a fit!"

Friday, August 06, 2010

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Putting the pictures into one photopage. Haven't done that for a while.
Forgot how fun it is.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Kitty pictures


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A New Baby

Last Friday, we had our 15 yr old cat, Peaches, put down. He suffered from Feline Uremic Syndrom and had developed either diabetes or kidney disease in the last couple months. His back legs were week and he barely groomed himself.  He did not move much anymore. It was a very hard thing to do but it was time.

Kinko is still young (2) and plays quite a bit. I thought she could use a companion. So off to the Humane Society we went. Here is our new baby: Tigerlily!  Yes, she is laying on MY bed. Kinko is stilly pretty hissy at her but it hasn't even been 24 hours. These things take time.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Visit to Grandma's House

Mya took a spin on Uncle Kurt's 4-wheeler.

Daddy gives Noah a ride on Grandma's 4-wheeler.

This cactus has been around since I was a kid.

Grandma's goldfish pond.
Always have to check the water temp!
Grandma's dog is camera shy. Oh, CJ, the camera can't hurt you!!

Always fun to visit grandma. Picked up sticks that fell in the big storm. Picked cucumbers. Checked out a tiny watermelon that will be big enough to eat in about a month!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Good Will Hunting

Mommy likes to go to Goodwill to see what treasures we can find. Often we get household items to decorate the top of the cabinets. This time we had Daddy along and he found some really nice TOYS!

Noah with his Recycling truck that he and daddy found at Goodwill.
Mya painting her winged horse bank that she and daddy found at Goodwill.