Friday, January 30, 2009

Shake Rattle and Roll

Today my day started at 5:25 AM. We had an earthquake. I almost never feel them. I did this morning. I woke straight up and yelled CARMEN and he was awake in an instant. Funny how a yelling wife in the dark of the night does that. Our dressers were rattling around and I felt very gross to my stomach. I looked at Carmen and said we just had an earthquake. He did not think so so I did the proverbs women thing and said UH HA and turned the TV on. We did!!!!! It was a 4.5 South of us. That's only the 3rd one I've ever really felt. It was nice to have a day off and I didn't accomplish much at home. :-D Peace

Monday, January 26, 2009

All that glitters isn't gold.

We woke up to snow yesterday and more is predicted tonight. I KNOW it's only January and that it's still the middle of Winter, but I think we've had enough snow. It didn't stick around yesterday and it won't tomorrow but it makes me just go grrrrrrrrrr!
My parents were over half way here for a meeting on Saturday so they just came the rest of the way and got their Christmas presents. YES they were done WAY before Christmas, just circumstances beyond my control prevented them from having them. They loved them. A lot of work and thought went into their gifts so it's nice to know they loved them. They also got all of Thing 2's stuff from my living room. It was his families entire Christmas that wouldn't fly home with them. They didn't end up flying but they were guests in another car so here it has been. I don't "do" clutter well so I'm glad to have it out of my living room. Thanks Mom/Dad. We had a lovely dinner Sat. night with them. Thing 1 came and hung out with us too. We like to all have family dinners together and try to once a week but I was informed this weekend is Super Bowl so he won't be coming. LOL We are sooooo not sports people. We aren't sure where he came from. His brothers follow home teams but not like Thing 1. He's a FAN!!!!! Well that is my news for the day. Peace.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cast of Characters - Monkey

We never thought this boy would get to come. It had been years since anyone joined our family and we thought we were done. Because of a previous loss we kept him a secret until we knew he got to stay. When we told people he was coming everyone laughed or gasped. lol WE laughed. When we had an ultrasound the Tech asked if we wanted to know and we both said yes, but know we aren't going to be surprised. She laughed and said ooooooh OK. Then she took the wand up over my tummy and said "Oh it's a good thing you want to know" and DH and I just looked closer and went HUH????? He looked like Mars to us. She said it was very CLEARLY a boy. We laughed and said Of course! Once I saw 4 chambers of a beating heart and a clear spine I was in Heaven! She got one really good shot of Monkey's foot pushing out and it was so cool. Those things we could see clear. The rest? You have to be tech to tell, I swear.
Monkey was born early and huge and we laughed. I wanted to name him Sawyer, and it was my turn to name. DH was soooooooo drawn to Isaac which means Laughter. Sooooo Isaac it is. And we are STILL laughing. Monkey is finally mine. He is blond and fair and blue eyed where everyone else is olive and dark. Finally!!!
Monkey is every ones baby. He has no idea he's little. I have a running page of Isaacism. This past summer I went on a ride for a week with my parents and Monkey and Bugs stayed with a friend until Carmen got off work at the end of the week. During that week they went to Vacation Bible School. Now when we talk about him going to school this Fall he says, "I already went!" And he is dead serious. I'll keep you posted on how this works out for us this Fall.
I could keep rambling about this boy but I'll leave it there. I'm sure there will be LOTS more to laugh about. Peace

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Critter Characters

This is Carmel and Angel - who isn't. These are 2 HUGE cats. Angel likes to lay at the top of the stairs and make you trip over her in the middle of the night. Black cat+ dark room = disaster!
Carmel sleeps with Monkey almost every night, right by his head. She LOVES him.

Scout and Bolt. Monkey took this picture. Bolt is Chi, Poodle, Shitzu, Pom, terrorist.

This is Walker. He's the best dog. He's Choc lab/Golden and he's VERY large. He loves the water and snow. Skater Dude did 4 H with him and won lots of ribbon's with him. The blues were always showmanship ( beauty contest) NOT in obedience. :)

This is what Angel and Carmen were doing very early this morning. The birds were wanting to go eat in that feeder and the cats were guarding it. If you look close you can see the bird in the tree. Right after I took this I made them come in and the birds got to eat.

I was trying to upload a video of Scout and Bolt fighting but it took over 2 hours and still wasn't done....... I need to figure out a better way. Peace.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Cast of Character's - Thing 1

It was a dark and stormy night....... Oh wait, that's another story. Thing 1 was born just before I turned 20. We prayed for and got our boy first. He was a big happy easy going boy. He learned to ride a bike the summer he was 3. It was the weirdest thing to see. He has never done anything until he could do it just right. He can play the bass and guitar. He has drums he's learning- he lives in townhouse condo, you KNOW the neighbors LOVE that. Thing 1 went into the Air Force after high school. He never left the US. He wanted to travel so bad and didn't ever get to, so he got out. He came home. We never expected him to stay here but he said he had 2 little brothers that HAD to know him. He is such a good big brother and The Little's LOVE him so much and love to go to his house. Bugs wants his hair just like Thing 1's. Some of his favorite things to do are travel and concerts. He is a joy and so funny. He has mine and my dad's twisted sense of humor. Peace

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Characters in my Life

left to right top to bottom
Skater Dude- 18, Thing 2 -23, Thing 1 - 25, T2 - 20
Monkey - 4, Bugs - 10

Thing 2 and DIL and Princess

Thing 2 and Thing 1

Skater Dude and T2

Bugs and Monkey
All of Us

DH and I

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cast of Characters - Bugs

On Tuesday mornings Bugs goes to choir practice. He had his music out and was practicing before it was time to go. Now this kid has a very sweet true voice. He sings all the time and does so very well. He was sitting on the couch singing in a very gravely rough voice "What a Wonderful World". It was very funny and very sweet at the same time. It actually wasn't a bad rendition of it. Bugs came after 8 years of no babies and he is such a joy. He is loud and lovable. He LOVES LOVES LOVES BUGS! If he doesn't grow up to be an Entomologist I will be SHOCKED! He is also one of the most sensitive kids I've ever met. I'm not sure he has a mean bone in him. Well his brother's might say something different. Our neighbors all know who Bugs is, he will walk down to the pond singing very loud to catch a frog or some other critter to bring home for the day. He thinks my parents live the good life because they have cool bugs and grasshoppers at their house. I thought he might turn himself inside out in Tennessee this summer because of the whole plethora of NEW bugs there! We almost had to search his bags to make sure he wasn't bringing any home. When we went to Louisiana a few summers ago I thought he might die from the shock of the gecko's all over the walls and critters there. He was kind of wigged out by the alligators and snakes though. Even he has his limits! He did try to bring gecko's home then and we told him they would explode if he took them on the plane. :-) So he and Thing 1 let them all go on his patio so they wouldn't blow up.
Do you think it's a good idea to eat popcorn while you watch The Biggest Looser? Peace.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink

Actually the waters are receding, but it's still raining. I got to go to Baby E's baby shower today. He got nice things. His family all got together and hugged and kiss on him. Here is his Mama... She's so very proud!

My friend Rita was invited too so I didn't have to drive by myself.

After we picked up Mama and Baby E and headed to the shower we drove by this.......

and I just cracked up!!! My dad went hunting for Elk this fall and saw NOTHING and we were driving through a TOWN and this herd was just hanging out resting! I am twisted because I found this just hilarious.
Well off to start a new week. Peace to you.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Becareful what you wish for

Be careful what you wish for! If I heard it once I heard it a million times, Please let this snow go away....... OK it did. NOT a good idea. It has POURED for 3 days. We are locked in unless we can get the jet out. I-90 closed, Hwy. 2 - closed, I-5 closed. Canada is our only option. School was not cancelled or delayed. I think we were one of the few. We are not in danger at all but there is water EVERYWHERE! I hope you all can stay dry and warm. Peace to you.

This is normally a small creek in Machias.

There is neither a lake or river here! It's a pasture.

Poor horses. No river or lake here either.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

There is always one

You know how there is always one thing that gets left out. This is ours.
I was CERTAIN I hadn't missed anything this year. And there it sits on the hearth. DRATS!
We are having a heat/water wave now. It's 49' and POURING. The wind has been whipping up pretty good too. However it's NOT SNOWING!!!!! The kids are back in school. Bugs is in the school choir and doing well, I'm working.... life is going forward.
I have been making strawberry jam tonight. We have been out for 3 days. If you know my kids at all you know this is a CRISIS! I have blueberries out for tomorrow night. My mom and Auntie LOVE blueberries. HAHAHAHA! I love making jam and my boys thought that's the only way it came. When I had Monkey, Thing 1 came home on leave and before he left I talked him through making a double batch of Strawberry jam and he took most of it with him when he left. lol My oldest brother used to stop by a few times a year on the way to races and bring me empty jars and say he needed refills. He's my biggest fan. Peace to you.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Jan 3, 2009

This is how I spent most of my weekend. I got to snuggle and kiss a teeny tiny boy! My Friend came to see me and she brought her Baby E. with her! He's 6 weeks old and soo sweet! I hugged and kissed as much as he let me. He loves his mama best! We had Skater Dude's birthday, he asked for an ice cream cake. It was very good.
Anita and I were up very late talking and laughing and playing with the baby. DH had gone to read to Monkey for bed and when I went to bed this is what I found.

You have no idea how hard we laughed. He's a good daddy! He did come to bed sometime in the night. He said his legs hurt from being on the bed frame.
The other pictures are Skater Dude and his cake and Baby E. Soooooo sweet!

Baby E had to leave with his Mama. She made me let him go.
sniff sniff

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Jan 1, 2009

I just really needed to practice the 2009. Today the tree came down, MOST of the pine needles have been vacuumed up. You KNOW there will be more! The great purge has begun. 3 bags for give away, and 3 bags of trash. And that's only 2 closets. :-) Tomorrow I'm going to go to the attic. I have some things for my friend who just had her 4th son and I know there is a box of clothes that needs to go. I won't ever, not even if. :-) So it's free to go. The ARC was suppose to come but then the snow and holidays came so now it's who ever calls first or if I can get DH to take it all and drop it off. I did Monkeys room before Christmas so I know his is fine, Bug's room can't be done unless he's gone or much trauma and tears ensues. Skater Dude is on his own! There is more then one reason his room is called The Bat Cave!
I just noticed it's after midnight. Skater Dude is 18! Happy Birthday son! He was born at 2:06 in the afternoon. He was my baby for 8 years. We call him the Wizard when we need him to work magic with electronics's. He almost always can accomplish what we need him to. We are very glad he's a part of our family! Hats off to you Bryant. Happy Birthday.