Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I know I say this all the time, but I love my library! I finished the book on the top, Made From Scratch, and it inspired me to check out all the books beneath it. I mentioned to Tony that the book says you can keep a few chickens successfully in your backyard and get enough eggs for your family. He raised an eyebrow at me. I also mentioned I thought it would be fun. I got the stink eye. Clearly he lacks my adventurous spirit. He is on board to build me some more raised bed gardens, so I'll be happy with that for now.
See this fellow. He is my arch-enemy. Last growing season, he would steal my tomatoes. This year, I hope to outsmart this creature. But just look at the way he is holding his fists! "Bring it on!" is what I think he is saying.
Who will triumph in this epic battle of man vs. nature? Only time will tell.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
We celebrated by going to Dairy Queen for ice cream. I believe he would have approved. We'll be going to historic Jamestown and Yorktown this weekend for more fun in honor of Ben's birthday. We always try to plan something fun that he would have enjoyed doing.
On Sunday, as we were driving home from Virginia Beach, my ipod was playing some of my favorite music. (This is the part where I admit that in my college days, I was a bit of a free spirit. Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead cassettes made up the vast majority of my collection.) My man Bob started singing "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall". It starts out like this: "Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?" I immediately thought of Ben, and in the next moment, Tony had reached over and squeezed my hand. My husband is not a huge displayer of emotion, so this meant A LOT to me. I am no Bob Dylan, but I had the idea to fix the song to fit our story.
Here is my tribute to Ben.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Accompanying him, but not of her own free will, is the baby. It appears she is tethered to the rocket. Good luck to these mighty space travelers!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
By she, I mean the lovely Hallie.
When I was a little girl, I remember seeing a picture of my parents, hand in hand, with glowing smiles, exiting the Church on their wedding day. It was in my grandmother's house. I fell in love with the dress then. When we pulled it out of storage while planning my wedding, I knew as I soon as I put it on that it was the dress. I love the brocade lace overlay. The pretty flowers that are so simple, yet they make the dress. That is me. Simple. Not fancy or elegant.
When we got married, all my grandparents were still living. One of my favorite memories of that whole weekend was the morning of the wedding. We were trying to get everyone to the Church on time. We rushed my grandfather out the door. He arrived without his glasses or his teeth! He looked like one of the heckler's from the muppet show. It was so endearing to me though, that he grinned in the photos even though he was toothless. (He's the one on the left.)
Friday, February 11, 2011
Where I make my weekly menu
Thursday, February 10, 2011
What is it, you ask? Well, it is a case for all my knitting needles. I had seen some on Etsy, but boy were they pricey.
Using leftover fabric from other projects, I put this together. I made two rows of pockets for needles and some larger ones for other notions I frequently need while knitting.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
A couple weeks ago, I went to the ER because my right arm was numb and heavy and my right leg was shaking. Then I started having heart palpitations. The doctor was concerned that I might have suffered a mini-stroke and wanted to admit me immediately. But I couldn't. Tony was out of town and I had left Olivia at home with the little ones. It was decided I could go home and the tests would be done over the next week. On Monday, the doctor called to let me know she had an answer for me. My blood tests showed that I have a hyperactive thryroid. Now we know and now we can fix it and move on. Praise God!
One of the best things about this yarn along is getting suggestions for books! I can't remember who was reading this book, but I was able to find it at the library and I am looking forward to making time today to read more.
Thank you Ginny for hosting!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
She laughs at the antics of her siblings and at her mama dancing just for her.
Five months. It seems like time is flying by. It seems like she has always been with us.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
I have plans to scour the house till it sparkles with cleanliness. We'll see how that pans out. I also have plans to declutter the little kid's room. It seems to me that room has the ability to multiply stuff. Truly, if I can accomplish these two seemingly simple tasks, I will be most pleased.
Oh, yes, Therese can now roll from her back to her tummy. She missed my milestones post by a day.
Now my baby is in my arms drifting off to sleep. I will lay her down soon and start breakfast for my family. Bacon, muffins, some fruit and cheese.
All these small little things don't seem important, but they are. I had a scare this past week and it made me stop and really examine myself. Unfortunately, there was a lot I want to change. I always think there is time to become a "better" person. But maybe not. Time is not a guarantee. We do not know when our hour will be. I need to be that better person today.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
A particular little girl, pictured below, has issues with loose teeth. As in, they freak her out. She won't let anyone touch them and so they hang there like this....
until she finally allows me to touch it and get it out. Ta-da!
I admit that I am sad about this milestone. I think kids look so much older once those big adult teeth start coming in. It seems like part of their childhood has ended. She can't wait to look older though. She keeps asking if the missing tooth makes her appear older.
The other milestone is that Jack can write his own name. I was happy to see his signature on his artwork. Not so much when I discovered it on the lamp!