Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Halloween stuff

From the "Fall Family Night" at our church:



























This is how Lexi decorates cookies:



























This is how Natalie decorates cookies:




























From Natalie's classroom party:



























Scary teeth!



























Halloween night before we left the house.

Farm Day!

This is from our annual trip to the farm on one of the weekends in October that they have lots of kid-friendly things to do. (yes. I said October. I am behind in blogging. Unmotivated by the amt I need to do to get caught up. It's starting to sound a lot like my laundry story...ahem)

Natalie loves this thing. It's $2 for 5-10 minutes of sliding. Total rip off, but it wears her out. I look at it as a good night's sleep investment. ;)















If only this picture wasn't blurred, it'd be going on our Christmas card. She can be seriously cute.



























Daddy and his girls:















Monnie trying to not look like she's restraining the little one:















The hay ride was better than ever this year. Lexi loved EVERY moment, and was so easy to entertain. She sat still the whole time. I enjoyed her excitement.















Precious Natalie. Having fun.















A favorite of mine:















Once we got off the hayride, it got really chilly. We let the kids play on the cars for just a bit before we left.















Here is Daddy about to get run over:















She loved this and threw a tantrum when we pried her out of the car.















On our way out, a sweet old farm dog found us.















I love the connection kids seem to have with animals. So tender and loving:















Natalie wanted to take him home with us.















We had Natalie take our picture with the fall stuff. This one turned out pretty good, but there were several outtakes.
















Like this! Ha!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Our dog is dumb

This fuzzy-faced-knucklehead also (apparently) has a death wish too:



























A couple weeks ago, Mike and I assumed one of us had let Rudy out in the backyard. So thinking he was outside frolicking in the falling leaves and chewing on twigs, we didn't know what he was really up to. Our dog had been a busy-little-bee, sneaking upstairs when we weren't paying attention. When I went upstairs to get the girls clothes for bath time, this is what I found him chewing on:



























Do you see that?? Yeah. He was chewing a nice extension cord to shreds! An extension cord that carries a whollup of power, not-to-mention it's known to the state of California to cause cancer. (what is with that anyway!?) His saving grace? It wasn't plugged in. Lucky dog. **and truly, I'm thankful he wasn't hurt--we would have felt awful, since it was our fault we didn't know where he was**



























The next day, he is chewing on something in the backyard. As I pry it from his teeth, I realize it's what's remaining of the grill brush. He went underneath the grill cover and dug it out. What he ingested was the steel wool portion of it. Let's think about that for a second. Seriously. He ate steel wool. **I'm filtering out bad language now** After consulting a vet and feeding him a ton of bread, he is fine. This was over a week ago, so I'm sure everything has passed. Although that next evening after ingesting it, listening to the gurgling noises in his stomach about made me sick.

Now we move on to his latest project. Digging. Rudy has always been a digger. Our back yard is a gold mine to him. As the house is over 100 years old, you could dig anywhere in our yard and find treasure. So far, we have found: GI joe figures, cans, a scarf, fireworks, bottle caps, straws, bricks, cups, cassette tape, etc. A dogs paradise. He has several holes currently dug up. One impressive one, *insert irritated sarcasm* of 2 foot diameter, and about 18" deep. We have tried to re-fill it, he digs it up again.

So imagine my surprise when I discover his latest dig site. Our concrete porch. This dog has started digging up concrete.

















I have no words. None that won't get filtered. I guess if anyone needs a jack-hammer and would like to save money, they can borrow our dog. When you try to return him, don't be surprised if we're not home... ;)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

happiness

Here are a few of my favorite things....


Playing with Lexi on the way home from church. Getting her to laugh so hard she snorts:
















































Absolute delight!



























Seeing my girls walk hand-in-hand:



























Family time together:

















Playing in the band at church (far right on keys):















Time with friends:



























Lexi chewing on Perry:



























Her obsession with looking out the window:




























Natalie showing off her snow boots that still fit this season:





























Discovering a phone thief in hiding:




























Natalie came home with a fever, and Lexi sat next to her patting her back:



























The leaves starting to turn:


















Lost car keys found in hilarious location:



























Coming home from dropping Natalie off at school and finding my amazing husband snuggling with our daughter:
















































Family pictures that turned out well. This is a preview:

















Making jewelry. My newest interest:

















You can find me on facebook. I mainly make pendants and key-chains by hand stamping metals:






















Finding an old wedding photo:

















Watching this little squirt sit in a basket (only she could fit in) while watching seasame street:





























The trees around here...this was taken with my phone, and is completely unedited. Amazing bursts of color!!

Apple Picking Field Trip

Last month I chaperoned Natalie's first grade field trip. This is her classroom:


















On the bus:



























At the orchard:

















Hayride:


















Trying the apple:


















This was on the website for her school:


Petting:



























Playground:


















My idea of peace and quiet:

















Running through the corn maze:



























Horse swings:



























Spinning in an apple:

















She's holding her buddy Aiden's hand. They went through the haunted house like this several times. It was adorable.

















Natalie's best buddy, Kylie:

















Taking each other's picture: