Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
If you have not guessed already, Morgan took these instructions literally and drew a private body part. I think the teacher asked her to then draw clothes on her picture because she had a nice pencil-colored dress on, but the body part was still noticeable.
I asked her if other kids had drawn this part of their bodies and she said, "No Mom! I was the only one!" She then raised her hand for a high five which I gave her before leaving the room to cry. What does her teacher think of us? She has never drawn a picture like that before. Why did she draw it at school? What was she thinking?!
That night as I helped her in the bath we had a discussion about PRIVATE body parts that need to be kept private. It seemed to go well so hopefully we won't have another picture like this come home. I don't know if I can ever face her teacher again - I am so embarrassed!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Two weeks ago Scott came home and announced that he had sold his pickup to the feedlot and the search was on for a new one. We test drove a couple – the red one looked way cool but the white one seemed to run better and had all the features he was looking for. We talked them down on the price and actually got a pretty good deal. (They seemed to be happy we were putting money down and not doing a trade-in.)
There was a JoAnns just down the street so I convinced Scott that we need to go there while the dealership got all of the paperwork ready. I have been dying to make these pumpkins that my sister-in-law, Rachel, made (thanks to Holly and her easy tutorial.) I have to say I was very disappointed in JoAnns. It was mostly quilting supplies and fabric and I really had to DIG to come up with some fabric for my pumpkins. Then, they only had Christmas ribbon so I had to use what was in my box and it does not look so good. I am on the hunt for some cute, festive ribbon.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Last week, when we had nothing going on (HA-HA), Scott brought home a huge bag of chokecherries and asked me to make some syrup. The bag sat in the refrigerator for a week and I finally pulled them out yesterday. It took me all day, with a couple of interruptions, to sort through them and make the syrup. I wondered if it was really worth all of the work. But after that first bite of pancake with chokecherry syrup it was definitely worth it.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Morgan and Zane had fun dancing to the music in the stands. (Just don’t look at Morgan’s hair. I never intended to cut her bangs that short but she turned her head as I was cutting and the more I tried to even them out the shorter they got. I never claimed to be a professional.)
And here is Zane saying, “I not gonna say cheese!” He didn’t have time to have his picture taken – he had stairs to climb.
Scott brought a horse home for the weekend. Sunday he saddled it up and let the kids ride. Soon we had many of the neighborhood kids waiting in line for a ride too. Schlitz is our biggest horse but probably has the best manners. The kids weren’t intimidated by his size at all. It was better than the pony rides at the circus and a lot cheaper too.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
We borrowed a sprayer from the neighbor which made the job go much quicker. We sprayed all the green on Saturday afternoon. (And that included a trip into Lowes to get another 5 gallons of paint – we kind of underestimated.)
Today I am going to try to finish the trim and do a little touch up. I might even paint the fence.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Lloyd also was a handy-man, like our Dad. He thought he could fix anything. The bikes were always being torn apart for a re-build. A pile of scrap lumber would soon become the coolest fort. One summer he was helping our dad dig holes to construct the gigantic swing set in our yard. I stuck my foot in the hole to check his progress and he dropped the post-hole digger on my toe. I learned to stay back when he was working.
He was also a mighty hunter. He went on many hunting trips with our dad and uncles. He also shot a couple windows at our house. And there was the time we were camping and I was walking peacefully a short distance from our campsite. Lloyd said to our younger brother, “I bet you can’t hit her with your BB gun.” They got me and they lost their BB gun for many moons.
He really was a good big brother. He protected me in High School and even took my friends and I cruising downtown a few times. He also got me my first job at Albertsons and helped me buy my first car. And now that we are miles apart I know I can still call him when I have a problem with my computer or need advice on what carpet to get for my house.
Happy Birthday Lloyd! We love you!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
When we got home she begged me to remove the training wheels on her bike and I finally gave in. Bigger tires go faster with less peddling so it was harder to ride her bike. Her friend agreed to trade bikes for a couple weeks.
Zane also asked me to take the training wheels off his bike. :) He tries to keep up with Morgan and wants to do everything she does. He follows her down the street saying, “Wait d’me Borgan! I coming!”
I hope summer stays a little longer!
Monday, September 1, 2008
It’s exciting to see some progress but overwhelming to think about how much we have left to do.
Someday this will be a great room!