Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
The second question is: Can I somehow buy a link or chip or something to print from Ashley's laptop to my printer? Without them being connected by a cord? So, for instance, I can type a document on her computer in the kitchen and have it print at my printer in my bedroom.
Let me know. I know there is a computer guru out there somewhere...
290 calories! That is for my drink alone. It doesn't include the fried cherry fritter or the fat laden chocolate bismark. Crap. That might be all of my daily calories in one meal. Guess I'm done for the day. NOT! I will have to eat an apple or something healthy. I already feel my hypoglycemia count down happening. Stupid - but oh so worth it. The boys and I will take two walks today!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
OK - I didn't really like coffee until I discovered Starbucks. Let's face it - the actual coffee isn't that good and it is really overpriced, but we still drink it. If you put enough mocha and caramel in it anything will taste good. I discovered a web site that delivers coffee beans (or ground) to your door. It is called Boca Java. They have great coffee. I don't even have to add anything to mine sometimes. I got my monthly shipment today. They also have tea. The best tea. Even better than Whittard's Irish Cream. Those of you who know of my Whittard's obsession know that this tea is good. My dilemna is this: I had my heart set on Starbuck's for my Friday morning. I was going to go into town, (driving my vehicle - not walking) hit the bank, and Starbucks, visit with the locals at the supermarket, get a few items for dinner, and wander home. Now, with my new coffee - I might have to make my own. Whatever will I do? I'll let you know tomorrow. I ordered Hound Dog Heaven for this month. It is rich peanut butter and creamy banana coffee. It smells divine. I'm sniffing it as I type. I might have my mind made up already...
Ashley comes home on Friday!
I'm so excited - Ashley will be home in 18 hours. I've actually missed her! Not that missing her is surprising, but she has only been gone for 3 days and I've talked to her twice. She even sounded a little homesick. What will she do in Holland for 2 weeks? She will not be taking a cell phone - that is for sure.
Ashley's little heifer, Breezy, came into heat today. We called our good friends to come help inseminate her. Actually, they do all the work - we just stand and watch. Now we wait the 21 days to see if she "took." The odds are good that she did - we were able to find her at her optimum peak. The cow, Coral, was bred a couple of weeks ago. We are hoping to have two babies next spring (late winter).
I need a new "Daily Dose". I'll explain that later I hope. Here is a quick 4 month update on the boys....
The boys had their 4 month check up on Tuesday. They each had 2 shots in each thigh! 4 total!! Are these doctors crazy? Then they had to drink something for something. I don't pay to much attention. The immunizations are necessary for entering school and staying healthy so we do it.
That being said.
They are progressing at an average rate. Aiden is in the 95th percentile for weight. He won't be getting juice any time soon.
OK - gotta run. The zen moment with R. Carlos Nikai has passed. I'm wanted. What a lovely feeling. I have to sometimes repeat that to myself 10-12 times and force a smile on my face. :)
The boys are totally zoned right now. They just got back from a 45 minute walk, a nice quick nap, and now they are enjoying the tranquil music of a Native American flute.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
What a fabulous motto. I like it because it reminds kids that they can be leaders and not be bossy. More than that though - it encourages respect.
On the windshield of our vehicle was a "Thank You for Coming" card from the FFA. It was very professional. A nice token of the kids' appreciation of their parents.
I do give her credit for not doing the mouth motions. Tim can't feed the boys without opening his mouth and it drives her insane.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Google is hosting a competition for a new logo sketch. The sketches are all done by students. Go to the Google home page and follow the links to vote for your favorites. Even if you choose not to vote - it is worth the few minutes it takes to view the sketches. The students are amazing artists...
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Of course I thought it was adorable. They were bonding over electronic media - regardless of how questionable it was.
I took Aiden's "Jumparoo" with us because he loves it! This particular afternoon, he got so tired he just fell asleep. I also had to purchase a pair of shoes. He didn't like his feet on the gravel.
This is Isaiah hanging out with Aiden. He was just sitting and looking around. He likes to watch the people.
The boys stayed snug as a bug in their "trailer bed". There is a spot that is between our bed and the window in the trailer. It was perfect for the boys. They both slept very well there.
The boys "chillin" while we were packing up.
Ashley with both of her trophies...
Ashley and Gramps with "Joker" after the auction.
Aiden sitting with dad - cheering for sister while she was showing.
I had just arrived home with Ashley from her last physical therapy appointment (yeah!) and had about 45 minutes to get dinner on the table so Tim could make it to his posse meeting on time. Tim and Ashley had to leave to go get some stuff from a friend so Ashley could finish her homework - that left the boys and I at home alone trying to get dinner ready. Well, they were not happy - so what do I do? Put them outside in their swings! They love swinging outside. At one point, the swings had stopped and I was on my way out when I saw Jessey rolling around in front of the boys. She was so funny. The basketball was sitting in front of the boys, and she was trying to keep them happy. We have such great dogs. Ellie doesn't really do much other than lick them and sleep with them. She will come and get me if they are crying and I don't move fast enough for her. We are lucky not only to have three great kids, but also to have two awesome dogs!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
After dinner we sat for a long time just talking. That is the best part of dining with friends. Although our food was good - with friends - it often doesn't matter. It is just the company you keep.
On a lighter note - Ashley will be sharing her bed with Isaiah tonight. He adores his big sister! She secretly likes him too. :)
When we got back from dinner, she took him from his car seat and played with him. A lot. Now, it is almost 10:00 pm and he isn't tired. She gets him because she got him all wired up! They played and giggled and teased. She thinks that she can just put him down and he will sleep. NOT! We will see what she thinks in about 1/2 an hour...
I got a great shot of Aiden and Ashley sitting on the bed watching UTube this afternoon. I can't wait until we get home to upload a few of the photos!
The afternoon game was a bit rough. I got there late due to a rice cereal feeding. (Aiden ate 6 oz of formula and a bowl of rice cereal. He wanted more! That kid can eat!!!) By the time I had gotten there - a few "yellow cards" had been thrown and the girls were playing a very physical game. Our team was able to pull off a win - 1 to 0.
In order to make it into the championship game, the girls HAVE to pull out another win tomorrow morning. That would make for a nice mother's day gift. Their game is at 12:30pm so think positively for us tomorrow.
Friday, May 9, 2008
A former student came from Flagstaff to babysit for me. She is a great person, and she actually used to babysit Ashley when she was younger. She was so confident. After spending an hour and a half alone with the boys though - she had to call in reinforcements. ;p
Then I got a text that they were heading out for lunch. The boys got to hit the town with a bunch of girls. The had lunch with 4 or 5 girls at a local bbq restaurant, then off to the few townsfolk who haven't met them yet! I would get a text every so often telling me where they were. I'm always worried when the kids are out with other people. I'm glad that we live in a small, rural town that I don't have to freak about it!
Ashley has had two soccer tournaments. They placed first at a tounie down in Phx. It was a good time - but very busy. Then we ended up heading to Prescott for a tournament. The weather was awful. There was 30 mile per hour winds. Fortunately, we took the horse trailer to sleep in so I stayed out of the wind with the boys. It was their first camping trip. They did fabulous. The girls placed 2nd in that tournament.
Ashley also had her end of season show for her cows. She took all three to the fair. Coral, her 3 year old cow, took "Best of Class", but that was by default. She was the only one in her class. ;)
Breezy, her 1 year old heifer, also took "Best of Class", truly working for it. Then, when it came down to the Grand Champion drive, Breezy, the red heifer, took the show. It was very exciting. Ashley has great hopes for her breeding program this summer. Coral, unfortunately didn't place very high in the drive for the champion. She was slightly overweight.
The steer show on Friday night was very intense. She has a pretty steer named, Joker. Joker placed 4th for conformation. The judge said that Joker was too short in the back.
For showmanship, Ashley did great. In her breeding class she took 1st place, and in her steer competition she placed 2nd. We think she did a great job.
Ashley turned 14 on May 5!
Yep, one year of teenager-itis down and 5 more to go. Oh golly - please pray for us! At least she isn't driving yet. She opted for a quiet birthday. With her upcoming trip to Holland, she has requested cash. So, she was given cash instead of a party. We also gave her a new show stick since she bent hers while walking Breezy one afternoon. :0
During the week at "fair" we took the horse trailer to the fairgrounds and stayed there. It was so nice this year not to have to commute back and forth. The boys really enjoyed being there as well. They slept in each morning, had a different woman holding them at every little whimper, and basically were pampered and spoiled! They did great in the trailer. We were home for 3 days, and now we are off again.
This weekend we are in Durango. This place is amazing. I love it here. I truly feel "at home" here. Today, we dropped Ashley at the rec. center, and Tim and I took a walk along the Anamas River. It was so pretty. The weather is perfect. We had dinner at "Mama's Boy" Italian restaurant. Yep, it is worth every penny. The food was fabulous. We had great company as well. Tim's assistant coach, his wife, and family took us. It is always good to spend the evening in the company of good food and good friends. I enjoyed a glass of wine as well.
The boys will be 4 months old this Sunday. Can you believe it? I know - I'm behind on pictures. I will try to get some up next week. Things might slow down... I can only hope. We seem to be running all the time. It is a good thing that the boys tolerate their car seats.
Aiden has started on rice cereal and LOVES it! All you have to do is show him his bowl and he will sit and let you feed him. Isaiah is a pain. He cries the whole time you are feeding him his cereal. He just wants a bottle. He gets so dramatic.
I've seen Isaiah roll from his tummy to his back two different days. He won't do it on demand though. I don't know if it was a fluke thing or not. Neither boy likes to be on his belly. Oh - a funny story - the other day, I put both boys on their tummies in their crib. They were facing each other so they would entertain each other while I was putting away clothes. They started out talking to each other, but eventually scooted together and were crying and wrestling. It was so funny!
We start the soccer tournie tomorrow morning. Please keep us in your prayers. Ashley's team is playing as a U16 team this weekend (they are a U14 team usually). The competition will be tough, and the teams are more intense here. It will prove to be an exciting day!