Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A new addition!

My life has been turned upside-down this past week.  It's been fun, and crazy, and a little more than sleep-deprived.  But overall, a fun new member of the family is here!

 This is Ginger . . . she's a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and is so flipping cute!  When she runs, she looks exactly like a rabbit, which may end up in her being nicknamed "Bunny" . . . I'll try to get some pictures of that because it's just so hilarious!


The first day home when I lost her:

Playing with her friend Gandalf
(Ginger will look a lot like Gandalf in a couple months--more red fur, perky ears, . . . bigger)

The true meaning of Puppy Eyes

how cute is that!?!

Lots of updates . . .

I can't believe it's been three weeks since I blogged last!  Here are some of the latest going-ons:


LOTS of baseball!  GO DANIEL!

Sophia as The Mouse in her Preschool Play, "Good Night Gorilla"
Her lines were:  "I'm the Gorilla's nice little friend.  I keep track of the Gorilla's snack."  And keep track she did . . . and was rewarded with the banana at the end of the play.  Hey, the Gorilla was asleep!

Irresistible sugary churro faces : ) 

Visit to the Golden Spike National Historic Site
(kids plus replica of golden spike that you can't actually see)

ON the actual track--wahoo!

Just can't get enough of the danger . . . 

This is the last tie laid on the railroad . . . of course, it's been replaced due to weathering and time and such, but did you notice this?  There aren't any spikes holding it to the rail!  Cool, huh?  They re-enact the Driving of the Last Spike every May 10th--this year it will be the 141st year!  Did you know they had a Driving of the Last Spike ceremony with the golden spike in 1869, then replaced it and had another Driving of the Last Spike ceremony with a regular steel spike.

The original replica of the last spike (senza kids).  It was, in Livia's words, "smaller than I thought!" and is engraved with the names of the Presidency and Directors of the Pacific Railroad at the time.



Riding the Front Runner (and Trax too--wahoo!) to Daddy's work for lunch over Spring Break
There it is!

They got to sit wherever they wanted on the train . . . note the consistent independence of child #3

I love the absolute joy in the ride!

It was very cool to see the Golden Spike one day, then the Front Runner tracks the next--we compared and contrasted the types of rails, how they were held together, and which was more effective for what kinds of trains . . . it was an unplanned celebration of the evolution of travel!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Easter Pics!

The annual "Finding of the Easter Baskets"



the "Decorating of the Island"


and some killer peanut butter fudge eggs that Tara and I made!  Family tradition from my mom . . . which means that I actually got two this year!  Wahoo!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Awwwww . . . part 2

Without any apologies for the fact that I am totally, completely, 110% biased, I have to say that my boys are going to make their future wives INCREDIBLY happy. : )

Here's why:

Dave and Daniel went to "run some errands" the Saturday before Easter.  I found out (the next day) that they had gone to Mrs. Cavenaugh's (never a bad idea) to get me some chocolate-covered strawberries.  (My all-time favorite food and biggest weakness.  Ever.)  While they were there, Daniel had this idea for my Easter morning:


Wow.  That's about all I could say.  Wow.

(name that quote and you get a gold star!)

Are my boys just plain awesome or what!?!  I admit it brought some tears to my eyes.  He thought of this all on his own, no prompting from anyone.  Came home from "errands," printed out his idea, taped it on there, and hid it from me until Easter morning!

*sigh*

There are days when it's all worth it. : )


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Awwwww . . .

How CUTE is this?


Seriously!?!

Micah was playing with the girls and their Princess stickers, and made this for me.  On the front it has the sky at the top, grass at the bottom, a road (or sidewalk, I didn't dare ask!) next to that, my castle, my neighbor's castle, hearts, stars, and more hearts.

On the back:


it says, "mom yoo ar a Princess"

Man, if that doesn't just make your day.  Over and over.  And over!  : )


I just adore this kid!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It doesn't hurt to flirt . . .

                                                         . . . with car wash boys.

Let me explain:

Two days ago it rained pretty steadily for a while.  Enough that as I was out driving, windshield wipers doing their thang, and mud running down the side of my windshield, I was prompted to consider a car wash.  Either that or it was very dirty rain.

So today, with the sun shining and beautiful, and a few minutes to spare (what? unheard of, I know), I decided to go to the car wash.  (A side note to apologize to everyone for the rain that will come tomorrow as a result of my decision today.)  We all know Firehouse has cheap Wednesdays, but you can't beat a prepaid (read: free) one at Chevron.  So off we go, join the small line of other dirty cars, and wait for the attendant to come get our coupon.  As he's at my window, I decide to go for it.

"Are you all doing complimentary wipe-offs today?"  Smile.

"You want a free one, huh?" he asks, tilting his head like he's interested in a deal.

"Yep."

"Maybe."  Then writes an orange "WO" on my windshield.  "Just don't tell anybody."

"Deal."  I say,  "and thanks!"

He smiles and walks to the next car.  I sit gloating in my almost-to-be-cleaned car.  Ok, so it wasn't really flirting, but it caught your attention, right?

Never hurts to ask.

Or smile.

: )

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Star Struck

We went out with Grandma and Grandpa last weekend, and ran into one of Livia's favorite people . . .


Micah wanted in on the action too . . .

I think this one says it all:


First Soccer Game of the Spring!

Oh man, were we excited for this!  Micah was dressed in uniform, shin guards, cleats, and ready to go at noon.  His game was at 5:30.  That was a loooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnng wait!




then he got a little tired . . . 


but he was super-bummed when the next game was snowed out.  Here's hoping for next week!
(and super-grateful for baseball to tide us over . . . )