Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014~Week 15

Last Wednesday the boys helped Desi and I pick up two full loads of free wood from a friend in New Castle.  We folded down the back seats of the Jeep to fit it all....it's so much!  Now we need to borrow a chain saw and cut it all to fit in our wood burning stove.
Skate Park time!  I love that I can read my Kindle Paperwhite in sunshine with no glare!  One of the best purchases I've ever made. I use it daily.
We got to go to Miss Vivian's house on Wednesday to help groom her horses!  We had such a great time!!!
Giving the horses cookies :)
Obie is such a funny dog...
Our animal lover had such a great time!  Vegas, the horse on the right was super pregnant!  She ended up having her baby yesterday!  Pray for her though, as she did not pass the afterbirth for a long time and is at risk of serious infection :(  Baby is super tall and nursing well though.
On Thursday the girls and I went to see our friend Lily who had a part in Coal Ridge High School's production of The Sound Of Music.  She was wonderful!
We were super blessed to have the Rants family come stay with us over the weekend.  We've been friends for many years and were happy to celebrate the beginning of their new chapter of moving to Oregon!  While sad to say goodbye, we are super happy for them.

Eli, their 2 year old, was quite fun to play with!
Shannon and I got to go on a beautiful Thai food lunch date, thrift store shopping and coffee with lots and lots of talking and heart to heart time.  I have not had time with a friend like that in a long time...such a gift!
One of the "thrift" shops we went to...called First Class Trash or something like that...everything was SUPER expensive so I guess it was more like an antique shop :)
A beautiful little boutique on Grand Ave that I've always wanted to explore...
Shannon had some Jamberry nail wraps sent to our house for the girls and I to try.
Pretty fun!
Eli likes my ukulele :)
Games on a rainy Sunday...despite Owen's face, he had fun playing Ticket to Ride with us :)
Such a joy to see our children play together!!!
More games!!
Recently we got the chess set out and we've been playing quite a bit the past few days!
I lose to Owen every time.  But his shirt is pretty funny...it's like I'm playing chess with Grumpy Cat in this photo!  Ha ha!
My new book!  Going to read it and read some with the kiddos...
We got to go see Vegas's baby girl yesterday!  She was only about 5 hours old!  Such a sweet baby horse!
The boys playing speed chess (a 6 minute game via the timer).  They were so funny.

Owen bought himself a little mailbox at a neighbor's yard sale on Saturday and spray painted it white and then decorated it.  Desi helped him attach it to the wall just outside Owen's bedroom door.  He told Desi that he wanted it so that his family could give him gifts and leave things for him!  Ha ha!  What a sweet boy.  I've already left him a note and piece of chocolate :)
It's been a lovely week with some challenges, tears and even snow, but overall, just lovely.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014~Week 14

Last Wednesday we made a welcome home poster for Aurora who got to come home from the hospital.  She had been really sick and went to the hospital for a second time on the Sunday before...they discovered that she has type 1 diabetes and she was in critical condition so they flew her to a children's hospital near Denver.  Emma and Levi did such a great job taking care of their dog and we had so much fun making the poster for Aurora!
Desi got the kids a coconut.  They had fun figuring out how to open it.
The girls and I went shopping on Friday to grab a few things and Hope fell in love with the green tea offerings at Vitamin Cottage!  Ha ha :)  Emma's face is pretty funny...
Levi joined me on a Costco run on Saturday...he's such a cutie.
We organized our tea!!!  I think we have an excess of tea choices...
Desi and I hiked Medaris on Sunday and were glad to find the back side not muddy anymore...that means we can do the loop instead of going up and back the front.
Spring!  Wildflowers are popping up!!!
Tulips in a neighbor's yard...
Desi and Andy are exploring woodworking as a means to earn income for our families.  They are starting with making tables to sell out of reclaimed wood.  Fun!
Desi bought Owen that shirt on Sunday...it says "This is my happy face" with a cat that looks like it is frowning.  
Using a machete to cut tree branches...
Emma bought some smoke bombs on Monday...the kids lit them on fire in the street behind our house...
Climbing the trail...
Emma got a birthday card from my parents in Panama!  It only took 3.5 weeks to get here!  Ha ha!
Levi's playdoh carrot...he's so good with sculpture!
Levi is reading!!!
My morning hike today...gosh, it was so beautiful!
Our friend Tim who does sprinklers called us to say he had to dig up these flowers for a client and did we want them?  Oh yeah!  The kids and I grabbed shovels and a tub and drove down to 3rd street to dig up these tulip plants.  Awesome!
I planted them here along the fence...Lord willing they survive and thrive there!
Took the 3 younger kids to the skate park in town mid day today.  They had a blast!!!!  Levi on bike, Emma on scooter and Owen on longboard.  Lots of FUN!!!
Hope came with us on Sunday to a healthy eating class at the River Center where the instructor mentioned the movie Forks Over Knives.  Hope really wanted to watch it that night but we waited till this afternoon.  It's a great movie!  Don't know if I'll ever stop eating meat, but I do try to not eat a ton of it.  MORE GREENS!  MORE GREENS!  While we were watching Emma and Levi asked if they could go build something with the discarded wood from the demo of our porch stairs...I gave them permission and this is what they came up with.  It's a base for a table!  So cute.
It's been a great week...so thankful for the weather warming up and the fact that my brother booked plane tickets to come visit us in a few weeks!!!!  Woo Hoo!!!!