Wednesday, September 21

Well, I've been tagged. I have to admit, my answers are going to border on the mundane, but here goes.

First the rules:
If you've been tagged remove the blog at #1 from the following list and bump every one up one place; add your blog's name in the #5 spot; link to each of the other blogs for the desired cross pollination effect.
1. Mommy Brain
2. I Have to Say
3. Messages From Mama
4. Farkleberry Juice
5. Anderson Adventures

Next: select four new friends or favorite bloggers to add to the pollen count. I can't remember who's already done this, so ignore it if you did. And, as always, if you're too busy or you just don't want to, feel free to abstain. I tag the following:

What were you doing 10 years ago?

I was in the middle of college, trying to earn a degree in something computer related. Really wish I'd skipped this, as the debt was not in proportion to what I came away with.

What were you doing 5 years ago?
I was pregnant with Sis, enjoying time with Bud, and trying not to go over the edge with Steve working nights. Nighttime is high maintenance time here in our home (sound familiar?) and I was not handling it well solo, even with just Bud. Then it really got crazy once Sis was born. Only God knows how I made it through Steve's 2nd shift job.

What were you doing one year ago?

I was pregnant, and really enjoying the summer/fall. We had a blast that year. Then I began to nest.

What were you doing yesterday?
I taught a minimal amount of school to Bud, ran to Walmart with him doing Math in the backseat, and then enjoyed two extra playmates for the kids for the afternoon. It is AMAZING what I can get done when my kids have distraction. Then we went to a BBQ at church, and after the kids hit the sack I looked-at/read an amazing book about the horrible nuclear testing OUR gov't did back in the 40's/50's/60's in Utah/Nevada and the effects it had on the surrounding communities. Our gov't should be ashamed at the way they are handling the medical fallout from the testing. Those poor people!

5 snacks you enjoy
1. Apples/Cheddar/Ritz
2. Nachos with extra hot salsa
3. peanuts or almonds
4. cookies & milk
5. roasted pumpkin seeds

5 songs I know all the words to
1. Women (Def Leppard, from my big hair days)
2. Tangerine (Led Zepplin, from my pre-big hair days)
3. I Can Only Imagine (MercyMe, since finding Jesus, can't get through it without crying)
4. Show Me Your Glory (Third Day, they are SOOOOO good)
5. Beautiful Mess (Diamond Rio; yes, it's country, I know)

5 things you would do if you had a million dollars
1. Pay off all debt
2. Invest & hopefully live off the interest
3. Put some $ away for the kids future
4. Paint the Chevelle
5. Hire someone to finish up every last unfinished project on this house!

5 things you like doing
1. dates with hubby
2. kayaking
3. camping/hiking with the kids
4. reading blogs with a good cup of coffee, uninterrupted
5. singing praise & worship songs at a friend's church

5 bad habits
1. Procrastinating
2. overeating
3. forgiving but not forgetting
4. staying up too late and then complaining about "no sleep"
5. not giving my husband enough encouragement & praise

5 things I would never wear again
1. Big Hair!
2. tapered leg pants, ugh!
3. neon
4. parachute pants : )
5. aviator sunglasses (remember the leather blinders & neck strap)

5 favorite toys
1. kayak
2. digital camera
3. running shoes (does that count?)
4. food chopper (Pampered Chef rules!)
5. computer

Monday, September 5

Labor Day Adventures

I have this really cool hubby that lets me cut loose once in awhile (okay, it's really whenever I want : ). So I rose early on Labor Day, met 5 other ladies in town for breakfast, and then we launched our kayaks on the Red Cedar for about 3 hours. It was so relaxing! We saw a few deer, multiple eagles, a raccoon, kingfisher, a HUGE turtle, and a variety of fish. But the highlight of the whole morning was the fellowship! We had women who are Believers, women searching for Christ, and women who don't even know they need Him. What a great opportunity! Thank you God!

Here are the gals:

Well, then I got home to find that the coolest dad in the world taught Sis how to ride sans training wheels! How cool is that when you are 4?!

But the best part of the day was the afternoon & evening. Just the 5 of us. We went out for a late lunch, and then we headed for the hills. The Blue Hills, that is. We 4-wheeled down old logging trails, in search of a felsenmeer gorge. We couldn't find one, but we sure had fun trying. It's there. We've seen it, oh, about 8 years ago. We WILL find it again. This is it (thanks to another photographer):

We then had a picnic supper right there on the trail, and then headed home. It really was a full, fun day. Again.... Thank you God!

Friday, September 2

House addition photos

For those of you family, and friends, who haven't seen the addition yet, here are a few before/after shots. Now, I do have to say, I miss the original look of the front of the house. But we gained such an awesome master bedroom & bathroom! Once the landscaping is done, our house will finally be finished. Well, except for the interior trim, of course, but that never gets done, right? : )

(as seen from our road)


Before (as seen from our west driveway)

During (the final phase of building)

After (our much-enjoyed, west-facing, sunset-viewing, storm-watching covered porch)