A good day

If this isn't the image of a boy who had a good day, I don't know what is.
Today we've played, worked in the garden, played, dug in the dirt ate BBQ'd cheeseburgers and had ice cream.  I think Connor has smudges of all of that on his body and clothes.
He was such a cheese while I took these pictures.  He kept saying, "Cheese…burger."  "Show me."  I'd show him the picture on my camera and he'd say, "Connor funny."  I loved it!
In other news, we had to return Kai to the Humane Society.  He started out doing ok with our family but as the days went on he became more and more agressive in responding to the kids "love."  But today was the final straw.  We had friends over and the little girl went to hug him goodbye.  Kai attacked her.  Growling, clawing, biting.  It was scary.
Thankfully, she was ok.  But I was done.  I will not have a dog in the house that cannot be around kids.  I was standing right there talking with my friend.  So, I talked with J and we returned him to the Humane Society.  While J was there he struck up a conversation (as he's known to do) with a man who was looking for a dog.  It's very likely that he took Kai home tonight.  I hope it works out for them.

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A good day

If this isn’t the image of a boy who had a good day, I don’t know what is.

Today we’ve played, worked in the garden, played, dug in the dirt ate BBQ’d cheeseburgers and had ice cream.  I think Connor has smudges of all of that on his body and clothes.

He was such a cheese while I took these pictures.  He kept saying, “Cheese…burger.”  “Show me.”  I’d show him the picture on my camera and he’d say, “Connor funny.”  I loved it!

In other news, we had to return Kai to the Humane Society.  He started out doing ok with our family but as the days went on he became more and more agressive in responding to the kids “love.”  But today was the final straw.  We had friends over and the little girl went to hug him goodbye.  Kai attacked her.  Growling, clawing, biting.  It was scary.

Thankfully, she was ok.  But I was done.  I will not have a dog in the house that cannot be around kids.  I was standing right there talking with my friend.  So, I talked with J and we returned him to the Humane Society.  While J was there he struck up a conversation (as he’s known to do) with a man who was looking for a dog.  It’s very likely that he took Kai home tonight.  I hope it works out for them.

Week in Review

All of my good intentions to blog flew out the window this past week.  But, we were busy.  A good, productive, happy kind of busy.  

Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to.

Last Saturday, J took Jack skiing for the first time.  They had a blast and the littles and I enjoyed a quiet day together.  I made the the Macaroons and Banana Bread from Molly’s book.  I had some work to do for the preschool (I’m the new board treasurer!) so I made a little snack to help power through the spreadsheets, checks and ledgers.  All I can say is, YUM!  In the past week I’ve made both again. 

We got our beds prepped and all of our cold tolerant veggies planted.  A whiskey barrel full of salad greens and one raised bed of spinach, carrots, onions, and peas.  All were seeds so we should start seeing some green soon.  75 strawberry plants arrived on Friday but we were dealing with snow and freezing temps so those will go in today. *J and the kids actually just returned with brocoli and cauliflower starts so those are going in now. 

We’ve been talking about getting a dog for a few weeks.  On Wednesday, Jsaw a few on the Humane Society’s web page.  While Jack was at school, I took Morgan and Connor to meet one of them.  He was so sweet.  I couldn’t resist…I put money down to hold him until J and Jack could meet him.  That evening they went and picked him up.  We’ve now added Kai, the Cairn terrier to our family.  It has really been such an easy transition.  Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten a good picture of him yet.  But, who knew that Bed Head makes dog shampoo?!

 

Friday and Saturday were rainy, snowy, cold and gray.  It was actually a really nice excuse to lay low and hang out.  Jack didn’t have school because of conferences and J ended up being home on Friday due to the roads being closed and base eventually closing.  After a few errands and Jack’s conference on Friday, we hunkered down and enjoyed the Seattle-like weather.  But, today the sun reappeared and it’s supposed to be near 80 this week.

This week, I’ve also been spending a lot of time thinking on how I’d like the summer to go (and taking with the kids).  There are some new things I’d like to implement and some plans I’d like to make.  We’re only about 4 weeks away so I need to get moving.  I don’t want it to be crazy busy but I also don’t want it to be so lax that nothing gets done.   

We’re off in a few minutes to meet our wonderful friends, Joel and Kerri.  They were in the area visiting family and we’re meeting them for dinner before they head back to San Antonio.  It’ll be so great to see them.  I simply cannot believe it’s been almost a year since we moved.

Week in Review

All of my good intentions to blog flew out the window this past week.  But, we were busy.  A good, productive, happy kind of busy.  
Here's a bit of what we've been up to.

Last Saturday, J took Jack skiing for the first time.  They had a blast and the littles and I enjoyed a quiet day together.  I made the the Macaroons and Banana Bread from Molly's book.  I had some work to do for the preschool (I'm the new board treasurer!) so I made a little snack to help power through the spreadsheets, checks and ledgers.  All I can say is, YUM!  In the past week I've made both again. 


We got our beds prepped and all of our cold tolerant veggies planted.  A whiskey barrel full of salad greens and one raised bed of spinach, carrots, onions, and peas.  All were seeds so we should start seeing some green soon.  75 strawberry plants arrived on Friday but we were dealing with snow and freezing temps so those will go in today. *J and the kids actually just returned with brocoli and cauliflower starts so those are going in now. 

We've been talking about getting a dog for a few weeks.  On Wednesday, Jsaw a few on the Humane Society's web page.  While Jack was at school, I took Morgan and Connor to meet one of them.  He was so sweet.  I couldn't resist…I put money down to hold him until J and Jack could meet him.  That evening they went and picked him up.  We've now added Kai, the Cairn terrier to our family.  It has really been such an easy transition.  Unfortunately, I haven't gotten a good picture of him yet.  But, who knew that Bed Head makes dog shampoo?!

 
Friday and Saturday were rainy, snowy, cold and gray.  It was actually a really nice excuse to lay low and hang out.  Jack didn't have school because of conferences and J ended up being home on Friday due to the roads being closed and base eventually closing.  After a few errands and Jack's conference on Friday, we hunkered down and enjoyed the Seattle-like weather.  But, today the sun reappeared and it's supposed to be near 80 this week.
This week, I've also been spending a lot of time thinking on how I'd like the summer to go (and taking with the kids).  There are some new things I'd like to implement and some plans I'd like to make.  We're only about 4 weeks away so I need to get moving.  I don't want it to be crazy busy but I also don't want it to be so lax that nothing gets done.   
We're off in a few minutes to meet our wonderful friends, Joel and Kerri.  They were in the area visiting family and we're meeting them for dinner before they head back to San Antonio.  It'll be so great to see them.  I simply cannot believe it's been almost a year since we moved.

Home, with hope.

My weekend away was wonderful.  Conrad’s birthday was celebrated to the greatest extent.  Not only that but there was lots of catching up with family and friends, meeting babies, eating great food and drinking yummy wine. 

I’m home, much more tired than I was when I left.  But it was great. 

Unfortunately, we had sad news greet us today.  One of J’s buddies from Mountain Home (early Air Force days) took his life yesterday.  So, he’s leaving on Wednesday to meet up with some friends and attend the memorial. 

He had a two year old (who, come to find out, is one day younger than Connor).  I just can’t imagine feeling that desperate and alone. 

I guess that’s where my faith comes in.  With faith comes hope.  In fact, of all weeks, this is the week (being Holy Week and all) that I’m remided of the hope most.  I often see the “Got Hope?”  bumper stickers around town.  As much as I’m a fan of President Obama, I do have hope but it’s not in him.

Home, with hope.


My weekend away was wonderful.  Conrad's birthday was celebrated to the greatest extent.  Not only that but there was lots of catching up with family and friends, meeting babies, eating great food and drinking yummy wine. 
I'm home, much more tired than I was when I left.  But it was great. 
Unfortunately, we had sad news greet us today.  One of J's buddies from Mountain Home (early Air Force days) took his life yesterday.  So, he's leaving on Wednesday to meet up with some friends and attend the memorial. 
He had a two year old (who, come to find out, is one day younger than Connor).  I just can't imagine feeling that desperate and alone. 
I guess that's where my faith comes in.  With faith comes hope.  In fact, of all weeks, this is the week (being Holy Week and all) that I'm remided of the hope most.  I often see the "Got Hope?"  bumper stickers around town.  As much as I'm a fan of President Obama, I do have hope but it's not in him.

Getting away.

Early tomorrow morning (ok, 8:00, or so), we’re loading up in the van and heading to the airport.  J and the kids will drop me off, I’ll board a plane and fly west.  Home.   

Our sweet nephew, Conrad, turns one on Friday and I just couldn’t miss his party.  And, it’s turning into quite the party.  As of last count, I think my sister and brother-in-law are expecting almost 40 people.  Most of whom are my family and close friends.  I’m so excited.  Sure, it’ll be a lot of work and a bit crazy but how great to be able to catch up with so many people during a quick weekend trip.

In addition to the party, one of my oldest friends is driving down from Seattle for the day.  I’m so excited to see her and meet her sweet babe.  There will also be some celebrating of my birthday and just hanging out.  It will be busy.  But it will be so fun.  Oh, and did I mention that I’m traveling alone?  If things go as it did last year when I made a similar trip, I’m not going to know what to do with hours alone.  I hope to enjoy that feeling.  Do some reading and resting.  Just be.

Oh, and if the weather cooperates, I’ll get to enjoy this view of Mt. Hood from my sister’s deck.