Friday, June 20

Jack, Jack the Fisherman...

So I was sitting at the computer last night, reading blogs probably, and noticed that Jack was very quiet. Hmm. Turning around I see why. The young chap is trying his hand at fishing... in the fish bowl!!! I'm not sure if he thought that by throwing in the entire ball of string he would be able to scoop the fish out, or whether he thought they might swim into it, but he kept stuffing the ball into the bowl and whizzing it back out again. He would peer at it, shake his head, "nope" and stuff it in again!! :D I thought it was hilarious! :D

Here he is, patiently waiting for a bite!
Finally he figured that the ball method wasn't working, so perhaps just LOTS of strings might tempt them!!!
Sadly for Jack, the fish weren't biting. Maybe next time?! :D

Morning walks...

Oh I love to walk in the morning !!

I went for a run this morning, did my aerobics ( Buns of Steel today! ) and then we went out for a walk in the fresh air.

Lately Jessie has taken to bringing one of the rats along... today was Violet's turn. Jack brought a little plastic fishing pole... I brought the dog and the wagon! ;D

The wagon is an old metal one that serves it's purpose just fine, but MAN it's noisy! :D

Anyway, here are some pics from this morning's excursion! :D

Jessie wearing a too small hat of Jack's and holding Violet the shoulder rat!

Jack intently walking the dog!

This is Brecon, enjoying her walk! :D We use a halti collar on her which is not like a muzzle at all, although it looks a bit like one. I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who has a dog who pulls when she walks! Brecon is a really good old dog, but she could pull your arms out if you had her in the wrong collar!!
Anyway, I hope you like the pics! We are going out to meet some homeschool friends in the park this morning... I've got the homemade tortilla dough ready to go ... going to make some yummy picnic nosh! Remind me later... I have some photos and a video of Jackster, fishing in the fish bowl!!!

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, June 19

For the entrepreneurial kiddo in all of us!

The other day I found a book at the library called "Beyond the Lemonade Stand" which, due to unfortunate library sticker placement, I somehow read as "Be Your Own Lemonade Stand" LOL!!! It's by some guy......( Rancic?!? ) and it's written for children and explains how they can easily start their own little business (ad)ventures!!! It's very inspiring and Jessie is all excited and plans to sell ice cream to the neighbors... ! We'll see how that works! Anyway, I wanted to pass the title along as some of you might have kids who would get a kick out of having their own business! ;D

Don't forget to give me a little kickback, 'k? :D

Wednesday, June 18

Anyone know what THIS is?!?

Freaky Fungi! ;D

This odd fungus keeps growing in my flower bed. It has a red top and attracts flies, but it doesn't smell ( at least I haven't stuck my face in it so it doesn't smell from a distance!) They appear, stay for a few days and then wither away. I DON'T like them! What are they?!!

Seen an Odd Scene....

Saw this out of the bedroom window this morning...

it was pretty chilly overnight and warmed up fast.... It's just not often I get to call out that I think the cottonwood is on fire! ;D Jessie was smart enough to point out that it must be steam and that this meant it was cold last night and the tree is giving off heat ! ; D Yeahy! Homeschooling might work after all! ;D

A few of my favorite things!

I had an Oprah moment this morning! I was admiring my new kettle that Hubby bought for us for our Anniversary...! I know, how practical, but it really was just what we both wanted! ;D It's LOVELY!

After gazing at the kettle I went upstairs to our bedroom to sort laundry and noticed the light filtering through the blinds and curtains. I LOVE when the light does that... it's so.... hmm.. I don't know, tropical looking maybe? I went for the camera and captured it for eternity! ;D

Since I had the light, I ought to get the kettle.... oh and I really love the blue sky.... and my roses... and the swimming pool.... and ... and.......
And here's the post! ;D

THE KETTLE! In all it's shiny glory! ;D Yes, I DO dry it off after each use to keep it clean! ( we'll see how long that lasts! :D )

The light through our bedroom window... it's magical to me....

A clear blue sky on a summer morning.....

One of my favorite rose bushes....

And another one... I love the colors in this one....

I have always been drawn to water, especially clear, blue water on a hot summer's day! This pool calls to me ( only I know how cold it is, so I've ignored it's siren song so far! )

If you'd have spoken with me lately when I was outside, you wouldn't believe I really like this, but our Cottonwood trees are shedding copious amounts of seed at the moment, so much so it's like a snow storm. I was sitting outdoors talking on the phone and was having to stop talking to pull cottonwood out of my mouth! It got a little ridiculous! :D

I LOVE my big screen computer monitor! My hubby bought it for me a while back but I still LOVE it!!

* sigh * ..... my Big Red Machines.....!! I LOVE my big red machines. They are WONDERFUL! They make doing laundry a pleasure. I love the brrrring sound they make when you turn them on. I love that they are almost silent when they run and I LOVE the handy dandy little gadget that Rexy bought to go with them.. it's a sort of monitor for the machines that sits in the living room and tells me how many more minutes each machine has to run. When the cycle is completed the little monitor quietly says "bing bong, bing bong, bing bong" and I know the laundry is clean and ready to go in the dryer or is ready to be folded...!! Ah... I feel like Snow White! ;D I've had these machines a year now and I STILL love to use them. I still pet them when I walk by and I still have a little happy sigh when I first turn them on in the morning!

I know... you've probably lost all respect for me now..! ;D

Sunday, June 15

Happy Father's Day

Being a Father has got to be a pretty thankless job sometimes. The Father in our house gets to go out to work every day, comes home to a crazy, noisy, messy house where there is often no dinner to speak of. It's crazy, messy and noisy until the kids go to bed when we are all too tired to even THINK of picking up.... then the whole thing starts again in the morning!!

My hubby is wonderful with the children. He is so patient and kind. He's very thoughtful and considerate towards them and knows how to treat them to things without spoiling them senseless. He is wise and tolerant and playful.

My Dad is also a great Dad too. When I was little he was always lots of fun. He always made me laugh and we have always been able to enjoy each other's company without effort. We share common interests and enjoy walking, being outdoors, reading interesting books, and, oddly perhaps, stationery stores!! Pens and paper hold a fascination for both of us!! ;D My husband always knows when I am on the phone with Dad as I am usually laughing! I have nothing but fond memories of my childhood with my Dad and when I look back at pictures from our more recent visits, it is with great happiness. Love you, Dad.

Here's a little photo montage of the great Dads in my life!!

A Great Dad knows when to be goofy !.....

Knows when a gentle word works wonders.......
Looks to the future.............
Is firm..... but soft hearted........
Knows how to make a girl feel special........
And knows how to make her laugh.......
A good father is a great Grandfather...... he knows how to play with the kids.......

He's always there for you..... even when sometimes "there" is very far away.

He knows how to make everyone happy...........

To my Hubby and my Dad and all the other really great Dads out there... this is your day.
Enjoy it! ;D