Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I sat on the ground and tried to direct her where to stand and how high to reach. It's not easy taking a picture of someone when it's pitch dark outside.
We only took one picture and look how good she did! The moon has never felt so safe and supported!!
Monday, July 30, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
It was incredibly intense. It was incredibly LOUD! It was especially alarming when the hail starting cracking the windshield. Poor Nicole in the passenger seat was really squirming. I told it was fine, because they design windshields not to shatter. When we got home, she noticed there were little pieces of glass on the dashboard.
Ellea counted 27 points of impact on the windshield and 43 (or more) on the hood and roof. Turns out there are dents in almost every body panel.
But, no biggie, because we have insurance, right?
Right? . . . .
Um, no. I'm sorry, you forgot to pay your premium and your insurance EXPIRED two days before the hail storm. . . . That was a major heart breaker. Glenn and I both felt terrible for not paying the bill. What if we'd been in an accident?
No big surprise, Progressive denied our claim. Who could blame them?
Big surprise, my husband with his magical powers of persuasion, got on the phone and convinced some guy in Boise that because we'd been with Progressive for 12 years that they should pay for the damage.
God is good!
Moral of the story? Stay home during hail storms, and pay your bills on time!
Friday, July 27, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Then it was on to Grandma's house for some present opening--every little boy's favorite part of birthdays!
You may notice the little boy in the picture seems to have a black face. To go along with his new found fascination in all things Star Wars, Morgan asked to have his face painted to look like Darth.
As in Darth Vader. One of the young men doing the face painting was all too happy to oblige. I think this Star Wars obsession may be a boy thing.
We happen to have a new priest. I can just imagine what he'd think if we showed up with little Darth Vader in tow.
Then again, the new priest said he likes science fiction. And he is a boy. He'd probably get it better than this silly mom does!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I found some simple instructions and away we went.
Not too pretty, I know. I'm no Martha Stewart!
Thankfully, I have my trusty assistant.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Nicole was cleaning her saddle and bridle for her horse show, and the kids and I were inspired to clean our cowboy boots.
We have quite a collection. Morgan even got his daddy's boots out and polished them.
Glenn's workboots were especially in need of some help. Morgan insisted I take a picture, so we went with "before" and "after!"
Monday, July 23, 2012
They decided it would be fun to sit on the forks of Glenn's tractor. Glenn humored them and lifted the forks off the ground. How far off the ground, you ask?
Saturday, July 21, 2012
I cannot believe you are eight years old already! Where has the time gone? I remember when you were so little. Now you can barely sit in my lap.....you squash me!! But I still love holding you. When we were camping in May, you fell asleep in my lap at the campfire. I didn't want Glenn to take you and put you in bed because I knew that very soon, I'd never had a child of mine sleeping in my arms.
You're such a sweet, happy little boy. We still frequently have this conversation:
It melts my heart every time. Don't stop being the same kind, loving boy that you are. Daddy and I love you so much. God bless you now and always.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Blue ribbon in halter.
Blue ribbon also in the "Western Equitation" riding class. She did so well that she got called back into the ring for the grand champion round of Western Equitation for her age group (12-15 year olds). She was super excited. So was her mama!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Brave is an exciting, fun movie. There were a couple of "scary" scenes, but Morgan got through them. The girls weren't too excited to hear they missed out on a movie night. I guess we were supposed to sit at home doing nothing while they were out playing with their cousins!
Monday, July 16, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
I was so proud of us. When we were in our 20's, we could dance all night. As the years have progressed, we have had less stamina. We dance one song and wait an hour before we dance again! That night, I lost track of how many songs we danced to.
It was like we were young(er) again.
Except, that we do sometimes wait until a song is half over, so we don't get so tired!
Friday, July 13, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
When I was a kid, my brother had a 3-wheeler ATV. I had a horse. He did have a good argument that the ATV ate less hay, but they're not as much fun to pet either! And they don't smell as lovely. I know you non-horse lovers won't understand, but those of us who are fond of horses, love that sweet horsie scent. Can I get an Amen?!!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
We're doing okay with my resolution to have at least one date a month. We may have skipped the month of May. We waited until the last day of June, but it was a good one.
Country singer, Aaron Tippin, came to Grangeville for an outdoor concert at the rodeo grounds. Grangeville has a big 4th of July celebration every year with rodeos and parades. Last year they built a stage at the rodeo grounds and brought in Mark Chestnut and Mark Wills. It's so fun and the price is right. There aren't many country concerts you can go to for only $20.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
That's me on the right.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Nicole's horse is very old (23 years), and very skinny right now, but he sure is a champ! He is such a good horse.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
(Sorry for the blurry bacon, I had to hurry and snap a photo. For some reason my family thought people were looking at me funny for taking a picture of Glenn's pile-o-food.)