Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Dogs and Horses and Snow

This sweet girl, Katelin, and her parents, Brian and Rellie, came and visited us last week a few days before Christmas.  One of Glenn's many great nieces.

She's a delightful little 2 year old who was especially enamoured with our lovely menagerie of pets.  She was constantly worried about where dog, Zoey, was located.  Zoey was a very good sport about it.

She loved playing with a plastic horse and a stick horse, so I tromped through the snow to get out the real deal.  She wasn't all that excited about the horse, because she was loving playing in the snow.  Crazy girl.  And yes, she has bare legs.  She had on a skirt and rubber boots for the few minutes she was outside and didn't mind at all.  REALLY crazy girl!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Poxleitner Crazies

Another fun Poxleitner Christmas party last weekend.

We had about 26 guests who enjoyed homemade chicken noodle soup....

...small children having fun...

...adults coloring....

...a little bit of chaos.....

...a fun game (working together to stack cups with 
strings tied to a rubberband)...

...and even a family photo!

A general fun, crazy time was had by most.  I married into quite the family.  And I love them all.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 19, 2015


This sweet girl made us into a family of four 15 short years ago.

After only FOUR weeks of bed rest, she finally came into the world with the sweetest, most laid back personality.  That didn't last very long.... :)

Little Nicole was only 19 months old when Ellea was born.  She was just a baby herself, but she's always been an easygoing soul, so she just rolled with it.  They've grown up to be the closest of friends (usually), which I love.

Dear Ellea,
I thank God that he blessed our family with your fun, spunky, loving personality.  Thank you for all you do to keep us laughing (and cleaning!).  I love your big, soft heart and beautiful smile.  I hope the coming year is full to the brim with many blessings and much joy.

I love you!!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Music and Sewing

It was Christmas concert time around here this week.  Morgan has taken up the trumpet for 5th grade band.

He's doing really well, but seems undecided whether he loves band or not.  As a former band nerd myself, it makes me happy that our school requires all students to learn some sort of instrument in 5th and 6th grade.  That way kids get a taste of band and can decide to stick with it or move on.  We'll see in a couple years if he sticks with it or moves on.

Nicole was not in band last year for the first time in 6 years.  She went back to it this year and is loving it.  Most of the songs played by the band this year at the junior/senior high concert were played by the combo jr/sr high band and they did very well for such a young band.

The high schoolers also presented one song together.  For a small group they sounded great.

The quilts in the background were put up as decoration for the concert.  Sadly, although Ellea is in sewing this year and had a beautiful pieced quilt on display, I didn't think to get a picture of it.

So, while I failed to document this beautiful quilt's display, I can still document it's craftsmanship. This girl is an excellent seamstress because of her incredible attention to detail.  She was tasked with choosing a pattern and material from the school's supply of miscellaneous fabric to create a scrap quilt (we purchased the border fabrics).  She whipped this puppy out in no time.  

So, there you have it.  Between band and sewing, we have our creative juices flowing.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Yucky Drinks & Expensive Naps

Because my dad had colon cancer in his 40's (which they caught and treated, thankfully), I am the lucky recipient of regular colonoscopies at a younger age than most.  My first colonoscopy was about 6 years ago.  I have been procrastinating scheduling another, but I finally had it yesterday.

The worst part?  Not the stuff they make you drink (although it does taste pretty awful).  Not all the time in the loo (although that gets a little might want to take a book along - you'll be in there awhile).  And not the procedure itself (thanks to some fabulous drugs it's really just an expensive nap).

No, the worst part is the requirement to fast on a clear liquid diet the day before.  I like food.  A lot.  It took all my willpower not to just wander into the kitchen on Sunday and quench those hunger pains.  It sure makes you appreciate all our abundance.  We are very fortunate.

They did remove a couple polyps, which is not unusual.  Haven't heard if those polyps were precancerous, but if so, I'm grateful they're gone.  It's not fun, but I'm happy to comply if it means keeping myself healthy.  If you're over 50 and haven't had a colonoscopy or are due for another, or if you have a family history of colon cancer, do me a favor and talk to your doctor about it.  It's important.

I'm going to go eat something now.  I'm hungry.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Three Christmas Trees

We finally went out and got a Christmas tree this weekend.

We killed two birds with one stone, so to speak, because Glenn thought this particular tree looked like it was rotten inside, so wanted it gone anyway.  I love it when his forester tendencies and our desire for a nice tree come together!

We offered to help him carry the tree, but he was determined to do it himself.  Morgan talked us into getting a little tree for his room, too.  And then Ellea got in on the tree action, so we have three trees in our house.  That's a first!

Hauling our tree home.  

Morgan sledded his tree home.  Not many people can say they've sledded with a Christmas tree.  Not many trees can say they've gone sledding.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Glenn's New Wheels

The sawmill has been short enough help to manage all the logs that are getting delivered lately.  Glenn has volunteered to help out by operating heavy equipment which isn't part of his normal job responsibilities.

The kids and I stopped by one day last weekend to bring him lunch and check out his new wheels.

And we were duly impressed.  The wheels are about as tall as Morgan.  Glenn was tired at the end of the day, but I think he had fun.

What little boy doesn't love operating a life-sized Tonka truck?  All those years playing in the dirt piles outside have payed off.