Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Kristen's Two!

Her birthday was on Saint Patrick's Day, but I just realized I never posted these pictures here! Looks like I've got about twenty minutes left in March, though, so it's all good. :)

She really did have a great birthday...a Polly Pocket ice cream sandwich cake, some new LEGO duplos, a beautiful new whacky ball game to replace the broken one she loved so much, her own magnetic drawing pad...and a classic monchhichi doll. What more could a little girl want? ;)

Monday, March 22, 2010

My little rockhounds

I am such a bad blogger. I just found all these wonderful photos in a drafts file I started last week. I don't remember now why I never published them! Anyway, I have to just preface this post by saying that my darling husband is a serious rockhound. We used to love going out collecting together before we were married (and even after, before we had kids) but he just doesn't take the time as often now to go out into the desert like he used to. He still loves his mineral collection though, and is always on the lookout to buy or trade with other enthusiasts that he knows here in town, and he is really hoping that our children will share his passion for rocks and minerals! So, he was more than happy to take them out rock collecting in the desert one day during "R" week, and, for the first time ever, we ALL went to the annual "Rockhound Roundup", a gem and mineral show hosted by the Deming Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. That was so much fun! The big kids were especially thrilled with all the free goodies being handed out by so many of the participants. :)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Saturday Stream of Consciousness

My mom and I both had our hair done on the Saturday before she left. I was going to cut mine really short, but decided to just get the ends trimmed instead. (Which they realllly needed!) Also, for the first time in years, I added some highlights and lowlights. (Note to my SIL: I kept the curls, but have noticed that they're not so tight and straighten much easier now that they've been color treated. Isn't that weird?) Anyway, my little brother practically cried with joy when he saw me for the first time after, gushing "Oh my gosh, I finally have my young sister back again! Liss, you don't look like an old lady anymore!" Haha! I took that as a compliment. :)

Our weather has been gorgeous the past two days and we're totally taking advantage of it. Yesterday was Darren's Friday off and we spent a lot of time out in the backyard. I'm convinced that people in general (and housewives especially) would be much happier if we could all just live outside. Hello, we'd never need to clean! Dirt would be expected! And with all that glorious sun, who would ever need antidepressants? I know that my mood, at least, was greatly improved after spending the afternoon outdoors. I tucked Austin into a sling and he, too, enjoyed a nice bit of fresh air. I just have to share these two side-by-side photos. The first I scanned from my pre-digital days and is dated, as you can see, March 7, 2004...almost exactly six years ago! I just love my little Dylan and little Caitlyn; aren't they just too precious?! It makes me smile to see how young I looked back then! My hands felt so full with just those two little ones!

And, on the topic of slings, Austin has already outgrown the one I made for him just a few short weeks ago! Now, granted, I think it was a little small to begin with. And, I'm pretty sure it shrunk a little in the wash. (Note to self: next time, pre-wash fabric!!!) But, still, I'm a little sad! I told Darren I'll just consider that one a prototype. :) I'm already looking forward to making a new one, except dang it! I'm out of fabric and I've given up "fun" shopping for lent. And frustratingly, no matter how hard I try, I just can't seem to make fabric into an absolute neccessity. ;)

So, there is obviously so much more I could say right now but I've already been on here way too long. The thing about getting so far behind on blog posts is that it's so hard to catch back up! We've completed weeks R, S, and T on our Alphabet Path and Darren keeps asking when I'm going to post about a multitude of other fun things we've done. Oy, if only there were more hours in a day. ;)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Little Boy Blue

Wordless Wednesday