Friday, June 25, 2010

Getting Settled

We have been in our new home for 2 weeks and are getting settled. By no means are we done yet, but we are getting there. I have been asked (by quite a few of you) for pics of the place now that we are moved in.  For some reason, the pics went in opposite order, but you get the picture (literally).

Guest bedroom/gym.  Nice view from the window too.

Boys bedroom. 

Boys bedroom.  They LOVE their room!

Upstairs hallway. 

Kitchen.  I love that I can display my china set.

Kitchen island.  I love that everything is within easy reach.

Downstairs Bath. 

Living Room. 

Laundry room window with stained glass.  I can see this window from the living room, and it's so pretty.

Living Room, front wall.  Simple, but homey.

This little nook is under the stairs, next to the Dining room.  I put the appliances that I don't use very often in there.

I hung a chalkboard in the cubby in the Dining room.  I envisioned writing the menu on it.  The boys love using to to write their names. 

Dining Room.  That door overlooks a meadow and I get to watch the birds every meal.

Whirlpool tub in Master Bath.  Very relaxing.

The Master Bedroom. 
Master Bathroom.  I love that I put all my cotton balls and stuff in glass jars.  So cute.

Babies Galore!

This post is mostly for my mom who would like to see pics of brand new babies.

First, cousin Faith's newest arrival.  Mom, click on these words and they will direct you to Faith's blog and you can see pics of Caanan. 

Second, click on these words to see Baby Rylee. 

Love you mom!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

New House

We are moving tomorrow into my dream home.  I have always, always, always wanted to live in a 2-story house (yes, I might change my tune after 1,000 trips up and down the stairs).  It is just the cutest thing I have ever seen.  Here are some pics for your viewing pleasure.

See the red door?  I have also always wanted a red door.  The front deck faces west and gets the sunsets.  We plan on putting the deck chairs out there.

The south side yard has a swingset with a sandbox underneath.  The deck here faces south and gets lots of sunshine. 

This is the south deck looking toward the garage.  There are doors leading to this deck from the Living Room and the Master Bedroom. 

View once you step inside the house.  Notice the south wall is flanked all with windows.  Lots of natural light and warmth.

Other view of the Living Room.  Notice the cute wood burning stove.  Nice. 

The open Kitchen.  I love the gas stove.  Can't wait to start baking.

The Laundry room.  No more laundry hallway for me.  I will probably spend a LOT of time in here.  Heck, who wouldn't?!

Downstairs Bathroom. 

Master Bedroom.  This slider leads to the south deck. 

Master Bathroom.  Jetted tub.  Tiled shower.  Double sinks.  Lots of natural light.

Boys Bedroom.  I LOVE the sloped ceilings.  And it has a HUGE closet. 

The hallway. All the natural light from the skylights makes it a perfect place to read while the boys play in their room.

The Boys' Bathroom.  Don't let this pic fool you.  This room is BIG!  And it has a skylight.

The other bedroom upstairs.  This room also has a HUGE closet. 

Oops.  I forgot to show a pic of the Dining Room.  This door leads out to the North yard. 

So, when are you coming to visit?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

What is Your Favorite Smell?

What is your favorite smell?  Is it fresh baked bread or apple pie?  Is it a perfume or cologne?  Is it a flower? 

Mine is the smell of adventure.  What does adventure smell like, you ask?  Adventure smells like sunlight on pine needles.  Sunlight on dirt.  A little pee-pee and some mud...... Let me explain.

By now, you know that I love to have adventures with my boys.  I was off work this week, getting things ready for the yard sale and the move.  I didn't get to spend much time with the boys and I will be going back to work tomorrow for a month.  So, I decided to take them on a hike. 

They have done walks before, but never a hike.  I packed a picnic lunch, water, and sunscreen.  Oh, and of course, my trusty camera.  Today was the hottest day of the year, so I was thinking that Ice Cave Trail would be a good one. 

We started our hike, uneventfully.  The boys paused to climb on a rock in a meadow and Joshua picked flowers for me.  Such a sweetie.

Jack got real good at reading the trail markers. 

All of a sudden, we rounded a corner, and came out at Scott Reservoir.  The boys went running to the lake! 

It was hot.  Our average high at this time of year is 82.  Our record high for this day was 92.  Today's recorded high was 97!  That's 15 degrees above average and 5 degrees above the record!  Josh stayed on the shore, but Jack went in up to his armpits.  This from the boy who used to sit on the edge of a pool for HOURS with only a toe in the water. 

After our "swim" in the lake, we were on the move again.  We just kept going and going.  Up and up we went.  I just didn't understand.  The trialhead marker said 2 miles to the Ice Cave Trail.  I know my distances pretty well and felt that we passed 2 miles a long time ago.  Yet, I knew we were on the right trail, because of all the blue diamonds on the trees.  The boys were getting tired and hot and thunderclouds were starting to form.  We decided to take a break under this old, old, old grandpa juniper and then head back.  Good thing, the thunder was starting. 

When we came back to the lake, the clouds were most definitely moving in.  We normally get our monsoons in July, but we have already established that today's weather was not normal.  At first, we were counting the blue diamond trail markers.  At about this point, we started counting the thunder instead.  It was getting closer and rolled longer. 

We came to the stream to cross.  When we crossed it the first time, we crossed on the rocks.  But, we were dusty from the trail and wanted to wash off our legs.  We were hurrying across.  As you can see from this pic, the clouds are getting darker and closer.  If you have ever been caught in a monsoon in the White Mountains, you'll know why we were hurrying. 

The stream was really muddy, as the horses had just recently crossed it.  The streambed was all turned up.  It was perfect for sucking in shoes.  It sucked in my 2 shoes, but I didnt't pull my feet out until my hands were on the shoes.  Jack didn't know this trick.  He pulled his foot out and we had no idea where the shoe was.  Yes, he has only one shoe on in this pic.  He is pointing to where he thinks the shoe is.  Or was.  Or could be.  All the while, the thunder is getting louder and closer. 

So, what's a mom to do?  There was no way we could hike back with only one shoe.  It would be real uncomfortable to carry Jack back.  So, I jumped in the muddy stream and started searching with my hands.  I couldn't see a thing.  I decided to let the stream settle a little and then maybe it would clear up a little.  Nope.  I prayed that God would miracuously let me find the shoe.  Sure enough.  My hand went right to it this time.  I was so excited.  I wanted to shout for joy.  I was sure the boys would think me a hero.  I look over and see this......

The joys of having boys.

Here's a pic of the shoe, if you care.  They obviously didn't.

We finished the hike before any rain fell.  We paused just long enough to take a picture of ourselves. 

What a crew!  I was too tired at this point to set the timer again and take a good shot.  I spent some more time looking at the trail marker.  Oh, 2 miles to the trailhead!  We hiked 5 miles round trip, overall!  Ahhh, the smell of pine needles, dirt, pee-pee, and mud.

so, what's your favorite smell?

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