Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy 2013!!

Here's to a wonderful and bright new year!!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Windy City Christmas Get-A-Way

Colin and I visited Chicago this weekend. We left early Saturday morning and came home today. We have been doing this same trip for a few years now and each time we have so much fun.

Here are some pictures to highlight our time in the Windy City.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Enjoying the Season

Before the hustle and bustle begins, I'm trying hard to slow down and enjoy this beautiful season. I love listening to Christmas music.  I love the normal Bing, Frank but I really love listening to our local Christian Radio Station.  They are playing all Christmas music between now and Christmas Day.  You can listen to them on the Web here if you like!

Still playing with my camera every chance I get.  Since I not only have Project Life to keep me busy, I am again creating a small December Daily album.  In my left side bar I have a link to Ali Edwards blog that will tell you everything you need to know about December Daily.

All things furry in my home are daily targets for picture taking.  I put poor dog-dog up to camera time the other night with a string of Christmas lights. Once he had his fill and left the scene, Calleigh invited herself for some picture taking so I snapped a few with her as well.  Such fun!

Skippy (Elf on Shelf) returned to our home December 1st. He has already been busy making himself at home.  This morning we found him roasting marshmellows with his fellow friends.  Too bad the fireplace was fake.  :)

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A little bit of Thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled into one

So it appears as though I'm on the One-Post-A-Month-Plan with my blog.  Life is just too busy sometimes for computer time.  Well, except for Pinterest time.  I may skip doing a load of laundry before it interferes with Pinterest.  :)

Thought I would share some Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I didn't take many photos for Thanksgiving, but here is one funny one. Dad carving the turkey and Rome keeping a closeful eye.  He knew there was something yummy on that counter.

Yesterday Colin and I decided to get our Christmas tree. It's about 1 weekend early for us but I've been in the Christmas mood for about 30 days so I didn't want to wait another week. We went to the same tree farm we did last year because I love their selection. But instead of an IL tree we ended up with a MI. :) My Sissy's state grows cute trees.

Colin trying to stay warm by hugging a tree.

We always take pictures of ourselves.

Colin was determined to put that tree on top of our car this year. Last year we crammed it in the back but he said it must go on top! He was in charge of strapping it down and he did a fantastic job. See the determination on his face?  I love my buddy.

We took the slow, scenic route on our way home in hopes of spotting some wildlife. We did see a deer and a fox. Along the country road we spotted this cool barn so Colin jumped out so I could take his picture.  I had some fun editing it with PhotoScape.

When we got home we cranked up the Christmas music and decorated the tree.  I LOVE the smell of fresh pine in our home. The animals were super excited too. Romeo sat with us and chewed on a bone, the cats ran back and fourth under the tree and climbed in every box left open.

Once the tree was decorated everyone calmed down for a rest. I have been pinning different Photography tips on Pinterest all year that I couldn't wait to try. It took me about 100 attempts but I finally figured out the correct settings and Tiger was my model.

See the teddy bear lights?  Bokeh is the fancy name for it. Means blurred in Japanese. Here is a great tutorial on how to accomplish it.

I hope all of you had a blessed Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the Christmas season. I know I am!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Must Watch

My Sissy showed me this video last weekend while visiting them in MI.  It's a must see for all of you.

May you have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I love weekends

I had a great weekend.  It was full of happy memories, lots of love, and some fun new stuff for my bedroom.  The fun started Friday night when my Sissy and family came home from Michigan  They came home because we had a special wedding to attend this weekend.  The bride was the young lady that used to babysit Colin for most of his life.  She and her family are very dear to Colin and I so it was an extra special wedding to attend.  She was marrying her high school sweetheart.

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The wedding was so beautiful.  It was outdoors at their farm home and was so simple yet so unbelievably beautiful.

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Here is a picture of Colin with the brides two sisters.  Colin loves them just as much as the bride because all 3 have babysit him over the last 13 years and constantly love on him.  Can you see the joy and love in his face too?

After my Sissy left for home it was time to do some home chores.  A month or so ago Colin was asking me questions about our laundry mat.  I said to him "everyone deserves to do laundry one time in their life at the Ole' Laundry Mat".  I should have never said that.  Thursday night while doing laundry my washing machine appeared to be leaking water.  Not a good sign.  Since we were so busy this weekend Dad couldn't get over to look at my washer but I needed to do laundry so we went to our local laundry mat. (He has since looked at my machine and it is ok) The laundry mat was interesting.

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It's expensive to do laundry at this joint!! So happy this isn't an every week event.  Luckily I only had to wash my clothes, I could take them home to dry, so in the end we were only there about 40 minutes.  Colin got his laundry mat experience and hopes he never has to go back again.

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I did wish I could take these colorful chairs home with me.  :)

The other fun piece of this weekend was the installation of my new headboard. Colin and I are in the middle of remodeling our bedrooms.  More of that to come later.  My room is slowing coming together and I love it.  I found some inspiration on Pinterest and found THIS idea for a headboard and fell in love with the look.  So I decided to borrow her idea and do the same to my new bedroom.

A few weeks ago I found this cute 5 panel door at an Antique store for $20.00 and bought it.  I painted it, Dad added some trim so I could have a little shelf and today we hung it up.

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I only have a double bed and knew it would be bigger than my bed, but I didn't want to cut the door down so it does hang over a bit, but I don't mind.  I love my sweet little bedroom.  Now it's time to get busy on Colin's!  He's got some fun things coming.

Hope you had a great weekend!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Corn Dog

Romeo + Corn = Corn Dog

How's that for some Saturday humor?!  I know, pretty lame.  But our corn dog did visit the beauty shop today and got him self beautified.  On our way home we took the country so Romeo could stick his head out the window.  I wanted a picture of the corn before it was all harvested so I made the two of them get out and pose next to a corn field.

This is what you get drug into when your Mama scrapbooks.  But I love the picture and such a true reflection of our life in the Midwest.

Monday, September 10, 2012


Man it's tough being a kid in the life of a cereal isle at Wal-mart.


Friday, September 7, 2012


Why does life have to be so busy?  I can't even say it's because we do a lot of things because we don't.  We are a family that loves to stay home and just be a family, but it still seems like the days slip away.  Maybe that is how life goes.

If it must slip away, I will still try to snap a picture here and there to document as much of it as I can.  I always have a furry friend that looks cute and requires to have his/her picture taken. Like this one of Romeo this morning sitting on the patio enjoying the morning breeze.

Or these two sitting on top of the frig waiting to be fed.  I do feed them on top of the frig so Romeo (piggy) doesn't eat their food.  I figure what better place to eat than on top of the frig?

Each evening I have my normal routine right before bed.  I pull my covers down, fluff my pillows, turn our the lights except for my bed side lamp and then go brush my teeth.  The other night when I came back to get in bed I found a ceratin dog-dog decided to turn my comforter into his bed. Used the pillows and all!  Smart dog.

Romeo and I on our nightly walks.

And since every picture so far has been of my furry children, I figured I better end with my not-so-furry child.....Colin.  Here is is on his 1st day of school.  The big 8th grader.

Hope you are slowing down this weekend to enjoy some family time.  I know I'm ready for it.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Visiting my Sister

A few weekends ago now we headed North to see my Sister and family in Michigan.  It was our last trip before Summer break was over and back to school.  As always we had lots of fun and did lots of fun things.  We squeezed in a trip to the beach too even though the water was freezing cold!

Romeo came with us to see his Aunt Shann.  My Sister's kitty, Simon, is not very happy when Romeo comes to visit.  Simon is scared of our big hairy doggie, even though Romeo could care less about him.  But for some reason, this visit, Simon decided he didn't want to hide upstairs the whole time, he came downstairs and was part of the family fun.  He did however sit as high as he could so he could keep a close eye on dog-dog.

Romeo loves to look outside Aunt Shann's patio door.  I think the kids were in the backyard playing so he was keeping a close eye on them.

He also liked to keep a close eye on Aunt Shann while she was cooking.  He is a very good beggar.

But after a while you get tired of begging, so you must lay down and beg.

And finally you succumb to sleepy time and just take a nap.

We headed to our favorite beach, South Haven, to do a little shopping and beach viewing.  By the time we finished shopping the sun was behind the clouds so it was pretty cool at the beach.  But the water was super cold.....52 degrees to be exact.  This is Colin's reaction to sticking his toes in the frigid waters.

Colin and Cousin Taylor

That's about it for this trip to MI.  Seems like this trip I visited more than took pictures.  But that's what family is all about.  Spending precious time together.

Miss you Sissy already!!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Summer's Bounty

Isn't this the sweetest basket of goodness?

Friday, August 10, 2012

County Fair

Fairs are one of those love em' or leave em' kinda things. Not sure I love them, but enjoy it enough I could go every 5 years or so.

Last Sunday was every 5 years. There is just something about a corn dog and black walnut taffy with a hint of lemonade shake-up in the air that draws you in.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Six weekend

Yesterday Collin and I headed to Chicago to visit Six Flags, Great America.  It was a 6 hour round trip drive so we knew it wouldn't be an all day event, but we still had lots of fun and got LOTS of thrills.

Ever since visiting Disney a few years ago Colin gained a love of roller coasters.  Even though Disney doesn't have a lot of them, he knew he liked them.  Six Flags said they had 13 coasters so we were excited about going.  I may be 41 yrs old, but I still love the thrill of something super fast (but I forgot how much they can rattle your brain).  :)

This was the first coaster we rode.  It was pretty short and had a small track.  It blasted you out of the gate and you went super fast up this piece of track, twirled a bit and then flew down backwards to the other side of the track and did the same thing.  But when you went backwards, you ended up belly side down on the other end of the track looking straight down at the ground, until it took off down and shot you up the other side of the track.  It did that back and fourth 3 times.

This thing was by far the ride that gave us the most thrill of the day.  And honestly, it was a bit scary.  I didn't really like being belly side down, feet dangling, looking down at the ground at this little pond. I told Colin later "wonder if they put that water there in case someone fell".

Let's not think about that.

These are the seats you were harnessed into.  Let's say the Lord heard from me many times yesterday in short little prayers.

From there we headed to the American Eagle.  Anyone from the Midwest knows about the Screamin' Eagle, the same wooden roller coaster at Six Flags in St. Louis.  I've ridden that one a hundred times in my life.  The American Eagle was the same thing, a super fast wooden coaster. 

 Colin had never ridden a wooden coaster and by the end of the ride he loved it. I love the "click, click, click" as you are climbing that huge hill. I love how rough they are (hence the rattling of the brain) and how they jerk you around. Both of us did a whole lot of screaming.

This was the Demon.  It was one that went upside down many times, had some cork screws and just went super fast.  Another super fun one.

I told Colin we had to ride some other "slower things" to give our brain's a rest.  Plus the lines to the coasters were super long so we were burning up our entire day standing in line waiting.  One of my best memories of this park with my Mom, Dad and Sister is this double decker carousal.  I remember walking into this park when Mom and Dad would bring us, see this carousal set behind the little wading pond and remember the feeling of excitement as a little girl.


We rode the horses on the top level.  Even this Mama climbed on a horse.  About couldn't get off of it, but I got on it.


After that I wanted to ride the log flume because that was another fun ride for me as a kid.  Unfortunately I thought we were standing in like for the log flume but instead it was for these little boat things.  They look harmless....right?


Once the line curled around enough to see the end of the ride you saw the huge drops these boats did.  I saw the HUGE splash these boats went through.  I saw the DRENCHED people exiting the ride.  It was too late to go back now.

Well, needless to say, I got drenched.  More than Colin.  The biggest wave landed right on top of my face.  My hair was soaking wet.  In fact Colin said "Mom, you look like you just got out of the shower".  Great....just how I want to look for the rest of the day.  You can't really tell it from this picture because my hairspray kept my hair in the same spot as it was before.  It was just dripping with water.

Oh well....we keep moving.  Wet hair, wet underwear or not.

Another non-coaster ride.  Didn't really care for this, it spun too fast in a circle.  Same reason I cannot handle the girly Teacup ride at Disney.  Makes me sick every time.

After spending most of the day on rides and waiting in lines Colin wanted to try his hand at some games.  He REALLY wanted to win that Despicablel Me stuffed animal you see in the above picture.  When I saw what he had to do to win it, I knew it was probably next to impossible.  I just feel all of these games are rigged so your chance of winning is very, very slim. 

As I expected...he didn't win.

But really, that guy was so big he would have taken up our whole back seat so it's a good thing.  Don't tell him I said that.

So then he went to a game he felt more comfortable at...shooting hoops.  And to our excitement, he made his first shot.

And won this cute guy.  More up my speed in size.

Our day was coming to an end, our feet were killing us but we wanted to ride one more ride so we picked this one. Another spinney thing but it didn't go fast, it just went up high.  Which I'm good with heights so I said lets go. 

Cute picture of us sitting in the basket thing together.  See my now dried but crunchy hair?


When we stepped off the ride we could smell funnel cakes.  Colin has never had one so I spent the $9.00 for us to share one.  He is hooked, he loved it.  Even if it left you covered in powdered sugar, it was worth the experience.

Our final picture of the day.  Colin and his new friend standing in front of that Carousal before we took our tired bodies, sore feet, crunchy hair and left for home.