Friday, March 30, 2012

Snort, Sniff, Smell

I do the same thing each time I open the coffee bag.  Highly addicting....even for a 13 yr old.
(but he only likes the smell...can't stand the taste (yet))

Monday, March 26, 2012

New set of wheels

Colin's got a new set of wheels and he is in love.

Our old riding lawn mower died so he and Papa were on a mission to find a new one.  Our yard is plenty small enough that we don't need a riding lawn more, this is more of a dream for Colin than a necessity. On Saturday Colin and Papa found one so the red Huskee came home.  Colin would love to mow lawns as a small business.  We are taking it small, for now he mows neighbors and Nana/Papa's for free.  Papa is teaching him the In's and outs of moving and weed-whacking (is that a word?).

It's good for boy's to learn what it means to provide for their family.  Even something as little as tending to the yard.  And some acts of kindness with the neighbors is good for him too.  Watch our for this guy to be cruising the streets.  Next on his agenda is to buy a small wagon to pull the weed whacker and other small "manly" items.  :)  Cracks me up.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Romeo...a little chick(en)

It appears as though Romeo does not like our Easter decorations we got out last night.  Someone is a bit scared of an animated bunny we have. (no one was harmed in the making of this video...but a bunny about lost his head)


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Cozy Drive-In

 Yesterday Colin and I decided to take a road-trip.  We headed to our capital city...Springfield.  Springfield isn't too far away for us and it's just a fun city to explore.  A girlfriend told me about this hot-dog joint on the old Route 66 so we had to check it out.

It's called Cozy Drive-In and it's been around since 1950.  I LOVE places like this.  It was full of history memorabilia and they had awesome drive-in food.  They are known for their corn-dogs....but you must refer to them by their official name "Cozy Dog". Per the guy behind the counter they are WAY better than a regular ole' corn-dog.  Colin agreed with him after one bite.  It was fun to watch them make the dogs because they hand dipped them and fried them up to order.  No pre-frozen dogs here!

I so wish I lived during the 50's.  I think that era just had a lot of fun things from what my parents tell me and from what I have learned on my own. I could envision poodle skirts, letterman sweaters, roller skates and cool cars at this place.

Cozy Drive-in bottles their own soda.  Colin got an Orange Soda.  Can you see the advertising on the tables?

Cute signs were all over the place.

The grub

After our bellies were full and I took lots of pictures we headed out for our next adventure.  We found an antique store so it was a must stop for me.  I spotted this adorable Brownie Bullet Camera for $6.00.  She came home with me.  She may look familiar it you notice I created a new header.  Since I have a love of photography I started buying a few vintage cameras.  She is my favorite so far.

Another fun weekend for us.  The weather has been AWESOME!  Our grass needs mowed, trees are full of blooms, tulips/daffodils have bloomed and the birds wake me up chirping every morning......gotta love Spring.  Hope you are having a great weekend!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Everything is GREEN around our town, just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

And totally unrelated to St. Patty's Day....see anyone a bit jealous in this picture?
(hee hee)

Hope you have a Happy Green Saturday!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Random Week

How's your week going?  It's Thursday evening so I hope it's really good by now.  We are on the downhill slope and I know I can't be more ready for a Friday!  I was looking through the photos on my phone because on Friday nights if we don't have plans I try to get things going with my Project Life for the week.  Thought I would share some funny shots with you.

My international friends with the new iPad sent me a note about a new camera app they discovered.  I downloaded it and it's been lots of fun to play with.  It's called PuddingCam and it has some FUN settings.  Above is bubble nose Calleigh.

4 frames of little Miss

My favorite, love the long whiskers.

Last night Colin and I had to attend an after school event called Voices.  It is part of his Literature class where the kids and parents read novels together and then get together each quarter to participate in an event.  Last night we were given the task of dressing up and once we arrived at the school we would be given our lines.  I was the lucky winner of "Grandma". Luckily Mom had the perfect props.

Colin was supposed to be a monkey but all he did was a tail.  I think I got the short end of the stick in this get-up.  You can't see my feet but I'm wearing my house slippers with little white socks.  It put me out of my comfort zone but I did it for my kid.  And chances are I'll never do it again.  Just saying.

Colin has been bugging me for a McDonald's Shamrock shake so we finally got one tonight.  Gotta love the green color.  He let me have a sip of his and it was pretty tasty too.

Tuesday evening Mom and Dad brought dinner to our home because I had a rough day at work.  Dad delivered it so it was waiting at home when we got there.  He always packs up the meal in a cardboard box and lines it with newspaper.  He is afraid things will spill in the car so he is Mr. Clever.

Colin, Dad and I call it the Meals on Wheels.  Calleigh has come to love the Meals on Wheels box.  She is so tiny and petite and fits inside the box.  She believes we cannot see her but she keeps an eagle eye on us.

Now this guy is anything but tiny and petite and not very graceful either.  Tonight while sitting at my computer he decided to climb the window in an attempt to catch some bugs.  Since it is dark outside but my table light was on, there were tons of bugs hitting the window.  Big Guy thought he could stand on top of the window ledge even though the window is closed and only about 1 inch wide.  Yeah.....good job Tiger.

Another week of our not so exciting life.  But it's fun for me.  Happy almost Friday.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Begging for Breakfast

Romeo:  " toast.  Can I have some toast?"

Colin:  no response

Romeo:  "OK...I'll just sit here and wait."  "Please?"

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Our Sweet New Friends

Colin and I have some very, very sweet new friends.  Our friends are from a far away land but God picked the 4 of us to come together.  Our two friends are from Taiwan (Taipei to be exact) but visiting the US while attending college to get their Masters.  I have been a host family through International Student Ministries for many years now.  One day the nice couple that runs ISM visited our church and I was hooked instantly.

This year we were chosen to be Georgia's friend.  She is the one on the Right in the black sweater.  Her roommate is Kirsty.  These were the American names given to them in grade school when they started learning English in their hometown.  Sort of like my Spanish name is Ana from all of my years in Spanish class.  Georgia and Kirsty were girlfriends from home and both decided to come to the US to study.  And I'm so happy they picked the University close to us.

We've gotten together a few times now but this was the first time they came to our home.  They were both really wanting to see "American Life".  It is not common to own your own home in Taipei because they are very expensive because the area is so congested.  They LOVED our home, the trees and grass (even though it's dead right now) and especially our furry family members. 

They wanted me to make them an American meal so I picked cheeseburgers on the grill and roasted potatoes and roasted sweet potatoes.  To make it feel a little like home I also made an Asian Slaw Salad from my Pinterest page.  They really loved it.  :)  For dessert we had strawberry shortcake that they also really enjoyed.  Colin was just as excited about them coming over as I was.  He has really enjoyed meeting new international students and learning about their culture.  And every one of our students have just loved him.  I'm sure having a younger kid around helps put them at ease.

They were both looking forward to meeting our 3 pets.  Calleigh and Romeo were the most friendly.  Tiger was his normal scared self and hid most of the time.  Calleigh crawled all over the both of them but the girls loved it.  Kirsty has a kitty, Yo-Yo, back home so she started missing her sweet kitty.  They both asked if they could take pictures of our home and pets and I said of course!  Heck I was taking just as many pictures as they did.

Calleigh loved all of the attention and constant petting.  Colin said the girls probably took as many pictures of Calleigh as I have.  :)  That's ok, I'm happy to know they enjoyed their time so much and wanted to remember it with photos.

This morning I checked my e-mail and I had one from Kirsty.  She wanted to send me two pictures she drew of Calleigh and Romeo once she got home.  I love them to death!  They are perfect and such a reflection of the two.  I have already printed them and I placed them in my Project Life album on the pages to document our visit.

I know our God is not only an Awesome God but He is so incredibly loving.  He brought these two girls into our lives to make new friendships but I'm sure to help them feel at home while they are living abroad. It must be very scary to leave your parents and go to another country.  They are thriving and such sweet ladies.  They have been such a blessing in our lives already.  I can't wait to see what God has planned for us next with the both of them.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Guess who is celebrating a birthday today?

I'll give you some hints.

OREO Cookies!

Thanks to NaNa and PaPa we were blessed with this information tonight right at dinner time.  PaPa showed up with a bag of Colin's favorite cookies.  We consumed a large amount of double stuffed cookies so we are now going on a looooong walk with dog-dog.

Read all about the Oreo Cookie Birthday here.  Oh and by the way, Mr Cookie is 100 years old.  In fact, the cookie was born the same year the South pole was discovered.  How's that for trivia!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Cookie, Cookie, Cookie starts with "C"

Do you know how delightful it is to be craving chocolate and find a box of these in the freezer?

Do you know that even after sitting in my freezer for over 1 year they still taste as yummy as ever?