Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hello 2013

2o12 Was nothing more than a blur or so I thought until I started organizing my photos. While there were not thousands, there were a few and they attest to the fact that I did go and do while I may not remember it! The highlights were our two trips to Seattle, one in June for Naomi's baptism and one in November for Thanksgiving. While up north in June we went to Glacier National Park on the motorcycle. We went camping in the White Mts. in July and back to Montana and through Yellowstone in Aug. I did manage to have my Halloween Campout for the boys and the Sleepover for the girls. This year Brooke opted for the campout but then felt regret the night of the sleepover. She had fun with the boys even if she didn't remember the night the girls gathered. This year our theme was The Phantom with a dose of Edgar Allen Poe thrown in. We started to watch the movie but all of them were alseep by eleven. Then came Christmas and in a whirl we are here, stepping rapidly into a New Year! I am going to try very hard to be more diligent on posting. Last year I didn't record one entry in my regular journal. For that I am sure I deserve a lashing. And I will probably give my self one or two. I haven't blogged since May. I posted some on Facebook but that was about all I managed and I have no reason why other than pure laziness I suppose! Thank goodness for new starts! So then here we are! Christmas was wonderful as always, to have everyone home for even a day at a time is the best thing in my world. Jared and Krista were here for a week and Ashley was in and out and got to spend a night. We had our party on Christmas Eve with the Swansons and all was right with the world. This post is too long and that is what happens when you never post. So I will leave a couple of pictures and come again another day to visit.

 Naomi's Baptsm Day
 A Motorcycle trip to Heaven
 Camping out At Grandma's
 A Night At the Opera SleepOver
 Making Ginger Cookies For Christmas

On our way to see the Lights

Saturday, May 19, 2012


So beautiful (c.1945)
Mom's birthplace in the Wilds of Eastern Montana

Today marks the second year since my sweet mother made the journey into eternity. It still takes me by surprise some days,not being able to call her and see her,that I can miss her so much. I am coming out of the forest of regret and most days find the sun. But some days I still find myself in the shadows of those towers and then I weep. I am grateful that I believe she is in her mansion in heaven. I sometimes sit and wonder; wonder what it's like there. Do we have our cottage by the sea or our cabin in the wood. Where do we live? I think she must have her heart's desire. She was a righteous woman. I like to look at her pictures and am still in awe of all the goodness and talents and love she had in her. I have only seen now, clearly, those attributes that I took so much for granted when she was here. Why is that, I wonder. I look forward to the day that I will meet her again and be able to tell her all I have learned from her since she has been gone. I wait....

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Science With Tiny

While I neglected the camera again and have no picture of us to document our time, I need to record the day so I will always remember how much fun Tiny (Strider) and I had experimenting in the kitchen. On Thursday this week Tiny came to play with me for a few hours. We spent over one of those in the kitchen with a glass pan full of soda and cups of colored vinegar, an eye-dropper, straws and our fingers. About half way through, some little green army men joined in the fun. We built up volcanos, rocks, tunnels, and whatever came to Tiny's mind. We tried cooking the concoction in the micowave and ended freezing an army guy in a cup of goo. We had great fun, fizzing away the time! According to mom, he told everyone about the "experiment" and when I visited later, he retrieved his "freezed army guy" to show me he still had him safe! See you next Thursday, Tiny, when we will try making "gak." I will try to remember to take a picture!

Birds On The Brain

While this week was a busy one, with a trip to the temple in Mesa on Tuesday, home Wednesday evening, a fun day with Strider on Thursday, Monday was spent in my cave, music softly playing in the background, creating a new feathered friend and Friday found me returning to my newest passion, birds! Today I finished my second in the flock who's home will be in Ashley's favorite spot, wherever that might be!

This little one is entitled "All Dressed Up and No Where To Crow." She is all lace, velvet and glitter with turquoise and purple feathers, nesting amongst her bottle of glitter, spool of rhinestones, a key to the city, handmade paper-covered eggs,and other assorted treasures. She is indeed, "dressed to crow." I am having such fun!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

More Crafty Business

For some reason the following post that I just posted moments ago would not let me download my pictures. So the following pictures are of my little bird and her nest. Read further for more on subject!

Crafty Business

Ashley and I had some late night fun a few weeks back. Her friend needed a quaint bouquet and we said we could make one. Ashley went shopping and brought her finds and I dug through cupboards and boxes and added mine to the mix. Then we put our hands and heads together and this is the bouqut we came up with. We love it! And now Ashley is thinking we could sell these!!! So if anyone reading this blog is interested, leave a comment!

We also had some fun with birds and nests. And these I am excited about and have plans for the birth of a few more. I have been dying lace black for my next one. Each bird will be an individual creation with her own story. This first one is entitled " A Bird in the Hand." If I could have my wish, it would be to go into my little room and sit and create, with no interruptions each and every day for at least 6 hours. You know what they say...If wishes were horses.....

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