Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Happy Boy and his Grandma!

Mom got to come visit us over the Thanksgiving holiday. She was here for two weeks and we had a great visit! None of us was ready for it to end. She hadn't been out here for five years. I did most of the Thanksgiving day cooking and Mom did some of it. What a blessing it was! Here are some pictures.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Good Day

August 17th was a good day for me. I was baptised into Horizon Christian Fellowship. That is the Christian church Stephen and I have been going to for two years now. We really like it there and are both learning a lot. The gentleman on the left of the picture is Cappy. He is the youth pastor. He will be leaving sometime in the not-too-distant future on a mission trip. The gentleman on the right side of the picture is Pastor Dave Love. He is the senior pastor at our church. He does a very good job of explaining scripture and teaching. It happened to be one of the few days out here that was a little chilly and it had rained for a solid two days straight the two days before this event (also unusual out here this time of year) so the water was quite chilly. It was full-immersion baptism. It was well worth it though and to all of us that were there for Baptism, it didn't really matter what the water felt like. It was a great experience.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Happy B-Day to Me!

It's my 35th birthday today. Stephen thinks I am "a little" old but it doesn't bother me. 40 might be a different story though. :) Thank Goodness I have a few more years before I have to worry about it! ;) Nothing much happened today since it is a weekday. Maybe I will get to do something this weekend. Take care if anyone out there is still reading my blog.


Here are some pictures of our garden throughout time. We planted tomatoes, strawberries, zucchini, peas, lettuce, potatoes, pumpkins, watermelon, and carrots. The peas and green beans are done now. It was too hot this year for them to produce much, but at least we got some of them. I planted some spinach yesterday after I took the beans out. I was told it should do better know that most of our 90 degree days are over. I might plant a couple more pea plants also. They grow fast enough that they should be able to produce before the season is over. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

2008 Arapahoe County Fair

Stephen had a good year with his 4-H projects at Fair this year (again)! Here are some pics.

There is no picture of him with his modelcraft project, only the record book. He made a couple model cars and made it look like it was a car show and he had Lego people on there as the people who were attending the car show. It was really neat. Some really nice (heavy on the sarcasm there) people stole 5 of his Lego people right off his project on the first night of display. I got permission to pull it off display after that. The picture of his project is after they took his Lego people. Of course they were the ones that will be hard to replace. We are going to write to Lego and see how to best go about replacing them.

The picture of him sitting on the floor beside a picture of a blue truck grill was a picture he entered in Open Class competition, not 4-H. He didn't actually place on it (but neither did I on any of the 6 pictures I entered, I got 2nd places on two breads and my cookies) but he still liked seeing it on display and he liked the participation ribbon he got for it.
My cousin took the pictures of Stephen with his projects so I am sorry for the sideways ones.

Anyway, that incident aside, he had another great 4-H year! Enjoy!

I have a 10 year old! Yikes!

Where does the time go???? As of 8/3/08, my child is now double digits!! Next thing I know, he will be a teenager. Man, this is crazy. All you other Moms out there, enjoy your little ones it all goes too fast. He had a pool party at our rec center.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Princess Quiz

This is interesting. It is a quiz to see which Disney princess you are. It said I was Jasmine. Some of it was pretty accurate, but I don't really think I am adventurous at all. Anyway, try it if you would like to.

One of these days I will post some pictures of our garden on here. It is Stephen's and my first attempt at one.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Bears, Birds and Babies, Oh My!

Hello everyone! Stephen and I got to go to the Denver Zoo on Saturday and I thought I would share some pictures with you. We have a great zoo here. We never get tired of going. Of course, these are not all the animals by far. Just a sample.

Friday, May 16, 2008

My Mommy Tag Answers

Here are my Mommy Tag answers. Any of my friends and family that read this, tag! You're it!

Mommy Tag

1. On a good night, what time are your kids in bed? 8:30 on a school night.

2. How long have you been a mommy? 9 years, 9 months

3. How old were you when you became a mom? 24 (three weeks before my 25th b-day – approx.)

4. What is your favorite kids T.V show? Ughhh....I am getting tired of most of them. Luckily he likes the Incredibles and Star Wars. Veggie Tales are pretty good too.

5. What is your least favorite kids T.V. show? Barney – it's not allowed in our world.

6. What is your favorite chore? None of them, are they kidding?

7. What is your favorite meal to cook? Homemade pizza is pretty easy.

8. What meal do you cook most often? All of them? Stephen doesn't know how yet. :)(What we eat varies.)

9. What is your kids favorite meal? Homemade pizza, mac n' cheese, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, hamburgers, you get the idea.

10. What is your favorite thing your husband does with your kids? I don't have a husband.

11. What are 5 things that make you smile when you’re being a mom? When he gives me “that” smile. (His teachers get a kick out of that one too.) Hugs – one of these days he may not want to give me them anymore. Everything he has overcome to this point. When he tells me he loves me. When he really gets laughing.

12. If you could take your kids anywhere, where would it be? A beach – it doesn't even matter which one.

13. When was the last time you went out without your kids? You mean people actually do that???? I don't get to hardly ever.

14. What is your favorite pastime/activity to do with your kids? Playing Games of any sort.

15. Name one thing you said you would never say as a mother? “You can't do anything.”

16. Name something you do, that your own mom did? Sing along with the radio. He does it too.

17. What is your favorite quality your mom has? Her perseverance.

18. What is your favorite kids book? Love You Forever.

19. What is your favorite advice for new moms? Enjoy every minute because they grow so fast.

20. What is your most heartbreaking moment as a mom? The day I found out he had Cerebral Palsy. I cried all the way home from Children's Hospital. I just wanted to make it go away and I couldn't. (I still wish I could make it better for him sometimes.)

21. What is your most joyful moment being a mom? There are so many with him, but I will Never forget the day he walked for the first time about a month after his 3rd birthday. It was about a week and a half after 9/11 and it was an awesome reminder that God is Good.

22. When was the last time you told one of your kids, “I Love You”? Tonight before bed.

23. When was the last time you were told, “I love you” by one of your kids? Tonight before he went to bed.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Fun and Games

Here are some fun things and games for all of you to look at. Widgets are pretty cool! You can tell I am still a newby at this whole blogging thing, can't you? :) Stephen requested the bubble wrap as he loves popping it in real life. (You can also tell I am dating myself by some of the content I added!) Take a load off and have fun! Oh, just a side note, it snowed here this morning. YUCK!!!! Luckily it turned to rain pretty quick, but it was still cold. You'd think it wasn't May around here.

Piano Hero

Bubble Wrap


Duck Hunt

Super Mario Game


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Special Olympics 2008

Here are pictures from Stephen's trip to his 2008 Special Olympics Field Day. He had a great time and did very well in his three events! He got third place in the 50 m dash, second place in the standing long jump and first place in the softball throw! Yea Stephen! (The pictures are not in order but they are not too hard to figure out.)

Happy Mother's Day!

This is for all the Moms I know! I don't know who originally wrote it, I got it in an email. Happy Mother's Day to each and every one of you!

This is for the mothers who have sat upall night with sick toddlers in their arms,wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayerwieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, 'It's okay honey, Mommy's here.'

Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can't be comforted.

This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.

For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON'T.

This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they'll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and gave them homes.

This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors.

And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers at football or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of their cars. And that when their kids asked, 'Did you see me, Mom?' they could say, 'Of course, Iwouldn't have missed it for the world,' and mean it.

This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair when they stomp their feet and scream for ice cream before dinner. And for all the mothers who count to ten instead, but realize how child abuse happens.

This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all the (grand)mothers who wanted to, but just couldn't find the words.

This is for all the mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat.

For all the mothers who read 'Goodnight, Moon' twice a night for a year. And then read it again, 'Just one more time.'

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.

This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.

This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little voice calls 'Mom?' in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home -- or even away at college -- or have their own families.

This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school with stomach aches, assuring them they'd be just FINE once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.

This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can't find the words to reach them.

For all the mothers who bite their lips until they bleed when their 14 year olds dye their hair green.

For all the mothers of the victims of recent school shootings, and the mothers of those who did the shooting. For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their child who just came home from school, safely.

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from a war.

What makes a good mother anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips? The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time? Or is it in her heart? Is it the ache she feels when she watches her son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time? The jolt that takes her from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put her hand on the back of a sleeping baby? The panic, years later, that comes againat 2 A.M. when she just wants to hear their key in the door and know they are safe again in her home? Or the need to flee from wherever she is and hug her child when she hears news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?

The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation...And for mature mothers learning to let go. For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers. Single mothers and married mothers. Mothers with money, mothers without. This is for you all. For all of us...Hang in there. In the end we can only do the best we can. Tell them every day that we love them. And pray and never stop being a mother...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Weather Woes

I just thought I would let those of you with weather woes that you are not alone, no matter what state you live in. Our Spring so far has been nice day, great day, snow. Nice day, nice day, snow. You get the idea. Yesterday it was 80 here and today it has snowed all day. Ahhhh, Spring in the Rocky Mountains. It is supposed to be almost 70 this weekend again. What a roller coaster.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Stephen and the mouse

Here is another one from Chuckee Cheese. We usually go there every year on Stephen's b-day and let him play for awhile and I get one of these pictures of him each year to show his age progression. This was taken on 3/26/08 which is not his birthday but I thought I would get one anyway because someday there will come a time when he may not want to do it any more. (Or he won't be able to fit in the car with the mouse because he is so tall.)

Stephen and Mom

Here is a "picture" of Stephen and I - as drawn by the picture machine at Chuckee Cheese. One of my co-workers described that place as being like a kid's casino and I have decided she is not too far off. :)