Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rock Concert

Tonight I got to see one of my favorite bands, Chevelle, play at the State Theatre in Portland. The opening band, Janus, was pretty good and the second band, Middle Class Rut, a two-man band, was amazing! What an awesome show!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

This made me smile.

You may have to click the image and view it full-size in order to read the lettering above the license plate...

Do you suppose it's really true?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Meet Gypsy!

We're one step closer to getting outta here!!

I foresee many grand adventures with her...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mom, Dad & Duke

I love this picture of my parents with their dog, Duke! Mom grew up in that farmhouse behind them. It is such a beautiful place!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I swear it's true!

They really do like each other...
Before the birthday party, we took some time to explore the fields and woods around the old Farm . It was great to be able to share with the kids, the places where we used to play when we were young.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Two Thumbs Up

It's official - we're shopping for a motorhome...

Now that we're planning a trip to Tennessee with all of the kiddos, we're gonna need a vehicle with a whole lot more space!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Happy Birthday, Auntie M!

We all gathered at her house this afternoon to celebrate her 69th birthday. It was a great time! She always makes us laugh!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012


These guys were sure proud of their homemade sleigh - we were actually the first passengers!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sharing the Warmth

Unfortunately, it was cold beyond imagining at the sleigh rally. The temperature was hovering between 10 & 15 degrees Farenheit and the wind was blowing a gale. Very unpleasant weather for man or beast!

Partway through the day though, we discovered two Shire mares that were standing beside their trailer, protected from the wind. Their huge black bodies were soaking up the winter sunshine, and they were radiating heat. They seemed more than happy to share, so we placed our chilly checks and frozen fingertips on their bodies. We were also hoping to feel the foal moving inside this mare's belly, but we didn't.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Back to the Sleigh Rally

You can tell this was her first sleigh ride. She's so curious about those skids!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

He found this heart-shaped mushroom and wrote a very sweet message to me for Valentine's Day. I hope he'll always be my 'snuggle-bug'!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sleigh Rally

We nearly froze to death, but we still enjoyed ourselves at this great event today! It's really too bad that it was so cold, because there weren't very many attendees, even though plenty of teamsters showed up with their horses. There were a couple of sleighs, but mostly the rides were being given by wagons since there was also a lack of snow. The sun was shining, and I was armed with my camera, so I will be posting many more pictures throughout this week!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Skating Party

This afternoon they asked me to take them skating at the rink on Cottage Street in Norway...I was happy to, because I had no idea how cold I would get watching them!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lovin' on Lily

He doesn't do it very often, so I was really happy to see it this afternoon!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My New Toy

I finally did it...

And, it's entirely possible that this thing is smarter than I am!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

World Nutella Day

Another great reason to celebrate on February 5th!
One of my favorite treats...

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Shopping Teamwork

This morning we needed to get a lot of shopping done in a short amount of time. So, I wrote 3 lists, paired up the kiddos, and set them loose on the grocery store. They had a blast picking out what they wanted to buy and did it all in just over 15 minutes! I was thrilled and they were so proud of themselves!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Birthday Boy

At 6:20 this morning, he officially became a teenager. Yikes!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Movie Time

The other day, one of my step-daughters actually asked me, "Who's John Wayne?" Apparently, they need to be educated! A friend is letting me borrow these movies, and I can't wait to share them with all the kids this weekend.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Report Card

Look at these grades...

We're so darn proud of him! He has taken on all the challenges of Middle School and is flourishing! GREAT job, buddy.