Thursday, July 31, 2008

Everyday excitement...

I made dill pickles with my neighbor. This was my first time. I hope our spice combination turns out ok. We won't find out for another 4-6 weeks.

My sweet Mom came down and helped me freeze 5 dozen sweet corn that I got from the farmer's market. I ended up with 29.5 cups. Just an FYI- I really liked using the tool in this picture. I'd tried it before and hated it, but I got a new cutting board and had Troy put a nail through it and it worked wonderfully.

I had a harder time with this one. I actually ended up cutting through my finger and fingernail.

I finally made Genna a pair of Bandana Pants using this tutorial. They were pretty easy, considering this was my second try and if you don't take into consideration cutting through the front accidentally with my pinking sheers, thus needing the white ric rac to hid the cut.

I had an orange gladiola bloom.

While driving home from the Nemaha County fair yesterday, we watched our van hit 100,000 miles. Sadly, we that's 83,000 miles in just a little over 3 years.

This gorgeous black swallowtail butterfly visited my bushes yesterday afternoon.

We were able to go with Jameson to the temple for his first time last night and do baptisms.

The baby bluebirds are growing up. We think they are all males. I think tomorrow will be my last check of the box.

Friday, July 25, 2008




Indulged in...






Tuesday, July 22, 2008

U.P. 2008

It was nice of my brother to plan his wedding in one of my most favorite places- the Upper Pennisula of Michigan.

We stayed in a rustic cabin at Lac La Belle

complete with deer tails, mice and a door that didn't lock the first few days

We managed to do a few other fun things as well....

we ate lots of ice cream

we played in the water

and in the sand(literally)

and found lots of cool rocks

we picked blueberries

had lots of picnics

with the perfect food

We saw...



daisies growing wild wherever we went



and some of the most gorgeous scenery you'll ever find

Being able to spend the week with family made it all the more fun...

I even managed to get a date in with my cute husband on my birthday. We went out to lunch and hiked to see a waterfall.

Thank you for sticking with me through this mega post. Some of these awesome pictures were taken by my sister and some by Jameson. I haven't even gotten a hold of my Mom's pictures. You hope when you take pictures that it will capture those moments that were so precious and I think many of these shots do that exactly!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Fun on the Fourth

We had a wonderful long weekend...

Troy got the shutters up- it only took 4 1/2 years.

We had fun watching the babies splash at the pool.

My BIL brought Chinese kites for all the kids.

13 of the 21 grandkids were here this weekend. It was nice to have so much family together.

We had a pretty good fireworks show right in our front yard.

Hope you all had a fabulous Fourth also!

This week we have Jameson's baseball tournament and then we can take off for here: