Monday, July 30, 2012

It All Happens In the Kitchen

 Yesterday we celebrated Josh's birthday.  As you can tell by the pictures, our family gatherings always end up in the kitchen.  I need a bigger kitchen.  
(above- Aubri and Jenni-Aubs looks a little skeptical...)
(below - Josh blowing out candles on his brownies that Tara made.  He did not want a cake-can't blame him)
 (Christopher making Aubri laugh-she loves his Elmo voice)
(Everyone-minus Emma who was somewhere else- in the kitchen)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Climb a Tree, It Brings You Closer to Heaven" - Author Unknown

Abigail took this great picture of my brown baby girl climbing a tree.  When I saw it, it reminded me of my childhood and the many times Dayna and I would climb trees during the summer months.  Simpler days, simpler times.  I want to go back. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

She's Gone

Emma was invited to Lake Powell this weekend by Casey Anne's parents and now my house is really quiet.  Rachel (Casey's mom) sent me this picture early this morning as they were traveling. 
Little gal already has her swimsuit on in anticipation of the water.  Looks like she will be well rested for a fun afternoon on the lake.  Have fun, Em... I miss you already. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Milo & Henry

Meet Milo & Henry.  
These little guys are Maddie's latest kittens. 
 They were born on June 1, 2012 at 1:00 least Henry was.  
Not sure about Milo.  He arrived sometime between 1:30 am and 6:30 am.

I actually had a dream a couple of weeks before they were born and in the dream she had her kittens the weekend that Jenni was to be married.  I was a little stressed thinking that this would happen while we were all gone for the weekend.  Maddie is really old and I wasn't sure she would make it through the birthing process.  As Greg says, it is like a 90 year old woman giving birth.  However she surprised us all and pulled through.  

Anyway, my dream was right.  They were born the night morning before the wedding.  Around 11:00 pm Maddie started meowing like crazy and would not leave me alone.  I realized this was going to be a long night, so I made her a comfortable bed in the family room and laid down with her and just kept petting her.  Yep, I was her birthing coach. 

 Josh was there with me and to keep him busy I had him Googling "what happens to cats when they give birth".  He was pretty grossed out.  At one point I told him that he needed to take my place and help her breath (totally kidding).  I told him to just go "hee hee whooo, hee hee whooo" hahahaha!  He was not amused but I was giggling.  

During this process Jenni got home and upon realizing what was happening began to dry heave.  Serious?  And then at 1:00 am when Maddie popped one out she really had issues.  I can't wait to hear all about her first birthing experience someday. 

These little dudes are now spunky little kittens.  We already have a home for one and the other I will be positing on KSL.  Thankfully I have never had a hard time finding homes for these critters.  In the meantime, Aubri has discovered them.  She loves to "crawl" over to them and squeeze  pet them.  Thankfully they can run a lot faster than she can crawl. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

On Fire

I cannot ever remember a summer with as many fires as we have had this year.  Today a fire was started about 5 miles from our home - scary.  The place it started was where we took our family pictures last fall.  Crazy stuff.  It is actually just a few blocks away from Tara's in-laws home.   I am a little concerned about what tomorrow will bring with all the fireworks that will be lit.  I for one, will not be purchasing ANY.  Hopefully others will have the same mindset. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

What A Difference A Color Can Make

 Dayna and Peter recently painted the home they purchased last summer.  The last few times I have been in Boise, Dayna has been showing me paint samples getting my opinion.  When she showed me this one I feel in love with it.  It makes me want to copy her and paint my home the same colors!  

She debated about what color to paint the front door.  One of her friends suggested eggplant purple - EEEKKKKK!  I about had a heart-attack when she told me.  She was adamant that she did not want black (I suggested that), so I mentioned ochre yellow.  I love the black, but you know, I think the ochre yellow would have worked!  I especially love how the new color makes the flower beds pop :) The picture above is 'BEFORE" and below is "AFTER"...much better...