Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Anyway, the CA girls went with my girls to school on Friday to experience THAT. We spent a day shopping and on our way to Appleton we went through a little town on Lake Michigan called Algoma.
When we were in Algoma, the lake was very stormy and wavy. The water was splashing over the breakwall (I don't know if that's what it's called, but it sounds very technical, doesn't it?). There were tons of geese out there on the beach. I love watching and hearing them, but MAN, they have big poop! hee hee
We also watched as the water splashed up on the beach and it was freezing almost immediately after it hit the beach. It was really cool. Mom and I went wine tasting up in Carlsville. But I want her to come back in the summer when things up north are open. Most of the peninsula shuts down from Oct/Nov. to May. We didn't get any snow while they were here which kind of bummed us out a little too. Oh well, we had a good time together, just visiting. :)
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
:) I wanted to get these pictures posted so everyone can see what I ordered! :) Yea, the snow is all about me.....hee hee The only worry I have is my precious Traily has to be out in subfreezing temps all winter. I hope he survives. I have the portable heater going inside so things can thaw a little. This morning when I took Travis to work it was 13 degrees outside. The Element has a great heater, tho, so we were fine inside AND it handles pretty good in the snow.
Today the sun is out, but I think they're predicting flurries on and off for the next few days. I need to get the salt off the Element. Travis keeps wishing we could have studded tires on our vehicles. Oh well.
Everyone says I'll get sick of shoveling snow by the end of winter. I guess they COULD be right, but I'm not sure. After I got done with our driveway, I went and did the neighbor's drive (they're snowbirds). I wanted to do my other couple of neighbors' driveways, but it got too dark.
This post wouldn't be complete without a picture of my fuzzy friends. They are so cute in the snow. They dig to bury their peanuts under the snow and they even fluff up the snow over their treasure. I love, love, love watching my little squirrels. :)
Thursday, November 30, 2006
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Neither. My warm drink of choice is Hazelnut Flavored coffee with Hazelnut Creamer in it. And I don't really like it after morning. I don't even like Hot Chocolate by a campfire..how wierd is that?!
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? He just puts them under the tree. No wrapping. That's how we know they're from him. He does label them with names, and usually sorts them by the girls' special spots on the couches. He puts small things in their stockings, but so do the mom and dad. :)
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Whiteicicles on the house, colored in the big Christmas Tree in front and colored on my tree inside, IF I can find a tree to fit into this tiny house. The girls have little trees for their rooms and they have colored lights too. I would love to put lights on the entire roof, but Travis won't let me...he's mean! tee hee :)
4. Do you hang mistletoe? Um, no. We kiss enough around here! I don't want to give anyone the wrong idea!
5. When do you put your decorations up? Sometime after Thanksgiving. In this town EVERYONE puts up lights the day after Halloween. I feel sorry for poor little Thanksgiving. It's like the forgotten holiday. I even tried to find Thanksgiving decorations, and couldn't. Ok, back to Christmas decorating, I got the outside lights up. The boxes of decorations are in the basement waiting for my birthday. We have always gotten our tree on my Bday. THEN I pull the boxes out and really decorate inside.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Ham. I used to be a Honeyroast Ham snob, but the spiral hams they have at Costco are really good too. Unfortunately, we don't have a Costco anywhere around us, so I'll have to find something else this year.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? For those of you who know me, you know I can't remember yesterday much less stuff from a long time ago! One time my dad brought snow from the mountains for my Bday, does that count?
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? What's that supposed to mean? Is there something I don't know about him? He's a jolly old elf with twinkly eyes and rosy red cheeks. He flies around in a sleigh with magical reindeer and leaves presents for all the good girls and boys! Now, I did find out the Easter Bunny is my mom. I peeked through the bathroom window and could see through the family room window and saw her putting our baskets together. I think I was about 9 or 10.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Oh heck yes we open a present on Christmas Eve. I usually pick which ones the girls get to open so they don't open the best one and forget about the rest!
10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? I have lots of ornaments that I just like. No special theme. The girls get an ornament every year, so when they move out they will each get to take their own. I guess I'll have to buy some new ones then, but for now, it's just got a little bit of everything.
11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? That's a stupid question. Other than the squirrels, that's the thing I'm looking forward to about living in this place! BRING ON THE SNOW!!!!
12. Can you ice skate? Yea, I CAN, but I don't like to fall on the ice and have a wet butt for the rest of the session, so I DON'T.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Fabric Depot $100 gift certificates.
14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Family and the celebration of Jesus. I do love the food and relaxing too!
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Christmas Sugar Cookies!
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Sleeping in late if the kids don't get up early. Staying in my jammies all day and eating lots of food and then cleaning up all the dishes and, WAIT, that's not part of my favorite things to do. After I clean up then vegging in front of the tv, going to bed early then sleeping in the next day too. :)
17. What tops your tree?An angel holding little lights.
18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving? Giving, definitely.
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? I don't really have a favorite song, I like most Christmas music.
20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? I like the Cinnamon flavored ones. I buy the prettiest colored for the tree. Usually, one or two get eaten, but the rest get thrown away by summertime!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Ok, I finally finished Sara's quilt. I wasn't sure I'd like it, but now that it's done, I'm happy with it. I was not so sure about the colors that she picked out but I think they really work together, now that they're all in a whole quilt. :) She's going for the tropical/beachy theme in her room. She has some accessories, but her room isn't quite finished. Maybe Santa will bring some cool stuff for her to decorate with. :) Now to work on some other unfinished projects!
Friday, November 24, 2006
Well, it's the day after Thanksgiving, and since there is NO shopping in Sturgeon Bay, we got the Christmas lights up. This is the first time we've had a really great Christmas Tree in the front yard. It's so big, tho, so it was a little bit hard getting it ALL lit up, but I think it looks ok. Now to find a place for a tree in the house!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Of course, the police and fire dept. started the whole thing out.
Then the Sturgeon Bay High School Band rocked the house, er, um, well, the neighborhood. :)
There were all sorts of floats and cars, scooters and even CAMELS!! This camel is actually a baby. Isn't she adorable?? And so calm. She just walked by without a care in the world. She's very fuzzy for the winter too.
This combo made us laugh, because....ONLY IN WISCONSIN does a beer (well, if you want to call Budweiser "BEER") truck follow a church float in the Christmas parade!
And ending the whole procession is Santa in a One Horse Open Sleigh. It was a fun morning. Luckily, it was good weather, too. Cold, but no rain or snow, although snow would have been COOL!!! :)
We went to the Christmas Tree Lighting the other night. Here's the tree waiting to be lit up...
And here it is lit up. :)
Friday, November 10, 2006
Well, here's what our front yard looked like a couple hours after the "flurries" decided to hang around. It actually started sticking and it's all white now. I love that!!!! I just hope it melts tonight since I have to drive to Green Bay tomorrow to pick up TJ from the airport. I don't want to be driving with all the WI people tailgating me in the snow and slush! But it is nice to look at. Ah, winter. It's my season!!! :)
Ok, Ok, it's actually flurrying, but it's still exciting. I'm so looking forward to winter. I am not saying I won't be sick of it by May, but I'm looking forward to it right now. :) I love watching the snow. Here's a picture of the snow, it's not a great pic, but you can get an idea of what we get to look at.
I started the Clipper quilt (Anisa's high school is the Sturgeon Bay Clippers) when we were going to the football games and needed to stay warm. Well, football season is over, but we have a warm toasty quilt to keep us warm (since we don't have ENOUGH in the house already!). The red/white blocks are split nine-patches and were very fun to make since they went together pretty quickly. The Clippers on the bottom are just pieced ships that I found in one of my books.
This little star quilt came from a pattern I found in one of my boxes. I cut it out of a magazine ages ago and found it again, and thought, "Wow, that's cute. I should make that". So, I did. The Tiny star blocks are 1.5" finished and the little red/yellow 4 patches between the stars are only 1/4". Lucky for me, the pattern shows you to make them bigger, then cut them down so you're not working with a bunch of tinsey little pieces. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It won't be keeping anyone warm, except the dust bunnies it's covering on the table. :)
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Well, I sent my oldest baby off to the Big City! New York here she comes! She went on a mission trip with the Sturgeon Bay Moravian church. The Moravians are pretty much like Lutherans. It's not our church, but they have a really good youth group and there are quite a few of Anisa's friends who go there.
They boarded the bus at noon Wed. and drove all night to get to NY first thing in the a.m. Thurs. It's the first time I've ever let my baby go on a trip like this but we're excited for her.
The plan is they will work (there are 6 groups of one adult and 4 kids each) throughout the city ~Stanton Island, Manhattan and Brooklyn for 2 days, Sat. will be sightseeing ~one of the places they are definitely going is Ground Zero. Sunday, they'll worship with a Carribean congregation ~loud, hand clapping, feet stompin' Praisin' the Lord!! Then they'll pack lunches, board the bus, drive all night to make it home EARLY Monday morning so they can go to school. She's going to be a tired pup, but will have some awesome new memories for the rest of her life.
This is a picture of Anisa and Amm, one of her dear buds here. Amm is an exchange student from Thailand. Anisa is learning some Thai words and Amm gets to practice her english. Aren't they just the cutest??!!!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
You've probably seen enough, but too bad.....we had another fuzzy friend in our yard. It's a bunbun! I threw out some bread crumbs for the birds and this little guy showed up. He's FAT! It's like a zoo in my backyard...I love it. There are several birds out there. I'm hoping to get a good picture of one of the cardinals, but they're kind of shy.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Speaking of Fall, the chicks needed new coats. I wish they would stop growing...it sure would be helpful! We shopped for 2 days! One day in Green Bay and another in Appleton. We were successful the 2nd day in Appleton. Here are the chicks modeling their new coats. Now if I can just get them to wear them on cold days. They still wear flip flops outside, but who am I to talk? I'm still wearing shorts!! :)
Well, it's fall in Sturgeon Bay. The way I can tell is that all the leaves have fallen off the trees. It didn't take long, either. One day, the tree had leaves, we had a good frost that night, then the next morning they ALL fell off.
The city comes around with a big truck with a mulcher...I call it the Sucker Truck.....the catch is that you have to rake all the leaves into a pile out by the curb. Doesn't it look good enough to jump into??!!
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
*Shunhei (named after one of Anisa's Japanese friends). He's chubby, but we can tell it's him because he has one pointy ear and the base of his tail is smaller than the rest. He'll take peanuts right out of your hand.
*Frank has a notch out of one of his ears. He doesn't like to take the peanuts out of your hand, but he'll come up to the window and wait for you to throw some out.
*Eddie is SUPER FAT too. Him and Dave are more like little fuzzy walruses since they're so fat.
We also have about 5 blue jays that come to visit us. We just call them the Jays. They're harder to tell apart. :)
We had a tiny snow storm last week. Ok, ok, it wasn't a storm at all, but there were snowflakes coming down and it was COLD!! One day that I checked it was 28 degrees with a wind chill of 14. I don't care, tho. I'm not putting on jeans until I absolutely have to...until then, I'm wearing shorts! I'm a rebel. At least I put on a sweatshirt.
My grandparents have been here for a few days. We've been having a nice visit. We took them up north to the end of the road and through all the little towns on the peninsula. It was a nice drive and a nice day. We went in a few little shops here and there. We stopped at Newport State Park to look at the lake (Michigan). We took them to Cave Point Park which is very cool. The girls and I went out there this summer and the water was crystal blue....really pretty. The day we went it was windy so the water was muddy from all the waves. It was still very nice. On our way out there we saw a really big porcupine. He was about the size of a small dog. Very cool since I had never seen one alive in the wild. We also saw a deer, which is not that exciting, but I still like seeing them.
And that's what's been happening here in Wisconsin....YIPPEE! :)
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Before the game they had a big ol' bonfire...gotta love these small towns! :) Too bad I forgot the marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers! Oh, and the trailer!! :) The fire was super hot, we had to stand far away from it, even tho it was cool outside.
Saturday was the homecoming Dance and Anisa went with a bunch of friends and had a great time. They all looked so cute. We took pictures down by Sturgeon Bay.....Great night, and not too cold. :) The kids went to Applebees then the dance at the school. They had a fun time. Afterward, Anisa got to spend the night at a friend's house. She was a tired puppy the next day! But it was worth it.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Ok, in other words a boxy little car with TONS of room inside and is fun to drive. :) We have been wanting to get a 3rd vehicle that will drive in the snow. Baby and Chuck hate snow driving and slip and slide all over. We looked at the Honda CRV and the Toyota Rav4, but settled on the Element. Travis has liked these boxes, er, cars since he saw them at the Portland Car show when they first came out in 2003. He liked the fact that you can open it up, hose it out and dry it with a towel...no steam cleaning carpets or any junk like that.
So, a little about OUR little box. It's a 2004 Honda Element. It's "Cargo Khaki", which is basically a metallic goldish color. :) It has a little 4 cyl engine, but it actually has some get up and go to it. All 4 seats fold flat to make into a bed. It has a sun/moon roof and we've found out that there are several after-market cool accessories we can get for it....a screen for the moon roof instead of the glass - great for camping - and a tent thing that goes over the back (speaking of camping). Those were a couple of the things we'd actually consider getting later.
The first thing the girls did when we got home (they were at school when we bought it down in Green Bay) was SCREAM! Anisa almost peed her pants. Of course, she HAD to take it out for a drive, so off we all went to the market then to show it off to our friends. It's a nice little addition to our family and we don't have to pick up after it!
Saturday - 9-23-06 - Anisa entered the 4-H Fall Horse show with Cinnamon the little fluffy (we don't call her fat) pony. They both did really well, considering Anisa hasn't ridden in a LONG time and, well, Cinnamon is a good little show pony, but she had a little extra weight to carry around. :) Anisa entered several classes which were quite large, so she didn't win any ribbons but she had a blast. The day ended with a pretty good downpour. The owner of Cinnamon has another horse that HOPEFULLY Anisa will get to ride one of these days, you know, in our SPARE TIME! :)
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
This is a picture of Dave. We call him Brave Dave, Daring Dave and David when he's in trouble. :) He'll come and take the peanuts out of your hand. He looks like a tough guy since he has lots of little notches out of his ears, but he's so cute.
I really love it when the squirrels stand up like this...
I know people think squirrels are just rats in fancy clothes, but I think they're cute!
Included in our wildlife are so many birds. The blue jays like the peanuts also. They're so bright blue here. I'll have to post a picture of them later. They don't sit still very long. Usually, they dive down to get the nut and go back in a tree.
Next summer I'm planting a bunny garden, so they'll come into the backyard more. They like our neighbors' yards better since they have yummy flowers and veggies.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
These pictures were taken last weekend when we went out to go geocaching http://www.geocaching.com/faq/ ......it's kind of like a treasure hunt, using a GPS unit. You get the coordinates of the "treasure" off the internet, then you go search for the it. Usually they're little boxes full of small trinkets. We like it because we go to places we might not find otherwise. It made us go to a couple of parks we might not have gone to. We were out at Lake Michigan right where the ship canal comes out from Sturgeon Bay.
These little dolls are inspired from my VERY TALENTED friend The Happy Zombie http://happinesszombie.blogspot.com/ She finds all these darling things to make and do, and I can't help but copy her....I want to be like her! :) They're from a cool blog called Wee Wonderfuls http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com/ Another very talented chick. Anyway, the dolls were very fun to make. I just used her pattern and then made it a little smaller to make my little Tenushi (angel in Japanese). My next project will be my Cannon Beach wallhanging, soon to be posted!
Friday, September 01, 2006
"How did the puddle get there" you ask?.....well, there was a sponge in the big tub sink that clogged the drain while the water softener was draining to the sink. DOH! Note to self: make sure the sponge is NOT left inside the sink at any time. Here's what it looks like now....I can move the dryer back in a couple of hours.
That's the bad.....
THE GOOD...This is the little purse I knit then "felted". It's an easy procedure. You knit your project with wool yarn bigger than you want it. Then you wash it in HOT water and it kind of "melts" together into a fuzzy project. I made some little mistakes, but I know what to do on my next project. The girls are in the process of making little bags now. I'll post those later. This little one is about the size of a cell phone. Not sure if I'll actually use it, but it was fun to do. I have a wallhanging that I need to finish before I try anymore knitting! So many fun crafty things to do, not enough time!!
And now what you've all been waiting for....THE FUZZY!
We went out to Potawatomi State Park. Don't ask how to pronounce it since we haven't figured it out either! Anyway, we were exploring on the beach. It was a chilly evening with a good cool breeze. Anisa said there were some bees sleeping. Yea, ok, whatever Anisa. But, wait! There WERE some bumblebees sitting in a thorny thistle plant sound asleep. These are just a couple of them, but the whole plant was full of little sleeping bees. Ok, I know what you're thinking. Bumble bees...CUTE? Well, see for yourself. I think they're pretty cute, all fuzzy and not bothering anyone. :) That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Well, I have been working on this quilt since December for our new neice who was born in November. I would love to blame the move on my slowness, but it really has nothing to do with it. It should have been done WAY before we moved. But it's done now, and sent to Miss Hannah. I hope she loves it!! :)
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Here's the back of the house. The little window on the side is the bathroom. The windows on the back...on the left is Anisa's room and on the right (with the A/C unit) is Sara's room. Below that level is the garage level. WAY over yonder (the lower part of the house) is the sliding door in the dining room and little window in the kitchen. You can't see it, but there's a door to go into the house from the backyard.
Here's the backyard. We have 4 trees back there. 2 Christmas trees, some other sort of evergreen and some other kind of tree. Hey, what am I, a tree expert?? They are big, green with branches and leaves and the squirrels and birds like them. We like them too because they give us lots of shade in the backyard. They're kind of a pain to mow around, tho. Our grass right now is basically weeds, but when you mow them, they look nice and green, and grass-like. We'll get around to weed 'n' feeding and getting a nice green GRASS next summer.
Here's the living room looking in from the front entryway - looking east. We got new wood (fake wood, but still nice) floors and new carpet. Plus, Casey, the housing guy, painted and got the place all fixed up for us. We're still getting it just the way we like it, but that's just us being picky.
Here's the living room, from the opposite side (computer side) looking west. I know, I know, there are still boxes. The boxes are never-ending it seems, but I have a BIG stack of them in the basement waiting for our friends who are moving to take them. It's amazing how things on the wall makes it a little more "home-y".
Here's the dining room from the computer area in the living room. Yep, more boxes and junk in the corner, but I'm slowly finding spots for all the useless junk that we just can't get rid of. Thank goodness we have a basement. I can stash all sorts of stuff down there. I also thank my lucky stars for Rubbermaid! :)
And here's the kitchen. It's WAY smaller than my old kitchen, but again, I am thankful for a basement. Lots of things that used to go in my kitchen and pantry are now on shelves in the basement. If you look to the right of the cabinets you can see the hallway down to the garage/basement. The basement is directly under the living room and kitchen.
Here's the guest/sewing room. Notice, it's already being used to be crafty. The girls are getting stuff ready for school. Well, Sara's making a pouch for school, Anisa is making a purse. They both have five hundred million bags, pouches and purses, but ya know, you can always use five hundred million and one! All my chickens are in that room, and there's room for more. When we have visitors, we'll put away the mess. I already have to store lots of fabric down, well, you know.....in the basement!
And here's Anisa's room. It's the only BEDroom that has gotten pretty set up. Of course, the master bedroom will be the last one done. Sara's room is in the process of being totally redecorated. In Vancouver she had pink and groovy stuff. She's going tropical. We have some decorations, but we have to put them up.
And that's the house so far. Now, if you want to see it in person, just give us a call. We'll make the futon up for you!