"Adventures, I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull...But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have just landed in them, usually...I expect they had a lot of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten."

-Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings

Saturday, January 30, 2010


A couple weeks ago, my sons Cub Scout troop got together at the city park building to make their pinewood derby cars. Afterwards, everyone was welcome to stay and go sledding on the hill at the park. What a great time! The weather was FANTASTIC, sunny and unseasonably warm. Dad took the boys up and down the hill for over an hour. I, of course, planted my feet at the bottom with camera in hand. :)

He had this look on his face every.time he came down the hill. He looked terrified, but was having a ball!

The boys coming down together. They totally dumped it about .04 seconds after I snapped this.

Dad and little A

All that snow flying up in the previous picture? This is the 'after'. LOL!

This picture CRACKS me up! They were about 2ft in the air here, and while it looks like little A is going to fall out, he didn't, he landed nice and softly on Dad's legs. Can't say the same for dad though... he had quite the bruise.

Having a ball!

Thumbs up for a great afternoon. They were ready for their hot chocolate!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


I love Winter. We don't snowmobile, ice fish, and I haven't been skiing in years. No, my reasons for loving Winter are very selfish. In Winter, there is no yard work to be done. Nothing pressing to do, nowhere important to be. As the snow falls outside, making the World fresh, new, and white, we are inside. The house is cozy and warm. My husband has more time to hang out, the boys are content to snuggle and play games. We are together, enjoying each other in the warmth of our home. The outside World is peaceful in its white crispness, and we are at peace together.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The beauty of today

That is our windbreak treeline along the North side of our property. And our front fence. :)

I love these little buds peeking out of the frosty pine tree!

Above and below are what was left of the crab apples on my tree. Gorgeous with the frost!

And my 4yr old, forever hauling his shovel, through the wind break.

Today was a beautiful day.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

All that hair!

This (cell phone) picture was taken 1 year ago today.

I miss all that hair! It was so cute! I showed him this picture and said 'should we grow all that hair back?' and he said 'ok, we can put it all back on again'. :)

You may remember THIS post about his hair being cut off.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Where is my lens cap?

I like my lens caps, I have a small collection of them... some for lenses I no longer own! EVERY time I take my camera out (which is daily), I'm looking for my lens cap. I cannot tell you how many times I've put it through the wash after putting it in my back pocket at a shoot, or found it months later on the floor of my car (or stroller or purse or camera bag or with my lights or.. well you get the idea!)

I have purchased lens caps off eBay just to keep around. Its quite silly, actually. I mean, its a lens cap, a large black piece of plastic. How does it get lost so easily? Its even reflective on the front where it reads 'Nikon'. So how do they keep getting lost?

I'm starting to think when I rip the lens cap off in haste to get that shot, I put it somewhere safe so I don't lose it. Jokes on me, eh?

Friday, January 8, 2010

The things little boys collect

At any given time on the top of my washing machine is a mix of odd trinkets. A cool rock, an ugly rock, a washer, nut or bolt, paper, small car, a string.... the mix is much larger in the summer when the boys explore the back yard, putting everything into their pockets. This past summer when the trash truck flew by our house doing mach 9, it threw out tons of those packing peanuts, and my then 3yr old diligently walked through the ditch and picked them up. I emptied his jacket out that night and he had at least 40 of them stuffed into his little pockets!

Their dressers are just as interesting. I will have to get pictures of them. On Big A's night stand there is a long row of model school buses, all perfectly lined up according to size, year, and make. :) He also has a growing collection of snowplow trucks and police cars. (you don't want to see the Hot Wheels bin in the playroom.... its large and overflowing!). On his dresser there are all his Cub Scout things, some little things he's made with melting dots and Pix-O's, a rock collection, whistle, small flashlight, flattened pennies, a railroad tye, Railroad police badge......

Little A has a more eccentric collection, because I suppose when you are 4, everything is interesting. He loves Jibbitz, but not on his shoes. He has about 10 on his dresser that he likes to keep. He also has flattened pennies, a railroad tye, railroad police badge, a whistle, some rocks, small trains, wheels and steering wheels from Matchbox cars (why? No idea). Things that I grumble about when I dust, but things that are so obviously very important to little boys.

I don't remember if I had these habits as a kid. I remember being fascinated with everything though, and thats why these things remain on their dressers, and why I smile as I empty pockets while doing laundry. It reminds me that they will only be this small for a short time, and soon that orange rock or that packing peanut won't be nearly as important. I think I will take pictures of their things as they arrange them, to remind not only myself of their quirky ways as little ones, but to show them, and hopefully some day they will get the warm fuzzies from memories of their younger days.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Patient dirty beggars

These are THE most patient cats ever. Little A lays on Mr Gordon, he carries him around, he loves on him all the time. And Mr Gordon just takes it. He may look angry in these pics, but thats his 'oh someone is loving on me' face.

Thankfully Big A is a bit more gentle, and actually knows how to pick up and hold a cat!

This is where they spend their time while we are preparing dinner. I have learned to look and kind of shuffle my feet when I walk when I'm in the kitchen because there is always one underfoot looking for a handout! (Bonus points to my hubby, who made dinner last night!)

And in case you were wondering, they did get a small taste. It was apparently good. :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Changing things up!

New year, new blog, hopefully soon a new daughter.

I'm not in love with this background yet, but I'm amusing myself with putting up new ones and seeing what it looks like.

Maybe I should be making dinner instead. Where are my kids?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

My mom doesn't buy character shirts

Does he even know WHAT a character shirt is? Unlikely... we really don't buy them, and so he told my sister. But he wanted this Mario shirt so badly he was almost in tears in the store. For $5, I caved and let him get it. He thought he was some stuff... he wore it when we got home, that night to bed, and I'm ashamed to say he wore it the next day too. But in my defense, we did just stay at home that day. The coolness has worn off some, as he still favors his train shirts (all 12 of them) more than anything. :)

Speaking of trains.... Grandma and Grandpa and Auntie Lisa and Uncle Charron came through with the coolest train evah. Its currently riding the rails through our living room. Its a conversation piece I suppose. They are quite proud of it. We have added it to our collection of wooden train table, GeoTrax, Polar Express train, and random other trains that they have collected over the years.

We take our trains very seriously around here!

And then there are the early Christmas presents. The boys wanted cats so badly, and so a in November I took them to the Humane Society and let them each pick out a kitten. They were both beyond thrilled, and having two cats in the house has been.... interesting. They are so cute and comical, they fight and run around, its funny. We were worried about the dog at first... as Huskies are known for hating cats. But our Wendy, she's so gentle, they smelled each other up and they were all good. Big A named his cat, the little black and white tuxedo kitty, Bailey. Little A named his cat, the larger light orange kitty, Gordon.

I love having cats too, and I was getting used to the cat earmuff and scarf combo while I slept. Thankfully they have both recently found other favorite sleeping spots by our feet... which is much better than on my head. :)

And lastly, a few family photos from Christmas at my moms house. I think it has become customary to have a family photo taken by this fireplace every year.

As for me, I'm doing very well sticking to my New Years resolution to take pictures every day. I've gotten some really fun ones of the boys doing random things like watching a movie from behind the chaise lounge, playing games, and just being boys.

I'll leave you with a picture of my favorite Christmas gift. I've been wanting this my whole life. Or at least since 2004 when the series ended and they created the boxed set. Isn't it beautiful? My hubby must really love me! :)