"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

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

It was a great day!

Today we met some new friends! Hilary and family just moved from Nebraska to a town very near us! I had been waiting to get in touch with her, knowing how stressful a move is, especially with kids, to a new state, a new house, with unpacking and finding you way, its hard! When she updated her blog with 'we are here!' I was excited to meet her and the kids!

She invited us to their new house to play at the park nearby. The kids hit it off right away. Alexander and her boys are very close in age, and they got along great! Alexander and Tyler really 'get' each other! Anthony was just excited to run with the big boys! Their little girls are just the cutest!

The boys talked about the kids the whole way home, and rattled Dad's ear off about them once we got home! I love meeting new people and it was great to hit it off with a new friend. And the boys can't wait to see them again either!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

21 years

March 16th, 1989. Twenty-one years ago today. Its hard to imagine that 21yrs ago my dad passed away. It seems like such a lifetime ago, and some memories take a lot of work to process. Others are so vivid they play in my mind like a movie.

My dad had very curly hair, and when I was little I would sit on his shoulders at night and put my little hair barrettes in his hair. What patience that must have took, to let a 2yr old sit on your shoulders and clip 100 pastel hair barrettes in your hair! I remember sitting with him in his chair one night when I was sick.... just sitting together.

Smells do it too. The smell of sawdust always takes me back, and the smell of diesel. My dad build his own sawmill from scratch, so those were two familiar smells. And for some reason I haven't quite pinpointed yet, that beautiful smell of crunchy Fall leaves on the ground.

In many ways, my Anthony reminds me of my dad. He's built like him, he has some of his mannerisms. We used to joke that my dad only hit the ground every third step, and boy does that describe Anthony too! The night he held his fork by the end and shook it at us at the dinner table like my dad used to do to us kids.... I had to excuse myself from the table.

My dad was only 38 when he passed away. I didn't realize just how young that was until I became an adult myself. I look at my small children, my oldest almost the age I was when my dad died, and I can't imagine how my mom did it with four of us. She's so amazing... also something I didn't fully appreciate until I was grown.

Twenty-one years is a long time, but we still miss you all the same Dad.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

60

That was the temp today. In Minnesota. In March. It was GORGEOUS! Its been gloomy and rainy the last few days, and sitting in Church this morning and having the sun jump out of the clouds was amazing! We had an errand to run after Church, and by the time we came back through town it was 57 on the bank clock!

So our driveway is freshly chalked courtesy of the 4yr old and Cr*yola, the dirt was thoroughly played in, and my car was cleaned out, aired out, and washed! It was a nice change from being in the basement hanging sheetrock. The boys even got out their golf clubs and hit some balls around the yard.

Oh yeah... our 'other' project. We've been finishing our basement this winter! When we bought the house 5yrs ago we thought we could get the basement finished with no problem. Another child and 5yrs later... here we are getting it done now. The bathroom is done, thankfully, and its beautiful. Also down there is another bedroom with walk in closet (that will eventually be our bedroom), a storage room, laundry/utility room, family room, walk in closet by the patio door, and a playroom.

The playroom is cool. Its the crawl space under the entryway (we have a split level) and its 6ftx10ft..... 39" high. Every kid that comes over just loves it under there. Its plenty big for their stuff and its such a fun space! It will be really nice to finally have the walls done and some decent carpet down there for warmth, as right now its just a remnant on the floor and a rug.

Hopefully it will be done before this gorgeous weather is here to stay! Its alot less fun working down there when its so nice outside!