Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's done!

It's official as of today - we closed on our home! The nice thing is we can stay in the house and rent it from the new owner until we move (in about a month). Everything is working out nicely. We also found a rental in CA - small, but it's a house with a yard, and we have the flexibility of a month-to-month lease.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

32 weeks

Thought it was time to post a belly shot again - I'm getting to that uncomfortable point... can't stand up for long, can't sit down for long, and can't sleep very well with the little "bowling ball" in there. My energy level is low and circulation in my legs is not great, but I'm surviving. It could be worse (I'm thinking of my friend Lindy who is full term with twins... sorry Lindy). Yep, I'm actually feeling pretty good. :)

Jared's party

Jared had his party yesterday - dinosaur theme. We made dinosaur hats, did a balloon stomp, egg relay with dinosaur feet, cake, and presents. I think everyone had fun. I got most of the ideas on-line - the hats, games, and cake. I thought I'd give the cake a try and if it didn't work, I'd turn it into a big volcano...

Here are some links that I used. The last one had a bunch of other cute dino crafts using milk
jugs and egg cartons, but didn't make any of those. Anyway, thank goodness I didn't have to think up all of the ideas on my own. My creativity these days isn't very good.


dinosaur hats

dinosaur feet

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

too close

I found this picture on-line... this was the storm with tornado that came through tonight. We took the boys to the basement in Alex's workplace. The tornado touched down on the northwest side of town, with a little bit of damage. One of Alex's colleagues had their tree ripped out of the front yard. Just too close.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Jared is four!

Jared got a gift card for his birthday and got to pick out whatever he wanted. Dad took him to the store and Jared picked out this roaring, stomping dragon. (I would have never gotten this...) He loves it.

He also got a CD player which he really likes - he thinks it's so cool to listen to his own music. He also liked his new Hot Wheels motorcycle jump, money, quarter collector, and Buzz Lightyear flashlight. He got to go to CiCi's for dinner and get an ice cream cone after he picked out his toy from the store. He's one spoiled kid, but he deserves it. He's such a good boy - we love Jared!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Time to go shopping...

It seems like things start getting worn out every 5 to 10 years... We're coming up on our 10 year anniversary and everything is falling apart (besides our relationship - it's great). What I'm talking about is the digital camera, video camera, vacuum, vehicles, mattress, DVD player, etc. It's time to shop for some new ones. What do you have that you like or don't like? Do you have anything (even besides the ones I mentioned) that have lasted longer than 5 years? 10 years?

I've been looking at digital cameras on-line today - I'm interested in a quick shot camera with a good battery life. I don't need huge megapixels or a manual lens. And it obviously doesn't have to be ultra compact. Do they even make quick shot semi-compact cameras that are less than $500? If it's not a quick shot, then what kind of "point and shoot" camera is good?

quite a trio

Camping trip

Last weekend we took a trip over to Alabaster State Park. We stopped at the Gloss Mountains along the way - the boys liked all the glossy rocks. Actually Owen preferred the "ugly" (non-shiny) ones - such a geologist already...

We camped in the state park that night - got a little chilly - down to 43, but I was nice and toasty in my sleeping bag with my little extra "space heater". We toured the Alabaster Caverns in the morning (no pics from that). The boys were a little scared - Jared complained about it being too dark. They did get to see a few bats curled up on the walls.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Today's the day!

Alex is home! After nearly 2 months on another Antarctic research expedition, he's finally home. We're so excited to have him back - I am especially tired of doing the "single mom" thing.

Now we just have to figure out how to share... the boys haven't let him sit down for one second since we got in the door.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Spring buddies

Just can't get enough of those caterpillars... Jared really loves them (and rolly pollies). He's very careful with those, but doesn't think twice about squashing spiders. They wanted to make a home for their buddies - and the truck seemed to be just the place.

soccer season comes to a close

This was the best part about Nathan's season - playing with 2 best buddies. We sure will miss them.

We sat through 2 rainy days of games... they don't postpone around here unless it's flooding.

The best part of Jared's season... treats!

Jared did really well this year, especially for his first time to play. He was pretty aggressive and not afraid to get in there and get the ball. Nathan played well too - his favorite was defender. He wanted to make sure nothing got past him. You'd often see him kick the ball up the field and then back pedal to get back in defender position.