Friday, May 30, 2008
It was amazing to me that Jansse was still so interested! He really enjoyed it!
And after I left he continued for another 15 minutes. Something so simple is so wonderful!
Here is a lay out I did this past weekend. I really like it, but again, it is something so simple.
And a close up at some of the fun:
Off to a design team craft-a-thon this evening and tomorrow. That should be fun!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Actually, it wasn't quite all school because only the first through sixth graders went, but it sure was fun! We went to Madison Buffalo Jump State Park, about 45 minutes away from the school. The buffalo jump is where the Blackfeet Indians would run herds of buffalo off of cliffs to their death, and then the Indians would harvest the meat, skins, bones, etc. for food, clothing and shelter. It is an area with lots of history, and quite a bit of beauty!
This is the group I got to hang out with for the scavenger hunt activity. Notice, it did not include my son. At first I was disappointed, but then I realized that was probably a good decision. None of the parents had their own children in their group - at least none that I noticed. You can sort of see behind them the cliffs where the buffalo were run to their death.
Can you find Jansse in this photo?
Jansse did work hard on the art project they did. He was building a tepee, but first he had to decorate the skin for it. He hates to color, so true to form, his was minimalist in it's decoration.
The teachers had this beautiful buffalo skin and skull to show the children!
They also had a great book to read to the children that was inspired by the very place we were visiting. All of the children got to touch the skin and the skull, and were thrilled for the chance to do that.
The teacher holding the skull will be Jansse's third grade teacher next year. We are very excited to have her! I cannot tell you how blessed with good, no GREAT, teachers we have been at Petra. They are all wonderful. This years teacher taught Jansse so much, and is just the sweetest lady. It was her first year, and I can see that she has a tremendous teaching career in front of her!
Tomorrow is the last day of classes, and then Friday is the school picnic. Then, it is summer!
Hopefully the weather will realize how excited about summer we are and begin to act like it is time for warm sunny days!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
So, we decided to watch Raiders of the Lost Arc tonight. First we talked a bit about the Arc of the Covenant, and I was very pleased with what he knew - the Ten Commandments are stored in there, and nobody except the priests were to touch it or they would die. So, thinking that was a good introduction, we rolled the DVD.
Here are photos of Jansse during the opening scenes of the movie:
Just a little scary.
Oh boy, this is a lot scary!
Maybe I'll take a peek, but I'm not sure I want to watch this.
He did not let Andy leave during most of the movie, and when Andy did step away for a moment, we would hear a little voice saying "Papa, I need you."
But, at the end, he was raving about it.
By the way, from what I have heard about the new movie that just came out, he will not see it for many years to come. But, at least he will have some familarity with what all the marketing is about because he will have seen the 20 year old movie.
He fished, but in order to do so, had to first catch live minnows with the minnow trap. Here he is getting them out of the water.
He's pretty independent in the row boat now. I guess it impressed grandpa enough that he went out and bought some proper oars for the boat. That was cool!
They had cloudy skies and cooler weather the entire holiday weekend, but that didn't stop Jansse and Andy from having some great fun.
Uncle Rich taught Jansse some archery skills, and then gave Jansse some equipment. Thanks Uncle Rich! This is going to be so fun this summer! Jansse is thrilled!
And he played some fun games with Grandma, and also with the cousins.
They did some clean up around the cabin as well, raking pine needles from the roof and from the grounds. That is the Memorial Day tradition, and it was good for Jansse to be part of it. He loves Lake Tahoe and anytime he can get there he thinks it is the absolute best thing in the world! I'm glad they got to go, although I missed them and want to go next time.
I am also very glad they are home! Five days without them is just too much for me. I'm a wimp about being away from my husband and my son. Just the way God made me.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
to show you the results of my efforts. It is in California, with my son and my husband. I miss them so much! And I'm consoling myself this rainy weekend with scrapbooking. After two days working at the scrapbooking store I'm inspired and motivated, and I have some "mojo" to boot. I'm excited!
There are several techniques I want to try - like crackle paint with luminart Radiant Rain daubed over it - I think it will be cool, but I haven't tried it yet. And, I bought (with the money I earned working) lots of new Prima "Say It With Chrystals" that I have some fun plans for.
I do have to sneak in some laundry and meal preparation, but until my boys return, my time is free to play.
And, please know, if it weren't drizzlie raining constantly, I would not be spending the entire time in the house. But since it is a chicken soup and hot chocolate kind of weather event, I'll just settle in and make the best of it. My garden will have to wait until next weekend - and then the weeds are going to be honken' big!
Friday, May 23, 2008
This photo is from yesterday, and it shows the Gallatin River is full! This is the place where Andy and Jansse were fishing just a few weeks ago. Now, everywhere they stood on dry land is under water. Big Change!
Jansse's game on Thursday was rained out, so he has yet to play. And, the next game is scheduled for Wednesday, and I will be teaching a class at the scrapbook store, so I can't go. Boo Hoo!
Jennifer is doing okay, although her last update sounded tired. She is getting chemo into her spine either yesterday or today, which is a painful procedure. She received chemo regularly last week, and it kept her in the hospital until Monday or Tuesday. They are in process of moving to new temporary housing, but that is a good thing at this time. Please continue to pray for her, because although the treatments are offering hope, they are so hard on her!
Working at the scrapbook store happens for me only two days a month, and today and tomorrow are those days. Well, today, one of our customers had a car problem and couldn't stop and drove her late model Corvette right through the wall - fortunately nobody was hurt!! Talk about a hectic day at work! I was there all by myself, and had to call 911 and the store owner. Fortunately the damage to the store was not so bad that we had to close. There will be some serious construction issues in the near future, but since nobody was injured, we'll take that with as much of a smile on our faces as possible.
I am working on the silent auction for Jennifer, and that is not hard, but suddenly involving a lot of telephone calls.
I managed to miss my dad's birthday - Happy Birthday Daddy - and now need to get together a little package for he and his wife (it was her birthday a week before his - Happy Birthday Nell - and their anniversary the day after his birthday). I am making myself crazy trying to figure out what to do for them. I've got to get it figured out by Tuesday so I can mail to them then.
There is so much other stuff going on, but right now I don't have time to explain it all. I'll just assure you that all is well, just busy.
And, thank you for your nice comments about our hard day earlier this week.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I was so proud of him for making the most of a challenging situation. I think at his age I might have cried and been very unwilling to have anything to do with Baseball for a couple of hours.
But not my boy! He is so good at bouncing back and making the best of his situation. I admire that in him!
That was the end of the bad things. Then, it rained. Actually, first there was a huge wind storm. I mean wild! Howling wind! Amazing! Exciting! Knocked out the power multiple times! The, it rained. It has been raining pretty much ever since, which is a good thing because the crops need rain, the grass needs rain, and it is not snow!
I'll take it! It is more like what spring usually is around here.
I started a bit of a project. I took all my scrapbook pages out of the books and organized them in chronological order. I don't scrap chronological, but I decided I want to store that way. It is a big project that takes up a lot of room. I hope to have them all back into books by the end of today.
It is neat to go back and see all the things I've done, and how my scrapbooking has progressed. I am going to have a couple of weekends with lots of crafting (I hope!), so it is exciting to be inspired by what is already done!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I love the glow in our yard at this time of the evening! It just makes all the colors so much deeper and richer!
It is a full moon tonight, and promises to be beautiful!
As you can tell from the past five posts, it was a good weekend for us. Hope yours was enjoyable as well.
See Bo, this is how it's done!
Or, here is another method to try.
Com'on Bo, you can give it a try!
It was loud, and it scared Jansse to be close to it. He even expressed fear today when we were reviewing the photos. I'm glad he's nervous about it, because right now it is very dangerous. Good to know he has some sense of that naturally!
The rest are signs around our neighborhood. I'm afraid they don't make Montanains seem very friendly. So much for "Wide Open Spaces!"
Friday, May 16, 2008
2. It's about time that I started to be successful on my diet - and it is finally happening. Almost 10 pounds down - hopefully I'll get to that "milestone" by the middle of next week.
3. It's about time things looked this spring like here:
Isn't that wonderful? The grass is green! And it is getting long enough that I think we need to mow this weekend! No leaves on most of the trees yet, but we'll get there. I'm starting to believe that summer might actually come this year - and that, my dear reader is probably a big part of addressing the issues in paragraph 1 above.
4. It is about time I get crafting and have something to post on this blog. I've got so many ideas and inspirations in my head, and I can't wait to get to them . . . but not until after I don the ten things remaining on the t0-do list that are chores and pains and time consuming and a contributing factor to the funk mentioned above. They just have to be done, so . . .
5. It's about time I stop procrastinating and get to the chores so I can get to the crafting so I can get out of this funk and enjoy the spring weather by being active and burning calories to improve the overall health and appearance of my body.
Yeah! Time to go!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Then, the Blue Heron posed too, which was icing on the cake!
It has been a heck of a week already, and I can't really even tell you why because I'm not sure. It just has been. Lots of tired. Lots of need to withdraw and be at home, but not much time for that. Must be a funk of some kind. These things happen I guess. Just roll with them and get to the other side as quickly as possible is the best philosophy I've been able to come up with about it.
I've got a heck of a "To Do" list going in my head, and now it is time to start checking some of those items off the list. Starting with getting my house cleaned and spiffy. Yeah, that should be a good place to start. Don't you think? I think so. So, why am I still sitting here staring at the draft of this post? Gotta go-go-go!
Monday, May 12, 2008
This is Stacy celebrating with her daughter and my son after the third ceremony she went through.
And, then with her sweet heart - my wonderful brother! He is so proud of her, I can't even tell you. They joined us for a celebration dinner at our house, and then were up early on Sunday and off to California for a trip to the Magic Kingdom!
Then, for Mother's Day we did our traditional trip into Yellowstone Park. It was a cloudy and wet day, but we had a nice time.
For the first time ever we saw a black bear in the park. Not the best photo ever, but it gives you an idea:
Didn't see any griz this trip (did see two last year when we went to a different part of the park). It was just the three of us this year, and we took our time looking around and seeing lots of fun things.
I'm not all that pleased with this photo of me, but I have to say, the angelic look on Jansse's face makes me happy! We were at Artist Paint Pots for this one, one of the places we got out and walked around.
We did see the typical elk and bison, but we also got an array of birds this trip.