Monday, June 30, 2008

Cannon Valley Bike Trail

Our second camping trip with Dakota was to the Cannon Valley bike trail. We weren't very impressed with our campground but the bike trail is beautiful.

We put up our "add a room" for the first time and love it. Lacy loves the new porch so much that she insisted on sleeping there all night.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

25 of my Favorite Things

Blog assignment 25: 25 of your very favorite things!

1. My children and husband
2. Being in love with my husband
3. Praise and worship music
4. Animals
5. Flowers, any and all
6. Coke, not diet, the real sugary coke
7. kittens
8. Italian food
9. Chocolate
10. Riding my bike
11. Scrapbooking
12. Watching movies
13. Clinique
14. Camping
15. Reading
16. Garage sales
17. Thrift stores
18. Antiques
19. Campfires and roasting marshmellows
20. Mexican food
21. Being a nurse
22. Surfing the internet
23. The beach
24. Bubble baths
25. The mountains

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Happy Birthday to You!!!

Happy Birthday Tiffany!!!

You say it's your birthday
It's my birthday too, yeah
They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you

Yes we're going to a party party
Yes we're going to a party party
Yes we're going to a party party.

Birthday's ROCK!!! Sure, I'm not happy about the ever increasing number of candles on my cake, but it definitly beats the alternative. I always wanted a summer birthday, but mine is January 24th, which makes today the "5 month" anniversary of my ** birthday so......

You say it's your birthday
It's my birthday too, yeah

Monday, June 23, 2008

Vent Time
Blog assignment for June 23rd Vent!Say what you want!Vent Time

Why do people take up 2 parking places?? It doesn’t make any sense to me. If they don’t want anyone parking close to them, they need to go out further where no one parks instead of taking up valuable parking spaces!!

Does the grassy areas along the roads look like a trash can to you??? Me either, so who are these people who think they are trash cans!!! Every gas station I have EVER gone to has “trash cans” it’s a great place to throw the trash into. STOP tossing your trash on the side of the road!!!

NO SMOKING….SMOKING ZONES are situated AWAY from doors, there is a reason for that. What good is a non-smoking building when you have to walk though a cloud of smoke coming out? I’m sorry it’s raining and you don’t want to get wet, but try an umbrella. I’m a nurse, I see people with lung cancer who have never smoked but they were exposed to second hand smoke. It’s your choice what you want to do to your own lungs but leave mine alone.

Okay, off my soap box.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

A Perfect Summer Day

My perfect day…..hmmm

Relaxing by water with my family is the ultimate perfect day. The best place to be would be by a lake, a mountain stream or the ocean. The weather would be perfect of course, not a cloud in the sky, 80 degrees with no humidity. Someone would be serving us our favorite foods, no dishes to do. We’d swim, sun, hike, maybe a little volleyball. We’d capped the day with a bonfire and s’mores.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Playing Around

Before and After and a darker version

I found this fun tip from "As For Me and My Blog, We Shall Serve The Lord" blog. I was able to darken the edges so that the corsage stood out a bit more. The after version is a very subtle change, but I like it. The darker version pops the corsage out a bit more, but I think I like the subtle version better.

First Day of Summer

Here I am the first day of summer laying in bed. I've been sick since about 3 am on Friday while at work. I made it through the night, came home and went straight to bed, didn't even eat breakfast.

I've been in bed ever since, no appetite, sipping on propel. I had to call in sick to work last night...worst thing to do is to call in a Friday night, they never believe you're sick. I feel so lousy that I don't even care.

On a positive note the pounding headache I've had seems to be subsiding. It's still there just not pounding anymore. My stomach is still doing somersaults. Not the best first day of summer I've ever had. Hope everyone else is having a nicer first day of summer

Steel Venom!

Assignment June20: PHOTO, of something yellow, orange or red
Steel Venom at Valleyfair, the ultimate extreme ride. Adam is riding in the front seat alone, brave boy.

June 19th Assignment - Animal Time

Little Princess Lacy a.k.a. Lacy a.k.a the fruit loop loving dog

Notice, Lacy is keeping her eyes on the fruit loop box. Then she patiently waited for the two pet humans to go inside....she makes her move

When she's not eating fruit loops, she's claiming the furniture. She did allow Adam to share the couch with her
Toys!!! Lacy loves toys. She got a stocking full for Christmas, but didn't know which one to play with many choices
Last halloween she dressed up as a weblo cub scout. Lacy's favorite animal to torment is "yellow bird" acy can spend hours stalking the bird. Once she finally corners yellow bird, she doesn't have a clue what to do with the bird. If she gets too close yellow bird pecks her on the nose. I guess yellow bird rules, sorry Lacy

Monday, June 16, 2008

Sunset at Glacier

Blog assignment: a picture of a sunset or sunrise. I searched all my digital photos and I did not have even ONE picture of a sunrise or sunset! Have a new assignment for myself.

I found this picture of a sunset at Lake Mary in Glacier National Part in Montana. I was here, and saw the sunsets, but for some odd reason don't have a picture. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I spent two days there and only saw a small portion of the park. I highly recommend Glacier.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Because....I'm the Mom

I lifted this from The Queen of Chaos' blog. It's her summer theme song. I think it's the summer theme song for all moms!

Monday, June 9, 2008


This is a water slide at Noah's Ark in the Wisconsin Dells. I acutally went down this slide, several times four years ago. You get up to the top and it looks like it goes straight down. The lifeguard up there won't push you down either, I tried. So, you have to get up the courage and drop down and then SCREAM!! It doesn't get any easier the second or third time either.

The red signs over the bottom of the slides post your speed. You can do this slide in apx 4 to 6 seconds, barely gives you time to scream. It was a blast, and my kids were pretty impressed that ole Mom did it.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Greatest Summer Memory

One of them is being made today. We are celebrating my son's graduation from high school with a party for him today! He is so excited.

One of the greatest moments in my life happened in the summer. June 12th, my husband and I will be celebrating our wedding anniversary! We are still hopelessly in love with each other. There is nothing better in life then being in love with your husband. Our wedding was beautiful, and I cherish my memories of that day.

Some of my greatest summer memories were just the simple summer things I did with my children. Walks, playing at the park, going to the beach, going on vaction "up north", laying on the ground looking at clouds, catching bugs, playing in the sprinker....the list goes on and on. Now that my children older, I see young families doing these things, and I so miss these little things. I'm tremendously blessed that I was able to stay home with my children for several years, and don't regret one moment of that time. Life is good.

A Perfect Summer Menu

A Perfect Summer Menu - Blog Assignment June 7th

Steak on the grill, with sautéed mushrooms on the side. A fresh green salad, tossed with whatever veggies are in fresh at moment. My homemade potato salad, which I don’t make often enough. Gotta have grilled sweet corn too! With a cold glass of lemonade on the side. ahhhhhh

Friday, June 6, 2008

Welcome to the World!

Makenzie Ann!!
My newest niece, born June 3. Weight:7 lbs. 8 oz
Congratulations Jamie and Nicole
and Grandparents Bob and Thearey!!!

Dream Vacation

Blog Assignment June 6 - Dream Vacation

Italy is our dream vacation! Michael has been there, but I haven't. I can't wait to go have him show me Italy, and discover some things together. We're making plans to go after Adam graduates from high school, in another 5 years. Seems like a long time....but we can dream until then!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Summer Song

June 5th of the Big Blog Challenge add my summer song to my blog ~

You are listening to "Something Beautiful" by the Newsboys.

(a day early...opps)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Photo of something Refreshing!

Blog assignment 2 - Photo of something Refreshing!

There is nothing more refreshing on a hot (there's that hot word again) day then a nice, cool stream in the mountains. We were up in the mountains in Montana, camping next to this delightfully refreshing stream, Lacy was having a blast splashing with her stick!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Something Hot

First blog assignment... Blog about something "Hot" What does that mean to you?

Today something “hot” is mowing the grass. Yes, I know it’s not what women think of as “hot” but the sun was beating down on me, and I was forming a lake as I mowed. It was hot baby. Now I’m inside the air conditioned house with a glass of ice water, still sweating, still hot. Time to hit the shower. Then maybe I’ll put on a flick with a “hot” actor in it, hehe