Sunday, April 30, 2006

Birthday cake and buses

Well I wish I could say that Saoirse's b-day was a lot of fun. But the child was a basket case ALL day long!!! UgH! She fell asleep in the evening, even with a nap, and when she woke up she was worse than she had been all day. Then today she has started sneezing, and so I am assuming she is coming down with something. She was very happy with her new doll, at least for a few minutes.

We spent most of the day cleaning the "new" van. It was pretty dirty. We took our first ride in it this morning to church. Let's just say it's a good thing I don;t have a history of pre-term labors!! Oy! Looks like we will need to replace some shocks. But the girls LOVED it. They were sooooo excited. They think it's a bus. Just think all we have to do is give it a coat of yellow paint....and they can have the experience of riding a school bus. Hee, hee.

How to hold a crochet yarn

Or at least how I hold it :-)

Friday, April 28, 2006

Our baby turns 2 today!!

UGGH!! I lost my post!! I had it all ready to put up and I hit the wrong button. Boo hoo.

Our baby truns 2 today!! Where does the time go? We gave her one of her two gifts this morning. IT's an ABC puzzle. She loves puzzles. This one says the letter and the picture when you put the piece in place. It freaked her out at first, but she loves it now. We will be celebrating with a "My Little Pony" cake tomorrow. She picked it out herself when we were at Walmart. We have to wait until tomorrow since Jerry won't be here this evening. He's driving to pick up our "new" van!! New to us that is. We will finally have working A/C and heat!! Woo hoo!! Plus we will have PLENTY of room to grow into as well seeing as how it's a 15 passenger van. I'll be driving a bus!

Saoirse is growing up into a big girl. She finally talks now. She is my big helper. she loves to do dishes and laundry with me. She is actually very good at folding all the dish towels and wash clothes, no joke!! She loves to look at books and color. She loves to play with her sisters, and will play pretend with them. Right now as I write she is pretending to be a dog. Not like we don't have enough of those around here as it is. Actually we only have two puppies left, ours and one to sell still. We kept a black female that we have named Shiloh. She is a fearless thing!! Cute as a button and will keep us on our toes for some months to come I am sure.

Well we are off to empty the contents of our van so that Jerry can take it up to get the new van. He is making a trade in. We'll miss our light blue van. I'll post picks of our new bus, er, I mean van and some pics of Saoirse blowing out her candle tomorrow.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Our land!!

We went out to our land! We had the closing on thursday and it is by the grace of God that we actually closed! There were sooooo many things that were going wrong right up until the last hour till we were to be at the lawyers. But then the actuall signing went very smoothly and quickly. So today we went out to take some pics. Plus we picked up a "few" ticks along the way. Yuck. I knew that would probably be the case so we had stopped by the store to pick up some bug wipes. I am sooooo very glad we did or we would have been covered in them. They were all hanging out on our ankles and didn't go any further due to the bug wipes. I had so many I just decided to throw out my socks as I was getting fed up with trying to kill them all.

We did meet our backyard neighbor........and lets just say......hmmmm......well he was a character. He was freaked out that we were on his land. We were at the creek on the bridge and on the one side is our land and on the other side is his land. We had our dog with us and Jerry (who was talking with him up the way) called out to make sure our dog didn't come his way. Ends up the guy has a pit bull and he didn't seem friendly from what the guy said. My first reaction was, well if he doesn't keep him contained and I see him, well there will be one less dog in the world. We ourselves have had a pit bull and she was the sweetest thing, but I won't mess with one that the owner doesn't feel safe around other people! The creek on our side has a lot of fallen trees over it and so we will spend a bunch of time trying to cut them up so the girls can be sure to be on our side of the land. The neighbor doesn't mind if we are just playing around right there by the bridge, he just doesn't want us to come up towards his house (which you can hardly see from the bridge). But we will be good neighbors and try to keep on our side of the line. Ok, with out further waiting I will upload the pictures. They alway load differently each time so I will try to caption them after I add them, but there's not telling how it will come out.

Ok, I just loaded the pics and everything came out totally different! I will have to work on figuring out how to manipulate the text and pics to look decent and orderly. So here is description of the pics:
top right: Isabella at the creek.
2nd row on left: Us going down to the bridge, Jerry is taking the picture up by the one corner of the property and our property runs right down the path, past the creek and on about another 100 feet.
2nd row on right: The two orange stakes are the left side of the house.
next going down: Standing in front of our property lokking up to the main road. The dirt road is the easment that allows us and our neighbor to get to our houses.
next: Us at the creek with the crooked bridge.
third: We are walking from the easment towards the house area (the house will be towards the left).
last: The orange flag on the left is one edge of teh property, looking down along the property front. Where the road curves out land keeps going into the woods. The curve goes down to our neighbors house and pond.

So there you have it. We are excited it is getting on its way. The guy who will be clearing our land will be there next week. We are only clearing the area right around the house and driveway. So we will have a very small open yard. We plan on clearing a bit more each year until we have what we want cleared (for a garden and swing set).
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