Ecclesiastes 5:18

"...Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8

This is my place to come to help me to 'think on these' wonderful things in my life!

"Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life." Ecclesiastes 5:18

I am so thankful that I can enjoy the life God has given us with my husband and our children!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009



The side of our pond with a tadpole swimming by. He's to
the left of the leaf. We have tons of tadpoles! We had a
blast looking at them today!

Leaning into the pond to get a closer look...
and Christa FELL IN THE POND yesterday
leaning too much on a rock! The rock gave way
and, well...we ended up needing a bath! LOL

We brought them inside for a closer look...we
brought them inside (about 20 - 30 of them
that we caught with the net!) in a jelly jar, and
then looked at them individually in a small clear
glass custard bowl.

We have tadpoles of all sizes! Can you see the
legs on thise one!? They are SSOOOO tiny!
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Special time with Christa

All we did was drive up to Costco for about 29 seconds there
to get some bread and look for some Armorall, but I did
get to drive Doug's *PRISTEEN* truck and it was just Christa
and I, and we really enjoyed that! She put stickers on her
face, and kept saying, "Look Mommy! I have butterflies on
my lips!" (the stickers had butterflies on them) Christa is
a lot of fun!
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Sunday, July 26, 2009


About an hour after we washed Doug's
truck, it HAILED. There is a small
hail 'marble' on the bridge... we stood
out on the front porch and just watched
it hail! It was the first hail the girls
had seen - and felt!

Here are two of the hail peices in my hand.
Not too big, but soo soo odd to see!
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Washing Doug's truck

The girls so love to get in their bathing suits
and washing vehicles!

dancing to Dave Matthews in the truck bed while
Doug sprayed the truck, and them!, with the
water hose!

Kayleigh and Christa kept spraying each other
with the hose long after the truck was done!

A late lunch outside... they were outside
almost all day!
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Secret Place

"Fun sercoret house
no gron ups
Becose you might hurt your head
only if you are ages 3-13
No dogs aloud"
translation: "Fun secret house, no grown ups allowed,
because you might hurt your head only if you are ages
3-13 and no dogs allowed"
This sign was on the door to the 'secret place'!!!

The girls revamped a crawlspace
for their own little 'secret play area'

they moved all the stuff themselves!

They put the floor covering down and
everything! and they use a flashlight so
they can see with the door closed. It's
actually nice in there...we read our
devotionals in there one night and it was
quite comfortable!

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Grandma and Grandpa's house

Doug cutting the grass at Grandma and Grandpa's
house - and letting Christa ride!

Christa talking on the 'suction cup
that attaches to the shower wall'
phone! (Kayleigh came into me talking
on it...having a conversation with
some pretend salesperson on the
other end, made me laugh so hard, but
she wouldn't let me take a picture!)

Some fun with Christa after she
fell asleep at the dinner table

Too much fun with Christa after
she fell asleep at the dinner table!
(this is Doug's hand... and I helped
maybe just a *little*)
And Christa did admit - upon Doug
asking - to smelling ham while she
slept and when she woke up

Still asleep on mommy's lap - apparently the ham maybe
has tryptophan that can be inhaled?!?! That's one sleeeepy
little girl!
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Friday, July 24, 2009

Lemonade Money for 'Anthem Lemonaid'

This is the check for the money the 4 families
raised for Children's Miracle Network by selling
the lemonade provided by Anthem! They had a
blast (see other blog entry "Anthem Lemon'aid' stand"
from July 19th, 2009)
Way to go families! Thanks to Anthem, and
thanks to Children's Miracle Network for all that
they do!
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Another summer park day with friends!

They found a dead fish, and could
see some ribs.. they were pretty
excited about that!

Christa in her friend's stroller, that
she has decided she likes it better
than her own....

walking a bit while the rest of the
crew played...there was about 12 children
in all for this play trip and about 6 mommies!
What a nice bunch of ladies and children
to be with! No pics of them or their
children, because I didn't ask them yet
if I could post!
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Another happy library program!

The girls loved this one... and probably partly
because there were about 5 other families there
that we knew. Thanks to Karen for getting
everyone together ;)

Our three sat together part of the time
and I couldn't believe how long Christa's
hair has gotten!

This program was very interactive, and they
got to sing, and play instruments and get up and
dance some... young childrens' dreams come true!
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The Blog

after their bath this morning, the girls sat and
watched the blog and the videos of their favorite
songs....they watched them all a few times! They
just giggled incessantly at seeing their fav songs
on the blog and the LINKS to the VIDEOS. Glad
to see that technology can still impress their young
little minds in the age they are growing up in!
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Daddy's home for his birthday celebration!

The girls all love a celebration! They
were so excited to give Doug his gifts
and have him open them. They jump
up and down and stay right next to him and
watch his every move as he's opening the
presents! Zoe wrapped all her own gifts,
even though they were in a gift bag! Doug
looked like he had a blast opening them all and
seeing how thrilled the girls were to give him

That's a lot of candles!!

We also went to dinner with Grandma and
Grandpa, and of *course* they told the waitstaff
about Doug's birthday, and they sang to him and made
him chuckle! I love it! The girls loved the hat and
the singing! Happy Birthday Doug!!!!!
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Preparing for Daddy's birthday!

Christa tasting the batter to assure
it's not poison,...

Mmmmmm they smelled delicious!

They did a great job decorating! I love the
fact that they are pretty self sufficient now in all
this, and I can have the camera out :)

Want some? :D
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Monday, July 20, 2009


Just taking a walk....

The view I sometimes get of our walks ;) it's cute
to me! Everyone's 'behinds' as I stroll the stroller
and walk the pup :)
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Our pet for a while - Lizzie the snail ;)

Chrysalis shaking

I finally got a YouTube account and have been posting our very own videos! If anyone has trouble viewing, please let me know!

First trip out on the boat....

New Painted Lady Butterfly trying out it's wings!