Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas cookies

Why do I so easily forget how time consuming these things are?

I really wish my camera would have been handy when we were in the middle of the BIG mess! I spread frosting & the children had a lot of fun with the sprinkles.:) Believe me if you eat one of our cutout cookies you will  have plenty of crunchy sprinkles to eat!

This is what happens to the rest of the house!

Sierra had just had enough of it & went to sleep.:)

We have enough cookies & choc. candy around here now for a good long while! This weekend feels like the kick off to a Christmas vacation.:) Party tonight, ladies Christmas supper Saturday night, caroling Sunday evening, school program on Wednesday & Thursday we start out LONG journey to PA... We are really looking forward to being together with family again, but the getting there is what I am not anticipating!

Look who is sitting big in her "blue" bumbo.:)
Love that little raised arm, like she is riding a bronco.:)

Sitting on the couch with Brit...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Who needs toys?

Cole loves playing with pillows... They are bucking broncos, racing dirt bikes... Today we even had a fire truck in the house! The one on the video is a very calm horse.:) BTW the side show from the girls was not planned :(
 Other excitement for the week... We got SNOW! Saturday morning we awoke to the sight of freshly fallen snow 3-4 inches of it. Dale was not expecting it to snow & felt his heart sink to his toes when he saw it. Snow removal is part of his work & the commercial jobs want theirs complete by 7:00. It was after 7:00 when we woke up! But all was well, snow in this part of CO can be very spotty. We got a good bit, but Montrose where his jobs are got just a little skiff of it.:)
 Last night it snowed again & he got a taste of snow removal! He was out the drive by 2:00 am & didn't come home till around 11:00am. He sure is glad it doesn't snow every night!

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Today I feel so blessed... For the first time in 3 weeks I've had a day that was virtually pain free!!! Wow, its amazing what it does for my disposition to feel good again. Having said that I am convicted of the fact that I should also be able to be joyful in the midst of pain... Nevertheless I am REALLY thankful that God has brought me to this side of things.
 Whats wrong you ask? First I had a bad tooth & rather then pay 2k to have it repaired I chose to have it extracted... Warning! Having this done means a long slow recovery.
 I am positive I had a dry socket & was constantly on Tylenol, in desperation I started searching for other pain relief & discovered clove oil. WONDERFUL stuff! I really think it helped my gum to close up & heal, after using it for 2 days I saw a big difference in the over all appearance of my gum & it started closing up.
  9 days after the tooth was pulled, when I knelt beside the tub to wash my hair I felt sharp pain in my left knee. That was the beginning of another whole story! I believe what happened was something called housemaids knee, & the pain of it is nothing to be laughed at. Throughout that Friday my knee kept hurting & getting hot [feverish], by Saturday it was REALLY bad. After taking ibuprofen for a few days it got much better & then I over did it & the next day it was awful again. Twice this foolish woman over did it & the last time was the worst yet. I learned my lesson then & decided to take it easy for a good week till the thing is healed. Today is day 6 of that week & I can really tell a difference in it.
 I don't know what all I was to learn from this experience but I know that I am much more aware of what living in pain feels like...
 Today I marvel at how wonderful it feels to snuggle my baby girl, to listen to the prayers of my precious children, I count my blessings, they are far to many to list.
 Ashlyn has been very concerned that I will die from my sore knee... She has told me many times that she hopes I won't die from it because she likes her mama! 
 Another thing that I often thanked God for was my dear husband. He has had to pretty much take care of everything on my really bad days, its good this all happened now while he is able to be at home. His lawn work is pretty much over for the season, now he waits for snow to fall. :)

Elsewhere in the family... Miss Sierra is doing great! Hard to believe that she is 12 weeks old already. Those 12 weeks went much faster then the previous 12 did!

Shane is 7 now!!! Party pics will come later :)

Micah gave him his one pump bb gun :)

This is what happens when Ashlyn bribes you to let her comb your hair!
He was just as impressed as he looks.:)

Little missy herself :)

She still loves holding her baby sister

And Briana is still a great nanny.:)