Monday, December 1, 2014


I totally get that I am really late posting.  I seem to have an aversion to the computer lately.  It might have to do with being called to the school board of my children's school.  And because I am the newest member, I get the privilege of taking over the secretarial duty of taking notes.  I am awful at taking notes.  Dare I use the "H" word?!  Lets just say it isn't going well.

Anyways Halloween came and went without a single decoration gracing our home.  The children, especially the Dude was very unhappy with me.  I get it!  Although it is one of my favorite holidays to decorate, I had zero desire to do anything and so I did nothing.  Mr. Finn even had to buy the candy.  Costumes were up to the children as I mentioned earlier, I was a huge flake.

 Miss Boo decided at the absolute last moment that she wanted to be a salsa dancer.  Thanks to a friend for painting her face after school.  Miss Boo has her own flair and I loved her costume.  Her attitude was spicy to match.
 Mr. Finn always loves a good picture of him, so this is gratuitous. HA!
 And the Dude...

He will be a source of amusement forever.  He wanted to be an old fashioned ghost.  I did go to the thrift store to pick up a white sheet.  Not a completely lame mom.

But when he found this Blues Brothers mask, he knew that this was to make him the coolest ghost around.  Btw...he has no clue who the Blues Brothers are, but he liked the look.
 He totally made me laugh.  Such a cool kid.
 Ti was super cold this night after having hot weather for weeks.  The Dude and I bailed to pass out candy at home shortly after this picture.  We don't enjoy the cold at all.
 We even took Palmer with us in costume of course which didn't make it through the night.  It now resides in the trash, but he was remarkably well behaved.
I enjoy this cooler weather.  Well, er...cold weather, as long as it stays cold.  What is killing me is the days of 70 degrees followed by 19 degrees.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hay Kittens!

 I love this time of the year.  Although our Fall was very short and had many days of 80 degree weather, we were able to enjoy a few of them.
The children are growing up so much.  We come to this pumpkin patch every year to play with the cats.  This year they had two mazes for the kids.  They loved jumping on the top of the hay maze versus going through it.  As you can see by the Dude's body language, he is irritated with someone.  He is a total "fister" when he is angry
 As I said, it's really all about the kittens.  The children fall in love immediately.  Because it is so cold, the kittens love to be held and warmed up.  They almost always instantly fall asleep.
One of these days I am going to pull all the above photos for the past years and put them side by side to see how the children change.  The sign has not.  It is weathering along with them.
 I love this time with the kids.  Everything is so peaceful.
 The next three photos tell a story about Miss Boo.
 She is falling in love...
 She is determined to have one and is preparing to call her Dad.
She is heartbroken that the answer was no.

She was so sad.  She had found this sweet kitten that was so cuddly.  Unfortunately our Cat isn't so cuddly and Miss Boo really needs that kind of attention.  Oh well, maybe one day we will go and come home with a new kitten.

Happy Fall Y'all!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Trying to Transition back

Shannon challenged me to get back to blogging.  I have wanted to, but haven't been able to find my inner blogger voice.  I have been reading a lot of them but haven't had much to say, so here goes.

Thanks Shannon!

Top Ten Thoughts While Transitioning

1. Favorite memory from June

Can I say I don't remember that month, because I don't.  Not so much!
2. Favorite memory from July
Nyoka and the kids came to visit for a week and then the Jacksons came for a day and then Cherra for a couple hours.  This happened back to back.
3. Favorite memory from August
Painting the rocking chairs turquoise blue. (Mr. Finn was not as excited.  He says they go with nothing.  My point exactly.)  And I decided to cut my hair off and dye it Chocolate Cherry. Figured if I couldn't lose the weight, I could fix the hair.

4. Best thing you ate over Summer vacation
Red velvet cheesecake
5. Something you wish you did, but never got around to
Swim more with the kids.
6. Favorite song right now
Spirit in the Sky.  Hasn't changed much since the 80's for me.  Could listen to it at any given moment and it would make me move.
7. Favorite fall fashion item
Grey mid thigh sweater.  Goes with everything.
8. Favorite thing to do with your family in the fall
Pick out pumpkins at the patch and play with the new kittens that roam free there.
9. What you can't wait to cook/ eat this fall
Hot Cocoa with baguette bread every morning.  Makes me happy.
10. A goal you have for this school year
Have the kids be more self reliant.  i.e.: make own lunches, etc.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Eight in Great

 This amazing little boy got baptized on April 12th.  It was short and sweet, covering all the points and in the end he was baptized and confirmed by his Dad.  His biggest fear is that he would have to do it twice and it happened, just like his Dad 42 years ago.

His Grandpa gave the opening prayer and his Uncle Homer gave the talk.  I love how he used examples from his mission in Korea and he talked solely to the Dude.

 This little boy brings so much laughter and life to our home.  He made the choice to be baptized and am grateful for his obedient heart.
We love him so much and are happy to be his parents.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Because this April was a very special one.  Not just because or Miss Boo's birthday on the 16th, but because her brother was baptized April 5th.  Because of this fact, she got to spend her birthday with her grandparents from Arizona.

We went to Adam-ondi-ahman and Jamesport for the day. It was really cold and we couldn't spend long but it is always nice to visit.  We went to Jamesport which is an Amish town.  The kids were disappointed we couldn't ride a buggy.  Funny kids.
My Dad is funny and has the funniest shirts.  The irony is, they totally say what he is thinking.  Or doing! Love my Dad.
She is growing up so fast.  So smart, quite funny, sweet to others (outside her family) kind, generous, enthusiastic about her hobbies (painting, piano) and has the most beautiful face.  She is a joy in our home.  She also was put on this earth to teach us patience.  We are very grateful for her.
This is the meal she wanted for her birthday.  A pretty predictable child when it comes to food.
Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.  Who doesn't love that.
I hope she wished for the moon.  I love my Boo!