Sunday, July 16, 2017

The 4th of July

One of my favorites.  I love this time of year.  There's something about BBQ's, snow cones, the blazing hot sun, potato salad, fireworks, Summer fairs, and walking though the lawn.  It's been a long time since I've set foot on a nice Kentucky blue grass.  It's the small things. :)  I love you Texas, but you don't rate very high on the good grass scale. 
We had a really good holiday.  Paul and Rod finished the shed in the morning.  Then we headed out to see the parade.  I was giggling because you could tell it was a small town parade.  No floats...just trailers, emergency vehicles, and companies advertising, not even one marching band.  I did marching band...every town should have a marching band!  It's a right of passage.  All in all it was pretty great getting to know our new town a little better, supporting the locals, and getting a whole lot of free candy.  I felt like Audrey had gone trick or treating when it was all over.  I couldn't leave without taking a little walk through the town fair.  I love looking at all of the stuff people come to sell.  I never usually buy anything but I love looking.  I left wanting to take up the hobby of making pendant necklaces.  Maybe I'll take it up around December just long enough to make gifts and then give it up.  I already have enough hobbies to keep me busy.  
When we got home we had a delicious BBQ and then we set out to find some fireworks.  In Texas you can buy big fireworks.  In Montana you can buy small fireworks but you can't set them off in city limits.  We panicked because we bought all these fireworks and then found out we couldn't set them off.  Luckily I found a friend who also moved here from Texas who lives outside of city limits!  They were so nice to share their street with us.  We enjoyed the rest of the night watching fireworks with friends and family.  As it started to get a little chilly toward the evening it made me feel like I was back in Utah again on the 4th of July.  It was a pretty great end to a pretty great day.  Thanks for sharing it with us Rod and Anne!     

Friday, July 14, 2017

First Visitors

We were so glad to have Rod and Anne here.  Audrey wants to do nothing but play with them and be with them from sun up to sun down.  Paul and his Dad are just content to work on projects together. I'm pretty sure that the thing they love more than anything is probably just being together. I keep telling Paul that if he doesn't stop doing projects with his Dad while he's here then they will eventually stop coming back.  Too much working and not enough relaxing can't be a good thing, but I've come to realize that Paul is not very good at relaxing. :) Why relax when there's so much work we could be doing?  Even though I'm constantly trying to get him to take a break, I do admire his drive to get things done and work hard. 
We did take some breaks.  We went to the pictograph caves.  I've been meaning to go ever since I moved here but I was waiting for a time when we could do it as a family.  I was a little disappointed to see that most of the drawings have worn away over time, but we still had a really good time being together. After going to the caves we ate lunch on a picnic table in the park and went to Costco for ice cream and groceries. Watching Audrey with her grandparents makes me so happy.  I love that she has four really amazing examples to follow and other people aside from Paul and I that will love her unconditionally.  She is so lucky!  Living away from home has made me realize over and over how rare it is to have a completely family let alone a completely family that came from more sets of complete families.  I will be forever grateful for my parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents.  What a legacy they have left!  

Monday, July 10, 2017

It's that time of year...

June is always a crazy month for me.  There are so many important days to remember and I usually don't forget....but this year I did.  The day before our anniversary Paul says, "So what are we going to do for our anniversary tomorrow".  I had to confess to him that I had no idea because I forgot that it was happening.  In my defense we had previously planned all the details for a day trip in July but I hadn't thought at all about the actual day.  It's a good thing that he's more on top of things than I am.  I made up for it though by remembering Father's day and his birthday later in the month.  We've had more dessert than I care to admit.  :)
Paul's birthday was a really good day.  We went to the little lake down the street from us.  I say little because you are only allowed small fishing boats, paddle boards, and kayaks.  We swam, played in the "sand", and had lunch.  When we got home I finished the chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate cake Paul requested.  It went in the fridge and we watched a movie together.  It might have been a terrible kids movie, but we had a good time making fun of it :).  Audrey made sure the house was decorated complete with streamers, party hats, balloons, photo booth mustaches, and labeled forks.  She also made Paul a present which she was so excited about.  She wrote several notes, picked out a few rocks from her rock collection, and carefully chose a piece of material from my material box to make him a scarf.  I thought it was very sweet of her to want to do her own thing.  She loves her Daddy so much.  
Happy Birthday Paul!  I feel so lucky to have you in my life.  I love that we are doing the hard things and the not so hard things together.  I love that I get to spend everyday with you.  I have this feeling that year 32 is going to bring really good things.  I love you!


Let's talk about pinterest...usually my pins end up being an idea that I never carry out.  Maybe I'll have a goal of doing one pinterest project a week. I want to make a kite with Audrey, I want to sew the shirt I've been meaning to get to, and finish the quilt I started, and print out photos for my gallery wall. Speaking of sewing.  I was working on the curtains for my living room a few weeks ago (one step in the right direction).  They arrived a little longer than I wanted them, so I went to work sewing in the evening.  Sewing always reminds me of my Mom.  There are so many times that I sat at her feet while she sewed clothes, my prom dresses, wedding dresses, pajamas, barbie clothes,and much more.  I'm not nearly as good as she is but I love listening to the hum of my machine and imagining I'm there at her feet again.  I still like to watch her sew.  I hope I can share similar things with Audrey and create memories that will last a life time.  
One of our projects last week was trying out homemade chalk paint which went much better than I thought.  At first it looked like we were painting with water but when it dried I was happy to see it actually looked like chalk.  If you haven't tried it you should.  It provided at least an hour of entertainment.  I'm still deciding what we will do this week.  Here's hoping I will finish all the unfinished projects I have awaiting me.