Monday, April 30, 2012

Love this!!

This just makes me giggle every time!  It is SO Stella!!
All is well here, just recovering from a very busy weekend of concessions and gearing up for another one at the same time!! And of course, trying to find time to read Harry Potter and grade papers. :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Newest Members

Meet Red (with the almost red stripe down the back), Goldie(light gold one), Dottie 2(looking at us in the pic below), and Big Boy(he's the biggest one - you can't really tell that in this pic though)!!  Hopefully whatever killed our last crew will not realize we have restocked the pond.  We lost all 6 of our fish from last year.  They just disappeared.  No evidence left behind. :(  So, we restocked this week with some $2 goldfish to "test the waters" and see if they stay around before we add anymore.  I got some floating plants to give them hiding places.  That's the only thing I was lacking last year compared to year's past.  If that doesn't do the trick, we are going to put a deer camera on the pond and see what we are up against and then the war will be ON!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Earth Day Adventures

A lab chasing ducks in the water!! 
Yesterday, we went to early service and headed out to Pinnacle Mountain for a little hiking in the woods with the pups since it is our last FREE weekend for the next 6 weeks.  Concessions are here and about to consume us.  This was a good relaxing day to gear up for the next few weeks.  End of the school year and concessions.  I'm tired already! Ha!
(PS.  I'm playing with some new features of the new blogger, so bear with me!  If things are out of line, I'm just practicing.)
He did this for quite some time and would get really close and then the ducks flew would fly further away and he'd catch back up to them.

Big Bear in the woods :)
The family shot was a fail. No one cooperated! LOL!

Me and my boxer boy, Rex.  He's a happy boy!
Tired and happy!!
Happy Earth Day!



 We are a little out of shape.  A two mile hike kicked all four of our tails, but we loved it! :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

It's all about the birthday's!

 Saturday was our nephew, Austin's, 16th birthday!!  16!!!  Time flies!!  It was also Nonnie's 61st birthday, so we had a birthday fajita lunch at Kevin's sister's house.  I do LOVE Kevin's fajita's.  (and birthday cake! ha!)  Kevin's sister did an awesome job of taking Austin on a 2 day scavenger hunt that ended Saturday morning at their house with him getting the grand prize of a new truck!  To say he was excited is an understatement!!


 Just flip those candles around and we had Nonnie's cake too! :)  Probably my most favorite part of the day was listening to Kevin's mom laugh when she opened her birthday card from us.  I have never heard her laugh so hard!!  It'll be hard to top that one!
 And, some of you may remember when we were in Rector a few weekends ago that I found a pig bench I wanted.  I saw it in someone's yard, had a fit over it, and thought I'd probably never see one again.  Then, what do you know?  When we went to lunch, there it was, right next door!!  So, I thought about it and remembered that I had my birthday money left over from Kevin's parents and bam!  I gave it back to them to get me my pig.  They brought it to me this weekend, and the pig is home!!  If it ain't swine, it ain't fine!

That sucker is HEAVY too!!  I won't be getting anything concrete for awhile!!  The butt end and head end both weighed 80 lbs a piece.  Yowzer!  Happy Birthday to me!  Glad I held onto that money until I found something I couldn't stand to be without! :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

In Training...

We picked up this tennis racket for a dollar at a flea market with Stella and her tennis ball in mind. So, now we are working on "leave it" and her dropping it on the racket. Then, we can hit farther (or I can hit it farther than I throw it). And, the game begins!!
"Fetch it up!"

That, my friends, is a happy lab. When she playing fetch or swimming or eating, she is happy! ha! I can see the smile in this picture!!
And now, "leave it". It amazes me how fast she catches on to commands. Tonight, if she didn't "leave it" on the racket and dropped it. I would say "pick it up" and she picked it up every time and then would "leave it" on the racket. Boxers will always be my favorite breed, but I can't help but be amazed at how smart labs are!! There it is in writing. Labs are smarter than boxers. haha! Boxers are cuter though!

And, every now and then, just to annoy her, Rex will run and get the ball. LOL!
What else is happening? We have the garden all ready and planted and the dog fence up around it. That was last nights task. And, I finished my reading area under the tree. Tonight was helping Big Bear with a fish fry. Oh, yummy it was GOOD! I get paid in food!! We are both very blessed to love what we do! :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Good thing the electric fence isn't hooked up!! Look at his little paw wrapped around it!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

#13
No one told me I was going to CRY with the Harry Potter books!! But, I did at the end of this one. I'm having to take a few days off before I start the next one. I have to process some things! Whew!
A darker book than any in the series thus far with a level of sophistication belying its genre, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince moves the series into murkier waters and marks the arrival of Rowling onto the adult literary scene. While she has long been praised for her cleverness and wit, the strength of Book 6 lies in her subtle development of key characters, as well as her carefully nuanced depiction of a community at war. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, no one and nothing is safe, including preconceived notions of good and evil and of right and wrong. With each book in her increasingly remarkable series, fans have nervously watched J.K. Rowling raise the stakes; gone are the simple delights of butterbeer and enchanted candy, and days when the worst ailment could be cured by a bite of chocolate. A series that began as a colorful lark full of magic and discovery has become a dark and deadly war zone. But this should not come as a shock to loyal readers. Rowling readied fans with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by killing off popular characters and engaging the young students in battle. Still, there is an unexpected bleakness from the start of Book 6 that casts a mean shadow over Quidditch games, silly flirtations, and mountains of homework. Ready or not, the tremendous ending of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will leave stunned fans wondering what great and terrible events await in Book 7 if this sinister darkness is meant to light the way. --Daphne Durham

Monday, April 16, 2012

Hey out there!

Are you there? We aren't 100% sure how this computer thingy works, but we wanted to sneak on (that wasn't easy, mom is on here a lot!). I'm sure you know our names, but just in case, it's us, the "furkids", Rex, Stella and Nala. We pulled together as a team for this stunt!! Anyway - we have to type fast. We just wanted to thank you for all the prayers you have sent up for our momma. We have really been loving on her extra and trying our best to show her that life can be just as good without one of those two-legged kids. We've showed her just how good we can be! We even went to our Nonnie and Pop's and didn't run away ONCE! Oh, it was tempting and we almost lost it when we saw that cat. But, we remembered we were being good to help cheer mommy up, and it's worked! Between all our loving and being good and your prayers, our momma is acting like herself again. She's laughing, working in her flowerbeds, taking pictures all the time, visiting with people, and cleaning the house again. Boy, don't tell her we said this, but she was really letting things go!! You know, depression affects more than just the person who is depressed. Our house got really messy and sometimes she even forgot to feed us!!! But we didn't complain, well, Stella may have. But that's all behind us now. Thanks for loving our mommy and daddy as much as we do! We are pretty sure everything is going be to just fine!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Weekend Report

Big Bear went on his manly camping trip this weekend, and I had the place all to myself. Ahhhh!! What did I do? Well, I ate fast food for every meal first of all! ha! I read a lot in my Harry Potter book, went through more of my Mom's old pics for her, worked in the yard and took some kids to the movies to see The Hunger Games. (and loved it the second time around too!) The only yuck to my weekend was crossing paths with these two (and realizing non of my garden tools are sharp!!).

Other than the snake episode, we (me & the furkids) relaxed and did a few chores. Benchmark week kept away papers to grade, so that was NICE! Stella usually goes camping with her daddy but I talked him into letting her stay behind. She is my guard dog after all! :)
If you look closely in this pic, you will see two red birds in the tree. One is to the bottom right and one is very bright. The birds are loving the area I made for them with the feeder and the bird bath!!
These two are busy bird watching and spent most of their afternoon entertained by them. I love my backyard!! But this weekend, I did miss my Simba boy...he loved to sit right under the bird feeder. ha! And, oh the lizards he would've chased this weekend. :(

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Blooms are happening!!

The first blooms are starting in the flowerbeds. This is the time of year I love!! Everyday coming home to see where more color has popped up and sitting outside to read. Ahhhh!!!


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

#12
I finished book #5 of Harry Potter on Tuesday night and think it may be my favorite so far!! #6 has started off running...I'm going to be sad when I finish the series!!

By J. K. Rowling - Scholastic (2003) - Hardback - 870 pages - ISBN 043935806X
There is a Door at the end of a silent corridor. And it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror? Here are just a few things on Harry's mind: A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey. A venomous, disgruntled house-elf. Ron as keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams ... and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. In the richest installment yet of J. K. Rowling's seven-part story, Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice. Though thick runs the plot (as well as the spine), readers will race through these pages and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

"I'll share the ottoman, but I don't have to like it!"

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

POPCORN!!

Big Bear finally got his popcorn machine for the concessions trailer (thanks to his loving wife!). ha! We got it the day we headed out of town, so as soon as we got home, he started making popcorn. Yummy movie popcorn right at home!! I'm trying to figure out where we can put it so that it stays out all the time! Ha!

Love watching him get excited over a new piece of equipment....especially since most of them feed me! LOL!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Our newest "treasures"

Kevin was the winner at $5.50. He scored two movies, a clue game, 2 spike wrenches, and pickled eggs.
Now, at yard sales, I spent $3.50, but I spent some of yard sale money at two stores. I got the awesome frog at a landscape spot for $14 and the Hog ring for $13. That's how I lost for the day. ha! I scored that brand new flashlight above for 25 cents!!! That chess set for my classroom is in the wrapper and only a quarter!!! And,the antique wooden frame for only $1. I'll be making a project out of that for the 'ole craft room!
I'll show you the plans for Mr. Frog below later this week!
The story behind these pieces below is that Kevin asked about them at my Granny's yard sale only to discover that they had belonged to my great grandmother. So, we, of course, took them!!

The books I got for a quarter a piece are only for me trade in at the used book store for more books for my class room. I'll make a profit at only paying a quarter!! Sweet!!
One man's trash is another man's treasure!