Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Yes, Richard made his dream trip back to his birthplace (Wurzburg) and his first home (Wertheim) today. It was so much fun to tour the "Residenz" then walk all over town taking pix, eating brats and schnitzel sandwiches, checking out the marktplaz and the Main and Tauber Rivers. My feet and calves are KILLING me (go figure-somehow a month of working out just didnät prepare me for walking all day).
We are going to video chat with our kids now and hit the hay. Tomorrow we head down to Bavaria and we visit Neuschwanstein Castle Sunday...fun! Leave me some comments and donät forget to click on "London Calling."
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
I also collected some pretty leaves with the girls on Friday and we made an Autumn Garland with them on Saturday. We didn't let them dry enough, so they curled up a lot, but the colors are still pretty and maybe we can add to it when I get back from Europe! I LOVE FALL!
The highlight of Saturday had to be this SNL clip...
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
One thing I love about James is that he has super double-jointed thumbs. When he was born, they pointed outward from his little fists and you could bend them all the way back to touch his wrist and he wouldn't even notice.
You can see his freaky little thumb in the picture of him eating limes on his birthday (below). I love that.
Speaking of James, we're gonna go eat PBJs and bananas and watch "The Best of James" Tomas the Train collection DVD and enjoy this rainy fall day.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Anyway...did you see the Clark kids on the Today show today? Click here to get the clip from cjane. It's pretty amazing how Nienie's story has spread, and the example of supportive, loving famliy set by the Clark/Nielson gang is fantastic. I am sometimes just overwhelmed by the horror of Stephanie's condition (3rd degree burns on 80% of her body), but her family's faith is so calming. I hope my family will be this good for me and my kids if I am ever out of the picture.
I am getting sooooo annoyed by political people in the media lumping "American Women" together as a voting block. It's so insulting and irritating. I can't believe that other "voting blocks"--like Latinos or African-Americans--haven't protested this concept before. I dunno--maybe they do vote in blocks, statistically. But do women? I seriously doubt that. Why? Because I for one can't think of a single other woman with whom I agree on 100% of the issues. Many of my friends are FAR more liberal than I am, and many are conservative in ways I will never be (I have found that, while my personal life is very conservative, I am not totally a social conservative). It's even worse when other women speak for "American Women" as if we all agree. Hilary Clinton does it often, and the Wilson sisters even did it this week when they said that Sarah Palin's views "in NO WAY represent us as American women"--WHAT THE FREAK is that supposed to mean? I'd put money on the fact that Palin's views represent more "American Women" than the Wilson Sisters' views.
Heaven help us.
Heidi just got up from her nap, so it's time for me to get her some blue berries and start dinner (lettuce wraps, for the first time in a long time!). Leave me some comments, people!
...OOPS! Not the best idea!
James got a really cute, soft blanket from Dad & Becky
And he got a really cute Thomas card (he loves Thomas!)
with a dollar inside!
Letting babies taste limes never stops being funny.
After dinner, it was pinata time!
James loved the Tootsie Rolls!
Pinata kids: In the back, there's Marissa W. with her friend, Jeannie (they're young women now, not kids!) ; then there's Jared, Hailey, Lydia, Addie, Heidi, James, and Curtis.
After pinata, we had birthday cupcakes (because we needed more sugar--ha!) and singing and wish-making...
Here's the gang again--
Thanks, Westenskows, for celebrating with us and for the nice gift!
James loves his Neeneeah!
Addie, Me, and Jame on the Yellowstone River near Mission Creek
Rich's feet and our kids (Heidi was in Wyoming with Gram & Gramp Melin)
A storm was brewin' (see the sky? That's why we went down the river on Saturday instead of on our rainy Labor Day).
Addie was so cute trying to row her boat
Check out my pedicure and those ominous clouds!
I look like Jabba here, playing my oar guitar
Richard--don't we look like river bums?
We were joined by a band of pirates on the river, seen here taking a break along the Feldstein's ranch (they're our ranch-neighbors). We made it to the ranch and were on our way home by the time the rain started.
On Tuesday when Heidi came home, Daddy celebrated by taking the kids to the train museum in their jammies.
James was really excited, as he is really into all things that "go".
Monday, September 08, 2008
Anyway, I'll get to it ASAP, but for now, here's a little nugget that just happened...
Addie: (examining a little wooden box that Heidi brought home from church that says "Tithing" on top and "WWJD?" on the sides) What does this say, Heidi?
Heidi: (rolling eyes, exasperated) It says "What would Jesus do?" and the answer is on top--"Get Money!"
[Uhhhhh...something like that. At least she remembers the Jesus part. We'll have to work on the tithing concept!]
Friday, September 05, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
So Heidi left Thursday, and we went to dinner at the Slack Knuckle, watched the end of the DNC that night, and enjoyed having our bed to ourselves ALL NIGHT LONG. Friday we freaked out about Sarah Palin's VP nomination. My first reaction: Okay, McCain just lost. I mean I love her, but nobody knows her. But then I thought: if everyone is so gung-ho to change politics and shut out the career politicians (Biden, Clinton, McCain--I'm taking about YOU), then Palin is perfect. Why is experience such an issue when a non-Washingtonian is what we've all been praying for? It's exactly what we need, and Palin is about as far from the beltway as you can get. ROCK ON. It's still a longshot, but Yay McCain for taking a risk!
Saturday we cleaned house and floated the river in the afternoon, and I worked that night. Our weekend storm rolled in just as we got home from the river. It was rainy and windy all weekend (I won't say "cold" because, although it got down in the 30's, that's NUTHIN' compared to what's coming). Sunday was church, lunch, naps, then our Stake Women's Conference in Bozeman. It was great and I plan to post some of my notes when I have more time. On the way home from Bozo, the rain got torrential and I arrived home to a power outtage. We all went to bed early and slept soundly.
We woke up on Labor Day to find the power still out, so we went to breakfast and to Grandpa & Grandma's house to do our laundry and a bunch of mending/tailoring on her good sewing machine (they obviously had power). Around 1pm, Rich borrowed their generator and took it home to save the stuff in our freezer, and the power came on shortly thereafter. So we came home, finished our laundry, watched news coverage of the RNC and the hurricane. We went out for some hot cocoa after dinner and had another good night's sleep.
Tuesday was back to the grind--Addie to school , Rich to work, and I had to clean up and grab some groceries for home-made pizza night. I did some prep for our trip and lots of housework, helped Addie with her homework and made the dough for pizza night. Heidi got home and we celebrated with plums and lemonade, then dinner, then Daddy was so nice and took the kids to the train museum. I retired, having the girly flu and feeling exhausted, after watching Glann Beck.
It was a good weekend and we are starting to freak out a bit about our big trip across the pond. Two weeks from right now, we'll be on the plane. EEK.
I'll post some weekend pix as soon as I get a chance. Right now we are headed out for a family appoinment with our dentist/bishop. YAY, clean teeth!
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