Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Going For A Swim

Our warm summer days were very short lived.  We have resorted to our indoor pool.  Although I am really missing those warm Texas days, we are grateful to swim even if it is inside.

Monday, June 25, 2012


 After running a few errands on Saturday we made a little pit stop.  What a great place to stretch out legs and enjoy our surroundings.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Dressing Up

 This little guy has been playing "dress up" since I can remember.
 Among his favorite outfits:
  •  Long sleeve shirt with a black suit jacket
  • Mouse hat and mouse tail
  • ACU (camouflage) Jacket
  • Batman suit that's two sizes small
  • Cowboy shirt and hat
  • Pirate shirt with bandanna

But here he is in an old pair of Naomi's glasses (glass taken out) and my cowboy boots, on the wrong feet..... What a kid!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Play Dough

2 1/2 cups Flour
1/2 cup Salt
2 Tablespoons Cream of Tarter
1 PKG unsweetened Kool-aid
3 Tablespoons Oil
2 cups BOILING water

Mix dry ingredients.  Add oil and BOILING water. Mix with large spoon.  I've made this countless times and usually don't need to add more flour, but if it's too wet add more flour slowly.  This Play Dough turns out so great, and lasts for months.  Just put it in a Ziplock.

Hours and hours of fun.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Her name is Charlotte, and she's adorable, she's also our neighbor.  Silus gets the best babysitter award.  He holds her, talks to her and gets her to sleep on him.  It's pretty darn cute.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Farmer to the Rescue

Did you hear the funny story about my driving mishap?  It happened the first year we were here.  I was driving to a quilting retreat, I know that doesn't surprise most of you.
I had recently heard a story about how people blindly follow GPS's so.... I took written directions along, just in case.  When I was nearing my destination the routes were different.  So, I fallow what the written directions say and end up nowhere near a retreat center, then I try the GPS, again, but end up more turned around.  At this point I'm getting a little frustrated, the county side is beautiful, but I am wasting precious quilting time.
Although I was not very far from home it was nearing dusk, and I was feeling very unsure.  I called the point of contact.  She gave me directions.  The retreat center was not far from where I was!  I had zigged when I should have zagged, and needed to turn around. 
On this unfamiliar farm road I took a wide turn, and didn't happen to see that ditch.  My front tire was only inches away from sliding down, and both of my back tires were completely off the ground.  My first instinct?  Call Martin crying.  Stuck in the middle of no-where, foreign county, can't speak the language, with a car in the ditch.
It wasn't long before the first car drove by, with the tiny amount of German and her limited English I asked for the farmer of the town to bring his tractor to pull me out.  I had to laugh when I saw the worlds smallest tractor driving down that road.  The woman had driven to the town Bakery and phoned the farmer who came within minutes.  He didn't speak any English, but that didn't stop him from pulling me right out of that ditch and setting all 4 wheels on solid ground.
How did I thank him?  A kiss on the check.
Although this wasn't very funny at the time, I did snap this one picture.

Saturday, June 2, 2012


 Eyan picked up the Lego bin with the people and the cars, and had a busy afternoon building cars, and putting Lego men together.  

Friday, June 1, 2012


When Toben and I walk to Kindergarten we admire all the new flowers springing up.  He was so proud of himself that he could identify Tulips, and Lilacs.  This week he asked the name of the flower just beginning to bloom.  When I told him it was a Poppy he actually laughed out loud and said that was the name of his Opa, which in German is Grandpa.  It was such a sweet moment, you could see his little mind working and translating and getting his own little joke.