Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ready, Set, BLOW!


DS2 enjoyed an afternoon with his scout troop and this Raingutter Regatta. It was so funny because four out of the five of them decorated their boats with a patriotic theme. :)


DS won first place among his den, so he was proud of his ribbon. He competed in the finals, but the older boys seemed to have more air in their lungs. :)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

"Dad's helicopter"

We went out on post today for a little open house showing the new offices and hangar to families. The boys always have fun checking out the inside of the helicopters and playing pilot. :)


Friday, April 24, 2009

Junkin' find

This has been a crazy week. Aren't they all? That's a whole other post - if I start on it now, it'll take away from what I really want this post to cover. LOL

Last year, I was in an antique store in a neighboring town and ran across an antique baby scale with a wicker basket on top. I wanted it for future photography use, but couldn't see spending $55 on it when I had no baby to photograph in it or prospect. Well, a few weeks went by and I finally convinced myself I needed it regardless of the price. So, I went back to the store and ............. you guessed it, it was gone. Poo!

I have had my eye out for one since, but haven't had any luck. I found a few old kitchen scales and a most recent find of a postal scale, but none of those were what I wanted.

Today, the boys and I had to get out of the house for it to show again, so we went into a little shop downtown where I haven't hunted in a while. I was actually on the lookout for a centerpiece for the table. But, I found this instead.


It's now mine regardless of the fact that I have no baby nor any baby prospects to photograph anytime soon. But still, I have it, the search is over! *clap* (Oh, and it was half the price of the other one. ;) )

Monday, April 20, 2009

A little break from reality

We took a break from reality yesterday and went to KS City to the Great Wolf Lodge again. Gary had promised the boys he would take them back after we had such a fun time in December. D had a scout campout this weekend, so as soon as he got home yesterday morning, we took off on our little get away. :)

Again, the boys had a blast and we did too!

Fun in the pool side with water balls:


Spouts - you can't hold the water down, Goofy!

And the bucket with D on ready mode:


Here it comes! Get ready!


And don't forget to check your swim trunks to make sure they didn't wash away! LOL

Other fun...


Saturday, April 18, 2009

When in Kansas...

do as the Kansans do. :) Just don't let unzip your windbreaker and let them see your Auburn Tigers t-shirt underneath. ;)


We went with friends to see KS State play last week. The boys loved Willy, the Wildcat and thought it was cool to get his autograph along with a photo with him! My friend took the photo, as I'm a bad mother and didn't take my camera along with us.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"Must leave soon"

LOL I was trying to think of something profound that the MLS sign above the realtor sign might work to mean and that's all I could come up with. :b

Anyway, just a photo of the day, something to distract me from other things needing to be done. The boys were outside picking dandelion heads because I'd promised to pay then a nickel per flower head. *Note to self, decrease your payments because there were a lot darn weed heads in the yard! And they kept count!* I told R that the ones he wondered into the neighbor's yard to pick couldn't count toward his total payment. lol

This house showed this morning, no offer yet, but the guy did like it. That's been the case for the last few times it has shown. I want an offer!

Other house down south is still on the market too - nothing new there. :/

Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday Wrap-Up


I'm still around! We've just had an uber busy week!

I'll summarize for you. :)

DH went out of town with work on Sunday just after my parents arrived from down south on Saturday. The house has shown a few times this week, so it's been crazy having extra (company's stuff) in it along with ours, then getting everything ready for it to show. Thankfully, Mom helped with that. Yay, MOM!

DS1 had achievement tests this week, so that messed with our schoolwork schedule in addition to having company throw things off. That's ok though, homeschooling can allow makeup days anytime.

No offers on the house yet though we got good feedback. That whole buyers' market thing isn't good for sellers. And it stinks having two houses on the market. Have I said that lately? LOL

The photo above is a game of checkers between DS1 and my dad. The weather was so strange this week that it didn't allow a lot of fun stuff - neither did our schedules! Dad doesn't like the cold, so we spent quite a bit of time indoors.

We had a funeral for our little bunny friend, Buddy, this morning. He got sick yesterday and didn't make it. The boys were sad and cried. Ah, heart wrenching. :(

Maybe this next week, we can get back to normal, whatever normal might be these days...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Shh, don't tell DH

that I bought another old iron skillet today. ;)

When we were home during Christmas, my dad gave me an old cast iron dutch oven. I have wanted one of those forever. No, I really didn't know what I'd do with it or what I'd use it to cook, but I knew I wanted one! And a free one? How could I have passed that up? I brought it home and sat it down on the patio table. It sat there until a few weeks ago when I decided to tackle it. And tackle it I did! I plopped that baby into my oven and turned it on self clean to see what would happen. I thought I had done it right - scrub the rust off, clean it really well, season it for a few hours on a low heat in the oven. The first time I used it to make a roast, it was all fine and good until I went to wash it and realized it was rusty. HUH? What had I done wrong? So, I tried cleaning it again and kept getting black residue on my towels. Not a good thing. I used every sort of concoction to get the black out - tomato soup infused water boiling really high and fast. Vinegar and water. Baking soda and water. Still, every time I washed it, black residue came off on my towel. Ugh. DH questioned my attempts and questioned how much time and energy (and money!) I was putting into that "stupid pot" (his words exactly) Finally, I almost gave up, but got on the computer and did a google search for black residue in cast iron skillets. Guess what I learned? I learned that seasoning them at 250-300 degrees isn't enough to give it a good strong and proper seasoning. I learned that seasoning a cast iron skillet at 450 degrees for at least an hour was the way to go. So, that's what I did. Three times. (Third time is a charm, remember? ;) ) My cast iron dutch oven looks fabulous and cooks great too! Now I need to find recipes to use it with.

Fast forward to today when I walked ds to a birthday party and then continued on my way downtown to go junking. In one of my favorite junk stores, I found a cast iron round griddle - *see here* I could not resist it even though there was rust on the back. So, my goal for this next week is to clean her up and season her properly so she can be used for pancakes!

*Note to self - don't walk to go junking and then buy a heavy iron pan to have to carry home on your return walk. Though it did make for a great weight, I just swapped hands on the route home. ;)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

He's a studious little guy

Snowflake has been renamed to Buddy. The boys seemed to think Snowflake was a and I quote "cheesy name, Mom". So, since every time either of them had him in their clutches, they repeated, "Hey there little Buddy", he's become known as Buddy.

We've adapted a clear Rubbermaid tub with holes drilled into the side (half lid to deter the dogs) and a water bottle attached to the side for his home - in the boys' room.

Buddy loves to roam free in the basement while we're doing schoolwork though. Yesterday, he perched himself on the bookshelf. He just couldn't decide if he wanted to read the dictionary or the daily bible devotions so, he posed for a few photos instead. lol He's very photogenic, don't you think? ;)