Saturday, April 24, 2010

Annie's Labradoodles

If you fell in love with the puppies in the previous post, visit Chris & Steve's site.  Six of these furry balls of sweetness are for sale and any one of them will be ready to go home with you in just a matter of weeks. 

Their link is also on my sidebar.

Go on.  You know you want one.

Cats & Dogs

It was sunny & beautiful outside today, but it seemed to be raining cats & least through the lense of my camera.

My daughter loves having her 3 little kittens in her room.  This is her with her favorite kitten, Guess.
No, really...Guess.

Seth & Mischief.  Both boys, of course.:)

This is my favorite picture.  Guess is easy to photograph.

Our dog is an uncle.  This is one of his 2 nieces.

How can you resist this face?

"Mommy!"  (No, these puppies aren't normally separated from 
their mom.  Just made for a good photo op.)

"Take me home with you."


Puppies are way too easy to photograph.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Taking Pics w/ the New Camera

 The new Canon Rebel T2i arrived at our house the other day.  Therefore, I've been quite distracted. 

Thursday, April 22, 2010


So, I took my kids to the zoo today.

I love the zoo.  It's not too big.  There is a variety of attention grabbers.  It's fun for all ages.  And, most of it is outside.

[Let me just put in a side-note here.  While our city's wild animal habitat is a pretty lame excuse for a zoo, we are also home to the nation's Toy Hall of Fame.  That is located in a fantastic children's museum.  Fantastic...if you have one or two children.  As a mother of seven children whom, by the way, I'd like NOT to misplace before they're 20, I detest that museum.  There are a zillion different corners and more nooks and crannies than an English muffin. It's great place for a one-on-one date.  Not the place to have an enjoyable outing with seven children 12 & younger and be able to return home with each of them.]

The zoo's open spaces allow my children to walk or run while I can still see where each of them is.  We can look at the animals for as long or as short a time as we want.  There are places indoors (which have an open-floor plan) that we can go to warm up or cool off, depending on what the day's temperatures hold.

I was planning on getting into the zoo for free as the zoo membership I have from a neighboring city has always had reciprocal benefits. It used to be you got into both zoos for free no matter which one you purchased your membership. Used to be.  Until January of this year.  Now, I have only 50% off the entrance fee.  Oh well. So it was $24 more than I planned on spending.

Twenty-four dollars totally wasted on my two youngest children.  For, while we were on our way to see the tigers, my flower-child Gloria (who truly sees the world through rose-colored glasses) was marvelling at all the little flowers.  We'd see the elephant and she's point to the ground and squeal, "Oooh!  Flowers!!!" as she'd go to pick them.

I need to take that child to a botanical garden.

And Zane.  We were looking at two mammoth sized rhinos when he points to a sparrow - a SPARROW - and cries in delight, "Bird!!!!"  $24, rhinos, and he is captivated by a sparrow?  I could have taken him for a walk to our barn for free.

But, honestly, $24 was nothing compared to the wonderful day I spent with my children. Sure, my oldest child is now considered an adult by zoo standards, meaning I had to pay full price for his ticket for the first time ever.  But this was also the first time in 12 years I have not pushed a stroller at the zoo. I didn't have to change a poopy diaper in the public restroom or calm a tired, cranky baby.  I didn't even have to referee any arguments.  Therefore, I wasn't exhausted when we left, was able to stop at a friend's for a little visit, and make dinner when we got home. 

Gloria liked the flowers.  Zane liked the birds.  Mike cost me more money.

Ya know what? 

I had one of the best days ever as the mom of the seven most precious children I know.

And it only cost me $24.00.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Music to My Ears

That's what I can actually call my son's trumpet playing today.  For the first time. 

Our oldest son has been taking trumpet lessons for about two months.  The nice thing about the trumpet is that it is portable.  This means he practices it upstairs in his room.  His sisters practice their violin upstairs, as well.

I love two-story homes.

However, whereas the girls' room is situated upstairs on the other side of the house and the violin is quiet, our son's room is directly over the kitchen and the trumpet is, well, anything but quiet.  Don't get me wrong.  He's been doing quite well considering he is a beginner.  But, a beginning trumpeter...have you ever lived with one?
However, TODAY!  It was just a basic song.  But, it actually sounded...nice.  Like music.

Oh, and a side-note to my daughters' violin teacher.  Their practicing is beginning to sound like music, too.  They practiced downstairs last week and I actually enjoyed it.

All the money we're putting into music lessons just may pay off.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

We were pulling out of the parking lot at a local college where my 3 older girls take art lessons.  The saw two girls walking to their van and Cassia says, "They must be sisters."  Anna pipes up, "They get along really well.  They must be friends."

Meaning #1 - They're not only sisters, but friends, as well!

Meaning #2 - There's no way 2 people who get along that well are sisters!

I instantly thought #2 but I prefer #1.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Because no one seems to be out there...

Ok.  So, I'm spending a ton of time uploading and explaining pictures and I really don't think anyone is even looking at them.  So, just in case you are and just in case, for some ridiculous reason you want to see the rest of the pictures, follow the link.  Yes, there are some repeats from the previous posts, but the Williamsburg & Antietam pics are there (w/ explanations), too. 

Enjoy.  Or don't.  Whatever the case may be.