Monday, April 30, 2007

camping complaint

It's not the Friday night and Saturday that my husband spends in the woods. It is the responsibility that then falls to me to make sure that I have found all these not so cute little guys that have decided to use him as a host and then dislodge them with my tweezers lest he get Lyme disease or one of the other equally horrific sounding diseases that TICKS carry. Ughhnhhhh!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Friday, April 27, 2007

jasmine season

I think it is strange when people say that we don't have seasons in Florida. We just don't have traditional seasons. Right now it is jasmine season. It comes right after orange blossom season. It is one of my favorites since the archway looks especially beautiful covered in the confederate flowers. But it is also a favorite because Carter and Jonah were blessed in jasmine season. Tricia loved the jasmine that ran along the parkway near her home in Tampa. When she came to visit during spring break, it was just a little early to catch the jasmine.
So here it is.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

31 reasons why i love my husband on our anniversary

1. He lets me be me.
2. He trusts me.
3. He thinks I am pretty.
4. He helps lots of people.
5. He adores our girls, respects their spouses and...
6. He is a great Papa.
7. He learned how to waterski on ONE because he knew it would please me.
8. He has an amazing testimony.
9. He helps other people's testimonies grow.
10. He loves the Lord.
11. He can be very funny.
12. He does lots of stuff just because I want him to, even though he doesn't want to.
13. He ends of liking the stuff better than I do (or as much.)
14. He drives a John Deere tractor.
15. He helps me relax.
16. He loves to shop for clothes for me.
17. He doesn't mind grocery shopping.
18. He has a twinkle in his eye.
19. He does his own laundry.
20. He listens to me.
21. He is smart.
22. He likes to play family games.
23. He is a hard worker.
24. He wants me to be happy.
25. He has a hard time saying no to me.
26. He is tall and strong and handsome.
27. He makes bad ideas good and good ideas better.
28. He has a good memory for things we have done together.
29. He lets me borrow things of his that he would rather not his keys, razor and toothbrush.
30. He makes my dreams come true.
31. He makes me feel like he has loved me forever and always will.

Monday, April 23, 2007

brianna and karla

Brianna spent the weekend with Karla. She has lots of fun with Jennifer's girls, Mikya and Taylor. She also enjoyed the horses and learning a little bit more about riding from Buck.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

my hummer

Guess what I saw in my garden this morning!

Hummingbirds live only in the Americas. Of the 338 species known, 16 are found in the United States and 3 occur in Florida. The ruby-throated hummingbird is by far the most common hummer in the state. This feathered jewel is about 3 inches (7.5 centimeters) long and weighs as little as a penny (¼ ounce). Its name describes the most brilliant part of the mature male's plumage. The throat feathers contain air bubbles that give off an iridescent red tone in full light. Both sexes, young and mature birds, have metallic green backs and white-tipped tail feathers.

I am going to have to get a feeder and see if I can get a real hummer is spectacular!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

lds prom 2007


Friday, April 20, 2007

friday night friends

It's great to have friends that you can call on the spur of the moment and say something like...we are going out to dinner tonight and we're wondering if you want to come. These are our friends Mike and Cindy. We enjoy good conversation and a great time whenever we spend time with them. All of our lives are busy and it always seems like a treat when we catch an evening together. Last night it was dinner at Pices Rising overlooking Lake Dora and then we watched The Illusionist at their house.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

my good deal

I love getting a new dress. Actually, I love getting a new anything, but a dress is particularly a good new something to get. I also love a good deal. If you get a good deal on a new dress, well...that's really something to blog about. So here it is:

My new dress was $27.80. was marked down to $11.99. When I took it to the register, it came up as $7.99. I can't wait to wear it to school on Monday!

Monday, April 16, 2007

brown-eyed girls

My mother has brown eyes.
I have brown eyes.
Tricia has brown eyes.
And Bella has brown eyes.

If you think this last picture is not Bella...all I can say is that it IS an adorable picture and Bella looks an awfully lot like her Nanamoo.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

dear courtney

Your favorite pink rose bush is blooming like crazy! I picked these 10 roses yesterday and I have another 10 ready to be cut today. I wish you were here to share them with me.

Friday, April 13, 2007

john and his family come to florida

Who would have guessed that someday BOTH John and I would end up living in Florida?
I learned this week that Mercedes loves vintage clothes just like I do. We shopped in downtown Mt. Dora and she got an adorable black beaded sweater...I wish I had seen it first!

Gideon could not fit his Cinderella foot into the waterski...try as he might... so he took B for some crazy rides on the jet skis and had a blast on the tube that John bought. Everyone complained of sore arms from hanging on!

Maverick is going to be the guy hanging out on the dock with Carter. He was looking good, but not that interested in any of the water fun.

Zack threw himself wholeheartedly into everything. He had lots of questions about Florida, and is looking forward to moving here. His mom's parents will come first in May and he will follow in August with the Chytraus clan.

After watching the house grow up on paper the past couple of years it was very cool to see it taking shape.

Doug and I haven't lived near any of our siblings apart from a short nine months for over 17 years! We are looking forward to August!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

happy easter

Friday, April 06, 2007

shedding a tear

There is no one upstairs running around in the attic at 6.30 in the morning

There is no one knocking at my bedroom door asking for pancakes that look like Mickey Mouse (or a Christmas April, no less)

There are no toys to trip over on the stairs or in the kitchen

There is no one asking to climb in my lap

No one needs help zipping up their life vests

No one is asking when we can go play at the lake

No one is praying that the snakes will DIE!

No one is messing up or messing with my computer

No one is asking for turkey (the nickname of my kraft caramel candies)

No one is tired and cranky

No one is crying because something is not fair

No one is helping Doug and I with the technological issues we have

No one is sitting sorting out our taxes

No one is running to me with open arms and saying, "you're home" when I walk in the door

No one is speaking an unintelligible language to me and sincerely expecting an answer

No one is nagging me to take my medicine for my ear infection

No one is begging to water the garden with me

No one is asking me to help them get past Shooter

No one is asking to smell and/or watch while I cook

No one is asking why my name is Nanamoo...