Thursday, May 13, 2010


Had to share pics of the newest inhabitant of our home. . .  momma bird warming her eggs. I am afraid to get too close to the nest to take pictures of the eggs while she isn't there because I don't want her to abandon her babies. . . for now we will just wait until they hatch!

Friday, May 7, 2010

fence jumping and other adventures

Our dogs used to be little. And sweet. And unable (or unaware that they could) to jump over fences. Or bust out front doors when they aren't quite latched. Ahhh. . . I miss those days. Granted they didn't have complete control over their bladders yet and peed on the floor sometimes. . . but it's all about perspective, right? 

Audrey can jump over our fence. She figured it out before we even moved in. . .we would bring them over while we painted and cleaned and she jumped the fence. She just wanted to be inside with us. . . so she would go sit by the back door and wait to be let in while Jack (mad he can't jump the fence) would yelp from the back yard tattle tailing on her. Annoying. . yes. . .big deal. . no. This spring though. . . when baby bunnies abound . . . Audrey has found a reason to make a break for it. And she does. All the time.  So we don't leave her out there alone anymore. But then on Wednesday Jonathan was outside WITH Audrey and Jack. . . and she jumped the fence right next to him while he stood there and he couldn't find her for over an hour. Naughty Naughty Dog! Next plan. . . I'm buying a chain to attach her to the tree in the backyard today. We'll see how that goes.

Jack realized that if a door isn't latched-- or if someone is going out or coming in the front door. . .he can barrel through. Audrey jumps on the bandwagon. And then we have 2 escaped dogs. Tuesday night this happened while I was on the phone with my friend Holli. I hung up with her to go looking for them. I was wearing pj pants and a hippy Beetles t-shirt(at 7 pm on a weeknight. . such a looser. . .but I didn't feel good. . .but my neighbors don't know that) when I arrived at a neighbor house (hadn't met them before). The two parents were outside playing catch with their three kids in the back yard. . . and there were my dogs. . . chasing their dog around their yard. And then there is me. . . demanding my dogs obey me and come and sit (ha) so I can grab their collars and drag them home while profusely apologizing and dying of embarrassment. 

They are usually very good and obedient dogs. Maybe it's because I've been sick and just lay around and don't pay them enough attention. . . or maybe they just had a taste of freedom and are now obsessed. Whatever it is. . I want my sweet obedient dogs back. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Bad picture. . . but it's the only one that isn't super fuzzy from the morning we found out we are having a baby. We had been out of bed for literally minutes when this was taken. . . and it looks like I am eating the pregnancy test. But. . enough about the picture. We're having a baby. We've tried to tell as many people as we can ourselves. . . but in case we missed you (sorry!) I will give you the low down.

I am due November 12 which makes me 13 weeks right now. We are very excited! Hmmm. . other commonly asked questions: we don't care if it's a boy or girl. . . yes I have morning sickness and it should be called all day sickness and it's still here. . . . I am starting to show a little bit-depends on the day some. . . no weird cravings- just eat what sounds like I can keep down. 

We are just so thankful that God has blessed us with this pregnancy and are excited to experience this journey until the baby is born because while we don't know what it's like to be parents, we know our lives will never be the same.

Monday, May 3, 2010

lamp posts and rain barrels

Spring time at our house has brought us outside. . . Jonathan working on the lawn (see how much it's filled in!), planting bushes. . . and together we gave our previously rusty and ugly lamp post a makeover. Now it has glass instead of a bare light bulb hanging out and is black instead of white covered in rust. Looks a ton better huh? Sorry if you've never been to our house or noticed the eye-sore lamp post I don't have a before pic up close. . didn't think ahead. 
If you know my husband well. . . you know that he gets on kicks. . . or near obsessive about a project or computer game for a month or so at a time. Recently he has been on a rain barrel kick. So here it is. . the fruit of his labor. A Pepsi barrel his co-worker gave him that he has converted to collect the rain water from our roof to use to water the lawn. Impressive huh? Now Jonathan waters the lawn and bushes with rain water. . . good for the earth and out water bill.