Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Yellow Sweater

One day out shopping with Dobbie after Peanut had been born, she stumbled on this GORGEOUS Hanna Anderson sweater and couldn't resist getting it for Peanut. (Don't worry it was on clearance!) Oh, how I loved that sweater. I loved it so much that I remember jumping the gun and putting it on Peanut when she was only 2 months old and rolling the sleeves up. It was precious. She wore it lots and I took special care to keep it clean so I wouldn't have to wash it much.

Well the other day I was digging out the next bin of clothes for Pumpkin as she has gotten so much bigger and there was the sweater and wouldn't you just know it....fall was in the air making it a perfect day for a sweater. Oh, she looked so sweet, just as Peanut did. I still love that sweater. It will definitely be an item of clothing that I keep forever!

6 months! 11 weeks old

6 months! 11 weeks old

The pics on the left are of Pumpkin just 2 days shy of 6 months. The pics on the right are of Peanut almost 2 months. You can tell that one is swimming in the sweater and one is not going to be in it for long. :) So cute!

-Mama

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Trail of Courage

Since our trip back home was delayed due to the car issue, we got to do some more fun things with Gigi and his special friend. On Sunday we went to the Trail of Courage. It was such a fun afternoon.

This is a really neat festival type atmosphere but a definite step back in time. There were teepees, wigwams, historic camps set-up, people dressed in frontier clothing, food cooked over wood fires. It is a replication of the Chippeway Village of 1832. We were able to hear and see frontier music and dance. We watched a bit of a muzzleloading shooting contest and tomahawk throwing. We certainly made some great memories. I told Daddy that we will be putting this on our planner for next year and doing everything possible to go again. It was that neat! Here are some pictures from our afternoon....

We got to ride the tram back to the activities.
Trail of Courage

Peanut was NOT fond of the muskets being shot! She kept her ears plugged for probably an hour or so. She even used our lunch napkins to help block out the loud sound. (We had a yummy lunch of Sassafras tea, homemade, out of this world chicken and noodles, and apple dumplings. Yum!)
Trail of Courage Trail of Courage

The noise didn't bother Pumpkin!
Trail of Courage

Peanut and I got to make a candle together. (Do you notice how she has her pressed up against my arm? We had to walk like this around and around that circle making that candle. Silly girl!)
Trail of Courage Trail of Courage

She really liked the teepee and wigwams. She thought they were cozy!
Trail of Courage Trail of Courage

She got to partake in a frontier dance to "Skip to my Lou". We were so proud of her. She kept right up with those big kids and adults.
Trail of Courage

We got to meet Johnny Appleseed! Pumpkin really like the beads on his walking stick.
Trail of Courage Trail of Courage

Our day ended by watching the bagpipe and Fife and Drum Corp. perform the closing ceremony.
Trail of Courage

It really blew my mind that we had never gone to this before. I was so impressed with how authentic everything was. The girls really enjoyed it also.

On Monday, Gigi, the girls and I put some new flowers on Mimi's grave. Peanut had alot of questions this time visiting her headstone. She thought we were going to see Mimi and get to talk to her. She got a bit teary-eyed when I explained that we wouldn't see her but it helped her to know that her Mimi is watching over her everyday!

Mimi

Mimi

It is so hard to believe that in just a few weeks she will have been gone a year. I still miss her so much!
-Mama

Friday, September 25, 2009

Well Taken Care Of

Here is the continuation of my northern visit. After visiting the festival on Saturday, I loaded up the car, fed the baby, and got ready to head south. I was about 5 miles from Gigi's house, when that noise the car had been making seemed LOUD and made me nervous. Now I hear noises all of the time and they never seem to be anything important, so I debated in my mind what to do. Do I just head on home..it's probably nothing or do I go back and let Gigi hear it? Having precious cargo with me, I decided to head back to Gigi's. He hopped in the car and listened. We discovered that my back passenger side tire was bad, so I headed to Wal-Mart to get it replaced and then on the road.

At 6:30 pm with my new tire, I headed out again. BUT...WAIT....THAT NOISE...STILL THERE! I even got out and checked that they had replaced the right tire and they had. I called Gigi, knowing that I could not leave. He knew it too but didn't say anything. I called Daddy and we decided that I did need to stay to get it checked out as it was getting worse, I thought. Gigi was relieved and told me to drive by my cousin's home as he is a mechanic.

After some phone calls and locating said cousin, we crossed paths and he test drove the car. RIGHT AWAY he knew it was something pretty big. He also realized the brakes were not doing an adequate job which I had noticed too. He took the car back to his house and started removing wheels. Just as he had thought...the wheelbearing on the front passenger side was SHOT! This was also affecting the brakes. He said rather confidently that we would NOT have made it home and worst case scenario was that my wheel would have fallen off! People.....I drive on 3 major highways to get to our home down south and the speed limits are 55 - 60 all along the way! I may or may not drive a bit beyond those limits also. Driving at 65 mph and your wheel comes off your car...that is not a thing I like to think about but I can't seem to stop thinking about it.

Gigi and his special friend came to pick the girls and I up. We dropped the car off at cousin's shop in town and then headed to Gigi's. He and special friend had plans to head to another friend's house so the girls and I had some down time together. I just kept looking at my baby girls and thanking the Lord above for prodding me to get that noise checked out! I thanked Him for keeping me safe on our way to Gigi's too as the noise had started just before we left. I thanked Him that my brakes didn't give out on me. I even thanked Him that we were able to take care of it up north..we don't have a trusted mechanic down here yet. I thanked Him for my cousin who squeezed our car into his already busy schedule. (Did I mention he was leaving for vacation on Tuesday afternoon?) I thanked Him, I thanked Him, I thanked Him. There may have been some nervous, thankful tears shed too.

I sit here now watching my smiling, giggling almost 6 month old and I am thankful. We are home, we are safe, and our car is fixed.

Gigi's special friend told me that she had been praying for us to have a safe trip right around the time that I would have left and debated about that noise. Thanks to special friend's prayers!!! :)

So if any of you up north need a good mechanic, I think you should check out Klotz Automotive! He is great!

-Mama

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Surprise!!!!

I love surprises. I really do! (Honey, I love them just in case you forgot. Heehee!) I love receiving them and springing them on others. I had the pleasure of springing one on some good friends from up north. I was able to be a part of a very special group of women up north...The Thursday Night Craft Girls. A very sweet friend of mine started this group a few years back before I was a Mommy. She started it for those of us at church who could not be a part of the Mom's morning group because of work (and lack of kiddos). It has been such a blessing to me so many times. What a great group of ladies that is always so full of fun and laughs and what cute things we have made!
Craft Night Surprise Craft Night Surprise
So after our decision to move south, this group was one of the things that I was dearly going to miss. Wouldn't you know it, though, our yard at our old house was in desperate need of mowing right about the same time for the fall kick-off for the Thursday night group. I made a plan and I executed it. I drove north, dropped Peanut off at Gigi's and headed to sweet friend's home. As I pulled into her driveway, conveniently 15 minutes late, I called her. My plan was to see how everyone was and say how much I missed them and then walk in. Well sweet friend is a smarty pants and guessed that I was in her driveway and came bounding out the door to meet me. It was so fun. The best part was just to be with a group of people who know me. I could just let my hair down and be myself with them...it was wonderful. I love those ladies so much. We also made the cutest little Carmel Apple Kits to give away to someone. This will be a fun thing to give away to a new neighbor of ours, if any of them would just make eye contact. The kit will go to the first neighbor who looks at us! Haha!
Craft Night Surprise

Craft Night Surprise Craft Night Surprise
They are all in agreement that a once a month visit for Thursay Night Craft Girls is not too much to ask of Daddy...we'll see ladies, we'll see! Daddy doesn't like these goodbyes too often though. He loves his girls quite a bit! I am so thankful for a hubby who knows how important it is to me to be able to go back when I need to visit and doesn't make me feel guilty one bit! Thank you, Honey!
Bye Dad! Bye Dad!
We had a great time while we were there. On Friday morning I did my original task of mowing at our old house. I can't spend much time there as I really miss our home. So mowing is quick! Later in the day some of Gigi's friends stopped by for supper with us. We love seeing all of these friends. They are special to our hearts. Later my best friend, her hubby and son stopped by to join us for some homemade ice cream. It was such a fun evening again with friends, people who know me. Ahhh! Best Friend's son informed us that he and Peanut would like to celebrate Christmas together this year...how sweet is that?

On Saturday morning we headed to a local festival with Gigi and his new special friend. ;) She is a real sweetheart and special lady! (Counting my blessings!) Peanut had a ball riding the rides and Pumpkin loved being held by her Gigi.
Apple Festival Apple Festival Apple Festival
Apple Festival
This boat ride was by far Peanut's favorite ride. We used alot of tickets on it. I explained to her before her final ride that we were all out of tickets so she would have to get off when the ride stopped. Of course, the ride stopped and she wanted to ride again! I was just getting ready to crawl in and get her out when the ride operator looked at me, winked and said she could ride again! She has quite a way with boys! Geesh! :)
Apple Festival
After the rides we ate lunch. We all decided on coney dogs. We sat down and said prayer before we ate. When I opened my eyes, there was cutie pie Pumpkin sitting on Gigi's lap stuffing the coney dog wrapper in her mouth and we were one coney dog short. She had grabbed his coney dog, which rolled to the ground so settled on eating the wrapper. What a wild child she is!!!! She was quite happy with that accomplishment. Gigi's special friend got quite a kick out of her determination.
Apple Festival
So this is the part of the story where I feel so truly taken care of and well cared for....

Stay tuned for why!
-Mama

Monday, September 14, 2009

Let's Go on a Tour Together

We have taken the girls on two town trails and to a really wonderful community park in the past few days. I would like to take you along with us.

Our first "trip" is to a park on the north side of our community. (We have only been to 4 of the parks in town. There are at least 5 more that I know of! Crazy!!!!) It is quite something to experience. It is like a playground on steroids. Here are some pictures of what the playground offered...
Playground Playground
Playground


And here is where Peanut spent most of her time. She was making supper out of sticks, grass and mulch! Watch out Rachael Ray! Even Pumpkin got in on the yumminess!
Playground Playground
Of course we spent time on the swings...
Playground Playground
Playground Playground

Now you can come with the girls and I to one of my favorite places...the Farmer's Market held on Saturday morning. We got to listen to some really good kids music and bluegrass. We also watched a juggler for a bit. Then there was the produce...YUM! We bought some peaches and enjoyed an iced coffee and mint chocolate chip scone while listening to the music.
Farmer's Market Farmer's Market
Farmer's Market
(If your local community has a farmer's market...GO! They are a wonderful place to meet people and purchase the freshest produce right from the grower's hands.)

On Saturday evening after Daddy was home from work and we had a yummy supper of pot roast and homemade bread, we went for a hike on a trail that is just down the road from our place. We had so much fun listening to the locusts and seeing the beautiful trees.
Trail Hike Trail Hike

On Sunday afternoon we took the girls to a trail that goes through town. The first half of the trail was unveiled just this past June and is awaiting phase II to be completed very soon. We also ended up walking around the downtown area and eating supper at our favorite (so far) Mexican restaurant. There is quite a bit of art along this trail...so get on your shoes and come with us!
Walking Downtown Walking Downtown

Walking Downtown Walking Downtown
Walking Downtown Walking Downtown
Did you bring your hat? It can be a bit sunny.
Walking Downtown
Or maybe you'll be lucky and get to be pushed in a stroller. :)
Walking Downtown
Make sure to stop and read the signs so that you will get educated on the history along the trail.
Walking Downtown
Now let's head downtown which is really beautiful and full of little shops and restaurants.
Walking Downtown
Walking Downtown Walking Downtown
Shabby Chic?
Walking Downtown
I'm sure you're a bit worn out after all of our touring today.
Walking Downtown
It was fun showing you around a bit. I'm hoping to have you over to our place soon so I can "show" you around. I wanted things just perfect but I may have to settle and show you now and later. I'm having trouble figuring out where to hang things and we don't have curtains up yet.

One little short story...Peanut isn't usually much of a breakfast eater and will typically eat a small bowl of dry cereal. This morning that is what she chose. She also was laying on the floor watching a Madeline movie because we are currently OBSESSED with Madeline. Goodbye Elmo, Hello Madeline! :) I laid Pumpkin on the floor so she could "cruise" around. (She isn't really crawling yet, but she doesn't care...she scoots all over and so fast!) Pumpkin spotted that bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios and was on a mission. She made a bee line for Peanut and wouldn't give up. I kept moving her...Peanut kept moving. She was determined to have Cheerios! Finally she with all her might crawled on top of Peanut and DOVE into the bowl with her hand. Success! Out came a hand FULL of Cheerios that went straight to her sweet little mouth, but alas Mommy quickly grabbed that sweet little hand and extracted the yummy little treats. Such Determination!!!!
Determined
Did you like my little tour idea? I think I might take you on some other tours around town. There are some fun things that I would like to show all of you and this is probably the easiest way to show you! Let me know!
-Mama