Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wish they could stay little forever!

lot’s has been going on again.  I thought I had a boring life.  But I don’t.

Last trip up North was Ryan BD party.  Of course Camille made an amazing cake for Ryan…march2011 115

 

Ryan loved it!

 

 

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He couldn’t wait to blow out the crazy candles…

 

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He huffedand puffedand

blew

them

all out!

 

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can you believe how grown up Owen and Lauren look!  ARGH!

 

 

 

 

I was challenged….but stuck to my project…that took me well much longer to assemble than I would like to admit.  Lauren helped me…

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It was not an easy task…but we finished.  I hate to admit defeat, especially when it comes to a silly little project like building something a child can put together in minutes….but takes me …well a long time…let’s say longer than an hour hehehe

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Ryan was happy to just to kick back and play some games on his moms computer…he is extremely and I am not saying that lightly…extremely brilliant on the computer…

 

march2011 099 Saturday morning new life began…this calf was only an hour or so old, still had the cord attached..and wobbly on its little legs…

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See all the bunnies….LOL oh yeah…spring has sprung on the Higgins farm…farmer Mike had to pull some babies out of a hole!  It was a fun visit…quick, but fun…

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This past week, my lilacs FINALLY BLOOMED!  I filled my office and kitchen with their wonderful fragrance.  I feel sorry for allergy sufferers….one of which is my sweet hubby… but that doesn’t stop him from being outside and doing what he loves to do most….

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and that is play in the dirt.  Just this weekend we finally got some tomato plants in the ground…

 

 

remember the back wall project….Huh-honey poured a retaining wall, about 6 feet at a time…then filled it with dirt, not just any dirt, dirt that he sifted through his home made sifter and free from any little rocks and things, and mixed it with his magical formula of other “stuff” and..

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Ta………Da……….. it actually looks better even today!  The flowers are filling in so nicely….this truly doesn’t show off all the colors there are along this wall.  The face of the wall will be stoned.  That will be another project.  But he will finish the rest of the planting along the far upper part of the pool.  This has been a huge project, but it will be so beautiful… the improvement is so amazing.

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There are 3 very large windows that look out to the back yard, and 3 windows in the kitchen looking into the back, it will nice when the plants grow bushy and tall and cover the ugly red wall.  There is no getting away from having neighbors RIGHT behind me…and to the side of me, it is what we traded our country rural life for.  This city is small enough so we don’t have the inversion of the Salt Lake Valley hoovering over us.  Our sky’s in Southern Utah are usually blue and clear.  Well most of the time anyway.

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Our lawn is so green right now and lush and thick like carpet.

 

 

 

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We filled several pots with lots of colorful flowers, hearty pansies and merigolds and uh, oh dear having a senior moment….you know, those other flowers…lol

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Huh-honey had a birthday on Monday the 4th, as you can see by the smoke…lol, I put some of those candles on the cake that DON’T blow out…and they created a huge smoke bomb!  I was surprised the alarm didn’t go off!  It is all about the kids you know.  The cake was for them.  Koltyn must have said happy bird-day to papa a dozen times and  sang his heart out over and over again.  It is all about the kids….well the cake was pretty good I have to admit!  and no, I didn’t make it…I bought it just minutes before the kids came over, on the way home from going out to dinner LOL.  Hey, I am a working girl ya know….it was a MONDAY for crying out loud!  We normally DON’T like store bought cake but this chocolate cake and fluffy dreamwhippy icing was DELICIOUS! LOL

this little stinker sure enjoyed it, Bob couldn’t shove it into her mouth fast enough….and NO BRAIN FREEZE!  We had to actually STOP and say ENOUGH….thinking she would be sick!  Kinlee has started to laugh like the “Muppets” Cookie Monster, it is so funny to hear  a low growl come from this tiny petite little thing who is just barely taking her first steps…at14 months…she looks like she is still maybe 10 or 11 months she is so tiny….

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on April 7th…7 years ago this precious little stinker entered the world.  My daughter 2nd daughter.

 

 

 

 

I miss not being there for her school programs or soccer games or little gym classes or cheer classes.  The girls visit every summer and I look forward to that time.  Lately the cost of taking those spontaneous trips to NC 3 or 4 times a year has stopped.  If my boat ever comes in…well in this life time anyway…before the girls graduate from high school or college…kids Disney 140

 

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Being so far from my girls has been very hard for me.  She is a mini of her mother.  Today doesn’t make it any easier, going through pictures of her…

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We call her Brookie Cookie…because it rhymes…

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU BROOKIE COOKIE

THIS COST THE TOOTH FAIRY $5 A TOOTH WITHIN JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS OF EACH OTHER.  MY HOW TIME HAS CHANGED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well………until next week….I am heading UP NORTH  tomorrow to snow covered valley’s I am told.    Hopefully not into a storm.  The “Little Rascal’s are expecting us, so off we will go.  Wish us luck!  Hope the roads stay clean and we don’t hit the storm coming in!

10 comments:

Heather T. said...

So much happening in your life :) happy-happy

I love the cake, and such a beautiful lady who made it. Did I mention I love the cake, so creative, so adorable!!!

Your photos prove sunshine, new life, blessings, hope and love.

Just perfect. Have a safe and wonderful trip, Lindalu ♥

BECKY said...

Wow gal! Looks like a lot of fun and celebrating! You have a full life, sweetie, and are very blessed. I know it is hard being away from your girls. But I know you will find ways to stay close anyway. Let me know when your ship comes in...maybe mine will be chuggin' in behind it!! :o)
Have a wonderful Friday! Oh and the wall and your yard look lovely!!
What a great hubby to work so hard!
HUGS,
Becky

Diana said...

Oh my you have been busy Linda. Everything looks so beautiful. The cake the grandkids and your yard! It's so sunny there, I love it.
Are those yellow Calla Lillis against the retaining wall? They are very beautiful. I imagine it's going to be very nice when it's all filled in.
You are so fortunate to have had that time with your beautiful grandchildren Linda. Mine live fairly close and I just don't get to see them as much as I'd like but this Sunday we are going out to the new house so Jake can see it and have dinner out there. So I will get some play time in too!
Love your precious photos!
Love Di ♥

Librarian said...

A boring life? You?! Come on :-)
Another one of your bubbling-with-life posts - always a good read for me, but especially this morning, as I got back from a 3 day business trip yesterday and was looking forward to checking on my dashboard here to see who has posted what while I was away.
Your lilacs are already in bloom; ours here will still take a little while, but the cherry tree in front of my kitchen window has decided to turn into a pretty white flowery cloud while I wasn't looking :-)

Wanda..... said...

So many birthdays, Linda...loved the smoky candles on Huh-honey's cake. He's done a great job on the wall. Wish we had tomatoes planted, but it won't be long! Have fun viviting the family!

Barb said...

Hi Linda, Like Wanda, you have a bonanza of birthdays in the spring! Happy Birthday to all (especially Huhoney!). What a cutie Brooke is with those front teeth missing! I'm telling you right now - keep all the snow there in UT - don't send a flake my way. We have enough already! Have a fun, safe trip. PS Your wall garden is gorgeous.

Eileen said...

Wow! Busy! Busy!
This was a great 'catch up' post! I loved it!
It was nice seeing all the family pictures and hearing about all the celebrations.
And I love your property, and all the work that your husband puts into it really shows (I know you have a hand in it too!). Beautiful! And such a beautiful view from your windows.
Where we live the neighbors are all on top of each other too. I'm used to it, and I kind of like it. Our neighbors are great, we are all friendly, but we also are not in each other's business all the time.


Hearing about you missing your daughter and grandchildren is giving me a little glimpse into our future. I know it will be so hard and so sad to live so far away from our granddaughters.

I can't believe how beautiful your Springtime is already! Our lilacs won't be here for weeks and weeks yet, not even one bud yet. I can't get over how Winter hung on this year here.

I enjoyed this post a lot, it was a nice visit.

I'm thinking of retiring Umma's World soon. But maybe I'll do a few 'catch-up' posts a few times a year anyway.

'Hope your visit with the little rascals was a good one!
Love to you,
Eileen

Pat said...

What a lovely and love filled post, I enjoyed reading every word, and the pictures, oh my! Wonderful!
What a sweet life full of love. All those beautiful grands, I know what you mean by wishing the could stay little forever. Childhood goes so quickly.
I'm a bit jealous of your beautiful flowers, we're still a way off before any planting here MI. The wall is going to be awesome, hubby did a great job.
Wish I could drop by and enjoy your beautiful scenery!
Hugs!!

emily said...

My goodness! What a busy time it's been for you! Our goal is to some day have a yard as beautiful as yours, and a place big enough that we can become farmers too, like Farmer Mike. I know it's hard to be away from family. Natalie probably misses you just as much as you miss her. Love you!

Cynthia L. H. said...

You have been busy! ;^)
I love the cake, too! SO creative! Happy Birthday to all of those in your family who have celebrated one recently! ;^)
Hugs,
C