Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
This maple syrup was so delicious it has ruined me for life! Aunt Jemima makes me gag (literally) and even the "real" maple syrup you find in the store doesn't compare in the least to the beautiful syrup my father made. Maple syrup is graded on a scale from light amber to dark amber and what you see in the store is the dark amber stuff--but at the beginning of the season the first sap (for some reason that I can't remember) turns into the lightest, almost clear syrup and it is delicious and like nothing you've ever tasted. One thing I really admire about my father is that even though he doesn't stick with a "passion" for long (card, stamp, coin, bottle collecting, bike racing, kayaking, mountain climbing, and more) he ALWAYS does EVERYTHING with the utmost attention to detail, and with an approach based on hours of research and study. But, I digress...
So, this maple syrup was more than enough for one family to use so we sold it at a local farmer's market. My mother and I would get up at the crack of dawn to drive the hour to Syracuse to set up our booth of Pure NY Maple Syrup for sale. We always did really well since (and I can say this without bias) our syrup was the best at the market. It was fun to go to the Farmer's Market and see all of the crafters selling their wares and the Amish selling their food and the farmer's selling their produce--it was a veritable melting pot of all types of people from all walks of life and I'll have you know we even saw a few celebrities (local newspeople) there.
It was a big deal.
It was also real boring sometimes. We would get there sooooooo early and it was soooooo cold and it was quiet and a little lonely until the big crowds came later in the day so I would bring things to occupy myself with.
My favorite thing to occupy myself with was my puppy Q.T. He made his first appearance at the farmer's market not long after we purchased him (the most beautiful little shih tzu in the land) and he was my pride and joy. Along with Q.T. I brought my friend Trudy from church. After I helped my mom set up the syrup table Trudy and I took a walk around the market with Q.T. and talked girl stuff and giggled and did all those things that 12 year olds do. And then, I spotted them. Two of the cutest, tallest, oldest boys at my Christian School. (I was home schooled but attending a Christian school once a week for gym class/friends/etc). They were selling apples and saw us walking by!
It was terribly exciting.
We looked their way, squealed and hightailed it out of there (in that order). We spent the rest of the morning talking about how dreamy they were and hoping they would "find" our table so we could exchange glances (you know, the way 12 year olds flirt). The boys eventually did walk by our table once and smile and wave and keep walking (ahhhh). That was enough for a little while but then we decided we would go look for them again. We took Q.T. and headed off to find them and once we did we smiled and they were laughing at us and we weren't sure why. Well, all I had to do was look down to where they pointed and see that Q.T. was doing a doggy number 2 all over the front of their vending area. AHHHHHHh! Angst Alert! It was so embarrassing and we even had to high-tail it to the ladies room, procure paper towels, come BACK to their stand and clean up all the poop. It was like totally gross.
Humbled and degraded my friend and I walked back to the maple syrup table--determined not to show our faces in public again. Lo and behold those boys came back to our table to *blush* talk to us. We were so excited. Until, they started to look at us funny. And laugh. Again. And all I had to do was look where they were pointing. Again. And I saw that Q.T. had just barfed all over my sweatshirt. Seriously. All over it AND in front of the boys. It was horrible.
Luckily it was time to clean up and head back home and not surprisingly Q.T.'s first appearance at the farmer's market was most definitely his last. I never saw the boys there again either. Life just has a way of putting all of the most remarkably embarrassing events together all at once. I think it's what keeps us humble.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Monday: We took a walk, and stopped to play--the best thing to do on a sunny day.
Tuesday: Walk and play, Walk and play--I'm glad warm weather is here to stay.
Wednesday: An hour walk, the kids were fine, I got sunburned but had a good time.
Thursday: Another hour in the stroller, another sunburn on my shoulder.
Friday: Bring your pal to dance class day--but little Shea didn't want to play (it was nice to see you anyways).
Saturday: Who knows what will the weekend bring--maybe the zoo, maybe some yard-sale-ing, but most of all I wish we could schedule a visit with a redhead in lancaster-hood.
The End My Friends.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I know, I know, I'm a little obsessed with Dolly. But really, it's my Grandmother's fault--she's the one who loved her most and passed that love on to me. I can't help it--it's in the blood. So someday, when the kiddos are a little bigger we'll drive off in style to Tennessee and visit the wood of Dolly.
Just thought I'd share. =)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed and hidden that will not be known.
I'm making my personal Spiritual Goals/Weight loss blog public. I'm trying to take steps towards a more humble attitude and loving heart.
Come to read and share with me.
we now return to our regularly scheduled blogging....=)
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
The mousey-browny before Shelly.
p.s. I'll do some digging b/c I know I have some pictures of a much blonder me and that might help the issue along...
p.p.s this is the kind of post a woman writes after she's had a nap, her babies are still sleeping and she's counting down the seconds until her husband gets home.
p.p.s.s. Go vote!
Monday: park walk with the j.p.'s. i love me some j.p.'s and am so glad they are our exercising/park playing buddies.
Tuesday: made the trip to *Target* to pick up E = MC2 for Mr. Wonderful, a new dress for me and pony socks for A and after to the park with the j.p.'s and other assorted friends for more fun and exercise (how can it be up hill in BOTH directions?)
Wednesday: a walk at the park (ahhh my calves!) and playing in the sun-shine until lunch which we spent with our favorite guy. when mr. w. got home from work we walked into town and got ice cream....which, i think technically negated any walking i did this week, but it was totally worth it
Thursday: hmm...sensing a theme here--park and walk with the j.p.'s and playing in the sun with all our church friends! a threw a screaming princess fit on the way to the car but took a nice 4 hour nap to make up for it!
Friday: DANCE class! we are on our way and plan to go shopping tonight at the mall for shorts for A! yay for warm weather! yay for shopping! yay for dance class! yay for girls doing girly things and wearing pink!
that is all.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Leaving college for home that spring was bittersweet. I really enjoyed being independent and living with friends but also enjoyed being home on the hill in upstate New York. On the drive home I thought about S and wondered if we would stay in touch. I knew that he was going to stay in Ohio through the summer and continue working as the music director for our church but beyond that I didn't know much at all.
A month came and went and I was working for Walmart of all places (yikes) and spent most of my time there. The bad thing about going to Cedarville is that they had the trimester system so ALL of my friends got home a month before me and left a month before me--which meant very little time for having fun! Emails from college pals kept me going through those long months at home but my favorite was the "real" mail that would float in occasionally. I believe that anyone can send an email but it takes someone extra special to send real mail--and to those who do (you *KNOW* who you are) it is more of an encouragement than you know...but I digress.
Imagine my surprise when I found a white envelope in the mail with an unfamiliar crooked scrawl. Hmm....From Ohio? Inside I found two folded pages of pencil written letter from S. Ah! He loves me! I knew it! (20 year olds sure can be silly!) I hastily opened it and read all about S's summer and how he wanted to keep in touch but didn't have my email and how he'd like to call but didn't have my home phone number....be still my little heart! (I still have this letter and copies are available upon request for the mere fee of....never mind, it's too priceless to price)
We started trading email back and forth and boy were those emails the HIGHLIGHT of my week. It's worth mentioning that my sweet husband is not necessarily technologically advanced--his emails came from his mother or father's account, (I eventually had to set up an email account for the poor little lamb when we got married =), so he went to great pains to be in touch.
We eventually turned to talking on the phone for hours about anything and everything. We are very similar in our likes and dislikes and S is hilarious and can keep me entertained like no one else can.
***I remember the first time we talked on the phone there was a storm brewing in Ohio and S actually got shocked through the phone by lightning and had to call me back.... He was unharmed but these are the kind of oddly amazing things that happen to my husband****
I was super excited by the time September rolled around and was itching to get back to Ohio to see if our friendship would go anywhere exciting. Finally I arrived back in Cedarville (goodbye Walmart--and Never again!) and was reunited with all my dear friends. I unpacked my bags and anxiously waited by the phone for him to call so that we could get together...
one day came and went...
another came and went...
What in the world was going on? He KNEW I was back in Ohio! He told me he was going to call! More importantly I told all my friends he was going to call! Why didn't he call?!?!
Finally on the third day I was getting annoyed! Well! He isn't worth a second thought! and at that minute--just when I gave up hope, he showed up in my dorm.
Apparently he had tried to call but my demon roommate had turned the ringer off the phone because she needed beauty sleep or something and had never turned it back on!
He came in and we hugged awkwardly....all in a "i like you but don't know what we are doing or what it all means yet" kind of way and clutched in his hand was a bag of stuff. He explained to me that he knew I wanted a fish so he had a bag of fish supplies and we would go out that night for dinner and a movie and to buy me a new pet.
Our first intentional date! And I couldn't wait....
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Awkward Moments Define My Life: Mommy Edition (A.K.A. no one would ever have known if I didn't share)
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
yes, i know--i have a home here in the south with my sweet family, surrounded by my husband's loving parents and brothers, my supportive church family and friends and warm weather most of the year...but i miss snowy central new york..well, i don't REALLY miss the snow but i miss everything else...
i miss green grass
purple and fuschia sunsets
1 car = traffic
the sound of crickets and coy dogs
and farm smells..hay, silage, poo
ice cream cones so tall they hit the roof of your car
tractors driving 5 mph down the road
i've been here for 7 years now...and i'm so glad i came--these 7 years have been wonderful, but i've gotten to thinking that things will NEVER be the same--even if i were to move home, most of my friends have moved away, my brothers are living in their own homes, my parents are "free spirits" (and rightfully so) and i am a woman with a family--no longer a barefoot bumpkin wandering in the woods.
this usually doesn't bother me but tonight it does.
i know these are the things that make one long for heaven--a home where loved ones will not leave but will be bound together with me in worship of the Savior and that is a good thing.
but tonight, i miss my little piece of heaven on earth--a country house on top of a tall hill, with hilly meadows and forests filled with wildlife and trees, a pond with snakes and turtles, acres of land to roam, quiet living, porch-sitting afternoons, boating on the reservoir, fence posts and childhood memories.
well, even if i can't live it, i feel better for having written it all down.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Tuesday: Visited Daddy at work and took 3 hours naps--what a perk!
Wednesday: Mmm..Barnes and Nobles--my favorite place! Yummy lunch at Chick Fil A!
Thursday: Sunny Park day with friends of ours--went home for pizza and r & r.
Friday: Went to dance class and had a blast!
Saturday: Moving family all day long--they worked from all day--dusk till dawn!
Sunday: Daddy had a concert and we had church--No napping toddler has left me in the lurch.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
I know he's a boy and all but come on! They are CLASSICS.
And I'm done.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
You see, a funny thing has happened to me since I've become a mama--I feel everything like never before. Yep, I've become the crazy lady who cries at commercials and when listening to songs on country radio and I never thought it would happen. When I saw Dolly on screen my eyes literally welled up with tears. I know, this makes me insane AND ridiculous but I had to share it in the spirit of full disclosure.
Go David Cook! Your ability to turn old songs into something new and cool are amazing (I've always had a soft spot in my heart for musical men you know)!
You are my American Idol!
(I'm sure he'd be thrilled to hear it!)
also so happy to hear that tricia has another shot at a pair of lungs! i'll be praying and following closely at Confessions of a CF Husband!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
on the sunny sidewalk
p.s. in looking for a clip art image i realized that a surprising amount of people paint their toe nails and then post pictures online. it disturbed me greatly, just thought i'd share.