Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tree Hunting

This year we headed to the tree farm with the red caboose. This has been our go to place the last couple of years.
What a beautiful day.

What about this one? Maybe.

This one is the one.
There's the caboose.

Before taking the tree home we dropped CJ at a friends house for a sleepover.
Decorating it will wait until CJ is home. 




Saturday, December 7, 2013

First Snow Day

The first snow day came Friday after reports of impending snowmageddon. Schools across C-Bus started cancelling classes around 4am. I headed out at 7:30am to get milk. Yep we ran out after the first cup of coffee. If not for the always hungry teen in the house I would have waited. While there I picked up a few other items hoping to coax CJ out of bed before noon. He was pleased to hear that there was egg nog and protein powder in the house but opted for more sleep. 
This snowmageddon missed us. Another is forecast for Sunday.
This morning the sky is blue, the sun is shining warmly and we are preparing to go Christmas tree hunting.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Deer Season

If you look really close you will see two bucks. 
They are vying for one of the two does who are grazing nearby.


Saturday, November 30, 2013


At 2pm. Looks like nap time may be soon.


Home from Chicago

Just after 4am a very tired CJ arrived home. He dropped his stuff in the living room
and headed straight to bed. 
He did tell us that he didn't sleep on the bus and that the trip involved lots of waiting.
Thankfully there is no school on Monday so there will be lots of time for him to recover!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Goldilocks or Tucker?

Tucker likes CJ's new bedroom. The bed was made when we left for Chicago. When we got back it looked like this. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Pioneers March in Chicago

There they are. Right before Santa and his elves.

We didn't wait to see Santa, we followed the band. And were rewarded with a little bit of post game and a whole lot of Long Train. A crowd gathered and were wowed by by the size and ability of our amazing band.



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Off to Chicago

Dropped a very excited CJ off at school this morning. 
A 4am wake up call and a 5am drop off. He was smiling the whole time. 
After a nap for me and a little bit of work for Steve we headed for Chicago at 10:30ish. Around South Bend, IN we ran into a bit of snow.

Thankfully Steve had put the snow tires on over the weekend.

Our hotel was all decked out for Thanksgiving.

Complete with a real gingerbread house.

For dinner we met up with the Zapps for an authentic deep dish pizza.

We then window shopped along the Magnificent Mile. One store did draw me in where I bought a Christmas ornament.

It was a great night. Looking forward to the parade tomorrow. 




Sunday, November 24, 2013

Friday Night Live

This year's theme was The Greatest Show on Turf. We sat under the big top and were treated to show by clowns, strongmen, bearded ladies, flapper girls and of course the amazing band.

CJ is in the last row on the far right.





Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Update on Egg Hatching

Soon after taking the picture of momma cardinal in the nest, she left and has not returned. The nest may have had an egg or it may have been a shadow. I don't know if I disturbed her when taking her picture or if she was just practicing. Either way, no baby birds by our porch.
One of the falcon eggs did hatch and it was a girl! Zoom is her name and she has successfully fledged and will soon be leaving the area to claim her own space in the world.
These pictures are from the  Columbus Peregrine Falcon blog


Sunday, June 30, 2013

A New Fence

The fence between our house and the neighbor's has been in a bad way for several years.
 Recently Steve spotted carpenter ants and evidence of carpenter bees.
So, we replaced the fence.
It looks great, don't you think?


Who is taller?

Photo: In just a little bit CJ will be taller than Steve. Yikes, where has the time gone?

Friday, June 28, 2013

A New Switch

This afternoon, CJ installed a new dimmer switch for the kitchen light. There were quite a few lessons learned.
1. Don't buy an open box.
The switch didn't work and must have been a return.
2. If the second switch doesn't work, check the light bulbs.
3. Turning off the electricity to the switch is a good idea, although not necessary.
4. Turning off the whole house is overkill.
5. Dimmer switches run a little warm, don't be alarmed.
Poor kid, it's summer and his mom is making him learn things! :)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013