My Weekend


It was a busy weekend around here….Birthdays, family, weddings and more.

Tuesday, the 16th, was Kalissa’s 22nd birthday.  Twenty second birthdays are usually not a big deal but they are when you are pregnant on your 21st birthday and can’t have a party then.  That was Kalissa last year at this time…pregnant.  So this year, Craig and friend threw her a party at the bar here in town.


It was a surprise.  All of my kiddos came home to join in the fun…even my Neighbor Girl came for a little bit.  We took her out for supper with us and she got to stay for a bit.  She really is as much of a part of our family as she can be without actually living here.  She is very much like a little sister to them.

We took the opportunity to snap a couple of family pictures.  Karl’s girlfriend Renae took the pictures.  She had asked, “Are you sure you want to pose there under the Bud Light sign?”  We all laughed and said sure.

Now I’m thinking the picture turned out pretty good and we should have taken it against a different wall.  Who knew we’d actually like the picture?!

I had debated for a long time about growing my hair out.  I sure am glad I did.  The other day after this picture was taken someone said they thought Kalissa and I were sisters.  I think that’s a far stretch but I can say this…I sure like by hair better now than it was short.


Here’s one of just the kiddos.  They are left to right-Buck, Kelli, Kalissa, Kayla and Karl. [Read more...]

Grand Canyon Trip–Lava Flow and Indian Ruins


A post from Kelli–

I’m working on a series of posts summarizing and sharing all of the fun that I had on my recent trip to Arizona.

After getting to Flagstaff, we quickly went to sleep and were up and at ‘em bright and early to go check out the Grand Canyon.  On our way, we stopped at an ancient lava flow.

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All of these rocks are made of lava from an ancient lava flow.  When checking them out, it was really interesting, but almost left me with more questions than answers.  How deep does the lava flow go?  What kinds of animals and remains are under and through the lava flow?  How long ago did this happen?

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It was also interesting to see some of the rock formations.  Three were a few hiking trails around that we saw people on, but we just took the short walking trail to get a couple extra looks.
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Grand Canyon Trip–Glendale Shops!


A post from Kelli–


I’m working on a serious of posts summarizing all of the fun I had on my recent trip to Arizona!

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We were so lucky that Jason’s aunt Wendy lives near Phoenix in Glendale.  When we got there after flying all day, it was great to sit down, eat a meal, and take a nap.  Being the small town, middle of nowhere girl that I am, Arizona was sooo different.  The style of houses is so different and unique.  Also, even though it appears Wendy lives in a pretty nice area, doors are always locked and many houses have bars on them.  I really don’t think I’ve ever locked my car or even taken the keys out of it when it’s at home since I moved in with Jason–7 years ago.  Also–THERE’S NOT MUCH GRASS!  I think that was the biggest shocker for me.  I’ve seen pictures of houses from Arizona before too and noticed that they often have lots of tile and thought that was just crazy because the floors would get cold.  Surprise though–Arizona is not a very cold place.

After a much needed rest, we got up showered and headed out to check out the little shops in downtown Glendale.

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One of the first places we stopped at had homemade soap–The Pear and Berry was AMAZING!

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This little shop had a ledge of sorts above much of their merchandise that they used to display small furniture pieces.  I found lots of cool chairs and little end tables, but there’s no way that they would have been able to come back with me.

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This store also had a boutique in the back with tons of cute clothes!

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The next shop we stopped at was an antique store.  And they had tons of stuff!

My favorite part though was probably Charlie the greeting dog.  For a bit I thought he was just a statue, but he definitely wasn’t.  The shop owner said that they bring him down to the shop with them and he just hangs out for the day.  He was such a nice dog!  I definitely took a couple minutes to pet him and hang out with him as I was really missing Miss Puppycat!  I did snap a picture of Charlie… [Read more...]

Puppycat Takes A Bath!–And Ask Jason!


A post from Kelli–

Like most dogs, Puppycat HATES baths!  Every since she was little, the minute you say the word bath, she will run away, hide and cower.  It’s kind of funny because if I am even in the bathroom, she will never go in there.  When Jason’s in there however, it doesn’t bother her to go in because she knows that he won’t give her a bath.  I’ve asked him to give her a bath a few times and he continues to refuse because she hates them and he doesn’t want her to hate him.

Tomorrow I’m leaving for Arizona with Jason’s mom, grandma, and sister.  His Grandma has always wanted to see the Grand Canyon, so we’re off!  I noticed that Puppy was starting to smell a bit too much like a dirty wet dog, so I decided to give her a bath before I left.

A few weeks ago, we had a few things done in the basement including putting hookups in for a shower, washer, dryer, installing a sink, and redoing some of the plumbing to reduce the issues we’ve had with clogged sinks.  When we were getting the stuff for the utility sink, I made sure that we got a faucet set that had a sprayer so I could give Puppycat a bath as it has worked so well at mom’s.  When Jason came home, I had him grab my camera  to take some pictures.

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As you can see, she’s not a happy camper!  I always say that if looks could kill, I’d be dead the minute I mention the word bath!  See? [Read more...]