I am hearing, in the words of my brothers and sisters, "Get over it." Sigh.
I might as well blog.
After Gilbert interrupted my late lunch (of a toasted tomato sandwich. For some reason this felt really luxurious, probably because I am now buying tomatoes when I let a whole lot of tomatoes go bad in my garden this summer. Still, even if I had canned/frozen them, you just can't have a frozen tomato sandwich.) I brought him into my bed thinking that maybe if I cuddle him, he would go back to sleep and I could still have a mini break. As soon as I laid him down, giggling about the blankets going over him, he was up like a jack in the box, all grins and ready to do something terribly fun. Lily came in at this point and they commenced to climb all over me. As they sat on top of me hopping up and down I asked Lily if I looked like a train. She said "Yes, except you have a face. You are a face train!" Hilarious. A bit later, as they did tumbling tricks over me, she told me I was a playground--WITH A FACE! Here she dissolved in laughter and I gave up the rest idea as a bad bet and got up.
I decided to research Sour Cream iced cookies as the pictures from my camera upload. I have icing I need to use up and one of my friends bakes killer sour cream iced cookies but is hesitant to give away the recipe. In the days of google, nothing is off bounds. I now have 6 slightly different recipes I would like to try. Anyone up for a cookie party? I think I will make this one first.http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Sour-Cream-Sugar-Cookies. For no real reason besides it is from Taste of Home, which is somewhat reputable and the picture is the prettiest.
Now that I have got that earthshaking decision made, I will now move on to pictures. Recently my camera decided to not work right. It was under the impression that the flash was not up when the flash was very clearly up. Once again, I took to google and after a few minutes with a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol, it was back in working order. I was relieved, since I thought it was a computer programming issue, which meant the camera was toast. Yay for the information age.
I am SORRY. I am really tangental today.
Not last weekend, but the weekend before, Owen and Ashley's foundation was poured. Dave and Lori Weaver were up to help out. Lovely fall weekend. And the foundation was all that it should be.
Justin came home late Wednesday night before the weekend. He got a hero's welcome because he is the most wonderful Daddy.
Gilbert was convinced he had to have Daddy pretty close to make sure he didn't disappear again.
What will one day be Owen and Ashley's driveway. Yeah, they have an avenue of maples. Isn't that fabulous?
Lori carrying Gilbert
Concrete guy, amish Ben, and all the rest of them.
Justin is one smooth guy
Ashley admiring what will one day be her kitchen. (I think that is the kitchen part)
A lot of talking happened.
A lot of honking happened.
A good thing Amish Ben was there, since everyone else is yappy.
Orianna was convinced that strawberry rubber boots would look terrible with this outfit. I am not sure the tie up sneakers look much better.
Ignorning the two guys and a dog, won't they have a lovely view?
Ashley made yummy chili for lunch
Lots of cement-y rubber boots
Olivia and Fiona after 4 wheeling. David got the better of them
At least they are smile-y while mud-splattered.
A squad of four wheelers
These next ones are Olivia's frost ones. I just really like them.
Gilbert the dragon heading out to the car
This was going to Orianna's Halloween parade
Orianna's teacher and her aides dressed up as piggies
There is Orianna, walking without a backward glance
A well matched student and teacher.
An ostrich rider. I am not sure I get it (am I missing a cultural reference here?) but it was funny.
Even dragons suck their thumbs. Several people thought he was a frog. Maybe because he is so un-fierce.
Heading out to trick or treat
The woodland fairy
Tyler, Fallon (sp?), Madison, and Ethan--Tyler is one of Cody's "friends" The quotes are here because Tyler and Cody are always trying to get the best of each other, which isn't what friends are for. They arrived just as we were leaving for trick or treating, so we went around town with them, which was fun.
Olivia and Tori came with us
These people had a most impressive display
Quite the bit of candy
Last weekend, so before Halloween, I begged Justin to show me how to build shelves. I really wanted to know how to do this, since I want shelves ALL OVER THE HOUSE. Pretty much anyway. So for a practice run, he helped me build a bookshelf for the kids room. I got to use power tools. And a kreg jig. I am cool.
This was the situation prior to the bookshelf. Unfortunately, having a nice bookshelf is not actually going to change Gilbert's take-every-book-off-the-shelf-before-settling-down-with-one habit, but we are working on correcting that as well. Still as you can see, way too many books for the flimsy plastic shelf that has been in heavy use all of it's 8 years of life. Seriously, that shelf has moved all over and is still good enough that I am going to save it for something. Cheap Wal-mart tough.
The bookshelf in process
Orianna arranged this. I have no idea why, but it looks cute.
This is the state of it today. After unpacking 3 rubbermaids of books, I still have a fairly empty bottom shelf to store stuff. I am so excited. This probably doesn't look that great to you all, but to me, it makes my heart sing. Plus, as we were unpacking the rubbermaids, we came across a lot of the kids favorites that had been put away when I got tired of picking up the ENTIRE bookshelf every night. So now they have all the books they own right there. Just waiting for someone to throw them all over the room. I am just WAITING for someone to do that. I want to impress upon Gilbert, the criminality of that kind of behavior.