Wednesday, September 16, 2009


A few weeks ago we wanted to have a little party and decided it needed a purpose so we decided to surprise Sandy with a birthday party since she turned 40.

The guests were invited and the menu was planned.  Now Todd just had to get Sandy to our house at 4:00.  Anyone who knows Sandy knows that she is very detail oriented and there must be reasons for things.  The more reasons Todd came up with to drop by, the more she dug her heels in and finally refused to go anywhere.  He finally had to spill the beans and tell her what was going on.  Either way, it was  a great party with the guests being surprised by Sandy being there before them.

I made the cheesecake pops for her birthday cake.  Everyone has been after me to make them again since they did not get to try them at the fair contest.  One batch made 65 pops so there were plenty to go around.


Here’s the birthday girl with her 40 candles.  I didn’t think it would be safe to try and put 40 individual candles into the pops so the numbers were the next best thing.


There were lots of kids there so a game of frisbee football kept them busy until it was time to eat.



The sandbox was great entertainment too.


Frog catching in the pond entertains boys for a long time.


Hannah and Elijah had their own dining table.


Oh which one do I want?


Maybe a chocolate one with pink sprinkles


Nope, the white one with pink won out.


The night ended with a campfire for the adults and hide and seek in the dark for the kids.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


It all started with an innocent conversation back on the deck. Bea is a very good friend of our family and she was telling how she loved walking on stilts when she was younger. She talked about how her brother made stilts out of wood and they would walk on them. Bea said "If I had a pair I could show you how to do it". Well we happened to have a pair of stilts in the storage shed, along with a pogo stick. For all of you who left the party early, you really missed a great show. I will tell you that Bea is 74 years old, she won't mind me telling you that. Recently she was telling me about a plane ride someone took her on and she wished she could parachute out of the plane.


Thursday, September 3, 2009


Last week we had an extra child for a couple of days.  The kids were thrilled to have someone new to play with.  As you can see from the past several posts, Tyler and Hannah have some wild imaginations and this day was no different. I had been cleaning out the gardens and throwing vegetable plants into the compost pile. 


The kids decided to make soup and each got a bucket and filled it with whatever they could get their hands on.   The sticks are their fire for cooking the soup.


Ellen had her bucket filled to the top.


Hannah – what can I say except you gotta love this girl


I don’t know whats all in Tyler’s bucket but I think it was all edible.  He dug up some carrots, which he was scolded for but that didn’t stop him.


Ellen liked the lettuce and beans.  After filling the buckets with food they then filled them up with water and stirred it up.


Tyler and Ellen decided Hannah had to be the neighbor and sit by the other tree until the soup was ready to eat.  She actually sat there  a long time.


And Chloe just sat in the fire pit, watching and learning.