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Telephoto Lens

Before my brother Rick left to go back home, he gave me some money and told me to go get a telephoto lens for my Nikon.


The next day, after I took him to the airport – I went to get the lens!


Even though I have much to post about… this one is just going to be some of the things I have shot in our yard with my new lens!

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SeptA 103-bA fascinating caterpillar!

I am very happy with my new lens Rick. Thanks a BUNCH!

More photos are waiting to be uploaded from my camera. Guess I better get off of here and get on it!





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Tiny Bubbles…

That old song is running through my head!

Here are some of the bubble pictures of Harrison.

(And by the way… I do not love Harrison more than the other boys… even though it may appear so… with all the photos of him… but he is just more cooperative in front of the camera lately, and is out doing things more often!)

















Filed under The boys, Things I like

Brain Drain

I have so much going on… and my mind is so full of things to put in here. I can’t possibly do as many posts as I would need to get all my ideas out of my head and I certainly can’t possibly put all the pictures that I’d like on here or you’d never be able to open the site!! SO… I’m going to “Brain Drain”! Basically… drain my brain! (theoretically of course!)

I am going to write what comes to my mind as I am typing. No thinking allowed… no planning… no plotting… just pure and simple hi-d thoughts! Yikes… that sounds a little scary! (okay… I am allowed to use spell check! You’d not be able to read it if I didn’t!!) I’m already feeling sorry for you. But then again… I do think your computer has the same buttons as mine, or close, and I have a delete, get the hell out of here, WRONG WAY, go back button!  So… as long as you are sure… here we go.

I had a full weekend. But last week ended in a good way with me getting an early birthday present from my hubby and dad! A Nikon D40! I am so excited and have loved playing around with it! I have a lot to learn… but that is the fun of it!

The kids thought I should have gotten a new clothes dryer instead of a camera. But who wants a dryer for their birthday… I don’t. I want toys just like they do… mine are just different. I would say more expensive, but have you seen what kids want these days? Geeeeeez. I don’t suck into all of that for mine, but it is sure hard when their friends are sporting a new whatchamacallit, and they want one too. I always say that either they are an only child… or they have a job! My boys are anxious to get a job! (yaaay)

A lot of that comes from their older brother who – after much adoo – has a job! He buys himself stuff and comes home with new gagits… shows the boys and then they are obsessed with wanting one too. I HATE that!

I do have to say that he buys them some things too. And that is sweet! And he pays rent and all… so… what’everrrr.

Saturday morning I got up and started making granola early in the morning while it was still cool. (For the 5K run on Sunday – to pass out to the runners after the race.) Our air conditioner needs freon and the guy (a friend) hasn’t come by yet to fill it up. I am trying to be patient… but it sure is hard to want to cook anything when it heats up an already hot house. The boys were freezing downstairs this weekend because daddy would have it so low downstairs and put fans in the stair well to blow the cold upstairs. It helped… but in my unheard opinion, it just made one level of the house unbearably cold and one level tolerably hot. I was uncomfortable in either place! But if I didn’t move much… I preferred the warmer upstairs to the freezing downstairs! (Yes… I know… you would have been hanging down with the boys Matt!)

Okay, after making the granola… that took longer than I thought, I was running late for church. I didn’t go. I instead, went with the hubby to run erronds and get him some shelves for the garage which he then cleaned out over Saturday night and Sunday – all day. It looks great. I just wonder what all he threw away this time. Hummm. Maybe I should go check the trash. Long story. Neverrrrmind.

We got a lot done Saturday. We even had fun. Up until the Tahoe wouldn’t start. We did get it jumped… and got home… hot and cranky! Well, one of us was cranky… I’ll let you guess!

I got a liner for the pond and am SO anxious to put it in. But we went by and priced out rocks… and I’ll have to wait a bit. But I am VERY excited about getting that pond done.

Sunday morning I made a yummy egg dish. I don’t know what to call it… but it was good. Harrison had two BIG helpings of it… that is unusual. I started out sauteing some onions and garlic. Then added some baby portabella mushrooms that needed to be eaten, two Tofurkeys that were leftover from some other meal – after I processed them in… the… processor… du. Didn’t know how else to say that. Humm.

Then added to the sauted mixture… some leftover cooked rice. got that all good and hot, then in the center of the pan I scrambled some eggs… mixed it all together… seasoned it… maybe a little Tobasco (Harrison calls it Tobacco!) and served it with toast! Yum. It didn’t look that great, but smelled wonderful and tasted good.

Then the boys and I were off to the races… well, not the horse races… but the 5K our church was having to raise money for our church-school. We love that school, even though we home-school, and do all we can to help support it. Guy was going to run in it, but he sprained his ankle on Friday… but was very interested that a boy of 13 years old came in fourth place! He is going to really think about running more. He has always liked it… but not kept up with it. Now maybe because he saw that… he will!

It was a neat afternoon at the park. I took my new (to me) camera and took a TON of pictures. A TON I tell you. I had fun.

Then I dropped off the middle two boys at home and took Harris to a birthday party.

I normally don’t do more than one big thing in a day… yes, I’m a wimp, but I was glad I got both of those in this day!

When I came home Darren was at work, Hubby was out with some guys and the two middle ones were just hanging out. Harrison had gotten some bubbles at the party and so we went outside to play! I got some cool pictures of him and bubbles!

So… here are a few pictures I will share with you. This is but a tiny fraction of what I took…

…hope you enjoy them.



sunday-4-26-09-Maddy & Abby


sunday-4-26-09-Nickie 2She just ran in a race! I have about 5 more shots of her… she is adorable… and SO expressive! She was fun to watch.

sunday-4-26-09-boys running

sunday-4-26-09-myboys&tiffMy boys and their X-teacher

sunday-4-26-09-HarrisHarrison; trying to put some “sugar on his tude”!



sunday-4-26-09-5K start

sunday-4-26-09-bvMy friend coming in 3rd for the woman’s division!

Harrison and the bubbles will have to be in another post. This has taken longer than I thought already… I need to feed some kids! I guess.


And this concludes my Monday Brain Drain.


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