Thursday, February 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, Max!

10 years.

I can't believe it was ten whole years ago that this boy came into my life

and there hasn't been a boring moment since!

Life is certainly entertaining with this spirited young man.

By the time he reaches adulthood, I will be able to write a book filled with all the crazy stories involving Max and I will certainly have a full head of gray hair!

He keeps me on my toes


I love him with all my heart.

Happy Birthday, my sweet Max.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Blue & Gold

Tomorrow is our pack's Blue & Gold Banquet

and Lance's first go-around as the new Cub Master.

We (or I) had to put together a cake for the cake contest.

Hopefully, both our cake and Cub Master will be huge successes!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Birthday Invites

I put together these invites for Max's upcoming 10th birthday.

Aren't they great?

Go to to paste yourself in money from around the world!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

RIP Remi

For over three years we have loved and adored our Remi.

When we would introduce people to our pet rat, Remi, we'd often get puzzled looks.

"You have a rat...

for a pet?"

I'd tell them, "You just have to know him."

Remi was special and he loved us as much as we loved him.

From early on, Remi knew his name and would come when called. He'd scurry to the door of his cage and climb right onto your hand. Sometimes, he'd just wait at the door, hoping someone would notice him. He loved attention. I'd sometimes just find myself sitting in front of his cage talking to him because he acted as if he understood me.

I knew Remi's life would be ending soon.

He'd surpassed his life expectancy by a few months already and he was starting to look his age.

Remi's hair was falling out, his eyes looked tired.

When I got up this morning, I went to check on him. He was lying at the bottom of his cage with his eyes closed. When I said his name, he tried to get up, but couldn't. I knew it would be soon, so I brought the kids in. I told them he was dying. We talked about what was happening to his body and what was happening to his spirit. They petted him and kissed him and waited...

Then, he was gone.

We found a box. Calvin carefully placed Remi in it.

The kids wrote letters to Remi and put them in the box.

We buried him in the backyard under the orange tree, said a prayer, and said, "goodbye."

We will miss you, Remi.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Change

A haircut


a donation.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Happy Birthday To Me

Yesterday was my birthday.

I turned 37.

I spent the entire day like bed...with the flu.

Next year will be a better one.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Just Eat Cake

"Take the guilt out of pleasure. Sometimes the thing you want most is just what you need."

-Whole Living Magazine

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ice in the Desert

Some of you may ask, "Why all the pictures?"

Well, for those of us who live in the desert, this is RARE!

The kids and I got all excited as we drove up to the elementary school this morning and found this on the playground.

This just doesn't happen in the desert.

It was beautiful.