This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!
~~~o0o~~~

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lazy day in the pool....

I snapped these cute pictures of Hayden out playing in the pool with our dog, Blondie, on a hot August afternoon. They were having so much fun! At first Hayden got Blondie to sit on the inner-tube with him, but then he....
....very gently got off the inner-tube...
....and told her to stay and.....
.....he gently pushed the inner-tube out to the center of the pool.
At first she was a little tiny bit nervous....
......but then she got into it! She says, "This is so easy, I can even do it with my eyes closed!" haha!
A boy and a dog in the pool in the summer, who could as for more!
A member of the Family
By Hope Marrington Molb

"What would I do without you


My precious, furry friend? ...
Part mischief, but all blessing,
And faithful to the end!


You look at me with eyes of love:


You never hold a grudge ...
You think I'm far too wonderful
To criticize or judge.


It seems your greatest joy in life


Is being close to me ...
I think God knew how comforting
Your warm, soft fur would be.


I know you think your human,


But I'm glad it isn't true ...
The world would be a nicer place
If folks we're more like you!

A few short years is all we have.
One day we'll have to part ...
But you my pet, we'll always have
A place within my heart."

"Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10

Hugs, Sharon

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Times are changing...

It's that time again...time for my sister's annual summer visit! Kathi and her kids have come to stay with us for a few days every summer for the past 17 years! This time it was really different though and kind of sad. She only had two of her four kids with her and I only had two of mine and they were all in and out throughout the visit. It just was not the same. Kathi and I realize that our children have grown and those good old days of when they were all little and runny all around us are gone.
In the old days this room would have been full of eight kids doing all kinds of active things, but now it's quiet with basically adult conversation. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy all of the kids as adults, but it's just a new phase we're in and we need to get used to it.
Kathi was so funny. She was doing something in my room and found my three tiaras and she decided to put them all on. What's so funny though is that these are all purchased tiara's, I did not earn them. She's the one who earned one, she was prom queen of the class of 1978!
We decided to go to town but first I needed to water the garden.
The boys played on the trampolene. Hayden was home for a bit in the morning, but then he had to work and he actually had plans that night to go to a friend's house.
Kathi and I took Garrett out to lunch at McDonalds.
We had a fun visiti in the sun.
After lunch we met up with Kathi's husband, Stacey and their two daughters Victoria and Jessica. They brought all their bikes and planned a bike trip down by the river. They also brought Garrett's bike.
Victoria and Jessica.
They also brought Garrett's bike and he went on the bike ride with them and he went back home with them. After we said goodbye, Kathi and I went thrift store shopping! We had so much fun!
When we got back home we found Grayson and Harrison out working on Grayson's buggy. Hayden was at work at the gas station. 
Then they took it out for a spin!
Later the decided to go into town and get Taco Bell and go to the movies.
It's so fun for them to be independent.
Kathi and I went inside and started looking at all of my cookbooks!
We both admit that we are "Vintage cookbook-aholics"!
We both have pretty large collections and we enjoy discussing them and sharing them with each other.
Our other sister, Kelli, is just starting to collect them as well. 
We cannot put our finger on why we love them so much, but there is something about the cute illustrations showing the mother busy in the kitchen. It is so comforting and gives us a cozy feeling. Also, it is so neat to find old ones that are kind of beat up and you know they were used by a hard working woman cooking for her family. They also have great recipes and meal planning ideas!
Kathi is cracking me up in this picture. She's up on a stool looking at all of my cookbooks I have stored in the cabinet above the TV. 
We have so much fun looking at all of them!
They give us what we like to call, "warm fuzzies".
Later we had a great dinner of ceaser chicken salad, bread and wine.
Then we got down to the fun stuff of looking at all of our new cookbook treasures that we found at the thifrt stores earlier in the day!
Later on we made popcorn and watched a chick flick. 
I am so thankful for both of my sisters and I'm so thankful that we have been able to have so many wonderful, wonderful memories together with our children. Over the years all of us have traded off at spending the night at each other's homes with our kids and it has been so much fun! I am so thankful that all of teh cousins really love each other and enjoy each other and that we have a lot of really great memories of spending time with each other. 

This visit was definitely different. I found myself getting sad at times, because we didn't have children all around us, but then I realized that sometimes change is good. This is another phase of the Empty Nest Syndrome and this new type of visit where we get to shop, have girl time and sister time is really wonderful. Although it would be fun to now and again go back in time to those old days, but we know that it is not possible, so we must embrace the new ways and find joy in them!

"I, the Lord, do not change." Malachi 3:6a

Hugs, Sharon

Monday, August 23, 2010

Our anniversary get away!

Eric and I recently celebrated our 28th year wedding anniversary!
On the night of our anniversary we went out to dinner, but we decided to have a weekend getaway trip a few weeks later. We packed our bags and headed to the Oregon coast! We are driving to Lincoln City and are staying at a casino resort. We got our special coffees and put our favorite CD, Voice to Spirit (our son Mackenzie and his wife Brittany's CD) in the stereo and we hit the road!
We drove for awhile and finally saw the ocean!
Isn't it gorgeous! Isn't MY MISTER gorgeous!!!
There's our hotel!!!
We got a room right on the beach!
Here's the view from our room!
Eric's checking out the casino activities and menus.
This is such a fun get away for us!
We called and the shuttle bus came and picked us up and took us right to the front doors of the casino.
As soon as we got in there we hit the slot machines.
We have no idea what we're doing, but it's fun!
We were hungry, so we decided to eat a nice dinner in the restaurant. We started with clams on the half shell for  appetizers.
This is the view from our table...isn't the sunset amazing!
For the main course we both ordered prime rib, asparagus and baked potatoes.
It was a very delicious...
...and romantic dinner!
After dinner we gambled some more.
It was fun, but I really didn't understand it and we didn't win any money. We tried a bunch of different games and then it was time for bed.
The next morning we woke up to the sun streaming through our window.
We heard the roar of the ocean! I love the soothing sounds of the waves breaking on the beach.
Coffee for two!
The fresh salty sea air smells so good! It's a beautiful sunny day!
Okay, I've got on my lucky shirt, lets go gamble!
Eric says, "Okay, lucky lady, but how about we eat some breakfast first!"
The casino had the largest breakfast buffet I've ever seen and it was only $7.95 each!
They had every kind of breakfast food you could imagine.
They also made fresh omelets right there for us!
Look at all this food! And these two are both just my plates! You should see Eric's!
While we were eating a girl kept walking around the room saying, "Keno?" Keno?"We didn't know what it was so we asked her and we she told us it is a betting game and explained all about it. We decided to give it a try!
Hey, there's our numbers! We won!!! We won!!!!
We won $1.00!!! Whoot wooo!!!!
Last night the casino was really crowded, so I didn't take any pictures, but this morning it was pretty empty so I snapped a few pictures.
It's really pretty, it looks like you're outside in the forest! Their flyer states that it is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, the spirit of the Tribe is captured in the decor of the facility.
You can see a beautiful Eagle tending to her nest at the top of this fir tree.
While I was playing keno, Eric hit the slot machines again.
He actually won $50.21, but he doesn't know how he did it! :0) He just kept pushing buttons! We officially made more money than we spent! Eric said, "Let's get out of here while we're ahead!"
So he cashed in his chips and we said good-bye to the casino. I'm thankful that gambling is not our thing! It was really fun being there, but it was full of cigarette smoke and it just has a feel of "seediness" to it. It's sad when people get addicted to it and it can ruin their lives as well as the lives of their loved ones.
On the way back to the hotel we decided to take a little walk on the beach.
First we walked down these quaint stairs to get to the ocean.
Wow! Isn't it gorgeous!
That's something really great about the Oregon coast is that the water is so cold and it's usually quite windy, so there's usually hardly anyone on the beaches! Today we were so blessed with sunshine and this beautiful blue sky!
Happy 28th anniversary to us!
On the way home we decided to shop and no shopping trip is complete without going to Goodwill!
Eric didn't find anything, but I found a neat cookbook and some cute fall decorations.
After that we went to the outlet mall.
We got coffees and walked around holding hands. I loved it! He bought me the most beautiful red wool pea coat with matching red leather purse for an early birthday present.
We took the coastal highway on the way home. It was beautiful.
We stopped and had a delicious lunch at a quaint little place. No trip to the coast is complete without fresh clam chowder! Mmmmm!
Now it's time to head back home. We had such a great time together; what a perfect get away for us! I love my husband and I love spending time with him like this! Happy anniversary honey!

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.." I Corinthians 13:4-8

Hugs, Sharon
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