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!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Elfin magic!

 I found this whimsical little guy at a garage sale for $1.00. I thought he was cute.
 He has a little bit of a sassy look to him, but he also looks sweet...yes, I think he is a kind elf.
 I thought he would look right at home next to my little light up cottage with the mushroom planted out front and the mother-in-law cottage out back.
 He's bright and cheerful....
...and he just makes me happy when I see him!

"These things I have spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy may be full."John 15:11

Hugs, Sharon

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hayden's home for a visit!!!!

A couple of weeks ago our son, Hayden, was able to come home from college for the weekend! We were so excited to see him! Look at how our dog, Blondie, raced out there to see him when he first pulled up!
 This was his first time coming home since he left for college a month ago! We sure have missed him and he missed us too. He's our baby boy and the last one to leave the nest, so Eric and I have had a very quiet house without him and we were both thrilled to see him! It was going to be a really short visit  as he got there Friday night at about 6:00 and he had to leave by 10:00 on Sunday morning, but we were so glad he came home!
 Of course, what college student doesn't come home with all their dirty laundry? haha!
I was soooo happy to see him, I was stalking him and taking tons of pictures, but as soon as he got to the house, we had to leave because we all went to his old alma mater's football game!
It was really fun for him to see his old teammates out on the field, as well as guys who graduated who were also there watching the game. The guy second from the last on the field is wearing his old jersey, #14, and it was a little sad to see another kid wear it, but he did a great job. I thought I might get emotional going to the Bulldog game because we watched the games for so many years while our kids played on the team, but it was actually really fun and I didn't get sad. Unfortunately though, the Bulldog's lost. Hayden hung out with all his friends after the game and I'm so glad he was able to do that.
The next morning I went up stairs to Hayden's room and let the pets out. They were so happy that Hayden was home and they got to spend the night in his room with him again. When I opened his bedroom door, they were all sleeping so cozily, it was really sweet.
My goodness, it sure is good to see that little truck out front again.
We just hung out at the house and Eric and Hayden ran some errands, but that night we all jumped in the car and went out to dinner.
 He was having fun catching up with his old friends.
He also was calling his brother, Grayson, to make plans for later that night.
We had a great dinner together. It was so nice for us to catch up with him. After dinner he went over to   Grayson's house, and hung out with him and his cousin Harrison. They all went to the movies and had a great time.
 The next morning Eric helped Hayden work on his truck.
It was my birthday and I had plans to meet the other kids at church and go shopping with Brittany and Megan, so I said goodbye early. Even though it was a short visit, it was wonderful and I could not hug him enough. I'm so thankful that we get to see him every week at his football games and once football is over, he'll be able to visit us almost every weekend. Love that boy!

"Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul." Proverbs 29:17

Hugs, Sharon

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Meet Mr. Bunny Butler...

For several years I have wanted one of those cute little butler/chef guys that sits on your kitchen counter holding either a little tray or a chalkboard and I finally found one a weeks ago! I was very pleased that he was a bunny butler instead of a man! I never dreamed that they even made them as rabbits and I was excited because I have rabbits all throughout my home and I thought he was so cute!
I found him at Goodwill and he was $9.99, but he was the right color tag and 50% off!!! He is supposed to be white, but he's a little dirty, so I'm thinking about painting him, but I am going to wait a bit to decide what color, I will probably end up painting him a warm cream color, but I also might do something fun like red, black or green or paint him cream and do the antique treatment to him with adding stain to the paint. I'm not sure yet, so for now he will remain a dirty white!
He had this little slit in the front of him, so I knew that he must have held something at one time, then I realized that it fits recipe cards perfectly. That's a great idea, but what I really wanted was for him to hold a mini chalkboard. Then I realized that the slot is too small for the mini chalkboards you can buy, so I decided to find something small to put in there and simply paint it with the chalkboard paint!
I found this old frame in my attic. They fit in the slot perfectly. I actually have two of them that are different sizes and decided to paint them both.
So I went out side and used this wonderful chalkboard paint that I showed you a few weeks ago.
It goes on so easy and dries very quickly!
It fits perfectly! I actually prefer the 3x5 size, so I will use the other frame to put on the fridge for extra little messages or for a grocery list.
He fits perfectly in our kitchen and he's a great place to put menus, messages, news flashes, etc. I love him!!!

"Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!" Psalm 144:15b

Hugs, Sharon

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Utah: Last days

On our last day in Utah, we decided to go to nearby Salt Lake City to see two things, the Mormon Tabernacle and the Great Salt Lake. First we went out to lunch at a great hamburger joint and then we walked over to the tabernacle.
It was definitely a site to see.  We were not allowed to go inside, but we went through the museum and then went out to the courtyard of the church.
It was kind of fun because we saw several couples that had gotten married that day. We found out that 56 couples had gotten married there that day! Wow! And this was a Tuesday too!
Next stop....The Great Salt Lake.
At first glance, it looks like a thriving place. We saw boats in the marina and.....
...a couple of seagulls....
....and there were about three other people out on the beach....
...but upon closer inspection..... was desolate and barren.
The only form of life is the millions of sand flies (which you can see in this picture, they are all of those tiny tan colored dots you see everywhere) and....
  ....tons of huge black spiders which eat the flies.
Here's a close up, see all those black dark spots? Those are spiders! Yuck! They were everywhere and they were BIG! Eeewwwe!!!
We were looking everywhere for signs of life!
We think we spotted something way out there! haha!
All kidding aside, it was just a sad and lonely feeling. We all felt it. We saw this big parking lot that was made for a big crowd, yet no one was there enjoying the lake. Granted, we could have been there off season or perhaps other parts of the lake were more thriving, but this place was empty and sad.
On the way out we noticed this big cool building, but it was all fenced off and appeared abandoned. I said, "Wow, that would make a really neat night club with dancing and a cool restaurant, I wonder what it was."
Well, when I got home I googled it and found out that it is called the Saltair III and above is a picture of when it was originally built in 1981.  It was a reproduction of an original building called the Great Saltair Pavilion which was built in 1893 and was advertised as the Coney Island of the West.
It was a fabulous popular place made for entertainment with music, dancing, food, a boardwalk, a hotel, swimming, etc.
 Sadly though, in 1925 it was destroyed by fire.
It was rebuilt bigger and better than before and it was rumored to have the largest dance floor in the world! But in 1931 disaster struck once again when an arsonist set it ablaze and on top of that in the same year the waters of the Great Salt Lake  receded, causing it to no longer be a beach front property.  With the depression and other setbacks, it struggled along until they finally closed it's doors in 1941. As an interesting footnote, the abandoned building was used in a cult horror movie called the Carnival of Souls.
In 1981 a group of investors built a new lakeside resort a mile west of the original Saltair ruins, but just a few months after construction was completed the waters of the Great Salt Lake rose and flooded the facility and all the dreams were gone. It remained flooded until the waters receded and in 2005 the doors were opened again as a venue for for concerts. So, we did find out that it is still open at this time, but just for special events and that's why it looked so abandoned to us. For some reason, the history of the Saltair fascinates me!
On the way home we stopped at a stand for some fresh corn for dinner. It was funny because we saw from across the freeway that the corn guy was closing up his booth, so we raced through traffic and caught him in a gas station parking lot to get the corn! We flagged him down and he said he still had some and he'd sell us some. Whew!!! Dinner is saved!
We were having fun relaxing while the steak and corn were cooking.
It has been a wonderful trip with our dear friends. We were sad to know that we had to leave the next morning.
The next day we got up early and we were on the road at 6:13 am! We decided that we were not stopping to spend the night in Boise this time, we were going to drive the 13 hours straight through!
The sun is rising!
 Yea! We're back in Idaho!
Yea! We're back to Oregon!!!
Oh my goodness....look at our dirty windshield, it's a bug's graveyard!
Home sweet home! Look at our poor car! It's a bug graveyard too!
Wow, that was a long trip, we traveled 1665.0 miles. That was a long drive, but so worth it, we had a blessed time!
I'm so thankful for my husband and this great trip we had together with our friends! If this is a taste of what having an empty nest is, I think we will definitely be okay through this adjustment!

"And Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the  Son of the Living God." Matthew 16:16

Hugs, Sharon
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