Thursday, July 30, 2009

Love rocks!

A few weeks ago our family floated the Umpqua river for three days and camped along the river for two nights. I was so excited because when we were camping I found two more rocks for my heart shaped rock collection! I had to sneak them in my duffel bag because my husband doesn't like me dragging rocks home because they add weight to the boat! Any way, I just wanted to share my new treasures!
My son, Hayden, and I started this collection several years ago and I usually add one or two new ones every summer. Click here to read more. I have them displayed all together in a flowerbed along our front walk.

I just don't know what I am going to do about my blogging. I really enjoy it and want to keep it up, but I just feel like I don't have time. We have been doing so many things lately and I have a lot of stories to tell, but they involve a lot of photos, which take a lot of time to crop and upload to blogger. I was having computer problems and now they are fixed, but then my camera broke. I also found a new little self indulgent hobby and that's with Facebook, which is so addcitive and time consuming! I am hoping to have a little down time this weekend to write some posts and get myself organized. I feel so bad because I have not been by to visit any of my blogging friends lately. I am hoping that I can get back into it like I was before, but I just don't know. Until then, please understand if there are days in between my posts and that I haven't been by to visit you.

I pray that the Lord will bless all of you!

"I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another." John 13:34

Hugs, Sharon

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My invention.......

Can you guess what is going on here?
This is a quick solution for a little problem we have.
It's a makeshift door lock for.........
Our kitty, Krammer! You see, he has been naughty. We used to feed him in the kitchen like normal people, but he would come in to eat and then he would sneak upstairs and hide under a bed, so when it was time for us to go somewhere, he would get left in. He does not come when we call him and it seems like I would either forget he was up there or I wouldn't have time to go hunt him down. He started having "accidents" in the house and I was getting really mad about it. I bought a litter box, but was getting fed up with that too. So, my solution was to put his food in the office and feed him in there. The door does not lock and does not really even latch all the way, so he was able to use his paws to open it and he would run upstairs and hide. So, I simply put a little nail on the wall and used a rubber band to hold the door shut! It works perfectly! Now he can come in for a bite to eat, can take a nice nap in the office chair and I can always find him to put him out!

Do you guys ever have funny inventions like this to solve a unique problem? It seems like we are always doing weird things like this! I would love to hear what your innovative inventions are!

Have a happy day!

"O satisfy us with Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days." Psalm 90:14

Love, Sharon

Monday, July 27, 2009

Hayden got his driver's permit!

I took Hayden to the DMV to get his driver's permit.
He has been studying the book for quite awhile and he was ready to head down and take the test. He did a little bit of last minute studying in the car.
Here we go!
He took the test and passed with flying colors! Here he is getting his vision checked.
Oh boy, now he has a permit to drive! I am so proud of him! He got it on his first try!
The next day I took him out to a lonely country road to teach him how to drive. This is the very same road that I taught Mackenzie, Cameron and Grayson how to drive. For the first lesson he just got acquainted with the car and drove up and down this road several times.
Would you trust this teenager to drive your car????
I was trying to get pictures of how I was feeling.........
I took several shots. They are not very good pictures of me, but the funny thing is what I found when I got home and downloaded the photos. Hayden is making funny faces in the background! He cracks me up! Here he's looking oh so cool.
Here's he's saying, "Ya, it's me driving this car."
This one he's looking board with his mother and her photography.
Here he's saying, "Enough already, I want to drive this baby!" He's so funny!
He actually did quite well. I was very proud of him.
He's a natural, I think I'll be able to survive this. The law in Oregon is kids are supposed to have 100 hours of driving with an adult before they can apply for their license. Today he knocked off a half hour of training, only 991/2 hours to go! Oy vey! I hope I can get through this! I've done it three times before and I can do it again!

Things have been quite hectic around here and my vacation is now over. I have so many things I'd like to share, but I just don't know when I can have time for blogging. I really hope to get back on a regular schedule with my posts, but I am not sure when. I hope all of you out there are having a great summer! God bless you!

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10


Hugs, Sharon

Friday, July 17, 2009

Stop and smell the roses.......


Roses from my garden.......


I have been so busy lately and will be the next several days. I probably won't be back until sometime next week. We are hosting a family reunion here for my hubby's side of the family and we are having guests spend the night, so I am frantically trying to get a lot of things done. I have many things to share with all of you, but can't even find time to sit! I am on vacation next week and haven't planned too much to do, so I am hoping that I can get caught up with everything in my life and stop and smell the roses!


Hope you're enjoying your summer!

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8

Hugs, Sharon

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

How I spent my 4th of July!

We had a great 4th of July! It was nice because we slept in and had a lazy morning drinking coffee and reading the newspaper, and then we headed down to main street to watch the parade. Hayden and I put out our lawn chairs the night before, so we had "reserved" seating in the shade! It was awesome!
Hayden, Grayson and Rachelle and Eric and I all sat together watching the parade.
Hayden enjoying the parade and all the candy!
I love our town's parade, it is so wholesome and old fashioned.
It's also very patriotic!
Even ol' Uncle Sam was there!
I took a picture of this for all my blogging buddies who adore pink! Isn't this just the cutest truck! I've never seen a pink one before!
After the parade we headed down to the park where there was a band playing great music. There also was a lot of food booths, lots of merchandise and game booths and tons of people! Grayson had to head to work and Hayden took off with his friends, so it was just Eric and I walking around together drinking iced coffees. He bought me a new cool handmade necklace at one of the booths! We had fun!
It is so fun to walk around and see so many people we know from our community. I absolutely love the way our town does up the 4th! It reminds me of the movie Pollyanna!
Hey, there's Hayden talking with his buddies!
After the gathering at the park Eric and I were invited to a neighbor's party. They served us a wonderful lunch and had a live band playing! We really enjoyed ourselves. When we got back home we were so happy because Cameron was there! He got off work early and wanted to hang out with us. Here's him and Hayden playing Marco Polo in the pool.
They were cracking me up! They were having lots of fun together.
After they were done playing Marco Polo Cameron said, "What should we do now?" and Hayden said with a giggle, "Lets play storm." I said, "What's storm?" and Cameron started laughing and said, "It's a lame game we made up when we were little and this is all it is......." Then they both started jumping up and down and made the water all wild like a storm! It cracks me up that when they were little that was actually a game that they played!
Eric was trying to cool Bailey off by tricking her to go in the sprinkler. If you look closely, you will see a small Frisbee in the grass. He made her stay right there and get showered a little and then he finally said, "Okay, go get it" and she ran through the sprinkler and got the Frisbee. It was really cute.
Cameron moved onto the trampoline after he was done swimming. He moved the sprinkler so that he was splashing on the tramp and I got this cool picture! It was a REALLY hot day. I love sitting in my chaise lounge on days like this with a glass of iced tea and watch all the family activities!
Eric barbecued up some ribs for dinner! I boiled up some corn and sliced up some cantaloupe. Yummy! What a great 4th of July dinner we had!
I didn't think to get a picture of everyone at the table until it was too late. Eric and Hayden had already gone in the house, but here's Cameron, Grayson and Rachelle finishing up their meals. Cameron is joking and putting his arm around the girlfriend that he doesn't have! LOL!
Grayson and Rachelle rode bikes down to the grade school to watch the big fireworks show that the city puts on with her family. We always stay at our house so the kids can do fireworks in the street and because we live so close to the school we have a great view of the show from our house. We like to get on our rooftop to see them even better! Rachelle had her face painted at the park earlier, it was so cute!
Cameron and Hayden had fun lighting fireworks.
I tried to lighten this picture as it is pretty dark, but it is a cool picture. Hayden is lighting a firework for Cameron. I just like how it turned out.
They had fun setting them off.
Here's a cool one. Do you see the blurry figure on the left? That's Hayden, he just jumped over that firework. Isn't that a cool picture!
Later Eric, Cameron and I got on the roof and watched from up there. It was really fun. It was such a beautiful warm summer evening!
Hayden opted to stay in the street and keep lighting fireworks. The neighbor boy came over to join him. I was on the roof when I took this picture of him and I like the angle!
What a great day I had! What a great day we all had together! We missed Mackenzie and Brittany though, they were in San Diego with her father. This was the first year I didn't have any plans or expectations. I really thought that Eric and I might be watching the parade by ourselves and spending the whole day and evening alone, but I was happily surprised when the boys and Rachelle were with us! Here I didn't fret and worry about where all my kids were going to be or that they wouldn't be with us, and you know what.....I liked how it all turned out! Could there be a lesson in this? I am thinking yes there is! I think that I need to stop trying to plan so much and have high expectations and just let things unfold and be okay with whatever happens!Maybe I need to let go and let God!!!

My computer seems to be faster, so I am thinking the problem must be with the Internet. I have lots to do today. I have an eye doctor appointment this morning, which I am so looking forward to, my vision has gotten so bad lately and I am hoping to get contacts. I am getting ready a family reunion with Eric's side of the family. We are having it here on Monday evening and we will be having a fish fry! I am preparing the guest room for Eric's brother, Mark, and his daughter, Michaela. We have busy plans this weekend too, so really today is the day for me to get things caught up! We also are having Mackenzie, Brittany and Cameron come tonight for dinner, which I am really looking forward to.

I hope all of you are enjoying your summer!

"The Lord merely spoke and the heavens were created. He breathed the word and all the stars were born!" Psalm 33:6

Love, Sharon

Monday, July 13, 2009

My new grandkitten!

My son, Cameron, just recently got a new kitty! Isn't she a doll! Her name is Ethel after Cam's great grandmother.
If you recall, Cameron moved back home in March and he just recently moved back out again. This is his new house that he shares with two other bachelors. He did have a neat orange cat named Wheeler, but Wheeler ran away. So Cameron got this new little adorable kitten.
The other day Grayson, Hayden and I went to the movies and then we went over to Cameron's house to visit the him and see his new kitten.
We all thought she was such a cutie pie!
Cameron just loves her. She's already potty trained and she is such a good kitty. All the guys in the house love her too. It was so nice to have Cameron home for a little while and I do miss him dearly, but I also understand that he is a grown man and needs his own place! I am really thankful that I have been able to see him a lot since he moved back out.

I had a few more pictures, but I could not upload them. Our computer is so slow. It took me about 45 minutes just to load these few pictures. I think I'll be taking a break until Mackenzie or Cameron can come over and work on it for me. I hope that you have a great week!

"I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify Thy name for evermore." Psalms 86:12

Hugs, Sharon
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