Monday, February 9, 2009

Something New!

Okay, I normally don't do these things but Laura is making this too much fun and easy! Does this look familiar?!? Thanks Laura for doing all the work! Here we go!

The first FIVE people to respond to this post will get something made by me!

My choice. For you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

1- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!

2- What I create will be just for you.

3- It'll be done this year. (might be a little while)

4- You have no clue what it's going to be.It may be a story. It may be poetry, shoes, bags, or a little invention of my own! I may draw or paint something. I may bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!

5- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange. Believe me... it may blow your mind!

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must repost this on your blog and offer the same to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog. The first 5 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did win a FAB-U-LOUS homemade gift by me! Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it!

Sounds like fun, right? So, let's play!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Should Have Seen This One Coming!

This is where we are now. That's right the Mr. T. is sporting a stylish green cast! (Note: it has NOT slowed him down one little bit! See that glint in his eyes, you just know he's devising a plan to his next daredevil adventure. Plus, that's a pretty tasty banana he's eating!) You are probably asking yourself; "how the heck did the little guy do that?" I will answer this question and more as we go backwards through this "grand" adventure.

Here's Mr.T. getting his snazzy green cast put on by our favorite doctor. Said favorite doctor at first suggested to put a bright pink cast on, so his sisters could enjoy it. Would that make getting a little thunk from the cast a little less painless, I don't think so! They didn't have any camo colored, so this was the best we could do. Please note the look on Mr.T.'s face. Sad isn't. =(. The good news is that on the x-ray it showed the break (which was straight across) was starting to heal! This will hopefully mean only two weeks in a cast instead of four. He had to were a splint for a week due to swelling before we could put him in a cast. (Note: having the cast put on took a huge stress off of me! Now all sides of the arm are protected! This is very good when you have such a "busy" little boy. No more worrying that the break is going to get bumped!)

Here's Mr.T. just hours after our initial doctor's visit to discover the broken bone. Yes, that's right, he's on the climbing cube in his bedroom. Even pain and a large splint were going to slow him down! He lost too much playtime while we were at the doctors getting his arm and elbow look at. I learned quickly, if I could not see him, go find him! I don't know how he did it or did it so quick, but he would get his arm out of that splint.

The first doctors visit! Yup, he's busy playing with a car. He's also now sporting a large and made of metal splint. (Are you thinking what I was thinking? That this could be dangerous!) When the doctor did his exam, he started at Mr.T.'s shoulder and worked his way down. I knew his shoulder was fine. I had relocated his elbow, so I knew that should show some fluid in it from that and it did. I knew his wrist was hurting, but hoping it was not broke, but maybe the bone was bruised. This is what I was hoping, but knowing deep down that it was broke. I told all of this to the doctor (who actually listens, gotta love him!). I showed the doctor exactly where I thought the problem was in the wrist and when the doctor touched it, Mr.T. just growled out a grunt. Off to x-ray we went and 15 minutes later we had our answer. One small black line going across the bone, right where I said to look!

Are you ready to hear how this happened now? Okay. A crib escape gone bad at nap time. I had just put Mr.T. down to take a nap and was getting Brady's lunch together, when we heard the infamous thunk! Mr.T. let out a huge wail! Everyone starts running to the bedroom at the same time (that would be two adults and two wonderfully caring big sisters). Brady got there first, followed by the two sisters and me trying to get past all of them! I could tell right away that he had dislocated his elbow (we've been through that before and I have been trained on how to put it back) and fixed that, but every time Mr.T. would use his left hand he would let out a little grunt. By this time Brady has to leave or be late for work, so I pushed him out the door and told him I would take care of it. So I start getting the kids ready to head to the doctors office and off we went. You know the rest. Man, these boys should come with some kind of warning label!

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Bitten By The Horse Bug!

Well it's finally happened. Miss B has been bitten by the horse bug! This should not come as a surprise, both mom and dad grew up riding ponies and horses. In fact, Brady and I used to show against each other in the local horse shows and we belonged to the same 4-H club (Vashon Rock Riders). Miss B has now gotten old enough to join 4-H and now belongs to our old club! It's pretty cool to be a second generation Rock Rider. I have to say, it's great for me to get back into the horse community here on the island!

It wasn't easy for Miss B, this horse bug. It made her have to deal with her fear of heights! But she has (for the most part). Thanks to Miss Olivia, Aunt Cindi and her "little" horse Fanny and all their love and hard work.

It's neat to see this next stage in our life start! Miss B and Miss K are already begging for at least one pony! Miss K has already stated that she wants to start a real life horse collection here ("you know real ones that are alive"). She would like the first one to be a mini palomino horse, please (since they don't come in pink)! Miss B just wants one, she would love any color, just not to big please. Brady sees many memories to come of horse shows and county fair (lot's of places the motor home will be useful)!

Thanks Aunt Cindi and Fanny!

Thanks Miss Olivia!

New VISA ad:

riding helmet: $25.00
riding boots: $35.00
pony: $$$$$$
Look on her face when she's riding: Priceless!!!!!!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008


October is one on the most beautiful times of year in the Pacific Northwest. Especially early fall as the leaves change. Our family decided it was time for another trip to the family cabin 17 miles west of Leavenworth, WA. The drive to the cabin was amazing! This picture does not even due justice to the color and hues God painted in the scenery.

The family cabin was built by Brady's dad (Papa Aldrich) and his father Grandpa Aldrich in the sixties. It's quite the family legacy. There are many hysterical family stories about the cabin. Lot's of these stories involve the local wildlife! Some of the stories are so crazy we have decided they should NOT be shared with non-family members or those people might not go to the cabin with us! (And that would be tragic!!) Our newest story is about this fine specimen of bird that is posted below.

The big question of the day and whole trip was; how did this bird get there??? Was this a funny family prank just waiting to be found out? Was this a tragedy of nature? If so, how did it get in?? What ever the case (I'm voting the nature thing) it sure was an interesting surprise! The kids were fascinated by it. It's still a topic of conversation here at our home. Thankfully the kids have finally stopped talking about the other wildlife that we were dealing with at the cabin. Let's play a game to see if you can figure out what kind of wildlife I'm talking about. Their small, grayish brown, might be considered cute if they were not in the cabin and have big ears and tails. Got a guess? If you guessed mice, you would be correct! Note that I said mice, not mouse! When we left, the death toll was four dead and six traps ready for their next victims!

One of our most favorite things to do at the cabin is to make smores!!! Here's Miss B and Miss K making some of our favorite treats! This cabin has the perfect fireplace for toasting marshmallows! Enough room for everyone to get a good spot. Looking at these pictures makes me want to go back to the cabin now! We need to go again soon!
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wise Choices

Wise choices have been escaping me lately. You are probably asking yourself, "what the heck did those kids eat"! No, food did not make those what were pearly whites that lovely shade of fuchsia. No, I can thank the dentist for this one. When miss B. came to me with this little package saying; "the dentist told me to chew this then brush my teeth." I should have taken these little packages and thrown them out!!! But no, I made the wise choice to follow what the dentist said. You can see the lovely results! By the way their tongues stayed that nice shade of pink for two days. I don't know if their toothbrush bristles will ever be the same again! Miss B. and miss K. thought it was a lot of fun at first, but then it took 15 minutes of non-stop brushing with countless amounts of swishing and spitting to get their teeth back to the correct color! Whew! Thank you Lord for that knowledge, I won't repeat that one!

Monday, September 22, 2008


A. W. A. N. A. I want to live my life God's way!
A. W. A. N. A. I want to live my life God's way!

This is the new AWANA's song and I hear it all day long!

This year we have a second grade Sparkie, a Cubbie, and two little puggles! How can that be?!?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Laughing at the Face of Danger!

What is it about boys that makes doing something "dangerous" so much fun. It seems like every time I turn around today Mr T. is doing something he knows he shouldn't be doing. First climbing on the phone table to reach daddy's remotes on top of the piano (2nd & 3rd photos). Next he decides to climb in his walker toy (this might not be a bad thing) except he can't get both legs in! To follow up all this great fun, he climbs from the couch into a drawer so he can look at the family's DVD collection. Why look at the DVD collection? Because DVDs make great Frisbees! And this book holds a lot of DVDs. What's next you ask? Time will only tell.

What is good about all this craziness is that it helps pass the time away. I am patiently (not really) waiting for Ducky Girl to start hatching her egg! After a week of off and on contractions she got to be pretty close. I don't know who's more ready, Ducky Girl, me , or Ms.B (she keeps asking is it time to go stay at the Sims yet?). Ducky Girl has got a sense of humor about the whole thing, she has now started a contest to guess when the baby will be born. Check out her blog for a chance at winning! She even has cool prizes! You can use the link on the right side listed under blogs that I love. Good luck

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