Saturday, December 5, 2009

The tooth is gone!

Ken pulled out his OWN tooth last weekend... yes... that's right! He pulled it out all him self. He sat and worked and worked on it all Saturday morning because he didn't want to go to the dentist to have it pulled! LOL What ever works!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The countdown to Turkey day...

Well, the kids are "officially" on vacation from school for the next five days. The entire Kindergarten class (five classes all together) hosted their annual Thanksgiving Feast. Parents were all asked to bring something (from plates and cups to the Turkey itself). There were tons of pumpkin pies, tons of turkey, tons of appetizers... it was actually a really nice feast. Something for everyone. Arcadia's class made the Mayflower and that was on stage as a "centerpiece". They also each made a separate one to bring home. Arcadia, of course, forgot to put her name on hers, so hopefully we didn't steal someone else's masterpiece. That is now our centerpiece of our table for Thanksgiving. I wonder if the clay will actually dry at some point... only time will tell, right?

I have our Turkey almost thawed out. I'm sticking it in the brine tomorrow. Then off to the Fryer it goes Thursday afternoon. Good ole Alton Brown never disappoints! I have potatoes and may actually try my hand at making homemade hashbrowns... yea... we'll see how that goes... HA. The house is all cleaned, just a few little things to put away (like the deliveries that came today).

Thank you Grandma and Aunt Pat for the Holiday doorbell and the Auto disguise. LOL I've always seen them everywhere. Now to go get batteries for the doorbell... Kids used my last C.

Now to sit and actually figure out my menu for Thursday. Nothing too fancy, but still have to shop for it all.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kids and Pets...

Well, we have had our hamster, May, for one month now. The kids absolutely love her still and shower her with little things when they can or with attention. Ken broke into his piggy bank and bought her a hamster ball. She absolutely loves it and loves to "run" around the house in it. She's basically explored every inch of the first floor. We haven't allowed her on the second floor or the basement for obvious reasons, don't need a loose rodent in the house... LOL

The fish are fine. I never realized how active Goldfish really were, or how long they can live. We did research and it looks like Arcadia could take these two to college with her if she wanted. LOL

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Pet update

It's been almost a full week and I thought I'd do a quick update...

The pets are a big hit. Arcadia runs home after school to feed her fish. We did get another goldfish so the first one didn't seem so lonely in that tank. She's proud of them, but wishes she could have a hamster. We told her that she'd have to wait until she's seven. She understands and is happy to be able to play with May.

Ken is absolutely in love with May. He carries her cage around everywhere. She's figured out the tunnels and is on the wheel most of the time. She loves to be out, but we don't let her go too far, just on top of the coffee table or bed. Ken gets to take her to "visit" the class tomorrow at school. We'll see how well that works out.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


After so many discussions and debates, the kids now have their own pets (yes, that's plural).

Arcadia got a goldfish and promptly named her Julia. We got her a cute little pink Mermaid aquarium for the top of her dresser (our old one basically took up the entire dresser and being a girl, we need that dresser top!)

Ken got a hamster. She's a grey Russian dwarf. She's extremely soft and very cute. She also has the neatest cage!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Well... Fall is here

Fall has "officially" arrived. It's been cold and wet and dreary here, but that doesn't stop us. Well... it did stop soccer practice on Monday and it may even stop the one today, but that's fine with me, I prefer not to be out on cold wet evenings.

We did have cub scouts and we worked on knots. Ken can now tie a overhand knot, a square knot and his shoes! Yes, we have conquered the shoe tieing!!! About time!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Wow... Long time no write

Well... I'm sooo sorry for the lack of posting...

Lots has been happening...

Ken and Arcadia both started school. Arcadia is blossoming in Kindergarten. Her teacher is a wonderful influence for her. She loves geometry... who knew?

Ken's doing pretty well. His reading scores are high (as are Arcadia's, by the way).
Arcadia and Ken are both in soccer this year. They are both doing really great.

I have pictures of Arcadia right now. Ken's to come soon.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Soccer Photos

Thought I better put these up before someone decides to disown me... :)

Ken's Soccer Team:

Arcadia's Soccer:

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tornados and my experiences with them

Growing up in the Panhandle of Texas and various parts of Colorado and Texas and visiting Kansas every summer, you'd think I'd be used to Tornados and Tornado warnings, right? Hey, when we lived in Pampa at one house we had a siren in our backyard and man was that thing loud! But we heard it... every Saturday at 11:30 (right before Fat Albert, LOL) the siren went off and we'd suffer through the test, hoping that would be the only time we would ever hear the sucker. And at the other house we had a storm shelter. The place smelled of mold and dirt, but at least we had one, most houses didn't at least that I remember. Mom, Clark and I were very lucky not to see one tornado or funnel cloud while we were there, though now I see Pampa featured on the Weather Channel all the time with various tornadic activity.

Then every summer I'd spend in Kansas we'd have at least one warning, if not two and I'd spend the time in my grandparent's basement (remember Grandma). I remember one summer, my Grandparents were at their friend's house in the country and my Aunt and I were at their home. We spent a good amount of the afternoon in the basement because of warnings, watches and the like. At least everyone made it safe through that one. And then the one summer we all spent out in Arizona. Grandma, Grandpa and I were traveling back to Mesa after spending time traveling Southern Arizona when we came across a nice, interesting looking tornado. My Grandparents didn't want to own up to the fact that this was in fact a tornado to me. They were afraid I'd freak out. In fact, I truly wasn't sure myself, having never seen one in person. If I knew, I would of been freaking out. I remember driving through a town where the rain started lightly, then harsh, then hail, then nothing... the calm in the eye of the storm and there it was. It was touching the ground, but was quite see through and then the opposite affect on the way out. I remember someone saying when we got back to the trailer park in Mesa that the tornado destroyed one bar and then disappeared. Of course, this could all be my imagination, but it's a very strong memory so I count it as real.

Since I've moved out here to Colorado there have been very few tornados. Two happened around two or three years ago about 2 miles south of my house and the lake nearby, but I never saw them and we didn't have sirens. We now have sirens (that the city reluctantly put up after those tornados) that never go off, even in a warning. They went off yesterday. It sent silent shivers up my spine, but I was calm. Got the kids in the basement and made sure we had what we needed. Before the sirens went off though, I was outside with the camera. I got a few pictures of the nasty looking clouds and one that I learned later was the funnel cloud disappearing back into the clouds.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Quick Update

Thought I'd shoot a quick update out. Ken's last day of school is on Thursday and he's very excited (of course). His soccer team did wonderful this year. His coach stated that they were "undefeated", but since we "don't keep score" that's unofficial... ;) We're signing him up for 1/2 day soccer camp this summer to help improve his soccer skills so he's more of an asset to the team next season (August)

Ken has moved on up to the world of Wolf Cubs (as have I, being the leader of the den). The boys did a skit at the pack meeting and had everyone cracking up. They loved it.

Arcadia is officially out (as you already knew that) of school, so has had a playdate every day with a good friend of hers. They alternate between our house and theirs and it makes life easier on me and her friend's mother.

We're also signing up the kids for Vacation Bible School. That starts next Monday. The theme is Crocodile Rock. We'll have to see how they like it. :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Busy times...

We've had a lot of stuff going on lately. Geez and it doesn't look like there is an end of site. We have to finish our Cub scout stuff... They are bridging to Wolves at the end of May. We still have four Go See Its to do and a few little extras, but my boys are getting there. And we have to practice a skit to do at the bridging ceremony. I have one in mind, but I need our boys to get involved.

Tonight we're going to the Library (one of our Go See Its and I have to return some books) and then to a curriculem carnival/Kindergarten Round-Up for Arcadia at their new school. I'm still waiting to hear from the other school. They stated that the letters went out this week. Just waiting... and waiting... and waiting... ugh...

Next week is Arcadia's last week of school. Don't know what I'm going to do with a big 5 year old in the house for a month without her brother around to keep her busy.

Well... that's all for now... here's a picture for you...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Welp, he needed assistance from the Dentist, but his two bottom baby teeth are out!

Friday, April 10, 2009

My Creation

Ken was star student this week and we had to take in a "special snack". Since Easter is on Sunday I thought I would make something I found on I love her stuff, but can't ever duplicate it, but this seemed easy enough.

Here's her version:

and here's mine:

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Easter Egg Hunt and Ken's New Bike

Every year, the City of Brighton holds an Easter Egg Hunt and every year since Ken was 1 we have been attending said hunt. Usually the only thing we ever get from said hunt is a bunch of plastic easter eggs and the caramels and tootsie rolls that are inside.

This year we were afraid there wouldn't be a hunt since the weather was so nasty. Blowing snow, ice, wind... does not bode well for an outdoor event. Fortunately the city moved the event indoors. It was a little better organized chaos than previous years. We went in, went in line, went to the 5 yo table for Arcadia, received her bag of eggs, a raffle ticket and a hand stamp and then proceeded out the door. (Ken was with our neighbors, their son's birthday was that day and his present was to spend the day with Ken which I thought was sweet). Arcadia and I then proceeded out the door to the gym where all the festivities were. The first thing to do was to find a spot on the floor and open the eggs. I found our neighbors and they didn't know about the eggs, so they took Ken and their son to get their bag of eggs. Arcadia and I sat there opening eggs up. In the eggs they sometimes have a "Golden Ticket" for one of those huge oversized Easter baskets. Ken's friend ended up winning one of those. We all thought that was pretty cool. Then we hung around until 1pm. That's when the raffle was held. Kids ate candy, ran around with their friends, etc while extremely loud music blasted through the gym. At 1 we all went over to the "stage". There were bikes there for all the age ranges that participate. The city gets bikes donated from Target, Walmart and Kmart (our local discount stores) and then they called out the numbers. Arcadia didn't win, but I wasn't surprised. All the years we've gone, we never win. Then they called out the numbers for Ken's range. That surprised me... we won! Ken won a bike! It was all very exciting. I took him up to the stage. He posed with his bike for the newspaper and I brought it home. He's been ancy to ride it, but every night it's been either too cold, or we've been too busy for him to try it out.

Here he is on the bike:

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ken's Seven!!!!

Okay... so I am two weeks late in this one, but better late than never... ;)
Ken had his birthday at Boondocks and he LOVED it!!!
Here are some pics!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

She's another year older! When did that happen?

Arcadia had her birthday last week and it was a big one for her. She's now five! Waaaa... My baby CANNOT be five! Eh... like that's going to stop her from growing up!

We had a party for her at Pump It Up. She LOVED it!!! Said it was her "Best Birthday Ever". Man... now I have to try and top it every year ;) not really... she's easily amused!

Here are a few pictures from the party. She had a ball as did all her friends. We have more pictures, but they are on the other camera in the other car... shall get that out and update later!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Picture catch up day...

Here's our little man and his Daddy with their Pinewood Derby car - The Green Machine

The Lineup... The Tiger Cars are on the first row on the bottom

And the winners are..... (the boy on the left was the over all winner of the Tigers AND of Pack 109, he had a speedy little car!)

Some Christmas pics

Friday, January 16, 2009


My Grandparents had bird feeders in their backyard and they had a wide variety of birds visit them. Mostly Cardinals and Swallows, but they did have a mean old Blue Jay that scared all the birds and even the squirrels away. I took a few pictures of the cardinals. I wanted one of the Jay, but it didn't want to be seen by us human folks so he hid on the opposite side of the feeder... the bum!

If you click on the pictures you can see the Cardinals much clearer. :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pictures from Grandma's Birthday

Here are a few pictures from my Grandma's 90th birthday. There would of been more, but as a parent of one of the high energy kids there, I was into wrangling. There were at least 200+ people there and it was a great thing for Grandma to see all the love.

4 Generations of the Farthing women all together

All the cousins (Grandkids and Great Grandkids together)

The Great Grandkids

Mother and Daughter

The Farthing Cousins