Monday, July 28, 2008
Now, in case any of you think I've completely lost my mind, or just don't have enough to do if I have time to throw a party for a stuffed frog, I have two things to say in my defense:
1. This was a a good distraction to keep me from feeling too sad abut the birthday I wasn't getting to celebrate with Michael.
2. There is not a bad reason to eat cake.
I do have to say that this did test Dan's ability to be a good sport. He's a great dad. He kisses Eleanor's baby dolls goodnight when she asks, plays games, "eats" play dough cookies that are served to him, and all kinds of other things, but the birthday party for the frog was just foolishness to him.
He ate the cake though. :)
On Sunday, we celebrated a very special family member's birthday. My dear grandma, Eileen Allen, turned 85.
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Here are a few pictures that I think really show the difference two years has made. My little boy is all grown up... sniff, sniff.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
So, Mr. D.K., this post is for you. Thanks for the great fireworks every year. It is one of the highlights of our family's summer!
Friday, July 11, 2008
We have a tradition of having a pizza picnic in the park a couple of hours before the fireworks start. That way we get our favorite spot.
The grand finale.
I took these pictures with the fireworks setting on my camera. The girls are blurry, but I thought the effect of the sparklers was really cool.
Her overprotective mother wanted her to wear a life jacket.
Friday, July 4, 2008
So two Sundays ago, we loaded up after church and went to Charleston to see the Titan Arum, better known as the "corpse plant."
We missed the full bloom, which occured through the evening on Saturday. From what I understand, it was pretty stinky. People reported smelling it blocks away. On Sunday, you could still smell it, but it was much milder. The scent was like hamburger that has gone really bad.
Well, it might need a little more than tinkering. Many, many mice have called this truck home in the last thirty years. When Dan opened this door, let me tell you a powerful stink wafted out. Be thankful that technology doesn't yet allow smells to be transmitted over the internet. This was foul.
Dan has talked about fixing up this truck for as long as I have known him. I knew he really liked me when he took me to see it. There's a lot to be done, but it will be a labor of love.