Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It's a Dog's Life

Our puppy is so wonderfully quirky (both in looks & actions!) and yet so patient with the boys.  No, there are no pics of her and Ashton because she steers clear of him most of the time.  We think he might have been the culprit in her "droopy tail" a few weeks back.  He has a bad habit of grabbing onto her tail and not letting go, no matter where she goes or how fast she runs.  (He thinks it's the greatest game ever invented!).  Dog-Dog (as the boys call her) has given Aiden so much confidence outside and he likes having someone to lord over. And cleaning up after South Paw doesn't bother me one bit because of the laughter and companionship she provides - I just love her!

Here's an excerpt I had written about a pretty typical day for South Paw in our house:

With 2 boys in the house, it's never a dull moment!  The boys and I were just quietly sitting in the living room, South sleeping at my side, when Ashton slid the laundry basket full-throttle into my arm, knocking my coffee in the opposite direction: all over the dog! Poor thing, she thought my reaction yell was directed at her!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fall Is In the Air

Distinctive seasons are one of the many perks of not living in Arizona anymore.  Just when I was getting tired of having the AC running in the house, cool weather moved in.  Today we are enjoying overcast skies and a cool breeze dancing in through the doors and windows.  No worries, because I have been looking forward to autumn for weeks! 
Dad, check out how good these mums look at the base of the mailbox holder you and Andy made!
Mum clippings gracing the kitchen in a Polish pottery vase.  Thanks so much, Gigi!  And Kisti, Brynn & Kira - I know you girls approve!
Acorns from the backyard!  The squirrels work so hard to pick and drop the nuts, but then they have very little opportunity to harvest, thanks to South Paw and her big-dog presence.  I on the other hand enjoy finding them in the grass with my bare feet and using them as free decoration!

My Gardening Assistants

Always talking ... and I don't want to hear it about the shorts: he dressed himself!
Checking out the lawnmower ... and telling me ALL about it!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Big Truck Day

Big Truck Fail Day
We tried to make it fun
And tried
And tried some more.
Even the barefoot music dude
Couldn't get the boys to get over
how loud the horns were blaring.
We thought it was a bad idea to allow all the kids to have fair-game at the truck horns.  But we had a good time anyway, despite our quiet-seeking children!

Daddy Long Spider

Aiden has a love/hate relationship with spiders.  He finds them fascinating, but is dreadfully afraid of their webs.  I call him my spider-web police: always alerting me to them.  Lately, the daddy long leg spiders have been having their month of glory on our fence.  I pick them up and show them to Aiden in an attempt to break his little phobia.  Courtesy of the dead tree in our back 40 (40 feet, but hey, it's 40!), some big branches have been landing in the yard after rainstorms.  Active imagination turned on: they are called "Daddy Long Spiders!"