Friday, September 23, 2016

County Fair

Canyon entered some art in the County Fair.
I really don't know how much he does with his art. His aide says he does most of it himself, but gets 1 on 1 direction. He is proud of his little self.

Say Goodbye To My Little Friend

I've had this cyst on my forehead for over 6 years. I call it my horn, and I do whatever I can to make it not show. This includes parting my hair on its unnatural side. I went to a dermatologist and was told I need to schedule surgery to have it removed. So I decided to get a second opinion, and went to see an old country doctor. He decided to cut it out on the spot. It turns out it wasn't what anybody was expecting it to look like, so it was sent to pathology. I got 3 internal stitches and two external stitches. The nurse left a message on my voicemail today telling me what kind of cyst it was. She didn't say anything about it being malignant or benign, so I'm just assuming that everything was okay. I took my own stitches out tonight.😁

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Rough news in our town

I'm starting to think Jareds class is jinxed. Last week, there was a really bad wreck on the highway 1 mile from our house. A classmate of Jareds was in that wreck and his arm was amputated from his body on impact. He did survive. Then, this....also a classmate of Jareds. This happened at the junkyard less then 2 1/2 miles from our house. :(

Courier News Online:

Salvage yard bodies identified

by Travis Simpson

02:11 PM, Wednesday, September 21

Pope County Sheriff Shane Jones released the identities of two bodies found in a crushed car at a salvage yard in Russellville as that of Aaron Brock, 22, and Beau Dewitt, 22 — two Yell County men who went missing last Friday.

According to a release from the Pope County Sheriff's office, the deaths are being investigated as a homicide.

Jones said authorities currently have no suspects.

"At this time we are running down leads," he said.

The bodies were found inside a crushed car at the U-Pull-It Auto Salvage Yard located at 3001 South Mobile Avenue at approximately 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

Arkansas State Police, the Pope County Sheriff Department and Russellville Police Department have worked together on the investigation, which is ongoing. The vehicle containing the bodies was moved from the salvage yard and delivered to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for examination and removal of the remains.

Jones said the gravity of the grisly discovery was uncharacteristic of the Russellville area.

"It's just unfortunate," he said. "We've got a good community here, and it's just unfortunate when these things happen in our area. We're doing everything we can with the assistance of the Arkansas State Police and Russellville Police Department. We're doing everything we can to bring justice to the victims."

Read more: The Courier - Your Messenger for the River Valley - Salvage yard bodies identified 

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Field Trip Friday

Canyon and class went to the County Fair to see their entries in Art and to visit the animals.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Family Day with the National Guard

Saturday we met Susan and drove to Ft. Chaffee.  This is the place Jared goes to once a month for Drill.
At the nearby high school, we signed our lives away and boarded a bus to get to the fields of the Fort.

They asked us to head to the food trailer as soon as we got there.  We located Jared and Jordan and got in line.

After eating we took a ride on an LMTV (light medium tactical vehicle).

Then we watched an artillery live fire demonstration.
Some soldiers got awards.  Some re-enlisted.

Canyon got to try an (airsoft version) M4.  He really liked it.


Then we loaded up on the buses and were taken back to the high school.
Perfect weather too!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Happy 21st Sahara

Sahara is 21


We celebrated her big day swimming in the condo pool and then went to eat dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Aunt Kristy sent some party accessories.

Her friend Carlee showed up for drinks.  Believe it or not, Carlee is a year older than Sahara.

Twisted margaritas.  They were yummy.

Canyon was happy that Mrs. Hull came (Jared's mom).

Souvenir shirt also from Aunt Kristy that we all signed.

We also brought a cheese cake with us for dessert.

Back at the condo she opened more cards and gifts.

Such as a Hobby Lobby gift card, money, electronic pulse massager, solar light, and Bath and Body Works goodies.

If you notice in a picture or 2, Sahara has her hand in a wrap.  She grabbed the wrong end of the curling iron when it fell while getting ready for tonight.  OOPS!


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Baby Chewbacca

First brushing and bath. I'm glad I brushed him first! This is a lot of hair for a terrier.
Next day. I think he might be going to the groomer for a shave down. This is crazy.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Oh My!

1st day of the last year!!
Here he is, off to his Senior year.

In the mail after school, the proofs for the Senior portraits that were taken about 2 weeks ago came in.  These are the portraits that the school does for every student.  Some of them are for the yearbook and the composite that will hang on the hall wall in the school.
Then, Ms. Melanie, my professional photographer friend (and Canyon's aide from his Kindergarten year) took these shots and shared a few with me that she had ready. 

More to come when she gives me the CD with them all!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

And finally...The Kitchen

I left the hardest for last, and not with a moment to spare.  Back to the grind next week!

I logged between 45-50 hours in these areas and will most likely live to regret it.  Why?  I didn't know that there was such a thing as cabinet paint or that using wall paint on cabinets was a no-no.  After all, I did the bathroom cabinets in this paint and they were just fine.  But, it doesn't seem to want to bond to the kitchen cabinets.  :( :(

So, even though I think it looks great now, in 6 months it could be a disaster.

After removing the matrix shelves I noticed that the screw holes were really stretched out.  I got new screws and bigger wall anchors, but they weren't big enough for the holes the other screws made either.  So, I patched the holes and painted over them. I guess I wont be putting those shelves back up.  The wall will stay blank until I figure out what I want to do with it.

It's so fresh and clean and super bright at night.  I love the beach house feel.  I went with a wide stripe to give it some personality.



My sofa covers came.

I'd like to take this moment to thank Ranger for chewing a hole smack dab in the middle of the big couch cover 3 hours after they arrived and were put on. :(  I patched it after the pictures were taken.  You can see it in the middle row of the diamond pattern. 

And I made slip covers for the ottomans too.

So, I got a lot done.  Pretty much everything on my summer 'to do' list.  It was a lot of work and I feel like I didn't even have a summer break.  But the house looks fresh and livable now.  Hopefully the kitchen will stay nice for a while.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hippie Joins the Family

For the past 2 weeks, I have been thinking that it is very odd not having a dog at the house.  Malaki stayed with me for an extra week or so because he is a very nervous dog when things are different, new, or changed.  So we waited until the moving around of furniture and things were finished in the condo before he went there to stay.  Well, he has been there for 2 weeks now and my house went from 3-4 people, 1-2 dogs, and a cat to 2 people and a cat.  I really liked the huge pitty I thought I might be getting, but that didn't happen.  Plus Canyon really prefers small dogs.

Today, this ad came up on facebook:

So I answered back that we would like to meet him.

Of course I knew that we wouldn't be able to say no unless there was a real problem.

So, here we are with a new dog!

The kids in the family we got him from called him 'Doug' for the time they took him in.  Completely fitting name, just not one I loved.  It took us all of 5 minutes to come up with Hippie and it stuck.

He really likes Canyon.  Canyon prefers Malaki and always will (don't tell Hippie!) But he is small enough for Canyon to carry still and Malaki only 'tolerates' Canyon carrying him.

Hoping for a good bond.

And even though you don't see Chloe the cat in this picture, she was all over rubbing on everyone and had to be shoo'ed away from the dog picture.  She's already accepted the new boy.

Sitting Pretty

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Yearbook Photo Session

This is making it all too real!!