Sunday, November 23, 2014

Field Trippin'

How lucky!  He gets to go on another field trip.  That's like the 4th one this school year so far.  This time it was Mystic Caverns in Jasper, AR.  We have never been to this one before but from other pictures I saw, it is pretty big.
Luckily he was well enough to enjoy this one.  It took 15 days to recover from pneumonia. 

This is the only picture of him in the caverns that actually turned out.

What's next?  Who knows.  But I bet Mrs. VanEs has something awesome planned!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Good Morning Snowfall

Wow!  We are lucky to see the white fluffy stuff only a couple times a year and usually in January and February.
It's not much and was gone by the end of the day.  It was soooo cold today.  Still and peaceful this morning, but the wind chill was crazy by the afternoon..

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sick Boy

And on the 10th day, he plays!
Still coughing really badly, but he is on 2 antibiotics (one day 6, one day 3).  Very weak and hardly will eat anything.  I hope he just gets to take it easy at school and makes it the whole day.  But today is the first day since Oct 30th that he has been off the couch for more than 30 minutes.  Apparently it was Scattered Pneumonia (thin layer of pneumonia covering all of lungs not very detectable with a stethoscope and hazy looking on x-rays).

So, this happened...

After 8 days of being stuck with sick boy, I got caught the crafty bug.  I have been wanting to try this for a year and finally decided, why not today.  It took a lot of trial and error and experimenting, but it came out ok I think.  I plan to paint the cabinets white and the walls white too.  Someday.  Not sure if this is even going to work either, may scrub right off with the first cleaning.

I used alcohol ink and clear spray sealer.  The first try was blue, purple, and green, but somehow they blended together to make red and mud.  So I cleaned it all off and tried again with just blue.
The counter top before was that old off white marble that had cigarette burn marks on the edges.  I HATED IT.
I hope this lasts a few years.  I will be careful not to scrub it.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Election Day

It's Election Day.  Thank goodness because we are so sick of the commercials!!  It's raining and cold and Canyon is sick, but we headed out to the Polls anyway.

This is Sahara's first time to vote.

And here is sick boy, day 5.  Going to the doctor at 3:45.

Dr update:
His lungs don't seem too bad but he is still running fever (for 5 days now), has no appetite, lethargic, and puked twice (mucus) at the doctor's office.  Was put on antibiotics and given a note to stay home 2 more days.  WOW!  He hasn't been this sick since he was in preschool :(

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Trick or Treat Time

We got ready early this year.  Ready to head out the door at 5!  Too early, we had time to do some photos.

First the dogs.
Malaki was Bat Man.

Jamocha was Bat Girl.

Malaki went with us Trick or Treating and we had plans to take Jamocha.  Unfortunately she is just too wild.  It took 70 attempts to get 3 decent photos of her.  

Then we went outside for our pictures.

Canyon was an Army Man and Sahara and I were both Rosie the Riveter.

Canyon was sent home with a low fever today, took a 2 hour nap at the house, and with meds, we headed out anyway.

The Rosies.
Then just some goofing off photos of everyone.

We Trick or Treated just as the sun went down because we usually wait until dark and candy is already gone by then.  These are 2 houses on the same block that decorate nicely.
After 3 streets, we hit a fire station and a church that had a huge Trunk or Treat thing going on.  Plus they fed us dinner for free!

At home, we ate a few pieces each and went to bed early for a Friday.  Saturday morning we got up early and hit Walgreens for medicine for Canyon.  He was up coughing a lot last night.  Then to Special Olympic Bowling.  Canyon was not well.  He laid over in Sahara's lap and when it was his turn to bowl he did not want to get up.  

Then he had a coughing fit which caused him to throw up.  We didn't make it to the bathroom on time :(  So forget bowling, we headed home and he slept on the couch.  He LOVES to swing and is out doing that 90% of the time when he is home.  If he is laying on the couch with the TV not even on for hours, I know he is not feeling well.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Well, here it is Halloween and we just got costumes together at the last minute.  Plus, we only had one chance for carving pumpkins.  BUT, decided to paint instead of carve this year.  Just so they can last a little longer.  
Here is Canyon working on his big pumpkin face.

The finished product looks awesome!  I outlined in black so that it could be defined a bit more. 

Sahara worked the longest on hers.

After she finished her sugar skull, she decided it was too blah and added colorful paisley to give it 'pop'.

No pictures of mom working but here is what I came up with.

We are going to put our twinkling lights on the outside to illuminate the paint.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


These photos are awful.  We went on a hayride through a cemetery.  It was cool and creepy.  It's been foggy at night lately, but tonight was clear.  If it was foggy it would have been creepier.


This girl is now fixed! And she got her rabies shot.

She goes back in 10 days for stitches removal. We also concluded that she is most likely a Labmaraner. (We know mom was a Weimaraner and most likely dad was a Chocolate Lab due to her color)

Of course, how my luck works, the morning I pick her up from the vet I get a coupon to have her fixed for half price!  That just figures!

This guy is fixed (3 years ago), has his rabies shot and....

both are now micro-chipped too!!