Monday, July 28, 2014


Hudson, Jared's nephew, turned 2 this week and Canyon went to the party.  Party goers got a train whistle and a conductor's hat.

Sahara and Jared got Hudson bubble wrap as his gift (don't ask).  But all the kids had fun with it.  Hours after the party, I saw a video of Hudson riding a battery operated car over the bubble wrap.
Hudson, Mom - Kaycee and Dad - Jamie

It's Official

Sahara was asked to be the Maid of Honor at Brittany and Tyler's wedding next May.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What would you do for a Klondike Bar?

So proud of this kid!
Today he had to go to the dr to get a shot for school.  New regulations basically made it so all school children will have to get some sort of vaccination before coming back to school.  The dr offices are busy this summer.

Then, by my request, he had to get blood drawn.  Normally he is supposed to have blood drawn for a thyroid check once a year, but 3 years ago he threw a massive fit and the blood work never happened. Then I guess we never went back to do it.  Until today!  And he did great!!!!  He even thanked the Lab Tech afterward.  I also am having his iron levels checked because he gets up and gets dizzy.  He can't really communicate what he is feeling but I know the signs all too well. 

I promised a snow cone because he did so well but when we stepped outside the wind was picking up and the clouds were getting dark in a hurry.  Luckily we had Klondike bars in  the fridge.

What a crazy storm.  It hit from the North which never happens.  I was watching the patio roof  bob up and down.  I thought for sure it was going to peel right off.  

The silver maple in front of the baby pine was bent in half.  It probably would have snapped if the house wasn't a buffer from the direct wind.

An hour later there was a break in the storm.  I went around gathering things from the backyard that were now in the front yard.  We lost a bunch of branches from the pines.

Oh no!  Part of the siding tore away!  I guess tomorrow I will be learning how to hang siding.

Fun-day in the Sun-day

Sahara and some friends took a cruise down to Hot Springs to have some fun at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls. 
They left around 9:30 and got back about 12 hours later.  The boyfriend/girlfriend couple ended up going to do their thing and Sahara and Brittany went to do theirs.

It was a perfect day for it.  High 80's and no rain.

Monday, July 21, 2014

7 glorious days...

...where the weather didn't get over 78.  We had the windows open and the air off for 5 of them.
My morning walks were in full swing when it was 65.  Today is foggy which means more humidity.  It's crazy what a difference 65 and crisp and 65 and humid can be.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Jared's twin brother, Jordan, graduated from basic at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma today.  Jared and their mom went to Family Day and the graduation.  This is also where Jared will be going in October.  Jordan will stay there for another month or so for job training.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

2013 Blog Book

Another summer project done.  Just arrived is our 6th edition Blog Book.
Sahara graces the front because 2013 was her graduation year :)

Best purchase ever!

Canyon has slept in until 8:30 one time this summer.  He is usually up between 6:45 and 7:15 no matter if he goes to bed at 9:30 or midnight.  Of course this doesn't mean he is easy to get up for school.  I think it's because of the daylight.  Even though I put an extra curtain up to keep it dark in his room.  He gets up, dressed, grabs his tablet, lets the dog out and the cat in, and is out on his swing.

He swings and swings and swings!  I have to call him in for food, bathroom breaks, trips to town, and showers.  Even after the sun goes down and he is being eaten alive by mosquitoes, I have to call him in for bed. 

This morning was 65 amazing degrees and Sahara and I went on our walk (while Canyon was swinging).  We came home and had coffee on the patio.

New Doo

For the first time ever, we had a pet of ours at the actual groomers. $43 later, this is the result.
Who knew he had smooth hair under all those curls! We like the scruffy look better, but maybe once a year, in the summer, he needs a start-fresh cleaning and cut.

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Jared is back from his second weekend of Drills.  2 more then he is off to Basic Oct. 6th!

Water Play

We have one sad little splash pad in Russellville.  But Canyon had a blast at it.
It was so nice that it wasn't over-crowded and that all the kids there had parental supervision.
His favorite things there are the fire hydrant and this flower sprinkler.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Little Crafty

When cleaning out the kitchen a couple weeks ago, I also tackled the Laundry cabinets.  I found 2 boxes of tie-dye unopened bought who-knows-when stashed in there.  Which was good because Sahara had asked just the week before if we could make tee shirts again.
Sahara decided to go out and buy the shirts and get this thing started.

We let them sit outside for several hours but it was too humid so we brought them in for the night.
The next morning we hosed them down in the tub.
Then washed them twice in the washer.

Ta Daaa.
And when Jared came over we all put them on.  Canyon was confused.  We kept calling it tie-dye so he kept trying to tie it around his neck and waist. 
They look pretty cool!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Baseball / (Golf) practice

Jared and some co-workers got together for some baseball practice.  Canyon and Sahara went too.

It's so hot and humid out I was surprised they stayed as long as they did. Sahara even played and said she didn't do too bad. No pictures of her though, she was the picture taker. 

Here is where the golf came in.  Haha

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Mistys!!

Look who was driving through town from her trip to Nashville back to Tulsa?
Misty Arthur from Greenway High.
Hard to believe we haven't seen each other in 26 years!  Feels like 10.
I met up with her and a friend she was traveling with at Buffalo Wild Wings.  We ate and caught up with each other for about 2 hours and they were on the road again.  Turns out her Grandfather was born in Russellville too.  Small world.  Had a great time!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Whatcha workin' on Sahara?

Those look like some pretty official papers. 
OMG she's been summoned to jury duty. 
Out in the mail it goes. Will she get picked??
She sure hopes not!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th

The night before the 4th, Sahara and Jared bought some goodies to set off.  Canyon liked the sparklers.
On the 4th, we were invite to Jared's family's get-together.

Then we headed to the river to watch the fireworks.
Ice cream cups were only $2 with free toppings.  Best deal of the summer!
(Jared is looking really strange in his photo bomb below)

Malaki will not be attending the firework show with us in the future.  At one point I put him inside my shirt to try to calm him down.  He was too wiggly and was clawing to get out and clawing to get back in.  Not a happy camper.

Then on the way home Jared and Sahara stopped to buy more at home fireworks and sparklers.