Thursday, December 29, 2011

Computer Girl

I left my desk for 2 minutes to go to the door and hand something to Tony. This is what I came back to.....

Tressie in Grandma's chair, wearing Grandma's glasses apparently typing on Grandma's computer!

The glasses make her look even more like a mini Justin!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Some of my favorite Christmas songs are the most simple ones.

Away in a manger no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head,
The stars in the night sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

Oh come let us adore Him,
Oh come let us adore Him,
Oh come let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

She Likes To Play.....

She likes to play......

In Grandma's cabinet!!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Advent Calendar

One of my childhood Christmas memories was having an advent calendar to open every day in December. I bought them for Emily when she was growing up too. So, one of the things I got on Black Friday was an advent calendar for Tressie.

You can see by the picture that I didn't spend alot of money on this particular calendar. I want her to be able to participate and hold it. She doesn't necessarily get to carry it around and play with it. I do know what would happen to it then! Anyway, beginning yesterday morning we will open a window every morning after she eats her breakfast. We will open several on some days to make up for the mornings that she is not here.

She does really seem to get excited about it! The only thing is, she doesn't want me to put it up after we are done! That's OK, Grandma has come up with a plan for that. Last year I bought her a Little People nativity set. When we are finished with the calendar, we come in the playroom and play awhile with her little nativity set. Well, it worked today. Might have to come up with a plan B or plan C, but for now, we will go with it!

Will try to post pictures of her playing with the nativity set soon!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Santa's Early Delivery

Tuesday we received an early delivery from Santa. I guess his reindeer aren't up and running yet, as this delivery came by way of the UPS truck!

Our new sleep number bed! Now, we are not new to the sleep number bed. We have had a queen size sleep number bed for about 7 years now. What makes this one so special is that it is a KING size bed! I have been wanting a king size bed for alot of years now. After building the new house last year, we finally had the room.

It's hard to believe that everything we needed was in these few boxes!

Today was COLD and windy. We had a few snow flurries blow thru. What better day to spend inside putting up the new bed.

Let's not forget the awesome little helper we had!

Grandpa I think it needs to go like this....

After several hours, a lunch break, Grandpa taking a nap and then Tressie taking a nap, we were finally done!

The final result! Thank goodness for a 30% off coupon on top of a great sale at Kohl's. Since we had never had a king size bed it required buying all new bedding!

Am looking forward to a great night's sleep tonight!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Tressie's Christmas Train

I have had my eye on this Christmas train for Tressie for several weeks now. She loves the little people toys and anything with music. Saturday we were at Kohl's and they just happened to be having a great sale! So, Grandma bought the train. We didn't dare show it to her in the store. We quickly hid it in the cart.

This morning, her Mama brought her down and before she even hit the floor, her eyes lit up and a she was grinning from ear to ear. She had spotted the train sitting on her toy box!

The train plays music (Jingle Bells) and also makes train noises and Santa sounds. She quickly learned to hit the button three times to by-bass the Santa sounds and the train sounds. She wants the music!

When she hears music of any kind her little body can not be still! She even dances to commercials!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Little Sister!

Today is my "little" sister's birthday! She is a whole 13 months younger than me! But, today she is officially? over the hill! It's her 50th birthday!

This is such a silly picture, but I love it! Don't know if we had just gotten up, or was getting ready to go to bed, but look at those jammies! I am betting that Mom made them for us. Matching of course. We weren't twins, but Mom dressed us alike, alot! What's with the goofy smiles? Did they have us say "cheese" or some such thing that made us BOTH have the same look on our face? Look close...our hair is even "styled" the same! Did we mind? I don't ever remember complaining about it. But of course, we were little then!

What I do remember, is that we were the best of friends! Still are! We don't get to see each other as often as we would like, but we talk on the phone and e-mail each other. Do we Facebook? No...She is signed up but says she doesn't know how to use it, and me.... well I'm not even signed up!

The family is all getting together this week-end to celebrate ALOT of fall birthdays! It will be a fun time!

Happy Birthday, Sheryl, and best wishes for at least 50 more!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Operation Christmas Child 2011

Yes, it's that time of year again! Time to pack up the shoes boxes for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child! I wrote a long post last year sharing about my participation in Operation Christmas Child. I can't believe it's already time to do it all again!

As I mentioned last year, I shop for the shoeboxes year round. I have a plastic bin in my closet that I collect items in throughout the year. It seems like it gets easier and easier every year to collect all of the items.

This year I packed 4 boxes again. Two for girls and two for boys all being in the 5-9 years old age group. Some year I need to branch out and do a different age group! Maybe next year.

These boxes are easy to pack and fun to do! I urge you to think about packing one or two boxes if you have never done it before!

I make an on-line donation to help with the shipping costs of the boxes. When you do this you receive a shipping label with a bar code on it. This bar code will be scanned when the boxes go out and I will receive an e-mail letting me know where the boxes were sent. Fun! For the last two years, my boxes have gone to Mexico.

I really can't remember exactly how many years I have been doing the boxes, but it's pretty close to ten years. I mentioned last year that I think it will be a fun project in a few years for Tressie and I to do together!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Walt Disney World Vacation!

Well, we had a wonderful vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida with Tressie, Emily and Justin! I have been experiencing technical difficulties in trying to download pictures off of a new memory card that I got for the trip....Then, after finally getting them downloaded, I discover that most of them weren't worth downloading. My camera has not been taking very good pictures. I am sure that part of the problem is me and part is the camera. Luckily, Emily took her camera and got some great pictures on the trip! You can look at Tressie's blog at to see some of the fun times we had!

I did manage to get a few good shots. I love the expression on Tressie's face in this picture! This was our first morning out and we had just arrived at Magic Kingdom. We actually got into the main gate before the big crowd. We had breakfast reservations and so were allowed in early. (Wish I knew what she was thinking!)

After breakfast, we went to visit with the stars of the show: Mickey and Minnie!! Tressie loved them! It was alot of fun watching her expressions and seeing her so excited!

These pictures are pretty random as like I said, I didn't get many good ones. Most mornings for breakfast, Tressie had waffles shaped like Mickey Mouse. They were pretty tasty too!

We stayed at Pop Century resort on the Disney grounds. Described in a tour book as a vivid celebration of Americana. The larger than life "time capsules" commemorate the toys, fads, dance crazes and catchphrases of the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and early 90's. Huge items such as yo-yo's, hula hoops, eight-track players, big wheels, bowling pins decorate the buildings and grounds of this fun resort! Here Tressie is posing with her friend Goofy! Notice she is wearing her hair bow and her Minnie ears!

At Disney's Hollywood Studios park they have a show called "Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage". This was before we went in. It seems like she is telling us, "I know these guys"! This was one of her favorite things on the trip! Maybe Emily will post some of the pictures of Tressie dancing and enjoying the show! Grandma didn't get any.

It was a great trip with excellent weather, good flights and lots of fun making family memories. Sure, Tressie won't remember the trip, but hopefully she will enjoy the pictures and the stories. And, MAYBE we will do it again some time!

Grandma is seriously saving her money to buy a new camera!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Today's Harvest

This is what I harvested from the garden this morning. I never get the garden planted before the first of June. This year, we plowed up a new patch of ground closer to the new house. It was almost the second week of June before the seeds were in the ground. It was a joint effort: Justin, my Dad, and Tony plowing up the ground, and Emily, Justin and I planting the seeds and plants. I know alot of people plant quite a bit sooner than I do, but I always seem to have plenty! My Grandpa Chisman used to say.... "Plant in June, and it will come just as soon"! I believe he knew what he was talking about!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

El Paso County Fair

Last week Tony, Tressie and I met up with my Mom and Dad at the El Paso County Fair. We went to watch the 4-H Market Goat Show. We had sold goats to several kids and went to watch them show their goats. The goats that we sold had a fair showing. No, no Grand Champions, but it's always fun to see the goats and how they grew. It's also fun to see how the human kids have bonded with the goat kids. I am sure that there were probably some tears at the market sale on Friday. Several of the younger girls that we sold to had their goats trained just like a puppy and they were following them all over!

I am pretty sure that Great-grandpa and Great-grandma came to the fair to see Tressie!

And what better way to pass a hot afternoon at the fair, than sharing ice cream with Great-grandma! Tressie loves her ice cream just like her Grandma!

Tomorrow it's off to two more county fairs to watch kids show goats that we sold to them. Elbert county show in Kiowa, CO in the early afternoon and Cheyenne County fair in Cheyenne Wells early evening.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sonic Simple Pleasure

Another of life's simple pleasures.... A large cherry-limeade at Sonic!!! I love going to Sonic especially on a HOT summer day at happy hour and getting a big cherry-limeade! Believe me, I will not drive on by if it's NOT happy hour! Just gotta stop and get one!

Yesterday, Grandpa, Tressie and I ventured to Colby, Kansas, to take some goats to the sale! And, it was HOT! Seems that Tressie also enjoys her a little cherry-limeade! Yes, we get along just fine!

Too bad that the closest Sonic is at least 75 miles away!!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Life's Simple Pleasures

Simple pleasures are the best,
All the little things that make you smile and glow,
All the things you know,
Life's simple pleasures are the best,
Are the best,
In all the world.

So where did this come from? The first two lines of this long ago commercial have been running thru my head for weeks now! What commercial was it? How come I remember just the first two lines! It's driving me crazy! So, I do what every other person would do.... I google it! Any guesses? Well, it seems that it was the commercial jingle for VAN CAMPS PORK AND BEANS! Are you kidding me? HA, so funny!

Well, I started thinking about life's simple pleasures and realize that I have many simple things in my life that make me happy.

The pictures below are a big clue to one of my simple pleasures. Watching whatever Tressie happens to be doing at the time! She is so busy and she loves life!

Do you remember running thru the water from the sprinkler when you were little? Well, I admit that I don't remember doing it at this age, but I do remember that it was a simple pleasure when I was a kid!

I actually have some pictures of my sister and I and our two cousins in my Grandpa and Grandma's yard running thru the water. You WILL NOT see those pictures posted in this blog! We were about 5 or 6 and we were in our underwear! Can't believe that our parents took our picture! Anyway, we all had smiles on our faces and we clearly were enjoying this simple pleasure!

A great Sunday afternoon activity for a little girl that needed a nap but was easily satisfied with this simple pleasure!

I plan to share more of life's simple pleasures with you all. You will come to see what a simple person I really am!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Life On The Prairie

Today I rode along in the pickup while Tony checked the water tanks in several pastures. I planned to get a few more pictures, but the battery in my camera gave out! I always think that these little cactus have the prettiest blooms. I had planned to get a picture of the yellow blossoms too, but maybe next time. Was actually hoping to see a baby antelope, but didn't happen to see one. Tony says that he has seen several this season.

Tony has most of our pastures cross fenced with electric fencing. He rotates the cattle thru these pastures every few days. I am always amazed that all he has to do is open the gate to the next pasture and give a little yell, and the cows are ready to go! They are pretty well trained at this little routine! I was lucky enough to get this picture of our belted cow and her calf. I call them the Oreo pair. Notice how the belt on the calf is almost exactly like it's mama!

Monday, June 6, 2011

31st Anniversary!

Today, Tony and I have been married for 31 years! Happy Anniversary, Tony! I love you lots and look forward to many more years together!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

One Year Ago Today!

This is what it looked like here one year ago today. The ground was broke and the builders started excavating the site for our new house! It was an exciting day for us!

This is what it looks like today! Amazing what has happened in a year!

It's been a great year!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Week-End Project

This is what we considered our yard....Not too attractive and alot of it ended up in the track of the sliding glass patio door when the wind was blowing. So, we decided to up-date to a more fashionable green color! It's amazing what a couple pallets of sod and volunteer labor can accomplish!

Tony and my Dad started the process late on Sunday evening. The plan was to do the entire job on Monday, but we had picked up the sod on Saturday, and some of it was beginning to dry out.

Justin joined the volunteer labor group on Monday.

Guess who the boss/supervisor for the job was? No, not me.....

Here is a look at the end result!

The guys finished in hurricane force winds! Thanks Tony, Justin and Dad! I don't know of anyone who will enjoy it more than I will!

Unless it's these two!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Warm Spring Sunshine!

Just wanted to share a few pictures of Tressie enjoying time outside in the warm spring sunshine. She did have a hat on most of the time we were outside. Her mama also had smothered her with sunscreen! Will be a challenge keeping both the hat and the sunscreen on this child!

One of my childhood memories was picking flowers for our Grandma out in her back yard. Now that I am older, I realize that most of the flowers that we picked were not intended to be picked! But we never got in trouble for it by Grandma. Mom maybe, but not Grandma!

Nothing like discovering God's beautiful creation through the eyes of a child!

By the way, she never picked the flower. Just enjoyed touching it and looking at it!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Beautiful Mother's Day!

It really was a beautiful Mother's Day! A day spent with my family on a warm, sunny Colorado day! Emily, Justin and Tressie arrived early at a Colorado Springs restaurant to secure a table big enough for our group. After a great lunch, we took a few minutes to make some memories.

Here are the girls. My sister, Sheryl, and her two girls, Kendra and Kelsey. My Mom, Emily, Tressie and me. Notice the beautiful blue sky and Pikes Peak in the background!

Em, Tressie and me...

Sheryl and I have been blessed with a caring and loving Mom!

These are the beautiful flowers that Emily, Justin and Tressie gave me for Mother's Day! I absolutely LOVE flowers!!!

This morning when Tony came in from doing chores, he brought me these lilacs off of our lilac bush. Lilacs are my FAVORITE flower!

And where did this mysterious, lone carnation come from? The carhop at Sonic when he brought out my large cherry limeade!

Hope that you all had a BEAUTIFUL Mother's Day!