November 30, 2008
What a GREAT time we had visiting family and friends though. Our trip started with a not too hurried exit from our casa...We were on time and ready for this change of scenery! Unfortunately, halfway to the airport, I realized I had forgotten my digital camera AND video camera!!! Talk about disappointing....I was distressed, and forced to relinquish dreams of capturing this annual event on any form of presentable media. The only other option we had was my phone....the camera built into my phone, that is! sigh....sorry folks, the following pictures are the result of my absent mindedness! Hope they don't make your eyes cross and hair stand on end! I did photoshop them to the best of my ability to help purty the little boogers up just a tad...still...I am hoping some of our family and friends will send some better pics soon!
One of Little Brat's favorite things is the bus ride to the airplane...she was so excited about it that I could not even get her attention for this pic!
Of course, Little Brat can do things "ALL BY HERSELF" now....she hands off her ticket to the airline steward and is on her way!
What I did not capture on camera was the security fiasco we endured...about halfway through our cross country trek, LB got a bit over-tired, and that means extra-hyper....she attempted to swing from those stretchy pole-to-pole thingies that keep the lines separated...I got her off those before they all came tumbling down and got her focused on getting her shoes off for the x-ray.....she SEEMED occupied with that task, so I turned my head for a moment to take off my own shoes and next thing I know security is hurrying towards us saying "no, no,no!"...."wow", I thought to myself...."people sure are unruly today!"....only to realize .2 seconds later she was actually aiming her distress at MY Little Brat....LB had managed to take off her shoes quicker then a fox in a hen house and make a b-line for some giant spraying contraption beside us...I still do not know what it was...but it sprayed her...and I gathered from security's tone that was NOT an acceptable thing for her to have done.....so, I gather her up and place her behind me...this way, I go thru the metal detector....then LB....then Daddy....well, in all the spray gadget drama, I forgot to remove the orange juice from my purse...we had gotten off a flight with the OJ, and actually had to leave security and then re-enter security just to get on our next ride...sooooooo, security pulls me aside to question me about the liquid....immediately, LB goes shooting through the metal detector....daddy has to call her back, but now he is flagged as a result of her 'diversionary tactics' and also pulled aside for closer checkout....Where does that leave LB? The stinker that started this whole mess? Playing with security, of course....having a grand ole' time at our expense....long story short, we survived, and made it to our next flight....
Once boarded, I found it ironic that the first thing she pulled out of her seat pocket was the safety procedures booklet...she reviewed the instructions thoroughly....describing to me the pics of the airplane in the water and on fire....she didn't buy the water pic though...she knows airplanes are not supposed to be in water....for the fire pic, I was amused as she she explained "You gotta call 911 if there is a fire"...she must have learned that in school!
LB and her sidekick Bixbee got all buckled up for takeoff.....or as LB puts it "BLASTOFF!"...
We arrived in Redding and made tracks to my good friend Kate's place....there, we had dinner with her super cute family! Kate got some great pics of all our brats romping around, so I hope to get a few to post after the Holiday weekend!
We had an opportunity to visit my sister and her family as well...we met her fiance' for the first time, and also her baby boy, Cayden! What a fantastic little man! I was totally taken with all that baby pudge, and had to exhibit extreme self control not to bite, squeeze, and/or pinch at it the entire visit! Just LOOK at those cheeks! BEGGING for a squeezin'!
Here's a pic of baby Cayden with mommy and daddy...
And here is Randi somewhat sharing HIS toys with him....lol....yes, there was a tad bit of jealousy on LB's part for all the attention baby Cayden was getting....especially since Mommy couldn't keep her hands off him! SOMEONE doesn't like to share Mommy too well! Like a good girl though, she can turn on the charm when the camera is on her...
G-G-Ma and G-G-Pa's was our home base for the visit....we shopped and cooked Thanksgiving dinner with Aunt Sandy. My cousin Sarah got in a lot of great play time with LB too....here they are drawing on the driveway with some chalk....no complaints from the neighbors.....yet!
Uncle Casey showed up, and LB took to him like fly's on manure....it must be his resemblance to Gpa Craig, cuz she ran right into his arms when he arrived!
Uncle Travis was also there, and something about him made Randi get all limp and silly.....LOL...every time he picked her up she did THIS...what does that mean???
G-ma Kathy was there to divy out the spoiling between her grand-baby's....yes, LB had to share her too....this was a tough trip for the LB...lots of lessons in SHARING were had!
Last, but not least, G-GMa and G-G-Pa hosted this crazy, rambunctious and unruly crew....I'm not sure how they survived it all, but they were still conscious and breathing when we departed...I checked...they'll need the next year to recover from this visit, I'm sure!
So, with our hearts full of love and appreciation for the family and friends in our lives, we boarded on our plane back to cold and rainy Virginia....we are already looking forward to doing it again next year...except maybe fewer layovers next time around :)
PS...G-Ma Kathy's dog had puppies a few weeks before we arrived....they are Toy Fox Terrier/Miniature Pinscher mixes....as cute as can be! LB was absolutely FIXATED on this little girl in particular....we agreed that if G-Ma did not sell her before Christmans, that Santa may be delivering it to her! Trying out names already....I like "Teeny Turner"...or "Delta Dawn"...or maybe "Cowgirl"....hmmmmmm
November 24, 2008
November 23, 2008
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a Godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, & our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
November 19, 2008
November 18, 2008
Boomer, Blue, Jake, Delilah and the rest of the herd are going to miss you too Sadie-Dog! Keep Gpa safe on the road back to Cali!
I know we are ALL going to miss you terribly....but none so much as the Little Brat, your partner in crime...
Peas in a pod...
Lots of Love and Appreciation...
Leah, JR, Randi & the rest of this wiley bunch!
November 16, 2008
Mommy did put down the camera long enough to help the LB out and toss all those boards with nails in them into the trailer...don't need any injuries making us unproductive! There's work to do dadgumit! Little Brat knows the routine.....
Step 3: Toss said offending wood debris into the trailer...
And do it all again! Thanks for the hand LB!
November 10, 2008
I was hoping my brand new living room furniture would change the tides though...that it would escape the trials of our households' curiosities and make it for a good long while without incident...a month maybe? a year? Is that too much to ask? Apparently it is....because this is a month of firsts....and not all great ones....and in less than a month, our brand new leather sofa has gone from new and shiny, to just another markable surface for the Little Brat to make her sharpie masterpiece....it's not like we worried about this type of incident happening....LB has never drawn on anything she was not meant to draw on in the past...but like I said, this is a month of firsts with her....and I am starting to have anxiety attacks at what else she could possibly have in store for us!
Here's how it went down last night....LB and I were kicked back on the leather loveseat watching a scary movie...she LOVES scary movies, just like her Mommy....all was great until I peered over at her Daddy on the nearby sofa and caught, out of the corner of my eye, what appeared to be dark lines on the leather beneath my head.....as the reality of what those lines were most likely made from sunk in, I gasped the biggest, saddest, most gut wrenching gasp I have ever mustered...Until that moment, I don't believe anything has caused me such a sudden startle...not the scariest movie I have ever seen has even caused me such a reaction! JR thought I was being attacked by a bizilion killer bees! I jumped up from the sofa and turned on the light....and to my utter dismay, she did it....she had dug thru my crap (craft) table and found the markers....ALL the pretty colors! And proceeded in painting a landscape of lines and ziggles all over the leather....I promptly inserted my thumb into my mouth, curled up in the fetal position on the floor, and rocked back and forth until the funny farm people came to get me....JR, in the face of such a traumatic event, actually took control of the situation and removed all but a small amount of the marker with a leather cleaning wipe....Thank God for that, cuz I was too busy throwing an overgrown toddler tantrum about it all, and could not see past my alligator tears to be of much use....meanwhile, Jr also put LB in bed, so as not to cause her great emotional injury over seeing her mother playing 'a raving, irrational lunatic'...Of course I have a feeling he will have no problem TELLING her about it when she gets older....he's a nice guy, but not THAT nice.....Trying to find my inner peace ....I know it's in there somewhere....
Now we still have those faded marker lines on the couch to get rid of...and I have recovered from my anxiety attack overnight, so I actually did a little research this morning and found this great info on removing marker stains from leather couches! Banana Boat is more than a sunscreen, it is now my best friend, counselor and anti-anxiety drug...I am stopping by the store tonight to stock up and see how it does on our leather...hoping for the best!
UPDATE: Lordsy Mercy, it's a miracle! I tried a small spot of the Banana Boat Sport Spray on an inconspicuous part of my leather loveseat and, lo and behold, the remaining marker stains came off without even scrubbing! My leather did not fade, the finish does not seem to be dulled, and the sunscreen left behind a pleasant aroma of sun, surf and sand....*inhale* ahhhhhhhhhhh. Hmmmm, I wonder if it will also help clean tough spots off my leather tack?!!?!
November 08, 2008
Not even the handsomest of manly men could handle THIS many leaves though....so we just tidy up our gathering places and leave the rest to mother nature to deal with...no HOA approval needed!
I love living in the country....
"Don't worry Blue, I've seen this technique on TV before....Now, gimme a kiss!"
"Thank you little girl.....I'm feeling much better now!"
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh......*strech*...all is once again right in the world.
LOOK! A TOAD in a HOLE! (See where we got that name now?)...
Next, butter the bread and place all parts on a skillet...If you are using PAM instead, it will suffice just to spray the skillet and set the bread on top...let set until a golden brown....it is important to put the bread onto the skillet as soon as possible, to prevent Little Brats from grabbing a quick bite before it's all done! (See red arrow....I wasn't quick enough!)
You can't be too young or too old to enjoy this filling treat...Enjoy!
November 06, 2008
We make sure to do everything on both the left and the right sides...she is responding well and moving in both direction on cue...
We also practice walking, trotting, stopping and turning 'in hand', or 'while being led'...this develops good ground manners while being handled...she is staying beside me, listening to my voice commands, and responding in turn wonderfully....our communication is really improving!
I ended the ground-work this night with some exercise on the lunge line....I give her verbal commands for the walk, trot, and canter....I want to be sure she understands my verbal commands entirely before I ever step on her, that way it is easier to communicate with her when I do finally get into the saddle and she hears and recognizes my voice commands...lungeing also serves to build strength and endurance in the absence of riding time.
Fancy was the perfect pupil this night...when we finished up, she got a good rub down, her new blankie, and a tub full of grain....
Stay tuned for more updates of Fancy and her training progress!
Thanks to Vickie for taking these pics for me!
Leah & Fancy