April 19, 2008

Happy 7th Birthday Alexander!

Happy, happy birthday my sweet boy!! Can you believe it?? Alex turned 7 today! He is tall, slim, and as busy as ever. He is so smart and does great with his school work. His favorite subjects are math and science (just like his mom & dad). He enjoys our bookclub, the HP Club and homeschool bowling league. He just loves video games and computer games.

I'm not sure where the time has gone and how he has come to be 7 so quickly but here we are. We are looking forward to what the future brings for us with Alex. He keeps us on our toes...still. ;-)

He had a birthday party today with family, friends & neighbors. He asked for an ice cream cake and it was delicious. We got him a Nintendo DS, a couple games and an accessory pack. He also received some pirate stuff from Morgan, Build-A-Bear bucks from Uncle Mikey, a Target giftcard from GC, and money from friends, Grandma & Papa, and Great Grandma L. He was thrilled and can't wait to go shopping. LOL! We cooked out after his party and then he watched a movie. Afterwards I got to have some special birthday snuggles with him while we listened to a book on CD.

Oh my sweet boy...I just can't believe you are 7 already! We love ya sweetie!

April 13, 2008

Roller Coaster of Spring

Lately spring has become like a roller coaster at the fair. LOL! We have had some cold days, breezy days, warm days, rainy days, and even snow days. Well, after a couple weeks of going back & forth with rainy days & gorgeous days we are now back to cold days with possible snow! Hello...middle of April?! LOL! Just cracks me up. We've had the windows open & have been enjoying it. Now we have the heat on again because it is supposed to be in the low 30's tonight and tomorrow night with a high only of 40. We will wish for this come the dog days of summer so we had better enjoy it and put it in our memory banks to pull out come August. I'm just glad that we haven't planted anything in the garden yet. Last year we did and bam had a cold spell & lots of little green shoots died. We don't want to go through that again this year.

April 6, 2008

The Weekend

Saturday morning we got up early to help Morgan get ready for the parade. We met up with the others and helped unload the horses off the trailer. Then we left Morgan at the line up spot and headed off to find a parking spot and our place to set up chairs to watch the parade. While walking around with Alex before the parade (had to keep him busy) we found some flowers that he insisted we take pictures of.

Aren't they gorgeous? So that was our pretty find on our little walk. We got settled in just as the parade was starting. Lots of mules, wagons, horses,etc.....and FINALLY we see the minis! Beth (the owner) was walking Roo, Morgan was walking Rocky, Madison was walking Cherry Basket and Larissa was walking Tom Thumb. Morgan had a huge smile on her face. At the end of the parade we headed off to pick her up. We got caught in traffic right before picking her up and that took forever. They had managed to take a break, load up the horses, and then start walking towards a friend's trailer (so the minis could be taken home). By the time it was all done she walked about 3 miles. She was proud of herself. :-) Later we took her to GC's house to spend the night. They did some beading and hung out together. Corey and I took Alex to get a movie (1 for him and 1 for us) and had a movie night. Today we did some family bowling and had a good time.

Parade pics are up on the right sidebar. Enjoy.

April 5, 2008

Rain, Spring and Mule Day

It has been raining and raining here in TN. Since we had such drought conditions we are still behind on water where it counts (the water table, the lakes & rivers where we get our water,etc). However, for the current year we are ahead. Hopefully when all is said and done we will balance out. With the amount of rain we've been getting some of us are really tired of the gray & wet days.

A positive side to all this rain is that it is making the new life burst forth from all of the plants! We have gone from brown & dead looking to green & fresh looking almost overnight. It is just amazing how one day you can look at a tree and see *nothing* there but brown, wintery branches and the very next day see small green buds ready to pop open and then the next day see freshly opened leaves reaching out to the sun. Spring has come to TN and our April showers will definitely be resulting in some May flowers. No doubt about it.

Mule Day...what is Mule Day? It is a BIG DEAL in Columbia, TN. A whole week is set aside to honor the critters for which it is named. It stems from the days when the farmers would gather for the big mule auction of the year. Mules were very important on the farms and it was an important event. We know have all kinds of competitions, shows, and a parade. People come from all over to participate and watch. Kind of weird....kind of cool. This is just our second year experiencing Mule Day and Morgan will be in the parade. She will be with some fellow homeschoolers and walking a miniature horse (mules, donkeys, horses and floats in the parade). She is very excited about it. She has been working with the miniature horses for a week or so now. I have pictures (click on the link to the right) up and will put more up after the parade.

New pictures up - link on the right sidebar. Morgan & the miniature horses and Alex baking his first loaf of bread.