"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."

Thursday, February 28, 2008

New Do!

Oh my hair has been tragically neglected the past 6 months. I am visiting my wonderfully talented mom this week, and she fixed me right up. Nothing is better than a new hair style. Ahh! I just love the Victoria Beckham "pob" (Posh Spice+ bob), but was much to chicken to go that blond, or that short. So this was the compromise:

Victoria's "pob":

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Averie Dancing - Better video this time...

This was just too cute to resist. She is seriously rockin' out.
Press play to watch...

Friday, February 22, 2008


Karem El Nar (1980-2008)

My favorite horse in the world passed away this week. He was 28 years old, quite old for a horse, even an Arabian. He lived a great life in the beautiful Bighorn Basin of Wyoming, but I won't lie, I shed a tear or two. Some of my greatest memories are on his back in the badlands and mountains of Wyoming, Utah, and Montana.

Nar had amazing Arabian bloodlines out of the great sire Silverdrift with many *Raffles crosses in both lines. In my teenage mind I remembered him being even more beautiful than these photographs captured. He was already considered “aged” by some the first time I rode him (14), but you never would have guessed that once you saddled up.

There were days he would gallop for a full hour before I could rein him in to a controlled canter. He was spirited to a fault, and occasionally stubborn, but was never dishonest. My life was in his hands on many occasions, and I trusted him completely. He truly had a heart of gold – as far a horses go. This horse was the epitome of the word “endurance”. I competed with him in over a dozen long distance endurance rides, most successful (once his arthritis was taken care of properly). He was a champion 50 miler. People riding near me in competitions would often make comments like, “Where did you get that horse?” Or “How did you teach him to trot like that?” He could out-trot any horse I’ve ever seen. He would also snort really loudly when he cantered, which brought other humorous comments.

He was heaven to ride. One of the top ten moments in my entire life was cantering across a grassy meadow at the end of the Sand Creed 50 in Jordan, Montana to win first place, and have his heart rate already down when we crossed the finish line. He could have gone another 50 that day. We became such good friends I could even talk him into taking a drink of water when he wasn’t thirsty. (Wally always got a kick out of that.) Nar was my councilor, my psychiatrist, my best friend at times; he always listened to my teenage woes, and never minded the crying. He really helped me through some rocky years. He will always hold a special place in my heart.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Jeanette and Wally for letting this great horse be a part of my life. I will be forever grateful, and although I can never pay them back, I have every intention to pay it forward to another horse-loving girl someday.

This is one of my favorite pictures of him. He was in such awesome condition!

This was taken by the ride management of a ride in early April on Antelope Island of the Great Salt Lake. It was a blizzard, and I actually got a little frost bite on my chin and little toes. I was totally unprepared for the weather and soaked to the bone, but Nar was great. The coat was borrowed, and I didn't even have a blanket for Nar! There were over 100 entries, and we finished 8th overall with no pit crew. Doesn't he look regal in this shot!

I look so young! I love these pictures because I remember how "cuddly" he could be. Just a big teddy bear.

These were from the Big Horn County Parade one summer. We one first place in the equestrian division. Robby got his picture in the newspaper. Don't I just look like a princess. (LOL)

Some of Nar’s greatest loves were rolling in the dirt after a long ride, riding in the beautiful Bighorn Mountains, being with his full brother, Zoram , using people for an itching post, chasing cows, eating Wally’s famous hay cubes, running through grassy meadows, and whinnying loudly for his dinner. He sometime seemed so human… I know there is a special place in heaven for beings like Karem El Nar. Such a noble spirit.

“The wind of heaven is that which blows through the ears of a spirited horse”

"Scrapjacked" Layout

This is for a little challenge from this website. I thought it was a fun idea, and I was inspired to finally pull out my sewing machine:

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lunar Eclipse

Did you happen to see the eclipse last night? It was spectacular! Mason and Ellorie were really excited to see it. The next one won't be until 2010! Saturn was also really bright and close to the moon. (It's visible in the photo there in the bottom left corner.) Mason was more excited to see Saturn than the eclipse I think. He kept telling Ellorie that Saturn is a real planet. Their conversation went something like this:

Mason-"Ellorie, that is Saturn, it isn't a star. It's a real planet, just like the Earth, but we can't see it's rings because it is so far away."

Ellorie-"Oh, Mason I hope we can see the Earff (Earth) someday!"

Mason- "ELLORIE! We are ON the Earth, we can't see it in the sky!!"

Ellorie- "Mason, I know, but It would be cool if we COULD see it in the sky."

I think in honor of his "stellar" experience last night he emerged froom his bedroom this morning in his astronaut gear from last Halloween. He loves space stuff. I'm going to let him wear it to school today. Here are some more really cool photos. The one on the very bottom is my lame one. I don't know how to adjust the shutter and aperture on my new camera yet, so these photos are lifted from the internet. Someone was prepared last night... Enjoy!

Lunar eclipse shadows moon; last one until 2010
The last total lunar eclipse until 2010 was on view Wednesday night for stargazers who dared to brave the cold for a look.

The eclipse, which occurs when the full moon passes into the Earth's shadow and is blocked from the sun's rays that normally illuminate it, began around 7:45 p.m. and reached totality around 9, remaining in that stage for about 50 minutes.

"The advantage of the lunar eclipse is that it progresses over a number of hours," said Randy Lutz of the Sheboygan Astronomical Society.

As the moonlight dimmed, Saturn and the bright star Regulus made appearances. Regulus is the brightest star in the constellation Leo.

The next total lunar eclipse will be Dec. 20, 2010. There were two such eclipses last year. Later this year, in August, a total solar eclipse and a partial lunar eclipse will occur.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

One Little Word Challenge: Trust

Here is my entry for this weeks OLW challenge: Trust

Here is my process:

First I drew on a sanded piece of wood

Then Mod Podged paper pieces in the center and wood burned the writing and cut out the heart piece.

Next I painted everything and found/made/altered some embellishments:

Last of all, attached a ribbon hanger, added pictures and more embellishments.

Some details:

Friday, February 15, 2008

Our Traditional Valentine Dinner, with a twist..

Every Valentine's Day I make steak and lobster, or in the last few years, steak and crab. It was a serious four-burner meal! The mashed potatoes are a new recipe from this blog, aren't they pretty!! We also had some lovely asparagus. The steak was top sirloin, and the crab was King crab from Smiths. The kids even loved everything, especially the roasted beet mashed potatoes. (I had some more of them for breakfast, is that wierd...maybe, but they are SOOOO yummy.) A fabulous meal, for about the price of fast food. I'm in love...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Love and Sugar Cookies

Happy Valentine's Day! We are having a great one so far. It is beautiful sunny winter day. We went to Mason's school party and the girls had a great time. We helped the kids frost the cookies we made yestereday, and there was plenty of frosting left over, so after the party we came home and frosted some more! Ellorie has had a mostly sugar cookie diet for two days. At least we'll get it over with. She is the kind of girl that finishes her Halloween candy the next day. Works for me. The more she eats, the less that will be left for me.

Brandon is coming home early tonight so I'm really excited to cook dinner... It's gonna be fabulous! Check back tomorrow for details. I'm hungry just thinking about it.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Averie "dancing" and some Valentine Surprizes...

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Mason is super excited and has his valentines all ready to take to Kindergarten. (Transformers) We made a special card for his teacher to go with a little gift, and while I was at it, a few more cards. Here is the gift from the kids to Brandon, a jar with his favorite valentine candy (gobstoppers, and sweet tarts). Good thing he rarely checks the blog... And if he does, oh well. Ellorie told him yesterday at lunch what I got him. Thanks Ellie.

Last night Brandon came home quite late, and Averie was still up. She was SO excited to see Daddy. She kept smiling at him and laughing. It was dark, so this movie is a bit hard to see, but it was so precious, I couldn't resist.

Averie dancing (a new trick): Push Play to View

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Sweet New Haircuts!

Mason has needed a haircut for weeks, and Ellorie's bangs were almost over her eyes, so we broke out the scissors this morning and went to work. Brandon really needs a haircut too, but he was at work, so I'll catch him tonight maybe. Averie, well, she is still quite bald (See post, "Averie's first ponytail"), and I would LOVE a haircut, but that's just going to have to wait. So Mason and Ellorie were my victims. I do not pretend to be a stylist in any way, but I figure if things go bad with Mason's hair, we can just buzz it all off. Luckily, things went quite well this morning. Mason has a bit of a hair cut phobia. Last time he cried the whole time and it took both Brandon and I to hold him down to finish. So this time I went the bribery route. Much better. Look at those smiles:

So Pretty...
Just a tiny bit of drama...
Handsome boy!
And on another note, take a last fond look at Mason's perfect baby teeth. They won't last long. My boy has his first loose tooth! I can't believe it! He's just barely six. Oh. I'm just a little sad. I will probably shed a tear or two when the first one falls out. But then again, I have issues with teeth...