Saturday, May 29, 2010

Missing You....

You know what I miss?

Comments from Tim! I need your commentary to provide some humor in my life.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Welcome to the World, Delaney and Griffin!

Yesterday Becky went into labor - early morning. So Danny took her to the hospital and they did an emergecny C-section. Delaney Susan was born at 10:30am, weighing 5 lbs and 14 ounces. Griffin Michael Hugo was born at 10:31am, weighing 5 lbs and 14 ounces. All are doing great!

Here's Becky and Delaney. Most of the pictures are of Delaney, as we could all hold her and pass her around. Griffin could only be held by mom and just for a few minutes at a time because he needed his breathing monitored. Today, he is fine and everyone is holding him too, so I'll post more pics of Griffin soon.

Auntie Jessie, Delaney, and Momma Becky.
Momma Becky and Delaney - I think Becky was a little loopy on the morphine!
Auntie Jess and Delaney.
Nana Sue and her granddaugher!

Auntie Jess, the baby in her belly, Nana Sue, and Delaney Sue Me, Jessie, Momma, and Delaney
Me and Delaney!
The pround new Daddy with his little girl!

Here's Griffin! Getting some snugglie time with Momma!
Momma with both of the babies!

And the whole family! What a team!

Delaney is on the left - she has a round Nelson face and dark hair. Griffin is on the right - he has a Graham face and blonde hair. Delaney's chubby face makes her look bigger than Griffin, but she's a whole pound smaller than him!

Sister and Brother!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Nature Walk

Yesterday was just so beautiful - the kind of day that makes you want to play hookie! I didn't play hookie, but I did take about 20 minutes and went for a mini-nature walk along the Myles Standish State Forest Healthy Heart Trail - which is right outside my office.

Check out these weird galls on this oak. I think they are the early stages of oak apple galls.

Saw quite a few of these blue damselflies flying around.
It's hard to see, but there's a Roufus Sided Towee in this pic - on the ground. If you click the picture to make it bigger, you'll get a better view.
A beautiful spring wildflower - the star flower. (Why didn't I take a picture of the pink lady slippers?)

This highbush blueberry was loaded with flowers. Gonna be good picking come late July!

And now for the reason I love this trail - the Red-Belly Turtles! I love these turtles! My camera is a crappy point-and-shoot (one day, some day, I shall get a REAL camera - I can't wait!) so you can't really see them in the pictures here. So you HAVE TO click on them to make them bigger and check out the Red-Bellies. They are HUGE! They kind of look like painted turtles, but they are 10 times as big.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thea Turns Three!!!!!

Miss Thea Maya turned three last week!!!!!!!! I can't believe it! She is so grown up! Mom and Dad had a little pizza party for the birthday girl and Jay and I headed over to the homestead. First Mom gave her some gifts.
Notice the wrapping paper - yes, Momma Sue gave Thea her birthday presents in a paper bag rather than wrapping paper. That's normal for Sue.
And she got a cash register with "real" bills and coins in it!
Happy Birthday girl only knows how to smile like a weirdo! Her mom used to do that too when she was a little one.
She loved her backpack from Auntie Amy and Uncle Jay! She loved it so much she could hardly contain her happiness! Jessie says that Thea rarely removes it - it has to be with her everywhere!
And she got an easel with finger paints - although she wanted to use a brush!
And then there was cake! She was soooo excited!
What a lucky three year old.
This is what she does when you say "Thea - smile!" and then take a picture!
And then we all watched Uncle Jay ride off into the sunset....

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Our Yard is Crazy-Town

Jay and I have spent waaaaaaaaaay more time doing work in the yard than in the house. Looks like Retro House is forever going to be retro at the rate we're going! But we've done a lot of cool stuff outside including gardening! We put in a raised bed, roto-tilled, planted grass, got some kick-ass compost, and planted a ton of stuff.

Here is a jalepeno plant with an eggplant plant (that sounds weird) behind it.

Here are my wittle tiny carrots. I can't wait to eat home grown carrots!

You can't really tell, but Jay is growing corn. They've just started poking up through the ground.Here's the monster sunflower plant that Jay secretly planted among my carrots!

Two types of radishes - and Hank's footprints (lovely, Hank. Just lovely).

We planted six tomato plants - a bunch of different kinds. And sprinkled some lettuce seed in the middle. We're crazy like that.
Here are our bean plants! We'll have to set up some sort of climbing device soon as these suckers grow. They're fast.

Here are our onions.
There's a lot going on this picture: chives, mint, parsely, basil, rosemary (and weeds: violets and grass for the most part).
Better pic of the chives. There's some herb growing behind the chives. I think it's oregano, but I'm not sure. There's something else oniony that grows in there, but I don't know what that is either. I'm planning on getting some sage and thyme for the herb garden, too.
And Jay decided to buy a truckload of trees. Yes, a tractor-trailer sized truckload of tree trunks! They came this afternoon and unloaded. Jay's out there right now with the chainsaw ripping. He's like a kid on Christmas morning he's so excited about his wood!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Camping at Otter River State Forest

I got to spend a few days with some wonderful folks at Otter River State Forest this week. We headed up there Wednesday evening after a meeting at Camp Nihan. Stopped to get fuel along the way - pizza! You can kind of see the yurt in the background. We stayed in that one. It has electricity, lights, two bunk beds and a table with two benches. Perfect accomodations!

Yes, Barb is on the phone here. Even though we were camping out we were still working! We even helped out with the Envirothon all day on Thursday.No camping trip is complete without a raging fire and s'mores!