Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,   for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  


When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

Colossians 3:1-4  



Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easters of Past

Easter as a child was always extra special spent together as a family.
My first Easter
My sister and I usually had new, homemade dresses and patent leather shoes.
My sister and I in our new dresses. 
What a great place to grow up! The grass...the sidewalks....perfect for kidnicks.
I also vividly remember reaching into some lily type leaves in front of our house in Upper Lake and locating a toad instead.
I think my folks may have laughed...uproariously.
I wonder what memories our kidnicks will have from their Easters.
Easter 2005
Easter 2012
Hopefully with smiles.

Friday, April 18, 2014

An Easter Tradition

Several years ago, I made Resurrection Cookies with the girls.  
My blogging crush/inspiration LemonadeMakinMama shared these and it has become a tradition in our home. 
Each year, as we prepare each step, we talk about each step Jesus took.
The ingredients and process is simple.
The message is powerful.
The memories are priceless.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Moon, A Campout and 2 Scaredy Cats

Did you stay up to watch the Blood Red Moon on Monday night?
  The girls and I did. 
We gathered nearly every blanket in the house and set up camp on the trampoline. 
I took one single picture at the beginning and decided I didn't want to be bothered. 
I think we were all a bit disappointed that it didn't appear, to our naked eyes, more vividly.
Lollipop Pop's chemistry teacher explained it had to do with the cones and rods in our eyes.
The girls sang the soundtrack to Frozen and we had a great time laughing and just enjoying each other. 
 Hubby came out a couple times and peered into the sky but wanted no part in the tomfoolery.
Lollipop Pop had school the next day, so she left us after the eclipse became full, but Sugar Plum Fairy and I decided to stay out all night...until the dog started growling and barking at something.  Coyotes, more than likely.
We are big babies.
We grabbed the flashlights and our pillows and went inside.
Even though the moon wasn't what I expected fully, seeing the eclipse and spending this time with our girls is a memory that we will always share with smiles.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The New Garden

I shared the beginning of our garden building adventure a few days ago.
I got the boxes built and Lollipop Pop and I squared and lined them up.
  I had 4 cubic yards of soil delivered on Friday afternoon. 
At this point I began to think I may have bitten off more than I could chew.
 Hubby would be out of town until Sunday and I was not sure we were going to be able to move this to the back. 
Especially before he returned.
What I had not figured into the project is how much of a help Lollipop Pop would be. 
That girl stepped up and worked hard. 
She lugged wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow without a single complaint.
 Each bed took three wheelbarrows full. 
 The trek to the back is mostly over grass and rough. 
The bed with the cabbage was also an issue. 
 It was part of the garden we had last year...before I had "the" garden vision. 
It was filled with soil and turned the opposite direction. 
 My eldest daughter took the soil out and together we repositioned  and refilled the bed as well as helping Sugar Plum Fairy replant her cabbage. 
She is hoping to enter it in a contest in the fall.
We also unearthed two walnuts that had been dropped by birds and begun to sprout. 
 They are now in the pot for the time being and have become a science project.

  By Friday night, we were pooped and made it an early evening. 
 Saturday morning was filled the ACT test and Catechism class before coming home after lunch to finish. 
We also replenished the trough. 
With the additional beds,
I am able to make this strictly for herbs.
I am thrilled.
Hubby had called earlier in the day and was planning on coming home Saturday instead of Sunday...but wanted to surprise the girls. 
So I pushed,  kept us all focused and we had a clean driveway, filled and planted beds before he arrived. 
We did it!
And the girls were, indeed, surprised.
 Woo Hoo!!!!
The girls gave their Dad the tour and he asked me if I want a picket fence around the garden. 
Yes, please.
It will then be perfect.

Monday, April 14, 2014


We are fortunate to have a special treasure in the foothills near our town.
SCICON (Science/Conservation) is a place where 6th graders in our county (as well as a neighboring county, I think) spend one week in nature
The students sleep in cabins and go on hikes, visit the museums and Planetarium. 
There is singing, exploring and gobs of fun.
 It truly is awesome!
   Each year, there is a BBQ put on for the community to spend the day and enjoy the great outdoors.  Sugar Plum Fairy and I decided to attend and spend some time together. 
Wildflowers are on display with names and interesting facts about each.

The wildflowers were indeed everywhere and the weather was lovely in the 80's.

Local  students in the Conservation Corp volunteer their time helping and local musicians provide entertainment. 
This truly a community effort and appreciated by all who visit,.
We walked up the hill in the girls' village and found the cabin I slept in ages and ages ago.
Each cabin happens to be named after a town in the county.

I was in Dinuba, which also happens to be the name of the town in which my
Grandparents and Dad settled in after leaving South Dakota in the1930's.
  I always thought it was pretty cool. 
Even more cool was visiting with my Dad for a few minutes. 
 He volunteers his time with the American Society of Foresters
 All in all, a terrific way to spend a couple hours with one of my most favorite people.




Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Truism...and a Song

I don't know if you have seen and heard this video, but our Monsignor shared it last week and I could not stop smiling through its entirety. 
Give it a listen and Happy Sunday!