Thursday, June 30, 2011

Birthday Boy...Celebrating his day

For Josiah's birthday earlier this week, he requested McDonald's for lunch,

compliments of free kid's meals from VBS (whoo hoo!). This is where he got his new favorite non-birthday present toy that is now referred to as his griffin.

And apparently it's an attack griffin.

Part of his present from us was some money to spend at Toys R Us

because the boy loves to spend money. (Which is why he is usually broke!)

We went to Pizza Hut for supper...with the griffin, of course.

After we got back home, we had his birthday cake.

Now, let me tell you about this cake before you judge my cake making and decorating skills. He picked out the cake mix and picked chocolate frosting to go with it. He also picked the Bundt cake pan and the "9" candle to put on the cake along with nine white candles.

And...he wanted Twizzlers on his cake. He wanted to help decorate the cake with the Twizzlers, so he spelled out "Happy Birthday" with pieces of Twizzlers. He also put a ring of Twizzlers around the top and bottom of the cake, as well as a smiley face (facing him) because, of course, you can never have too many Twizzlers on your birthday cake.

According to Josiah.

OK. Now you can see the cake.

We'll go with Josiah's story line that the griffin lit the candles.

We did the singing. The griffin can't take credit for that.

Happy birthday, Josiah!

Care for a trip down memory lane?

Josiah's 2nd birthday

2 year old Josiah with his famous superhero (baby blanket) cape, which he called his "superhero." Please note the 80s hair clips--They were my aunt's. We still have some that have survived the years with two boys using them to fasten all kinds of costumes, props, and tents.

Josiah (5 years old)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Birthday Boy!

Josiah, who just turned NINE years old this week, at his birthday dinner restaurant of choice...Pizza Hut.

Sitting on his shoulder is a Happy Meal toy he got that day that he has renamed a griffin. I think he loves that little Happy Meal toy just as much as, if not more than, anything he got as a gift. ;)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Where the wild things are

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So, um, forget what I said earlier...

Or, at least, some of what I said earlier.

Because I recently discovered that the wild blackberries I had been hacking away to keep them from climbing over the fence into our back yard

are edible. Oh, the wonders of the Internet where you can find such information.

And you can't beat the gardening book I have on my shelf that I looked in, too. I love real books. One look inside my house, and you'd know that. ;) So many books...and not enough space on our bookshelves.

So, now I can stop referring to them as "blackberries" (with imaginary quotation marks floating through my mind) and just call them blackberries...while I wait for them to grow across the fence again so we can have free fruit!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Santa Paws and his funny elves

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During a recent trip to Athens to visit my aunt, who is currently in a rehab facility after a bad fall...

Josiah (8) was watching Jason pretend to drive away here! Grace (5) wasn't fazed by it one bit.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011


Oh, how I've missed taking pictures of sunsets! You see, my camera decided to die last month...and this time for no apparent reason, unlike last time. I'm afraid this time it might be for real. Just in case, it's sitting in a bag of rice, which is what revived it last year when it was damaged by water.

I am so appreciative of my aunt and uncle who let me borrow a digital camera they were not using! Now I can go back to taking pictures of gorgeous sunsets...

which is great because we've had some colorful ones lately.

And I even get to play around with very cool features like panorama shots, where the camera stitches together three photos. I took this panoramic shot tonight. (You can click on the photo to get a larger view.)

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Friday, June 17, 2011

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

I'm still here...somewhere

I'm more than just a little tickled that my last post was this one, with the photo of the billboard predicting the end of the world as we know it to be May 21st.

It wasn't.

And I'm still here.

I just wasn't here, posting on my blog. I've been up to my eyeballs with things like finishing school with the boys, cleaning up at least some of my neglected house, and doing exciting things like putting poster board covered with aluminum foil in the windows to keep some of the hot sun reflected away from our western-facing rooms. But don't worry--these aluminum-clad windows face our back yard and no one knows they're there.

Oh, wait...I guess a few people know now.


So, to distract you from thinking about my windows, I will show you Krispy Kreme donuts.

That is a box full of all kinds of awesomeness.
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