Thursday, February 24, 2011


Okay, so our weathermen around here love to OVER-predict the snow. Our two solid days of non-stop snow that will cripple our city turned into about an hours worth of snowfall and a couple of inches that is melting fast. Never the less, the kids in this neighborhood come out in herds to play in the snow.

Once I caught up to the boys and knew what the plan was, I went back home and grabbed Shep so he could play in the snow too.

Noah helped with the dog walking. Of course that meant I was holding gloves and a sled. Makes it more difficult to get good pictures!

Informed me today that he likes it cold and snowy OR hot and sunny. Apparently, you can't sled or swim in the rain...I bed to differ!

My Noah

Oliver playing chase with Shep.

Noah trying to make the biggest snowball in the park.

Oliver "helping" with the largest snowball in the park.

My Snow Angel

Before the snowball got big and dirty.

After a wipeout, letting us know he was fine.

He has the best expressions.

Brotherly love.
Nothing like a snowball to the back of the head.

Path through the park.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I was messing around with my camera on the way home the other night and, what? Yes, Joel was driving! Anyway, I ended up with a couple that I really liked. No particular reason or reasons why, I just liked them. This one was my favorite...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Yin and Yang

This is just one small part taken from Wikipedia's definition of Yin and Yang...
...For instance, dropping a stone in a calm pool of water will simultaneously raise waves and lower troughs between them, and this alternation of high and low points in the water will radiate outward until the movement dissipates and the pool is calm once more. Yin and yang thus are always opposite and equal qualities. Further, whenever one quality reaches its peak, it will naturally begin to transform into the opposite quality: for example, grain that reaches its full height in summer (fully yang) will produce seeds and die back in winter (fully yin) in an endless cycle...
I realized that I had not posted any pictures of my tattoo to the family blog, the tattoo that complements Joel's dragon, my phoenix. People keep asking me, "what's up with all the new tattoos?" Well, I've been wanting a tattoo for a LONG time now and my gift from Ricki got me going on the first one. Then, Joel recently won some money on some scratch tickets that I bought him and he decided that he wanted us to get tattoos with the winnings. Anyway, I went in and got my phoenix done last Saturday. Jacob did a great job!

Stencil on...

Jacob getting started, took over 3 hours to complete.

Don't worry, he's working on the few red spots in the tattoo, that is ink, not blood. And yes, I am smiling. It hurts a little bit but not so much that I couldn't smile, laugh and joke.

Started the shading...

All done!

AND just because I think Joel was worried that I now had two tattoos to his one tattoo, he decided to get a second one from Jason while Jacob was working on mine. Turns out, it was a pretty sweet gesture on his part. You see, about 14 years ago I gave Joel this little love note and instead of signing my name I quickly drew this stick figure with curly hair...

He has held onto that card and asked Jason to put the little curly haired stick figure on his arm. I say it's a little bit crazy but sweet and super cute none-the-less.