25 June 2011

The Mighty Mo...

The Missouri River is truly fierce right now. Here are a few pics from Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, SD.

01 June 2011

Guilty Pleasures

I have to admit that I have a really bad habit. I watch the Bachelorette/Bachelor. Seriously, the show is epic fail every time, but I just can't turn away.

I'm admitting this just so I can complain that the show seems to have found the two craziest people from Salt Lake City and put them on TV. Michelle from the last Bachelor was a complete and total nutjob. She was seriously scary.

Then this time, they've got douche-alicious Bentley, whose only goal seems to be to publicly humiliate the Bachelorette as much as humanly possible in what little time he has on TV. What a catch!!

Of course, he has definitively proven that women flock to jerks like moths to light. It's only the second episode and the Bachelorette has already begged him to stay. As in "please, please, please, please stay...please". Oh, it was so pathetic and Mr. Jerkface was just lappin' it up and making fun of her to the side camera. Obviously anyone who thinks they can find lasting love on a TV show does not have realistic expectations, but the producers should bounce this dude as he's clearly stated he has no interest in this women (except for degrading her, that is).

Bentley is a gross, sad man. So sad.

25 May 2011

Rejeanne's Photographic Escapade

While no one was paying attention for all of 10 minutes, Rejeanne took up photography. First, she laid in Crimson's bean bag chair and figured out how to turn the camera on and take a picture:

Then, she ran out to the hallway mirror to watch herself taking pictures or maybe to try a self-portrait. Since she doesn't really talk about her motivations, we just have to guess about these:

Once she felt she had mastered the classic "self-portrait in the mirror" so popular for the youngsters on Facebook, she convinced the most beloved poriferan in her life to pose for her camera:

13 May 2011

Belated Easter Pics

Better late than never, right?

What Gets Me Through

I survive winter by thinking of flowers. How I'm going to steal them from around town. How I'm going to grow my own. Thinking of this is the only way I can live through the -20 plus howling windchill. Those days are gone and the flowers have finally arrived. Not a moment too soon!

09 May 2011

Rejeanne's Hair

I finally broke down and took Rejeanne for a haircut. She was NOT happy about it, but she does seem happy with the end result. She looks awfully cute with this short hair, but it is sad that she had to get it cut after we have been growing it for 4 years. Today was her very first haircut ever!

She hates having her hair brushed. She hates having it styled. It is super dry and super fine and gets horribly tangled and/or breaks off in the prairie wind. I think we will have a happier Rejie now.

Pics tomorrow!

What I'm Doing This Week...

In addition to the usual stuff, I'm sewing an hour a night. It's manageable!

01 May 2011

oh my!

me (to Lee): I don't think John Paul II has been dead long enough to be beatified.

Cyrus: *hits me with a boot*

Lee: What did you say before he hit you with a boot?

Me: I don't know. I think he whacked it out of me.

Crimson (to Lee): She said something about Long John Paul the Third being christified.

(Well, guess we know what Saint JP does during Lent...sells fish out of a drive up window!)

27 April 2011


Me: "I love you, dude"
Cy: "I not dude, I Cyrus"

20 April 2011


Today, Rejeanne did this:

I think Rejeanne is amazing. I really do. I've been wanting to get her to try gymnastics because it is a way she can be up high and doing wild stuff without getting in trouble. She has incredible balance, too! Unfortunately, with any endeavor, there is the autism in the way of immediate satisfaction. It usually requires a few sessions of her curled into a ball howling before she's willing to even take a look at what you want her to do. With this grand gymnastics experiment, I thought if I could try to prep her with YouTube videos of gymnasts doing awesome stuff, it might make her more willing to participate when she saw the equipment.

I don't know if it was the prep, the actual full night's sleep she had last night, or just purely the grace of God, but Rejeanne actually warmed up and participated at her FIRST gymnastics class!!! She rolled the ball, went into the ball pit, spent a TON of time on the balance beam, got on the tramp, and was SO FLIPPIN' HAPPY!! She was chattering the whole time. She let a stranger pick her up out of the ball pit. She said she had fun. She was so excited. I seriously almost started crying. I can't remember the last time she was so happy, talkative and engaged. I'm so thankful for the upper elementary principal/gym coach, the gymnastics student and the parks dept who all had a hand in giving Rejeanne a chance to do this.

I wish I had thought to get a video of it. Maybe I will try to sneak one next time!

14 April 2011

The Little Man in My Life

I love this guy.

He makes everyday a good day.

04 April 2011

New Year Neglect

Well, I'm sure I've lost my 3 readers by now. If not, then you all are a hardy bunch! Life has had a lot of twists and turns since the new year, the end result being that I get to focus on the kids and my health and let Lee handle the rest. For me, this is a huge leap of faith. I trust in baby steps. The longer we are together, the more steps I make. Anyways, I guess I don't feel much like explaining this other than to say that I feel like things are finally the way they should be. It's like working on a Rubik's Cube for years on end and then all the sudden looking down and realizing you FINALLY solved it, but have no clue how. I'm not sure which one of us was trying to solve the puzzle, but it seems good now.

Speaking of puzzles, Cyrus LOVES them. He could do puzzles all day long. He's also very good at puzzles. Hopefully tomorrow I will have a few minutes to post a video of his first attempt at the 50 States puzzle. I really thought it would be way too hard for him, but he did it really well for the first try. Of course, his almost 3-year-old attention span kicked in so it is more like the 15 States puzzle, but his mad puzzle skillz are evident. Cyrus is an awesome little guy. He's totally my little buddy. He always likes to show me everything he sees and is always asking me what things are called or why things are a certain way. I love it!! I never got to have the "why" phase with my girls. I know this particular phase drives most parents to the brink of insanity, but I LOVE the incessant questions. It's like watching their little brains functioning in high gear.

Crimson is doing great. She's been having fun with her friends and doing good in school. She's been very diligent in reminding me to read scriptures with her. I'm really thankful for that because I tend to forget until the house is quiet (i.e., everyone but me is sleeping).

Rejeanne has decided that pouring water on top of Crimson's footlocker, then scootching her naked butt around in it to make splashy noises is the BEST.HOBBY.EVER. so if anyone has some advice on how to get her to find a new hobby, I'm all ears. (We've already tried letting her become semi-amphibious by spending hours on end in the tub. It didn't work.)

Crimson is not a fan of the aforementioned hobby of Rejeanne. The footlocker is really Crimson's only true personal space. It is being rather rudely violated several times a day. *sigh*

So, my life is mostly chaos-filled, but I feel like it is slowly coming back under control. Things are good and happy. I like good and happy.