Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Life is full of Surprises!

Hello Friends!

How has life surprised you today? I was shocked when I arrived home from the gym (about 7 AM) to find Addi with pen all over her face! That was the first surprise of the day...I am sure there are many more to come!

Miss Addi was so surprised that she could stand in this lego bucket! She worked at it for so long and the look on her face when she fully stood up was pure shock and pride!

Destiny and Addi both have enjoyed pretending to be animals lately. Most of the time Addi is a cat and Destiny is a dog. (a side note on animals: Destiny woke up in the middle of the night the other night screaming because she was dreaming about a bat! Screaming bloody murder!)

My favorite surprise of the week was a quick hello with my dear cousin and auntie who were rolling through Williston as they traveled! It was so great to see them! I had to take a picture with them even though I was fresh outta the gym.

V8 and hammer toy in hand! Pretty cool!

An afternoon surprise picnic at the park. The girls loved it, but it was soon interrupted by Addi's first wasp sting. Bummer!

I hope your week is full of surprises!

Enjoy today!

P.S. A funny story from yesterday: As I tucked Destiny in, she looks up at me and says, "I can't wait to be a mommy." I said, "Oh yeah, why?" She said, "because then I can workout good like you."

The other day she was jumping on the bed just to see how sweaty she could get. Her face was rimmed with sweat, but she was not satisfied because her arms and legs were not sweaty! haha!

I guess I've been working out a lot lately...maybe it's because I have a bridesmaid dress to fit into!?!? haha!

Monday, August 29, 2011

I just can't get enough...

Hey friends! How's your day going? This morning has been glorious! I got up SUPER early, hit the gym and then headed to the farmer's market. Williston's farmer's market is not quite as big as the one I go to in Canberra. {haha} Today there were 3 total vendors. 3. That's it! However, I was able to get some cucumbers, donuts, corn on the cob, jam and jelly made by a 90 something year old woman! After my outtings, I came home to two girlies who wanted to paint...so paint is what we did. I am typing this as they splash in the tub and clean themselves off!

Ya know, I just can't get enough celebrating. As if one dinner for my Grandma's birthday was not enough, I fixed her a fancy lunch too! {She's totally worth it!}

The girlies got to lick the beaters from the whipped cream!

Great Grandma and Little Miss Sweetie Pea join in on the festivities!

Absolutely too precious! I am so blessed and fortunate that I got to babysit the cutie twice!

Dest ready to hand out the Cherry Coke Cupcakes! {Yes, we had them twice in one week...they were really THAT good!}

The lovely ladies! Great Auntie, Great Grandma and my two girlies!

I love celebrating...can't ya tell?!?!

Enjoy today!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Juneberries in August

Hello Hello! How is your weekend winding down? This Sunday has offered me a nice rollerblading session {bonus = gorgeous sunrise}, church, a delicious meal of coconut shrimp and tons of fresh veg from the garden! Sounds like a good day to me!

Speaking of good days, we had a fantastic day last week celebrating so many special family events. My sister's first anniversary with her husband, my Dad's birthday and my Grandma's birthday! We celebrated at one of my favorite places to go. It's in the country a bit, on the lake, and serves some super yummy food!

They had a lovely sign to greet us as we entered the restaurant!

Most of my family was there for the delicious walleye fish. Ask me what I was there for and I'll say...THE PIE! {and the sun tea, but mostly the PIE!}

Part of our crew {Addo, me, my sis, her hubs, Dest, and Grandma!}

My JUMBO glass of sun tea! Fresh brewed right there on the porch!

3 lovely ladies.

The anniversary couple! 1 year ago they were getting married :)

Here is my yummy pie! I could not get it in my mouth fast enough! It was SO good!

After dinner, we always take a little walk around the place to check out the lake, people fishing, tee pees, etc.! It's a beautiful place!

Unfortunately, on our walk, we found a for sale sign. I am so sad to hear that one of my favorite places is for sale. I really really REALLY hope that I have not just drank my last sun tea or eaten my last piece of juneberry PIE! However, if I have...they will have to live on in my memory...and if I get super lonesome for them, I may just have to recreate them :)

Enjoy today!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Random Schmandom

Hey friends! How is your day going? This morning is beautiful and I can't wait to get out and enjoy the day!

This blog is sooo random. I had a bunch of pictures on my camera that don't really belong in any category or a blog of their own...so here they are! Happy Friday!

Addi packing up Pa's suitcase for his trip to the races. She filled it with all things important : TOYS including her beloved Babydear!

This picture is sort of a funny thing. I see people sitting on beaches and taking pictures of their feet with the ocean in the background. This is my play on "the most beautiful thing I have ever seen". It's not a beach...it's my two girlies having a blast playing in the sprinkler at Grandma's house. Much better than a beach! Right?! The BEST view EVER!

Destiny cooking with Grandma. They have had so much fun working on baking projects!

A visit to the local old folks home to see my Great Aunt's best friend. The girls played with all the toys they have there!

The lovely ladies at the old folks home :) It was so nice to go visit a good friend of the family!

Destiny and her cousin playing with a microphone! Super fun!

Working on fun projects!

We've had a blast this past week. I hope you did too! Now it's time for the weekend!

Enjoy today!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Mile High Piece o' Pie!

Hey Friends!

This morning, I am greeting you with another "Only in Williston" post! So, correct me if I am wrong {which I have been a time or two!}, but I am quite certain that Williston is the only place that has a court house cafe that is open to serving the public food. Not only do they provide yummy food to the people in jail, but anyone can come on in and order up some delicious treats. I must tell ya, the people who are in the jail in Williston sure eat some good food!

Not only is it good food, but they also serve dessert first! It's your choice if you want to eat it first {I always do} or save it for after your meal! It's a win-win situation!

Here is my mile high piece of banana cream pie! YUM!

The girls started out with a delicious cookie!

The court house is the one place in Williston that I always want to eat at when I come to town!

After our lunch out, Addi and I pulled up to the house and she thought she needed to do a lap around the block carrying a book so that is exactly what we did! By the time we got back to the house, she was hot and sweaty. I think she worked off her chicken burger :)

This week has really been the kind of week that I couldn't ask for anything to go better. I have enjoyed each day and made fantastic memories for both me and my children! I feel so blessed to be surrounded by family right now. One memory that I have made recently sticks out in my mind. I didn't have my camera with me so I had to take a mental picture of the event as it unfolded before my eyes. Picture the 1950's or 60's decor of my Great Auntie's basement, a record playing on the record player of "peppy music" as my Great Auntie called it. Destiny took center stage dancing to the music in the middle of the living room.. Addi sat in my lap as we swayed in a rocking chair. My Great Auntie clapped her hands and moved to the music as well. This picture was so beautiful to me that it brought tears to my eyes right then and there. For I remember being a small child in my Great Auntie's living room, dancing to records, center stage with an audience full of family members who were also swaying to the music! It was beautiful. priceless. etched into my memory for ever!

Enjoy today!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cupcakes for Breakfast!

Hey hey! How's your day?

Here, we are starting the morning with cupcakes to celebrate my dad's birthday. Every time I ask him how old he is he says, "I don't know". I really think he doesn't know! ha! Good thing my mom is on top of things and remembers how old he is!

Yesterday morning, Destiny came out of my parent's bedroom looking like this! {notice the drawn-in BLUE eye brows} She is WILD! Luckily they washed off quite easily in the tub!

The girls helped me make the yummiest cupcakes for their Pa!

The girls and Pa!

Here are the yummy Cherry Coke Cupcakes! They turned out super good, and pretty too!!

August and September are both busy birthday months for our family. Happy Birthday to you if you follow this blog and have had or will have a birthday in August or September! Tomorrow we are celebrating 2 birthdays and an anniversary at a special restaurant! I am SO excited!

Enjoy today! {Eat a cupcake for breakfast!!! That's a sure way to start an enjoyable day!}

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tea for Three

Hello Friends!

It's a beautiful sunny day today and I have enjoyed it so far! I hope you are having a great day today too!

When coming up with names for this post I was filled with ideas, but Tea for Three was so cute, I couldn't resist. I'll share some of my other ideas as a caption for each picture.

These pictures were taken by a photographer named Jeniffer Bayard from Kingston Washington. You should check her out if you are in Washington State!

We got the girls together with their sweet cousin Jordy to have a tea party! Watch out....there may be way too much cuteness for you to handle here:


Morning Tea

Three Beau-TEAs.


A Garden full of beau-TEAS.

Addi had to have the last sip! {Or was it the last bite of cupcake?}

Clearly Addi was thrilled to have her picture taken with mommy! ;)

Best Friends Forever!

Enjoy Today!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What's your favorite kind of Post?

Hey Friends!

What's your favorite kind of Post? In Australia, my favorite kind of post is the Australian Post; as in, the mail system in Australia. {You all know I LOVE getting mail!} Here in Williston, my favorite kind of post is the Coffee Post! Not only are the drinks super yummy, but they have the best barista in town working there!

My sissy!!! (serves her right for making silly faces when I take a picture!)

This morning we rolled up to the Coffee Post and ordered some hot chocolates for the girlies and an iced chai tea for me!

yummy! Destiny is constantly asking why there is not a Coffee Post in Australia. Honestly, I'm not sure why there is no drive up coffee shacks in Australia, but we sure enjoy them when we are in the states!

Addi loves hot chocolate :) As I type, it is dribbled all down her shirt!

As for me, I drank my drink before I could even get a picture of it!

We <3 the Coffee Post :) Thanks for keeping us hydrated, sis!

Enjoy today!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

2 days...2 lovely ladies

Hi Friends! How are you holding up? Really, how are ya? I feel like I haven't heard from many of my friends in a while...friends from Australia, send an email and let me know how you are doing! We miss you! Friends from America, give me a call and let's catch up! :)

These past couple of days have been totally relaxing and fabulously wonderful. I have spent them with 2 of my favorite ladies ever. Yesterday, the girls and I visited my Great Auntie. I never get sick of visiting her. We shared donuts as she helped the girls color in coloring books.

Today, we traveled a bit to visit my Grandma! I am so thrilled to be able to take a day and visit her!

At Great Grandma's house! Addi does have teeth :) She usually hides them behind a pacifier!

Great Grandma and the girls! They played with little soldiers and threaded beads on a string!

Helping Addi color.

Helping Destiny color.

Even the little sweetie pea stopped by for a visit!

We had such a fantastic morning, both yesterday and today! I am over-filled with joy and happiness here with my family! I love it!

Remember: Embrace where you are TODAY! Enjoy every moment!

Speaking of "where you are"....I suppose, some of you are wondering where in the world Matt is these days. For the last week, Matt has been helping out with a big conference in Sydney, Australia. He has been enjoying fancy meals, a nice hotel room, and runs on the beach. (Tough life, huh?!) Tomorrow, he hops on a plane and will fly into Seattle. That is where he will be for the next month, working on things for his promotion. I am sure that he would really appreciate prayers for his flight to Seattle!

Enjoy today!