Thursday, February 18, 2010

So Much Snow!

The older I get, the less I like the cold weather. I certainly see why my grandparents were snow birds, living in Ohio from April to November and on Big Pine Key in Florida during the winter months.

A couple times during the winter, I convince myself to get bundled up and play in the snow with Moo. On this particular day, we started out by having Moo take pictures for an American Girl photography contest. We ended the day by making snow sculptures. The snow wasn't packing well enough to make a snowman.

For the contest, Moo had to take pictures of five things from a list of twenty. She started out taking a picture of a pine cone. This one was a bird feeder she made and hung in a tree with Jason.

Animal tracks in the snow was another on the list. We found cat prints and rabbit tracks!

We found an "interesting icicle" on our neighbor's garage.

I love this picture Moo took of "a tree with no leaves." Check out the garage in the background compared to the tree. This tree is huge!

The final picture for the contest was something in nature that looks like a letter of the alphabet. We took the easy way out and chose the letter "V."

From there we moved on to our snow sculptures.
Moo made this heart...

We both worked on this snow dragon...

We had lots of fun in the snow! Now I'm ready for spring!

Monday, February 15, 2010


I don't forward a lot of e-mails. I guess I figure that everyone is getting forwarded e-mails and ends up pretty much getting the same stuff anyways. Every now and then I will get one that I really like.

I received this e-mail forward in early January. It is from a friend who has struggled with a situation in her life for several years and is hoping the biggest part of that struggle will be over soon. Everyone struggles with something at some point, but attitude can truly influence the outcome.

ATTITUDE (forwarded e-mail)

There once was a woman who woke up one morning,
Looked in the mirror,
And noticed she had only three hairs on her head.
'Well,' she said, 'I think I'll braid my hair today.'
So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up,
Looked in the mirror
And saw that she had only two hairs on her head.
'H-M-M,' she said,
'I think I'll part my hair down the middle today.'
So she did and she had a grand day.

The next day she woke up,
Looked in the mirror and noticed
That she had only one hair on her head.
'Well,' she said, 'today I'm going
To wear my hair in a pony tail.'
So she did, and she had a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up,
Looked in the mirror and noticed
That there wasn't a single hair on her head.
'YAY!' she exclaimed.
'I don't have to fix my hair today!'

Attitude is everything.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Our Trip to the International Space Station

So that this blog doesn't become a place to just document and update goals and resolutions, it's time to post about something else. So, how about writing about our future trip to the International Space Station.

Why the International Space Station? Well, what's the reason for most of the crazy things I do these days? Like...
- hiking for three hours in freezing cold weather at night.
- walking through cement tunnels under the road.
- buying snow pants for myself at the age of 36.
- lifting light post covers.
- taking on dares and documenting them in photos.
Those who know me know that the list could go on. They also know the reason for the craziness! GEOCACHING!

Recently published on the geocaching website was the cache furthest from home. It happens to be hidden at the International Space Station.

You can check it out here...

Out of this World Cache!

Obviously, we don't really have plans to visit the space station but it did make for a fun little discussion this evening.

Me: There's a geocache in space now.
J (Hubby): How do you get it?
Me: Become an astronaut.
Moo: No way! I'm not going to get it! Do you know how many ways there are to die up there?

I agree with Moo. I'm not so sure about going into space for a cache. We'll just have to stick to the earthbound caches for the moment! They are a lot of "phoon"!

"Phoon Bucyrus" cache found over spring break 2009

Monday, February 1, 2010

February Mini-Goals

Here are my mini-goals for February.

First of all, I want to get my Girl Scout receipts and checkbook in order. I have used some of my own money to pay for troop things and I need to gather up the receipts and pay myself back. This will make life easier when it's time to collect cookie money!

My next mini-goal is to read two books over 100 pages long. I read a lot, but right now, it's mostly Facebook and that's really kind of sad in my opinion. I also read short magazine articles, but for the most part my reading sessions are quite short. I need to slow down a bit and enjoy a good book or two!