Saturday, January 31, 2009
We visited Lake Redman again. Today was beautiful and the lake was so slick, everyone was able to ice skate even without skates. RB's and Bubble's cousin, Hannah and her Mom and Dad joined us on the ice. We all had a really nice time. We even got to watch some guys ice fish and found old ice holes. This allowed us to fully comprehend the thickness of the ice. The girls found big ice balls that they nicknamed diamonds so they spent time breaking them free from the ice with their toe picks and collecting them. Each one took home a diamond of their own.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
After what I thought was a near death experience with RRF, we went on a mission for second hand ice skates at the local Salvation Army and Goodwill. Bubbles and I ended up with a pair. Mine were bought without shoe strings, but I found really super dooper ooper laces at Walmart and now each skate has a different lace. How cool am I? RB still needs a pair, but in the meantime she will use mine since ice skating is too risky for me right now. Below are pictures taken of the girls, Schmoopy, and I on Lake Redman. It's a beautiful lake where Steve and I have enjoyed kayaking and it's amazing that we were able to stand on top of it and not fall through. The girls had a great time and although it was terrifying at first to be walking on frozen water that at any moment you think is going to crack and break off, it was a pretty cool.
Okay after attempting to download pictures from my camera, it seems I have a file error. I can't seem to find the pictures I took while at the lake on my memory card yet I can see them quite clearly while the memory card is in my camera. Unforunately, no pictures with this entry until I can figure out what's wrong. I'll post the pictures tomorrow...hopefully!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
(Sidenote from Sheesha: Bubbles participates in a school activity where her class visits Pleasant Acres Nursing and Rehab Center. Each child is assigned to a patient and together they work on projects and become friends. Penelope (Pene) was Bubble's partner. Pene passed away on 1/15/09.)
Monday, January 26, 2009
Below were pictures taken on Christmas Day. Steve has agreed to also be photographed to show his pregnancy weight gain as well. This is why I love him! The difference between him and I is that he is purposely pushing his belly out. Unforunately, I am not.
Monday, January 19, 2009
We are ready to see the Ravens score and pig out on food that is not healthy!
Jasmine, ready to tackle!
Even our dog, Sebastian, was ready to party! Okay, not really. He fell asleep 5 minutes into the game.
The final score!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I've had the pleasure of volunteering at Animal Rescue Inc. as a cat caretake, go figure. This is where I adopted Cleopatra Ann and Augustus Lee back in 2007. Little did I know that both cats would grow up to be psychotic and attack the Christmas tree, steal pens and anything wrapped in plastic, drink from the commode if the lid is not shut, eat the string off of anything (shoes, clothes, the girls' bookbags, bras, etc.), and will attack you if they see you eat ice cream because they want some. Okay, so the last habit is one I created. Who knew that a spoonful of Wendy's frosty would forever alter the lives of Cleo and Auggy? On a serious note, I have witnessed the devotion and compassion of everyone who gives their time at A.R.I. whether they are paid employees or volunteers. I have also seen the love of their community shine bright in donations of all kinds - money, litter, food, blankets, medicine, etc. ARI hosts a number of events in PA and MD to bring awareness to those around them and help raise funds through annual Christmas parties, a special dogs day in the park, working with Petsmart to showcase their cats for adoption, and attending animal expo's. ARI also offers low cast spay and neutering services for cats every Tuesday and Thursday to those families suffering in the poor economy. While money is tight for some and others have lost their jobs, people have had to give up their beloved pets because they could either not afford to keep them. As tough as it is for Steve, the girls, and I with 5 cats and 1 dog, I urge everyone to hang onto their pets. They are not just animals, but an extension of your family and for some, like me, they are actually my children. I am thankful to everyone who has adopted any animal from any shelter. Most people tend to shy away from shelters thinking that only muts or the ugly ones live there, but take a chance to visit one if you have never and you'll see that the only animals there are the most gentle and meek ones ready to love anyone who gives them a chance.
I am a blanketeer for Project Linus. I am currently double crocheting a multi-colored blanket and will be posting my progress soon. Blanketeers around the U.S. donate their time by making homemade washable blankets for children up to 18 years old who are seriously ill or have been traumatized by abuse or neglect. All blankets are welcomed and the website does have a list of what's acceptable. There are various chapters within each state which acts as a drop off site when you are finished a blanket. However, the blankets must come from a smoke free environment. I find creating a blanket to be personally fulfilling. It allows me to express myself in my designs, no matter the simplicity of the patterns. I love to crotchet, so this is my excuse to do it and learn new tricks of the trade and experiment with stitches and patterns. Plus when I'm finished with a blanket, it doesn't have to sit around the house. I can put it to good use by keeping a child warm and showing compassion through a stitch. My co-worker became a blanketeer after I told her about Project Linus. As she crotcheted her first blanket, her grandson was born and had to be transferred to the N.I.C.U. There, he was given a blanket donated by Project Linus. Isn't that wonderful to know the very same organization she is helping has helped someone in her family? For those of you who are creative and are interested in helping a child, please visit this website.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Me and my darling on 4th of July at The Buck. It's the redneck way to celebrate our nation's independence...by watching a crash up derby and spray painting our hair.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Here is Baby Fowler's very first photo. During the ultrasound I was even able to see it's feet kicking even though I'm not far enough into the pregnancy to feel the movements. From what I saw, he/she is going to be the next David Beckham with all the fancy footwork. Steve is convinced that it has a "woo woo" although it's not present at the moment. Maybe it was cold that day in the womb. Keeping with Steve's tradition of using "M" names, if it's a boy he will be named Mason Ray. If it's a girl, she will be named Makenzi Grace. Although, we all cannot agree on how to spell Makenzi. I am due on July 17th. Steve and I are holding out until it pops out to know the gender, but it's killing RB. Bubbles has decided that if it happens to be a girl, she will not beat it up and throw it out the window as she has previously vowed. What a relief! We have decided that only Steve will be present for the delivery. Once Baby F is born and ready for its theatrical debut, RB and Bubbles will be the first ones to see it. They will be announcing the good news to the awaiting family, but how they will announce it will stay a secret. We don't want to ruin all the fun! Everyone here is super excited and we hope you are too!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Adorable baby Makenzi Grace Fowler is going to be an awesome part of our new family if Alicia has a baby girl. This is what I(rb)wanted this christmas. In my stocking I(rb)got this baby doll that had the name Makenzi Grace Fowler on it then i got a bag of hershey kisses that said its a girl, i thought that they had got that for me because I(rb) said that i wanted a baby sister then alicia told me that she was actually having a baby but she does not want to find out what the baby is untill the baby is born but i really do. bubbles said that if alicia had a girl she would beat it up and through it out the window. lol. this was the best present ever! <3rb<3