Everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

NYC Day Two

Sleeping soon became a priority over blogging while in NYC, so I am a little behind. Here are a few photos from our second day in the city. The highlight of the trip for Ty was the Statue of Liberty. He was the first person to spot it from the plane when we arrived Thursday, and he is even considering being "Lady" Liberty for Halloween. After some confusion over our NYC Sight-seeing passes, we finally made it to the Statue mid-morning Friday. There was some tight security out there...coast guard and helicopters, airport-like security screening. Next, we walked down to the financial district and saw Ground Zero. The area was fenced in, so we couldn't see much at the actual sight, but we did get to see a model of the future memorial. Ty learned a lot about what happened on September 11. Tim joked about Ty missing school this week, but he really did learn a lot historically...9/11, Statue of Liberty, USS Intrepid. I think he will definitely remember this trip.

Supper was terrific Friday night. We ate at Bobby Flay's restaurant, Mesa Grill. Poor Ty was so tired by dinnertime that he fell sound to sleep at the table...after spilling his drink. (It was only water, thank goodness.) Tim ordered pork tenderloin, and it almost melted in your mouth! I had cornmeal crusted chicken and roasted corn. So good!

Lucy enjoyed seeing herself in the mirror this morning. She was all but laughing out loud.

Coast Guard security guarding our ferry out to the Statue of Liberty. Notice the two machine guns on board. There was also a helicopter flying around the statue.

This statue is heavy! What a corny picture. Ha Ha. I saw another woman doing this, so I had to give it a try.

A sculpture that survived the collape of the WTC towers.

View of the WTC sight from the chapel across the street. Crews were working on the memorial.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Country Come to Town

Well, we made it to the Big Apple today. So many people. So many buildings. Makes you appreciate the quiet life at home. I doubt it's ever quiet here.

We only missed one plane today (ha ha), but that did work out better for us, believe it or not. Driving from the airport to our hotel was quite a trip. Traffic was horrible because of the U.N. meetings. The 16 mile route took two and a half hours! Luckily the two little monkeys went to sleep in the limo. They aren't used to getting up before the sun...at least Ty isn't. He's a happy camper tonight. We already made the most important stop on his list. Three stories of fun at Toys-R-Us. Ty picked out a new Hot Wheels track, and he and Daddy had a blast playing race cars in the room tonight.

Going down? You can feel the streets rumble when the subways pass below. I'm not sure if we're brave enough to venture to the land down under.

You couldn't tell it from these pictures, but even after 9 PM it's as bright as day at Times Square. The monkeys loved it here. Both were wide-eyed looking at all the lights and huge, and I do mean HUGE, screens. Something else to miss at home...dark.

I offered to look for a mother-of-the-groom dress for my mom while I was in the shopping capital of the world. Found this cute little number at Macy's. What do ya'll think?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Cutie 2

I've been trying to get a good picture for Lucy's birth announcements. It's about time, I know. Here are some of the best ones so far.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Josie's Birthday Cake

Just a few pictures of the cake making process. As I mentioned earlier, I had to do it twice, but all's well that ends well, right?

Ace of Cakes

I am making Josie Bell's second birthday cake this weekend, and my first attempt resulted in a torn cake. Well, I made Josie a new cake, and after repairing the first one as best I could I let Ty have it to decorate any way he wanted. He chose to go with a bug theme, since this is what he wants for his next birthday party. He created an M&M inch worm, candle telephone poles, and he placed butterscotch chips around as holes for bugs to crawl into. He even used red sugar sprinkles to make red bugs...Yuk! He was so proud of his work. He plans on serving it at Papa and Sandy's house tonight.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Uncle Jude

Apparently I forgot to mention the most important part of Ty's first day at school. After school we had lunch with Sandy and Jude, the uncle Ty loves to hate. Ha Ha. This is my brother at one of his finest moments, the completion of his very first Lincoln Log Duplex.

Robin Hood

I learned today that I was married to Robin Hood. Tim has been shooting his bow for the past couple of weeks, getting it ready for deer season. This afternoon he shot an arrow right down the shaft of another one. He said this was his first time to ever do that. I think we're going to have to figure out some kind of way to frame those arrows!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Ty's First Day of School

This is Ty just before we got in the car to go to our first day of homeschool co-op. He told me on the way to Monroe that he was, "a little nervous, and not so sure about this." He was willing to give school a try, and I had no trouble getting him to stay in his classroom. After school he told me he had fun! He learned about the letters "F" and "D," and he counted to 20. The next week he was excited to go back, and looked forward to playing on the playground.


We paused for a photo op after bathtime last night. Thought I got some cute pictures. Easy to do when your subject is so pretty!