Monday, February 19, 2018

Oliver's Waiting



Oliver is looking forward to spending some time with my parents this weekend. He posted himself at the window yesterday. Poor boy didn't know that it was only Monday and he isn't going over there until Thursday, or that we are driving him. 

Grandparents


At our wedding we had photos set out at the church of our grandparents that have passed on. Recently, we found those pictures again and decided we should have them displayed at home. 


In the back, on the left, is my Dad's dad, and on the right is Andrew's dad's parents. In the front, on the left in my Mom's mom, and on the right are Andrew's Mom's parents. 

It is so nice to have these pictures around to remind us of those that have gone before and the heritage and faith that they have left us.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Feeding Time


The day finally came. The day we got to experience by birthday gift to Andrew. He got to help feed the Magellanic Penguins at our local zoo. We were given a behind the scenes tour first, and then I went back out front to take pictures, while he went into the enclosure with Jamie, one of the zoo workers, to feed them.

He got to pet this little guy, who was waiting at the door when they walked in. He also tried to escape with them. Luckily, they have a 2 door system just for these moments!

They each sat on a rock. The penguins were very excited!





This little gal is Lola. It is her rock that Andrew is sitting on. She is very affectionate and friendly and seemed to like Andrew. She tried walking around behind him and getting more fish from his other side. I think she would have been happiest if he just set the bowl of fish down for her!

This is Herbie. He is almost completely white. He is the oldest penguin they have at almost 35 years old. He has been around for a while and knows that if he just hangs out in his burrow the keepers will bring the food to him. Smart little bugger. 

It was such an amazing adventure. We had a blast and would highly recommend it to everyone! 





Wednesday, January 31, 2018

When life gives you a bag...



When your human servant brings home a bag, it is your duty to thoroughly investigate to make sure she isn't trying to throw away anything important. When you have determined that it is indeed all trash, only then may you lay down and take a nap. Make sure you also let her know that you are being greatly disturbed should she attempt to take your picture. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Laundry Basket



Who gets excited about new laundry baskets? I do. I am so excited to have a new, cute basket. Does that mean I'm an adult now?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas at Charlton Park

Before I jump into my post, I have to apologize for my disappearance of late. Work has been crazy. I have been working at 3am for the past few months, with 5 shifts a week for the past month or so. Between work, Christmas parties, and preparing for those parties, I have been beat. 

With that said, I do have a few events to catch you up on. A few weeks ago, Andrew and I went with my cousin Katelyn to a park near her for their Christmas event. (She lives about an hour away and has this amazing park nearby that does numerous events throughout the year.) Their Christmas event is so much fun.

They have a number of old, historic buildings that they have set up in Victorian fashion. For Christmas they decorate them all and have volunteers, in period costume, in most of them. 

These ladies, who happily posed for me, were making wassail and plum pudding. We were invited to try both and were impressed with how tasty the pudding was. It was very similar to a fruit cake and not at all what we think of as pudding here in America. We were also able to try roasted chestnuts in another room of this same house. They were much softer than I anticipated and not nearly as nutty tasting. Very good, though.


In that same house, we learned about the cobweb tree. This was very popular during Victorian times. Taking as many colors of yarn as you had people, you would wind them around your house and attach a present to the end, with that present being hidden somewhere. The guests would each take one color and have to find their gift. Doesn't it sound fun?


Most of the buildings had Christmas trees decorated. This one was in the schoolhouse. 


They also had a craft in the schoolhouse. Katelyn stopped to make a cute little sachet.






I loved the old store. All the stuff sitting out, waiting to be bought. It draws me in.



I had to take a picture of this beautiful cabinet. I would love to have one in my house someday. 


The last stop on our tour was the church. It is a gorgeous old building...


...with great windows...


...and these great lights.


It was a lot of fun. I am looking forward to going back next year!







Tuesday, November 14, 2017

World Diabetes Day




Today is world diabetes day. A day to raise awareness, and hopefully improve understanding about diabetes. This isn't a path I would have chosen for myself, but, God is far wiser than I and I trust that He has an amazing plan for my life, diabetes included. This journey has made me stronger, mentally, physically, and emotionally than I ever could have imagined. 

I am beyond blessed to have an amazing family to walk this road with. I couldn't do it without any of you. I most certainly could not walk this road without Andrew by my side. He is my strength and support, the one who keeps me on the right path and stops me from eating that doughnut when my blood sugar is high, the one who forces me to wake up in the middle of the night to correct a low blood sugar, the one who goes for a walk with me to help bring my blood sugar down, the one who helps me change my sensor and my pump site. He is the shoulder I cry on when it is just too much, and the one who understands more than almost anyone else. I am blessed to have such an amazing husband to walk this road with.

Diabetes, whether it is type 1, type 2, or gestational, affects so many people. Chances are good that you know someone (other than me!) that has it. For their sake, understand it, ask questions. It means a lot, trust me.