Wednesday, December 26, 2007

a nice mix


He has the worst traits of all of us: has to find the perfect snowflake to pee on, like Buttercup; makes a huge mess when he eats, like Riley; falls asleep on a dime, like Howard; talks all the time, like me; Luuuuuhhhhvvveeesssss water, like Mas; and has to be in the middle of everything, like Buddy. But he is so adorable! He throws his nose down into snowdrifts until his head is buried, and snowplows through the drift, like some kind of freak. He lays in the snow and licks it. He licks ice out of Mason's cup. He buries his head in your arm to take a nap. He's something else! What a riot!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

a cool tree pic


Just a fun pic of our tree, sans color. FUN!

Christmas kids




"So this is Christmas....and what have you done...another year over, a new one just begun..." Thank you, Mr. Lennon. Here we are, December again! After a fun time in the hospital getting rid of more unnecessary organs, I am able to stare at my Christmas tree lights in my pain killer-induced fog and announce that, yes, Christmas is a lovely time! I have some pictures of the kids to prove it. Enjoy.

Friday, November 23, 2007

White Christmas

White Christmas was on tv tonight. Nevermind that I have the dvd and have watched it numerous times; that I have watched it with Rosemary Clooney's voice taking you through the movie step by step; that I can quote about as many lines from that movie as I can from Jaws (*my fave!); still, I had to drop everything and watch it tonight. It is such a magical movie for me. I love the costumes, the story line, the setting, the dancing, and of course, the singing, which is so amazing. I love when Rosemary Clooney sings, anything at all. She was such an incredible talent. And of course, Bing, who is unparalleled in so many areas of singing. My daughter actually sat and watched it with me tonight. I think she enjoyed it! She was amazed by the tiny waist of the girl who plays Judy (I STILL cannot remember her name...curses!) and also loved the costumes. Hopefully I've turned her on to what I consider to be one of my top Christmas traditions; watching White Christmas!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

busyness


Yes, I've been absent for some time...debating whether or not to ever post again. I have been busy helping with the marching band in the mornings, and doing my "thing" during the days. There never seem to be enough hours in the day anymore. Thought I'd post a pic of what has been so important that I haven't had time to write. The band is off to Minneapolis today, and I have to be mom, so I don't get to attend. Sadly, I'll be resigned to watch the webcast of the competition, which is definitely not the same thing. It's been a great season, though, and I've truly enjoyed spending time with the kids and helping them out with their show. I'm going to miss it when it's over.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

something fishy...


Well, we survived our travels to Eagle Lake, Ontario, for a solid week of nothing but fishing. Yea! It was awesome! I caught a 21 3/4" walleye, a 36" northern, and a 41" muskie. Howard caught a 19 1/2" smallmouth bass and a 49" muskie. It was pretty awesome. Nothing to do all day but fish and drive around in the boat. Sweet. Other than that, just the usual day to day lives we had to come back to, which is great. Same old, same old can be a good thing!

Friday, August 31, 2007

grammar

Well, bad grammar has foiled me again. I thought it would be neat to make t-shirts for Riley and I for the Rush concert; for two reasons...to be able to spot her easier in a crowd, and because I thought it would be fun. Anywhoo, I put "Play Neil, Play" on her shirt and "Play Geddy, Play" on my shirt....and was so proud of them when they came in the mail....until my hubby pointed out that I was missing a comma after the first "play." Oops. Curse grammar and it's wretched hold on me! I was bad at it in elementary school, and I still am! GRRRR! Anyway, hopefully other people won't notice it as easily, or at least won't point it out!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

oversleeping

Well, today was Mason's first day back at school after a two week break. The van was scheduled to be here at 7:05...I was up most of the night coughing from a sinus infection, and also listening to Mas bang his toys on his door, from 1:30-5 am....so, I overslept and woke up at....(drum roll, please)...7:04! Yikes! You should have seen me run around this house! Thankfully, I lay things out the night before, so it's just a matter of feeding him, dressing him, etc. But, my heart was a-poundin' and I was nervous! We managed to get outside at 7:11 or so, and the van was actually late! WHEW! They arrived at 7:20, so we made it. Who invented that snooze button?? Bad idea!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

harumph


So, I am still alive, if alive means breathing and stuff....

Mas is home for a two week stint, so my sanity has reached it's breaking point. My patience was gone a few days back! It would help if the weather would cooperate and he could go outside. But, take hot and humid weather or heavy rain days and add Mas to that, and you don't get a good mix. Add to that headaches of epic proportions, and you have a mom who is ready for her vacation! These are headaches like I haven't had since I was in high school. I would have headaches then that would send me to my dark bedroom, where I would lie in pain and kick my feet against my bed or the wall. I thought the days of those types of headaches were over. I suppose I'll have to give in and go to the doc for this, although I hate to do it. Headaches are such a nondescript symptom by themselves; I'll probably get the "reduce your stress level" advice and a pat on the shoulder. Maybe I should bring Mas along and ask the doc to watch him for about an hour, and then check the doc's blood pressure and stress level! Hmmmm.....

On the good side of things, my garden is bursting with tomatoes, so it is time, once again, to make salsa at the Georgeson residence. We have made 48 jars so far this summer. Pretty great crop! Best crop of peppers I've ever had, so that has been fun. Now, to find the time to make salsa....maybe I should plant time in my garden next year?

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

pride





Yeah, I remember marching in horrific conditions, during my 11 year tenure in marching bands. Starting as a 7th grader in the Marion High Marching Band, through my five year stint in the SDSU Pride of The Dakotas Marching Band, I can remember lots of nasty weather. Playing in heat, a blizzard, hail, rain, high winds, and crazy cold. I know about mild frostbite on the fingers, having icy water roll down your lead pipe into your mouth while you hit a high C and hope your horn doesn't freeze to your lips. I recall marching in 117 degrees in Philadelphia for the Independence Day Parade in 1983. But, watching the kids here in Pipestone at their band camp makes me realize what resilience they have. I may have grumbled my way through numerous bad weather events, but I know I never practiced 8 hours a day, five days a week for two weeks straight in weather like this. Last week there were a few days that were so hot and humid it was hard to even concentrate, or breathe. I am so proud of these kids for what they are able to accomplish in such conditions. What a fine group of professionals we have here. I am hopeful the weather will break soon, so we can water our yards and our kids! It is a blessing to have dry weather in some respects, so we can work outside, but I'm sure everyone's shoulders would appreciate a reprieve from the scorching hot sun for one afternoon. Here are a few pictures to see what I've been up to for the past week and a half. The top pic is our fearless bass player, Riley.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

kids

Well, here are the best pics of our vacation week. Riley actually took the great pic of Mas, and I took one of her smiling while in the boat...I didn't know she could do that!


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

northern mn

Well, we are back from a fun week of family, fishing, sun, and loons. Ahhh. Northern MN is where it's at! It was great to fish in a lake with "real" fish and to see the sights. I wish we were still there!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

20 years


Here is a photo of the class of 1987 from Marion High...20 years gone and still getting together to celebrate! Pretty neat!

out of this world!

Mas finally got to use his birthday present from last year. A big, alien-looking swimming pool. He loves it! Of course, now that it's blown up and full of water, he wants to be in it whenever he's awake!

Martins


Our martins are busy with their homemaking duties. We originally had ten eggs, followed by a loss of 9 eggs. It was frustrating, because we couldn't figure out what was happening. We put up a predator guard, and now we have 30 eggs. I am hopeful they will have success this time around. Here is a picture of them from this morning.

Teen


Well, it's official...we now have a teenager roaming our home. Riley turned 13 yesterday! It is so true what they say; they grow up so fast. She is thrilled for me to stop saying, "Because you're only 12 years old..." Now, of course, I'll just replace it with, "Because you're only 13 years old...", but, she doesn't know that yet! That's her and her buddy, celebrating by going to the pool and a movie. Yikes, where has the time gone?

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Ahoy, mateys!






















Yes, I am still here. No, my life is not interesting, but that's not the only reason I haven't posted. Summer comes at this house fast and furious, like a june bug headed for your head on a hot summer night. We've been flying around here like crazy lately, doing our usual summer chaos...camping, fishing, gardening, lawn care, violin lessons, trumpet sectionals, marching band, pit percussion sectionals, school for Mas, trips to civilization to buy diapers and such, and other busy, time-consuming things that are too numerous to mention. On the fun side, my sister and I did the unthinkable and managed to go camping with our kids and our mom and grandma...no husbands at all. We are women; hear us roar! We had an awesome time and enjoyed being by the river. I will attach a few pictures to show our trip. The worst part of the trip was the rascally raccoons, which are able to open latched cooler lids and like to eat the contents; namely, rollepolse, dried beef, mini bagels, 2 pounds of hamburger, a half block of crisco, kuchen, and some cheese. They are no longer cute to me; just evil vermin which should find another source of food besides unwitting campers. Argh. Other than that, it was a fun time. I was thrilled with the camper and the driving/setting up/taking down stuff was actually okay; I am no pro yet, but I am learning. My biggest lesson was to put the cooler in the car overnight. Hopefully I've learned that one now.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

flowers
















Here are some updated pictures of my outdoor flowers. I thought they were coming along nicely. I have a personal ban on yellow flowers. I'm trying to stay with the blue/pink/purple/white/red theme; thinking it seems somewhat cooler in appearance. The orange begonias only made it in because of their salmon-y hue! Also, I'm just not a fan of yellow flowers, for some reason. The crocks were out in front of Howard's grandma's house for a long time; they are very special and we're glad to have them in front of the house. I'm glad things look so good so far; it's still nice and damp outside and not very hot yet, so it's a good time for container gardening.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Girlie Buttercup


Oh, the indignity of it all! And the frustration of having a 12-year old owner! Sigh!

Friday, May 25, 2007

watering the martins







When the weather is hot and dry, we like to "water the martins"....spray water up beside the martin house to let them cool down. They will be wary of it at first, and once we've been standing there awhile, they will start swooping through it. It's pretty fun to watch. Riley & Mason took over watering duties this weekend. Mason loved the fact that water was falling down on top of him, and Riley made sure to spray him occasionally, which would just make him squeal even more. I think these pictures say it all!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Death of A Friend


Saturday night brought some very sad news to us about a great friend of ours, Bob Boardman. Bob was an ag pilot and a professional nature photographer. He was also one of the nicest, funniest men I've ever known. He and Howard would talk flying, Superbirds, hunting, photography, etc. He is the person who introduced Howard to the Big Damn Book of Sheer Manliness. He was so funny. You couldn't talk to him without smiling or laughing. We were so crushed to hear about his accident. It makes you wonder how someone who was only 40 could have accomplished so much, and makes me ponder my own obituary some day...what have I accomplished that would make for good obituary fodder at this point in my life? At any rate, we are certainly going to miss Bob, miss watching him fly, miss taking him for ice cream when he's flying in Turkey Ridge, miss hearing him laugh, miss riding in the Superbird, and miss the pride in his eyes when he talked about his wife and children. We should all have such an impact on those around us and leave such a visible footprint when we leave the Earth.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

one more pic




Okay, a bit picture crazy today, I'll admit. Here's a couple pics of the kids.

haircuts




Grandma "Honey" gave our Mas another haircut. I think we are always laughing too hard during haircuts to ever document it. I thought I'd take some pictures this time.

growing up




Riley actually asked me to curl her hair before the concert last week! (wow!) We had a good time and she sat well through the long ordeal. I had to snap a picture of her getting ready afterwards. I don't know where the time has gone.

kids


A cute brother and sister moment while camping.

Monday, May 14, 2007

graves, smores, ticks, laughs!





























Okay, we have returned from our trip! It was pretty eventful at first, with the camper swaying like crazy behind the Pilot, but we made it there. Our favorite spots were taken, so we ended up in the "grave spot"--there is an old wooden cross there with "Joseph Stewart" written on it. Kind of spooky! We put everything up, had a big bonfire, and made s'mores, of course! The next day, we waited for our friends to arrive, then went fishing for awhile in the afternoon. The crazy wind made that almost impossible. Didn't see or catch any fish. That night was a great meal of hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, potatoes in the dutch oven, beans with rib meat, and pumpkin crunch cake in the dutch oven. (Glad our friends had the knowledge to run their dutch oven! MMMM!) Followed up by more s'mores, of course! Ha ha! We were finding lots of ticks all weekend, too. I stopped counting at 10. Sunday morning we loaded up pretty early, following the night of hearing nothing but a strong south wind blowing. I was pretty nervous to pull the camper again, so we started a bit earlier and switched the hitch upside down. It rode much better in this position, so that was a relief! We had a great time and it was a worthy trip for the camper's first time out!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

MIA

Okay, I've been missing in action lately...actually, I've been in action but not online. We've been preparing to go camping...no small feat the first time out in a camper. We've tent camped before, but some of those things don't apply when you go in a camper. So, three solid days of work so far, one more to go, and hopefully tomorrow we'll take off. (Take off, ay!) I'm sure there will be fun shenanigans to report come Monday...or, tales of woe and misery and words to the wise about how not to go camping! :o) In other news, my garden is coming along nicely, with only a few sickly looking tomato plants and a couple of pepper plants that succumbed to the wind last week. Other than that, now all we need is heat so they can all grow. Time to sign off and continue working.

Monday, April 30, 2007

the life of Riley

Swing away, Riley!

gazing balls and peonies and roses, oh my!













The outside work is almost finished. Yesterday, I planted all the outdoor plants and placed our outdoor stuff. It was fun. Now, if everything I planted lives, we'll be in business!