Friday, May 30, 2008

It's so much better. . .

Molly and Jack have to sleep in kennels at night. Molly is actually the only one that needs to be in a kennel, but Jack likes to get in his kennel. Because I'm the one that takes care of the dogs, the kennels are in my room.

Before Jessica, Mom, and I redid my room (I might post about that later), I had a window seat by the . . . window. You could lift up the top and store things in there, but I had to put things I didn't need regularly in there because I had some OLD computer sitting on top of it. When we redid my room, we got rid of the old computer and stored the window seat elsewhere. Then we put the kennels in the little window niche (they'd been on the other side of the room. Jessica said we should turn the window seat into a "kennel". We all thought it was a good idea, and Dad can create / build / do just about anything, but he isn't good at getting projects started. And, if he starts them, he might not finish them. . .

It's been almost a year since we finished my room, and something made me remember the window seat. I thought about how nice it would be if it were in place of the kennels. I decided to call Dad and ask him about it. He said we would do it soon, maybe even start on it later that day! Mom was doubtful, and told me not to get my hopes up. . . I however, was not doubtful, and brought it up again, later that day. Amazingly, Dad said we could plan on how we were going to do it, right then, that very moment!

Christopher and Dad carried the window seat outside into the garage and we figured out where the doorways would be and what they would look like. They cut the doorways, put a divider in the middle of the window seat, and cut a few small holes for ventilation. AWESOME!!

One problem though, we couldn't figure how to make the doors, at least not with whatever materials we had on hand or the limited time we had left to work that night. The doors can't be just solid wood, it would get too stuffy. Mom and I thought a blanket over the doorway for right now would be fine, because the dogs would stay inside out of habit. Sadly, no, Molly got out and had an accident in my room: not fun.

Now our temporary solution is to use "Christopher's" newly acquired doggie baby gate (borrowed from Jessica). It fits perfectly in front of the window seat / kennel palace - the dogs can't go anywhere.

He has never been able to tolerate the dogs wandering into his room, so he used empty Avon boxes for the longest time as a 'dog barrier'. Finally, Jessica offered up one of her many baby gates and it's much better. We threw out the boxes.

*** One night after Christopher had gone to bed, and I'd had a particularly large Avon delivery (well, not just one), I did this: - - but it's another story : ) ***

Now we'll either need another baby gate or we'll share the one we have: I use it at night and he can use it during the day.

If anyone has a suggestion for the doors, I'm open. We don't need anything to complicated, just something simple. Share your ideas!

Monday, May 26, 2008


I did it, I finally did it. I learned how to ride a bike.

Christopher had been "nagging" me to learn how to ride a bike. My excuse was, " What bike can I use?". Well, it turns out, we still had Christopher's old bike in the attic, which just so happened to be the perfect size for me. We used our neighbor's flat driveway to get started on (our driveway is a steep hill).

First, Christopher had to show me how to get ON the bike. Luckily, I learned that pretty quickly. Then, I sat up there and pretended to do something while he pulled me forward (he did this a few times).

But then, came the worst part, he had this CRAZY idea that he would just get me moving and then he would LET GO. Well, he let go and I actually didn't fall, I was able to keep going until the end of the driveway. After a little more of that, I moved on to the end of my cove (it isn't a busy street).

It took me a while to get used to using the brake instead of practically jumping off the bike and it also took me a while to turn without falling. But, I'm very happy I now know how to ride a bike, it might come in handy someday. :)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wedding Anniversary

Today is Jessica and Matt's
9th wedding anniversary!

That little tiny girl on the right is me.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


A while ago Mom had gotten this book called Sew What! Skirts. It tells you how to sew skirts without buying a pattern. Instead you make your own custom pattern. The book made it really easy.

So far I have made two skirts. They were simple and they didn't take long at all. The book tells you how to make different styles but I just made a plain skirt with an elastic waist.
My skirts are really cute and I like them a lot.

Sunday, May 18, 2008


Today we had clowns, or so I thought.

We always get a clown calender so that we know when things are scheduled; the calendar said we had clowns today. (We are either performing or practicing).

When I got to the room where we always meet, nobody was there. A few minutes later one other girl, Samantha, came. We kept wondering why we were the only two there, until another clown member walked by and saw us. She said we had had a meeting yesterday but we didn't have one today. Neither Samantha or I knew about the clown event on Saturday, so we didn't get the message that today's practice was canceled.

I had forgotten my phone, and I borrowed Samantha's phone to call Mom, but her phone was still on vibrate mode for the church service, so of course she didn't hear it.

I went downstairs to the doors where we always leave, but Mom and Christopher had had to leave a little early (to pick up Jessica and Charlotte - no car) so I missed them.

I was looking around for anybody I knew. I saw the lady my Mom teaches Sunday School with, Amy, and I told her what had happened. She tried calling my Mom, but she still didn't answer (she'd forgotten to turn up the ringer). Amy offered to just drive me home. She's nice like that!

They have a sort-of small car and three kids, but were still able to fit me in. On the way to my house, their youngest daughter (Charlotte's age), Addison, talked almost the whole time. She is really good at talking. When I was telling them where to turn I said it was a little past Super Target. After I said that, Amy asked Addison what was on her shirt. Addison looked at it and said "Super Target". Addison was very funny.

There was an 'up' side to this 'ordeal'; when I walked through the garage door into the house, everybody just stared at me like I was some alien! The looks on their faces were priceless!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

My Sister's Blog

Jessica lives with her:

but says she never has anything to post about.
We know Charlotte, so WE KNOW BETTER.
Maybe she doesn't post, because she lives with her??

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Oh dear

It is starting to get hot around here. It's about time considering there has been big, black balls of fur EVERYWHERE. Yep, the dogs have been shedding like nobody's business. The shedding was ended today though. Because, well, the dogs pretty much got a buzz cut.

Now let me explain: Molly-looks better, cuter / Jack-WAAAHHHH *sniff*

Ask not about Molly's tail



He's still my baby



Monday, May 12, 2008

What I'm Reading

I have recently finished reading Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen).  I watched the movie first and then read the book.  I like books that were set in the "past" (1800s,1700s).

Now, I am reading Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte).  It is also from the 1800s.  Mom told me to read Jane Eyre.  I really like the Jane Eyre version I'm reading right now because it has footnotes.

I am enjoying these "classic" books.  Other books you should read are: Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon (L.M. Montgomery).

Sunday, May 11, 2008


Friday, May 9, 2008

There's no place like home

We're back from Chickasaw State Park! The cabins were nice. We will just know to bring some of our own things if we go again - like specific pots or pans for baking, etc. We could walk to Aunt Nancy's and Uncle Mark's "campsite" from our cabin. The park had some nice trails but, after the first day I decided not to go on any more trails, because Mom and I both got a tick on us.
It was really fun to be there when it wasn't crowded, but we want to go some time when we can ride the horses and rent the paddle boats. We went into Henderson, Jackson, and Boliver. It was weird to be in Jackson because we were so close to home. It was very fun and I hope we can go back sometime when everything is open.

Our cabin

We did four puzzles while we were there

This puzzle had an extra piece!

Having a fire was cool. We had one almost every night.

Every morning he would come by for food. . .

then he started bringing his buddie

Clovis, Uncle Mark's dog

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Caroline!!!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Farewell. . .

We're leaving today to go to a state park. We are going to stay in a cabin. My Uncle Mark and Aunt Nancy will camp, but Mom and I are definitely going to stay in the cabin. I have gone camping before, I just don't want to do that this time. Christopher might camp though. We will be gone until Friday. I might be able to blog while I'm there, but I don't know.

I'll miss y'all!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Tag, you're it!

I've been tagged!  I have to tell you six unknown things about me.  They are just going to be some random things.

1.  I hate butter.  I don't know why.  I can't even stand the smell of it when it has been melted.  It's just so nasty to me.  Everything about butter is gross.

2.  My favorite candy is Ferrero Rocher.

3.  My first memory is:  When I hid in the cabinet under the sink.  Everybody was screaming for me and looking everywhere.  I just sat under there ignoring them.  Eventually Aunt Patsy found me.

4.  I like Flax 'n Oats instant oatmeal.

5.  I don't know how to swim.  I guess it would probably be a good idea to learn how.  I also don't know how to ride a bike.

6.  I love Lost.  It is all Jessica's fault.

I tag: 

Whoever I tagged has to do the same as me.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Zoo!

Today we went to the Zoo with Charlotte, Jessica, and (uncle) Danny. It was really crowded but we were able to kind of stay away from the crowds. To make up for it being so crowded, the weather was very nice. Charlotte had a lot of fun, but, I think Danny liked it the most.

These are all the animals Charlotte saw today:


















If you want to see more Zoo pictures go here and here

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