Thursday, February 23, 2006

Disneyland here we come!
A bit of late planning and somehow my family, with Tracy in tow, and my parents are crashing Christi's family trip to Disneyland next month! We are only going for one day but by luck of chance mom & dad will be just a few hours away those same days & decided to meet us there! I am really looking forward to this small but exciting trip! The kids have no idea & we won't tell them until just a couple of days before. I, with my addiction to Dland, have wanted to do a big family trip there for years but until now the timing has never been right for any of my other family members to make the trip at the same time. Now it will be one of my sisters, my parents, my family & maybe, just maybe, my brother & this family. I haven't heard back from dad yet on whether or not Scott will be able to make the trip. Last minute and it's not that cheap. Luckily we can do the one day southern california tickets.
I am just so excited!! I have to get the stroller out, cleaned up and all prepped. This may call for a new pair of shoes too. If we get them all broken in now then there won't be any problems on the trip. Sadie of course will wear her Heely's and just roll around Disneyland. It is really too bad that Tyler has not figured out how to actually use his with the wheels in them. He likes the idea of them but just won't give it a good try.
Alison's wedding is June 4th. We have been friends since 7th grade, albeit off and on over the last 13 years since graduating from high school. But I am really pleased that she is happy and has found the perfect guy to marry. We aren't sure if we dare to the whole family on that trip or not. Only if Tracy wants to go visit her parents that same weekend and watch the kids just during the wedding. We would bring the kids to the reception. Don't know, there is a lot of time to decide what we want to do. It is a big wedding year! Tracy has 2 friends that are getting married this summer also. What to do for gifts is the big question! I guess I had better start looking through registries!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

This is a brilliant rug that Tracy & I made using carpet samples from her work, Prosource Flooring. Now, these are 100% wool that run anywhere from $80- over $100 a yard. And, we got them for free!! So we zip-tied them together, 3 to each side & voila! You have yourself a gorgeous area rug 6'x 8'. It is so cushy and comfy for the kids feet out in the play room. THe idea came from Tracy's dad, Jon. He always ( I do mean always, since he was a kid) thought it was brilliant to take the free carpet samples that get thrown out & sew them together to make yourself a rug. Obviously it is brilliant!! Worked like a charm!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Charlie is the newest addition to our family!
Here he is (on the right) cuddling with Fuzzy.

They are working on being friends. Rose and Charlie, not so much. Charlie is an adult male (neutered) American lop, just like Rose. He is a gorgeous mix of browns and little spots of grey. He is a happy boy! Very friendly with the kids, he is happiest just roaming around the house. We are bunny proofed except for one hidden corner behind the entertainment center & that will have to be fixed! DOn't mind the dust, I had to squeeze my body back there to get this shot.

We rescued him from BUNS here in Santa Barbara. They have a great rescue operation for bunnies and take very good care of them. So we love Charlie!
Rose is going to become an outdoor bunny, he is losing weight since we moved him inside. He isn't nearly as happy indoors as Fuzzy and Charlie. With the wire cage out back and more exercise room for him it will be a good move. He didn't let the raccoons get him for the 7 months he was living out there before, I suppose he'll be fine this time!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Today was haircut day in the Andreasen household. It was about dang time too! Tyler is very picky when it comes to his hairstyle so I was only allowed to cut the 'wings' off.
He insists that it is cool to have his bangs down in his eyes. He's only 7! He shouldn't have this many opinions on his hair! I tried hard not to let it become mullet like with the longer back & longer bangs. Whew, this boy is hard! It's taken me a week to talk him into the trim. I really thought I could get the bangs at the same time by some trick or bribing him but it wasn't in the cards today.
Trevor is just a wiggle worm that likes to squeal & scare the crap out of me. Not such a good thing with scissors in my hand! I was able to get all around his head.
Sadie was just a little trim, nothing exciting. We are working on the Ariel hairstyle. Her goal is to have it flow all around her like Ariel, from The Little Mermaid, under the water. She is getting to be so tall & gorgeous!
Yeah, so that was our day, haircuts!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Close up of the clock paint. Posted by Picasa

Close up of the clock paint. Posted by Picasa

My clock finished above my piano in the living room! Posted by Picasa

This was what my parents gave all us kids for Christmas last December. It's a 24" clock that you decorate all on your own. It's one big round piece of masonite that has the roman numerals routered out. It came with the clock hands & battery run clockworks. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentines Day Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 13, 2006

rock and clover Posted by Picasa

nasturtium Posted by Picasa

2/6/06 Posted by Picasa

I like how soft this picture turned out. Posted by Picasa

Reflection of the sunset on the beach. Posted by Picasa

Shadows on our way to school. 2/6/06 Posted by Picasa

Channel Islands Posted by Picasa

Seagull flying over the breaking water at sunset facing Montecito & Carpenteria. 2/9/06 Posted by Picasa

This is a panoramic shot I took on East Beach in Santa Barbara 2/9/06 5:35pm. You can see the Carpenteria peninsula on the left, the Channel Islands out there in the ocean & then Santa Barbara on the right. Posted by Picasa

Sunsetting over the Mesa in Santa Barbara as seen from East Beach. 2/9/06 Posted by Picasa

Friday, February 10, 2006

I decided that today would be a good day to start "The Quote of The Day". Some quotes may be a bit crass but, coming from children, rather funny.
Todays featured quoter, Trevor age 4.
"I can't stop farting, my butt's not listening to me!"