Thursday, June 30, 2011

James Christensen Fountain

This lovely fountain is located in a local shopping center.  It is a sculptural work by the famous artist, James Christensen.  (Who also lives here in Happy Valley!)  I LOVE his artwork!  So playful.  So fun.  You can't help smiling, and yet it has deeper meaning, too.  Do check it out and enjoy.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fritz Has Surgery

Today, Fritz got to go for a ride.  He was very good about getting into the car.  He sat up all happy and interested in the world.  He didn't bark or growl out the window.

Two days ago we took him with us to the home improvement store. Everyone (including the employees) said, "How Cute!" or "Can I pet him?"  It was a wonderful outing for him.  Lots of love.  A world of excitement.

Today's outing was not at ALL the same.  I felt terribly guilty dropping him off this morning at the "Spay and Neuter Clinic."  But also very responsible and proper inside.  It was a mixed feeling. 

I don't know what Fritz was feeling when we left.  I'm sure he didn't know just how awful he was going to feel before we would come back for him.  Maybe he didn't know if we would come back at all.   

But come back we did.  And brought our baby home:

Sorry Fritz.  I'd like to say it really is for your own good.  But I'm not sure.

Feel Better Soon. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I LOVE this Little Boy

Last week, while rushing around and trying to get everything in place for the upcoming wedding, I had the sweet opportunity of spending some time with Charlie laying on the grass under the shade of a large tree.  His mamma was helping my new daughter-in-law-to-be move out of her 3rd floor apartment.  I got to be the old granny who is too feeble to lift boxes and climb stairs.  I was only good for watching over the baby.  (It was GREAT!)

Charlie and I sat down on a grassy hill in the shade and talked about "leaves" and "tall trees" and "sticks."  He was sleepy.  But he was also all boy.  He found a stick and went right to work finding ways to use it.  It became a drumstick pounding on a large root drum that protruded from the ground.  It was a digging tool burrowing out a hole in the soft dirt.  It was a king's scepter as he held it up while making great declarations. 

There was a gentle breeze blowing.  The grass was soft beneath us.  Eventually, he laid down beside me and we just absorbed the moment of peace and quiet together.  I can't think of a better way to spend an hour.

I LOVE this little boy.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Wedding Bliss

On Friday, my engaged son got married.  It was a beautiful ceremony, followed by a delightful reception.  No major problems were encountered.  Everything went off smoothly.  Including the happy couple at the end of the night.  I couldn't have asked for a more pleasant day.

Of course, I wasn't the professional photographer.  So while the official photographs were being taken, I spent some time with my favorite subject:  Charlie.

Charlie found a perfect little corner of the great
big granite temple.

It was just his size.

And he LOVES to play hide and seek.

He kept saying, "MY corner, MY corner."

It really was the perfect little place for him.

Of course, congratulating the groom was in order. 

"Mama congratulated him."

"Auntie Rachael congratulated him."

"Maybe I can, too"

"Okay, that's enough---let me back to Mamma, quick."

There was lots of waiting around.  Playing with La La's necklace was entertaining.

But getting a ride on Uncle Christian's shoulders was the most fun.

Happy Wedding to Sam and Andrea.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Charlie Has Taken Up Riding

Charlie has taken up riding.  It is his favorite sport. 

 "Giddy-up Auntie Rachael!"

He even knows how to hold onto the reins when the horsey gets a little unruly. 

"Whoa there horsey."

He has been getting so good at horseback riding, that we decided to give him giraffe-back riding lessons.

It's a lot higher.  And the reins are shorter.  But he has mastered it.

"Look, Ma!  No hands!"

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hands and Feet

This last weekend was Father's Day.  It was also Grandpa's Day.

My husband received a present with the two cutest handprints ever.

Later that day, someone wanted to fill his shoes.

It was a great day for HANDS and FEET.  ;)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hoodlums Break In

In the middle of the night last night, Fritz went berserk.  He started barking and barking.  My husband and I woke up in great alarm and this is how the conversation went:

Husband:  "Honey, can you go and see what Fritz is barking at?"

Me:  "ME?  I don't want to go and face the hoodlums that are breaking in."

Husband:  "Okay.  (with Eeyore accent)  I'll go."

Me:  "Be careful."

(5 minutes later when the house is dead quiet and my husband hasn't returned)

Me:  "Is everything okay?"

Husband:  "YES."  (very grumpily said.)

Me:  "What was it?"

Husband:  "This." (and he hands me the end of a white ribbon)

Apparently a mylar balloon (that has been floating around in our house for 2 weeks) had suddenly turned into a frightful hoodlum at 2 a.m.  And Fritz felt the thoughtful and courageous need to protect us.


Thanks Fritz.  You've saved us again.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

"What are little boys made of, made of?"

"Airplanes and Rocks."

Yesterday, for Father's Day weekend, we went to visit my husband's parents.  His father served in the Air Force and so we all went to visit the Air Force Museum.

Uncle Christian scooped up Charlie from his parents and off he went with Auntie Rachael to see the big planes.

Apparently, looking at planes is a MANLY thing to do because both Charlie and his uncle had on their MANLY smiles.  Auntie Rachael could only look on cautiously from the sidelines.  ;)

Besides all the planes outside, there were TWO hangars full of airplanes inside.  Great Grandpa knew all about them and led the way.

Charlie stored his breadstick in his mouth while he pointed and looked at every one.  Especially those hanging from the ceiling.

After looking at so many airplanes, Rachael and I got a little goofy.

But we had fun!

In the end, Charlie said, "Plane DONE."

"Play Rocks!" 

And that's exactly what he did.

Happy Father's Day to all the grown-up little boys in the world!  We love you for all you do!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Girl's Day Out! (guest written by Charlie)

Yesterday, Mamma and LaLa and Auntie Rachael had a "girl's day out."  They went to their favorite mega-store:

It was just girls......and a very cute little boy.  ME!

We looked at everything there was to see.  Mamma and LaLa and Auntie Rachael dreamed about every possible item and how it would fit into our lives.  All 2 million items.

I got tired of being in a cart.  So they let me down to play.

I loved the rocking MOOSE!

And my very own little EGG CHAIR.

Auntie Rachael really wished they had one that fit her.

There was a SLIDE. (My favorite)

And a puppy dog to love....

That had a tongue, just like ME.

And a super bouncy couch...

 with a friend to play hide and seek.

In the end, all my mommy bought was a potty.  But she says it's just for ME.