Thursday, December 29, 2011

Meet Dazzle and Rocky

We adopted kittens from the Black Canyon Animal Sanctuary (Facebook). They were born 10-19-11 and we picked them up from foster care on Christmas Eve about 1/2 mile from our home. The kids are so happy, and Lola while territorial at first is not only tolerating them but playing with them. They are less and less timid with us humans every day but are still quite wild. They get snuggles and attention however and will no doubt be curled around my head while I sleep in no time.

They are siblings and they love each other... (keep scrolling)


mostly... LOL Judo CHOP!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

7 Days Winter 2011 Day 7 - Late Shift

At the homeless shelter. Hardest part is staying awake in all that quiet. We had three guests tonight who woke up disgruntled and ungrateful, but how can you blame them when you have to send them out the door at 6am in 12°F.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

7 Days Winter 2011 Day 4 - Making Magic


Back story: I attended Septemberfest in Rangly, CO as a vendor and took the family up there and made a weekend of it. It was fun and I sold some stuff. We had free BBQ and the playground still gets talked about. One vendor caught my son's eye and the entire festival he begged me to buy him a tanker truck from this guy. He visited the booth every hour and then came to tell me all about the tanker trucks this man makes out of wood (the area industry is oil and gas). We were barely breaking even on that trip so I had to tell him we couldn't get him a tanker truck but if he'd get me the man's business card we'd put it on his Santa List.

Fast forward to December: I seriously thought I successfully bean dipped this kid. We don't even HAVE Santa Lists! Not only had he been telling everyone who would listen that he was getting a tanker truck for Christmas he visited Santa for the very first time EVER, sat on his lap at the Chamber, and asked very specifically for a wooden tanker truck. I had an Oh Shit moment. BUT! I had saved the card. I called the guy last week. Here was my chance to make magic.

Today: After making an overnight trip northeast to Vernal, UT (Dinosaur Land) on the ruse we were visiting the newly reopened Dinosaur Quarry, leaving the children behind at the motel with their dad to go get breakfast, I met Mr. Rowley and his wife who had bless their hearts driven in from farther west to meet me, and exchanged money and pleasantries for a red, handmade, wooden tanker truck. I cannot wait to see my boy's face tomorrow morning.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

7 Days Winter 2011 Day 2 - White (chocolate) Solstice

Had to head out early to pick up the teen 45 miles away. There was another few inches of snow when we got back and it is still coming down. That's my front yard. I should have had the tree lights on! Does it count I had a mocha at some point during the trip?


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

7 Days Winter 2011 Day 1 - Friends

She (the Orthadox Christian) and I (the Atheist). Not unlikely friends as it turns out. Christi is one of my newest friends but I hold her dear as if she were one of my oldest.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Tree

You know, for $8 you can still get a permit from the BLM office and go out and cut your own Christmas tree which is precisely what we did this morning. It snowed a little but wasn't too chilly. The kids were excited and took it on like an adventure. Our forests are full of fantastic trees; some perfect, some not. We chose one that by our estimates is over 8 feet tall. I can't wait to see it all set up in the front yard, as is our new tradition.

Our little Bohemian.


Willon helping Daddy.


Just look at that view!


What do you think it's going to look like all decorated?