Monday, March 30, 2009

I can’t think of anything clever involving today being Monday, and me being back from a three day weekend of no posting.




Hello, everyone!

I’m back!

And I have a new (not quite completed yet) awning/pergola in my backyard!


It is really huge- keep in mind that Brian is about 6’5”, and my Mother-in-law (in the “begonia” colored jacket) is about 5’10.” 

We’re talking some serious shade possibilities when it is finished.

And some serious stretching to reach my hanging baskets I planned to hang onto it.


Joseph has been having a great time hanging out with his Grammy,


helping” his Grandad and Daddy,


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and just generally getting into mischief.



(I am holding back Joseph from touching a super-sharp saw, while he plays with a medium-sharp screw.  You win some, you lose some.)


A few random things to share that I can’t piece together cohesively into a single post:


1)  My “Unplugged Friday?”  Not so much.  Turns out that I am pretty addicted to the computer. 

I wouldn’t have shared this with you, but Brian threatened to tell you all if I didn’t.  Supportive husband that he is.

To be fair, though, I only checked the weather so I could report it to Brian,  the status of Stellan (a baby from a blog that I read who has been in the hospital the past few days), and to email my cousin Julie.

It hurts to be so honest.


2)  We have some new neighbors who moved in this weekend.

They have a Doberman and a Rottweiler.

Warms a mother’s heart.


3)  I got out my new pepper-spray for the first time today when I had to answer the door to a strange man.

He turned out to be innocent and very friendly.

But he didn’t see the pepper spray triggered and ready to blast that I had in my hand.

You mess with the bee, and you get the stinger.

So, if you come to my door unexpectedly some day, then no sudden movements. 

For your own good.


4)  Joseph got a new table and chairs courtesy of his Aunt Christin.



He thought he was pretty hot stuff.

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Especially when he stood up.

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5)  When I see this picture of Joseph and his sucker, I want to squeeze him until he pops.



6)  Joseph said “ANIMAL” this weekend.  It sounds suspiciously like “APPLE,” but we’re counting it.


Well, the in-laws are here for one more day, and then I am sure that I will have a million and two pictures to share with you.

Until then, I must go  and continue being the hostess-with-the-mostest.

(AKA Leave Joseph with Maureen while I go to the mall.)



Ter said...

okay when you're done that awning you're all coming to Canada to finish my back yard for me, right? good now that we're on the same page, let me just say joseph is so adorable. I'll take that back if you don't come do my back yard. ;)

Anonymous said...

You pack more into a weekend than I pack into my whole summer. And that little dude of yours is always so adorable.

Olivia said...

I think my favorite picture is what looks like Joseph on a "coffee break" during all this hard construction. Adorable. Tell Mark and Maureen Hi for me!

Jen said...

To be honest, I don't think that I could go a day with our checking my email either. That is why I have a crackberry and I can check things in the darkness of the pantry.
Great photos.

Amanda said...

wow that is an amazing build in your backyard. I remember when my Dad and one of our neighbors built a covered patio when I was about 5.
That table is adorable!

T Rex Mom said...

The backyard is going to be awesome! You were missed! And all the photos are charming! We can't wait to see you soon and hear about all your adventures!

Nina said...

That is such a nice awning. I would love something that nice in my backyard. Don't you love the trouble they get into when they are being little helpers. So cute!!