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Pinterest

In Actions in Activities, Pictures, Short on February 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Recently we joined Pinterest. I know, I know. It’s such a time sucker, but it’s SO fun!  If you don’t know what Pinterest is you’re missing out… Or lucky…  I would suggest reading their “What Is Pinterest?” Page.

I’ve made a few things from there. Well, 2. And one of them was the Bottle Cap Pendant that I posted on there, but I made 2 of those ;). The other is a melted spoon flower. Here’s the link 🙂 We started in the kitchen, but all started getting sick, so we moved to the mud room with all the windows open, but the smell was still too strong, so we moved outside. That worked. Do this outside so you don’t pass out. 🙂

It’s rainy day here :).

Geocaching Again

In Pictures on February 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Yesterday we went Geocaching again. 🙂 We went to the park and found 2 of the three on the nature trail (forgot about the other one, but it’s a good thing, it started raining before we got out of the woods!). There was one at the old caboose but it was a 5 star difficulty for a reason. We crawled all up under that thing, shining the light in every crevice we could find! lol grr.

Here’s a video of us hiking out to the caches.

http://www.facebook.com/v/10150682501311388

And some pictures.

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And since I didn’t post anything about the snow we had before Valentine’s day, Here is a picture of me and our snow man. No tricks, he was taller than Daddy. about 7 feet tall (not Daddy, the snow man).

Cashing, I mean Caching

In Farm and Family on February 19, 2012 at 1:37 am

Today my sisters and I went Geocaching. What’s Geochaching you ask? How dare you. Geocaching is probably the most amazing worldwide treasure hunt ever! First you go to the website Geocaching.com and make a user (it’s free!). Next search for caches in your area and Go! My first Cache was back in KY at pilot rock when I was about 10 or so. It turns out, there are  8 in our own little H’ville!

At about 2 or 2:30 someone found out and told the rest of us that there was a Geocache near our house. We discussed it and decided that the three older girls would try to make the 2 1/2 mile trek on our bikes. This wasn’t too bad as Meg and I had ridden to Sonic on busy roads in GValley. This was about the same distance, and it was on the quiet gravel roads around our house (which have gotten even more quiet since they started working on the bridge just down our road making it VERY inconvenient to get out). No sweat. It was a beautiful day out, and we were excited to finally get to do some Geocaching. The last time we tried was in Alabama (3 years ago? It can’t be!) but we couldn’t find anything.

We started out at about 3 with our bikes, water, phone/GPS(Which didn’t help AT all except for answering “How much further?”, as I already knew how to get to the site), camera and the dog. Turns out we could and perhaps should have left the dog and camera since we didn’t use the camera and the dog made all the other dogs along the way chase us. :\ It took us about an 30-45 minutes to make it to the site on our bikes (starting from home). I had no idea how many dogs there were just down the road from us! There had to be over half a dozen in that 2 1/2 mile stretch of gravel.  Once we finally made it, we parked our bikes and began the search.

The GPS and map online that was just as much help since the GPS only could get you to an address, sent us to a median triangle thing (not sure what they’re called) with a bunch of memorials for a guy that got killed in a car accident. We looked all over that little thing but could NOT find it! We looked in the little patch of trees (with thorns I found out, lovely), all over the little stream that ran through it, in both culverts under the road. There was an old tire with a rusty flattened out barrel under it. We were sure it would be in that. We jumped over the creek and waded through the thorns and looked in them. Nothing but trash. We walked back over to the memorials and examined the rocks, lifting up one that seemed loose. Worms.

By the time we caught our breaths and had searched for what had to have been 20 minutes, we talked and decided to ask daddy if there were any clues on the website and asked if he could come bring us home (the bikes fit in the 15 passenger van). He told us to look at the memorials, and that it was easily overlooked, so we looked around the memorials more carefully, but still couldn’t find it. Daddy came with “the littles” (excluding Josh of course) and he found something that we thought might be it, but it was very small and there was no log (a notepad or something else that you sign saying you found the cache, and what you took and what you left, if anything).

We came home and I logged (there are 2 logs, one in the cache itself and one on its page online) our hunt on the website but said I wasn’t sure if we had found it or not because the log was gone. Later I came back to the page and looked at the log. It turns out 2 people came right after we did and the log was gone for them too!  Looks like we DID find it after all!

No, I’m not going to tell you were it was. That would be cheating! Happy hunting!

Valentine’s Day 2012

In Actions in Activities, Pictures on February 15, 2012 at 1:46 am

I decided to do a Bottle Cap Pendant for my Valentine How-To. Now, I understand, this is girly cap, hey guys, you could make one of these for your gal if you’re so inclined (which I’ll explain if you keep reading), but honestly, this is just an example! Use a macho cap (like Monster or something, I don’t know) and wear it yourself if you want!

What you need:

Bottle cap

Hammer

Screw

Screwdriver

Turn the cap upside down (logo or other picture down) and hammer the edges down. This can be hard, but if you first gently bend it in using a sweeping motion inward. Once you have the edges bent in slightly, hammer away! You want them to be as flat as possible so they don’t scratch you.

Turn the cap back over and tap the screw into it with the hammer. After you get it started, hold the twist the screw into a piece of wood with the screwdriver to make the hole nice and big (this was the best way I’ve found, it holds the cap still and the hole is big and clean). Take the screw out and tap down the sharp edges it made around the hole. Smooth out any sharp edges either by tapping or sanding.  Hope you enjoyed this! It’s really simple to make. By the way, I used an Izze cap. Izze is a soda made from real fruit juice, it’s my absolute favorite brand (apple and blackberry being my favorite flavors) and it has an awesome logo :). I’m debating whether to make earrings or a necklace.

Dear Guys,

Now don’t tell me you don’t have a gal. Everyone does. Whether your gal is your mom, sister, daughter, sweetheart, whatever, you have at least one. Now, she may talk about how dumb Valentines day is or how it doesn’t mean anything to her, but the truth is (at least for most of us), we love it, and it doesn’t take much to make it great. Take my dear, sweet, Daddy for example. Every year, before we get up in the morning Daddy comes in and leaves a chocolate heart and sometimes a stuffed animal or a rose for each of us (even my brothers), and for Mama, a huge heart and roses (sometimes a dozen, sometimes another special number, this year it was 8 because there are now 8 in the family). He’s done this as long as I can remember.

The point is not to bowl her over, it’s to show that you love her. Even just a simple cut out paper heart means you care!  Adding Chocolate and/or flowers never hurt either.

I’d also like to point something out. This road goes both ways. On one hand, this will make her attitude towards you very fond, on the other hand,  this will make her attitude towards you very fond.

Be vewy cawefull.

Not just anyone should do this. The meanest thing you can do to a girl is play with her emotions. If you aren’t already in a relationship (leading to marriage), have permission from her father, or related, you should NOT, I repeat NOT send her a Valentine of any kind unless it is as a group where everyone gives everyone a “to-from” candy card (which, if you are old enough for this to be an issue, you probably aren’t doing those things anymore).   That may be the best way to wreck any affections she may have had for you (whether because she distrusts you or because her parents distrust you).

If you are in a relationship (whether courting, dating, I’m not going into it right now) and especially married, you had best bowl her over. The return on investment is astronomical. 😉

Not love, caution,

Annie

NOTE: This is partially a joke, but seriously, don’t mess with us. 😉

Project 11

In Pictures on February 13, 2012 at 1:54 am

I’m doing Project 12!

Well, it’s Project 11 for me anyways.  Here’s my first picture! I like this project because you only have to do one a month, but you can do more than that, and they give you a theme. 🙂 Hope you like it. (longer post coming soon I hope)

Welcome Home Joshua!

In Pictures on February 11, 2012 at 1:07 am

Hey everyone!

After a rough entry and a week in the NICU, Joshua David is now at home with us!

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10lbs 4 oz, 20″ of adorableness. 🙂

How To

In Short on February 1, 2012 at 12:43 am

It seems to be sort of a tradition for me to post a “How To” around St Valentines day, so what should I do this year? I’ve done Paper Heart Bags (’08), Popcorn Hearts (’09). Ok, so, fine. That was only 2 years, and I skipped 2010 and 2011. Yadda yadda yadda. The point is, I want to reinstitute that as tradition. 🙂 So, what should I do? Craft, recipe, how to make shadow words?

WHADA YA WAHNT?!

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