Saturday, February 27, 2010

I Heart Camera


At long last....we got the new camera we ordered at Christmastime! We haven't learned a lot about it yet, but we can stick it on automatic and take beautiful pictures with ease! We're looking forward to experimenting more, but here are some pictures we took today! First, we went with Jon to have Kenny and Dad fitted for tuxes!

When we got home, the dogs almost pulled us out the door to get a glimpse of these beautiful deer!

Leona is 6 months, and oh-so-photogenic these days!

Emma is our cross-eyed beauty! :)

Kenny (reluctantly) let me take a picture of him:

...and then took a couple of me :)

We love our new toy!!! :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

White as Snow


Kenny really blessed me yesterday with this beautiful card and precious words. We fell in love writing, and when he takes the time to put his love for me in words, it rekindles those butterflies I first felt when we were sending emails three years ago.

He also brought me home this beautiful hydrangea - my man knows my heart yearns for spring!

I really do love this man!

We're snowed in again today - 6-9 inches expected. I think we're going on 4 right now; that is, on top of the 12 inches that are out there already! Whew, what a winter! My little snow dogs are looking outside longingly. Kenny took my SUV to get to work so I may be hitching them to my sled to get out...

The icicles have been absurdly large...mom and dad have one that is almost 5 feet long! Here are some in front of our front door, prior to Kenny knocking them down, of course. He's a good protector :)

My love is also a wonderful photographer - here is a photo he took after our last snow in our yard!

Well, I'm watching one of my favorite movies: "Love Comes Softly" while I fold some laundry, make coffee, design some baby shower invites, and well...blog :) It's such a wonderful series...sort of makes me want to go back in time and live during the Oregon Trail...and then I remember how much I love hot showers and electricity, and am grateful to live in 2010!

Father God, thank You for this precious gift of snow; and for the gift of your Son, who's resurrection life has made us as white as snow!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Not So Deep (Random) Thoughts


While browsing anthropologie.com, I came across this exquisite "Snow-Covered Fields" dress and decided to post it because well...it is delightful and springy :) Come soon, Spring! (Aside: what are the chances of getting Kenny to purchase this for my birthday next month? hmm...)

Now on to things I can actually have ;) Here is our new camera which we ordered after Christmas! Everything but the camera body has arrived on our doorstep...I guess that's what we get for finding a bargain; it's coming...just on back-order! Although, I am finding it increasingly difficult to take photos without a camera body...

Currently, we have this Canon case:

This lens:

(almost) this Canon Rebel body:

And this whimsical strap from etsy.com!


This is the forecast for tomorrow:

I do love snow.

I'm also loving this cozy evening in with my Valentine: Indian food, Graeter's Ice-Cream and Star Trek, the movie.

In addition, I am enjoying writing this blog without rhyme or reason!

Happy Valentines Day, friends!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Mama Moose Bowtique!

My sweet friend Jess just pioneered her new etsy.com store specializing in little girl hair accessories! She has two A-DORABLE little girls herself (Grace, 2 and Eden Mae, 7 months)...and has also been bestowed with fabulous taste! I love her shop (Mama Moose Bowtique) and was thrilled when she asked me yesterday to design her store banner. Anyway, please enjoy looking around her shop here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MamaMooseBowtique

Here is a sample of the banner...we don't have it up quite yet in the store and may make some changes, but this was the idea! (Click on image to enlarge):



Now, all I need is a little girl to wear the clippies...like this one *sigh*:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cookies & Snow Cream

I must give credit and major kudos to Debbie Collins, whose recipe I was reading on her blog during these snow days and decided to try! She claimed they were the "Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies" ...and my stomach couldn't say no! Kenny and I agreed they were absolutely delicious. I've tried a bunch of chocolate chip recipes (Kenny has a major sweet tooth) and they've been pretty good, but this recipe really stood out and the cookies were "just right" - crispy on the outside, and gooey on the inside! Thanks, Debbie!!

(Debbie's) Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe in the World

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
3 cup flour
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon soda

Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla & eggs. Mix dries and combine. The dough will seem kind of dry and thick.Add one bag chocolate chips. Bake 10 min at 350.
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A favorite "snow" treat in the Weber home is "Snow Cream" which I looked forward to eating every winter as a child. Just find a clean spot in the yard where the snow is fresh and untouched (yellow snow=bad idea) and gently scoop some large ladle-fulls of snow into a large bowl. Back inside, combine snow with milk, sugar, and little vanilla. You can make it as mushy, or as thick as you like it! It takes like a snow cone on steroids :)

We'll, I was off work yesterday, and the church building is closed until at least noon today with more snow on the way. Looks like it's time to eat some of those cookies!! :)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Snow Much Better

Someone once said "When things go bad, they can only get better;" I guess snow has been my "better." The bad started Wednesday night in the car on the way home from Papa and Nana's when Kenny and I were tickled by what we thought was a play on words when we read on a Walgreen's sign "Ham Flu Shots Here!" We were laughing hysterically (distracted) as we made a left-hand turn at the intersection and then suddenly...hit the curb gracefully at 25 mph. My front passenger side wheel made a loud pop-scraping noise (never good) and we were thankfully able to pull into the nearest parking lot. You guessed it: we busted the tire. (I say we...but let me take a brief moment to note that I was not driving.) We were unable to get the tire off to change it (it was lodged...probably from all those years of not needing to be changed since it's usual driver is so safe and careful) so we had to call AAA - who were eventually able to remove it (kicking was involved) - and then finally got home around 10:30 pm. sheesh.

12 hours later, I'm driving to work in said vehicle when I turn right from Springfield Pike onto Glendale-Milford Rd. Shortly after this turn, I notice blinking police lights behind me and pull to the side to allow them to pass me (I inwardly scoff at the speeder he must be in pursuit of ahead). To my surprise, he pulls up behind...me! I think to myself "Self, maybe there's something wrong with the way my tire is on, or maybe it's illegal to drive an SUV without the spare on the back..." He approaches my car, I roll down the window and then he says it..."License and registration please." (gulp) "Sir, " I say in my meekest voice, "Can you tell me what's wrong?" Take Home Lesson: When a road is being re-paved in a particular township, be sure police will pull you over for ridiculous reasons and give you unreasonably high tickets. You see, I turned right on a yellow arrow (yes, I did see the "NO TURN ON RED" but since the arrow turned yellow as I was turning, I didn't think I was breaking the law...silly me) ...and this constituted a $150.00 ticket. Thank you, City of Woodlawn.

They say bad things come in threes. Now, I'm not a superstitious person, but let me just say...there was a third horror. Yesterday morning, I was working at the church and, as is the case every day, needed to use the restroom. Mid-zip-up, the stall door DE-TACH-ES from the hinges, swings from the wall, whacks my forehead and then propells my head against the tile wall - leaving me with a giant welt on my forehead (and in utter shock). I wish I was kidding. This really happened to me. Stall Door: 1; Jenn: 0.

So, now it's Saturday...and the Lord took pity on me and snowed us in to prevent any further bodily and/or financial distress.

The Lord IS good :) And all this snow is such a beautiful reminder that we are His beloved....and He is ours. How He showers us with blessings...despite busted tires, tickets, bruises and bumps along the way. Kenny and I had a sweet time of togetherness by the fireside this afternoon reading God's Word in Job 37:

5 God's voice thunders in marvelous ways;
he does great things beyond our understanding.

6 He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,'
and to the rain shower, 'Be a mighty downpour.'

7 So that all men he has made may know his work,
he stops every man from his labor. a]">[a]

8 The animals take cover;
they remain in their dens.

9 The tempest comes out from its chamber,
the cold from the driving winds.

10 The breath of God produces ice,
and the broad waters become frozen.

11 He loads the clouds with moisture;
he scatters his lightning through them.

12 At his direction they swirl around
over the face of the whole earth
to do whatever he commands them.

13 He brings the clouds to punish men,
or to water his earth b]">[b] and show his love.


...What a precious reminder about how we need to stop from the daily labors and take note of our Creator. He is majestic, indeed!


Here are some pictures of our yard in His snow...we delight in it!



And of course, what blog would be complete without a couple of pictures of our dog-children Emma and Leona?