Farm in the City

Most of my time on the computer, lately, has evolved around photo and video projects. Let’s just say nicely, that I severely LACK in this technology. I am trying to learn it, hence, mucho involvement of trial and error. In the end I’m frustrated and STILL lack what I wanted to get done. But I will NOT give up.

One project has been to embed a slide show on my blog post. So far, Picasa takes you to their website. Whrrl would not show up. I’m sure there is some HTML code I am lacking to make it magically appear. Hopefully, at the end of this post something will appear. Even if you end up at Picasa.

Does anyone remember their first horse ride? I remember mine was around age 11-12. My brother’s best friend had horses. He had a twin sister and I went over to ride horses with her. She saddled him up and gave me a few pointers – keep in mind we are tweens here – instructor she wasn’t. Well, it was a couple of walk steps on the horse nice and easy, then the horse started to trot. It bounced me from here to kingdom come. I was desperately holding on for dear life – terrified. No pulling of the reins or hollering in a screeching HO BOY seemed to work.

Needless to say my riding career ended. Thankyouverymuch.

I had a more peaceful experience on a trail ride several years ago. No trotting and I got to see lots of beautiful countryside scenery. Still a little scary for me on a horse though.

Jason’s girls, my future step-angels, got to ride their FIRST horse this past weekend. A neighbor to them was having her 5th birthday. The place was a farm just down the road from their house. What a jewel of a site in the middle of our great metroplex, I was amazed. It was fresh, lively and fun. I had a BLAST with my camera.

I do hope the “slide show” appears in some form. Yes, I’m getting pretty good with my honking camera. I took a lot of pictures of the girls and of the birthday girl. The birthday girl is not on the slide show, but I did send them to the parents. They want to get copies to PRINT out. That makes me feel pretty good. What an honor.

Click on slide show from Picasa website towards the top left for best view. Sigh! No embed sorry! Enjoy the photos.

River Farm Fun

Midweek Morsels

Snippets of the past weekend ending with today.

Saturday night, Jason comes in from the back yard says,
“Hey, come look at this animal and tell me what it is.”

Yes, he is asking me – the animal expert – because I’m from Oklahoma? HA.
Of course, I knew what it was before I saw it. What other animal would be in the back yard in the city? Wait, don’t answer that, some things I don’t want to know. Well, let’s just say I’m not fond of rats. When I lived in Richardson we saw rats running along the electricity lines at the back of the back yard..eek! But I digress.

No this was a giant rat with a tail.

I was walking up to the tree stump to get a better look.
When Jason panics, “DON’T GET CLOSE! It might attack you.”
What? I respond, “Uh, no it won’t. It will play POSSUM. It’s a possum, get it?”
This whole thing cracked me up. He has never seen a possum? Really? That is so cute! Animals fascinate me. I thought it was cool Jason had a new pet. An outside one. Who lives on the stump and apparently plots attacks. This not a regular possum, oh no, this is a rebel! It won’t play dead. Rawr!


Molly lost another tooth! Her third!

She was so excited. Her other two bottom teeth are coming in pretty fast. We took her picture and she had to show THREE fingers for her three lost teeth.


Jason’s niece was baptized on Sunday. They live and go to Church only 30 minutes away, which enabled us to attend. She wasn’t like some of the other kids I have seen baptized. She really knew what she was doing and why. Her stance, testimony, and calm surrender was her statement. This young girl has a beautiful heart and soul. I felt very lucky to be part of her special day.


I only had to manage one child with Sydney. Easy right? With my future step daughters, I am having to learn what it’s like to juggle two. For example, this is what I discovered on Sunday afternoon.

If one is playing Wii boxing…..

She is scary good by the way.

and the other wants to watch Barney songs…

I can play it on my laptop. Phew!

It really amazes me the technology that we have today. I know most people shy away from it with their kids, but I was raised by a Computer Scientist and Jason is one too. We love it.

See how that works.


In the backyard, I found out we are most definitely in a new season – SPRING.

The bees loved the pink blooms. They were flying all around landing on different buds. It was much harder to capture than I thought it would be. I guess I need more camera training. Either way, it was beautiful.


Saturday night was a night I will chalk up as one of my sickest times EVER. Right at 10pm, I was struck with stomach cramps so bad I could hardly move. Eventually I got to the bathroom and emptied the contents of my stomach and other insides, out of every opening crevice possible, off and on for about SIX hours. I was never so tired of a bathroom floor in my life.

Thankfully, I was fine the next morning. I have eaten since, just not a whole lot. It definitely made me lose my appetite. I was absolutely certain it was the shredded chicken on the nachos at Taco Cabana (food poisoning!) right up until, Sydney got the EXACT same thing, last night about 9pm. Hers has lasted about 17 hours (poor thing), but I think it’s on the way out. I have been giving her electrolytes and will try some soup next.

I find it odd the sight of my own kid puking doesn’t gross me out. I guess that goes to show how much we love them. She waited all night to puke in the kitchen sink next to where I was getting myself a cup of morning joe. Nice!

Get well Syd, get well. I sure hope that nasty stuff is done for!

Happy Hump Day everyone!!