Friday, December 28, 2007

Had Ourselves A Merry Little Christmas

Season's Greetings! I know it's been ages, and honestly I have no other excuse for not posting than "it's the holidays", which does sound pretty lame. But I really have been busy with other things, namely: taking small boys sledding, baking, cleaning like crazy for all those non-existent guests that just might show up unannounced over the weekend, decorating for Christmas, soapmaking, ornament making, still more cleaning, visiting relatives, observing Advent, and the tireless creation of more than 20 unique knit hats. I thought I would never finish those in time, to tell the truth. Now that all that's past, I can try to catch you up on our seasonal celebrations through pictures. Here we go!I did some Thanksgiving baking (mmm, pink lady apples make the best pie!)And we saw the lights display at Layton City Park G tried valiantly to watch the Ogden Christmas Parade over the heads of big people (some of whom were less than kindly)We took a break from the cold to see the fabulously free Christmas Tree Jubilee at the Eccles Center (this was my favorite, duh)A was enthralled by the miniature version of Union Station (complete with running train) at the Ogden Christmas VillageWhile G loved the polar bear tea with disco ballAnd we got to take our Christmas card photo in the snow for the first timeAt our church Advent craft fair, A got to be creative painting popsicle stick snowmenG made a paint-splatter glass ornament (horrors!) The new kitten, Fafnir, ogled the crap out of our upstairs Christmas treeWhich was almost as tall as our 9' ceilingsI got to decorate our very own mantel (another first)We got a little snow....Which turned into a lot of snow, and led to us being housebound for Christmas Eve dinnerLuckily I had chocolate cheesecake and blueberry port to console me I took a glamour shot of the tree (with a little help from our friend Vaseline)Then I turned on The Flying W Wranglers "A Cowboy Christmas"And the boys engaged in some festive dancingWe went outside to see the fresh snowAfter which everyone got verrrry sleepyChristmas morning dawned frosty and beautifulSanta had delivered lots of goodiesThe cats were a bit cranky about us opening what they felt were THEIR presentsThey did calm down after receiving homemade cat toys The wrapping carnage got pretty scaryAnd ungodly amounts of candy were consumedSome of us snuck away to sleep before....We headed off to Grandma's house for more gift-giving!And lots of affectionate exchangesPoor Sheila cowered in hopes that we would finish cluttering up her houseA discovered his 2 foot tall penguin made a good chairLater we took a few runs on the nearby sledding hillAnd A refused to sled with anyone but me (awww)
Christmas Day ended with a classic Wasatch Front sunset

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Have An Arts & Crafts-y Halloween!

Happy Halloween from us folks at the Nuclear Bungalow! All you exciting people are probably going to be at parties or with friends. I'm going to be chauffeuring two small children between church carnivals, local mall, and any neighbors that are brave enough to stay home passing out candy. Then I'll tuck the sugar-saturated tots in and watch my Halloween standbys: The Exorcist & Session 9, before blowing out the pumpkins and crawling to bed.
Any trick-or-treaters be safe out there tonight, and have a ghoulishly good time!

Friday, September 28, 2007

The View From Our Front Porch

Isn't it lovely? Try not to be too jealous, gentle reader, of our "Fast Stop, Sandwiches and Cold Drinks" sign and building accentuating the mountainscape. And YES, we do have a little snow up there, as of last week although most of it will melt before the stuff really hits the ground.

Imagination Boost

After posting about the roses, I took a look at the pics and realized how uninspiring those twelve little pots look. Hard to imagine what they'll be, you say? Need a mental picture? So here, culled from flickr, are images of the roses that will be blooming from these first twelve plants next summer:
"Abraham Darby" English shrub rose

"Graham Stuart Thomas" English shrub rose

"Darlow's Enigma" Hybrid musk rose

"Madame Hardy" Damask rose

"Madame Alfred Carriere" Noisette rose

"Konigin von Danemark" Alba rose

"La Reine Victoria" Bourbon rose

"Apothecary Rose" Gallica rose

"Wise Portia" English shrub rose

"Reine des Violettes" Hybrid perpetual rose
"Angel Face" Grandiflora rose
"Gertrude Jekyll" English shrub rose
A Special Thanks to all the flickr members who by taking these pictures allowed me, someone that hasn't gardened in YEARS, to plan out her dream garden with stunning visuals.