Monday, April 25, 2011


Our Nephew (who's 24 or 25) showed up a little after the family egg hunt had started. When he arrived someone told him that there was a hundred dollar bill in an egg somewhere. He began searching all throughout the yard.

At one point he asked "Is there really?" or something along those lines. I totally admit that I replied "Yeah, sure there is." It was too easy to tell him this so that we could continue watching him search. Free entertainment.

Hey Will, did you ever find the $100?

Glorious Day

The Glorious Resurrection Sunday was a super day for our family.

We started out with an Easter basket

Had a great morning at church

Went to a buffet at the Irma with the family

Headed to Auntie's for another egg hunt

Played games and hung out
It was a blessed day


Yep, it was Saturday morning and time for the annual egg hunt at the local used-to-be golf course. The Prairie Kid was crazy and wore short sleeves in 40 degrees. He seemed to be fine...I don't force the coat cause I'm not the one who has to be cold. I seriously think he has Norwegian genes that insulate.

The kiddos were waiting for the start...

And they're off!

Comparing loot...

Preschool buddies reunite!

More Eggciting Crafts

After dying eggs we just weren't "Easter crafted out" yet. So, we got on and found some family fun for plastic eggs.

I especially enjoyed making the bunnies...

tail and all.


It was a fun time for The Prairie Kid and I to decorate eggs on Good Friday.

I boiled 2 dozen eggs for him this year. I was glad to find a kit that had little buckets for the dye too.

He had a blast...look at this kooky kid...

He dyed 20 in the time I was able to dye 4. I had to "shut him down" because he would have re-dipped every egg over and over and we would have had a bunch of brown eggs...blech. So, I gave him some coffee filters and he colored them for a little while.
I spent much time on mine. Here they are...
I even named my eggs...going from top left clockwise:
"The Simple Flower Egg"
"The Plaid Egg"
"The Drippy Artsy Egg"
and "The Traditional Egg"

Yes, I may have gotten a little carried away but it was fun. And The Prairie Kid appreciated my "named art" because he's asked me to tell him the names more than once.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

♫ There's A Hole In Your Mouth ♪

♪ dear Prairie Kid, dear Prairie Kid. A hole in your mouth, dear Prairie Kid, a hole. ♫

He was eating a quesadilla a little while ago and said "Owe! Mom, I'm bleeding!" And there it was, the loose tooth ready to come out. A minute later as I fumbled for the video camera saying "Don't pull it out yet!" I turned to find my son holding his tooth in his hand.

And there you have it, the first lost tooth.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Goodbye, Ol' Friend

It was one of those brutal days as a Mom. The Prairie Daddy and I sat our little man down today and told him that his beloved horse Jed has gotten old and doesn't feel very well. It was the last day that we had to go ride and see Jed and tomorrow he will be gone. He immediately asked the "dreaded question":

"Will he die?"


And from there we had a good, long family cry.

Afterward we got ready to go see Jed for the last time. The Prairie Kid had such an awesome attitude the whole time. He smiled and enjoyed his friend like never before. I took a bazillion pictures and some video.

Jed was way out in the field. The Prairie Kid ran out to meet him. Jed came right to him and we watched them walk toward us together.

We've enjoyed Jed immensely. We've gotten to take many family and friends on rides at our ranch with Jed. It is so hard to see a good, trusty horse get to the end of their health.

Right before heading home The Prairie Kid said "Goodbye, Jed. I love you." And I said goodbye. And I betcha The Prairie Daddy said goodbye.

He will be missed.


The Prairie Kid's school had their Kindergarten/1st grade play this week. There aren't many things that are cuter than about a hundred little people dressed up as bugs!

The music teacher and her helpers did a great job. It was sure fun to get to go and watch their performance. Here are some pics and videos so you can enjoy it too!

Happy Birthday, Grandma

My mother-in-law celebrated her birthday at the beginning of the month. It was fun for the family to get together after church for lunch.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Who Am I?

Yesterday was a very special day at our church. Our Wednesday night kid's program was able to share with the church body two performances, some pictures, and testimony about our year. We have our final Wednesday night program this week and will then take a break for the summer.

About a month ago I began helping with the 4th and 5th grade performance. A husband/wife team leads this group and the husband, a firefighter for the Forest Service, was called out on a fire in another state and has been gone for 3 weeks. His wife needed some help and I was able to join in on the fun with her. These 4th and 5th graders worked so hard practicing this performance and did a FANTASTIC job sharing it in both worship services yesterday!

I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Every now and again things need a good dusting, don't they? And a dry rag just doesn't do the trick. I prefer Pledge and a nice clean rag and even a vacuum for some stuff. It isn't enough to just wipe over the surface either. You have to pay attention to the corners. A good dusting doesn't just move around objects. You have to pick them up, dust them, and dust under them. It is sad that dust collects the way it does. And sometimes it doesn't take long!

Today God reminded me of the need for a "good dusting" spiritually. Taking some time to really let Him search my heart and reveal where the "dust" has collected. It isn't pretty but in the end things are fresh and clean again.

At the end of our time together this is the Word God left me with. I put the parts that really spoke to me in color:

Psalm 25

1 In you, LORD my God,
I put my trust.

2 I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.

4 Show me your ways, LORD,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, LORD, are good.

8 Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, LORD,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

12 Who, then, are those who fear the LORD?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.[b]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The LORD confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the LORD,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
and how fiercely they hate me!

20 Guard my life and rescue me;
do not let me be put to shame,
for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope, LORD,[c] is in you.

22 Deliver Israel, O God,
from all their troubles!