Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Party with the Grumpy's

Another 500 and some photos later and here we are. Once again I feel like I am cramming 8 posts into one and they would all be way more interesting as stand alone but none of us have time for that so cramming it is.
I have a few thoughts to share but I will save those for the end. Lets talk about our birthday/family/anniversary weekend.
Before heading to the lake we had to have a good balloon smashing. With summer winding down the good times must get squeezed out or bust.
We hit one of the market gardens along the valley on the way out and scored some yummy fresh veggies.
for only $3.00!!! The whole lot, I am not kidding! Love it!
Once out at the lake the party preparations once again got under way as we waited for Grandpa and Grandma Grumpy to arrive. 
Kaitlyn hauled me out to the porch step explaining that she needed to tell a story.
Here is a much shorter one this time btw.
Then we settled in with the Mr. Potato head's for a while.
Miss Potato head made an appearance.

Then as the weather turned sour we sipped tea and waited for the baking to finish up.
The Grumpy's rolled in the the festivities started.
Decorating with Grandma G turned out some yummy treats.
Cupcake cones for the kids and fishy ones for us. 
Into the oven (for storage) they went for the night as we headed out to enjoy a fire.

Of course it only lasted about 10 minutes for the kids and then Kaitlyn was begging to get her school work done before bed.
Strange one I tell ya.
Next morning was our anniversary. This year we gave flowers since last year we screwed up and did wood. I don't know how or why but we did these years backwards. (We are following the traditional guide)
Peek a boo Eth-man around my flowers.
And of course I had nothing to give so Grandma and I rushed off to the market with kids in tow to find something.
I found and fell in love with this frog flower pot. It has flowers painted on it and holds flowers so I figured it would pass the guide test. However at $110.00 I nearly gaged and left it where it squatted. What I got is, hmmmm, further down somewhere, oops.
Back home with my meager gift in tow and it was time to hit the pool. (This is what the kids chose out with their birthday money from Auntie Lolo and Uncle Fernando, Thank you, they love it!!)
Ethan then decided that every one needed a foot washing with water from his little boat and Kaitlyn took it upon herself to follow him around and do the drying, amongst major bouts of giggles from both of them.
OK, here they are... the flower gifts.
Dave gave me lilies, reminiscent of the ones he gave me on one of our first dates almost 9 years ago.
And I gave him a painted turtle, painted with flowers of course. Uh huh. Oh and a few perennials for our garden next year. Yup.
Then we were off to my parents place for boat rides and water skis.
While the kids and I hung out on land. This time they both decided they were not cool with the whole boating idea.
Rides were given and then we rushed back home to get the party ready.
We ate and ate and blew out candles and ate again. Then the kids opened their gifts and we waited till dark.
Time for fire works!
Dave had gone in to town and come home with a box of explosives.
Here are a few of the ones he shot off.

Happy day us!!
And we were off to bed.
Sunday was a wind down day and after breakfast we all headed down to the playground.
Then after a little walk we said goodbye to the Grumpy's. Thank you for coming, love you!

Back home we lazed around wondering what to do. Then I got this idea. We could cut hair.
Ethan's. I don't know why because I have had many nightmares about this.
He chickened out after one little snip and ran to Dave for safety.
I did get him today though and cut an inch all the way around.
I nearly cried. He looks so grown up now. I kept the locks. I think I am going to cry.
Let's move on.
Since we were bored Kaitlyn and I get busy painting while the guys went out to dig in the dirt.
To see the finished painting click here.
Then it was time to wrap the weekend up and head in. But we were too lazy so we stayed an extra day. Now I am back in and getting business done. Shipping a painting and working on a few custom orders. However as I watch the day(s) go by I itch to get back out there.
As we were leaving the little birds above our porch light were just learning to fly.
Taking turns, they would land on the phone wire or pic nic table. I am guessing they will be gone when we get back.
All my flowers in the garden are done as well as summer wraps up. Leaves are turning and starting to fall, though only a few so far.
I wish summer would last forever but to tell the truth I am ready to start some fall crafts and  get ready for winter. I am soooooo nuts!! I hate winter, smack me now!

 I mentioned before I had some rambling to do. However now that the kids are in bed and I have spent some alone time with my man, uh, huh, I somehow have less to say.

Of course I do have some though. I will save the ranty stuff about my art showing for next time, I seem to have lost some steam on that one.

So here goes.

When it comes to my art(this is not the rant part) I have felt some pressure to join a guild or group. I do not beleive that I need to be tied down to a group or association or style or medium or be defined in any way. 
Painting is a form of expression for me and I do what I want when I want with the exception of custom orders. I enjoy freedom. 
I don't struggle with defining myself or finding a place to fit in. I love what I do and that is it.
However I do have to say that I do have a lot up my sleeve. Some interperative stuff but those are time consuming. Maybe years away at this point. I am really enjoying them as they fester and grow though. I am excited by the possiblities.
One other thing I have never done is associate myself with other artists. 
I know some of you think I am a weird artsy fartsy. Its all good. 

Now one other thing tonight. Something I am working my butt off to overcome is passing judgement. Wether it is on the strange toothless unshaven guy at mcDonalds or the loopy strung out on somethiung or another mom at the library. Since when was it my place to judge them??
There have been times where I just avoided eye contact and pretended I didn't notice them.
Now I have been making an effort to do the opposite. You know what I have been finding out?
They have stories and some good ones. They need an ear and a smile and a compliment. I know it makes my day when someone says I have nice shoes or hair. Passing that on, you get such an amazing reaction. It is not like I am offering them a ride home or anything, just polite conversation in lineups or waiting rooms. A few Bible verses are what have gotten me thinking about this.
The first one says judge that you be not judged. And the other is that man looketh on the outward appearance but God looks at the heart.
I need to see past the outside and look for the heart.
I know that growing up in an atmosphere where I was judged so much (church, aka, meeting) I won't go into much detail but I am so glad and feel so free to be away from the scrutiny. My actions are between me and God. I don't need furrowed brows and tounge wags because I wear big earrings and paint my nails. (yes that and much much more has happened)
So I admit I stumble and fail and it smacks me in the face but I am learning.

Whew! I think I covered a few bases there. A video, a party, company, art, religeon, I think I will stop there.
Night all!
 Oh and seeing that it is now technically the 27th, it is Ethan's real birthday, Happy Birthday my little man!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great weekend.
I didn't cry too,too much as we left. As I said it was good thing Grandpa was driving. You know I love your art so stay true to yourself, your vision, and your beliefs. They make you who you are. We love you all,
Grandma Grumpy

Kori said...

What happened to Kaitlyn's head in the first photos?

Anonymous said...


You are who you are because of your art and your beliefs. Don't start second quessing yourself because of other people and what they say. The reason most people judge is because basically they are jealous. Stay strong!

Happy Birthday Ethan! You sure are growing into a handsome young man.

Love and miss you lots!

Aunty Kathy

Elaine A. said...

Was that the first time you cut his hair? So cute!

That birthday present/pool thing looks totally awesome. And I HAVE to make cupcakes that way. What a COOL idea! Now I need a special occasion. Let's see, our Labor Day is on Monday!! YEE HAW!

I hear you on the "not judging" thing. I get caught up in that too and I SO need to take the attitude that you have. Thanks for enlightening me Anna! Come to think of it, you always do! : )


Kami said...

Great post Anna, I love that you always challenge me to be a better person by your example.

I love you dearly girl!

Happy Birthday to Ethan! Have a great day :-)

Stacie said...

wonderful post...

Hannah said...

Happy Anniversary to you & Dave (we do the traditional gifts too, so much fun!) and a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ethan! :-)

I love doing cupcakes in the cones, the kids think they're the BEST! I love how you decorated yours with the kids (I am too OCD to let mine do it with me ... need to change that).

Anonymous said...

LOVE the Potato Head shot! That's priceless. It looks like y'all had a blast.

I love how you're working on changing your patterns and expectations. That can be hard work, but has been so rewarding when I've done things like that.

Re: your comment, I am really liking the Kumon books. I found a few at Target and will probably order more on Amazon.

Madame Bluestocking said...

Happy anniversary, luv! I still can't believe we managed to get married on the exact same day - can you believe it's been five years? Here's to seventy-five more.