Sunday, May 17, 2009

Memorable MomentZ 5/17/09

I started out strong with this blog and boy did my gas run out fast! Memorable MomentZ are going by faster than I find time to write down.

CAROLINE
These days she loves everything! And verbalizes it quite well! This morning on the way to church we got stopped at a train crossing. "I LOVE TRAINS"

Bugs amaze her! She loves to catch them and keep them as long as they move, haha. She had a hay day with caterpillars a couple of weeks ago - she captured 3 of them and carried them around in a box... with no air. Poor guys will never grow those wings.
Along with bugs she loves getting dirty! She sit near a dirt pile and play... the simplest things amuse her - I love it.




A fun day in the kitchen... some cookies did make it into the oven :)


Since Chrysler has gone bankrupt, I hope we can find a way to get her Barbie JEEP serviced in the future, haha. She demands to get outside everyday .. and I have to tell you she has mastered driving this toy! It has low/high and reverse. Up to a week ago she only knew about LOW.. those days are gone! She now manuevers back and forth in full force! It actually shocks me (even though she obviously has a lot of "Rajala" in her!) that she can drive it so well! And boy she digs testing it's ability to climb hills and do curbs, LOL!
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It should be obvious while she is in the outdoors she has no fear of getting dirty! Inside is another story - she instantly turns into a princess! Its so fun to watch her enjoy so many different things! She will put on her dress up outfits ... high heels and a tootoo, and prance around the house.. clanking the heels on the hardwoods like a tap dancer :)

SOPHIE
Have I mentioned Sophie scares me? LOL Her temperament (red head) is not something I am accustomed to! While I have been harassed about the "sisu" in me .. I say the fire in a red head wins!

Sophie is a sponge and learning fast(er), as I'm sure 2nd kids do. Its hard to think.. and slow down... to enjoy the little stages she is going through also.

A couple of weeks ago she had her 2 year checkup. Her doctor commented on how 'translucent' her skin is... and ohh the red lips! Can you spell SUNSCREEN?! :)

If there is any one thing that is for sure (besides that she will TEST us TOO!) ... is that Sophie makes us LAUGH! ANd that hair... wow!



This photo was on the way to Ohio... I think she got REALLY bored!



And while they look sweet .. these girls know how to have fun AND get into trouble! Writing on the walls... on themselves.. and climbing to new heights!






Thursday, May 14, 2009

SISU - Tribune/Gallery

Here it is.. my final TRIBUTE to SISU. I still enjoy her in my heart :)


Some fun videos of SISU getting a dose from BOTH girls (2008)
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After surgery to remove the tumor..diagnosis..and her final months


And.... her final days ...


Previous posts about SISU...
Sisu under the Knife
SISU update from surgery
SISU - she is missed

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Strawberry Farm!

One (of many) great reasons to live in the south is that strawberry season starts in April!! This year I FINALLY decided to go pick some. No exaggeration, I bet it's been near 15++ years since I picked my own. And while Washington Farms (www.washingtonfarms.net) in Loganville, Georgia, is more modern than the days back when, it sure did bring back the memories! Maybe time has warped reality .. but it felt like hours on end of picking strawberries with my mother! And that seemed to be the easy part once we got home and had to spend an entire day cleaning them! My mother was such an incredible homemaker in her day ... funny how those "chores" are now fond memories *heartful smile*

So we picked four buckets in about 45 minutes, with no help from the girls! The berries were big and delicious! I was thankful that Scott decided to go with us because my fear became true - they were running around more than helping! Nonetheless ... good memories created with the girls :)



Now, its my turn to teach my girls (and husband!! hehe) how to take care of home, cook, clean... including berries! There is nothing sweeter than homemade strawberry jam!!! Especially mid-winter! We made 1 batch of freezer and 1 batch canned .... the rest I froze for smoothies (the hottest mid morning snack in our house!). I am thinking about going back and gettin 1-2 more buckets to make more to give to my clients :)