Sunday, February 27, 2011

Can a blog have a theme song?

Because if it could this would be it.  Especially the part about honeybees.  I love it!  It is sooo me.  Well maybe not the video but the words are perfect.  Anyways, a shout out to Uncle Byron for sharing. You're the best!  Enjoy :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Home Sweet Home

Over the weekend we officially moved into the new house.  It feels great to finally have a place to call our own and make it our home.  As I type this I am sitting in front of the fireplace.  The girls have gone to bed and I am enjoying some peace and quite.  I love it!!

The move went well.  With all the help we had we finished moving in 3 hours.  And when I say we, I mean the 10 big strong burley men that volunteered to do all the heavy lifting.  I just told them where to put it and made sure our little bees stayed out of the way.  It was bitterly cold and with 40 mph winds, it made for an interesting morning. Especially when you live on the side of a hill!  

We have yet to park in our garage as it is full of boxes however I am refusing to bring any of them into the house until we have gone thru them.  Remember one of my New Years resolutions was to make sure that everything had a place in the new house.  So that's my motto.  Nothing comes into the house until it has a place.  Plus it is a little motivation if my hubby ever wants to see his beloved garage again!  Wait, that makes it sound like I am holding the garage hostage.  Ok, well maybe I am. 

So the weekend was spent unpacking, cleaning out the rental, runs to the coffee shop (as I couldn't find my coffee pot) unpacking, setting up the new computer, rearranging furniture, unpacking, figuring out how to work the new satellite TV, making sure the little bees stayed out of the boxes, unpacking, finding the coffee pot and having a small celebratory party, and unpacking some more.  I am exhausted and enthusiastic all at the same time.  But even as my body aches for some sleep and relaxation, all of this is worth it.  Dorothy totally got it right.  There is no place like home.  And on that note, I think I hear another box calling my name.  

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Grandpa!

This is my grandfather.  In a few short days he will be turning 96!  Can you believe it?

He is the pillar of our family and the most amazing man I have ever known.  And over the weekend my family will be getting together to celebrate.  Although I can't be there my thoughts are with him.  So to honor my grandfather the best way I can with 1200 miles in between, I thought I would share of few of the things that he has taught me about life.

be creative 
As a young man, my grandfather and some of his buddies made a fake flying saucer out of old car parts and placed it in a neighbors yard as a joke.  This fake UFO looked so real that the FBI had to get involved.

 be mischievous
(see above)

the importance of public service
My grandfather served as mayor for many years of his small town, although he would joke that he got it because no one else wanted the job.  Somehow those qualities were transferred to both my father and my brother who have also served in the public sector.  Although I have no political aspirations of my own, I have a new found respect for those who do and the sacrifice and hard work that they put into it.

the importance of love
It is no secret that my grandfather loved my grandmother with all that he had.  I can remember as a kid, being taken back by the sweet things he would say and do for her.  I remember one instance in particular when my grandmother was in the hospital, we had come to visit and to take my grandpa out for lunch.  We didn't go far, only to the hospital cafeteria, however he wanted to stop at the gift shop before going back to her room.  I remember he picked up a small angel and he told me that he was going to buy, "an angel for his angel."  As a child, I was so moved by this sentiment that it still sticks with me.  It is always important to show the ones that you care about how much you love them.   

the importance of John Deere
As a farmer, you can never have enough of the green and gold.  From big tractors, to the small toy figurines.  They are as much a necessity as the air we breathe.

the importance of staying young
My grandfather loves his toys.  From his electric train sets to his signing birds and dancing politicians, he loves to show them off to anyone who is interested.  It is especially sweet to see the faces of my girls light up when he shows them his toys, and in return to see the sparkle in his eyes.  Whenever we would visit, he would always take my girls for a ride on his electric wheel chair up and down the hall and you could hear them giggle the whole way.  He is living proof that age is only relative. 

 Happy Birthday Grandpa!  We love you and we miss you!  Celebrate strong, and have a wonderful day surrounded by those you love.  I couldn't think of a better way to spend it.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I got nothin'

Ok its late... and I am plum out of words.  So I thought I would leave you with this cute little video of the girls from Christmas.  Yes I know it is Feb 1st but better late then never!  (Disclaimer: Chasing Honeybees is not responsible for the onset of motion sickness from watching this video - I don't have a tripod and it was shot using our regular camera.  Watch at your own risk!)

Sweet dreams everyone!