Sunday, November 25, 2012


Had to add this photo of the rafters.  Mark was so excited, he got rafters up half-way across the porch!
You can really see the porch taking shape.  And now we'll have a handy place to hang some Christmas lights!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving weekend is always wonderful, but this year was really special.  

I know...I say that every year.  Maybe I should just start saying "unique".  Or extraordinary.  So, here are the extraordinarily unique things we celebrate this year:

1.  We started work on the porch.  Mark's brother John came up to help with the heavy lifting.

Yes, I'm armchair quarterbacking, but doesn't this looks like a candidate for the "Never never do this" lecture on how to lift heavy things?  Check out Mark's back!

And yes, once that first beam was up, we were all thankful and relieved.  And also motivated to set up the scaffolding that would make lifting subsequent beams a lot less sketchy!

Meanwhile, Zach was thankful for Mark's new toy...the jackhammer.  And we were thankful for his enthusiasm!

And I was REALLY thankful for a visit from my 93-year-old grandmother, up all the way from San Diego.

Here she is...holding court, as every great-grandmother should.

"The Boys" made a lot of progress this weekend, getting all the big beams up, and starting on the ledger that attaches the roof to the house.

I wish you all a special, extraordinary, unique, and very thankful weekend as well!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

When I Grow Up

Recently we had "Career Day" at Foothill Elementary.  Mae was her perennial favorite--a veterinarian.  She is nothing if not consistent.  And she does seem to have a real gift with animals, so it does really suit her.  We even put a splint on her little dog's leg!

Abigail was much less settled, but finally was inspired by the lanyard, which caught her eye and made her think of being...a scientist.

She does look like she means business, doesn't she?  I couldn't be more proud!  ;-)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Soccer season

Actually, soccer season came and went. Yesterday was the last game. We DO have All Stars, which the girls will play (by 4 from each team, and we only have 3). But they are still psyched by the "All Star" label. And Mark, despite his earlier self-proclaimed hiatus, will coach. But here they are, Coach Schlaefer and his girls.

I am one proud soccer mom. And wife!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Halloween

Yes! I am actually going to post something WITHIN 24 HOURS of its actual occurance! Yesterday, as you know, was Halloween. Big doings when you have 8-year-olds. This year, as has happened every other year, the girls came up with a costume idea, which we then built together. For the past two years, the costumes have been "paired"...they go together in some way. Last year, they were a cucumber and a pickle, which I absolutely loved. We made identical costumes, but had a sign on each. Such a fun idea for identical twins, isn't it? So here is this year's winner:
Abigail is "Homework", and Mae is "The Dog who Eats the Homework". Abigail actually copied her math facts homework from the prior night, making a few wrong answers, just for authenticity (although she rarely gets one wrong in real life, notes the bragging mother).
Mae had many offers for a new home, especially from the older children. What more could you ask for in a Halloween costume? We did our normal routine, driving around the neighborhood, looking for signs of Halloween. In such a rural setting, trick-or-treating is pretty low density. We ended up visiting about 10 homes. And that was just right. It was a very Happy Halloween.