Saturday, February 23, 2008

Kristopher's 10th Birthday

Kristopher's birthday party was a lot of fun this year. We grabbed a couple of Kristopher's friends and headed out to my sister Kansas ranch for the afternoon. What better fun for a kid then spending the day out on a big cattle ranch with friends and family. Weiner roasts and birthday cake around a campfire in the winter. The kids played non-stop. Sledding down hills, Uncle Johnny and his skidder rides; being pulled around on your sleigh by a skidder is the ultimate in cool when it comes to top notch birthday fun. Aunty Kansas made Kristopher a beautiful birthday cake.
Kristopher had his two friends sleep over night afterwards. I know that this birthday party memory will last a lifetime. Thanks Kans.

Friday, October 12, 2007

My New Grandson Julian

Our newest addition to the family tree. We welcomed Julian into the world at 4:47 am October 11th, 2007. He's the most beautiful Grand-baby a Nanny could ever dream for; he's perfect in every way. We are so proud of his Mommy because she fought hard and long for over 40 hours but she did it with Nanny and Great Aunty Cathy by her side reassuring her that she could do this.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Our Holiday Table Cloth

This is a labor of love that turned into a family tradition in our home. We use this table cloth for every Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving dinner. I bought a single sheet back in 2000 and from then on everyone who ever sits at our table for a holiday dinner has to write a little something, even if it's just their name and the year. We use a fabric pen because after I've embroidered it, it washes the pen marks away. I wanted to have something that would keep the memories alive and have a holiday heirloom to pass down through the years. It's been wonderful to read what everyone has written through the years and to see my children and their cousins hand prints grow. My only regret was not having started it when my oldest was younger and the biggest sadness of all is not to have my Dad's handwriting down on it. I lost my Dad March 28th 2000 and I started the table cloth Christmas 2000. My Dad and I spent almost every holiday together and I miss him as though it were only yesterday when he left me alone. My Dad's name is on the table cloth a lot though because so many people have let him know how much they miss him too. Someday I will get my Sister Kansas or my Aunty Bub to sew a nice hem around the bottom or add a crochet lace but for now it's our treasure just the way it is.

Packing Wood's A Drag

Wow can you believe it, summer's over already. I'm not a person who looks forward to the cold weather. If it wasn't for Christmas thrown into the middle of it all, I'd hate it even more. LOL

Going out to the bush to gather our wood, packing wood, filling the wood stove and having your husband complain because he's too cold and your boiling up; oh joy, oh joy.
My neighbors just laugh and tell me they wish they could put a tunnel between our houses to catch all the heat; I regulate the heat upstairs by opening the doors and windows.

I have yet to put my summer clothes away for the winter since I've been married, that's 21 years ago, and when family and friends come to visit they all know to bring their shorts no matter how cold it is outside. When we built our house we made the mistake of having what we call my husbands "boy's club" a rumpus room, downstairs. My Dad always said that it takes 3 houses to build before you get the perfect house. If this happens guaranteed there won't be any stairs. Fifteen years ago the stairs didn't bother me but they do now and if there is stairs, my husband will be using them everyday; not me! Lol

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Meet my Daughter & My Grandson

This is the start; "Hey Mum, I'm pregnant!"

Shaylee At 8 months

Shaylee w/ Uncle Kristopher

I'm a Happy Nanny!

Great Aunty Cathy & Shaylee

Here is our Newest Addition to the Schultz Family Tree.
Meet Julian (means youthful)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Kitchen Reno's

This is a before the reno picture of my kitchen as you can see the walls are closed in and you can't see the living room from the kitchen stove.

Marty the head carpenter has knocked down the walls

No More spare bedroom wall The Crew

Let there be light, no more pass through into the dining room, no more wall to close me into the kitchen and I now have a great bar for you to sit, eat and shoot the breeze.
The big stuff is done and all that's left to do is finish the drywall, floors and paint.

Busy Summer

It's been a great summer so far but a busy one too. House Reno's, traveling, camping, fishing trips, gardening, and lots and lots of company but also a whole lotta fun. Not much time for crafts or computers but then I've always considered that something to do in the winter months anyway. It's usually about that time your rushing around figuring out what your going to make for Christmas presents. I haven't started canning this year. I'm waiting for the tomatoes to ripen. I still have enough apricot jam to do me for a couple of years yet. My son is not like our daughter use to be; this kid is a picker eater and he eats like a bird in comparison. Kristopher likes blackberry jam and those kinds of berries are great for picking and freezing to turn into jam later in the not so busy fall and winter months when school is back.
Maybe now that I'm older and wiser (no laughing); I've decided that I would much rather swim in the pool all day with my son and enjoy his company and a lotta laughs, before he turns into one of those dreadful teenagers. Kids grow up too fast and before you know it their living their own lives. Yes I know this from experience, been there, done one already.
I use to can anything and everything but now I only grow what we eat the most and or use the most in a can. I think as you get older your eating habits change a lot. We pretty much traded in our beef eating for chicken dishes and a lot more fresh vegetables; I never did care for canned corn or carrots. I still have things in my canning cupboard that should have been thrown out years ago, even a pint jar of pickled beets will last in my fridge for years these days.
I still love to garden though, who doesn't love the scent of a tomato plant or every morning with a coffee in hand, walking out to see just what has changed overnight. To me it's a beautiful sight as though your opening a new Christmas present every day.

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