Sunday, September 18, 2011

what have we been up to?

We took a little trip to Dubuque for Labor Day.  It was relaxing, the weather was beautiful and we enjoyed the time with my parents, and a little with Ben and Kristi too! :)  We grilled out, sat by the fire in the backyard, made s'mores, and listened to old time radio while playing Quiddler. Ryan won! He was pretty proud of himself. We also went to see a movie...which really wasn't that great, but it's a memory. :) 

who is that cute guy playing the ukelele?  ;)

cutest parents ever.  :)

a very sad attempt at a self portrait with Gilbert.  His most recent nickname is Dirt Bib.  :)

A couple weeks ago I bought a hummingbird feeder.  They are the easiest birds to feed and they are really fun to watch.  Unless you have a fear of birds....then you probably wouldn't enjoy it that much. :)  September is a busy month for hummingbirds because they are migrating and beefing up for their trip!  They've been visiting the feeder on and off all day for the last few weeks. I hung ours from a shepherds hook right outside our dining room window so we could see them easily and it's very convenient for photo ops. :)  Do I sound like a bird nerd?  You can blame where I work for that. :)    About a week after we got the hummingbird feeder my sweet husband text messaged me while I was at work and told me to get another one.  Male hummingbirds are very territorial and they chase all the other hummingbirds away from the feeder.  It gets a bit crazy at times. I didn't think Ryan would really be all that interested in them, but it turns out he was fascinated.  :)  One night while we were eating supper he said "This is the most hummingbirds I've seen in my entire life!"  It was pretty cute. 

Last week I finally caved in and bought some happy yellow mums!  We had this really cool old can in our garage that the previous owners left behind and I just knew I could use it for something! For now it makes a perfect spot for mums and the hummingbird feeder.

getting some snuggles from Gilbert during a mellow moment. :)

I'm hoping to spend a lot of time in this room over the next few days.  it is out of control.  I also need to work on making some hair clips.     


  1. Oh my goodness...your self portrait cracked me up!!! :) So funny! I think he and Quincy would love each other...hehehehe

  2. :) teehee. they probably would love each other. only problem is that Gilbert sometimes forgets how big he is! haha.

  3. Did you get a haircut? It's super cute. I love it. I'm jealous of your dog!!! I want Boyd or my new puppy! I'm home alone a lot. I need a furry friend. Lol.

    And the mums are beautiful.

  4. I did! my sister in-law is a hair stylist and she always does a great job with my hair! :)

    are you admitting that you're missing boyd?!? ;) we love our dog. I laugh when I read your blogs about boyd because I can totally relate with the out of control puppy stage right now. Boyd is still puppy, right? Gil needs some more training for sure, but he is lovable!

  5. I love your self-portrait with Gilbert! It made me laugh. It's soooo cute! LOL! :D <3