Tuesday, February 24, 2009


The newest member of the Jordan Family
There was a plea to find her a new home on Craigslist of she would have ended up in the shelters. We went to have a meet and greet today and fell in love with her and could not imagine her going to live in a shelter (if there was even room for her). She has adjusted really well tonight (Molly on the other hand is a tad unhappy with us!).

~laid back weekend~

We had a pretty laid back weekend this weekend, which was warranted after a pretty crazy week. We started it with celebrating our friends birthday by going out for breakfast (which is a huge treat and rarely happens). Then we came home and everyone started some type of project (or several). I didn't capture all the little projects going on in the house this weekend, but I did catch a few.

Sadie started her first cross stitch project and is enjoying it!

This was just the beginning stages, but she has made a ton of progress since then.

The girls found these great projects of building different things. Sadie started building a pirate ship with her dad (this will be an ongoing project) and then Sadie helped Syrah with the creating of this squirrel (it turned out super cute, but they won't allow any pictures until it is painted).

At school on Monday the Kindergarten class celebrated the 100th day of school and they each needed to bring 100 of something laid out in 5 groups. Syrah worked on this during the weekend and had a good time celebrating 100 days of school yesterday.

There were a few other "projects" that were started over the weekend that aren't yet completed. I have a feeling the final projects will be revealed soon!

Have a blessed week!

Monday, February 16, 2009

To the dogs... donations turned in.

Sadie completed her donation drive for the dogs there were rescued a few weeks back (for the news story click here). Since she decided to start this many of the dogs have been moved around in order to best care for them. The Everett Animal shelter took 155 of these dogs right away and since that time put all the dogs they currently were housing in foster care. They have not been able to accept any more dogs due to the fact they just don't have the room.

Saturday, Sadie and I drove out to the Animal Shelter and Sadie gave them the $148.00 that she raised. The women who Sadie was talking to said that most of the dogs will be put in foster care in the next few weeks because none of them have lived in a home environment; after that they will be adopted out.

From Sadie:
"Thank you for all who supported the animal shelter. I know that for many people money is tight right now and that there are many places that could use your donations, but I appreciate you helping these animals who had no voice in their situation."

One thing that Sadie learned in her reading and looking further into puppy mills and the situations of shelters is that to home every homeless animal each family would need to own 7 animals. We talked about how often people just want the cute little puppy to bring home, but how the fact is there are so many dogs, cats and other pets that need adoption.
Thank you for your support and please if you are considering getting a pet; consider adoption!

Friday, February 13, 2009

It's out

Monday Syrah went to the orthodontist and they told her that she was DONE!! She was able to come back on Thursday and have the huge medal "spider" (that's what Syrah calls it) taken out of her mouth.

Before it was removed; you can see the hooks!

After her appointment they gave her balloons and a water bottle filled with sticky candy and bubble gum (things she has not been able to have).

Finished product!! The best part... it wasn't suppose to be done until August, so she was way ahead of schedule! yeah!!

Monday, February 9, 2009


Short dialog from the afternoon:

"Syrah, what is in your pocket?"

"Just a snow ball from school"

We had been in the car for about 15 minutes with this traveling snow ball! Gotta love kids, I don't know many adults that are excited about snow so much that the put a snow ball in their pocket!!

As I write this and look out the window I realized (sigh) that there will be more snow balls tomorrow! I sure am ready for Spring!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Just for fun

I really can't get over this... super fun!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

catch all

For Christmas Sadie was given a puzzle; a puzzle that was bigger than any puzzle we have done before and apparently harder than we expected. Well, this puzzle sat on our dining room table for a few weeks and we did our best to work around it. Over time, that grew old so Billy brought in a table from the garage and put in the one space it will fit. The puzzle still sits... once in a while I will sit down and attempt it, but seriously, I think we are just not puzzle people (or we have a puzzle way too hard for "starters"). At this point the table has become a catch all. Currently it is holding some Valentines Crafts!

Tucked in the corner is the "catch all" table.

A little closer, you can even see that the puzzle box has conveniently started holding crafts too!

Peek under those hand made cards and you can find the puzzle! I am actually enjoying having a place off the dining room table to put all these things rather then having to pack it all up even when the "projects" aren't done, but I am concerned that his puzzle may NEVER get done! Are you good at puzzles?? Let us know, we will feed you while you assemble!!
The start of Sadie's Valentine Cards!
The start of Syrah's Valentine cards (hand stitched, which she is LOVING!)