Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mooooo...Meet Bessie!

Aren't all cows named Bessie? 

That's what I think anyway...so, that's what I called this one at Old McDonald's Farm.
I thought she was pretty - and she actually seemed to like being petted on. I guess living in a place like that with kids touching you everyday she has just got used to it!!

Glad she didn't have a cold!

 Hope you're having a fantastic weekend so far!!
(be sure to come back around Monday - new giveaway being posted. You're really gonna like this one! Here's a hint: ribbons, hairbows, dresses...oh my!)

HAPPY SATURDAY!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Photo Friday: Primary Colors - RED


Please Do Not Feed the Donkey

It's been a while since I participated in this challenge - so I thought today would be a good day for it!


Have a Fabulous Friday!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Will Power is my Friend {And Wordless Wednesday}

Willpower Please!!!

So, this was the scene when I walked into our biweekly meeting this morning!! ACK!!! I had to draw upon a lot of will power, but I was able to make it through without partaking! LOL

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Pictures

So, Sunday morning after the kids got all pretty for church I wanted to take pictures of them - we only had a few minutes and I knew the rest of the day would be super busy, so I conceded to just snap a couple of quick ones & know that we would get them dressed up again & go somewhere pretty to take pictures. Well, after I snapped my couple of quick pictures of them I made a comment that I didn't really get the pictures that I wanted...Emma overheard this & told me, very nicely, "YOU GET WHAT YOU GET & YOU DON'T PITCH A FIT!!!"

UH - WHA???? Apparently that is what they are told at school! LOL! I posted this to Twitter & FB and several of my teacher friends did in fact confirm that they told the kids in their classroom this. It was pretty funny! So, now I use it back on her if she whines when I tell her NO about something! Ha ha!! Good one Emma!

So - like I said, I only took a couple pictures of them all dressed up, but I took tons Saturday & Sunday of them having fun & hunting Easter Eggs! Saturday we were at my in-law's house & Sunday we went to church with my family and then back to my parents' house to celebrate with everyone. My kids should be pro Easter Eggs hunters by now - they hunted at the baby sitter's house, at Grandma & Grandpa's (Michael's parents), at church and then at Geddo & Teta's (my parents) house!!

Here are a few of the nearly 200 pictures from all our Easter celebrating...
Emma was very proud of her Cinderella dress
Waiting at the backdoor to run find eggs!
I think they liked the cookies the Easter Bunny brought more than anything...
Getting to the good stuff...the candy inside!
I need some eggs in here!!
Now time to relax after all that egg huntin' & watch cartoons!!



Monday, April 25, 2011

Old McDonald's Farm

Soooo many pictures were taken this week, so I figure I better go in chronological order for posts to keep everything in order and to keep from having a post that's a mile long!!!

Friday I was off for Good Friday, so Michael decided to take the day off as well...we couldn't make up our minds about a Date Day or a day with the kids...in the end we decided to do something fun with the kids instead and it was a great day outside for it! The weather was awesome!! We took the kids to Old McDonald's Farm & they loved it! We've been a few times before & it's always a lot of fun. I'd love to have their b'day party there one year, but in December & February you never know just how the weather is going to be here...

Aaron is definitely my brave one - he just barreled right on up in the middle of all the animals.
And the cages we couldn't go in, he climbed on to better reach the animals!!
I think Emma PREFERRED reaching through the cages, though!

With the little lambs Aaron was so cute - he even reached around and hugged up one of them. I mean they were so soft, why not??? (Full on hug posted in my previous entry!)


Emma didn't wanna get that close! She did ride the little horses, though. Lately that has been her thing. She was scared for so long & now whenever we go anywhere with horses (or even camels once) to ride she is all for it!

They had fun in the dirt, too - Aaron saw these big trucks more as ride-ons, though!! Ha ha!
And Michael didn't want the kids to have all the fun - he got to play a little, too!
(Sorry for this blurry pic - ha ha - he caught me off guard and I wasn't camera ready! LOL)

Easter Post Coming, but Had to Share This Cuteness First


Saturday, April 23, 2011

We Grew A Lollipop!!!

Emma is an amazing gardener! Yesterday she planted some Jelly Beans...
She was pretty proud!! She plants things with her daddy all the time, so she already knew just what to do! She didn't understand the Easter Grass, though b/c "we needed to plant them in the dirt" - so there was dirt in the bottom and Easter Grass on top. That was the magic ingredient!! And they can only grow during Easter time!
And just look what grew over night!!!
She was so excited! She walked past it this morning a couple of times before looking up on the bar at it...then she looked up finally and was at a loss for words at first!! Then she said, "Hey, who's lollipop is that?" I didn't answer her, so she looked back at it and said, "My jelly beans grew!!!!"

She couldn't wait to "pick it" and get to licking on it - she hasn't put it down yet!! I did make her wait at least until she finished her oatmeal this morning! Ha ha! Hey, I'm a cool mom, but she needs her breakfast before candy at least, right???

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt at Grammy's

We have the greatest baby sitter!! Honestly, I feel like I am taking Aaron (and Emma when she went) to their grandparents' house instead of to a baby sitter! She loves them like they are family and they in turn love her as well!! And being a first time mom with Emma she helped me out a lot, too! Helped with potty training, food, manners, just everything...when they were sick with something minor I didn't have to miss work b/c she would take care of them, when Aaron had to have breathing treatments she gave them to him (along with two of the other boys needing them at the same time)...and when Emma was there at about 18 months ALL the kids got that Rotavirus at the SAME time! YUCK is all I have to say, but Grammy still kept them all and took care of them - I think there were four at that time!

So, along with everything she already does, she always buys them something for Christmas & has an Easter Egg Hunt for them every year - which is what we did yesterday! It's always fun & lots of kids she used to keep come back for it, too!!

Aaron didn't just limit his hunt to eggs, though!! LOL! Emma showing me her loot!

Aaron got a lesson from Big Sister about exactly where to find the goodies - inside the eggs!!!
All that egg hunting is hard work, so it was juice break time...then back to egg hunting!
Then he found out it was much more fun to transfer eggs from one person's basket to another - easier, too - let them hunt then just take the eggs for yourself!! Ha ha! (No - I didn't let my son steal eggs!!)

And it's not just Grammy that is great - Grappy (her hubby) is, too!! He takes the kids outside to play when it's nice, he has a garden that he let's them pick & eat fresh veggies from...and he can build anything! We have a great kid-size picnic table in our backyard he built and he built the kids a great swing set with slides, monkey bars, single and double swings...it's awesome!! Aaron loves it & these little swings are so cute!
This is the double (obviously) and he makes a single seater just like this...with a safety bar in front as well as straps to keep the kids safe!

So, the Easter holiday is well under way for the Kubeczka's!! Tomorrow Michael & I are off and we haven't decided if we're going to have a "date day" and let Emma go to her school Easter Party & Aaron stay with Grammy - or keep them both with us & have an adventure all together!! Then Saturday we'll be at Michael's parents' house for dinner & Easter Egg hunting and the kids will get to see their cousins & spend time playing with them - something I wish they got to do more often! Then Easter Sunday we'll be in church with my parents and the kids will hunt eggs there, too then back to my parents' house with the whole family (and more cousins) to grill & hunt Easter Eggs again...my kids are gonna be pro egg hunters! LOL!!

I hope to post a few pics of our Easter over the weekend, but it's gonna be a busy weekend...so if not I'll have a big follow up Easter post with plenty of pictures to share and I wish for you all to have a HAPPY EASTER!!

He is not here...for He has risen!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Color It By Numbers Giveaway

For your little artists...

Kids are so creative! And today they are all about the computer! ColorItByNumbers is a great tool that puts creativity together with learning! Kids learn to use & navigate the computer along with how to recognize colors & numbers. Or if they would just like to use their own imagination you can turn off the guide & let them use their favorite colors without prompts! Let their imagination run wild!!

These have surely come a long way from the color by number books I had as a kid!

These books are suitable for all screen resolutions as well as for use on Macs, PCs, Linux and is also multi-lingual (English, Spanish, German, French & Russian).
There are many pictures to choose from in three difference categories: 

ANIMALS
PRINCESSES
VEHICLES
Features of this program are:
  • three coloring modes
  • easy to change preset colors
  • cute and exciting images
  • beautiful effects.
  • adapted for all screen resolutions
  • the picture is automatically saved after exiting the program
  • music and sounds

You can purchase your own coloring books on their site for $9.99 or you can enter here to win one of three codes that I'll be giving away! Three readers will receive a code for a free download for one of these coloring books! I have one code for each category to give away. Winners will all be contacted at the same time & the first responses will get first pick at the category of their choice!


Here's how to enter:
Mandatory Entry: Follow Daily Venting & Exclamations publicly via Google Friends Connect!



Bonus Entries: Do one or all of the following for additional chances to win. (Please be sure to leave a comment for each one you do & include your email address - each comment will be counted as an entry!)

  1. Visit ColorItByNumbers and let me know which picture(s) you love!
  2. Tweet this giveaway (Another bonus - Tweet once per day & leave a comment each time you do for an additional entry!)
  3. Post about the giveaway on Facebook
  4. Post about the giveaway on your blog & link back to this post (please provide link)
Giveaway ends Wednesday, April 27th & I will announce the winners Thursday, April 28th!! Good Luck!

My Top 50...err 36!

I have a set on Flickr for my Top 50 Most Interesting by Flickr. Interesting is a Flickr feature. And when photos reach a certain "something" of interestingness, they make it to Explore!

I've actually only had three of my pics make it to Explore!

Big Grin

The combination of things that get a picture into Explore seems to vary a LOT - and some of my friends have TONS of pictures in Explore (b/c they are way cool photographers)!! I'm excited three of my pics made it, especially b/c I'm not really very social on Flickr anymore like i used to be.

I do like to peruse Explore and see what kind of pics are currently out there - some are so interesting & others I really wonder why they made Explore - or why they are interesting. Even some of my own...like for instance this picture. Why is it in my top 50??
Back Seat Driver

So, back to my Top 50...I created a set to capture my Top 50 Most Interesting pics (so this set changes all the time) and created a Mosaic of these pics - the mosaic maker, though only went to 36 pictures and 50 is just too many pics to manually create my own mosaic from, so I settled for 36! You can see all 50 in the link above anyway! Ha ha!!! The first two are in Explore and the 10th picture (the drug store sign)...it's moved down in my set since it made Explore I guess! LOL

Top 36

Anyway - just something totally random for today - I hope you all have a  
Wonderful Wednesday!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

iPhoneography for my Weekend Update


We had a great mini four day vacay in ETx!!! I always feel like I am home when I see this view:
The "Big Bridge" heading into Broaddus - my home town. My teeny tiny hometown!!!

It was cooler than I thought it was going to be, but it was the wind that blew me away (pun intended!)...I couldn't believe how much the wind blew! It was mostly the guys that got affected - Michael & my brother fished a tournament this weekend & the wind the first two days really beat them up on the lake. And b/c the lake is so far down right now, there weren't a lot of coves to hide in either. But they had a good time & the third day the water was like glass! My brother did bring in a big fish Sunday, but at the last minute the fish took a dive & broke his line - so you know it was a big fish! Michael took this pictures right after that:
My brother would live on the water if he could - we've always joked that he could catch a fish in a mud puddle! I think this picture is the epitome of him - and it's a beautiful picture, too. Can you believe it was just with Michael's iPhone!?!?

Actually this weekend was only captured via iPhone, hence the link up at the top of the post. Some weekends are just like that!

I visited my old school, too. It's all elementary now, though b/c the town got a new Jr. High & HS - my old gym, though was used over the weekend for a class reunion. For several classes actually from 57-62 I think. My mother's time - we went up the day before b/c my aunt was decorating & looked around. It was weird seeing it after so many years and b/c it really isn't used anymore - just for elementary PE I think. I don't think I've been in there but maybe once or twice since my HS graduation.
I also worked on a new project this weekend - you saw this picture already (actually most of these pictures) if you follow me on Twitter. Mother found a new crochet pattern for dishrags using cotton yarn & I love them! They actually work better than any I've bought in the store & it's fun to make your own!
I started this one on the way up to ETx & ended up giving it to my aunt...so I did another one while we were there & gave that one to my Grannie.
I love this basket weave pattern!! And these rags are super durable & are good for scrubbing pans that you don't want to use something abrasive on...I plan to make lots more!

This was funny, too - when I was little my Grannie's washing machine was a little wild. Or at least it got a little wild during the rinse cycle. So, when it would start we would actually go sit on it! LOL - I'm not kidding. And as kids, we thought it was so funny!! Now, I don't think she still has that same washer, but the one she has now also gets a little wild during the spin cycle...and Emma got to be the one to sit on it - she thought it was as funny as I did! You know you're from the country when...
We did sit Aaron up there & he laughed a bit, but wasn't interested in sitting on it through the whole cycle! LOL

He was more interested in the produce - Grannie has some tomatoes out on the table & I looked up and found Aaron walking around with one eating it like an apple!! Runs in the family I guess, my mother, me & Emma all do the same thing - actually Michael will, too!
Aaron also found a new spot to watch cartoons - he loved this little stool & he was so cute sitting there!!
The top of the stool says:
"This little stool is mine
I use it all the time
To reach the things I couldn't
And lots of things I shouldn't!"
 The kids played a lot outside, too - the weather during the afternoons was so nice - the mornings were a little cold, though. They built a playhouse, er rather a clubhouse is what Emma kept calling it outside behind the shed. She kept getting upset with Aaron b/c he was pulling her dishes off the stove!!
And walked around in my brother's garden a while, too...
We spent a lot of time up in town, too - at my other brother's house, we had dinner out at the Dairy Mart (yes, that's the real name of the place b/c when it opened 50 years ago it was a Dairy Mart - serving shakes and ice cream & such)...we drove down the house I grew up in on the lake. I didn't take a picture b/c it was sad - mother always worked so hard & made the yard look so beautiful. Well, the people that live there now apparently do a great job inside (they are into antiques I've heard), but they aren't gardeners. Mother's flower beds are all gone - only the hedges are there, but they've let the red tips get terribly tall - I mean, I thought they were trees when we drove up!!! Mother made a comment that we had pictures of the house when it looked good & that's how we should remember it anyway - and she is right. I need to find some of those pictures to post - it was a great house! Set on a couple acres of land right on the water - with a big pool in the back and tons of beautiful trees all around! That's how I want to remember it! We also drove around to some of the other neighborhoods with gorgeous houses right on the lake - which all have beach front right now b/c the water is so low. I have never seen the lake this low in my life.

All in all it was a great four days...I was glad to be back in my bed last night. That's always true, though. This week is another short week actually - since we're off Friday for Good Friday. Then Easter is Sunday & this Easter Bunny needs to get on the move & get Easter baskets ready. Thankfully (thanks to my mom actually) Emma already has her Easter dress (it's beautiful) and Aaron has his Easter outfit, too. They are going to look so good - maybe I can get Aaron to be still & actually look at the camera long enough for me to get a good picture of the two of them for another canvas, too!!! Fingers crossed!

I hope you all had a great weekend!!

Happy Monday!