Vesper’s Doings, Spring 2017

Vesper celebrated her seventh birthday and is really happy to be done with first grade!

She is enjoying her new dollhouse and dolls as well as building legos, reading (!!), and learning to sew.

Vesper and her birthday dollhouse:

Learning to sew:

Building her end-of-school Lego set, she can build her lego sets without any help now!

Enjoying some tablet time with Sean:

Playing with the new kittens outside.

Currently Reading:

Star Wars Omnibus: X-Wing Squadron Vol.1 by Haden Blackman & Michael A. Stackpole

Sean’s Doings, Spring 2017

Spring was full of birthdays as usual.  Sean celebrated his fifth birthday and continues to enjoy art and building things with Legos.

Some of his object sculptures from this year:

Sean posing with his best buddy, Snuffleupagus.  Snuffles lets Sean drag him around all over outside.

Building with Legos:

Enjoying the outdoors now that school is over for the Summer:

Currently Reading: 

Over the Edge by Mary Connealy

May 2017 Screenshots

I actually created three different Ryder’s in Mass Effect: Andromeda this month because I wasn’t sure which I liked better.  After many attempts I decided on my three favorites.  First up I chose this one to play through as the Ryder brother for the first time:

I also created two more Sister Ryders, first up is this really cute one with a pony tail.  I really love the ponytails in this game!

Lastly, I couldn’t resist choosing pink hair for the last one I created.  I am currently playing through  the game with Jade and it is quite fun with the pink hair.  🙂

Currently Reading: 

Annihilation by Drew Karpyshyn

The Lost Suns by Alexander Freed

Last Day of School 2016-17

We finished school for the year!  Sean completed Pre-K and Vesper finished First Grade.  They both recieved their certificates and a lego set to celebrate.  Vesper loves her Veterinarian set, she built it all by herself.

Sean recieved a 3-in-1 Lego set and has already built and destroyed the helicopter.  After he took apart the helicopter he built the plane below.  And he is currently wanting to take the plane apart in order to build the last version of the set: the snowmobile.

Playing outside after finishing the last bits of school!

Sean with Snuffles, his best buddy.

And Yowler’s four kittens taking a nap, their normal activity so far.  🙂

Currently Reading:

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

April 2017 Flooding

April showers went out with a bang this year!  We had tons of rain the last weekend of April and had the most flooding we have ever seen.  Our creek spread out over the hay field and made it all the way to the old chicken house.

Our wet weather creek turned into quite a river that spread into our hay field to meet the creek in the middle.  This is a picture of it from our porch, thankfully our house is up on top of the hill so we got to enjoy all the rain in safety.

The next day we took a field trip to the Beaver Lake Dam where the flood gates were all the way open, it was amazing to see all the water.

You can see the lake on the left in the background, even with the flood gates all the way open the lake was up to the top of the dam.

Currently Reading:

Cascade Point by Timothy Zahn

April 2017 Screenshots

So many Mass Effect screenshots this month!  I was able to finish up my second play-through and I think this character is my favorite so far.  First up is Sara rescuing the Moshae:

I love all the textures and effects in the game, especially when snow/rain/dust accumulate on your character’s armor.

Investigating a Remnant vault:

The space map is beautiful!

On a mission with Vetra:

Reyes causing trouble again. 😉

I loved the lighting in this cave shot:

Taking time off for dancing.

Meeting the family. 🙂

Planting Cora’s garden:

Matching purple armor!

Heading to the final confrontation:

Currently Reading: 

Time Bomb & Zahndry Others by Timothy Zahn

Birthday Book Bags!

I think my friends and family know I like books!  I got two new book bags, they could technically be used for shopping or crocheting, but they are both book-themed.

The one on the right was hand-made by my very talented sister-in-law and it is gorgeous!  I love the Alice in Wonderland fabric that she used to make it.  It is definitely my new library trip bag!

Can’t wait for our next trip to the library (both because of the new bag and because I am almost through all my books from last time…).

Currently Reading: 

Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George

March 2017 Screenshots

Since Mass Effect: Andromeda came out in March that is pretty much the only game I played.  And I have a loooot of screenshots because it is a gorgeous game!

First playthrough character: Jayn Ryder.

First planet in the game:

One of the prettiest planets in the game:

Various characters:

Hanging out with friends:

A shot of space:

Jayn’s twin brother, Scott:

Setting up for a soccer game for the first colony settled in the Andromeda galaxy:

And that is just the beginning of many, many screenshots and playthroughs.  😀

Currently Reading:

Nexus Uprising by Jason M. Hough & K. C. Alexander

Kitten Update

I think last time I mentioned the animals we had one dog and a looot of cats.  Well, shortly after that we got a new puppy and lost most of our kittens.  Our slightly loopy mother cat, Princess, disappeared with three out of four of her kittens one day.  I was able to save Bandit, the last kitten, by bringing her inside before Princess came back for her.  My parents came over to pick her up that night and took her home with them.  She now goes by Tibbs and terrorizes their Border Collie for fun.  😉

We searched all over our property for the next few days and weeks but never found any sign of the other three kittens. But about a month later we heard a knock on the door and it was our neighbor’s kids asking if we wanted a kitten.  It was Snuffleupegas!!  He is quite healthy and seems very happy to be back home. 🙂  And we are very happy to have him back.

Family Visit

My brother and his family visited us this past week and it was a lot of fun to catch up with them and their kids.  Vesper and Sean really enjoyed spending most of a day playing with them!  We spent the morning at the Amazeum with them:

Then we had them over for dinner that night and by the end of the day they were fast friends!

Cousins! 😀