Thursday, June 30, 2011

Doggy Daycare

Moses came to our house on Tuesday evening and will be staying with us for a week while his mama is in California. I feel like I'm running a daycare. There are toys scattered all over the house, I'm doing potty checks every couple hours, and I'm constantly telling one of the dogs to leave the other one alone.

These two are lucky they are so cute otherwise their ridiculous antics might not be quite so humorous.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Holly's Happenings: 6/19/11 - Present

Sunday, June 19th - I love how the sun shines into our house in the summer.  I think the sun should shine in our kitchen all year round - it makes eating breakfast just that  much better.  I had my second derby practice this evening.  The first 20-minutes of practice were spent doing "off-skate" training, including lunges that left me so shaky I could hardly skate the rest of the night.  I'm definitely going to get strong legs from this derby business.

Tuesday, June21st- The first day of summer.  It was cold, rainy, and windy.  I hope it's not a predictor of the rest of the summer ahead although I have heard it's supposed to be a cool, wet one.

Wednesday, June 22nd - On Wednesdays, the "Freshies" (those of us derby girls in training are called "Fresh Meat" or "Freshies") have open skate, which means we don't have official practice but are allowed to come to the rink to skate and practice skills if we'd like to.  Several of us "Freshies" got together on this evening and one of the other gals helped me adjust the trucks of my skates (trucks control movement).  I definitely felt better on my skates that night than I had at our previous two practices so I'm glad I got over my fear of changing anything on my gear.

Thursday, June 23rd - My family celebrated Father's Day since we weren't able to do it on Sunday.  We went out for dinner and then had ice cream cake - yum, yum! (Side note: An old lady said I looked like a hippie in the skirt I had on!)

Friday, June 24th - I felt super trashy this day.  Mitch and I ate dinner at a pizza buffet (which I absolutely love but I always feel a little trashy when I eat at buffets - anyone else feel that way?) and that night I watched FashionPolice (I know, I know - yikes Holly!).

Sunday, June 26th - My third derby practice which means we're half-way through training!  We have a lot to learn in the three upcoming practices!

Today, Monday, June 27th - A week ago, I discovered pears growing on both our pear trees and tonight Mitch discovered apples growing on our apple tree.  It's so exciting to see the fruit and I'm anxious to see how large they get this year.  They are currently about half an inch in diameter.



Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Find

This site is AMAZING!  *sigh*

Have a wonderful weekend!

Holly's Happenings: 6/5/11 - 6/18/11

Monday, June 6th - My second summer school course - Principles of Macroeconomics - started (online).  I am definitely a nerd because I'm really enjoying this class and even like reading the textbook.  I was suppose to have my first roller derby practice on this day but the practice space is currently being used for storage due to the flooding.  Luckily the team found a new place to practice and I only had to wait an extra six days before I started.  This was also the evening I got sucked into "The Bachelorette" (I know, I know - yikes, Holly!).  In case you're wondering, my current favorite is J.P.

Wednesday, June 8th - Flower shopping with my mom and sister!  I think greenhouses have to be one of the best places to spend time.  How can you not be happy in a place like this?

Sunday, June 12th - I had my first derby practice!  It was a lot of fun and I met some amazing gals.  We spent practice just getting used to skating around and then falling on our knees.  Also, history was made that evening when my father sent his first-ever text message!

Tuesday, June 14th - My blog's fourth birthday!  I love that I have four years worth of memories recorded here.

Saturday, June 18th - Moses (Crickett's half-brother) came to stay with us for a couple of days while his mama did some traveling around the state.  There is nothing cuter than dealing with the shenanigans of these two fur-kids.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Holly's Happenings: 5/29/11 - 6/4/11

Sunday, May 29th - Saw "Bridesmaids" with my mothers. It was hilarious and I think I may have even enjoyed it more than the buttered popcorn (and that's saying something)!

Tuesday, May 31st - First summer school class - Management Information Systems - started (online).  I cannot begin to describe how much I despise this class and how unnecessary it is for my major.  Only one more week left!  Spent the afternoon sandbagging with a friend. Bismarck-Mandan is currently battling the rising Missouri River due to record snow- and rainfall in both North Dakota and Montana. Flooding became an issue in mid-May and is expected to continue throughout the summer.  Bismarck has built a massive levee to protect residents in the floodplain on the south side of town (including my parents and in-laws) but many of those outside of city limits haven't been quite so lucky.  Yesterday, a home was swept away by the river and officials say it may not be the only one.  My heart is heavy for that family - I cannot even imagine what it must feel like to watch your house being swallowed up and then carried away by flood water.  This is definitely a time that will go down in the record books - unfortunately.

Wednesday, June 1st - Spent the night sandbagging with friends and my dad in hopes of reaching the city's goal of eight million sandbags by the next day. It was a chaotic evening but it was awesome seeing so many people out helping the community.

*Minot is also battling devastating flooding due to the rising Souris River (the story actually made national news last night and is one the lead headlines this morning on MSN).  Nearly a quarter of the city's population, 10,000 residents, had to evacuate their homes yesterday as water began to spill over the dikes.  Please keep the residents of Bismarck, Mandan, and Minot in your thoughts and prayers.*

Thursday, June 2nd -  On to some happier news.  I turned the big 3-0 this month! The 20s were great but I think the 30s are going to be even better.

Saturday, June 4th - Bought myself a pair of patterned fishnet tights for roller derby!  I suspect it will be the first of many.  Spent the gorgeous evening in the backyard with Crickett. I love the sights, sounds, and smells that you experience outside this time of year.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Snapshot Saturday: Earth's Laughter

Earth laughs in flowers.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bad Blogger - June 2011

I decided to make and give myself an award today because I really deserve it.

I'm making it a goal to be back soon with updates and regular posting!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday Smile

I have my first roller derby practice tonight!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Backyard Snapshots

Rather than going for a walk the other evening, Crickett and I decided to play in the backyard instead.

I snapped photos and chased Crickett around the yard.

Crickett smelled dandelions and chased birds around the yard.

Pretty blossoms

and pretty weeds.

Even the way the sun shines on ordinary objects makes me happy.

I love our backyard.