Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Riley's birthday

I have forgotten if I posted pics of Riley's birthday. So he wanted a pig pinata, which we made together. He wore bunny ears and a cape for super bunny a max and ruby character and dirt cake which he refused to eat. His friend Jon came but didn't get to stay for the dirt cake. Riley had a lot of fun.

This summer

We took a trip to Spirit Lake area and found a free beach to swim in. Tried to fix the pic of eliza.

Our garden

My squashes did wonderful, except for the pumpkin. Three grew but only one was ripe before our first frost. We had loads of green tomatoes for fried green tomato sandwiches Hopefully next summer we will have red tomatoes and green peppers.

Happy Halloween

Riley was a dinosausar/dragon and Eliza was a ladybug/ princess lady bug since she instisted on wearing her princess skirt. Riley lasted about 45min then he was done and EJ ended up riding in our wagon. I made a ghost family tree. Sticks in a white pitcher with tissue ghosts for everyone in the family including the cat.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Lipstick and balloons

So, Riley and Eliza found my hooker red lipstick. I asked Riley why he decided to smear it all over his face. He said that they were playing dress up and needed makeup. Riley was a a princess and apparently Eliza was a chicken. I took the kids to see "Mr. Twister" a guy who makes balloon animals. Mr. Twister made a sea turtle and donated it to the library so everyone could enjoy it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

July 4

Riley and I went strawberry picking with the Hayes. I think we picked for an hour. Riley worked the whole time and filled up his little bucket one and a half times. Then I tried to make jam out of the berries. My first attempt was a disaster. Smoke and burt strawberries everywhere. I felt like a big fat failure.
My second try wasn't as bad. I ended up with 3 1/2 jars of moderately runny but eatable strawberry Jam. There's a first time for everything, I guess.

EJ's B-day

Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Everybody must get stoned"...Bob Dylan

Guess I need to explain this picture. We didn't realize it had been posted on our web album. Yes that is exactly what you think it is, marijuana. I thought it would be a good addition to our food storage.
Kidding. According to our neighbor Jeff, Iowa used to grow marijuana during WWII for the hemp to make rope and clothes. This is what is left over. My neighbor tells me she calls it ditch weed. This plant was growing behind Jeff's garage along the fence that separates our yards. The plants come back every year in spite of being sprayed. I have found four plants growing in our own lawn. One of which I haven't pulled up yet. Guess I should do that.

Monday, June 27, 2011


Sooo...we now own a cat. Here's the story: I was pulling out of Holzhauers when I spotted a wittle kitten who looked rather frail and sick who was sitting in the middle of the road. It apparently had not eaten in a while. It's little meow pulled at my heart strings and I brought it home. After a trip to the vet it became ours. We have named it Emmy. The kid's won't leave it alone but it sure is fun to watch them play with it. It has to be one of the most mellow cats I have ever met before - to the extreme. The vet told us it was about 5 weeks old, and that was on Friday of last week. Never thought we'd own a kitty but it's part of the fam now. meow!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Our days are full of playing at the park, crying and wearing "petty dress" as EJ would say.
The dress and purple jumper are clothes I wore 30 some odd years ago.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Weird Alert

I am giving all Swartzs and non Swartzs alike a warning, this blog post is strange. (I don't include my family in this warning because, well, they used to live with me and know what to expect.)
I have given full warning, I don't want to hear any winning. (: Close the page now for your own sanity.

I was in a foul mood yesterday. I had good reason to be Craig woke me up at 2-2:30am and I couldn't get back to sleep. So I was tired, annoyed and my patience was as thin as road kill. However, Craig came home and being such a wonderful husband turned on some weird al music. I haven't laughed so hard for a while. My top favs. Horoscope, Yoda, and One more minute. He is so absurd, so tongue in cheek. I love that he makes fun of everything. He is an equal opportunity offender but he does it in such away that the person or group he is poking fun of can laugh at themselves.

Monday, April 25, 2011


Eliza and I like to do things together. We visited the Easter Bunny at the library in April. We also like to walk around the block.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Riley wanted to fix his hair like daddy's

The only way to watch TV.
What did you just do to me?

We love our garbage disposal

I was so happy when Craig installed the garbage disposal. When Craig works on the house he will call out "Picture, Picture!" Or he will say "We need to document this." So I follow him around with the camera snapping pics. I think he fills famous.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

the Kids

Riley will change his clothes four times a day or not have any clothes on at all. I was glad to get him to wear his undies. He worked hard making his pile of plastic bags and was excited to show daddy.

Master plumber

If I didn't post something about Criag's latest achievement, (sorry Barry) what kind of wife would I be? He redid the plumbing on New Year's Eve. He used Pex pipe and shark bite fittings. Done with in about a day. I just glad there was no flooding followed by a lot of cursing.