Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Blog Help

Does anyone know how I can change my settings to allow friends to post a comment on my blog from any computer? I noticed that I cannot comment on everyone's blog from work, but I can at home. A friend of mine cannot comment on my blog at work either. Is there a setting to fix this?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Pigeons, Candling and Motherly Instincts

Pigeons... Flying Rats... Whatever you wanna call them. They can sure be a nuisance, but today I actually felt bad for trying to evacuate them from our roof.

We have had a pigeon problem from the day we moved into our house and it wasn't until recently that we have done anything about it. About a month ago I bought some metal spokes that were on sale at ACE Hardware (those things are not cheap by the way). Dana put the spokes up right away and we saved some to place wherever the darn birds moved to next. We were told that they would find a new spot... and they sure did. So today, Dana went back up the ladder to caulk more spokes and he found a nest with two eggs and a very stubborn bird that would not leave the nest. After much coaxing... Dana got the bird off the nest and, against his wishes, removed the nest with the eggs. We caulked the remainder of the spikes and later today I saw three birds perched up on the roof next to the spot where the nest once sat. Even though I was pissed that they found a new spot, I felt really bad for taking their nest. An hour after that, one, lone, bird sat up there looking in the direction of the old nesting spot... so sad ;o(.

I took the eggs (one of which was already cracked) and made a make-shift nest in our lime tree. I am sure that the birds will not come back for them, but I had hoped that maybe they were close to hatching on their own. Tonight I took a flashlight and the inside of a toilet paper roll, to the good egg, and saw the beginnings of an embryo. This skill I learned from a good friend of mine in Iowa who raises her own birds, it's called candling. It was really neat to see the inside of the egg, but again made me feel bad that I had disturbed the nest. I placed the egg back outside and I now wish I could save that little bugger. I am sure it is too late though. If I knew how to incubate the egg and feed a baby pigeon I would probably do it, but I don't. I guess it's my motherly instincts that make me feel sorry for a creature that has forced me to scower the west side of my house once a week leaving me with bird poop stains and remnants that I have yet to succeed in preventing.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day & Masani's 90th Birthday Party

Masani celebrated her 90th birthday this past weekend. Masani is Aiyana and Clara's great grandma, on Dana's side of course ;o). Sunday was Father's Day and here is a picture of Aiyana giving Dana a Father's Day gift from her and Clara. Dana got a new hanging travel bag and some sports socks. Aiyana also picked out and signed a card that plays "I love you, a bushel and a peck..." Aiyana likes the cards that have voice recordings on them.
I had to throw in a picture of the horrendous forest fire we came across just north of Flagstaff. It was impressive. I was sad to see it destroying so much of the land.

Monday, June 14, 2010

I Made It...

...to pre-Clara weight. I am actually one pound less than I was when I got pregnant with her. Now I need to loose 10 more pounds to be pre-Aiyana weight and 11 additional pounds to be pre-Arizona weight. Who gains weight when they move from a cold state to a hot one?... The answer is... ME. I gained 11 pounds after I moved here ;o(. Anyway, 21 more pounds and I can wear my size 6 jeans again. It's on!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Our Little Girls

Aiyana is almost 2 (22 months) and Clara just turned 5 months today. I can't believe it, 2 and 5 months... I don't know which one is more shocking to me. I can't believe how quickly they grow up. Aiyana is wearing an outfit that her grandma and grandpa Cummings bought for her and Clara is sporting a sailor outfit from Great Nana and Great Aunt Vicki.

Of course there are more pictures of Clara because she's at a more photogenic age. I am lucky to get Aiyana to sit for even one shot any more. I can't wait until the cheesy "say cheese" face kicks in because I know a lot of kids go through that phase too. Ah well, Clara will have to endure my photo craziness alone until Aiyana starts liking to have her picture taken once again.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Brave Aiyana

Aiyana has always been scared of pools or the lake, but this past weekend she finally warmed up to the pool... or maybe it was so warm that she couldn't resist the pool? In any case, I am glad that she figured out how much fun it can be to splash around in the water.

Aiyana 22 Months Old

Clara 4 Months Old

Clara will be 5 months in just two weeks. I can hardly believe how fast the time has gone since she was just a newborn baby. This little girl is just a ray of sunshine, she smiles all of the time and she loves to watch Aiyana at play. You can see it in her eyes, she just wishes she can get up and play with her big sister. Clara has started to discover her hands and she is really good at balancing her bottle and pulling her pacifier out of her mouth and then sticking it back in. If you lay her on her tummy, she is bound to roll over onto her back and those long legs are kicking constantly. Clara is in the 97th percentile for length and 47th for weight, she's a long and lean baby. The dress that Clara is wearing is one that I wore when I was a baby.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend

Dana and I stayed home Saturday to do some things around the house and then we took off for the 'Out of Africa' wildlife park on Sunday morning. All week we talked about doing something for the holiday weekend, but we really didn't make up our minds until the last minute on Sunday morning when we decided to just go for it. I am so glad we did because it was a lot of fun and we needed to get out and do something as a family.
Aiyana had nice views of the park from atop daddy's shoulders.

Clara and I are waiting for the jeep safari tour to start.

The tour allowed us to get very close to some the African wildlife. None of the animals are trained and the environment they are kept in is as close to their natural habitat as possible.

It was a very hot day and Aiyana passed out right after we left the park.

We didn't have any definite plans for the rest of the holiday, but we decided we wanted to visit Jerome Sunday evening. So we headed west to Jerome and it was a beautiful drive. Neither of us expected Jerome to be such a scenic town and we were pleasantly surprised to see how magnificent the views were. The town is nestled on a cliff and the views were amazing looking up along the drive and also looking down when we reached the town. I wished that I had more daylight to take pictures because it was so neat. Dana and I decided that we will definitely be making a trip back there.

Here is a picture of Verde Valley

Aiyana seemed spooked from the minute we arrived in Jerome. I had to take a picture of her face. Jerome is said to be one of the most haunted places in the United States and many believe that there are a lot of old spirits floating around the town.

This is a picture of an old building in Wyne Arizona. This town is only one mile from Jerome, set higher in the mountain, just past the abandoned mine. Gold use to be mined in this area and it was once a booming town. Now there are only seven residents in Wyne.

This is a picture of the place that we ate, it's called the Haunted Hamburger. A coworker of mine recommended it and the food was great. I thought it was interesting how all of these orbs showed up in my picture.

Again, no plans for the remainder of our mini vacation, but I knew I didn't want the fun to stop so instead of traveling just an hour back home, I suggested we get a hotel room in Camp Verde so we could continue to spend time together.


This is what the girls did as soon as we got to the room. Dana and I had large blizzards from Dairy Queen, but I don't have any pictures of us pigging out, sorry ;o).

The next day we woke up and headed to Montezuma's Castle which are ancient Indian dwellings that were built on a cliff side. Essentially, they are old apartment buildings built by the Native Americans many years ago. I have always wanted to go and see them so I was excited to finally get the opportunity to go. There are more that exist in the state of Arizona so I hope to see those some day as well.

This is an Arizona Sycamore tree. I love the color of the bark.

This was the natural water source for the tribes that lived in the castle and they also used it for their crops.

Here's a video of Aiyana pushing Clara in the jogging stroller. I thought it was so cute how she put her head down and appeared to be very focused on getting somewhere with it.

Next She'll Be Baby Sitting

So I walk into the living room and this is how I find my baby just after I put a fresh diaper on her. For a second I thought that maybe I had taken the old diaper off and forgot to put on a new one.

I was beginning to feel very irresponsible until I see this...

Aiyana had Clara's new diaper in her hand. Mystery solved, but why would she do such a thing? Well because SHE wanted to be the mommy and clean Clara up and put on her new diaper.

How sweet ;o)