Thursday, April 29, 2010

Our Mountain Escape



If you didn't notice, Jonathan and I were able to sneak away for a few days this week. :) Tuesday after work we left Nathan with Nana, packed up the car, and headed to the hills of eastern Oklahoma. Until Thursday, our home was the gorgeous cabin pictured above and located in the middle of nowhere. We didn't go to celebrate anything in particular, just to get away from it all for a few days and spend precious time together.

Although I won't give you the whole play-by-play of our little rendezvous, here are a few pictures to share. After a long morning of sleeping in, we spent Wednesday in the great outdoors, hiking down (and *ahem* back up) the mountain, hitting the trails, and floating the Mount Fork River. I'm pretty sure it doesn't get much more relaxing when this is your view:





Before we left, a few people asked if we were going camping and although we were technically in the woods sans technology, I still don't think this quite counts. :) But if you really want to see how good we had it, click here. This cabin and all the others at the River's Edge now come with the Bauer stamp of approval.





Especially when I opened the refrigerator and this plate of goodness was staring back at me:



During our little "camping trip" we also went on a four-wheeler ride that led us to this secluded, rocky area of the river. Of course, we had to climb onto these rocks and take pictures of each other.





I hope you enjoyed seeing our lovely faces for a change, but I promise the next post will involve either Nathan or vegetables (which looked marvelous today, by the way!). Thank you, Jonathan, for getting me out of my element for a few days, but as we all know, there is no place like home. Happy Thursday!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Wet and Windy Weekend

If you were in Arkansas the past few days, you probably know what the weather was like. If you weren't, it was gross, take it from me. We kicked Friday morning off with a wonderful breakfast to lunch visit with our favorite Abby Cadabby (with baby Eva, of course) while the guys played golf. During this time, the skies pretty much went dark and gloomy while the thunder rolled. From that moment until about 24 hours later, my backyard looked like this:



Don't you love how those cows could care less that there was a "significant severe weather alert" and that they should be "prepared to protect their lives." Cows, geez. However, the second the rain stopped today, the sun burst out of hiding and turned the backyard into this:



I know you are thinking, "Oh so there are the vegetables, I wonder how they're doing??" so I'll go ahead and answer it. They're okay, I suppose. They surprisingly survived all this crazy weather (so far), but I'm not going to show any more close-ups until they really get situated and growing in their new homes. You can can still see green in the beds so I'll leave it at that for now. :)



Back to the course of the day - Nathan and I played inside all morning so the sun could dry the ground for an afternoon of outside fun. As you can obviously see, this included creating a sweet trail for Lightening McQueen out of various candles. (This was all him, people.) After a nap, we stepped onto the front porch and saw this:



"What a GORGEOUS day!" Nathan cheerfully proclaimed. However, it was only a second after we caught a glimpse of the sky that we felt the new forecast: WINDY. Nathan ran out to the middle of the yard and thrust his arms outward, yelling that he wanted to feel the wind with his whole body! His hair really felt it, too:



In a nutshell, we had a great weekend with lots of visitors, lots of weather, and lots of fun. Tomorrow we are heading to Hope to celebrate Aunt Sandy's birthday. I'm sure we will have a fun day and I hope you do, too. To end this rambling play-by-play post, here's a cute grand finale. Happy Weekend!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dirt









Dirt has been a pretty big part of our lives lately - attempting to grow food in the dirt, planting flowers in the dirt, watching worms and ants and all kinds of creepy-crawlies in the dirt, tracking the dirt across the kitchen floor - the list goes on and on. And this week has been no exception. After dinner today, Nathan and I were in the front yard watching the sunset, a pretty usual occurrence, when I noticed Nathan was particularly dirty. Maybe it was just his love for the outdoors, maybe it was his lack of bath the day before - either way, I thought it was cute and a fantastic excuse to share pictures of him. So, here you go, probably the best thing you'll see on the internet today: Nathan and his dirt in various poses. Happy Thursday!

EDIT: I just remembered it is Earth Day, thanks to Google. What better way to say thanks to Mother Nature than by showing a child with earth smeared on him??

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday



{grief is not the sign of weakness, it is the price of love}

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The View From Here











This spring sure seems like the most celebrated one I've seen in a while - and I absolutely love it! With more relaxed schedules and a big, beautiful new yard, why in the world would we stay cooped up in the house this month? Nope, we can't come up with a good answer, either. During our daily afternoon outings, I love to just sit in my front porch swing and take it all in. So, in celebration of one of my three favorite seasons (I just dislike winter), here are a few shots from yesterday, including Nathan's romp through the dandelions and a nice picture of his great big face. :) Hope you're all doing well. Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tickling the Ivories


This evening Nathan decided it was time to give us a piano concert and when he began, I raced to the guest room to snatch the camera! :) This little kid may not really know what he's doing on the piano, but I think somewhere deep in his subconscious there's the makings of a child prodigy. I could be biased, though. Anyway I thought I'd share this video to show that Nathan knows more lyrics than those to "Single Ladies." Yes, Nashville Christian Academy is teaching the kid a thing or two.

And... because I'm such a good mama here is a second piano video that does feature one of the same songs as the first clip, but shows a good solid minute of this kid's musicality. It may be going overboard to post two similar videos, but you know you love it!


Happy Tuesday! :)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bunkin' Party



Every few minutes from the moment Nathan and I woke up this morning, he would ask "How many hours until we go to Grammy's house to see Joley?!?" To say he was excited would be an understatement. :) He and I met Grammy and Joley in Arkadelphia for pizza, where the two hugged, giggled, and chicken danced throughout the restaurant. After lunch, Grammy whisked the kids to Conway where they will later be joined by cousins Eli, Hannah, and Gideon. Yes Grammy and Poppy will have their hands full tonight! But I know the kids are going to have a blast.

As for mama, well I hate to be away from my little guy but one night is not so bad, I think I can manage... Especially considering I just took a break from painting my toenails and watching trashy reality TV to blog. :) I can't wait to hear about the adventures these five little cousins have this weekend and I hope all of your adventures will be as great!

Friday, April 9, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow?









(Answer: Ask me again in the summer...) Well if you haven't guessed from the last two posts, I decided earlier this year that it was high time I developed a new hobby. :) Growing things is always something I've been interested in, but I haven't really had the energy, time, or motivation to get it going. This year with my newfound change of pace, I knew I wanted to try my hand at a vegetable garden. After months of planning and flipping through gardening catalogs, the boys and I set to work and built two 8x4 raised bed frames and then filled them with soil and compost. After all that hard work, the real fun began this evening! We got all 8 of our crops planted and settled into their new homes. We decided for our first try to start with plants, as opposed to seeds, and I'm anxious to see how well they turn out! So, without further ado, meet my veggies:

Here in Bed 1, as I like to call it, we have the cucumber and all its relatives. In the front are 8 bush snap bean plants, then four zucchini plants, followed by four straight neck yellow squash plants, and finally a row of five cucumber plants with room to install a trellis along the back.



In Bed 2 we have... well the everything else family. In the front we have romaine lettuce and sweet Georgia onions planted together (we did those earlier in the week on a cooler day), then we have four green bell pepper plants, then another row of bell peppers (two red and two yellow), and then my favorite little babies, the six Early Girl tomato plants safe in their cages.



And there you have it, folks, the start of a new Bauer family tradition! I will be sure to share my progress with this new venture, so continue to check back for updates. And if all goes well, there may be a bucket or two of homegrown veggies headed your way! Happy Friday, y'all!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

Digging in the Dirt









There has been quite a bit of dirt under my fingernails, lately - but with good reason! Jonathan, Nathan and I recently completed Outside Project I, which included redoing the flower beds in our front yard. Nathan loves tending to the "ah-zale-ia" bushes, as you can see. :) The pansies we planted last fall popped right up with the sunshine, so all we had to do was spread a truck load of mulch, plant some azalea bushes and, my personal favorite, plant our Japanese Maple tree. I really wanted to do a tree in the flower bed this year as a memorial for the baby we lost last month. It's not really extravagant or even obvious for that matter, but we know what it means to us. As simple as it is, I wanted something that I could actually watch grow and turn into something beautiful before my eyes, as I know he or she would have. :)

Outside Project II is also in the works... Soil has been prepared and dirt will definitely be flying this week as we move to the backyard, but here are some hints to give you an idea of what we're up to. Believe me, a blog post is soon to follow.





Happy Monday, y'all!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Bunny Day















The Bauer family (on both sides, mind you) had a fantastic Easter Sunday. After church this morning, we were honored to have both sets of our parents and several other members of my family out to the house for an Easter feast of ham and fixings and a one-man Easter egg hunt. (You can see who this little hunter was.) When asked what day it was, Nathan was quick to respond "Easter Bunny Day!" as he received quite a few pieces of chocolate and even more prizes from the big bunny; however, he still knew the reason for the season. He delivered a short-but-sweet blessing of "Thank you for God, thank you for Jesus" before we ate - this coming from the guy who slept through Mass. :) Anyway I just wanted to thank everyone who came out today - we had so much fun and we can't wait to see you all again! Enjoy a sample of the pictures from our wonderful day. Also, Happy Easter to the friends and family we weren't able to spend time with - I hope your day was just as great!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Uh-Uh-Oh!


No April foolin' here, yes that lively tune is a somewhat close impression of what you think it is. As we were rocking on the front porch swing this evening, he started belting all sorts of different tunes. When a Beyonce tune came out of nowhere, I had to grab the camera. :) "How does he know this?" you may ask. Well, sure he may have heard it a few times on the radio and maybe even seen her sweet dance moves on TV; however, this song is played a million times in a row on Nickelodeon as part of the Chipmunks Movie commercial. So, there you go. This one goes out to all you single ladies. Especially the whole "blowing a kiss" part. :)

PS - Here's another cute shot I got while Nathan was triking along in the grass this afternoon. With weather like this and a son this cute, it's hard not to get a good picture and, of course, share it with you! Happy Thursday!