Fun Times With The Beckers

All the fun, even if it's not always blogged…

catch-all photo post — January 26, 2009

catch-all photo post

As The Mamas & Papas said, “Monday, Monday…

I downloaded/uploaded some photos and have some other things so say, so prepare yourself!

let’s see… i did finish those holiday wreaths i mentioned in posts past… The MIL asked if i would make some Valentine’s and Easter ones that she could sell at her salon in Hastings. we’ll see how that goes. here are photos… tho, not the best photo representations in the world because (a) i don’t have a tripod, (b) i didn’t use photoshop and (c) you can see how messy my house is!

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This is a Valentine’s one. i made another one which i donated to the AFL Winterfest Ales & Auction… which only sold for about $15… so boo for that… but i guess donators can’t be choosers, huh?

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easter 1

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easter 2

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easter 3

further to this, the MIL and SIL and I have been talking about starting an etsy shop… the only thing that confounds me thus far, and keeps me from moving forward – paypal! for some reason, my tiny brain just can’t wrap itself around that monstrosity. kinda like how i feel about podcasting! but… i was finally able to figure out blogging… so, maybe there is hope.

onto more snaps:
Oh! I haven’t posted the puppies recently– and yes, they are still silly as ever… so have a look!:
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My Baby Lu, napping in my spot on the couch– naughty, but oh-so-sweet!

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I beg you – please only notice the sweet pooches and not the dirty carpet!

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though she’s not really all that trained, Lucy does love to “sit” and then her favorite part is kissing your chin… LOVE HER!

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playing with my babies… same rule on ignoring the house clutter applies to this photo, thank you.

And then it was off to the PRCA Rodeo – Tough Enough to Wear PINK Night! It was fun… but if i might, i will add some community commentary– People of Lincoln – you complain that nothing “cool” comes here, and then, when it does, you don’t support it. I understand it was a Rodeo, at the Pershing Center, and it happened to be -3degrees and snowing… but COME ON! It was fun, this is cool stuff, and allow yourselves to be cultured… ignoring it does not help bring it back!

Okay– further to my digression — it was a fun time! the whole gang was there– including our friends, the Wortman’s! thus, the pictorial evidence:

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Buddies: Bryce & Mom

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Cutness: Sophie, Isabel & Ben

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our Adorable Niece in Grandpa Dean’s hat! YEE HAW!

the Rodeo was a fun time with the fam… other than the fact that my dormant asthma reared its ugly head… not sure if it was the dirt, bulls, cowboys or dung… but some beastie did not happily cohabitate with my bronchial passages… yet, i endured, with a pink bandanna over my face – outlaw style!… and the second i stepped outside, i could breathe again– weird.

Thus, probably my first and only post about attending a Rodeo.

on to something i find fun! the Snuggie! If you have watched any bit of late night or weekend television, i am sure you have seen the sales pitch – and maybe even thought to yourself: “I have always wanted a blanket with arms!!!” ha!
here is my awesome boss modeling his latest Bed Bath & Beyond-My-Budget purchase: THE SNUGGIE
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Just this morning, i found a web article on this very article of warmth!

and finally – i had a meeting at the Hillcrest Country Club on Saturday, and when i drove up, i saw this:
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this is awesome. My first thought was that someone had just gotten engaged Friday night! But then, i walked in for my meeting, and noticed that the ballroom was set up for a wedding, so then i thought, how cute, this is how the guy proposed, and now they are sharing it with all their wedding guests… (awe!)… which was confirmed (i think) by reading Khara’s awesome Photography Blog, this morning! FUN TIMES, INDEED!!!!

Congrats to Heidi and Jan Michael – and here’s a big thumbs up to memorable and unique engagements!

this was a very long post, and now its time to tackle Monday, Monday! Have a great week!

Cooking with the Four-Legged Becker’s — December 16, 2008

Cooking with the Four-Legged Becker’s

Monday nights, AJ works late… and I tend to fill my time with being crafty. Last night, I turned on the Music Choice Traditional Holiday Favorites and began a’mixing.

The plan was to make two batches each of dog biscuits and Grandma B’s Toffee… The dogs is usually quite “helpful” in the kitchen – meaning that THOR mostly watches me from the doorway, and Lucy chews on a bone in the other room… but last night, they must have known that i was making something specifically for the dog world! None of the ingredients are any different than what you would most likely already have in your cupboard, and honestly, people could eat this stuff (though, i probably wouldn’t, but i’m picky like that)… but somehow they knew this was for them! Their noses were all sorts of up in my business. they were applying for “official taste testers,” for sure!

too cute.

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Here they are, “helping” me roll out the dough

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sitting so politely – hoping for a nibble… but did i give in? oh, no sir!

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after sampling from their handy work, they smothered me with kisses

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here is a batch of Grandma’s Toffee…. but then, this morning, i found this link and it makes the whole process look so much easier– i just may try it and see… but as my mom says- Grandma’s way is so special– you can’t give that up… no, i won’t… fully.

and then i took some time to fill the pepper mill… and two peppercorns fell out — looking oddly reminiscent of mouse droppings– of which, if you have been reading along with me, is NOT something that makes my day…
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Cue: shivers down my spine… uggh!… but, you can see some of the cooling dog biscuits in the background. yea us!

and then, since i had the camera out, i decided to take some photos of some of the latest crafty projects, thanks to my friend, Brooke!

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After making a larger version of this one for the Blonde Sister-In-Law’s birthday (and after AJ thought i had made it for us, and asked why i was giving it away), i decided to make a mini version for us… 😉

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And then, i found these colored balls at the Hobby Lobby (my obsession continues) and couldn’t resist. so this one was made for the Brunette Sister-In-Law… she know’s she’s getting it — I am just the slug that hasn’t taken it to her yet…

Oh, so much fun with the glue gun lately…

and finally — i’ll let you in on the first stages of my latest craftiness… (thanks to Meghan!)… but i can’t tell you any more because it just happens to be an xmas present for The Cutest Niece In The Whole World… and i would hate to ruin the surprise!!!
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ahh… fun times, indeed!