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Some Christmas pictures from the Cottage

Good Morning Blog friends,
     I found this picture and it made me think of Roger.  He would love to have a old truck!  He spends hours looking on ebay for just the right one.  He wants it for a parade truck, he would drive and Bodie would throw the candy to all of the little kids on the street.  Of course it would have Dahlenburg Construction on it for advertisement.  Actually that is not where this blog was going but I loved the picture.
    I haven't shared a lot of pictures of my home, but I thought I would show some of it to you while it is all decked out for Christmas.
     I am starting to get a collection of pictures of Bodie with Santa.  This year he actually sat on Santa's lap.  He does not connect the idea of Santa and presents, I am sure next year that will come.  The old ornament that is made from an egg is one that Roger made when he was in at least third grade because his name is written rather then printed. It is really precious to us and I hope it lasts to b…

Merry Christmas From Ladybug Cottage

This is my family tonight at the Christmas Eve program at Immanuel Lutheran.  It was wonderful to have our whole family together in church.
     It has been a busy time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It seems that the weeks have flown by.  We had the Christmas program at school, Cookies and Hot Chocolate with Santa which is a Cannon School tradition, and the day to day happenings in a grade school.  Sandy Hook really put what we do in perspective.  Not only do we teach our children every day but we would protect them to the end.

     Two weeks ago a sweet little red doxie was found wondering through a neighborhood in town.  A really kind man who works for our school district found him.  He put out an e-mail to the district that he was trying to find his home.  Unfortunately nobody came forward to claim him so he is staying at our house.  He is incredibility sweet and he is settling in well.  In a lot of ways he reminds me of our Mike.
That puts us up to five so we are go…

A Baby Changes Everything

Yesterday I was looking at blogs and I came across one that spun me back 34 years.  It seems this blogger has just found out that a baby is on the way and it is due on July Seventh.  I thought back 34 years when I was feeling that same wondrous change in my body.  My husband and I had wanted to add a little one to our family for awhile.  I was beginning to despair of it ever happening, but a trip to the doctor proved me wrong.  When I went I remember being afraid, afraid that I was, and afraid that I wasn't.  The doctor did the exam and then asked if I would like to hear the heartbeat.  The sound seemed to me like a small bird just flapping his wings.  The tears of joy came to my eyes and I could not believe the miracle of it all.
     I tried to figure out a fun way to tell Roger it was really going to happen.  I decided to stop at Wal-Mart and buy a little outfit to hand to him when I walked in the door.  I knew in my heart and without a doubt that this baby was a little b…

Do I Have Enough Love?

That is the question that Roger asked me this morning.  We have a new little girl staying with us.
This is Miss Mia, she is three years old and a real sweethart.  She came from a home where she was love and spoiled just as doxies are suppose to be.  Unfortunately a baby came into the house and Mia had trouble sharing the attention.  This happens so many times to this breed.  We have been lucky through the years.  When we had our first Doxie he adjusted well to Rich's arrival.  Then when Rob came along it was like, ok whatever.  The rest of the Dahlenburg pack are a little unsure about this new arrival.
Lucy is the undisputed queen here at Ladybug Cottage.  She is very short on patience with Mia.  Of course Mia was the queen at her house, so the two queendom's are colliding.  So far it is a bit of a power struggle but I think they will each figure out their place.
Sweeney would really, really like it if she would just stay off my lap.  Which brings us back to Roger's …

Back At last

Wow how can it be the last part of October.  It seems as though school started and I went into hiding or something.  I have some happy news to share.  I am going to be a Grammy again in April.  This guy is going to be a big brother.

      I also decided to retire at the end of this year.  I have worked at Cannon School for a lot of years and for the most part it has been a wonderful place to be.  Most of the people that I worked with for so many years are gone now.  They have moved on to the next phase in their life and I am ready for that too.  I have many plans for my time.

I am going to spend time with these two.
And taking care of this, amazing how many things I can see that need to be done. I plan to spend a lot of time in my sewing room. Bodie and I will be able to spend more time together!      But mostly I am going to take a deep breath, and enjoy God's beautiful world and the gifts that he has given me.
Ladybug Cottage

Where I Create

Good Morning,
     There is a really beautiful blog that I love to visit called My Desert Cottage.  Right now she has a link going on for bloggers to show where they create.  Blogland has some  amazingly creative people.  This is one of my creative spaces.  This room is also used as an office for my husband's contracting company.  So I am only allowed about 50% of the space.  He will tell you that I am using 90% but that is just not true LOL.  last winter when I asked him to add on a room for my sewing this was his solution.  We have counter space along one wall with cabinets over the space.
I have Dollar Tree (I love that store) baskets that hold ribbons, buttons, just general sewing stuff.  The shoe laces hanging out of the basket above I have a special use for.  I will show you in a later blog.
This is a big table that I use for working on my photo albums.  I also use it for my small ironing board.  It is great to have it handy for small pressing jobs (hubby would prefer…

Simple Sunday

Rich had his 33rd birthday yesterday.  We celebrated today with a family dinner and ice cream and cake.  When the boys were little we always had a family party.  All grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins came to celebrate.  Rob's birthday is on the 20th so we had a big blow out party for them on the Fourth.  When they were really little I think they thought all of the fireworks were just for them.  One of our traditions was to make home made ice cream.  After they got older we stopped doing this because another little one joined the family and he was born on the Fourth.  We turned the holiday over to his mom and dad.  As the family has gotten bigger we have less big family get togathers, but now that we have Bodie we are back to doing these fun things again. 
This is Bodie watching Papa make the ice cream.  Bodie is very intriged with the process.  So is Jess, she is learning how to do this.  Roger did not like this picture.      Papa is this really good stuff.  I can ha…


Hello Everyone, I hope wherever you are it is nice and cool.Yesterday when I was putting fuel in my car the thermometer across the road said it was 106 that is just crazy hot as far as I am concerned!
     While we were off on our journey west(sure glad we could do it in a truck rather then one of those awful pull carts) I talked Roger into stopping at a few quilt shops.  My favorite one is in Sisters Oregon.  It has amazing stuff and a bench for husbands to sit on and visit.  When you go in there you immediately go into fabric overload.  It is really hard to decide what you want.  However one thing really stood out to me it was this quilt that had already been made up for display.  I talked two ladies into holding it up for me so that I could take this picture.
     This picture really does not do it justice.  The center piece says a Friend is a gift you give yourself.  How true is that.  Really the theme of it is a tea party and whoever made this put tea cups in the border.  As luc…

Watering,Watering, Watering

It is hot and dry here at Ladybug Cottage.  In fact I have not even seen a ladybug since we got home.  All of the flower beds and the vegetable garden was looking OK but not great.  Rich watered for us a lot but with no rain it was still pretty sad.  We are suppose to have a break in the weather over the weekend, but until the we have to endure 100plus degrees for the next three days.
     I wish that I could say I have a wonderful green thumb, like my sister has unfortunately that is not the case.  I think some of this needs to be dug up and spread out.  The summer flox look like they are dying from the bottom and the rose bushes look pretty bad.  I am going to tackle some of this when it gets cooler.
Also I have to remember that just about everything grows better in the Pacific Northwest.  Have You ever noticed that the beautiful gardens in magazines are almost always in Washington or Oregon.  Just saying!
This looks pretty good except for the sucker coming up out of this half dea…

There Is No Place Like Home

We got home about 6:30 and home was a welcome sight!
The trip was wonderful and we had a great time visiting with family.

    We ate lots of good food which Uncle Don cooked.
Soto was very happy to see us leave!  To much activity from the Doxies and Rusty just did not look like he could be trusted not to take her chair.

 We enjoyed Aunt Janiece's flowers and just generally had a great time.  But it is really good to be home.  Tomorrow I will get to see this guy.
   Hugs to everyone
Suzan and Roger

Day 22 I think

Sorry I did not post last night.  We had spent a long day of driving then we had a lot of trouble finding a place to set up for the night.  We were beginning to think that we were going to have to try the Wal-mart parking lot.  I see a lot of people doing that in Danville and I have always wondered how that works for them.  I thought for sure I was going to find out last night. 
     Today was another long day.  We left Cheyenne at 8:30 this morning and headed to Omaha,it is a long treck across Nebraska.  There were a lot of cool mesumes but neither of us wanted to stop.  I think after 22 days we have had just about all the fun we can stand.  Wow it is hot here!  It is very hard to believe that this time last week we were freezing our rear ends off and trying to stay dry.
I have to admit I was disappointed that Roger did not get a good view of Detroit Lake. And neither did any of you!  Anyway with any luck we will be home tomorrow night.  the dogs will all be happy to get out of thi…