Snake Day


It was a very nice day today, and Alexander and I were going for a walk in a few acres of land behind our house (my family refers to it as ‘the field,’) when suddenly a place where I was about to step came alive! It was a harmless Garter Snake and I immediately thought ‘Alexander will love this’ I picked up the snake and called Alexander over to me. He said “(s)Nake? Me hold nake?” I helped him hold the snake and after a while of peting the snake I let it go. Alexander got a kick out of following the snake until it went down its hole. “Bye nake.” Soon afterward we found another snake. This one was to fiesty to pick up, so we only followed it until it too went down the hole. After that Alexander was calling out: “Nake! (where) Are You? Nake! come (to) me” and making me look for more snakes. Later on I did find more, but he was asleep in the house.

This is not the first time I have played with Garter Snakes. When I was little, on my Grandparents farm, I would beg snakes from their dog, Pepper, who had caught them.

When we found snakes, we would always play we were the crocodile hunter saying things like “Crikey, she’s a fiesty one,” “you’re all right mate,” and other Australian sayings.

And every summer we have to rescue snakes and other small animals from our window wells.


I’m Melting!


Drip, Drop, Drip, Drop; Trickle, Trickle; Splish, Splash Splosh.


These musical noises are everywhere today; for the 3-4 inches of snow we got Tuesday and Wednedsay are melting!

My tulips are not too badly damaged, a little wilty, but I think they will be all right.

Melting Snow


The Last Snow of the Year (Hopefully)


It is cold, cloudy, and white outside. It makes me feel a little bit down in the dumps. I do hope my tulips survive.

As I was doing school at my desk, I spied a bottle of nail polish I had gotten for Easter. When I finished my school I grabbed the polish and began painting my fingernails. The color was bright, reminding me of watermelon and summer. When I was done, I felt better.



Exam Results


There are four passing grades in a ballet exam. Pass, which means you just made it, pass plus, the next step up, pass commend, not often given to grade one students, and pass highly commend, the highest you can get and almost never for a grade one ballerina.

I got a PASS PLUS!

I would go into the details of the exam, but you probably would not understand a word I typed; and explaining the French words and steps would take five pages!


My Boy Turns Three

Alexander is very amusing to watch today. If I say “Happy birthday Alex” he may say “Me? Happy?” or he might say “Happy day! Happy day!”as  he is currently running around the house yelling. If you tell him that he is three today he replies “Me? Three? Oh!”

Alexander also realized that there will be cake later on, so since yesterday he has been asking everyone “Where cake? Cake now.”

Before I get to the party pictures, here are some pre-celebration pictures.

Crazy Sarah

We had a fast paced day today, and when we are running around place to place things get a little bit crazy.

Joseph in to the Toilet Paper

 Again? That makes three rolls this week!


After play comes my medicine.

Here come the party pictures.

Pointing at the Cake

This what cake looks like after Alexander is done (if you can’t tell there is no frosting on the cake.)

No Frosting

April Showers


The saying ‘April showers bring May flowers’ was put into effect today and yesterday (although I am not sure some of my flowers will wait until May). It rained and hailed yesteday, and was still raining today. The Sioux river is mildly flooding many areas along its banks.

Today is Palm Sunday, and I am very excited for Lent to be over and Easter to arrive.


Dedication of April


The month of April is dedicated to The Holy Spirit.



Come, Holy Spirit, fill the Hearts of Your faithful and kindle in us the Fire of Your love.
Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be recreated
–And You will renew the face of the earth, (Ps 104:30).
Let us pray:
O God, Who did instruct the hearts of Your faithful people by the Light of Your Holy Spirit, grant that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Alexander, Maya, and I


Today Alexander and I were outside, and we were playing with a three-year-old neighbor girl named Maya. Since she has no sisters of her own, she suddenly decided I was her older sister. When she told her dad “This is my sister,” Alexander became possesive and declared very loud and firm: “No, mine!”


Ballet Exams


Today I had a ballet exam. That is when older ladies come and watch you dance to make sure you know how to do the exercizes. They may ask you questions such as ‘what does plier (PLEE-ay) mean’ (answer: to bend.) They also watch for imperfections such as bending a leg which is supposed to be straight. I learn the results on Sunday or Monday.




Abbreviation for Jesus+Mary+Joseph.


Abbreviation for the latin words  Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam-all for the greater glory of God .


This is Spring!


What a day! What a lovely day! The robins are singing, flowers are on their way up, and it is just lovely! These words from the Magnificat somewhat describe my feelings, I have been thinking of them a lot today: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.’


Landon bought me a little present for no reason at all! Wasn’t that nice? He let me choose two boxes of flowers from Sunshine to plant. I chose lillies of the valley (what a pretty name) and more mixed colors of columbine (my favorite flower.) Here I am planting them.



Here is Landon planting one.