Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One sunny September day

Back in the nicer days of fall (before the rain!), I took a bike ride with some of my girls, my sisters, niece, and brother-in-law. Since I was hauling an extra 30+ pounds on my bicycle (Little K is at least 35 lbs) I was in the back most of the time.

So I gave the 4 yr old the camera, with instructions on how not to drop it. Seems like she understood that one fine. After the ride I checked out her photography skills. My girl was pretty good at taking selfies:




Autumn

Fall usually means football, candles, pumpkins, wood stoves, hats, and finally a chance to wear my boots again. But it also means we are starting to get ready for basketball!
I love basketball. Ever since I was a sophomore in high school and begged my mom to play on the team. Love to watch it, love to play it, and now I love to 'coach' my kids on it. No, not like one of "those" parents who coaches (ie. screams) from the sidelines.
Earlier in the week, I had the girls out on the driveway practicing some drills. Tryouts are coming up soon, and they want to be ready. THEY want to be ready. (just for clarification here) So I dug back to the recesses of my playing days and drug out some drills for them to go through. Basic stuff, nothing fancy - passing, dribbling, lay-ins (oh, how I did not like those lay-in drills). And it was fun. I had fun talking them through what to do. And I think they had fun trying out what mom was saying. At least they didn't rebel or stomp off.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Remember

Remember these?

I came upstairs the other day to find a 'playground' that the girls had made. I love that they are playing with the exact toys I used to play with.
We also have Lincoln Logs, and the square blocks that Avon used to sell back in the day when my mom bought things from them.

No. 9

My girl had a birthday last month.
 I am just now getting around to writing about it. (I haven't had a lot of energy or motivation lately.)
She wanted a horse themed birthday party. So a day or two before the party, we threw some ideas together, sent out some invitations, whipped up a cake, and came up with games.
I am so thankful I have older girls to help me with these kinds of things! The games were held outside - they including horse races (on stick horses), roping a barrel, barrel racing, and tug-of-war. Unfortunately we didn't have any horse shoes, 'cause that would have been a fun one to play too. Overall, it looked like all the girls were having a great time.

 Later in the evening, her grandparents came over, and got to see her open her family presents. I was able to score an A.G. doll for half price earlier in the year, and saved it until the big day. I think she likes it ;)
How did she get to be 9? Seems like just last week she was walking around with a bunny in her hand and a thumb in her mouth.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Preserves

99 jars of pears on the wall, 99 jars of pears. Take one down pass it around, ....
Ok you get the gist.

On Saturday my sister and my niece and I canned up 99 jars of pears.
We had one jar beak so actually we only 98 jars, but still.... It was a long day.
I did learn some things about my family though.
My parents showed up in the middle of the day. They were on the way to the coast. Mom offered a few tidbits of advice, since she has been canning since she was a teen. It was interesting to hear how all four of us had different ways of doing things. I learned some new things, and I kept some of my own ways of doing it.
Off my parents went to enjoy the cool ocean breezes while we slaved away in a very warm kitchen. Thankfully we did the actually cooking outside. Just as we were figuring out when to wrap it all up and if we were going to church that night, my parents show up again. They didn't make it to the coast because of a bad traffic jam. So they came back to our place. My mom helped us finish the pears; and then as I was running back and forth cleaning up and checking the canner, I come in to find my mom down on the floor scrubbing. It's just what she does - help that is. And my floor was pretty sticky. But when it was all done, it gleamed.
And my dad bought us pizza.
It was a great day to put up preserves.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

And then it was school

Back to school days for us around here. The older two are off to the bus each morning now. They barely stood still long enough this morning for me to catch them on their way out.
 Doesn't the Boy look happy? He was running late and didn't want to stop for me. Oh and notice the new door?? Yes! We got that installed last month (forgot ot mention it in the previous post)
 I wasn't going to start homeschool with the younger three this week, but they were constantly asking, and our previously planned week had gone awry, so we had a half day at home today.
 The rest of the day - we played. It was wonderful.




Thankfully the day flew by and before I knew it, my older two were home again.




It's September?!

Where did the summer go? Let me revel in it once more by going over our August adventures:
I was part of the Family reunion committee. I don't know that I did much, but it was still something I had to deal with. It was a beautiful hot day at the park getting to see my dad's side of the family.
The kids played on the equipment, played baseball with the cousins, and played the games my sister organized. 

The Mr worked feverishly to get the upstairs bathroom shower ready before our company came, but alas, the shower company was not on our time schedule! So the tile looks great, but there is no glass on the shower yet.
We - well, the girls - spent plenty of time in the water. Here is Little K's pool. The others would use it too, along with sprinklers, to keep cool this hot month.

And then company came. The Mr's brother and his family came from Montana to visit. What fun! We had a beach day, in which they attempted to relocate a little river and stem the tide. I think the tide won. But it was still fun. A number of people came over and asked, "What are you doing?" Some laughed, some shook their heads, some joined in and helped.






The cousins had fun times together digging and moving logs to make the dam.
My hooligans:
But then trying to get a cousin picture? It's like herding cats.
After company left, there was a birthday, which we will gloss right over, and then it was time to prep for my parent's early 60th Anniversary celebration. They are not 'big party' people, so we had everyone meet at a local park and just had a nice time honoring them, and eating cake.


And then, bam, it's time to start school. August flew by me. But I am enjoying a second time around through my pictures.