Sunday, June 7, 2015

May 31-June 6

 Marissa was out nest hunting and found this robin's nest (and a cardinal nest too!). I love robin's nests.
 My tomato plants are patiently (or not so patiently) awaiting their planing.  I thought I had killed them this morning, so droopy and awful and forgotten they looked, but after a thorough watering and day spent in the house they perked right back up. Phew!! 
He was copying the kitties rolling in the grass.
We got our last load from the old place finally!  I am not a whole lot of help when I am keeping an eye on an August-on-the-go.
 Jackson is at bat!
Baseball season is in full swing!
(See what I did there?) ;o)
And FINALLY we have our first swim day.  The water at 58 degrees (there has been some argument as to the exact number, but regardless it was cold!!) and the air at 68 degrees made it barely tolerable (for me, that would be not at all tolerable) but the way this spring/summer is going if we wait for the perfect day it will never happen! 
Saturday was supposed to be dedicated to a baseball tournament. I got up at 6:45 in the morning to find Jackson already downstairs and fully dressed.  Shortly after I got a text that the games were cancelled due to rain.  This is a very bummed Jackson staring out at the rainy streets. :o(

Sunday, May 31, 2015

All the rest of May (17-31)

 Celebrating ONE with my sweet baby boy!
Buying a house!
(the main reason my blog has been oh so quiet)
Meet our 102 year old four square . . . at some point I will do better introductions.
A warm welcome poster (and mowed yard and flowers in planters!) from our friends the Curry's!
Our first home ownership project began that night. 
Now the kitchen had been redone (the whole house is recently remodeled) but it wasn't exactly my "vibe." The cabinets were kind of tan with light brown doors, the wall a deep brick red.
So, as soon as we got the keys I had Josh take off the doors on all the cabinets.
And then for the next week (or three) chaos ensued.

But by the end of the week I was making head way, at least on this side.
(Until we discovered the fridge wouldn't fit and that all whole length of counter top had to be cut down six inches, as well the the cabinetry underneath).
Saturday morning we woke up for the last time at our farmhouse rental.
This was the big moving day.
 We weren't quite together for church that morning and attempted to dig ourselves out a bit.  That evening we came up to Lincoln to celebrate Dan's birthday (he would have been 38 on the 18th) and visit the grave.  Emmett picked one of Grandma's peonies to put on his grave.
 Got the dining room kind of in functioning order--a pitcher of peonies will make anything look better!
 Josh has good help getting bunk beds built.
 Emmett plots our gardening endeavors with his cup of tea.
 On the numerous trips in between old house and new we would drive past this field of weeds (but let's call them wildflowers). It was really pretty!
 Catching a toad friend.
And more peonies.
Just because.
I have more pictures--on my phone, etc, but this kind of gives you the gist of our last part of the month. ;o) There has been lots of moving, lots of painting, lots of clean up, lots of items I can't find . . . You would think I might be an expert at moving at this point.  Unfortunately, this might go down as the most unorganized!  The good thing is we should be staying put for awhile. Moving twice in a year's time is a bit too much for me.  I am looking forward to getting this home set up just how we want it.  Our kitchen is nearing the end of it's "mini-remodel" and now I really need to get some sort of garden in!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

May 10-16

A quick Mother's Day picture before leaving for church.
It was 7:30 and very windy.
Not the most photogenic group at that moment. ;o)
(check out August's hair!)
The first baseball game!
But I missed it.  It was cold!! Emmett got so cold that I think they took pity on him and let him be catcher for one of the innings just so he could wear more gear!
"Play me a song you're the the piano man . . ."
Isabella got this picture of August.  We love seeing his personality emerge--we think we might have a little ham on our hands.
Awana awards night!  I survived a school year of crazy Wednesdays!!
Happy dance!
And one more from that night.  I shared this on Facebook, but how cool is it that Emmett's teacher for Sparks was once Josh's teacher for Sparks? How cool is it that Sid still remains a good friend in Josh's life?  It's all pretty neat.
 Learning about the "bee-bo" (belly button for those who don't speak Boynton). ;o)
 Emmett fishing for rocks in the huge puddle that followed a rain storm. Love the reflections happening!
And a small little family birthday party for August the day before the official day.
The candle was of course intriguing. ;o)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Happy 1st Birthday August Daniel!

To my sweet little boy on your first birthday:
I remember when I was a first-time mama, and my very first baby turned one.
I was a puddle of weepiness. I stood over her crib watching her sleep as the clock turn 10:13--the exact moment she had entered this world--and I sobbed at how fast a year had gone and at how much I loved that wee little person.
It is a bit different the sixth time around.
I have learned that this quick passage of time is a fact of life.
Six "first years" have slipped my grasp. Each one as vaporous as the next.
I have learned not so much to mourn it but just be thankful for it.
And while maybe I should be thinking that this is it, my-most-definitely-last-baby, no more baby-hoods.  I can't.
Because you were the surprise.
The water brimming and spilling over the edges of a full cup.
The cherry on the top of the tasty sundae.
The sprinkles on the cake.
The extra. 
The bonus.
You have brought us 
I read somewhere recently that so often in life we find a death in a family is followed by a birth, the joy that follows the mourning. 
You have been that for my heart.
The Neosporin for the hurting spots.
God knew we needed you and when we needed you.
My life is so much better because you are here.
Daily your brothers and sisters will say, "I cannot imagine if we didn't have August."
And I can't either.
What a gift you have been to us.

We love you August Daniel and thank God He gave you to us.
Happy first sweet boy.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

May 3-9

One of my favorite spring things: RHUBARB!
May 4 . . . ?
August snuggles are the best. ;o)
Cubbies award night--always cuteness overload.  And to think Owen almost ended up being my last Cubbies go-round!  I still get to do it again!
This was what my parents' rain gauge said this Thursday morning.  Yep--almost 11 inches of rain fell overnight.  We ended up doing an impromptu sleep-over at my in-law's in Lincoln following church activities just because we didn't know what the weather was going to do.  When we left the next morning we saw a car floating down by the Highway 77.  It was crazy! My dad is still awaiting replanting (writing this 9 days after the fact . . .).

I found a puzzle in the back of a closet and it lured everyone in.  Josh spent several hours helping them finish it. He hid the last piece so he could put it in (the audacity!).
Josh's mowing help.  Later I looked out and saw three boys hitching a ride!

April 26-May 2

The first official mow of the season.
Emmett climbed a lilac bush and an apple tree to get me this sweet bouquet.
He definitely has his sweet moments. ;o)
Admiring the view and the evening glow to the west.
April 29 . . ?
April 30 . .?
Random shot of children on the chicken coop.
Kitty admiring a little planter I put together that afternoon.
Grow flowers grow!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April 19-25

 A happy 36th birthday to Josh--he is sporting his birthday gift.  He loves all the funny science shirts I find for him. ;o)
 Apple blossoms.
My Emmett boy loves to bring me flowers.  I don't mind a bit.
Lilacs! Howe I adore them!
(And did you know my favorite cleaning brand Mrs. Meyers has a lilac scent this spring? It isn't too shabby--I got mine at Target).
 Because when you give a baby a cape you have to help him fly.
Finding Waldo is serious business.
Owen was waiting for us to head out--we went to Lincoln to hear the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra with a 500 voice choir rehearse Beethoven's 9th for their concert on Sunday.  I didn't know that sometimes they open up their rehearsals for free. The older five kids and I got to hear a most spectacular "Ode to Joy."