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Saturday, June 29, 2013

June 23-29

 Rissy girl.
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 Oh Owen--finally crashing in the evening after a day full of mischief, missed naps, and other miscellaneous mayhem (note paint peeled off of wall by window).
Marissa took me aside this week and asked if I was aware of how awful Owen had been.
Umm, yes. I had noticed.
I always forget how hard three year old boys are.  I have never found "terrible two's" to be true.  Two year olds are just so sweet.  But three year olds?  They are the undoing of a mother's sanity.
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 We drove "Jupiter" (now Casper!) to Kearney to meet up with some friends who were taking him off our hands.  The kids handled the second kitten give-away much better than the first.  We still have two left--act now and they can be yours!! ;o)
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 Josh and I had to split up this night--he went to Loomis with the boys for the 2nd game in the t-ball tournament while I stayed in Arapahoe for a swim meet.  I got to see Marissa (above) and Isabella do the butterfly for the first time.  I was never coordinated enough to figure that stroke out so I definitely had a good time watching them do it. ;o)
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 Final t-ball game of the summer.  The boys' team came in "runner-up" in the tournament.  They got medals (in case you did not know, boys LOVE to get medals).
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 Puffy little dandelion in the backyard.
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Beets . . . it's what's for dinner. ;o)
Do we like beets? I do not know, but I thought we would try growing them this year.  Jackson (who has a fascination with all root vegetables) kept bringing me beets thinking they were ready (they were not).  Finally we had a decent picking this evening.  We will try them tomorrow and let you know . . . 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A little photo shoot--

I was in the mood for some picture taking Sunday evening and Marissa obliged me.  She recently got a new violin (a 3/4 size) and I've been wanting to get some pictures of her with it.  For the longest time she didn't exactly appreciate the fact she was being forced to learn an instrument.  But in the last year she has seriously grown to love playing the violin.  She practices often throughout the day (without my prodding--yay!!) and she is excited by the tone her new violin has.  All that being said, I wanted some pictures with her and her love. ;o)  We did a few pics at our house and then ventured out and found a wheat field and then did some dirt road exploration.  I found a cool old bridge after we were done that I'll have to go back and do some other pictures with.  I always am finding new interesting spots out here!
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 And that's a wrap.
She sure is growing up on me . . . definitely bittersweet.  It is a joy to watch this beautiful young lady emerge but at the same time I am holding tight to these fleeting years we have left. *sniffle* 


Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 16-22

 A happy Father's Day for Josh.  We made BBQ pork, which as far as I'm concerned makes any day happy. ;o)
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 Swiss Chard from the garden--isn't it pretty?  I just love the veins in the leaves.
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 A very busy week.  I had to type up what way going on every day and hang it on the fridge just to make sure I didn't forget anything.  Tuesday nearly did me in . . .
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 Owen has taken to lining things up lately.  I went outside to find this display in the yard and thought it pretty cute.  Not so cute (in Josh's eyes at least) was when he raided the garage fridge of Josh's diet Coke and cracked 10 of them open and lined them all up in a row.  And also pulled himself out a lawn chair and stuck one of them in the cup holder.  But I found it pretty hilarious. ;o)
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 In the dugout--it's so hard for Emmett to keep his focus on anything for long (and sit still!!).  There were many reminders to turn around and cheer on his team-mates.
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 I've mentioned Josh's "handy-man" job this summer?  Thursday and Friday found him hauling posts for corral building.  It was hot and windy and the dirt  was blowing.  I'm not sure I ever have seen him quite so dirty.  I think his summer "vacation" has him craving school starting back up. ;o)
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I forgot my camera for the swim meet so I ended up wandering around my yard looking for something to photograph.  I discovered these bugs on my Brussels sprouts.  Anybody know what they might be?  There are a lot of them and they have suddenly appeared on every (formerly lovely looking) plant. :o(

Sunday, June 16, 2013

June 9-15

 Just because some day I'm sure there will no longer be glittery iridescent purple toenails in my home.
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 A slice of life in the evenings:
Marissa walking around, practicing violin while
Isabella turns a cartwheel while
Jackson watches a baseball game while
Emmett giggles over pictures in a book while 
Owen loudly sings "Jesus Loves Me" with a music stand as a prop.
It's our "normal" and sometimes I think it will always be like this, but deep down I know it is a fleeting season to be soaked up and loved.
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Cute little t-ball huddle after each game.
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A happy little welcome to our home.
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People have always said that Isabella and Owen look a lot alike and that they look the most like Josh.  Bella is probably more her daddy than me (although the freckles and shyness/personality are mine--I get credit for something!) but  Owen is a spitting image of Josh, like in every possible way.  I did find a few baby freckles on him in the last few weeks.  Maybe we will have one more freckle-face?
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 I took the kids swimming for the first time this summer.  Emmett complained of eyes that were bothered by the chlorine once we returned home.  I gave him some eye drops and told him to keep his eyes closed.  He promptly fell asleep on the couch. And then storm clouds rolled in and the house got dark and quiet, reminding me of "the napping house where everyone is sleeping . . ." ;o)
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That's my Rissy girl in the blue cap and suit diving in for a 50 freestyle. And she won it! I'm utterly amazed at the improvement in a few weeks' time (two weeks ago she was last or nearly last!).  And Bella has a speedy little backstroke.  Swim team has definitely been foreign territory for our family, but I think really good for the girls--and great exercise as well!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Summer-y

I constantly feel like I have so much to blog about but as of late little time for it.  We made a conscious choice to be busier this summer (the t-ball, the swim league, Josh having a summer job . . .) and consequently it has made us busier. ;o) I still have plans for our grand summer bucket list--just have to make it. *ahem* But we are mentally checking things off right now. Maybe sometime this weekend I'll work on that.  In the meantime little happy glimpses about our home:
 Couch pillows that I sewed and have been meaning to share for awhile--keeping the nearly 10 year-old shoddily slip-covered couch limping along just a bit longer.  New couch purchase sometime in the next year I hope?  ;o) Boy has this couch seen some L.I.F.E.
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 Summer reading program underway.  Jackson LOVES Frog and Toad--like he ASKS if he can read to me!!  Lucky for him we have a whole stack of Arnold Lobel books to make it through.  And we count them as chapter books, since they do have chapters . . . albeit short ones. ;o)
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 First flowers blooming outside--"Cerise Queen" yarrow that I started from seed last year and transplanted this year.  It's kind of like free plants!
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 Afternoon snack of strawberry shortcake using a recipe for "Biscones" as the shortcakes.  Biscones are technically a scone, but "plopped" (like a biscuit) instead of cut.  Hence bis+scone. ;o) Although, come to think of it I've seen some biscuits that are cut as well. The recipe was wonderful--so flaky and yummy!  Perfect with some hot tea . . . (If you want the recipe let me know--it came from that Back in the Day cookbook and I don't want to violate any copyrights putting it on my blog).
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 Reading together--this book has been checked out from the library several times now:
(not-linked because it is an old one and no image was available)
See if your library has a copy--the kids love looking at all the amazing and intricate illustrations--from my 3 year old to my 11 year old!
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A front door shoe basket--saving my sanity and allowing us access into our house.;o)  My mom found an old laundry basket that belonged to my Grandma and asked if I wanted it.  I had just the use for it!  And I love that it used to be my Grandma's and can just picture her at her clothesline with it.  Happy stuff. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

June 2-9

 Completely delightful view from the 4th grade cabin that first (early) camp morning looking out at the Tri-Valley Canal.
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 What happens at camp stays at camp? 
The third and fourth graders partied with their glow sticks late into the night (well, not TOO late . . .). ;o)
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 My sister and I and our girls (except, of course, Addi) and our matching shirts.  This is the only year all four of them would be at camp together.
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 There is pretty much always a game of baseball going on somewhere.  And would you believe that Owen has managed to hit a few balls PITCHED to him??  For some reason that little guy has been my earliest to do things of the large motor variety.  I think it is because he is trying to keep up with the big kids, none-the-less I find it a kind of scary trait to have in your youngest male child . . .
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Sweet Bella.
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 My hubby plucked a water lily from a pond to bring home to me.
Romance at its finest folks. ;o)
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Catching rain drops in the streets of Indianola during another swim meet filled Saturday.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Camp Recap

 A cabin of cute little 4th graders.
The past two years I have been in Marissa's cabin, however this year, it was Isabella's cabin that needed me.     
It was fun to get to know the girls in Bella's grade better.
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 The 6th graders did the 4th graders' hair.
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 And nails.
Isabella and cousin Lexi enjoyed this . . . Marissa would not let any paint touch her hair, but she did let somebody paint her nails. ;o)
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 Isabella and I and our yellow bandannas.
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 A group of 6th graders and Bella.
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 More 6th graders (Marissa seriously lived in that hat!) and Bella.
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And more 6th graders and Bella.
Bella really likes the 6th graders in case you were wondering. ;o)
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Camp is always fun--always exhausting--but I love getting a chance to mentor girls and hopefully plant little seeds in their hearts.  I never know what God will do with the things I say or the relationships I nurture, but how wonderful to think He might use *something* to grow the faith of a girl.  Having the opportunity to do that is such a blessing to me.