Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Marches On

One of these days I WILL get back to blogging more regularly.  This summer has kept me busy. And then as I glance around at the general disarray my home seems to perpetually be in I keep wondering just what exactly I'm doing . . .  I think the answer lies in being out and about more.  The girls have completed their third week of swimming lessons--we did first session, and then because everything was clicking so well, decided to do one more.  While the girls have their lesson at the "Y" closest to us the boys and I walk over to the park.  Once there Jackson spends most of his time on the merry-go-round.  Emmett joins him or requests pushes on the swing.  Owen checks out pretty much every bit of equipment.  He has proved himself capable of climbing EVERYTHING.  And as an added perk enjoys running down hills at full speed--legs flying while squealing gleefully.  My laid-back baby has become a thrill-seeking toddler.  Don't let this pensive face fool you--
He's not afraid of the pool either.  He'll even get in on his own . . .
And see this slide?
Yesterday, while one girl ran to get Daddy, the other climbed up to keep the little 18 month old from heading down it.  Yeah.  Be still my racing heart.
Among other news, look who is actually going down the slide!! It's Jackson--he had another break-through!  He discovered he can go down the slide and with his own form of "swimming" get himself safely to the shallow.  He was thrilled. 
Oh the joy of a private pool and breaking all "slide rules." ;o)
And just so you don't think he's all craziness . . .
He melts my heart.
Most of the time. ;o)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Family Funnies

Overheard from the backseat of the car, says Marissa, "I am despondent."

Says Emmett, coming from his room after being tucked in, "My tummy doesn't feel good."
Says me, "I think your tummy needs lots of good rest in your bed."
Says Emmett, "I think my tummy needs ice cream."

Says Isabella, also coming from her room after being tucked in, "Marissa is bragging that she is a better swimmer than me."
We call for Marissa.  Says Daddy, "We don't brag in our family."
Says Marissa, "I wasn't!"
Says Daddy, "Did you say you were a better swimmer than Isabella?"
Cue tears, Marissa wails, "I wasn't bragging! I was just stating a fact."
At which point Josh and I broke into raucous laughter and Marissa ran from the room sobbing because she thought we were laughing at her.  We weren't.  At least not technically.

The kids singing a little made up ditty to go with their made up game "Buffaloes."  It went like this--
"We're the buffaloes we wear no clothes, 'cause that's just what we do!
We like to sing 'cause that's our thing and you can do it too!!!"

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Getting Up-to-Date

Things have been quiet around bloggy-land lately.  Never fear!! We are all healthy and thriving. 
Summer has found us--
Sitting poolside (for some) and swimming (for others)
Working on our tans
Sneaking rides in Grandpa's pick-up
Picnicking and walking at Pioneers Park with Papa Roy and Granny
Eating a lot of this
(if you like some sweet with your spice this is the way to go, $3 at Wal-mart!)
Falling in love with a house via pictures online--it might look kind of boring on the outside but oh the charm on the inside! 
We're heading out tomorrow to see it.  We'll see if is nearly as endearing in person as we hope it will be.  Be praying for clear-headed decisions (that aren't influenced by the abundance of enclosed porches . . .). ;o)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Summer "Bucket" List

I kept seeing all these awesome summer lists floating around on blogs--some on chalkboards, some on poster boards, some via activity jars--I loved them all!
So, seeing as I have a chalkboard, I went that route--a wee bit of summer accountability to make sure all those pipe dreams up in my head actually happen.  I got some "chalk markers" for the occasion with my 50% off coupon at Michaels (which, as much as I love the markers I would never pay $12 for a box of four!).  The primary colors were perfect for summer.  It is possible I may need the earth tones for fall.  And the fluorescents for next spring . . . They are TONS more fun to write with then regular chalk.  ;o)
As we accomplish each activity we will cross it off.
(yes, still some space at the bottom in case I think of anything else OR in case we do something I didn't write down, then I can fill it in and cross it off--you all do that too, right??) ;o)
And today we did our first activity, something I'm hoping will be more common-place in our lives:
(yeah, another idea I stole from someplace else)
I received inspiration for this project from the blog Deep Space Sparkle--there are all sorts of cool art projects ideas there, some free, some you have to pay for the lesson plans.  These were free.
I had the kids follow my step-by-step instructions on how to draw a parrot (except Emmett). Then we "sharpied" over our pencil lines and painted.  Jackson did "lose it" at the beginning and crumple up a piece of my (not-so-cheap) special watercolor paper before I could stop him.  He always struggles with something new . . . I think that is why once he figures out how to draw something I get 57 of the same drawing before he moves onto new subject matter. ;o)  But the kids were pretty proud of their pictures when all said and done.  I love all the color!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


This week's agenda--
1. Girls in swimming lessons
2. Began a bit of this . . .
(I've packed 19 boxes so far--12 of them books, 6 of them winter gear, 1 kids' videos.  I foresee a very long road ahead of me . . .) ;o)
3. Josh is back in class, a two-weeker (although I think he only has to actually report to the classroom this week, next week he works on projects on his own).
4.  An anniversary to be celebrated on Friday.
5.  Singing a lot of "Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun, please shine down on me."

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Weekend Projects

If you recall, I originally had decided to sew some quilts for my girls this summer and give their room a spiffing up.  And then I noticed a friend's room redo on (hi Amy, if you're out there!).  Long story short, the quilt she used had all the colors I wanted, plus it was only $30--and to be honest I really don't know if I could have sewn them that cheap when it was all said and done.  I convinced my hubby back in May that we were in need of an Omaha zoo trip, and while there could we pretty-please swing by Marshall's and see if they carried the same quilt?  And when finding only one twin size could we extra pretty-please drive to the other Marshall's on the way other side of Omaha to see if they had one too?? (thankfully they did) Isn't he just the best? ;o)
So, quilts/pillow covers--check.
Everything is tucked away up in their closet for now, waiting for the new room in the home we have yet to find. ;o)  In the meantime, I've begun a few little projects to go with the quilts.  Isabella requested lots of pillows to decorate her bed with and that was what I worked on this weekend.  They each are getting two blue 12x12 pillows edged with yellow pom-pom fringe (channeling my inner-Swede), and another 12x12 (or smaller and more rectangular, I haven't decided) in a pale green edged in a dark pink ric-rac . After adoring all the pennant banners I saw here (just keep scrolling down), I thought the girls would enjoy having something so cheerful and happy in their own room.  I cut out 20 triangles (and ironed on interfacing to each to help with fraying) and plan to string them all together with some pink pom-pom fringe.  A few snaps of the progress--
I'm debating adding yo-yos to the pillows--I may add them to the banner instead.  OR I have plans for some embroidery hoop art (framing the different fabrics, like this), so maybe I'll add the yo-yos there OR I might hot glue them to these large initials I have for each of their names. (OR all of the above!). Just thinking "out loud" here . . . ;o)We're hoping that whether we rent or buy we'll be able to paint their room a shade of blue similar to the pillow.  I'm really having a lot of fun with this, and the girls are looking forward to all the color--it definitely gives us something to be excited about in the upcoming move.  ;o)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Camp&weaning&house hunting--Oh My!!

We're back from camp.
It was a good time--good weather for the outside activities, a behaved bunch of girls (for the most part--when you get 10 girls in a cabin for an extended period of time a few issues are bound to arise), AWESOME food (and really, what a treat to not have to be responsible for a single meal!), and really good teaching.  I had fun getting to spend a few days with my oldest.
Her bed--the fine print says "Beware I will climb trees."  And she did.
Marissa and cousin Lexi are decked out for the talent show--a little dance number to "Surfin' USA."
My sissy and I in our matching outfits.  Doesn't she have the tiniest and cutest little tummy??
While I was away, Josh held down the fort and dealt with a certain toddler whose nursing hobby was coming to a sudden halt.  I know *gasp* I was still nursing a 17 month old.  Obviously, it wasn't his main source of nutrition, but it WAS how he insisted liked to go to sleep.  I had spent the week before camp cutting out the naptime session, but left bedtime in place.  I figured I'd have a bit of discomfort at camp, but hoped it would be manageable.  Saturday I was fine.  Sunday I woke up looking like I had plastic surgery overnight--and oh the pain!!!  At one point Marissa gave me an impulsive hug and I screamed.  That night I committed the whole situation to prayer because I had no idea how I would make it through two more days.  I was so relieved to wake up the next morning with no pain--the shirts were still a tad too snug *ahem* but at least life was doable.  Owen is doing pretty good.  He still gets mad at me in the evening, which makes me feel pretty awful, but I think we will be successful.  Overall, it's been kind of bittersweet and emotional for me, the end of an era.  (And I have a feeling I'm going to miss that extra little calorie burn *sigh*). ;o) 
I must give a little shout-out to my hubby who manned the helm with remarkable finesse.  The house was totally clean and every last dish washed AND put away and all the laundry done!!  He even matched socks!!
What a guy!! ;o)
Yesterday we headed out to Arapahoe and Holdrege.  Josh got all of his textbooks for the upcoming school year and then we went house hunting.  We've been waffling between renting and buying and we really wanted to see for ourselves if we could find a rental before putting down more permanent roots.  Our search has still turned up no rental options.  We do have a few buying possibilities, but I would truly appreciate prayer as we try to get this squared away once and for all.
That's pretty much what we've been up to!  I'm kind of itching for a project right now and might be heading out for some fabric and pulling out the sewing machine for the weekend.  I'm not sure where summer went these last few days but it's definitely not good swimming weather. ;o)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Linky Love

I'm heading off to camp tomorrow (with Marissa) and won't return for awhile.  I thought I'd share some links I've enjoyed in the last week or two, just to keep you all in reading material. *wink*

#1--I recently read this article on marriage, and I was reminded that the author also happened to write this book: 
It's probably one of my favorites written on the topic of marriage and I highly recommend it.

#2--Love what A Holy Experience has to say about homeschooling.  She summed up better than I ever could what makes it so wonderful and why anyone would choose that road to travel.

#3--Stumbled across this blog just today and was struck by the LIFE that is beaming out of these pictures.  Don't you just want to live there??

#4--I thought this letter writing kit was a great idea (especially with a move coming up--now accepting applications for pen-pals!).  I have found that when I have the supplies organized and accessible in a kid-friendly way they get used so much more. 

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Knight's Worst Fear

This picture has been amusing me all day (by Jackson) and I just had to share.
Those are scissors (with teeth and eyes) in the event you weren't quite sure. ;o)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Starting Summer with a Splash

The kids got in their first swim at Grandpa and Grandma's yesterday.
Owen took a tumble into the pool--even though I was standing right next to him.
So, inadvertently I got my first swim too, fully clothed.  Josh was amused to discover me utterly drenched.
The water is still a bit too chilly for my liking.
Favorite pics of the day--
Emmett's ladybug, rescued from the pool (in similar fashion).  Emmett LOVES all creatures big and small.
And my Owen.
  One of these days I'm going to have to cave and get him a haircut.  For now I'll just keep enjoying him and all his tousled glory.