Thursday, July 20, 2017

State Park Field Trip

So, here we are. 8 weeks into summer *vacation* (cough, cough) and I barely have the will to live. I decided I had enough of the fighting and we set off to the powder valley conservation center this morning.  I had taken Jack here once when he was small, but Jack has really never enjoyed this type of thing. 

The little kids this morning told me "it was the best adventure ever!"

We saw deer and turkey and squirrels and fish and did crayon rubbings and touched fur and bones and really it was super good for them. (And small. And not crowded.)

Sam told me this week she is going to be a scientist when she grows up.
These are clever - they are magnetic so the kids can build birdhouses.
This is a kid sized birdhouse.

Really an awesome free place to visit!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas in July flea finds

Just about the only things to buy at the flea this week were Christmas things, so Christmas in July it is! (We are not doing our usual Christmas in July this year because lord willing we are taking the kids to Florida in October.)

(These are teeny hinges)

ho ho ho!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cicadas are scary

We have a dying cicada on the porch.  The kids went to pick it up and it buzzed them. 

So they sat down to discuss how to get it into a cup.
Grant was not even going anywhere near it. So sam tried to push a cup near it. It buzzed her again and she freaked out. Off to get Jack to help.
Left alone, grant quickly decides he's outta there too.

Undeterred by Jack's refusal Sam tries again.
She manages to push it into the dirt.
I put the stick in front of it and it grabs on.  They can at least investigate it closer now. Note that Grant is still on the hell no train.

I sort of agree with Grant, cicadas are creepy. (It all started when a tiny Jack wiggled the eyes of a dead one at me!) LOL

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A week in the garden

I thought it would be interesting to see what I pick in a week's time. My garden is really not going super great this year.
I have a bunch of regular tomatoes about to go ripe. The romas have been suffering from blossom end rot.

The squash are having a hard time with pollinating. And I am having to hand pick off squash bugs every day.  The peppers also have blossom end rot and are making virtually no peppers. I fertilized this week. Carrots are still growing everywhere.

A mystery squash on the left (cross pollinated maybe?) cucumbers curling, a lone pepper.
Yellow squash going gangbusters.
The tomatillos are really hard to find in the tomato mess. I didn't put the cages on soon enough and my tomatoes are a hot jumbled mess. So, they are overripe!

I need to get the peaches soon I think. They aren't ready but the nets are not deterring the squirrels now that they are starting to be fragrant.

Next year I need to put flowers need the veggie garden to attract more bees. And I need better paths bc they are full of weeds and squash.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Patriotic mantle

I decided I need a project I could do while the kids were swimming, so I started working on some of those Mollie Makes freebies kits. This took a long time actually. But! It served the purpose. I need to see what else is in that box.

I rearranged Sammi's room this week and to my HORROR discovered her $50/gallon paint has faded all over the place. That means I need to repaint her room too. Maybe when the kids go back to school...

I will come looking for this next year and not be able to find it, so I better get it in here! This was the patriotic mantle this year.

I just took it all down because I need to paint the dining room. With no will to live. Hmmmmm. Plus no way to stop between the kitchen and the sewing room. This should be exciting times!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Flea Market Sundays

It was a loooooooong week around here. I finally made myself get up and go to the flea this morning kid less. I do actually find things to buy when I am not busy managing three crazy ass kids. But today was so hot I didn't stay very long.  I grabbed this awesome Christmas postcard from my fav couple.
This is a crappy photo of an amazing quilt. I think I am going to repair those few squares. It's good handwork for the summer days.

It is so cheerful!
And a pile of super cheap freezer baskets and a desk basket.  These were just too cheap. I thought I was done buying them, but shockingly I made three more of them fit in the pantry.  I do love these things, they extend my shelves quite a bit and are easy for the kids to root in.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Super Swimmer Sammi

Unlike Grant (who totally, steadfastly refused to get back in the pool after day three), Sammi successfully completed her swimming lessons and has made so much progress on her swimming skills!

I am so proud of you Sam! You never let yourself be scared out of doing things. You just jump right in and tackle the challenge. (Even though you were WAY smaller than the other kids and the water was all the way to your chin.)  Way to go sweet pea!  xoxoxo

Thursday, July 06, 2017

S is for snake

I had grand plans of doing a craft every Weds. I finally got to one.

These took a fair amount of time as the kids needed help starting and stopping each color. They love them though!

The kids have chores every day.  Most of the time Grant requires a lot of supervision. Today his chore was *organize*. When that chore comes up I just choose something that needs to be done that day.  (Sometimes I have them sort magazines, or books, etc.) Today I had him sort the recycling. When we took it out to the toter he looks at me and says "Mommy! Some really terrible breath came out of there."

I am still laughing. LOLOL

Loot shoot

I am inexplicably drawn to yellow ware bowls right now. Usually they are SO expensive, so it was total score to find two for a dollar in the thrift!
Rest of the loot shoot from this week.
These tiny brass tacks have totally stolen my heart.

Sometimes it's the little things...

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

It's Independence Day

We went to the parade this morning for the first time in YEARS. Ugh, so hot in the sun.  Jack reports "it's like Halloween but with shoving," because really it's a candy grab.