Thursday, June 30, 2016

June Week 4--Summer Begins

It was a FULL week of celebrations. :)

Sunday, June 19
J woke up to Father's Day gifts from everyone.

In the evening our church hosted a concert by the river.

At the end there were 2 horrible minutes when we thought T was lost.  He was just in a tree. 

Happy Father's Day to J, Grandpa, Pop and Grandpa T. :)  We LOVE you!

Monday, June 20
We made a last-minute decision to visit The Compassion Experience with friends.  It was such a cool way for the kids to get a glimpse of what life is like for children who are sponsored through Compassion.  

They got to walk through the scenes of three real children while listening to their stories on individual iPods.  Each story ended with a video of that child (now an adult) today.  

Then, after school, we celebrated the first day of summer with sprinklers and bubbles.

And dinner on the deck with hotdogs, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon and strawberry shortcake.

Tuesday, June 21
It was a half-day for Beza so we hurriedly ran errands and picked up a few more bigger sprinklers and a slip-n-slide while she was at school.

In the afternoon, M wrapped all of Beza's birthday gifts for the next day.  (10-year-olds are the best.  :)

Wednesday, June 22
Happy 6th Birthday to Beza!

And Happy Last Day of School!

(Last drop-off.)

(Last pick-up.  It was just a half day.)

After lunch out and a few more errands (like getting mulch for the garden), we made it home in time for Nana and Pop's arrival.

And a little bit of this.

Before getting all dressed up for M and T's end-of-the-year recital.
 (One of the few times in the year that I get to style her hair. :)

Thursday, June 23
We took Nana and Pop to our favorite Asian-inspired garden.
 (Pop trying to trick them into sitting on a bench in the path of the sprinkler.)
 (M and T talking in British, Transylvanian, southern and gangster accents.)
 Before coming back for their last music lessons of the school year.

Friday, June 24
We put the strawberry tops from yesterday's strawberry-shortcake breakfast on the deck and the squirrels were elated.


Saturday, June 25
It was a pool day at home.

On the way to put out the pool, this creepy (CREEPY) spider was in the grass.  

Shockingly we chose to rescue it by putting it in a bucket and dumping it into the woods.  (Who have we become?)

I finally caught a glimpse of the baby wrens and their parents feeding them.

We released our Painted Ladies

And then we watered the grass with the pool water because it's like a hay field out there. :)

Phew!  That was one FULL week!  We're looking forward to a looser schedule and lots of time swimming at the lake this summer.  (And hopefully some rain. :)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

June Week 3

Our June (Part 3):

Sunday, June 12
After church we headed to another "pond" to go kayaking.  But it was unlike any "pond" we've ever seen--it was huge and wavy and really windy.  And cold!  Thankfully we always have extra sweatshirts in the van.

But it was so much fun!  We had to work really hard just to go a short distance, but the row back was super easy. 
To make the hard work a little more fun we made up ridiculous rhymes like, 
"This is my pirate kayak,
I use it to a-ta-yack."

We changed into dry clothes (extras from the van) because it was so cold--it dropped into the 60's--before stopping for a treat on the way home.

Monday, June 13
We had a playdate with friends we haven't seen in way too long.

The Painted Ladies are getting so big!

Tuesday, June 14
Every Wednesday morning during the school year I get together with a great group of moms to drink coffee, talk about life and to read an encouraging book together.  I am so thankful for them.  Today was our last day of the year.  (The end of the year busyness has meant a few schedule changes--so this week we met on a Tuesday.)

Mostly spiders are cool only from a distance, but Daddy-Longlegs are okay.  (If you know they are there.)

(I got to participate in focus group for the library--I only remembered it when I looked at the calendar 15 minutes before I had to be there.)

Wednesday, June 15
It was Homeschoolers-Take-Over-the-Park Day.
(They played games, ate lunch and met up with old and new friends--they had so much fun.)

Then after picking up Beza from school, M had her first (of many) orthodontist appointment(s).
(Up first--an expander.)

Thursday, June 16
The view at school pick-up.  Less than a week left!

This is Bill--our rarely seen other black cat.  He's a one-person cat who has chosen M as his person.  But he paused on the steps for a few minutes and I caught a few pictures of his vibrant eyes and shiny fur.  

I cancelled soccer practice because it felt like we needed to slow down our schedule a bit.  The extra time made it possible for J and T to go on a run around the neighborhood together.  (J is one of T's most-favorite things. :)

Friday, June 17
After a bit of school work, we had another fun afternoon with some homeschooling families (with more pool time.).  

Unfortunately the ticks are still prowling about--luckily this one came right out.  

The weather this week has continued to be beautiful.  So many blue sky days.  It was a perfect night for pizza on the deck.

Saturday, June 18
The LAST DAY of Soccer!!!  Whoo-hoo!
It was a HOT morning, but they all played well.  T's team even won their championship.

We had ice cream for lunch to celebrate (and to cool off). 

There are just three more days of school.  And also just those same three days until a certain someone turns 6! :)