Friday, September 16, 2016

Speed Walking Through August

Monday, August 17
After a full weekend with visitors, we started Monday morning at the you-pick-it farm.  It was a beautiful morning.

J and I were surprised by these deer when they walked into the yard after dinner.

Tuesday, August 16
Zoobs are still one of his favorites. :)

In the afternoon they watched the classic Pete's Dragon.  (The day before they watched the original Jungle Book--all in anticipation of someday soon watching the newest versions.)

Wednesday, August 17
We celebrated all of the stuffed friends in our life with a Bear Party with friends.  

They decorated plates for everyone.

And created games.  (A fishing game.)

A pinata (full of stickers).

 And pin-the-nose-on-the-bear.

Thursday, August 18
My sister and brother-in-law came to stay for a few days.  We introduced them to gak.

They introduced us to speed-walking.

And brought water balloons to cool off in the heat.

(At bedtime, one of J's coworkers came to say goodbye and we showed him the magic of gak, too. ;)

Friday, August 19
Have waffle maker, will travel.  My sister came with the goods to make us a yummy breakfast.

Then we took them on a morning hike.

With snakes.

And some early touch-me-nots.

We had a picnic lunch at the zoo.

Later we stopped by Trader Joe's and Whole Foods (firsts for them).

Then we all had dinner on the deck.

Before bed we "forced" them to help us put together this puzzle. ;)

Saturday, August 21
We went to a birthday party in the afternoon, but mostly it was a chill day.

Sunday, August 22
After a morning at church, we had a yummy dinner with friends.

Monday, August 23
M woke up super-excited that it was finally the day to get her mouth expander.

(A pre-in-her-mouth picture.  Purple glitter with a tiger.)

We had lunch out.

Then, because we found out that we had been recently exposed to some not great stuff, we spent the afternoon/evening like this.   (Thankfully we only ended up with super-conditioned heads, clean beds and no extra "visitors.")

Wednesday, August 24
"Dress up."

Thursday, August 25
I heard this great tip on the Young House Love Has a Podcast podcast--I pre-pureed and froze all of my kale and spinach for smoothies.  No more questionable greens in the refrigerator.

Friday, August 26
We ran errands to get ready for a very fun upcoming last week of summer break.

It was a full last two weeks and our trip to the beach couldn't come fast enough. :)

Friday, September 09, 2016

Cotton Candy, Peaches and Rainbows

A recap of the second week of August.

Sunday, August 7
Our church had a big BBQ for lunch.

Since our return from Maine/Quebec not quite a week before, T had been very, very busy building a recycling center that was starting to overtake our whole house.

Monday, August 8
What a beautiful morning to start a new week.

We started by visiting the fruit farm for some peaches.

We ran a few errands.

And got treats on the way home.

We still had time to get to the lake in the afternoon.

Tuesday, August 9
Watching the Olympics was a part of our nightly routine.  T was inspired to create a TV camera.

And drone camera.

It was another beautiful day--perfect for repainting the front-porch furniture.

And for skating around the neighborhood.

And for Olympic-inspired bike racing complete with gold-medal winners.

A common scene: A night time injury from something like bumping a hand on the edge of a bed or wall.  I will miss this some day.

Wednesday, August 10
We finally had time to watch the awesome interview with Andrew Clements from Read Aloud Revival.

The rain made it a cozy day to stay at home.

Thursday, August 11
Our library has the best tree.

We got in more lake time.  (They play a bottle cap game.  Someone "hides" the bottle cap in the deep water and then they all try to spot it first as it rises.)

Friday, August 12
They desperately wanted to get to the lake again.  But just as we were leaving a huge storm rolled in.

While we were watching it, T found a walking stick.

I did a few more chores and then we squeezed in a late visit to the lake.

We got home just in time for a quick dinner and then ice cream out with one of J's international coworkers.

Saturday, August 13
M and I spent the day running errands.  Then we had more of J's visiting coworkers over for dinner.  It was so great to meet them and to get to know them better.  (There was that one moment when T was showing them something on the basement bookshelf and he gasped when he stepped on a dead mouse.  Memorable. :)

Sunday, August 14
We spent the morning with one of J's coworkers and had a lovely lunch out together.

The afternoon turned rainy.

With a rainbow.

And lots of time for games of Monopoly. (For J and the kids.)

August was flying!