Sunday, June 14, 2015

I have other children, they just don't like photographs

I have noticed, lately, that most of my pictures are of Jensen.  This is in no way purposeful, he just allows me to take pictures where the girls make weird faces or won't stand still and then everything ends up fuzzy.

So here's a recap of what Jensen (and I) have been up to.

Falling asleep "reading".  I just love this.  It is one of my favorite bedtime rituals to go into the kids' rooms and gather their stacks of books and turn out their lights.  This doesn't happen every night, but when it does I cherish it!  I don't really cherish trying to wriggle Freya's glasses off of her face once she's asleep, I'll tell you that much.

We took a pre-lunch trip down to the closest park and everyone rode their bike.  Jensen still doesn't like using the pedals, though he can now reach, so he continues to Fred Flintstone his bike to our destinations.  He is pretty quick, but that still doesn't mean he won't get his shoe caught and flip over the handlebars.

I had a nice afternoon read/drink on the deck while the kids played with their water pistols. The book was an excellent read and the beer was an excellent refreshment.  Right now, we don't have a ton of down time during the summer so these fleeting moments have to be taken advantage of promptly!

This child spent his time outside dousing himself.  He would shoot streams into the air and then stand under them and get soaked.  His sisters helped soak him as well, but he never turned his aim toward them.  It was hot and I don't blame him for letting them do all the work to cool him down without reciprocating.

I just like this shot.  Droopy drawers, wet hair, defeated stance.  Sadly, I had just reprimanded him for using his light saber to smack me, so that is where the face came from.  But it's still cute altogether and I'll take that away from it!

Friday, June 12, 2015

truly wonderful, the mind of a child is

Freya did some doodling in one of my notebooks and I found them while flipping through it the other day.  She did a great job just free-hand drawing each character and adding detail.  Like Luke's black prosthetic hand, Leia with her two guns, and Darth (P)Vader's Foot Locker uniform.  What?

Guys, we're on a Star Wars kick in this house.  The power of the Force has overtaken my children to the point that all they want to watch (when allowed a show) is one of the movies.  We're working our way through all six and just finished Part II (Attack of the Clones) and they are chomping at the bit to start Part III.  I'm proud to say that none of the kids like Jar Jar Binks and kept commenting on how he didn't talk right.

I ain't gonna lie - I'm a traditionalist and love The Return of the Jedi the most.  We have three movies to get through before that one so I'll be patient.  Maybe once we're done, we'll find The Ewok Adventure or Battle for Endor so they can see what we were subject to in the early 80's...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

screen shot

This is my new wallpaper, just one of the many cute pictures our day care lady randomly sends me. Prince of the flower patch!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

the sun sets later up north

Our family had the privilege to host my cousin Lauren, and her husband, Pete, for the weekend while they were on a 'whirlwind' tour of the PNW (and Canada) from their home in Glendale, CA.

The last time Lauren was in Washington State was back in the 80's when we lived in Ellensburg and my Aunt Kathy came up with her two girls, Allison and Lauren, during the summer.

Lauren was only around four at the time, so who knows what she remembers of that trip.  All I know is that she loved My Little Ponies, Cracklin' Oat Bran, and was as cute as a button.  She still, is, actually!

Since I was tied up with Field Day at school, Mark and the younger two kids took Lauren and Pete around Cashmere.  They visited his favorite drinking/burger spot, Milepost 111, then took a nice tasting tour of the Cider Mill, which I've never been to and I've lived here for thirteen years!

I feel bad for Pete that our kids hated him.  They really didn't want to be around him, like, at all...

We introduced them to Country Boys BBQ, enjoyed some cool drinks on the deck, then put the kids to bed and watched the Cashmere High School graduation ceremony on the football field below us.  Nothing says small town like a class of 100 kids graduating at 8:00 on a Friday night and choosing "I'll Be There For You (the theme from Friends)" as their class song.   Plus, you can do that here because the sun doesn't set until almost 9:00 in early June.  We're farther away from the equator, so the late sunset threw Lauren off a little!

On Saturday, we took the kids to Mark's parent's house to spend the night so that we could take our visitors on a tour of Leavenworth because that is what you do around here.

First we stopped at the bakery for some donuts, then we drove the scenic route (you know, by the dump) to show them the beautiful landscape.  Lauren was amazed at all of the irrigation ditches and unattended flowing waterways because California is having a huge drought issue and no one is allowed to do much of any watering without mountains of paperwork.  We must seem incredibly wasteful to them!

We rounded out Saturday night with a stop by Keith and Beth's property which only happened because I can't read texts good.  I thought we were going to meet them out there for dinner and Beth had been saying "home" the whole time which means their house in Wenatchee.

Either way, they got to see the property, the boys took a dip in the creek, and we made it to Wenatchee to have dinner with everyone.

Next month, we are heading down to California to stay with my grandma for our first vacation of the year, so we'll get to see Lauren and Pete all over again!  I sure hope they enjoyed their stay and will want to come back in a few years.

Friday, June 5, 2015

the end of school

Time is moving so quickly - this year is no exception.  Freya finished 1st Grade and loved every minute of it.  Ilsa completed Pre-school at Pat's and is all ready for Kindergarten. Jensen has become really active and really vocal and it's a lot of fun!

In other news, our friends from up the hill, the Kerns, were getting rid of their little playhouse and asked if we'd like it.  I said sure, forgot to tell Mark and so he was surprised when Adam showed up to drop it off.  Oops!  We found a corner of the deck that it fit into perfectly and it's been the highlight of every day since then - even the cat loves it.

I buckled down and painted the great room and accent wall in the kitchen because my cousin Lauren and her husband Pete are coming to visit.  The color was Treasure Chest by Behr and since I did the paint/primer in one two coats went on really smoothly and the coverage was really even.  It really brightens that corner area.

Here is our little graduate with her cap, necklace, and certificate!

Mark was home with the two younger kids a few Friday's ago and Jensen got into the sunblock.  Lip care is crucial!

I volunteered to help with Field Day the last Friday of school.  This was only for 1st Grade and they had 10 stations set up throughout the building for the kids to circuit through.  The other mom helper and I split time at the Frisbee station and then spent the other half of the time walking the circuit with our kids.

The big hits were the sno-cone station and the bouncy house.  Since our group had 9 kids, four went into the bouncy house while the other five played tag on the other side of the gym. That's Freya, the grey blur on the right.  Trey was kind enough to stop and pose for my picture.

The funniest station was Duck, Duck, Squirt.  I think you can figure out the game from the name.  It started getting silly as they would try to double and triple-squirt each other before having their target hop up and catch them.  Lots of laughing and staying cool in the 80+ degree weather!


The day ended with L-Bow the Clown entertaining everyone in the gym.  He did skits, walked on his hands, juggled, rode a unicycle AND juggled, and had the kids in hysterics.  It was perfect.

The last picture of Freya's class before they were excused to go home.  She had such a wonderful experience with Mrs. Heidenfelder and her reading ability really took off this year. We look forward to what 2nd Grade with Miss Smith will be - so far only good reports from the parents who've had children in her class.