Okay, this is more than just a little catch up to be truthful.
So many fun things have happened over the last month, too many to just brush over. Special moments that needed to be chronicled.
We celebrated a birthday last month. J turned seven… seven-years-old! He has gotten to that age were being with his friends is what life is all about. So his dad and I took this handsome group of boys to play putt-putt golf.
The teenager behind the counter handed me several score cards. I very enthusiastically declared that I would be the official score keeper. My husband just laughed at me. Pretty soon I knew what he was laughing about. Keeping score for 7 boys was a completely fruitless endeavor. Before long we gave up all putt-putt protocol and let them hack away at their brightly colored golf balls.
The birthday boy even managed to make a hole in one!
Then we made a little trip to B&R for ice cream.
After we dropped all the boys off we went home for his special birthday dinner.
As is the tradition in our house, the birthday boy gets to choose a special dinner and dessert. For J that means birthday pie, not cake.
And his dad’s amazing slow cooked ribs with his famous mustard BBQ sauce.
This is a picture of J reading his birthday card from Grandma and Grandpa W. Not only did he get a new fishing pole but Grandpa promised to take him on a fishing trip the following week. J was so thrilled!
Look who discovered the joy that a blank piece of paper and a jar of markers can bring. He spent an entire morning drawing little stick figures and loopy flowers.
I love this kid!
My sweet peas were a little disappointing this spring. Last fall I planted twice as many seeds as I did the fall before, and I got half as many blooms this year. Last spring I was picking buckets full of sweet peas and this spring I barely had enough to fill a dozen small vases.
Oh well, the ones that bloomed were still so beautiful and I love the way they smell!
J finished up 1st grade. On the last day of school Mrs. Boone and Mrs. Jolliff had a little ceremony for the students. It was another wonderful school year! Mrs. Jolliff was such an amazing teacher. The energy and creativity she brought to the classroom made a real impact on J. He loved everyday of school and was heart broken when he had to miss any school days.
This is a picture of the two of them as J almost knocked her over with a big hug!
And this is Mrs. Jolliff reading J’s certificate to him.
Our annual “last day of school” picture with Lizzy
The very next day we headed to San Francisco for a weekend getaway with the children. It seemed like a fun way to kick off the summer.
We started at the piers, wandered around pier 39.
We took in the sights, watched the boats coming in and out of the harbor, we ate tiny warm fresh doughnuts from a plastic bucket (so good!).
Miss E staring down a seagull
We stayed in a sky scraper hotel not far off Union Square. The boys were so impressed with the tall buildings!
The kids were all spread out over the hotel room.
This was the view from our room. I wish I would have taken a picture of it at night. The lights of the city were so pretty!
The next morning we got up and went to The Maker Fair. It’s a fun event filled with booths and exhibitions of all kinds of electronic and mechanical creations. There were even booths where the children could make things for themselves. They got to make their own rockets, and then launch them off an air compressed launch pad! It was fun, but SUPER crowded and just a little over the kids heads, but I think they still enjoyed themselves.
We have a very busy summer, filled with a lot of projects and work that must be done, so we won’t be able to take a big vacation this summer. I’m trying to come up with fun, local day trips that we can go on during the week.
We went blueberry picking at Jessup farm with the cousins
Afterward we took our lunches to the park and had fun playing in the water fountain. The girls were cracking us up. The water in the fountain turns off and on and sprays at different times. When it would turn off the girls would slowly and cautiously approach the hole were the water comes out. They would get closer and closer…. and them BAM… that water would gush out, and they would run away laughing and yelling!
Sometimes our day trips are as simple as a trip to the library, or lunches and bubble blowing at the park.
This is the first summer that J has really liked reading books. This is a sight I love to see! He got a stack of mysteries from the beginner reader section, and then spent the rest of the night sprawled out on my bed reading them.
We also adopted an 8 month old puppy. After a lot of suggestions and arguing, the children finally settled on the name Levi. Everybody’s pretty excited about him. My opinion of Levi varies greatly from day to day. I’m sure he’ll be fine once we get him past his wild puppy stage (at least that’s what I keep telling myself)
He does have a pretty sweet face…
The chickens have a new home! A bright red roomy coop with plenty of room for roosting and scratching.
There are nine roosting boxes and easy access to the eggs. I can’t wait until we start getting our own eggs!
“The Girls” as I call them, were very please with their new home
The children are fascinated with the chickens. They drug a blanket out on the grass, and spent the whole morning chatting and watching the chicks peck and scratch. I thought it was a little strange but hey… I’m not going to complain about anything that keeps them busy for a whole morning and doesn’t end in someone getting hurt!
So there it is, my catch up post! I’m going to try to make posting more of a priority. Reading my sister-in-law’s post the other night, reminded me of all the things I love about keeping a blog about our family. These are wonderful times we are experiencing with the kids and I want to keep writing about our little adventures.
Hope your summer is off to a great start! ~April