A little catch up

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

11 thoughts on “A little catch up

  1. song_of_praise

    That’s a smart kid who chooses a pie over cake! I love the colors of your sweet peas ~ I have never grown them, but maybe I should. I like to plant flowers that bloom the duration of the summer into fall, and I don’t think sweet peas fall into that category.

  2. ABAHM

    I so enjoy this post, and you are right to make time to capture these simple, lovely, best of the best part of life moments…cuz they do go too fast AND I love seeing you on here!
    I laughed along with your hubby – 7 boys and trying to keep score.!  I found my husband really understood boys, and was right about them most of the time. 
    Sweet Peas are one of my favs.  We had a short season here too, but the few bouquets are just some of the best.  The colors are so pretty, like a quilt, and the fragrance is so sweet!
    Levi is way cute.  Excited about your chickens…I would have some if I could!

  3. foreveranoatneygirl_n2Hisown

    this was so fun to see April! you all have started summer off in all manner of fun ways! love the weekend away with just your little family….those are some of the best times. and the chicken coop i totally ♥, the blueberry picking and birthday pie…it’s just a great catch up post!
     i miss you….
    a great day to you sweet friend!

  4. Elizabethmarie_1

    Loved this post.
    You are going to have to bring your children to Chicago…Lots of skyscrapers, much taller than the hotel. So tall when you look down people look like ants and the cars look like matchbox cars. AND..I know of a place you can stay!!! We can take the train..your kids would Love it! I’ll plan your next family vacation, ok? =)

    I bet J loved his birthday party…what special memories you are making with him.
    My oldest used to always pick a pie for his birthday. My two oldest kids never choose a birthday cake, they always have some sort of alternative.

    Happy Tuesday to you April!

  5. aSeriesofFortunateEvents

    Loved it! What a fun birthday. It makes me happy to see one of the boys get into reading too.

    The dog. I feel the same way about our dog. Some days I like him okay, some days I’m annoyed with the sad state of our yard now that we’ve had him for a year and he’s destroyed it.  But he’s super cute.

  6. fruitloops115

    i always love these posts, from anyone that are full of bits of the ordinary. i love seeing the normal in people’s lives. Of course, an occasional post of an inspiring project is always fun too
    Happy summertime to you and yours!

  7. grace_to_be

    i love the first shot of all the boys lined up. that’s beth’s family minus two! :) happy birthday J. so fun!! and the kids spread all over the hotel. and San Fran. wow.. imagine, just taking a family jaunt up to San Fran. :) i’m jealous. ;) and the dog. oh, girlfriend. you have my empathy. not sure if i ever said so publicly but our winston is no longer with us. it proved the bad days were a little more than the good. :/ i do think getting them before a year helps.. that way you can train them as you want and not have to break habits from other ppl like sleeping on the end of the bed and jumping on the couch, etc. ugh. blueberries.. yuM!! that is reese’ number one fav thing right now. she eats so many it turns her poop blue! ;) and seems like there was something else i was going to say.. but now i forget. ;)

    happy summering~ xo

  8. H0LDfast

    well it sure is nice to read about each other lives, isn’t it : )
    fun birthday pictures.
    fun city trip.
    fun red on the chicken coop.
    even … fun dog : ) i’ve been thinking we might be ready to replace buck ….
    and he’s looking older, that firstborn of yours …. that & i think he wears hats just like his dad : )


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