Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014

Two little spotted deer, trotting after Mama.

BLUE.  So blue.  I love it!  Painters arrived at the house Monday, and will keep working until everything is done.  Basically the entire house is being painted, except three bedrooms and a hallway bathroom.  The only walls they are painting that didn't get drywall work done  are the hallway walls upstairs.  There was a prodigious amount of drywall work done, between replacing moldy drywall, fixing horrible patch jobs, new can lights installed, moving doorways, and such and such and such!

Everyone is still settling into summer it seems.  I kept Cocoa home from day camp today- it runs into his nap time and today was the "splash day" with water guns, sprinklers, and swim suits.  The weather was cool and misty, he's three, and big boys with water guns seemed like a bad idea.  His nap ran almost two hours longer than normal, the kid was tired!!  The girls had a blast at camp and came home with stories about play practice, trampoline squabbles, and capture the flag drama.  Perfect.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ernie Turns Nine

J's parents were in town, and it happened to coincide with E's birthday.  Lucky girl!

We went to our local zoo.

The girls played "reindeer" to Santa's sleigh.

The kids fed the alpacas and deer.

Nana and Grandpa built marshmallow guns for a SUPER fun activity- it's four generations of men right here!

We celebrated E's birthday with J's grandparents and parents.  I stopped by Costco on the way over and let Ernie pick out dinner for everyone- we ended up with rolls, chicken salad, fruit, her beloved sushi, and a big platter of shrimp.  Girl knows what she likes!  Nana and Grandma made a beautiful cake for the birthday girl.  I am sorry  I did not get a picture before the candle was taken out!  They did such a beautiful job.

For E's party this year I booked slots in an art class for my two girls and their two cousins, and took everyone out to sushi for lunch.  It was a great birthday week for our big girl.

What have the kids done this summer?

Cocoa has informed me "That can't be serious." when I told him the chocolate milk was gone.

Cocoa sneaks into my room and plays with beads.

Cocoa has to take his stroller for a walk, just to burn off enough energy to go to sleep.  It didn't work, he was up for hours.

The girls are learning to clean bathrooms- they fight over who gets to clean the toilets.  Weirdos ;)

The girls showed off their architecture skills with marshmallows and toothpicks.  Never underestimate Mimi.  

The girls found flowers for all of us in my flower beds.

Ernie pulled a few potatoes from the garden after running through the sprinklers.

We've spent plenty of time at the beach.

We picked up a few kiddy kayaks- the kiddies are more than excited :) 

Cocoa potty trained... And thoroughly enjoys his reward treats.

Sea Glass Necklaces

Mom has been collecting sea glass at the beach cabin for a few years, and now it it time to do something!  

She really wanted a sea glass pendant, with sparkly silver wire and sparkly silver chain.  Obviously, it was time for me to learn to wire wrap.  I think I did OK.

My necklace is blue glass with a sea star, Mom's is similar.  My twin sister got a clearer piece of glass and a hammered ring to balance the shape and add structure to the form.  Ernie had her very own piece of glass, and Mimi got a clam pendant and a whole lot of glass pearls.  My kid sister got the chocolate brown glass with what looks oddly like a Cthulu.    Heehee.  I had fun matching the designs to personalities.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Independence Day Weekend

Independence Day was beautiful and wonderful this year- we biked up to the annual church breakfast in this neighborhood and watched the kids re-enact the Boston Tea Party (throw it overboard!) and ate lots of great fruit.  

We needed some bike supplies, and I convinced everyone that was we needed was Chinese buns for lunch to celebrate the holiday. They made an awesome lunch while we watched a World Cup soccer match on my parents big screen. 

A quiet afternoon, I slept through a few party invitations (what?  I have friends that throw parties now??) and we watched fireworks all around the lake from the deck once the sun went down.  It's my favorite place to be on the Fourth of July, and it's been years since I got to sit there.  I loved it, the girls were entranced.  Cocoa fell asleep in my lap, long day for a little dude!

My brother surprised us with a visit over the weekend, it was great to have everyone together for a meal.  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May Pictures in the Sun

Cocoa can now reach the top of this little hill in our backyard, but he can't get down.  He's calling for me in this picture :)

The edge of the woods is a magical place for the kids right now.

J has been slowly re-barking the yard.  Handsome man!

Ernie is so close to being a big girl.  She goes between shutting herself in her room to read or cry depending on her mood, and playing dress up and pretend games in the yard.

Selfie group shot!  The kids and I stopped at Snoqualmie Falls to see the waterfall.

We had gorgeous weather in May- the beach is a favorite place for the kids .

May 28, 2014

Praise everything, all three kids slept all night !  It's been at least a week since that happened, we all feel so much happier today.

I taught one student I the early morning- she is probably not coming back next year I think she gave up trying years ago. We had a good lesson, she is making progress on her songs right now.  The kids and I cleaned up the playroom and our house cleaner came around 9:00.  She brings her little daughter who is the same age as Cocoa.  She doesn't speak a bit of English but she and the kids get along famously.  

I made lunch for us all- jam sandwiches and cucumber slices for the kids and a mint chocolate chip yogurt for the kids.  (Yogurt with mint and spinach for color, a bit of sugar, blend it, then throw in a few chocolate chips.  Yum!). I took the rest of a cucumber-tomato-onion salad and whizzed it in the blender into a gazpacho type of soup for me.  Leftover tzatziki sauce drizzled on top made it extra delicious :)

Cocoa went down for a nap and I sat down with Ernie to finish her math for the week while Mimi played Littlest Pet Shop and practiced her reading.  I found lots of reader e-books at the library website and loaded them into my Kindle for her.  I am assigning points to books this summer and the kids can earn prizes by the points they get.  Ernie is reading The Ordinary Princess today and will probably finish it tonight. (That's a grade 6.5 book.). I am going to steer them towards classics this summer to help them break out of an unchallenging book rut.

Math took approximately 3 hours to complete 12 problems.... Oy.  We cut loose and put together a pan of French toast to bake later on for dinner and the kids scattered to play and read.

The baked French toast turned out amazing, not surprising considering it was kind of creme brûlée made with old bread, and I served bacon and cantaloupe on the side.  Go figure, the kids practically licked their plates!

My aunt came to discuss the next stage of planning our kitchen remodel- she and my uncle have been amazing to work with.  We have most decisions made now, we need to pick a sink and faucet and then pack up about half the house.  Whee!!