Friday, August 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Kelly!

Well this year there is no trip to Utah sans kids, but the kids and I did manage to pick up a few things for Kelly (thanks to some last minute shopping).  Hopefully they will be things that help her enjoy her day.  What am I saying, she provided the list for the last minute shopping so I think they should do the trick.



I thought about organizing a little get together for her birthday, but too much indecision and now here it is the actual day.  I'm not very good at putting together parties, seems someone else in the house is the queen of that.



We're going to go out for lunch (another decision pending on the location), probably open some presents when the girls get home from school, and then maybe enjoy some cake later.  Another lame thing, Kelly is making her own birthday cake.  Not lame for her, since she prefers her own cakes (and who wouldn't when they are as good as they are), but just lame that I can't provide it for her.



So pretty low key, but no less special.  Happy Birthday Sweetheart!  I hope you enjoy a good day.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Jam Session

What do you do with several pounds of fresh fruit?  You eat as much as you can and then make jam before it spoils.  That's what I did yesterday, the jam part I mean.  I took a lot of these

Peaches



...and some of these



Blueberries



...mixed it with sugar and some of this



Certo



...and I got a lot of this



Lots of Jam



I made four batches of peach and one batch of blueberry.  I don't even want to think about how much sugar I used.  I have to make room in the freezer for all this.  That means I have to pull out grapes from last year and some strawberries and I'll have to turn them into jelly and jam too.  I think we'll be set for the year.  I just might have to buy another little freezer to store it all.



If you ever come to our house please ask to have a peanut butter and jelly/jam sandwich.  I'll promise you it will taste good.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Oh, Happy Day!

I know it's only August 12th, and I'm way behind in telling about our summer, but today was the first day of school for the girls.  Last night for FHE we went over some rules and packed the girls' backpacks.  Mat was a little nervous and Mickey gave her a blessing.  I was worried they wouldn't want to get up this morning because they had just started sleeping in the last few weeks.  Kade was the first one up at 6:30.  Since he came in to sleep with me and didn't go back to sleep neither did I.  I got up and Meg was right behind me.  Mat didn't have a problem either.  That's a bit of a shock since she's NOT a morning person.  They got dressed and ate breakfast and then they were ready to go.  It was only about ten after seven and the bus wasn't coming for another 30 minutes.  I had some time to take some photos of the girls.  They both got a professional haircut yesterday.  (It looks much better than what I do.)  They look so cute.

First day of 4th grade First day of 2nd grade Waiting for the bus



Kade enjoyed his time today without getting picked on or having to whine about what movie he wanted to watch.  Here he is playing legos.  He did this most of the day, sometimes with a movie on.

Enjoying time alone



I got to enjoy a quiet day.  I exercised and was in the shower by 9!  I also got a lot of work done around the house.  That will be a post for tomorrow.



The girls made it through the first day just fine.  They both like their teachers, neither one got the one they wanted but both teachers have pets in their classrooms so that's a bonus.  Thursday we get to meet the teachers and see the classrooms.  That will be fun.  Here's to a good school year.