I think Mickey finished this project before we left for Virginia but I just got around to taking pictures. I had to move all my bulbs from the yard where the septic was redone. Mickey was great and made me a flower bed to plant all the bulbs I kept. I also planted some strawberry plants I moved for safe keeping. It has filled in and looks great.
Megan finished up another season of softball. She played second base a lot, some at catcher, and also pitched an inning. She is an awesome little player. She's also really good at keeping the girls involved while they're in the dugout. You can always hear her singing and chanting more than anyone else. Maybe it's just the loud voice. Here's a few more softball pics.
We had a really big rain on June 6th. (I'm so glad the digital photos get automatically dated.) Mickey took Kade out to jump/run in the puddles and the girls tagged along. Here's some pictures from that. Kade was soaked when he came in. And of course he thought it was funny to splash his sisters.
I think strawberry picking is going to become an annual event for us. This is our second year going. There were a lot of weeds in Grandpa's Orchard this year and the berries were on the small side but they were delicious. I don't think Kade actually picked any. If so he ate it.
I froze a lot of them and will turn them into jam. Mmmm...it's our favorite.
At the end of June we spent a day at Great America. The girls were so excited to go, and I guess Kade was too. We went with Mike, Betty, Amanda, Michelle, Abby, and Emma. I think everyone had a good time. (I've learned I'm not going back. It's just not my kind of place. I'd rather stay home and enjoy the peace.) Megan and Kade loved the roller coasters. Mattey and I found the tamer rides. There was a water ride that was fun but since we got soaked no one wanted to go on it again with me. Amanda did some American Idol Kareokee and the girls were her back up dancers. Later Megan and Mattey got brave and sang a song. They were great! I'll have to get Mickey to put the video on. I'll bug him so hopefully it will get done sometime this year. Here's a link to the rest of the pictures.
I've done some sewing this summer. I made Mattey a little dress and a beaded purse. (You can't really see the beads, they blend in.)
I also made myself a Vera Bradley knock off. I started with some Moda fabric. And worked out a pattern. And came up with this. I really like it. Look at all the pockets! I love knowing where everything is.
We had a family date and went bowling at Chippewa Bowling Alley. I was a little nervous since I hurt my back 5 years ago at a bowling alley. I survived and everyone had a really good time. Kade was hilarious to watch. Megan has a wicked spin. Mattey somehow ended up getting a lot of strikes. We weren't sure how she did it. Mickey tries to make a dent in the lane by throwing the ball so hard. I cautiously and slowly walked to the line and gently rolled the ball. Our scores are somewhere but I don't have time to look for them now. But here are some pictures of the family having a good time. The rest are here. (Please note that Kade and Mickey's date are in this album also, that's why they have two different outfits on.)
We thought we'd try cherry picking this year. We went with Michelle and her girls. Mickey was at work. It's not really his thing anyway. All the kids had a bucket and we had about 70 pounds of cherries in 30-45 minutes! We had to tell the kids to stop picking. Once again Kade didn't really pick except to eat. He was a mess!
So that was June. We were busier than I thought. In July we celebrated the 4th at Jan and Doc's house. John provided us with a fabulous firework show. The next week the kids started their annual tennis lessons at Leeper Park. Kade even got to play this year. He was very excited about that. It's great being 3. It was great being me too because I got to sit by myself and knit. Meg has an advantage in tennis, she's ambidextrous. If she wanted she could hit a powerful forehand with either hand. I would love for her to practice this but she's kind of taken to only using her right hand, just like she does for all sports. Mattey was a little apprehensive but I think she enjoyed herself.
We couldn't stop with strawberries and cherries we picked blueberries (twice) and peaches. We picked blueberries at the Blueberry Ranch.
We went once as a family for FHE and once with my sister-in-law, Mary, and her kids, Crissy, Jr., and Sabe. (I forgot the camera for this outing. And Megan had the camera for the peaches so not many pictures got taken.) They also went with all of us to pick peaches. Sabe is waiting for apple season. We got the peaches (and also the cherries) from Treemendous Fruits.
We had so many peaches. We picked 78 pounds! They were yummy. A lot of us were allergic to the fuzz so we were rather itchy on the way home. Next time we'll wear long sleeves and gloves. As I posted earlier I made a lot of jam with the peaches. I also made cobbler twice, peach muffins, and a peach pie smoothie.
Mickey and I also planted a tree in July. We found a crab apple for half off at Home Depot. Here's Mickey planting it. I'll take a picture of the tree in the Spring when it flowers, if it survives the winter.
This year the girls signed up for 4H. Megan signed up for Photography and Wildlife. Mattey signed up for Sewing. The time kind of got away from us and Megan only got her photography project done. Mattey didn't get her project started mostly because I was the one that had to teach her. Yikes. When I was in 4H I had classes and meetings but Meg had almost nothing. I won't dwell on the negative. Megan got a blue ribbon for her project. Mattey will still be in mini 4H next year so she can do the same project. We can start on it anytime. It will be a good way to use up some down time in the winter.
That ends July. In August Mickey started a few projects. One is finishing the new bathroom downstairs and the other is building a deck on the side of the garage, since we don't have a back yard. It has turned out really nice. It's in the shade by 4-5 pm and when there's a breeze you can really feel it there. Now that it's done it's my turn to add a flower bed around it and make it a little cozier. We are planning a railing or something for next year. We bought some solar lights to put around it too.
Since this post has taken me hours and hours to do I'll write about the bathroom later and I have to take a few more pictures. I'll just say it's sassy green and working. I'm thankful to have a handy husband.
I'll conclude with my birthday. I must be sick if I'm doing this. Anyway, I had a nice day with Mickey and Kade and later the girls. We went to Chili's for lunch and Mickey surprised me with not going back to work for the rest of the day. We ran to Meijer for a few things. It's nice shopping with someone other than a child, except he wanted to look at the legos and things too. I made a triple layer cake with chocolate and white with raspberry filling. It was a little unlevel but very tasty. We just had some deli sandwiches for dinner so we could dig into the cake. Mickey and the kids totally spoiled me with presents. I got a thick exercise mat, 27 Dresses, the Fellowship soundtrack, a complete collection of Jane Austen, new ear buds, and the Eragon books. That takes almost everything off my wishlist. I'll have to work hard to come up with stuff for Christmas. I also got some cards, money, and gift cards from other family members. Thanks.
Now I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Sorry if you spent an hour reading this. Hopefully I can get back to posting things when they happen. Like today our driveway is getting fixed. I'm so terrible I'm not even taking pictures of it. Oh well.