Sunday, July 31, 2011

I Scream, You Scream,...

We All Scream for Ice Cream!  Mattey and Mickey's ice cream making experience and a book I read recently have left me wanting to make ice cream.  I did it this afternoon.  I just made vanilla but then added some chunks of cookie dough.  Yum.
Cookie Dough Ice Cream
I'd share the recipe but it wasn't as good as I'd like it to be.  It was too creamy tasting.  Meaning it tasted too much like the whipping cream I used.  Not my favorite.  While searching for a good ice cream recipe I came across a frozen yogurt recipe I want to try.  I'll let you know if that turns out.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Daddy-Daughter Time

This afternoon Mickey and Mattey were invited to a Daddy-Daughter date for Activity Days.  Mattey has been looking forward to this for a long time.  (It was scheduled for last week but had to be postponed to today.)  The invite said to bring gloves, a hammer, and a ruler.  We wondered what they were going to make.

First they played a few get to know you games and then they made a maze.  Pretty cool.

Daddy-Daughter Maze

Then they made ice cream and ate it with a brownie.  They both had a good time.  Mattey was very happy to have some undivided attention.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Hauling Brush

Several weeks ago I got a little frustrated with the amount of mulberry trees growing in a garden area in the back.  I started out spraying them with some weed killer, hoping it would kill them and then I could easily take them out.  But then I saw how many big ones there were so I got the pruners and started cutting them down.  (I sprayed their stumps hoping to kill the roots.)  Next thing I know I have a huge pile of cut down baby trees.  Then Mickey came over and started hacking at the pine trees, neither of us really like them.  I noticed that he was getting carried away after I saw the enormous hole he made in the tree and had to put a stop to the hacking.  I told him that he was no longer allowed to use the pruners unless I was there to observe his cutting.



We didn't really have a great place to put the brush but managed to put it behind the house, hoping to kill some weeds that were growing there.  (Yes, we need a gardener or very low maintenance landscaping.)



Then last week Mickey was threatening to get the pruners out again.  I decided I'd better get them before he did.  So while he was mowing I trimmed the low branches that were bothering him.  We ended up trimming four trees, a lot from two.  This left us with even more brush.  Luckily the branches and trees from the first cutting died and decreased in height or otherwise we would have had one tall pile of brush.



Now we needed to figure out a way to get rid of it.  We knew we could dump it at his grandpa's but getting there was the problem.  We know people with trailers but things didn't work out so I suggested using the van.  Mickey and Meg worked hard getting all the brush put in the back of the van.

Hauling Brush



It was a hot, dirty job.  Normally I would have been right there helping but a sneeze took out my back (yes, I said a sneeze) so I couldn't do much but lay around since I couldn't even stand up straight.  Meg took the picture.  Maybe one day she'll do some blogging too.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lunch at PG

We had about an hour to kill today while we waited for my dad to be done with his appointment.  So I had the brilliant idea to have an early lunch with Mickey.  The kids and I packed lunches before we left the house.  I thought we could picnic outside but the humidity was rather high, 95%.  Instead we lunched in the break room at PG.  (Since we were early for lunch we had the enormous room to ourselves.) Kade and I are the only ones that have ever had lunch with Mickey there, so the girls were interested in all the hype Kade gave it.



After we ate our lunches the kids had to try out the games that are provided for stress relief.  Foosball was a hit.

Foosball



(Mickey can't wait to get the new iPhone.  He said it takes much better pictures.)



They all had to try out the dart board too.  Good thing they are plastic tips and not metal because the kids were a little crazy throwing the darts.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Letter of Complaint

Dear Behr Paint Company,



I love your color selection.  I love the easy clean up of my tools after painting.  I like that the paint smell isn't too strong.  I love that my walls are easy to wipe clean when little hands make them dirty.  But...why do your green paints require three to four coats even when using a paint with primer built in?  It's not like I was painting over a dark or bright color.  The wall was white-ish.  If I decide to paint green again I may have to get my paint from another company.



Sincerely,



A marginally satisfied customer.

Behr Paint



This is a sneak of Meg's room.  I'm am not very happy that I spent more money buying the paint with built in primer only to have to do 3 coats.  What's up with that?



By the way I LOVED the Frog tape.  As long as you seal it (make sure it's stuck to the wall securely) before painting you get a crisp, clean line.  I will for sure be using it on Mattey's striped walls.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cousins & Pollys

One of Mattey's favorite things to play with is Polly Pockets.

Polly Pockets





This week some out of town family came for a visit.  There are two cousins around Mattey's age that really like Polly Pockets too.  We saw them on Sunday and they had to make a play date.  It was set for today.  S. & E. ended up being here for about 8 hours.  I think they all had fun.

Cousins

Monday, July 25, 2011

Walking in the Rain

The neighbor had his sprinkler on today and the kids decided it was an invitation to run through it.  The sprinkler was watering the street so they rode their bikes back and forth through it.  Then someone got the brilliant idea to get the umbrellas to "walk in the rain".



Walking in the Rain



Then the umbrellas were used to hold water and fling it at a brother or sister.  I left before I would get soaked.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mom, It's a Rabbit

This evening we went to Jan and Doc's for Jaden's baptism.  He was baptized in the lake.  Kind of cool.  We were there for a few hours with all kinds of out of town family.  We all enjoyed our time there.  I had the camera in my pocket figuring I'd get a potd there.  Well...the camera never saw the light of day.  We came home and I thought, Great, now I'll have to search around to find something to shoot. I wasn't having an easy time coming up with anything either.



Kade had heard me say I needed to find something.  Then two minutes later I hear, "Mom, it's a rabbit!  That can be the picture of the day!"  I love that he tries to help me with my problems.  I went to see what he was talking about and there was a little baby rabbit.  I gave in and took the picture, figuring it would be that or my pretty toe nails.

Baby Bunny



Then I began to think about it and we don't really see a lot of rabbits around here.  At the old house there were a few families of them.  They would jump and run around chasing each other.  I do miss that.  They were fun to watch.  I would trade the dumb crows for the rabbits any day.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Deep Sea Diver

Every time we go to the pool or a store that sells swimming accessories Kade always mentions that he wants a snorkel.  He was in luck today.  My brother and sister-in-law have a pool at their house and it was open for the birthday party.  They also have all kinds of water things.  He found big goggles that cover his nose and a snorkel.  He was so excited.



Deep Sea Diver



He even tried to use them the right way.  Way to go, Kade.



Snorkling



I also want to welcome a new nephew into our family.  Welcome, Benjamin.  The kids can't wait to meet you.

Friday, July 22, 2011

A Quick Gift

Tomorrow we are going to my niece and nephew's birthday party.  I bought a gift for my nephew a while ago.  Can you believe I was actually thinking ahead?  (With the way my brain has been working lately, like it's on vacation, that's pretty amazing.)  Then yesterday I realized that the party was in two days and I hadn't gotten a gift for my niece.  She's three.  She'd totally notice.



So then I started thinking.  What could I get her?  Does she really need any more toys?  (She's the third girl in the family, probably not.  You're welcome, Sonia.)  Then I had a brilliant idea.  I'd make her something.  There is this skirt that I've been eyeing for a while.  It looked pretty easy and it was darling so maybe I could do that.  Sure, I can do that.  I ran to the fabric store and got some fabric and elastic.  I washed the fabric last night and ironed the wrinkles out so I'd be ready to go this morning.



I had to e-mail my sister-in-law for a few measurements to make the pattern piece and then I was good to go.  It was so quick and easy.  I ended up making two skirts for my niece and one for Mattey.  Here I am hemming.  This is the easiest hemming around, unless you have a serger.  I need to get one of those.

More Hemming



I also made two fabric flower hair clips from this striped fabric and a few beads.  They were cute but I forgot to take a picture of them.  You'll just have to use your imagination.



Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lots of Tears

This mirror has been a source of much contention today.  At least for Kade.  (Do you like the smudges he left on it?)



Mirror of Tears



Earlier this week we had gone to Target to get some drapes for Meg's room.  While there we picked up a mirror for the back of her door.  (Every girl needs a full length mirror, right?)  There was not a green one so we got the turquoise one thinking it would be alright because it matched her bedding.



Well, today I had to take my dad to physical therapy and Kade tagged along.  We went to a different Target to pick up a few needed things.  There we found the green mirror so I got it for Meg's room.  Or at least to give her another option.  On the way out of the store Kade said he hoped Meg wanted the turquoise one so he could have the green one.  And I thought What does he need a mirror for? (Now here is the part of the story that if I was really paying attention I would have walked back into the store and bought another green mirror, but I didn't.)  And that was all he could talk about while we drove home.



Once at home I showed Meg what I found.  Guess which mirror she picked?  Yep, the green one.  This started the tears running down Kade's face.  And it wasn't the silent kind of crying either.  I tried to explain to him that I could take the turquoise one back and get another green one but that didn't seem to help.  I sent him to his room until he could calm down.  The girls happened to be in their rooms playing quietly and didn't like being disturbed so they kept yelling at telling him to stop crying.  That didn't help.  If anything he got louder.  At some point he said he would stop if Meg let him have the green mirror.  (So conniving.)  She thought about it and was ready to say okay but I was mean put my foot down and said no.



He eventually did stop crying.  He ended up crying for at least 30 minutes.  I don't know if he's going through a phase of some sort or what but Kade cries more now than he ever did as a baby.  What's up with that?  Does/has anyone have/had a crying six-year-old?  Or is it just Kade?  Sometimes I think he needs more sleep but I don't think that's the only reason.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Camp

At Camp



This is not how we found Meg when we rolled into camp this afternoon.



Tonight was Bishop's night at camp.  Our bishop was out of town so the duty fell to Mickey.  Wives were invited too so I tagged along, grumpily happily.



When we arrived at camp we saw a group of girls and Mickey spotted Meg.  We parked the car and walked over to her.  When she saw us she ran (almost) to Mickey, threw her arms around him, and started crying.  It appeared she wasn't having fun.  She told us her complaints:  lots of mosquito bites, scratches all over from the slip 'n slide (tarp), not sleeping well, and it was just too hot.  (I would have thrown in the lack of running water and privacy while using the bathroom.)  We tried to help her with her complaints, bug bite cream & band-aids.  After a while she calmed down.  Then we went to the mess hall, the only place with air conditioning.



We were shooed out of there along with all the other girls.  We were too early for dinner.  So the girls started singing all kinds of camp songs that we'd never heard before.  You can really tell that singing is a big part of girls camp.



It was finally dinner time.  We got to cool off a little while we ate.  Meg came over to sit with us (that's when the picture was taken).  She was a lot happier then.  After dinner we were invited to the talent show.  The girls really do have some entertaining talents.  (I just wish it wouldn't have lasted for an hour and a half.)  Meg showed off her balloon twisting talent.  Then it was time for snacks back at the mess hall.  While there Meg told us she didn't want to stay.  Many people tried to talk her into staying but she held firm.  I don't really blame her but if we hadn't gone then I'm sure she would have lasted the rest of the week.



So that meant we had to collect her things.  For some reason none of the girls had flashlights with them.  Don't they think ahead?  Guess not.  Finally one person shows up with a light so we can stumble in the dark to Meg's campsite.  There were more good-byes said and then we left.



So this kind of ruined my surprise.  I have to wait for the paint to cure so I can put tape on it so I might not have finished anyway.  I'm sure I'll finish next week.  By the way, Meg did like what I've done so far.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

She Really Can Do It

For the past year we have been constantly bugging, bribing, threatening Mattey to clean her room.  She says she will but just goes in and plays or reads for hours.  She won't even clean to get her allowance.  She's only gotten it once since we started back in May.  I have taken all the toys from her room (because she can't pick them up) so you'd think there wouldn't be anything to make a mess with, right?  That's what I thought.  She leaves her clothes, clean and dirty, lying around.  She sneaks up crafting supplies, which have been banned from her room, and creates...I would love to say art but all I see is a mess.  There are also piles of books and towels laying on the floor too.  I'm sure you have a good mental picture by now, which is good because I didn't take a before picture.



Before starting work on Meg's room I had the thought of switching the girls rooms.  Meg has shown us she can take care of her things and keep her room on the tidy side.  Mickey and I talked to Mattey about this last night.  She was not happy about changing rooms, and that's putting it nicely.  We gave her the ultimate ultimatum.  In order to keep her room she would need to have her room cleaned by the time Mickey got home from work.  She would get no help or reminders from me.  It was totally up to her.  She is ten, she should be able to clean her room on her own.  (Kade can do it all by himself, and has for a while.  I know two different kids.)  I would love to say I knew she would do it (I know she can do it but that's different than would) but then I know she gets glued to the idiot box tv when it's on.

She can clean





She proved me wrong.  And I'm happy she did.  Since she got her room clean Mickey could install her ceiling fan and light.  I suppose I'll have to paint her room soon as a reward.  She wants stripes.  I'm hoping if we can make her room cute and girlie that maybe she'll take some pride in keeping it nice.  We'll see.

Monday, July 18, 2011

While Meg's Away...

....we're going to play.



This afternoon Mickey came home a little early so we could all drop Meg off to her ride to camp.  Afterwards we ran a couple errands.



Meg was really concerned about the reds playing in her room while she's gone.  I offered to lock the door but then the room will be stinky when she comes back.  So instead I'm going to spend some time in her room.  One of the errands was to Home Depot for a few supplies for me to "play" in Meg's room.

Materials for Makeover


Mickey's already got the fan installed.  I told him there was no way I was going to be in there without the fan going.  The temps this week are supposed to be nasty hot.  Poor Meg.  There's no lake at the camp she went to.  How can a camp exists without a lake?  That's just not right.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Getting Ready for Camp

Today Meg finished packing her things for girls camp.

Packing for Camp





She is leaving tomorrow.  She will be gone for the entire week.



What will we do without her?  How much quieter will it be?  What kind of fun will we have without her?  Oh, the possibilities.



When she started packing she had this large duffle bag, two backpacks, a sleeping bag, and a folding chair.  She was instructed to pack light.  That's not very light.  Mickey suggested that she ask me for help with her packing.  I came to the rescue and got rid of one backpack (in fact it's folded up in the duffle in case she needs a light everyday/everywhere bag) and there was still room in the remaining backpack as well as the duffle.  I tried fitting the chair in the duffle but it was too long.  Darn it.



You should have seen how we packed her snacks.  We had a square lock-and-lock and inside it we fit 8 granola bars, 8 fruit bars, 3 cliff bars, 3 packs of Pop Tarts, a bag of Jolly Ranchers, and I'm sure there was something else in there too.  It's amazing how many snacks you can squeeze in when you take them out of their boxes.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

BeyBlades

The kids got their allowance today.  Kade had a wad of money burning a hole in his pocket.  He and Mickey both needed haircuts so they decided to go get that done and then do some shopping.  The girls tagged along.



They went to Sport Clips for the haircut.  Both boys got the deluxe treatment since it was their first time there.  They got a shampoo, haircut, hot towel, and a massage.  Nice.



Then they went to ToysRUs, per Kade's request.  I don't know how much stuff they looked at but after a demonstration and trying it out himself Kade had to buy BeyBlades.  The tops were on sale and he was given a coupon for $2 off so he bought an arena too.



When they came home Kade tore into his stuff, leaving trash all over the family room, and started playing with his new toys.

BeyBlade



He was very nice and let everyone have a turn battling him.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Double Play Date

This evening Kade's friend Noah was scheduled to come over for a late play date, instead of spending the night.  (The 6-year-olds are just not up for that yet.)  Meg asked if his brother, and her friend, Jack could come over too.  I talked to their mother and she agreed.



They started out the evening playing Carnival Games.  Then we ate pizza with some fruit and veggies on the side.  I guess they weren't too stuffed because a few minutes later they were all out jumping on the tramp.  This was the only good picture, and it's not even that good, but it gives an idea of what went on.

Jumping with the Stones



It was nice that both sets of friends let Mattey in on the fun.  Later we watched Dairy of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules.  We all had some good laughs.  Then it was time for dessert.  A BIG cookie from Martin's.  Yum.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ninja Training?

**If you are easily grossed out you may want to skip today's potd, or at least not look too closely.**



At lunch time Mickey went with a guy from church to do some "ninja" training.  The guy had trained and tried out for American Ninja Warrior.  He told Mickey about the training and, of course, he wanted to try it.



They met at a fitness park downtown.  There they flipped over bars, did pull ups, swung on some monkey bars, jumped up and down stairs three at a time, and other foolish things.  They are guys after all.



The second time through the course Mickey noticed a problem with his hand.  He not only had blisters but skin torn away from his hand.  Isn't it lovely?

Ninja Training



I'm itching to cut it off but he thinks it will reattach.  I don't see that happening.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Two Things Finished

Remember the list I posted about a few days ago?  Well, I can happily say I crossed two things off today.



I finished the nursing cover for my sister-in-law.  (I'll bring it by soon, LeighAnne.)  And I finally finished Kade's curtains.  This project has been in the works for a while.  I made the curtains.  Hung the curtains.  Made a "pennant" valance.  (here's the before)  Decided the curtains weren't wide enough.  Tore the curtains apart.  Thought the "pennants" looked like they belonged in a used car lot.  Made a different valance.  Added a strip of fabric to each side of the curtains.  Then they hung there for a while because I didn't want to hem them.



Hemming.  I just don't like doing it, whether it's a skirt, curtains, or pants.  I would much rather pick out a thousand stitches than hem something.  Why do I think it's so hard?  I don't know.  I can usually get it done in no time when I make myself do it.  So I made myself do it today.  Here are the curtains.

Kade's curtains



Here's the valance.



Pennant Valance



We ordered a set of official MLB mini pennants.  They really add to Kade's baseball room.  Most of them are on the valance but there a few hanging on his door and wall.



What is something you don't like doing even though you know you can?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

No Service

This morning I woke up late.  I couldn't figure out why my alarm didn't go off.  Then later I realized I had reset the time on my clock (because of the power outage) but not the alarm time.  Duh.



I also woke up to this.

no service



Not good.  We didn't have a phone line either but that doesn't get used like the internet.  The four of us suffered through the morning and some of the afternoon without it.  It's a good thing Mickey bought the Carnival game for the 360.  It kept us occupied for a while.



The water softener guy came by and fixed the leak.  He said sometimes the tanks get sent out without the O ring being greased.  Whatever.  It's fixed.  That's all I care about.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Soft Water

The water softener that came with our house is as old as our house, almost two decades.  And that is about their life expectancy.  In fact it wasn't working very well months ago so we stopped using it all together.



After having soft water for years we really missed it.  Mickey did some research to figure out what we needed and then shopped around for a good product and company that installs.



The new softener got delivered and installed today.  We also said fair well to the old one.  (We won't miss it at all.) In the middle of the installation a wicked storm blew through and we lost power.  Big surprise.  They finished the installation and before leaving said when the power was back on to give them a call and they'd come make sure it worked correctly.



The power was out for a while.  We were all getting on each others nerves so we left to get lunch and run some errands.  Mickey was working from home today so he didn't get much done.  We were gone for a few hours and were relieved when we came home to electricity.  Yay!  Mickey called the guy and he was over within a half an hour.



I decided that this should be the potd.

Water Softener



I know, so interesting.  While I was editing the picture I noticed the little dark spot in the bottom left corner.  I went back downstairs for a closer look.  Yes, it's a puddle.  And, yes, the seal on the tank is leaking.  And if that wasn't enough, our dehumidifier stopped working.  At least it's a small leak and hopefully we can get the guy to come back tomorrow morning to fix it.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bedtime Stories

Every night, and I mean every night, all the kids go to sleep listening to an audio book on their iPod.  Since this is part of our every day life I had to post about it.

Bedtime Stories



We own a few audio books but mostly the kids check them out on their iPod from the library.  How nice is that?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Workin' at the Car Wash

Workin' at the Car Wash



Mickey's car was very dirty, inside and out.  So this morning he decided he was going to clean it.  Meg was recruited to help.  Kade was helping Mattey clean her room but when he saw what was going on outside he had to get in on the fun.



When they finished Mickey said the car was the cleanest it's ever been, except for when it was new, of course.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Project Lists

I have so many things that I've started and not finished, not to mention all the projects that are waiting to be started.  I needed to make a list so that things get done and that I feel like I'm actually accomplishing something.  I did that last night right after I finished one unfinished project.  I put the lists where I can see them to help motivate me to get some work done.

Project lists



I found this bulletin board at Hobby Lobby, in case you wanted to know.  I love the black and white.  The flower is the experiment I did before making the one for a recent gift.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Keeping Score

We all went to another of Meg's games tonight.  The reds and I got there early enough to hear the introductions of each team.  Mickey was announced as one of the coaches.  I don't know how much he physically coaches them, but vocally, I don't doubt.



Last night's game was great.  (The reds and I didn't go.  I refuse to use a port-a-potty when real bathrooms are on site but locked.  And I'm sure I would have had to go too.)   Meg's team won 24-4 which was way better than the score the night before, 14-2.  They had 2.  I was bummed I didn't go but what can you do?  I noticed last night that Mickey's voice was rather horse and scratchy.  He must have done a lot of coaching from the side lines.  (He's not actually allowed in the dugouts because he's the fourth coach and the rules say only three coaches are allowed in the dugout.  Isn't that nice?)



Well, tonight I got to sit right behind him as he coached.  As the game went on his voice was getting more and more strained and scratchy.  At one point I was tempted to tell him to tell me what to yell just so it could get said loud enough for more than the people around him to hear.  He made it through the game, barely.



Besides all the verbal coaching he does, his biggest responsibility is to keep the book.  You can't just let anyone do that.  It takes a very smart and observant person to do that.

Keeping Score





Way to go, Coach!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Time to Harvest

Kade has been hard at work in his garden.  He's out there every day weeding and watering.  Okay, not really.  I think he's watered the garden about two times.  But when we've had a ton of rain there's no need to water.



Although he didn't do much work in the garden today he did harvest what grew.

Bean Harvest



It's only a handful but at least something grew with his first attempt.  Maybe we'll try something a little bigger next year.  Too bad candy doesn't grow on plants or we would be gardening like crazy.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Hot Game

Tonight we went to Meg's first all-star game, for this season that is.  It was HOT.  And we were in the bleachers/dugout facing the sun.  The reds found ways to keep cool.

Found Shade



Mattey sat in the shade under the bleachers.



Finding Relief



Kade laid under an umbrella.



The rest of us (Mickey, my parents and I) suffered in the heat.  And Meg's team suffered too because they ran out of steam in the 5th inning and therefore lost the game.  Meg played very well though so we can't be too upset by the loss.



Playing the Field



Meg plays very well in right field.  Besides backing up all the plays to first and defending her territory she is also the "coach" on the field.  She's pretty much the only one talking throughout the game, saying where the next play should go, how many outs there are, etc.





Monday, July 4, 2011

The 4th

Happy 4th of July!



It seems like we've been on the go all day.



This morning Mickey started his day with a 9 mile bike ride.  I started mine with an hour of Zumba.  The kids all watched too much tv.  At 10:00 Meg had practice.  Mickey took her and decided to stay.  He was glad he did.  Meg was having a little problem breathing.  He's thinking it's asthma.  She'll go to the doctor tomorrow.



While they were gone I got a call from Mickey.  A friend of ours needed help from me with a project for his design class.  Could he come over soon?  Sure, why not.  Before we got down to work I had to start a batch of bar cookies for the family get together tonight.



The project instructions were to make something that showed who you are.  I made sure that our friend was included as much as possible, since it was his project.  He did lots of cutting and most of the ironing.  He wasn't so sure about using the sewing machine so I didn't push it.  But he did stick around and watch while I sewed.  Wondering what we made?  We started with 9 practice shirts and ended up with one quilt top.  Mickey thought this should be the potd so I'll include it along with the others I liked.

Notre Dame Quilt





When the project was done I had more work to do.  Meaning more cookies to bake, a macaroni and cheese to make, and fruit to cut up.  Luckily Mickey is great and pitched in by doing the laundry, running to the store for a few things, and then cutting up fruit.  Now that should have been the potd.  When we were cutting fruit all five of us were in the kitchen working together.  Meg layering the fruit into the bowl, Mattey helping me make watermelon balls, Mickey cutting strawberries, and Kade, after shredding months worth of receipts and junk mail, helped out wherever he could find an opening.  I can't say that's ever happened before, except maybe when we were making pizza.  It was quite a miracle.



We went to Jan and Doc's for dinner, to play in/on the lake, and watch fireworks.  Here's a few more photos of the fun.

Boating Kayaking Fishing Fireworks





We got home very late and were ready to crash.  Some little people had a hard time falling asleep with all the booming still going on.  Thank goodness that's not every night.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Two For One

Today came and went without me getting a picture of anything of interest.  So, this is what I'm left with now that the kids are all in bed.

Two for One



We found these beauties at Kohl's yesterday.  They were on sale.  Buy one get one for a dollar.  That's hard to pass up.  But the deal gets better.  We had an additional 30% off with our mailer.  Plus inside each of these footstools is another smaller footstool.  So really it's four for the price of less than one.  Another nice feature is the top comes off and can flip over into a tray.  Mickey, Kade, and I played a game of Farkle on it.



I did have to put my foot down about the abuse the kids were giving the new footstools.  They were treating them like lily pads and they were the frogs jumping for one to the next.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Chore Chart

Saturday around here means payday.  The kids are paid for the chores they've done throughout the week.  I posted about this a while ago here.  I had come up with a chart of chores and then "laminated" it with contact paper.  In my opinion it didn't work very well.  The kids marked off chores with a check mark and when they were paid the chart got wiped clean.  The white erase marker didn't really come off.



Then one day I got a brilliant idea.  I went to Hobby Lobby (love that store) and bought a certificate frame (it was 50% off so I paid $6) and printed a new chart.  I put the chart inside the frame and hung it on the wall.  The plexiglass comes clean a lot better than the contact paper.  We also had to get some new fine point markers but it looks and works a lot better.

Chore Chart



Now I need to figure out what I'm doing for the family home evening chart (I'm still using the lovely post-its) and that little wall will look nice.  I have two ideas I'm going back and forth on.  I want something simple and maybe something with our pictures instead of names.  I'm sure I'll decide soon and let you know.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Pizza Ring

Pizza Ring



Does anyone at your house eat pizza this way?



It's Friday night.  Pizza is on the menu for dinner.  It's been months since I've made homemade pizza.  Four of us were really happy about that.  I, on the other hand, was happy everyone else was happy.  Two of our kids eat the center of the pizza.  One of them will go back and eat the crust.  The other usually leaves it.  The other kid eats the entire pizza.  Any guesses as to who does what?