Tuesday, August 31, 2010


I've had this craft project sitting in the garage for a year. I finally bit the bullet and let the kids do it. I was afraid it would make a big mess or be a hassle or both. Turned out that plaster of paris isn't that hard to work with and the mess wasn't too bad. Unfortunately it didn't take as LONG as I had hoped and I still had a whole day to fill.

In my opinion, its been a rough morning around here. The kids aren't getting along very well - I think we're all sick of each other - so I separated them. Bubba is playing Lincoln Logs at one end of the living room and Miss I is at the other with plastic people and animals. They aren't allowed in each other's space right now. Or mine for that matter! Then I turned on a CD (LSL, thanks again!) because its mellow and we all needed something mellow, and here we sit. As for the rest of the day ... No idea.

Tomorrow school starts so everything changes. I've been thinking I will see if Miss I can hang out at Grandmas for awhile when/after I take Bubba. We could all use the break :)

Monday, August 30, 2010


A storm rolled in yesterday (not too much of a storm actually, turned out to be windy and a teeny tiny rainstorm) but as I looked out the back window, I saw out white birch tree against the sky and I thought that the leaves looked kind of silvery against the grey sky so I went out and snapped a few pictures.

It wasn't as silvery as I thought. But editing can fix anything!

I woke at 2am to Miss I telling me her eye hurt. I rewound my memory to bedtime and remembered her complaining about it then too, but bedtime has become a pain in the ass and I don't believe anything my kids come up with these days (I need water, my jammies itch, I am too cold, I am too hot ...). So I asked her if she needed me to look at it or if she could go back to bed. She wanted me to look at it so we went into the bathroom and there was her very adorable face with her bed-head in her new Halloween jammies looking all sleepy-eyed with one goopy, crusted over, swollen eye. Awwww, damn. Not that I could have avoided a 2am wake up call, but she wasn't lying the night before.

We had a little middle of the night "girl who cried wolf" talk and she went back to bed. Thankfully I have drops from our last little pink eye incident so we started them last night. I am a little worried about how swollen it is, but I think I will wait until tomorrow to see how it does.

I don't like leaving just a black & white picture, sometimes they are a little depressing or unemotional or just blah. How about this one to go:

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Summer is winding down, the August break is winding down. It's kind of like the week after Christmas. All the hype, gone. But I am left with some great memories, some really fun photos and kind of this itch to keep on taking pictures, well, editing them actually. That is what I get out of these photography challenges.

We ended up going to Chelan yesterday. The kids and I stopped for lunch downtown and then walked to the park with our dessert. We spent a couple hours with LK and her family swimming. I was a little worried the weather would be too cold, but it was just perfect. Well, if you weren't wet. Once you got out of the water it was a little chilly for a few minutes. We also went to the farmers market here in town. We got yummy blackberries and apples and they were doing face painting.

I call this one "Puppy Love":

Bubba kept with the camo/hunter theme:

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Possible entry


My final product. I am thinking I might make a display of the peach-process to enter in the fair. Clever huh?

It's a new era.

The camo thing has been going on for awhile, but the whole hunting, fishing, being one with nature thing is new. For their last day at day camp the counselors did face painting. So Bubba had his camo'd. It turned out pretty cool and then he was more than happy to pose for the camera without making faces.

Its Saturday. Our last Saturday of Summer Vacation. I am thinking we will make a run to the Farmers Market (where there is face painting) and then maybe out to Chelan. My sister and her family are up there so it would be a nice distraction, end of the summer hurrah for the day today or tomorrow. Plus I could get my blueberry fix. And maybe another cool series of "from the tree to the table" pictures. Hmmmm, I feel a kitchen series coming on!

Speaking of kitchen, LK brought me some new dishes. We NEEDED new dishes. These ones are pretty cool, a little design-y and a little blue for me, but I like them. The kids and I washed them up and I got them all put away already today. Wow. I'm a machine!

Yeah, I am thinking Farmers Market, pit stop at home to drop off fresh food, then onto Chelan by lunch. Hopefully blueberries then home by dinner. Perfect end of summer day!

Friday, August 27, 2010


From this:

To This:

Final stop: jars!
I am feeling a LOT better today. I was not doing so well yesterday. Spend the whole day on the couch dozing off and on. My poor kids. I was useless to them. You need a drink? Go get yourself a juice box from the refer. You need a snack? Have whatever you want. Another fruit snack? Sure, no problem. Oh, you spilled juice all over the kitchen floor? Dad will clean it up later. I was in bad shape! Bless my kids for managing pretty well on their own. Playing pretty well together and not burning anything down or hurting each other too badly.

I'm off work till the 4th ... yay. Nothing to do but get ready for school, clean the house, can fruit, maybe go pick blueberries and possibly make applesauce if the apples are ready.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


A visit to the farm

I went to the U-pick place again yesterday and stocked up on peaches. Now I hope to start feeling better so I can get them canned...

The farm was so interesting. They had cows, donkeys and goats. Chickens and of course the orchards full of nectarines, peaches, apples and pears. That's where I will go next month to get pears for canning too. I saw a sign that said "pumpkin cannon every Saturday night in October". Might have to check that out too! It's such a different lifestyle than mine. A lot slower, more natural. I like the feel of the country life. I liked picking my own fruit. I wondered about taking care of all that property, fruit trees and animals. Actually, I could do without the animals, they kind of scare me. Maybe I was some type of farmer in a previous life?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I am going to can peaches tomorrow. I think I am pretty much ready. Peaches (check), canner (check), sugar (check) and the cooker (check). I like to set up a gas cooker outside so it doesn't get so hot in the house and then do all the prep while the water is heating up. I've worked out a pretty good system over the years, the only thing I am thinking is that I should have picked more peaches the other day. I will probably only get 6-8 jars from what I have if I am lucky. It is possible to go pick some more today, right now, but I don't know if they would be ripe enough tomorrow. I think I will just drive out there and find out. Plus, I could take my (fancy) camera and spend some time taking pictures this time!

Speaking of ripe, check out my breakfast today! Those peaches were sooooo delicious! Y.U.M. Yes, I ate the whole bowl, guilt free.

Its my last night shift, then a week and a half off during which the August break ends and school starts. Life's routine changes a little, and then back to a modified day shift. For one month I am going to work the 3am -1pm shift and then back to a regular 5am shift. I'm going to miss my peeps on nights.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Two and One

Well, it's my last two night shifts. I will say this, it was FUN, FUN, FUN. Most shifts were chaotic, (which I like) very few had problems that we couldn't handle and there was so very little drama. Well, except that one day ("HELLO!!") because there was no administration around and it's just too busy for whining.

Unfortunately, the kids seemed to miss me a lot more this year than in past years. That meant when I called to say good night a couple times I got crying and "why do you have to work nights" kinds of things from them, but My Honey also happened to be sick that week so ... I will take that into consideration when I bid for my 2011 shifts. I am definitely keeping Thursday and Friday off tho if I can!

After we dropped off Bubba at Day Camp yesterday Miss I and I went and visited her pre-school. I just wanted to touch base and make sure she was good to go and get it paid for. Her teacher was happy to see her and confirmed everything was in order. I am considering a day of daycare a week, I really liked that last year. We shall see. It's an extra hundred bucks or so a month, not to mention the hundred or so bucks I will spend finding something to do.

October. Yesterday I leaned I am invited to go to Oregon with my relative-girls in October. It's the Fourth Annual Female Family Gathering. I didn't realize it was the FFG, but requested the time off because my MIL was going to be gone, so I have the time off, now I need to see if I can arrange some childcare so I can go too. It was relaxing when I went two years ago and such fun places to take pictures, and I have a cooler camera now! Imagine what I could come back with this year!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Holy Hell

If you're local, you may know what this is.
It's a pedestrian bridge that goes over US 2 at Monitor.

If you know me, you know I am NOT a fan of heights. Not at all.
I nearly passed out every time a car drove under it.

But guess what?
Miss I LOVED it.
Holy hell no!

Then we went to pick peaches. I am gonna can some this week, so we went to pick our own. Miss I loved it, unless there was a bug on the fruit and then she would squeal and drop it. Funny girl. The guy at the U-pick place was totally helpful and let us pet the goats and all kinds of fun stuff. Another good find this summer!


It's getting near the end of summer, the start of school and then HOCKEY.

We love us some hockey so when we heard the Wild hockey team was playing a little game of baseball, me and Bubba went to cheer them on. He tracked down the mascot, who chased him back to where I was sitting and offered a private photo session. Pretty cool. Walt, (the mascot,) was doing a great job of running around in the crowd, he pitched a few and even took a turn at bat. Pretty impressive since he's in a big ol' mask.

Since it was just the two of us, I let Bubba run around like a wild thing. I think its going to be a stage of new-found freedoms for him this year. First getting to run around while we camped, now at the baseball game, next thing you know he will want to walk to school! YIKES ...

(Yes, I noticed they have the same fang-looking teeth!)

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Miss I loved her multi-colored nails.

It's a little over a week until school starts! Bubba has this week of summer day camp, then a few days off till school starts on Wednesday. Except for new clothes, we are ready. I'm not going to get him too much stuff. He outgrew things before he got to wear them last year so I am thinking one new pair of pants and some shorts, because that's the other thing, its still warm.

A cousin is visiting from Eugene, Oregon so Miss I has gotten to spend a lot of time with her this weekend. She came and visited us while we were camping and then Miss I went home with her to grandma's for the night. They are coming back to get her later this morning too.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Ahhh, it's good to be home.
Yes, we did have wifi at our campground, but we had to go into the game room to use it so it was a really short-lived deal. Just enough time to get a picture posted.

The campground was great. Very crowded, they pack 'em in like sardines, but we didn't really get bothered by any of the people around us.

It was on the river, but the water wasn't very high or swift so we allowed the big kids free reign to go down there. There was a dirt road loop for the kids to ride their bikes or walk around. Plenty of grass, an outside play area, pool and a game room with (broken) video games, a pool table and ping-pong. It was pretty great for everyone.

We set up two tents and let the big kids sleep by themselves in one -- and it went really good! I kind of worried that one of our more worrisome kids would not make it, but he did just fine! I was pretty impressed with us moms, too! We did have a hand from my 18 year old sister, she wandered around keeping an eye on the big kids occasionally, and hung out in the pool swimming with the littles, making sure each of them got a little extra attention. She was great!

Good times, a definite do-over next summer.

Friday, August 20, 2010


HAHAHAHA!! Pretty funny huh?
The kids created this :)
Nice work Bubba and Girl Cousin.

We adults have been a little out numbered this weekend. 7 kids, 2 moms and an 18 year old. HOLY COW!!! But a lot of fun.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Wishing rocks found by the kids near the river.
I wish .....

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


We went to the Farmers Market on Saturday. This was the best looking display of them all. It's too bad, really, that the other vendors don't set their stuff up nicer. Quality displays sell product!

Going camping, might not get to post pictures, but I will certainly take a few!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


*sigh* the last bits of summer. Swim trunks and knobby knees.

We're just a few weeks away from school starting. Its been a pretty fun-filled, busy summer, but not too much.

The kids haven't said "we didn't get to .... " and My Honey is going on a well-deserved golf weekend while the kids and I get our camping trip in. There was family time, boating (!) fishing for Bubba, spending time out of town without their parents for both kids, spending time without the kids a couple nights for the adults, all in all, pretty good summer.

There is this little part of me that is sad to see it end, but a part of me that will be glad when the kids are back in school and there is a routine going on again. So far we don't have any extra-curricular activities planned, but we did get the gymnastics schedule and I went to an open house at a dance studio. I don't know what I am thinking. Getting my daughter into dance? That means being around dancers and stuff right? I'm not sure I am up to it yet. But maybe with some peer-support and counseling I can do it!

That open house is something I should write about, it was a weird experience for me. All those x-cheerleaders (who are my age) in their glamour gal makeup and (false) smiles. Lots of makeup and (false) smiles. I just don't do make up or (false) smiles. Nor do I dance. So I am not sure I could related to the whole scene very well. The whole thing is taking up way too much space in my pea-brain right now.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Break 14 & 15

It was a great weekend full of family!
Lots of time in the water, both the pool and the boat (we just HAD to try out the new truck!)
We saw Girl Cousin in her Shakespeare play - what a hoot! She did a great job. Unfortunately there isn't any photography allowed so I don't have any pictures of her TOTALLY RAD costumes that her mom made.

This is the cousins making "crazy faces."

What is summer without the ice cream man?

All three kids decided to try out tubing! I was totally impressed with my two!

Good times!

Saturday, August 14, 2010


The kids had a blast playing last night. We let them stay up a little late so Mason could work out his kinks after being in the car for a VERY LONG time yesterday!

Later Grandma came over so we "let" her read the kids a bedtime story. Thanks Grandma!

And finally:

Seriously, this was our bartender last night! My mom, LK and I went for a drink and we were greeted by this guy. We just kind of chalked it up to weird people in town, but later, after some liquid courage, we asked the gal what his deal was and she told us he dressed up for Friday the 13th. Ahhhh, now it makes sense. I wonder if he got good tips?

Friday, August 13, 2010


Re-purposed pottery in the front yard.

This piece makes me sad. 12 or so years ago several of us went to Oregon, I think it was my sisters, my mom and aunt, but I could be wrong, anyway I bought this piece on that trip. It's raku fired and I fell in love with it. Unfortunately a year or so ago it fell off the dresser where it had resided for several years. It became yard art because I just can't bear to part with it.

After I went iTunes crazy, a couple of my girls brought me some new cd mixes. I popped one in today and -- oops! Lots of bad language. I don't care about it myself, but the kids are listening ... As if they have not heard half the language in the songs - duh. Anyway, DW's mix is excellent and full of great songs. JP's was fun too, full of rap and fun summer-y lyrics. My girls are so good to me :)

I've been trying to stay active even though the triathlon is over. I ran once last week and then went for a swim today. It was good to get back in the pool. The run was also good. It's amazing what your body remembers even if its been awhile.

And yes, I got the house pretty well cleaned up. Mopped, bathrooms and I even changed sheets! Yay me :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010


More back yard photos today.

These ones happen to be new, I didn't have to go to the archives today. The one with the pine cones is completely unedited except for the rounded edges. No idea how I caught that shadow at the top of the picture, but I like it.

The other one is edited to boost the color. I like the way it looks sort of ghostly. Sometimes that is how I feel, like I am there but no one sees me. It's worked to my advantage MANY times, but left me feeling lonely a lot too.

It's the weekend and LK is coming over tomorrow! We're taking the kids to see Madi in the Short Shakespeareans production of "As You Like It." I am excited, really excited to take the kids to see their cousin perform. Must remember to get flowers!

Ideas for Sunday: Blueberry picking, boating, hanging out in the back yard playing in the pool. Any or all of those sound good to me!

** update **
I am using this ghostly picture for this week's Sunday Creative. The word is "ethereal" fitting, no?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Crazy damn night at work last night. I can't even describe it. Not crazy as in busy or anything, just weird, unusual happenings.

I went a teeny tiny bit iTunes crazy yesterday. I had a few artists I wanted to download and a few new singles. Can't wait to check them all out. Then one of my girls at work brought me a CD she had copied for me. What a doll!

Me and my DW are planning a camping trip with the kids in a week. I can't wait! It should be fun. The kids are excited too. Bubba is especially excited because there is a creek nearby and he wants to fish. That kid, he's totally into fishing and outdoor television shows right now. I have seen more "Monster Fish" than I need in this lifetime, thank you.

And it's my "Friday" of a long weekend. LK will be here Friday, she and I are taking the kids to see Girl Cousin perform Shakespeare! It should be a great time. But I got some cleaning to do!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


This is what I did today.
The yard looks great, I am counting it as my workout!

Break 7 & 8

This one is a blanket (snuggie, actually) that Mustard was using at work last night. Yeah we wrap up in blankets at work. Silly HVAC doesn't work very efficiently! I liked the quote. It made me think of a new book I just bought. I am in love with this book. I have wanted to go to this workshop for a couple years now. Maybe next year? Anyway, there is a quote "Change your words into truths and then change that truth into love..." (Stevie Wonder) a few pages into the book that just touched me right now. And the quote on the blanket somehow seemed to go with that.

These are the lockers we use during swim lessons. Not really that photogenic, but one of the things I see every day at 11:30.

I really didn't mean to slack, but life was just busy and tiring. Sick kids, sick husband, working. You know. I just didn't want to make time.

Enjoy those, maybe I will be back later with a fresh picture for today?

Monday, August 09, 2010


Uh oh, two days to catch up on.
That's the way life is, isn't it?
I have had some great ideas, just ran short on time.
Hopefully I will have an hour or so tomorrow - unless the sun is shining. I feel like summer is fading away, and so will my tan so I have to get all the sunning I can. So, it the sun is shining, game off. No editing.

Saturday, August 07, 2010


My back yard is turning out to be a great photography playground!

We were sitting around outside yesterday and this toy caught my eye, so I went in and grabbed my camera just to take it's picture.

Had a nice afternoon with my life-long friend and her husband. He and I were just getting our groove on, bantering back and forth like we used to do in the old days when they had to go. He left me with a "Bye, Miller." One of the few people that ever actually called me by my maiden name back then and he still does. It makes me smile every time!

Back to work today. Bummer deal because now Bubba has the fever-sickness that everyone else has gotten. My Honey was home from work most of the week with it and is still trying to shake it. Please let it not get me, I would go crazy with a fever that lasted for a week and not being able to leave the house!

Not only that, we are supposed to have company next week. My dad and his wife checked to see if they could come over early in the week and LK is coming over next Saturday. So lets get this household well!

Friday, August 06, 2010


Another picture from trolling around the back yard the other day.

Today's plans include a visit with a childhood friend. She and I have been friends since we were in preschool. It is fun to imagine that my kids have may have met life-long friends in preschool. That they might still be friends when they're nearly 40.

Thursday, August 05, 2010


I went trolling around the back yard looking for my daily shot. This is what I found. Better get on it for today!

Had a marvelous time with my girls poolside this afternoon. One of the unwritten, but strongly adhered to rules is "adult time." After an hour and a half or so we declare the pool an adult only zone for 10-30 minutes while the kids do something else. I wasn't on my A-game today, usually I get them a snack, but they just played (sort of) quietly while we chatted. What a nice, quiet treat.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010


All parking lots are required to have plants and stuff in them now. Stupid if you ask me, they just grow roots that damage the asphalt. Anyway, that's the last thing I saw before I went into the building to go to work yesterday.

What a night! There was a storm warning issued for 11 am to 11 pm last night. The storms started several (more) brush fires, the most significant were several hundred acres of wheat fields above town. The storms knocked out our power so we ran off the generator several times. Thank goodness for that!

Another storm warning is in effect today, same hours ... could be another busy night!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010


Swim lessons started yesterday.
Miss I loved it!

Monday, August 02, 2010


Yesterday's day. Went golfing with My Honey. Very nice afternoon.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Game Night

Miss I raced the Coyote at the baseball game last night ....

And the winner? Well Miss I of course "I ran the whole way!"

Bubba and I got to answer a trivia question and then all the kids went onto the field to sing "Take me out to the ball game" at the seventh inning stretch. (And then we waited in line for a free sno-cone.)

Fun night!