Week 23 – June 4 -10, 2012
Monday, June 4th: This evening a storm brought us some much-needed rain and great entertainment for the boys. Our spring was so dry there haven’t been many dams built here in our “pond” area.
During the storm Nola Mae napped in my arms while I read my book. Next year she’ll be building dams with her brothers. Or maybe destroying the dams they build.
Tuesday, June 5th: I have mentioned before how Henry can be very gentle with our job of collecting 20+ eggs into a bucket and not break a single one. But when it comes to chicks and chickens it seems like he likes to catch them and stick them in places where they don’t belong…a boot or a cooler are the most popular places. I sprinted for the camera and then saved the chick.
“Look, Mama! It fits in my Granny boots!” He calls his boots “Granny boots” because we left them there once, he forgot he even had them and when we went back to Granny’s he thought she gave them to him.
Wednesday, June 6th: Summer vacation started off with a great first day. I bought the boys the game Battleship. I loved playing this when I was younger and I thought they were ready for it. They started playing this game the night before and were eager to finish it this morning.
Charlie and I planted my five hanging baskets around the milk house. The big job this summer will be to keep them alive.
All three boys picked strawberries for lunch from our little patch. I am reconsidering my plan to till up our strawberry patch.
I am not sure what the reason for this little bit of cuddling Nola Mae was getting from Robbie. It is a rare occasion. All I remember is running for the camera to take this picture. I am kind of remembering he was icing his foot.
Thursday, June 7th: This maple tree by the garden is much bigger since Henry was a baby in the spring of 2009. He slept under this tree for many hours that first summer while we worked/played in the garden. Robbie joined Nola Mae under the tree to do some writing and drawing. I got a little bit of work done in the garden.
Nola Mae’s first nap under the maple tree.
Lately, Charlie has become more interested in Mystique. Today he spent a lot of time brushing her.
Our first picnic lunch. The boys were excited. I set it up and surprised them. They ate very well and willingly helped with the clean-up. I may have to do this more often.
Friday, June 8th: We left this morning for a weekend of hiking and camping on the Mississippi River. We stopped in Black River Falls for one of our breaks.
I wonder how many Lion bubblers are still around.
We arrived at our final destination…Perrot State Park. Jack and Helen took awesome photos all weekend. It was very difficult to choose which ones to post here. If I can find some time this week I may do a post of my favorite photos from our weekend.
Saturday, June 9th: Nola Mae slept very well for her first night in a tent!
The temps were hot during the day and wonderfully cold at night. I didn’t pack many warm blankets and I forgot Henry’s blanket so Jack and Henry covered up with the table-cloth I brought along.
A little bit of tears and dirty hands make for a cute little boy.
We hiked for an hour up to the top of one of the bluffs. Jack carried Henry to the top and Henry hiked down.
Sunday, June 10th: On Sunday our hike was at least two hours. Henry wasn’t interested in being carried this time. So he hiked the whole thing! We met some hikers on the way up the bluff and the lady made some comment doubting that the boys could do the whole thing. I wish she was at the end of the trail to see they all made it.
Before we left the park we all took showers. My hope was to wash away any poison ivy that was touched. It seemed like it was every where I looked and every where the boys stepped. (I am busy washing EVERYTHING from the weekend – shoes, clothes and bedding.) So far, knock on wood, there is no sign of poison ivy!
As I was looking through my photos for this week’s post I found these of Nola Mae’s first bath in the sink. She loved it. Robbie was our photographer.