Week 32 – August 6 – 12, 2012
Henry and I took a road trip this week. He complained that the sun was in his eyes and “looking at Nola Mae isn’t working.” I usually suggest that he look at Nola Mae, who is to the left of him, when the sun is in his eyes because it isn’t too long until we change directions on the road. My suggestion really wasn’t working because we were driving north for a long time and the sun wasn’t moving. I gave him one of Nola Mae’s hats to cover his eyes.
When we got home he put one of his hats in my bag so it is with us next time.
We picked the older boys up from summer school and went to the Big Falls hydro dam for a picnic lunch and some adventures. The water is so low we can walk on the rocks everywhere. You can see the water lines on the rocks in this picture of Henry to get a feel for the low water level.
The dam was turned off so I let them swim over by the rope swing. There were people going off the rope swing. It was very entertaining and I may be brave enough to do it if I can talk Jack into coming with us.
While the boys played in the rapids and on the rocks I was able to find a big indent in a one of the boulders and make a nest for Nola Mae. And it was shady!
While we were there playing in our normal spot where I think it is safe a grandma and grandpa showed up with two grandkids. They were letting them slide down this big rock into the swirly waters that make me nervous. I guess with the water being so low this spot makes for an awesome slide.
And the water is about chest deep for Charlie. They had so much fun! Unfortunately this is a sunny spot. We didn’t stay long but I promised we would come back as long as we didn’t get any rain.
The reason for my road trip…to pick up my newest wrap. This woven wrap is designed in Norway by a company called Ellevill Wraps of Norway. My wrap is a Zara Velvet. I purchased this wrap from a mama in the UK and split the shipping cost with someone else who was also buying a wrap from the same person.
I didn’t love it at first because it seemed to have more pink in the weaves than what I saw in the photo! It is growing on me and has sort of satisfied my craving for more purple in my life.
My dream purple wrap is a Zara Tri Purple or a Zara Aubergin (if you have a minute you can search Google Images for those two).
Aunt Danna is finally home! She was gone for a year living in MT working for AmeriCorps. In my opinion this was the best time to meet Nola Mae. She was awake and full of smiles for Aunt Danna!
Robbie loves experiments. He has lots of plans for many different inventions and experiments. I don’t like them because there is a mess and usually wasted food. I let them do just about anything in the kitchen. They learn so much and they are expected to clean up after themselves. The boys wanted to make jello for dinner. So I let them pick the flavor and they each made their own dish. Robbie mixed two tablespoons of every jello flavor I have. I don’t buy the boxed jello, I buy it in a bag – the directions are 1/3 heaping cup to 1 cup of boiling water and 1 cup of cold water. He said it turned out pretty yummy. I have about 7 different flavors and his turned out dark green and sort of brownish looking. I didn’t try it. I probably should have.
Robbie had a friend’s birthday party, his first sleepover. I am almost through all of their friends for giving a pillow case with their name on it. I don’t know what I will do for gifts next year.
Robbie has been wanting to make a parachute all summer. I am not sure if he was imagining one for his body or a toy. We searched the internet for parachute ideas and directions. While I made the pillow case he made his parachute. It turned out so nice he made one for his friend and we wrapped a package of gum to the parachute.
I am not sure if everyone knows that Jack started a big project this summer. (Now everyone will know.) He is making a cedar strip kayak for our family. If he doesn’t mind I will share more progress photos of the kayak.
Henry and Nola Mae sleeping while I work on the computer in the wee hours of the morning.