June was a productive month for me. I am happy with the amount of things we did and the things I accomplished since it was our first month of summer vacation. Things are getting easier for me with four children, because I remember past years in June I spent the month adjusting to summer vacation and me feeling very frazzled.
I did a lot of dyeing this month, check out my post about those projects here.
A friend asked me to make her daughter a rainbow skirt for her birthday. Her favorite color is pink so I reversed the rainbow and put the pink on the bottom so it is more visible and because I can never make the same thing twice. I always have to mix things up!
Spiderman was in the house when I needed a model and
he was pretty good at twirling around.
I had helpers planting my hanging baskets and flower pots. I am usually picky about what color flowers go together and how many get planted in certain pots. Not this time. Lately, I have challenged myself to “let go” of the middle steps and be happy with the finish product – planted flowers.
I got my garden planted this month. And my garlic is looking awesome!
Since I am so late at getting this post done I am able to include a comparison picture of the garden a little over a month later.
Jack had some company while he changed the oil in his car.
Henry had his 4K graduation. I also wrote a blog about these awesome socks Henry is wearing. (Click here to read that)
Last day of school, June 2014.
Our strawberry patch was going strong this year. I didn’t have much time to pick them all when they were ripe. So I often sent kids outside to “eat as many strawberries as you can!”
Nola Mae playing in her kitchen. The hole for the sink (was a plastic bowl) is a common place for her body. She usually goes from standing on the stove, to standing on the narrow shelf, back to the stove and then into the sink area.
Aunt Susie came over and switched up our dinner table seating arrangements. Henry worked it out so he and Nola Mae could share the piano bench. And they were pretty cute together!
My sister, Becca, is training for the Madison Ironman this year. She is amazing! My Mom, our sister Danna and I went to cheer Becca on at the High Cliff Half Ironman race that she participated in this month. All I can say is “WOW!”
Our cousins came to visit with us for a couple of days. I had a wonderful time with a house full of children, seven kids – 10 years old to two years old. Although I had to share my time with Jessie and seven kids, it seemed much easier to visit with her than it is when we are at a family gathering of 50 people.
Our youngest babies together. These two littlest cousins got along amazingly well for being two-year olds.
Our oldest babies together. Some how our middle children got missed, isn’t that what always happens?
We spent a few days at Granny’s while our cousins (Andrew & Libby) and Aunt Karen from the West were visiting. Our visit happened to overlap on my Mom’s birthday. When I announced my plans to the kids that I was going into the sewing room to make Granny’s birthday present Henry followed me down to the sewing room with his own idea. He asked me what Granny’s favorite color was and I said blue. He gathered scraps of fabric, cut pieces out and told me his design – to make Granny’s house. I serged edges and he sewed the roof, windows and the door on. This was the first time he has sewn something on my machine.
This is what I made for my Mom from one of my dyed projects.
You never know what you will find on the farm. Henry happened to wander into the corn field and found hundreds of little frogs hopping around.
He took a handful back to the house to show Granny.
I had a blast this weekend. Visiting with family, watching and playing soccer. We have our own CrossFit coach in the family, so we did a WOD (I don’t have a photo of that).
The littlest goalies.
We ended our time with cousins at Diamond Lake.
Four days after leaving Granny’s I took the two big boys to Grandma Helen’s to spend four days with the Vater cousins in North Dakota.
I didn’t realize this month was full of extended family stuff until I put this post together. What a great month!