Week 35 – August 27 – September 2, 2012

Week 35 – August 27 – September 2, 2012

(Completed on 10/6/12)

Nola Mae found her toes.

And loves them!

This week we went to Sunset Lake one last time before school started.  “It was so boring!” according to Charlie.  I thought it was a beautiful day!  The boys hardly swam and we stayed half the normal amount of time.

We made two cakes this week:

I was inspired by the bakery at the new Copps in Stevens Point.  I made this for the Rotary dinner meeting.

We met friends over Labor Day weekend and took dessert to share with them.  Robbie wanted to be the cake decorator this time.  This cake was inspired by the Ninjago Elemental Warriors:

Charlie has wanted to make a sparkling bottle for a long time.  I was feeling a little guilty for wishing for school to start and not doing many fun project this summer with the boys so I agreed to letting him making this.   I think they turned out pretty cool.

I tried to get Henry to stand in the sun for a picture so we could see how the bottles sparkled.  He was not interested.

I was in the shade taking photos of Nola Mae in her baptismal gown that I made:

Then Henry got a great idea to give me a heart attack.  This reminded me of the post I wrote called Heart-Attack-Henry!

Charlie loves Nola Mae!  He kisses her, holds her, carries her around and tries to get her to do tricks.  Here he thought it was cool that he could get her to stand up without holding her.

This is what my bed looked like when I crawled out one morning:

Nola Mae can fall asleep on her own (sometimes) and sleep through just about anything.  We were setting up bunk beds in the boys’ room.  In the process the futon mattress and a twin mattress were at the bottom of the stairs.  The big boys were sliding down the stairs on the twin mattress, having a blast, and Nola Mae was waiting for me here on the futon mattress where she fell asleep.

We got out the cozy coop car.  Charlie helped Nola Mae get her first ride.

Jack took these photos of Nola Mae.  I have a few favorites. I couldn’t pick just one!

Photos of the garden:

The raspberries are ripening and need picking almost every day.

My morning glories seem to be at their best.

This sunflower was a volunteer from last year.  I love the puffy look.

“Yours mullein” is still growing.

Jack’s progress on the kayak:

Robbie always has huge ideas.  I am a visual person and have taught him to draw his plans/ideas out for his inventions.  He took his paper and ideas out to the garage to be closer to Jack.  Robbie is working on plans for a Staff.  The original plan was some kind of electric, fire throwing, wind generating sword for the Vater Cousin Christmas Exchange.

Measuring his drawing.

We went to the Big Falls Corn Roast.  Charlie was happy to have corn on the cob.  The last of the season and definitely not as yummy as Granny’s corn.

When we got home from Big Falls we took some silly photos:

Week 33 – August 12 – 19, 2012

Week 33 – August 12 – 19, 2012

(completed 9/23/12)

Sunday, August 12th:  For some reason I forgot to include these photos in Week 32’s post.  We picked Robbie up from his sleepover in the morning on our way to Stevens Point.  He was the only boy out of many to get an injury – a banged up knee.

This looks like she is pouting, but really she is trying to copy me doing “raspberries” with my lips.

We met Grandpa Rob in Stevens Point with the bikes.  Henry, Nola Mae and I did the shuttling for their bike trip on the Green Circle trail.  Grandpa Rob, Jack and the two older boys biked 5 miles from one park to another.  Henry was sad that they were leaving without him, so I took him to the south side of the park they were departing.  I loved his excitement when he first spotted them.

Then he ran with them for a little while.

Then they left us.

This is the snake we found at the park in Whiting while waiting for the bikers to meet us for our picnic lunch.  An Eastern Hognose. This gives me the willies looking at it again.  I really do not like snakes.  I asked Jack to try to find out what kind of snake it was.  He found this website .   I was horrified to see the many different kinds of snakes in WI.  Mom, you shouldn’t go to that link!

Monday, August 13th: Veggies picked today.

Tuesday, August 15th:  My worm factory that I got for a Mother’s Day gift is three months old.  I added a second box this month.

 Wednesday, August 15th:  Nola Mae has always been a good baby.   I changed her diaper, then let her hang out on the floor while I did something and noticed she was quiet and this is what I found.

We have been letting the boys sleep in our room this summer.  They have a nest on the floor at the foot of our bed.  When it is hard for them to settle down to fall asleep they (usually Robbie) they are separated and one boy is sent to their room.  Tonight it was Robbie who was sent to a different room.   Robbie wanted a second chance so he must have written this note to Charlie.  I found this paper airplane in my room in the morning.

The paper airplane opened with the full message.

Thursday, August 16th:  I finished making Nola Mae’s baptismal gown.  I copied a few dresses that we had for the design.

Saturday, August 18th:  A progress shot of the kayak.

Sunday, August 19th:  Nola Mae was baptised.  Here are a few photos from this day…

The cake was decorated by my sister, Danna.

After the party, cup stacking contests…

Granny brought lots of sweet corn to share with everyone.  Henry and I worked on freezing the corn after the party.