August 2014

August 2014

A moment when everyone was getting along nicely!

4 kids talking

Charlie is thrilled about his candy DNA he made in summer school.  I had to take this photo for Aunt Danna who is studying Bio-Chemistry at UW-Madison.

Charlie Science

Charlie celebrated his 9th birthday.

charlie bday cake 9 yr

Mask making:

 

blue tape mask

blue tape mask 4 kids

 

We biked to Big Falls this summer for the first time.  Round trip was 16.5 miles.

We went to the Sweet Shoppe for some games and ice cream.

 

 

big falls sweet shop

 

big falls playground

big falls waterfall

 

Charlie’s new hair cut – trim at the beauty solon.

 

 

charlie long hair

 

Then a buzz cut from Papa:

charlie short hair

 

This hen has always acted “broody” so I decided to give it a try to let her hatch some eggs.  I expect chicks any day.

 

chicken coop hatching eggs

Nola Mae loves to come to the chicken coop with me.  She has figured out how to climb so she can collect eggs.

chicken coop Nola Mae

My garden is doing well:

Garlic crop was a success.  I am not sure how many pounds I grew this year.

 

garden garlic 2014

I was able to recruit some helpers for the peeling and trimming jobs.

garden garlic cleaning

garden garlic trim

We got a lot of rain this month.  I didn’t get out to the garden to pick my green beans for a few days.  I was surprised with an 11.5 inch long green bean.

  garden forgotten green bean

We found this cute frog in my purple cone flowers.

garden frog purple coneflower

I have lots of corn in the freezer, about 120 cups.

garden corn

I did some dyeing this month, check out my post Dye Projects – August.

These dyed items found new homes this month:

dye clothes

 

Granny visited us for Charlie’s birthday.  Nola Mae put her glasses on.

   Nola Mae Granny glasses

Napping Nola Mae.

Nola Mae sleeping

A common scene at our house.

Play house swing

I made a new soap this month:

Tea tree and lavender essential oils with ground Calendula flowers.

soap calendula lavender & tea tree

My very popular soap:

Orange and cinnamon, swirled this time.

soap cinnamon orange

Playing on the sinking canoe is always a lot of fun!

sunset sunk canoe

I made this wrap for someone, 100% linen, color is honeysuckle and beautiful!

wrap 100% linen honeysuckle

I had to try it out!

wrap 100% linen honeysuckle action

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 31 – July 30 – August 5, 2012

Week 31 – July 30 – August 5, 2012

Robbie was counting his pennies by 50 in piles.

August 2nd is our anniversary.

I was inspired by my cousin to put on my wedding dress, 15 year later.  The zipper in the back must have shrunk.  (This one is for Cathy, who has a reason to put on her wedding dress many times throughout the year.)

Sunset Lake was very quiet today.  We left early and had breakfast on the beach.

Nola Mae napped in the back of the car.

Robbie and I made a snake in the sand.

In the evening on our anniversary we saw Tom Pease, again!  Only two times this summer.  Next year will be better!

I am not sure who loves Tom Pease more, me or Henry.

Maybe Henry loves him more because he will jump and dance for Tom Pease.

A baby shower cake I made for a dear friend.

My Ellaroo wrap on the line drying.

I learned a new back carry. I was looking at YouTube while drafting this post to figure out what carry this is – Double Rebozo Shoulder to Shoulder (DRS2S).   I just realized I am doing it wrong (or at least different).  Even though this video is in Dutch I still like watching it.

We did some garden work this weekend with Nola Mae in the shade.  These are rare times when we get a photo of Robbie and Nola Mae.

Week 26 – June 25 – July 1, 2012

Week 26 – June 25 – July 1, 2012

Monday, June 25th:  Nola Mae was weighed today.  Since the last weight, four days ago, and the start of me taking fenugreek she gained 5 ounces!  During these four days I noticed a more active, alert and very happy baby.

Our first handful of blueberries.  I was surprised the blueberries were ready.  Last year on July 12th was when we got our first handful.  Click here for Week 28 in 2011.

Tuesday, June 26th: Henry was having a hard time this morning.  I couldn’t figure out what he needed until I picked him up and hugged him.  He seemed to just want to be held.  I asked him if he wanted to ride on my back.  He was very interested, a rare moment.  I can’t remember when he last wanted to ride on my back!  I put Henry on my back in my Ergo and Nola Mae in my Mei Tai and off we went to do our outside jobs.  This is the best picture I could get in the mirror.

My olive oil order arrived.   As usual the UPS guy drove too fast into our driveway.  One of these times I am going to yell at him or just call his boss!

Wednesday, June 27th:  I was gathering our things for the beach.  I needed to see if this yellow hat fit Nola Mae.  Henry tried it on for her.

Henry’s first dentist visit was this afternoon.  Bad news from the dentist for my little boy who loves everything sweet!  It doesn’t feel good to get yelled at from the dentist.  I kept telling myself there are other kids out there with worse teeth and worse mothers.

On our way home from the dentist we picked up 36 pounds of cherries (six days later they were gone).

I took a photo of Country Corner Sales’ fruit order sheet so I could email it to friends and keep a digital copy for myself.  The other fruit that I have ordered for this summer are blueberries and peaches.

Thursday, June 28th:  Sunset lake – Robbie and Charlie’s first trip to the beach this summer.

Friday, June 29th:  I have been wanting to get our exercise ball out for many, many months.  Finally!

Saturday, June 30th:  Jack has been working on refinishing my/our canoe.  Jack made this canoe for me as a wedding gift.

(photo taken August 2, 1997)

The canoe is refinished and ready for the water.  Once the temps cool down a little I would love to go paddling.

Sunday, July 1st:  I have been encouraging the boys to go out to their fort in the woods to make improvements.  They went out there today and I joined them about 20 minutes later.  One of the things we worked on was making a fire pit.

I made calzones for dinner. Click here for the recipe.

Henry has learned from cooking with Grandma Helen and Granny that he can have his own dough.

Week 25 – June 18 – 24, 2012

Week 25 – June 18 – 24, 2012

Monday, June 18th:  We rented our field out this year to a neighbor who planted clover, peas and wheat.  His bales look like this and the boys call them marshmallows (Henry calls them Mr Ernst’s hashmallows).

My peas are blooming and producing

and our strawberries are coming to an end.

Tuesday, June 19th:  We got to see our favorite singer/song writer/performer, Tom Pease, at our favorite library today.   I fell in love with him when I saw him for the first time eight years ago.  He is very special to everyone that knows him, look at the handsome smiles he can produce:


If you haven’t seen him in person, you should!  You can check out his summer schedule on his website (click here) or watch a YouTube video of him (click here).  Warning:  most YouTube videos of him are not as great as seeing him in person.  He is awesome in person! And you MUST see him if he is in your area!  (BJ – notice the schedule for June 27th and the end of July – you too, Jessie).  A few of my favorite songs are:  “Love Grows” and “What does your mama do?”  Robbie’s favorite song is “Everybody started out small”  I think because of these words in the song:  “Your mom and dad, seem so giant   they seem so strong and self reliant   but they used to wear diapers and they used to crawl   but everybody everybody everybody everybody   everybody started out small.”

 Wednesday, June 20th: Vacation Bible School was this week in the evenings.  The boys loved it.  Especially on the night they did the slip-n-slide in the cemetery.

They decorated a bucket for the campfire service on Friday night.

 Thursday, June 21st:  The two big boys went to Noah’s Ark for the day with Vacation Bible School.  Henry and I went to the baby support group for a weight check for Nola Mae.  She lost weight in the last week.  The picture I would post here for that would be of a very sad, frustrated and disappointed mama.  My friends were going to be at Sunset Lake today and I wanted/needed to see them after the news of Nola Mae’s weight loss.   Henry and I went to Sunset Lake in the afternoon.  This was our first day at the beach.  Nola Mae got her toes wet, she didn’t like it at first.

Henry was very excited to see friends and spent more time in the sand than in the water.

 Friday, June 22nd:   The temps were a little cooler today and I decided to bake.  I had high hopes of getting a lot done.  (I must have forgotten that four children live here!)  I baked a double batch of these chocolate chip cookies that have garbanzo beans and quinoa in them.  And then a batch of these strawberry mini-cupcakes with strawberry frosting.  I have a good stash of these cookies in the freezer and all the cupcakes were eaten at church!

 

 Saturday, June 23rd:  Jack and Robbie went to Owen to spend the rest of the weekend with Jack’s grandparents.  Charlie sobbed for many minutes because he was missing Robbie.  I thought this was the perfect time to get out the modeling clay I bought.

I bought some wool at the local art store and attempted to felt it on some of my soap.  I have a few other projects in mind and needed to experiment with my soaps first.

It wasn’t bedtime yet and I needed Charlie and Henry to burn some energy.  I suggested they check some of the blue bird houses while I finished the outside chores.  They were down in the field and I heard Henry screaming.  Which usually means that someone (Charlie) is teasing him.  When I looked down the hill I saw that Charlie was a head of Henry and stopped and gave Henry a piggyback ride.

 Sunday, June 24th:  We went to the pond in Big Falls for some fishing, which didn’t last long.  I wasn’t ready to go home so I suggested we go to the hydro dam to check out the water falls.  The water was low enough that we could play around on the rocks.

And the big boys could play in the current.  Robbie was sliding down this rock and floating into the little pond.  I would love to do this someday when everyone is old enough to do it.  I’m afraid by the time Nola Mae is old enough I have a feeling this will be BORING for Robbie and Charlie.