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.

Week 20 – May 14 – 20, 2012

Week 20 – May 14 – 20, 2012

Monday, May 14th: My friend Kristin wanted to decorate a cake for her daughters’ preschool graduation.  She wanted to learn a few tips on cake decorating.  We spent the morning together and I walked her through all the steps to decorate her first cake. Click here to see the finished cake.

I took the boys into the pasture tonight to get some cool photos of all the dandelion seed heads.  The wind the night before blew most of them off.

Tuesday, May 15th:   We put some eggs in our incubator within a day of Charlie’s kindergarten class in hopes that both of us would get a good hatch.  My plan was for it to be worth having the brooder plugged in.  Our first chick hatched.

My Mother’s Day gift arrived…a worm factory.  We got composting worms a week ago and I had been dreading the idea of putting them in the home-made bin that I made a few years ago when we had worms.   I was afraid that my worms died because it wasn’t a great design.

Wednesday, May 16th:  Henry’s request for breakfast was boiled eggs.  He helped with a few of the steps.

Thursday, May 17th:  My sisters Kayla and Emily came to visit.

Kayla wore Nola Mae while I planted beets and peas with Henry.

Friday, May 18th:  Charlie’s kindergarten class hatched some of our eggs.  We brought the chicks home today.  Before coming home the teacher let the kids hold the chicks.  One of Charlie’s classmates was so excited to kiss one of those cute little chicks.  Her mom wrote a sweet blog post about it.  Click here to see the photo and the short story.

After the chicks were put in their new home (our brooder in the garage) I noticed the ones that came from school were less skittish.  Our chicks haven’t had much handling or peeking at due to the dangerous grip of a three-year old.  Henry can be gentle with eggs.  He needs a little work with chicks!

Saturday, May 19th:  Nola Mae’s baby quilt has been started.  I am going to use the Tumbling Bears quilt design.  There will be 12 bears with 12 different prints of purple.

Sunday, May 20th:  Robbie has been reading Harry Potter.  It all started with his teacher reading it to the class, then Jack was reading it at bedtime, then Robbie was following along as his teacher read and now he reads it on the bus, after school and at bedtime.  He recently told me that he is done reading Junie B Jones books because, “that is all baby talk.”