"The real winners in life are people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better." - Barbara Pletcher

Monday, July 30, 2012

Phone Photo Monday

First off, I'd just like to state for the record, I am a cool mom. 

Exhibit A:

Yes, that's Yours Truly front and center doing a handstand.  Under water.  Hair wet and everything.  Dominated that green water slide a few times for good measure while I was at it.  I've still got it.  Take that, Amy.  What else you got?  (I will not touch bugs.)


This started out as just another ordinary day over here, fishing in the back yard with my cousin.  See that sweet drink holder on a stick?  Oh, yeah baby.  That was purchased before the days of cup holders in fold-up bag chairs, I'm pretty sure.  Maybe not, but I'm certain it was over 11 years ago, because it's got my maiden name Sharpie'd on the back.  No, I'm not a hoarder, why do you ask?  Yes, I'm back on the Diet Mountain Dew train.  No, we don't need to talk about it.

I can't get enough of this kid and his fish.

The big kids and went frog hunting, and my cousin waded out to mid-thigh water (gross) because he saw baby turtles.  "Have you seen baby turtles? They're about the cutest thing ever."  I'm pretty sure nothing would seem cute enough for me to think wading out in that murky water was a good idea.  

You just never know when Ordinary Fishing Morning is going to turn into Best Fishing Morning Ever.  Right?  Please rest assured we would never mess with anything big enough to remove fingers without professional assistance.  There was a lot of screaming, jumping around, and adults yelling things like, "stay back, I mean BACK" ... "this thing could take off a finger, I mean it, stay BACK!"  Hahahaha!!  It was the best, ever.  

Everyone stayed behind it or at a reasonable distance, and no one lost any digits.  The turtle was patient and let us oooh and aaah, and then it high-tailed it back to the water faster than you can imagine. 

Speaking of tails...I had no idea turtles had tails like that.  You learn something new every day, huh? 


In other, less exciting news, we've been pushing these poor kids to the limits lately.  They stay up late, skip naps, perhaps spend way too much time in the sun, and they're generally exhausted.  Poor chickens!

If The Baby won't sit still so Reise can read her a book, she rigs up this contraption.  Haha!!  It's so funny.  Good thing Alece is so laid back. 


Friday night, my two biggest got to go on a secret adventure, so I took these yahoos out for frozen yogurt.  We acted like we were going upstairs to put on our jammies and head to bed, when actually we were going up to find our shoes and go out...it was such a funny trick.  (Actually, no one except the trickers were tricked...which was the point!)  Instead of getting left behind, they were doing the leaving!  Everyone was happy.  Love it when that happens.

"Look at me, eating candy at 8:30pm when I should be in bed because Lord knows I didn't nap!"

"I have no idea why I'm so overtired and emotional!  These late night outings are incredible!"

Hey, at least it was yogurt.  Probiotics-check!

Later, gators.  Happy Monday!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Zoo Love.

Even though I nearly melted and died at the zoo today...

Maeson is yelling at a peacock, because, of course he is. 

This girl.

These guys had decided a week ago that they'd try really hard to get the very back seat on the train.  They had zero competition since the zoo was all but deserted due to excessive heat.  Lord, Almighty! 

Happy kids :)


"Yep, you kids screamed pretty loud in the tunnel that time, you sure did!"

Thankful for good friends, funny kids, and great places to get out and about in this town!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Gone Fishin'

So, we love our pond.  Even more when friends come to fish with us, even when it's 174 degrees by noon.

Ryleigh does not want her picture on facebook, so let's just pretend you never saw this one. 

He seriously carts them around like they're hamsters.

I'm about over this heat, but I'm already pumping myself up to avoid an end-of-summer depression.  I know I'll fall in love with fall immediately.  I always do!  We've still got some time...


Friday, July 20, 2012

Phone Photo Friday

It's been a while ;)  I've still got Ryleigh's baptism, and some fishing fun in drafts, maybe next week?  Ha!  Best laid plans...

My cousin and his girlfriend picked up my bigs for an evening (turned night) of fun.  I went to bed before they got home (seriously, I go to bed earlier than my grandparents).  The first thing Rugger said the next morning?  "Amy is a fun mom.  She actually goes under the water when she swims.  She gets her hair wet and everything."  (Side note-she's actually not a mom, just an adult.  Rugger uses those terms interchangeably!)

Thanks, Amy.  Thanks, a lot.

No, really :)  They had a blast.

They used Joseph's camping gear to make a refreshing beverage.  No lie, that's what Rugger called it.  Ryleigh agreed, it was refreshing!  Honey, mint leaves they picked themselves, sugar, and that's as far as I got.

They rode in the back of his truck.  No seatbelts.  Kind of a big deal!

Mulberry picking. 

They added the berries to greek yogurt for a snack.  Pretty fun stuff!

Pictures that have been sitting on my phone from the beginning of June!  The Shrine parade in Havelock.  We served up hotdogs, pop and chips for a donation to JDRF.  We ended up raising $125 with that event, and it was pretty fun.  Success! 

So gross.  My awesome and funny (HI, SKEETER!) neighbor (who happens to be my newest Facebook friend, we'll see if he reads this!) gave me this extremely expired watermelon in June sometime.  I could look up the date on the picture but I'm way too lazy busy for that.  The date on it was April 23.  So. Nasty.  He thought our hens would like to peck at it.  Anyway, our birds are way too high class for moldy, rotten watermelon.  They knew better and didn't touch it.  ;)  It's the thought that counts, right?  I love that he thought of our girls out back!  It's fun to have good neighbors.

Livin' the dream.  These chickens are tanned and bleached blonde from all the sun and swimming we've been doing.  It's probably the most blissful summer we've had, ever.   For certain it's the best summer we've had post-kids.  No joke.  It feels so good to be able to get out and do summer things like chill at the pool.

The cookie my brother-in-law brought me after I gave him a coupon that was free to me.  If anyone comes across any Lowes or Home Depot coupons, send them my way.  I will collect the cookies and share :) HAHA! 

Children's Museum trips-always a huge hit.

Rugger was calling this set-up "King of the Jews"...and Ryleigh was throwing a FIT thinking it was so disrespectful to Jesus.  After a few minutes of back and forth, we all realized he was saying "King of the Juice".  Get it?!  Wow!!

We finally made it to the sprayground this week, to help celebrate our cousin Dailee's birthday.  What a blast!  I happened to call my sister as she was driving through Starbucks (score!) and then she happened to park next to us on the street.  I love seeing all these hilarious kids marching down the sidewalk like they're in a parade.  So funny!!

Reise and Ryleigh had matching swim suits when they were 2 and 5.  We found the "2" suit in the garage sale pile and rescued it for The Baby to wear...then Reise squeezed herself into the "5" so they could match.  Stinking adorable!

If someone mistakenly thought they were sisters, Reise would be completely fine with it!

I've been doing some research on sunscreens, since we've used so dang much this summer.  Here's a blog I think has really good info!  I've decided to compromise and use the expensive stuff (zinc oxide/titanium dioxide) on their faces and the cheap(er) stuff everywhere else.  This is my possibly irrational thinking: use the pure, expensive zinc/titanium on their faces-less chemicals on the thin skin close to their brains.  So, that's why they all have pale faces with white eyebrows ;)  A bonus is that it doesn't run and get into their eyes and sting.

Happy Weekending!  At least it's not super hot, right? ;)  We'll be using our pool pass!