Sunday, March 28, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
My little beach bums! Ready to find treasures.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Bought our supplies, and got to doing the work. Neither of them are fans of strawberry jam, but I thought this could change their taste buds!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
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Stephanie and Olivia played the Leprachaun scavengar hunt in our house yesterday. They were both armed with cameras and took on the challenge of taking pictures of green things. They had a blast and loved seeing their craft published.
Stephanie also wrote a hiaku poem for St.Patrick's Day
Looking for green things
Grass, fruit, clothes, stuff all around
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Olivia is hard at work with her phonics and math. She is becoming a good reader, but likes real stories as opposed to phonics silly nonsense stories. Both of my kids seem to just "get" math. I wonder if I would have been more like them had I had less things in life to worry about. Oh, well, it is fun watching them. We are knee deep in the middle of Medieval Times, and if you could see my backyard, you would think we are recreating an old run down village. Stephanie has her wares out for sell, which include mud, rocks and basically junk she has recycled. Division has been her nemesis, but she finally conquered it this past week, so she feels like the knight who has won the tournament.
Steve is busy with work, editing three different books, becoming a wii tennis star in the moments of spare time and wondering when I am going to divulge the "Spring" to do list. Yes, it is right around the corner. With all the rain we have had, things are turning green and not just to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I feel colorful annuals on my horizon.
We might attempt making some strawberry jelly later this week...like I said I am feeling some spring fever.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
It must be that generation....living through the depression is what probably did it. They carried with them the idea of "just in case" and for her in particular, she could not have too many hankies, cloth napkins, tablecloths or towels. I should throw in for good measure, Pyrex pie plates, flatware, and Tupperware. I am blessed to be using some of these things in my own kitchen, but since my generation and those since are the "throw away and buy more later", it is hard to balance both ideals.
So, we got such laughs today concerning his length of pants. He is not one who would be described in the song, "Pants on the ground" for sure...in fact one should be written about pants being too short. Some say high waters, but he cuffs them up that high thinking it is fine! It is. I told him so. But I also told him to unroll them and let them hang. They were fine. But he needed some hemmed, and so he was trying them on for me. Olivia came in half way through and offered her stylish expertise and he took it too, and so instead of four inches being taken up, we will only do three.
How funny is it that one still struggles with peer-pressure at ninety. He wanted his hemmed pants back for Friday night, 'cause it was Square dancing night. He even asked me recently about did I think his clothes were fine. Apparently there are a few "friends" who want to give him a makeover! All those ladies, who live at this retirement home feel a need to take care of him. I surely understand. He just has that way about him. I turn to mush, and would do anything for him. Some Sundays I just have to turn around to see his sweet wrinkled bald head and keep myself from giggling about the scent of vinegar that at times surrounds him. Toe nail fungus requires vinegar, so I am told.
He is a hoot. I just had to share today about Roy. I wish everyone had a Roy.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
It was a chilly weekend camping over at Rainbow River State Park in Dunnellon, FL. We camped with the Symonds and had some good company and yummy food. Aaron can make up a fire! Games here and there, bike trails and hiking were in the list of things to do too! The girls fished off of a dock and all caught one, even Steve did...how funny that his was the smallest. Samantha was the first to spot an armadillo and we had two great nights of star gazing. With temps dropping into the low thirties, we were glad to have two space heaters in the pop-up! None of us ended up with Mario-withdrawal, but Olivia earned her an hour of playtime by giving Mama a good massage on the way home.
Around the fire we dreamed up vacations in the future of going out west and seeing our great country. It is such a blessing to have such sweet girls who love a life of adventure.