Friday, September 19, 2014

So long sweet summer...

Somehow we went from summer to fall...  I'm not a fan of fall. 
I want some snack too, mom...  hehe.  This "little" girl is in the 99th percentile for weight and height.  And she's very snuggly. Doctor B. thought it was hilarious that we can't use the bumbo seat because it cuts off her circulation in her legs...
 Checking out the Farm and Fleet ad while waiting for supper... and eating a sucker.  Happy little Emmy likes to be up where we are.
 Cecily was raising her foot just like Emmy-geehl.
 She likes to kick.  And those keys.
The second day of "teaching school" (in Cecily-ese) went pretty well... hard for me to gauge since I haven't really seen any of their work yet, so I don't know if they are actually getting it.  Little miss social likes to play with Megan and Ah-cus (Atticus... I'm guess it's from the book "To Kill a Mockingbird").
It was cold so we broke out the crayons while we were waiting to go to Shelly's house.
 Michelle and Nathan hosted cousins night last Saturday.  Cecily was pretty excited to go and eat hotdogs.  I was excited to see their house all moved in and decorated.  It's cute. 

We decided to go to W-ton for church the next day... because I can't remember how long it's been since we had been there. 

It's our turn to serve lunch at church in a few weeks so I've been trying to do a little bit of baking here and there.  It keeps the house warm when it's so chilly. 

So the Farm and Fleet grand re-opening sounded like fun and they had a cute kids play tent and sleeping bag set in their ad that would have been perfect for Cecily's birthday.  Yeah.  I did not realize that it was going to be such a crazy madhouse.  So I took both girls in and pretty much made a loop and came back out.  Not worth it.  Haha... as I was coming in the door with Emmy in the stroller and Cecily in a cart, someone waiting in the looong check out line who looked very familiar (but I still can't place her- annoying mushy brain) and was obviously AC offered to watch Emmy while I shopped.  Got to love it.   I had already decided not to buy anything though...

All ready to go on "a jaunt."  Poor girl gets called a boy a lot, but I don't want to put pink on her all the time, especially with her skin tone.  And bows aren't worth the time I would spend putting them back on.
 It was a stripes kind of day.
Thursday evening we went to Brent and Janelle's for potluck babysitting night.  We managed to keep all 13 kids, plus the neighbor girl alive.  Fun times.
The girls and I went to school this morning.  I wore my periodic table shirt.  We did our first lab...  ok, so my high school chemistry teacher must have nerves of steel.  Our first lab at EHS was bending and cutting glass- with open flames and teenagers with sharp objects.  I just went over lab safety and had them do an ionic/ covalent conductivity activity and that was nerve wracking enough. 
Why can't you eat and drink in lab? um... remember Willy? Willy was a chemist, but Willy is no more, what Willy thought was H2O was H2SO4
Bob took off work so after lunch we took the girls to the zoo.  Cecily was pretty excited.  She told me, "Shelly found me Masha and Bear at the zoo going to my Birthday!"  She had a great time looking at the animals.  We found the tigers first and she just inserted herself into this group of kids... strangers... and told anyone we saw, "we're going to find the Lions!"
 Emmy just chilled in the stroller.
 Checking out the warthog. 
 She named off pretty much everything we saw on the way home... Daddy lion in the corner and the mommy lion on top of the rock and I saw a snake and the turtles and all the animals...
At some point she got a blister from her sandals so when we got home we put a princess band-aid on it.  She's showing it to Emmy- "here's Belle, and 'Punzel, and Snow Pink."  Ha!  I died laughing.  
She's decided to be very protective of her cute baby (from Ah-cus and the other kids at "my school") and she wanted to read her a book this evening.  Green Eggs and Ham.  From the girl who "I can't want squash" the spaghetti squash I made for supper but who would eat "dead cow" (steak) with plenty of BBQ sauce.
Anyway, that's what we've been up to.  Nothing and everything all at once. 

Sunday, September 07, 2014

School Days, School Days...

I am such a wimp about humidity...  so we didn't spend much time outside last week.  Poor Cecily.  She wants to go out, but then she doesn't want to stay out for very long, and she won't go out without me, and it's such a hassle to haul Emmy in and out...  
One hot afternoon's activity- lining up the princess dominos.  Emmy just happily plays with whatever we hand her. 
Friday morning we were up bright and early.  Yikes.  I haven't seen 7 on my alarm clock in a loooong time.  Cecily was so excited to go to "teaching school" that she asked to go to bed early the night before and woke up when she heard me get up. 

So we were all out the door on time.  Cecily got to play with some other little kids in the church nursery- we will have no trouble getting her to go to Sunday school, or kindergarten, she's already 'you can go now Mom'...   Emmy slept the entire time we were there, thankfully.

I have 10 kids in my class (I thought there were 8... ah well, the more the merrier!).  I pulled out my old molecular modeling kit and made a bunch of water molecules and scattered them in front of the door- with a "Caution, wet floor" sign... because Chemistry jokes are the best.  And I made them fill out notecards with things like, 'one word to describe how you feel about Chemistry.'  "Unenthusiastic" um...  "mathematically intimidated"  (that kid probably had the math figured out the best...).  Since I've never lesson planned before, or lectured before, or taught anything, really, I was pleasantly surprised that what I planned to go over fit the class period perfectly.  And I wasn't super nervous.  So hooray!  I also told them to cherish their new laminated periodic tables.  Not sure what they went home and told their parents...

As my mother reminded me, I do know more than they do.  hehe.  And I have permission to use all of my old HS teacher's material.  Mr. Bill is the best.  I shall never achieve his level of teaching excellence... or his corny jokes.  I've also been reminding myself that Prof. Peter Beak is on my list of top 5 chemistry teachers, and he was probably the most boring lecturer I've had... but he cared about us, and he cared if we understood what he was teaching.  Anyway.  Hopefully it continues to be fun for me.     I'm trying to decide if I need to buy a "I wear this shirt periodically" periodic table shirt. Probably yes.

Little miss I-still-hate-pants was pretty sure she needed to double check my measurements.  We were covering wipes boxes with fabric for more pretty toy storage. 
 Since it cooled off, Bob took the girls on a bike ride in the bike trailer.  Emmy seemed to enjoy it... Cecily loves bike rides.
We attempted freezing potatoes on Saturday.  Some of them were already getting moldy, so Bob helped me peel and blanch a safeguard bucket full.  It was a lot of work- not sure it was worth it.  There's still a 5-gallon bucket's worth of potatoes in the basement that I'm not sure if I want to freeze or just try and eat before they go bad. 

She doesn't like to be left in her bouncy when we're eating, and Cecily decided she doesn't want to sit in the high chair anymore, sooo... Emmy-girl got to try it out with some blankets to keep her sitting up.  She was quite pleased with herself.
Otherwise, we had a quiet weekend.  Church today and the ordination service this evening... oh, and I have a cold.  But I think I'm getting better. 

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Labor Day

How is summer almost over? 
Oh, these two.  I guess I'm glad that Cecily likes her now... and Emmy is so chill...
We had a good weekend... we "camped."  Ha.  The idea of tent camping with a baby who wasn't sleeping through the night (she is now! yay!!) with the forecast of rain every day...  I wasn't too sad to just hang out at the cabin Friday evening.
Emmy fell asleep next to Greg on the couch.  Hehe.  She slept there for quite a while.  
Saturday morning we ate breakfast at the cabin and then the men left to dig a hole.  And plant the tree our potluck got B and J in memory of Derek.  The ladies and kids went swimming.  I'm not sure who had the more difficult task... oh wait... that would be us.  *grin*

Cecily totally freaked out about swimming.  I'm not sure if it was the moss, or the muddy bottom, or the water temperature but she did not want to swim and she was mad at me.  She decided she liked Nichole and wanted nothing to do with me.  *eye roll* 
 These two make me smile.
 There are a lot of little kids in our camping group.  Yeah. 
 Sunday evening it had dried out a little bit and the rain in the forecast never materialized so we ate supper out at the timber. 
Cecily was pretty excited to play with the kids again.  She keeps asking me if we're going to 'eat at the fire at the cabin with the kids'.  It was a good weekend, even without the camping.
 Cecily has been using the word "shall" in everyday conversation.  It's amusing.  The funniest yet has been, "shall you buy me polka dot bundies 'amorrow?"  Um...  not planning on it little girl... ha!

I spent Monday laboring... haha. Family tradition I guess.  We got some bushes for the back of our yard and I dug a bunch of holes for them.  There are a ton of tree roots back there so it was not an entirely pleasant job.  

Tuesday evening I went to a meeting for school.... ayiyiyi I'm nervous.  And today I practiced making a density column.  Little miss thought the "rainbow" was pretty cool.   

Friday, August 29, 2014


So... catch up.  *grin*  We've been getting back to normal around here.  And working on canning and freezing vegetables.
Last year we didn't eat all of the onions we grew before they started to rot... I don't think I dried them right... anyway, according to the Ball Blue Book you can freeze onions.  So I donned my lab goggles and peeled and blanched onions.  And the whole house smelled like onions.  And I had goggle lines.  woot.
Oooh, what is this, mama, it's very interesting...  
Since none of us like to go outside in the humidity, she's been spending lots of time coloring. 
The girls and I stopped in at Restmor to visit Beulah one afternoon.  She hadn't met Emmy yet, so that was fun. 
I of course, decided that the hottest day outside would be a great day to start doing tomatoes... so it was hot inside as well.  I've been 'measuring' the amount of produce I've picked in terms of Safegaurd buckets... the hog farmers who read this should just not think about it... 

She's dancing.  hehe.  Or just waving her arms. 
Thursday I got to eat out with Amy and Katie- there was an email mix-up so the other girls didn't make it.  We still had fun! 

Sunday was Emmy's Eleventy-first day.  We celebrated Hobbit style- with a meat pie and seed cakes for supper.  They looked like what I imagine when foodies call things "rustic."  They were also more scone-like than cake-like, and the caraway seeds added a different flavor... but I liked them.  The meat pie was from the Farm Journal Pie Cookbook, so of course it was good.   
Such a smiley baby.  And so squeeshy. 
O man, she needs to start sleeping again soon... the last two nights have been slightly better... but I keep thinking, 'I picked a bad week to quit caffeine...'  Ha!  I have no plans to do that any time soon.

So I found this adorable little U of I cheerleader outfit at a consignment store this week.  And Cecily has one that Sharon found a while ago....  *grin*  Hail to the orange...
We dug potatoes that night- 1 five gallon bucket and 1 safeguard bucket full.  I may attempt freezing them too, since I haven't had much luck storing them either.  Then I let little miss swim in her "il-noy shirt."  In the dark. 

She cracks me up sometimes...  I told her we were making spaghetti sauce for "winter."  So a little while later I hear "this is my sgetti's, not Winter's."  And I've been finding clothes for her for this fall and winter...  "This is my dress, not Winter's dress.  It's not hers."  *grin*  Doesn't help that sometimes we swim at Summer's house. 

We went to the farm this afternoon and got some more tomatoes.  Woot woot.  Cecily was pretty excited to see Gus.  And Grandma and Grandpa. 

Otherwise, it's been quiet, which we love.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hey, it's good to be back home again...

... this trip was a John Denver and Statler Brothers kind of trip.  Kentucky was a Varsity Men's Glee Club and Other Guy's kind of trip... Missouri was Cedarmont Kids...  in case you were wondering what our road trips sound like...  *grin*

Well.  We were home for another week before we headed to Leo for Alyssa and Shane's wedding.  I'm not really sure what we did... unpacked and did laundry and mowed and got this little girl's 3 month pictures taken.   
 She's so smiley.  And squishy.
For comparison; Emmy on the left, Cecily on the right at 3 months. 

 Mom met us and kept Cecily occupied while Emmy was smiling for the photographer.  I had a very hard time deciding which pose to get because there were so many good ones.  I wonder how long that will last...  haha.

So Saturday morning we loaded up again and headed for Indiana.  I'm getting really, really good at packing.  Even if mom laughed at the amount of stuff we brought for one night; we really did pack light.

Cecily colored for quite a while in the car.  Thankfully, both girls do great on long trips!
There was pizza waiting at the hotel when we got there.  Little miss independent decided she was going to eat supper with Matt and Lena. 

Then we went swimming with the kids.  She was having a blast swimming with the big girls.
Holding hands with Kebe and Cami.
 They wanted her to jump in with them... she doesn't like to go under... but she didn't freak out when Jaci dropped her in!  Progress...
We did not get very much sleep that night.  Emmy woke up every two hours, the air conditioner was loud, we were on Eastern time so we got up earlier than normal... sigh...oh well.

The girls were both really good in church (thank goodness for Lena!  and the boy sitting next to us!).  The wedding was lovely, and yes, I got teary.

Then it was off to the fabulous reception at the Klopfenstein estate...  *grin*  It was so cool- they set up a tent in their backyard, the jets were on in the pool, there were cool decorations in the woods.  I didn't take nearly enough pictures.  Mostly because the girls were both (all three of us?) hot, tired, and crabby by then. 

Inside the tent:
 Table decorations:
 Head table:
Even the woods between the house and the river were pretty.

And the bathrooms... who knew porta-potties could be cute?
 Roxy got a bow for the occasion...
 Lys wanted the guys to sing a few songs.  Ned played too, but I was inside so I missed it.
 Mom wanted to get a family picture... Cecily insisted that Lena hold her.
 And then I wanted one of us... ha!  guess what stage of life we're in!?  This is actually one of the better ones that Clayton took.  *grin*
So I realized I didn't get any pictures of Shane and Alyssa.  *sigh*  Oh well.  She looked adorable... her dress was tea length and she had red shoes, so cool. 

We didn't stay to see them off- we put our tired girls in the van and drove all the way home without stopping. 

And now I really hope we can be back to our normal schedule for a while.  We've spent five consecutive Saturdays on the road.  Approximately 35 hours worth of travel time... woot woot.  I love a good road trip, but man it's good to be back home again!


Monday, August 11, 2014

The week between the lakes

Err...  land between the vacations... land between the lakes...  anyway.
So we had a week at home between our two vacations. 
Barely enough time to get all the laundry done before I packed it all back up again. Woot. 
We spent one afternoon at the farm doing sweet corn with Lena and Mom.  Cecily got to go see Dianne's kitties and Miles "hopping like a bunny."  I brought home green beans too; so much produce.
They were pretty happy to be home.

Bob thinks it's fun to stick things under her arms...
I was busy cooking my two meals for vacation #2 (plus a birthday cake!) and little miss wanted to go outside... I told her she could go by herself if she stayed on the porch.  She let herself in and out a few times and I got some work done.
Snack time.
I've got a turtle...
Friday night we went out to eat with Dang and his family at Avanti's.  Emmy slept.  Cecily was too busy being distracted by Jason's boys to eat much. 
So then we packed up and headed for Kentucky Lake. 
We were all four in the same room and Emmy decided to stop sleeping more than four hours at night.  *sigh*  And Cecily woke up a few times crying about her bears.
One day Rustin got two jet skis. I took Cecily out for a ride on the 'little boat' which I think she enjoyed. 
We wanted to go up to the locks and watch the boats go through...  apparently they don't let you get that close anymore, which was sad. 
So we looked at the dam and smelled the dead fish in the heat.
Cecily would have turned the crank in the visitors center all day.
Little miss wanted to swim every day.  She's getting a lot better swimming around in her life jacket.  And she loved the "Minnie House" kick board.
Susan took her fishing.  Or something.  I think they fed a turtle or something a lot of live bait.  Haha.
Little chubby-hugs was great.  She also blended in with the bedspread and walls in our room. 
It was a pretty nice house- it was clean!  But so full of stuff!  I didn't take any pictures but every wall had many things on it, mirrors, cross stitch, random silk floral arrangements.  And then Susan found a brown recluse.  And I was ready to go home, like, yesterday.  Ugh.  I hate scary spiders.  Don't Google brown recluse bites.  So we shook out everything and I tried not to freak out too much.
We all went on a short pontoon boat ride.  Emmy slept through her first boat ride. 
Cecily had a great time running around and watching the water.
Bob thought she needed "Minnie House."  It kept her occupied for a long time in the car on the way home.
Someone was very happy to be home!  Hehe. 
So now the garden is full of weeds again and the grass was super tall and I'm tired of laundry and I just want to sleep... Just one more road trip...