Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Then I went out and bought 5 cans of spray paint.
I considered vandalism but with five children it is probably not the best occupation, so I changed my mind.
Instead I started a project that I have been mulling around in my mind for a few weeks now.
We were given a patio table and chairs a couple of months ago by a family that we helped when they were moving to a new place out of state.
The chairs are that lovely patio taupe color. YUCK! The paint is starting to peel and I have wanted to repaint.
At first I was going to go with a lovely bronze metallic. Being over 40 gives you a certain freedom, part of you just doesn't care what anyone really thinks. So........................
All my chairs are being given a delightful different color!
So far I have got the pink and purple ones finished. The yellow chair has one coat on it. I have learned that not all spray paints are created equal. Tomorrow I will be returning two of the cans to get a different brand.
The Krylon Outdoor Spaces paint in satin is fabulous!!!! It went on smooth and only took one coat. After I get them all done I will post a pic. I also am painting pots for flowers too! My yard is going to be very colorful. It will be perfect for summer and I don't care what my neighbors think.
Oh and by the way...we believe the house on west side of us is going into foreclosure, if anyone wants to live by us I am sure you could get a good deal! You could look out your windows and see a rainbow everyday.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Now if you stay focused on the west side of the trail every thing is beautiful!
The wildlife is out enjoying the day. The squirrels were frolicking around in the trees and bull frogs were sunning in the water.
Even the weeds have blooms that you can admire.
Then you look to the right..........
The dump, police and fire training areas are all right there for your enjoyment too.
The landscape around Prescott is so diverse, so magical and amazing. I love how ever changing this place is. The trail is a great place to be.
Our family bike ride did not go quite how Michael expected. Thayne chose to ride in Lydia's wheelchair at the end because he just couldn't go on. LOL We all took turns hauling his bike back to the truck. Lydia was a good sport about it all. Quayde, Maliea and Chaiya all had a great time riding back and forth to see how well we were coming down the trail.
It really was a very pleasant afternoon with the weather being perfect. I think it might take a little more planning and maybe a child seat on the back of a bike or two, to make it truly a family ride.
Thank you for using a toilet. I am sooooo sick of dirty diapers today. They were beyond gross. Having three children to change today (had Baby M) and all of them having excessive amount of poop was just well.....not fun.
So to my older children, I am so happy that I no longer have to change or wipe your bums!
Love, your Mum
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thayne wanted a robot cake, he called it his rocket man. I think he made good wishes!
Thayne and I have this little game we have been playing almost every night. After the sun goes down and it gets dark, we sneak out in the front yard and pretend there is a tiger after us. Then we hurry as fast as we can back to the front porch. Thayne knows some of William Blake's poem that starts out, "Tyger, Tyger burning bright". He repeats it over and over when we are out in the dark. When I found this flashlight I just knew it would be perfect for our little game. It growls too!
What is that??
Could that really, really be for me?
A Cool Boy Bike!!!
Happy Birthday my precious boy!!!
I hope you have lots of fun on your new boy bike. No more of your sister's princess thing. You will now look so cool riding around the neighborhood.
To say that he was thrilled would be putting it mildly. He spent the rest of the time riding and riding around the sidewalks of the park. I don't think the training wheels will be on very long. He didn't want any cake or much of anything else once he got on his bike. A very happy little guy we have tonight.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
He invited us to come pick some this afternoon. We gathered enough that I was able to make 6 jars of jam this evening. My hands are completely stained but oh how yummy it tastes! I can't wait to gift them with a few jars tomorrow. This will be "special occasion" jam as it took quite a lot of work to cut off the stems. We gathered a huge bowl and all those tiny berries cooked down quite a bit.
His tree should produce a great many more throughout the next couple of weeks. I think he thought we picked them all but there were lots of red ones still left.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
His official name is Lophocampa maculata or the Spotted tussock moth. He is more attractive now than what he will be.
I just love seeing the wonder in my little boy's eyes when he is finding things for the first time.
Michael drove up , the camp is 2 1/2 hours away, on Monday to be a leader. The men are taking turns sharing time with the boys.
This is an amazing camp! Archery, horseback riding, Olympic swimming pool are just a few of the many, many activities.
Quayde is taking classes in space exploration, archeology, indian lore and canoeing. Once he gets these badges I'll have 12 to sew on his sash. I'm a little behind in the sewing area.
Michael returned home last night with hours of stories about how much fun it has been and other stories too. Quayde's trip to the emergency room was detoured and his eye is okay for anyone who found out about the accident.
So apparently, my normally well-behaved son has turned into a 'Lord of the Flies' boy. I am trying to figure out the best plan of discipline here. "What goes on at camp, stays at camp", can't apply in one of these situations. Even though one of the leaders and Michael have taken care of the immediate problem and everything is resolved.
I am having a SERIOUS problem with what I hear was the attitude exhibited and it involved a knife. He has lost his certification card and the knife and has been disciplined in that manner.
So.....I am incredibly disappointed in him and I am not sure what else needs to be done.
Part of me is feeling a little MAD because he so knows better than to pull that kind of crap.
He returns home Saturday afternoon and I am thinking of tying him to the back tree , pouring honey all over him and letting the red ants attack. Any better ideas?
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
There were these incredible flowers hanging from bushes everywhere. I have no idea what they are so I am off to research them this evening.
As we drove down to the lakeside area, there were seven deer just watching us and waiting to see what we were up to. With all the rain we have had in the last month everything is so green; plenty for them to graze on.
Our walk leads us to the top end of the lake where the creek joins and flows into it.
Once we are back by the top of the lake, the hunt for perfect rocks is on!
Skipping rocks across the lake is a skill that is coveted by all. Chaiya, Maliea and Michael are all very intense on finding the best ones.
I just love this amazing amount of concentration on my sweet husband's face as he watches his rock skitter across the water.
Thayne and I were having a good time. He placed a little tiny stick so he could cross the stream and not get wet. That was until his daddy made him mad!
Michael started teasing him and throwing big rocks in the water to make splashes right where Thayne was. This picture is Thayne doing his best to tell his dad how not fair that was. It was all over from that point on.
Thayne jumped in just far enough that none of us could reach him. He dove and splashed. He said he was a dolphin.
Chaiya acted like she was going to join him. The water is NOT warm and the sun was going down. It took us about 30 minutes to convince him to get out of the water!
As the smart mom I am, I did have extra clothes for him in the van. We then wrapped him in an extra one of Chaiya's shirts, His Needs, and my red wrap. He was still freezing! Maybe it will deter him from jumping in again but I doubt it.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Lydia had a dream of an anesthesiologist that did EVERYTHING I asked!! Oh happy day.
One part of this surgery was to determine which route to take to start the reconstructive work on Lydia's trachea.
You know how you have it in your mind and heart the choices that might need to be made. I was prepared for those choices. Even though it meant up to 6 weeks in the hospital, I had researched it and was okay with those.
Then comes Plan C, which might(?????) be better than the first two plans but I so wasn't prepared for what Plan C will take.
Dr. Raines does not want to reconstruct her trachea.
New plan means less sleep for me from now until mid-August. Constant monitoring and vigilance of her oxygen levels saturations and lung capacity is part of this. IF..... things go well with this, he will try to decannulate then.
I really, really hate the color blue so say a little prayer for her and one for my sanity.
I've only had three hours of sleep so let it all begin.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Thayne just had to get in one of the pictures! He is always such a ham. This is his favorite panel because it has a robot in it. Gosh I love that silly boy.
There are lots more panels that they are still painting. It will be simply amazing when it is all finished. Lots of businesses around town have donated money to help this be created. It is indicative of what is best about Prescott.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Quayde and Quint are completely enjoying the pancakes and eggs.
I think Michael wanted to bring it home but luckily it got away.