Even though I wish with every fiber of my being that we had grass, or the time/money it will take to create a lawn, I still dig our backyard, especially on a cloudy day
I love our trees.
From a sunny, rainy day.
Playing in the rain is so much fun!
I adore it when they are sweet to each other.
I love my sister!
This is the volume knob on the headphones in the library. All I see is a happy monkey.
This is what I look like when I accidentally lock myself out of my house, but am lucky enough to have my phone to call hubby, and to amuse myself with by taking photos until hubby saves me.
This is what confused wuppy looks like, when she just wants me to come in already and pet her.
This is a real, live caterpillar that looks like bird poop. It turns into a Swallowtail butterfly.
An instagram collage.
Some lovely butterflies at the Desert Museum. I want to get that kind of milkweed in our front yard. It was COVERED with these beauties.
Until next time
Trail riding together as a family was so much fun.
Der taught the boys to skip rocks at a little watering hole. We saw bear tracks right at the waters edge.
Conrad and I missed the memo telling us that is was green T-shirt day.
I remembered it was crazy hair day at the last minute, just before we were supposed to leave.
I didn’t have hair gel, but I did have fresh eggs up the wazoo, so I put egg whites in their hair.
The egg whites make the hair stiff so the mohawks have the perfect amount of spike.
The bonus was that their hair was super soft that night, after showers.
Wow! You stuck around?! Thanks for hangin’! I’m not sure if I’m back for good or if this is just a fluke. What I’m not gonna do is over-think it…that should be a nice change. What I am gonna do is share some photos with you and maybe brag just a scoach.
My uber-tall first born, off learning how to be a soldier…and making time to goof with his new lifelong buddies.
This was graduation day…so handsome!
Keegan! hearts, hearts, hearts!
If you are my facebook friend you saw both of these photos forever ago, so I’m sorry if this is a rerun.
I may, or may not be back tomorrow to share more photos that you may, or may not have seen already…how’s that for vague and the exact opposite of enticing?!
Derek and I have taken to collecting beautiful bits of nature. We call them gifts. Gifts that have been put in our path for us to find and adore. I like to think of them as little cherished messages from Benny.
Der has a knack for finding dead butterflies intact. Recently, he brought me the most beautiful one of all.
The poor thing had been stuck to a grill on one of the rental cars at Der’s work.
Isn’t it beautiful!?!
At first glance I thought it was a piece of poo, but no, it’s a GIANT empty cocoon. Now that I know it’s not poo, I think it looks like something out of a scifi movie.
We found these feathers at the zoo, but I have no idea what birds they are from.
Polka dots are just cool!
Every time I see a butterfly I say “hi” to Benny. Before he passed I told him he could send us messages with butterflies and rainbows, and so he does…and hearts too.
This is a piece of bark. I found on the ground just waiting for me to see it.
Jeremia scored a rocket set at Goodwill. He got $50 worth of rocket gear for a whopping $3!
We went to the park and had some scientific fun with a little physical education thrown in.
He wore lab glasses to make the whole experience feel more authentically geeky.
So fantastically fun and cool and educational! I highly recommend it.
The science part is launching the rocket. The P.E. part is running to catch it all the way across the park as it parachutes down.
While they were chasing the last rocket I snapped this shot of the gorgeous sky.
Today is Jeremia’s 13th birthday. Derek took Jeremia and one of his friends from school go-cart racing, laser tagging, and arcading, yesterday. He got an evening away from his younger brothers. That was a priceless gift, but also meant I stayed home with the young’ns, and so no photos.
Today he took munchkin donuts to share at school, picked what was for dinner (steak, green beans and angel hair pasta), opened presents, and had homemade carrot cake. Der drew a Halo character on it for him.
I was too lazy to take a proper photo of the cake so now we have this weird photo and it looks like the cake is about to fall.
The reflection of the candles gives his hair frosted tips.
Happy Birthday Jeremia!
We love you madly and can’t imagine life without you! Thanks for being such a great kid!
I am still resting, recovering from my awesomectomy. I still have tons of awesome left, just in case you were worried. Any-who I thought I would share some photos of the boys, that I took on the last day of summer vacation.
They took a little break from their indoor
noise assault Nerf war, to ham it up.
Gavin was in attendance and as you can see he fits right in.
Ami’s weapon of choice was that helicopter spinner/bomb.
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Monday always comes too fast!
I freehand cut blue sheets of paper into clouds. Then I cut their centers out. I cut 2 at a time, so there would be twins that we could stack to match.
After cutting tissue paper into thick strips, I gave each boy 1 in every color.
Conrad’s friend, Gavin, was over again and was happy to make one too.
The photo’s pretty self-explanatory, but you outline the cloud with glue and overlap your tissue paper on each previous piece. We made sure to leave plenty of tissue hanging out the bottom of the cloud.
As you can see we used white glue, but glue stick would have been better.
If you look closely at the tops of the clouds, you can see the hanging string we glued to the tops, in-between the paper.
The cloud shape is clearly visible through the tissue paper, so it was easy to see where to put the next layer of glue, in order to attach the twin cloud.
The boys gently tore any tissue poking out of the top. Scissors would have created a cleaner edge, but this way was much faster.
Rainbows are so happy! I love them!
I also love how the different colored paper overlapped creates new colors. It was a makeshift course in color theory for the boys.
I know I sound like every other mom on the planet, when I say they are growing too fast, but it’s true.
Did you know, Der and I still sometimes refer to Ami and Conrad as “the babies”?!
I think it’s time for us to face the cold hard fact that we need to start stacking heavy objects on their heads, to stunt their growth.
That won’t scar them emotionally…right?!
Raise the roof! Mama’s got the house all to herself for 6 hours every day! Woot! Woot!
Seriously though, boys I’m gonna need you to slow down on the growing up. Just a scoach, if-you’d-be-so-kind.
Please and thanks.