Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Today was super bright and had an element of "scorch" to it...but as the afternoon has waned, big billowy grey clouds have blown in and the temperature has dropped to a comfortable place, and the air outside is soft and humid. The temperature inside is cool, and the light inside my house is dim, but somehow soothing.  I am walking around feeling very content and happy, admiring my blue and white Indian print tablecloth that I love so much and eating circus peanuts and making hamburger gravy for supper.  I have felt very unexcited about making supper for the past few weeks.  Yick.  I keep trying to think of quick and easy recipes and this sounds like one.  Plus it sounds delicious. Belly growl.

Israel stayed home sick from school with a constant cough and an overall feeling of malaise; he's been drooped heavily over various items of furniture, occasionally declaring his feeling of unwellness and looking around with puffy eyes.  He has had several breathing treatments, cough medicine, throat spray, two cans of chicken broth and plenty of popsicles to soothe his throat.  Which actually isn't sore but just irritated.

Gabe is camped out in a chair reading, since he came home from school.  Which is what Gabe does.

Tim is outside in the yard setting up the pool that the kids splash around in over the summer.  It seems to have a nice big leak in the floaty top part, but we're going to try a prescription of duct tape and see how that works out.  He has several gleeful helpers out there.  Zion has been happily sticking his head in a bucket of water and rearing back, with water flying.

It's good to get back to summer, he thinks.  He's been asking about summer for a good while now.

Tim had ordered a new pool filter and it came in TWO delightful boxes that are being put to heavy use.  When Caroline saw Layla claiming the first box when it first came, SHE needed a box too, Dad!!

Here were these two the other day being basically irresistibly adorable with their dad's socks.

That picture of Layla dancing is one of my favorites ever. :)

We scooted home to Virginia for a brief trip this past Saturday, since my dad was turning 60 years old on May 31!  Before we got there to give him a proper surprise, we stopped in at a book thingie for children at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds.  The kids each got to pick out several free books, and they had other tables and activities going on.  Zion wanted to do the heart hopscotch.

And we had to check out the hot air balloon outside!! They blew it up partially and let kids walk around inside with their shoes off.  COOLEST EVER!!!

Dad was properly surprised :), and wanted a picture with some of his little surprisers for his 60th birthday, and his snap-happy daughter was more than pleased to comply!

The kids managed to squeeze in a whole lot of fun times in one afternoon.  Frisbee throwing.

Swing riding.

BB gunning. (I think they are actually searching for BB's here.)

The targets.

Maddie helped by laying around like the tired doggy she was, shaded under her own personal Japanese maple. :)

Caroline had to walk around being all cute.  Again.

She had her little arm hooked just so to carry her little pink bunny in her little purse.  That little arm needs some kisses, I can see just by looking at it right now...

Preparing for supper.

We ate a DELICIOUS supper on the porch.  Oh. My. Word.  SO GOOD.  Salmon and asparagus and brussels sprouts and bread with homemade strawberry jam and potatoes sliced and lightly fried in oil in the oven and cauliflower and iced tea and this AMAZING chocolate torte for cake.  Makes a girl waddle, all that.

Zion REALLY enjoyed his chocolate torte.  ;)

That child manages to smudge himself from head to toe when he eats.  It's a special ability.  :D

Other pictures.  Virginia is so beautiful in the spring and start of summer, and mom and dad have a beautiful place!!

To properly end a day at Grandma and Grandaddy's, one must eat popcorn and juice before bed. Declareth the grandchildrens. 

Sometimes you really just have to get in there and get those popcorns.  ;)

The sweet little popcorn chasing bed head in the morning.

Happy birthday, Dad!!! We love you so much!!

Layla - "Mom, regular Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios are like little rings that don't fit us!"

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