Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to school and everyone's happy!

Sprite 12 years old

Scamp 10 years old

Puck 7 years old

This is our 2nd year at our "new" school and Scamp said one of the best things about it was that it wasn't a new school. Last year was tough, and they made it. This year, they were all actually glad to be going back to see their friends. We're so glad!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Play ball!

I'm going to try and play a little catch-up here.

Baseball season ended a bit later than expected due to a few rain-related make-up games. Scamp made his first hits of the season, got on base a handful of times, and topped it off by catching a pop fly!

At the last game, the coaches gave each player a wooden bat and they all signed their bats.


We even had a bat-boy in the family a few nights.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer so far

We are in the throws of summer.


The soil-grown tomatoes are coming in and you know it's summer.
Heat lightening and real, live crashing storms, fishing at 5am, lazy dog-days that only cool ever so slightly when night comes.
Farmer's market, shorts and flip-flops, swimming and out-of-town visitors.
Boredom-induced fun and fights.
Late nights with the fireflies.
Dog shedding like crazy and the cat doesn't know to stay out with the heat and humidity, or stay in with the almost-too-frigid air-conditioning.
Rainbows and baseball.


It's summer. It's nearly halfway over. Or we have half of it left. Depends if you're a half-full, half-empty kind of gal. I sway between the two, some days thinking these warm days and nights could last forever, sometimes angsting over buying school supplies.

We've had some fun trips so far, little day-, or couple of day-trips.

Lambert's cafe. A first for our family.

Summer has been relaxing, refreshing and just plain fun!

Summer, I like you more than I usually do.
Rainbow at our last ball game.

Friday, May 23, 2014

What we do on Mondays

I have always, always said "One sport a season." If you're anything like me (and I'm sure you are because most of you are sensible people!), you hate, hate being super busy, right? Super busy=Super crazy town.

My kids have always played soccer in the fall and spring. This winter, Scamp mentioned something about wanting to play baseball so I looked into it. He really does love baseball, books about the sport and facts about the players and teams. Playing America's Passtime seemed like the next logical event.

It turned out baseball was going to be pretty intensive as far as practices and games went but we were willing. So, when we got closer to the spring, I asked him again if he wanted to play soccer or baseball, and somehow we had a Fourth-grader-Mom-old-person-generational conversation mix-up and I swear to you I heard SOCCER. So he didn't get signed up for baseball.

Because remember two sports=super busy=super crazy town=insane and very unhappy mama.

Bu apparently, I misunderstood. He did want to play baseball. Not soccer!! Oh boy. I think at one point we were both in tears.

A few days after the above mentioned misunderstanding, our friend, who is also a baseball coach of some other Fourth graders, serendipitously asked if Scamp could play on their team. Scamp had missed most of the practices, but they could use another player and games were only on Monday nights with no more practices scheduled and could he please play? I looked into the baby blues of my second born and something snapped. I caved. CAVED.

Sure you can play baseball AND soccer! Sure I'll run around an extra night of the week! Sure I'll pack a supper each Monday because they need to be there by 5:30 and it's a double header and our whole family still needs to eat! and Sure it's ok if you stay up until 10:00pm on a school night because did I mention there are double headers every Monday.

So, ok, yes it's a total pain to have something else to go to during the week. And yeah, eating at the ball field isn't always awesome, especially when the wind blows dirt in our mouths. But it's not all bad. It can actually be pretty fun. And the best part is that Scamp is having a blast. Awesome

Up to bat

Usually, we'll all stay for the first game and then either Adam or I will bring him home after the second game. Last week a friend even brought him home. It's been a good experience.

And as for the other two...Well, I'm happy to say they are following in my own childhood footsteps quite well by learning how to entertain themselves at the ball field. That's what I did for approximately 99% of the first 12 years of my life. My big brothers played nearly every sport conceivable for kids back then, and I didn't. I learned that dirt can be fun and there are always other siblings around to play with.

What the siblings do

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mid-May catch up with bullet points


Today was the last day of school. Let the fun that is summer begin! We're starting this summer of '14 off with a trip to the library. We totally know how to party around here.

It's finally warm here. Woo hoo! How about you? In fact, it's so warm we caved last night and switched our a/c on. I was having a hard time wrestling with the idea of another crappy night sleep due to heat, and apparently so was Adam. I didn't even hesitate to not turn it off this morning even though we had tossed the idea around. Funny how we never used our a/c in Colorado except a grand total of two days (and even then it wasn't strong enough to cool the house down sufficiently). Humidity: the climate control game changer.

I go through my day with grand thoughts of all the things I'd like to write about when I have time to sit down to the computer. Then on comes the blogger dashboard and suddenly I'm rambling about heat and humidity.

So, in that vein, I thought I'd just bring you up to date with all sorts of pointless things that have been happening around here. Feel free to click on to something more interesting! I'll just be here...clacking away!

I believe this calls for bullet points.

  • We went organic with our lawn this year. It makes me feel and somewhat self-righteous. I'm trying not to be, really, but honestly, when I see the chemical guys come along with their bright green/yellow/blue sprays I want to clasp my hand over my nose and those around me and scream and run the other way. I'm not sure what's happened to me. (If you're local and want the information, let me know!)
  • My kids officially had one of the best years of their school-aged life. Amen.
  •  As of today, I officially have a 7th grader, a 5th grader and a 2nd grader in the house. Wha..?
  •  I've read some of the best books lately. I'll have to fill you in soon.
  • I have a job for next year. I'll have to fill you in soon.
  • We've had some really yummy food lately too.  .....and I'll fill you in soon about that, too.
That's about all I've got tonight. I do believe an HGTV show might be calling my name. Good night!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Enforced nothingness

I'm currently sitting in the car dealership waiting for the oil to be changed in our van. Originally, I was told it would be about an hour long appointment. When a mysterious rattle made an appearance awhile back, Adam asked me to have it checked out. Now I'm sitting here in what has turned into a two hour appointment. Stupid mystery rattle! My super-sonic-hearing family has complained about the noise I can't even hear. Sometimes hearing loss can have its advantages.

But sometimes enforced nothingness can have its advantages as well. I've been wanting to blog, so I'll claim this as a blessing in disguise and not give into the temptation of a curtesy shuttle ride to the mall where I would probably just find something I don't need to spend money on. 

I'm trying out blogging on the iPad...we'll see how it turns out. If the auto-correct doesn't drive me insane, it might be the answer to my blogging dry-stage. 

Spring has been slow in coming. I had forgotten about those April showers that are supposed to usher in May flowers. We're living under a constant threat of rain and thunder storms. Sometimes they come, sometimes they don't. Earlier this week my phone consistently showed that it was raining while outside in reality, the sun shone her lovely face down, bringing out all the pretty colors.

So happy our tulips are coming up!

We were so happy to have tulips come up this year! You never know what you're going to get with a new house, you know? I read this week that a new house is like a box of chocolates. I love that! It's so true! Tulips, daffodils, magnolias, peonies, lilies, fruit trees, mums. I feel like we're surprised each day. It's lovely. 

And we now have a garden! It's halfway planted. We started one evening and then it rained the next day so the soil was too wet to finish planting. Now we've got the busy week to contend with, so we're hoping to get the rest planted Friday.   



We're complete novices when it comes to a vegetable garden, so we're just trying to have some fun, plant fairly wisely, and not stress about it. We realized that some of what we bought as small plants we could have started as seed. And could have saved some money. Oh well. Next year! I'll share with you about what we planted next week. (Look at that! A plan for another blog post. What?! There's hope for me yet. )

I'll close with this tidbit. Trying to buy modest shorts for a pre-teen is the pits!! I have one more store to try in town (Macy's) and then it's on to what the internet stores have to offer. Anyone have any advice? Denim isn't an option for the school year, goes against dress code. Thoughts or help for this mama?

Have you planted your garden? If so, what are you growing? Did you do a raised bed? Containers? A traditional bed? What's growing in your neck of the woods?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring in my yard

Yesterday, the forecast was rain, and not all that warm to go with it. I was so happy to see that whoever looked at the radar was wrong! It was sunny and fairly warm most of the day. I wonder if the weather folks do that every now and then just to surprise us?

We are planning a garden this year. Our new yard has a garden plot all ready for us. The soil is like black gold (not oil, that is) and if we can't grow anything in that, I think we may have deeper issues. We have a friend helping us out with plants and advice, and I have high hopes of juicy tomatoes and crisp cucumbers this summer!


Our yard also holds other visual treats for us this spring and summer, one of them being magnolia trees. They are getting ready to burst out in bloom!


Furled magnolia blooms. Don't these almost look fake? They're so vividly pink!

Daffodil and tulip leaves started coming up a few weeks ago and are promising beauty in a few days. Peony and hydrangeas have also started peaking out around the yard. I'm really hoping the blackberry bushes in the back will produce fruit. There's a few fruit trees as well, but I can't remember what kind they are...peach, plum, pear?

Spring is always a time of hope and renewal. It always comes when it's most needed. A rough, cold and long winter only makes me more joyful in the promise and signs of spring's fresh beauty.