June 10, 2010

Spicy Chicken, Gardening and Is it Really Raining Again???

Forever In Blue Jeans

I am joining Carin at Forever in Blue Jeans for her weekly challenge to get mom in the picture.  If you've not been in the picture this week, it's not too late!  Here's my four step plan to recovery.  1-Grab the camera 2- grab a kid 3- take a shot 4-post it!  You can't ask for easier than that.  I can't wait to see you in the picture.

Last Friday, Allen had some errands in town.  He invited me along and we took Emma for a little one on one time.  First stop was Chick-fil-A to preview the new spicy chicken sandwich which will be added to the menu shortly.  For anyone in driving distance of Chick-fil-A I am here to say, we love spicy food around the old Wachter mansion but one bite of this sandwich was enough to tell me I will stick with the french fries.  HOT!  Allen said if it wasn't fried, we typically enjoy the grilled sandwich, he would have liked it.  He just doesn't care for the fried foods.

Oh, and by the way, no you don't need glasses.  Saturday, I noticed I had a bunch of fuzzy pictures on my camera.  When we investigated we realized that when the boys were using it the other day they got some smudges on the lens.  

This last weekend was, again, a wet and yucky proposition.  When we are all aching to be in the gardens, playing games in the yard, cooking on the grill and swimming in the pool, it makes the question of how to spend our day a little dicey at best.  We played board games, baked a bit and did other things around the house.  Singing a while together is one of my favorite past times.
I taught the girls some new makeup techniques and they practiced on one another.
Kaitlin, Brianna, Emma and I worked on a project for graduation... and don't ask me what happened to my eyes in this picture.
Between rainstorms Allen ran out to cook some lunch on the grill.  Now anyone who knows anything about us knows I eat very little meat.  Well, he brought this hunk of beef large enough to feed our entire family and put it on my plate.  Everyone thought it was so hysterical to have that much meat in front of me that Allen grabbed the camera.
The weather here has been very unusual for this time of year.  One day it is unbearably hot and humid and we turn the air conditioning on.  That is about the normal weather for June around here.  Then it rains for days and days.  Then it is cold.  Sunday night it was in the fifties.  Not unheard of but rare this time of year.  All day Monday was too cool for me to do much else but bundle up in a sweater most of the morning.  While the little ones entertained themselves, the girls and I attacked a long overdue sewing project.

We were rewarded for our patience, when the weather dawned sunny and warmed up enough to work outdoors on Tuesday.  We got lots of weeding, transplanting, pruning and trimming done.  Then we headed to the pool for lunch and our Bible lesson.  The kids actually swam, but it was not quite warm enough for me to take the plunge. 
Now folks, hear me out here.  If you are still dragging your feet about jumping in and taking part in this great challenge let me tell you something.  My oldest daughter is 18 years old.  She will be graduating in a few short weeks.  The family has been working on collecting and compiling photographs of her life thus far.  We have lots to choose from.  And it has been a wonderful time of remembering.  As we dig through albums and boxes and hard drives we have revisited friends, family and events that had long since left our feeble memories.  The sad thing is this.  For the first TWO years of my daughters life we could not find one photo of her and I together.  Lots of her with family, friends and neighbors but none of she and I.  How sad is that???  Don't disappear from your families memories.  Get out there and get in the picture! 

Hugs until next week,


  1. Very nice photos! I always enjoy your wonderful pictures! Your weather sounds like how it is here in Michigan! We have a saying, "If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes it'll change". Thank you for stopping by my blog and encouraging me as you always do!! Have a blessed weekend!! Hugs!!~Amy

  2. I love the family singing time...my two oldest grandaughters are taking piano lessons and are doing quite well. One day our family will be doing that (I hope). Our weather has been the same here in Pa. Crazy..one day cold the next hot!

  3. This is such a great post. Love all the pictures.

  4. How fabulous are your shots? Wow! I love them (smudges and all!) Looks like you had a great week even with the rain and humidity!

  5. I love how you document each activity of your family, great family you have!

    Yay, it's another year of blessing for me, please come and celebrate with me as I am Enjoying life at 37. Hope to see you.

  6. Kat,

    I agree with you that sometimes we are so unhappy with the way we look that we don't pay much attention to what our kids think of us. They don't see what we see in ourselves. We are beautiful to them!

    Thanks for helping me to "keep it real".

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  7. nice Kat! love the last part :) and good thing nowadays everything is almost digital and effortless! great photos sissy :)

    u may view mine here

  8. cute, smudgy shots :)

    (are you sitting on the table working on sewing??) lol!! :)

  9. I loved seeing all of your pictures this week! I especially loved the "smudgy shots." I have a few of those myself that my boys helped out with. :)
    Thanks for the motivation to get in the picture once in awhile!!!

  10. All of your pictures were so wonderful. I bet the family sing is such a memorable time. my cousins all play the violin and when they go to grandma's they put on concerts for her. I love that pic of you sitting on the air hockey (?) table.