September 2, 2010

The Week In Review

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.

Coloring with the kids is a favorite evening activity when the weather is no longer pleasant to be outdoors. 
Coloring with the kids is a favorite evening activity when the weather is no longer pleasant to be outdoors.  
I bet you want to know what I am doing in that one?  Why is this crazy woman standing on a chair in her flower bed?  I am trying to remove stink bugs from the sunflowers, of course.  The evil things have taken over all the  vegetation in our yard.  They have completely destroyed our entire crop.  We have never before seen them this early in the season and never in such numbers, which does not bode well for what our home will be like when they come in this fall. 

The only way to kill them is using toxic chemicals, which we have treated most of our gardens with.  Including our vegetable gardens.  However, we didn't want to treat the sunflowers or other blooming plants that attract the humming birds, Cedar Clear Wing Moths and Bees as it would kill them also.  In order to get rid of them we must pick each one off individually and drop them in a bag of rubbing alcohol.  Do not ever let me get my hands on the evil person who brought these things to our country.  I can not be responsible for what I may do to him!

Allen and I have both done our share of collecting and I threatened the kids that if they get out of line I might send them out to hunt the critters down.  Anyway, even though I found absolutely nothing amusing about the whole deal, Allen thought it was hilarious that I was standing on the chair in order to reach the ones on the sunflowers.

Well, this is the side of me... with two of our little friends from church.  Every Sunday they come to say hi to my kids and then we talk about bling.  That's Ella (she is two weeks younger than my Elisabeth) on my lap and Suzanna with the darling little braid in her hair.  They were discussing the finer points of my watch with Elisabeth. 
And this was us at the funeral luncheon Monday afternoon.  A friend of ours had taken Samuel and Elisabeth home with her so they could have naps.  Ella came up to me and asked, "Where's Ellie?"  I think it was Brianna who was trying to take our picture when I noticed some chocolate on her chin.
 Take two came out better.  Doesn't she have a great smile?
And this last one was me listening to Nathaniel practice his enunciation.  He still is trying to overcome his speech issues so we spend a lot of time just reading lists of words.  Today was s blends... st, sp, sh... you get the idea.  It really isn't that bad... it just so happens Emma took the picture at an unsuspecting moment. 
One fun thing about Carin's challenge is that each week I scan through the memory card to find pictures of me.  It is fun to review the previous week and briefly journal what's been going on.  This evening after I flipped through the photos on my card I was left with only one thought.  "Has it really only been a week!

The last seven days has seen us start the school year, bury our Pastor, discover a lifetime of photos are the victim of a flood in our basement, tear up the new floor we put down in the basement, attend a service and luncheon to honour our law enforcement officers, nine check ups at the dentist, declare war on stink bugs, attend FBI class, go fabric shopping for the fair, baby sit for a friend, teach a diabetes training session, go to lunch with a friend, have dinner with an old friend and his new fiancee, retrieve a tooth that fell down the drain, take several trips to the post office to mail eBay orders for the girls, sort through photos to see what is salvageable, scan said photos, shopping on line to try to replace my scrap books that were ruined and let's not forget all the normal day to day life business... now I realize why I am so tired!!! 

With that in mind, I leave you this week with a wonderful thought:
 Until next week,



  1. Very Busy Week!!! I cant stand them stink bugs either. We use to color all the time with our kids when they were young, I miss that.

  2. You are one busy busy MOM. Great photos of you and your family. Those stink bugs are out in droves this year because of the hot dry summer. Good luck with that!

  3. dear Living enough for a month last week!

    Whew! Made me tired to think of all you had going in one week. Hope you make time for a couple naps this week. It is a good thing it is not like that ALL the time eh?

    We so love to color too, and it reminds me that we need to replenish our crayons for rainey days to come. Last year my grown up girl (our school advisor/monitor) found great colorbooks on~line, the old vintage looking ones, and bought up a bunch quite reasonably.

    The colors of our life make for interesting pictures

  4. the busiest week I have heard of so far....whew!!!! u are really amazing!

    well, here is my not-so-busy Thursday Shoot. ^^,

  5. There are days when I go to bed thinking that I will never feel this tired ever again! Then I wake of the next day...and when I go to bed I feel EVEN more tired! HA
    Loved seeing all of your pictures...

  6. Those stinkbugs do stink. Great shots of you this week.

  7. thats one busy week indeed! hope you'll soon take a break!

    u may view mine too here

  8. I love coloring too!
    Yes, the girls were fascinated with your watch. :)
    So happy for you that your vacation is getting closer and closer.

  9. WHEW! No wonder you're tired!

    SORRY to hear about the flood in your basement and that you lost so many of your precious pictures. Glad to hear your beach trip is just around the corner.....YAY!