June 30, 2013

June Review... and it's actually on time!

June has been an eventful month for us.  Yet we still found a few moments to do what I like best about summer, wasting time just being together.  This page off Nana's calendar just about sums up my philosophy on summer months.

It seems April showers made way for May showers that have continued on into June.  It has been such a rainy time.  Every day this week we had a thunderstorm right around 3:15.  No worry though.  We love storms.  When we are indoors we miss our time outdoors but we have lots of other fun activities to fill the time.
Reading and games.  Sewing and scrap booking.  Writing.  Planning our upcoming trip and Brianna's graduation.  

Carmella is thrilled with the towers she can build now.  She cracks me up when she puts the top on and claps for herself.
One of the sister's favorite things to do indoors is play dress up.  They involve just about everyone else in this game, too.  I love how all the little girls come to our house and head straight to the nursery where they start putting on dress up clothes.
You know there had to be food in there, didn't you?  At dinner one night we were trying to recreate a dessert we had at the Prime Time Cafe at Disney Studios.  Any suggestions let me know!
I don't know what got into Allen!  One Saturday morning he went to the butcher shop and came back with a box of doughnuts.  The bakery and butcher shop conveniently share a parking lot.  We never buy doughnuts.     Allen put one on a plate and handed it to me with a cup of coffee.  I pointed out how many carbs are in a doughnut and he said, "I never do anything spontaneous.  And this time I did.  NOW EAT THE DOUGHNUT." 

 I ate the doughnut.  For future reference though, if you are going to bring me a doughnut I'd much prefer a nice simple plain doughnut.  Like a Cruller.
The girls are working on a special video project featuring the women they love.  One Saturday morning, actually the doughnut Saturday, we had the pleasure of visiting with some sweet women and their daughters while the girls taped some segments.  

They are still looking for recruits so if you would like to get in on this project leave me a comment and they will contact you with the simple details.  You do not need to be here to take part.  Just have a camera and an email address.  

 After taping their footage, the girls gave a crochet lesson to this amazing young woman.  While I am at it, can I say what a blessing it is to know young women, like Maddy, who are so devoted to making their life count for the Lord?
A friend of ours from church is always bringing the kids the wackiest gifts.  She brought these glasses to Ellie last summer.  Carmella recently happened upon them.  Well, she loves glasses and she loves birds so these are just enough over the top to suit her perfect.  They happen to match her flamingo outfit, too.
On one of those rainy days... Elisabeth drug out the rubber stamps and a pile of paper.  She sat down at the kitchen table.  If Ellie is doing anything Carmella wants to be part of it.  I looked over at the table and Mella was happily stamping away.  When she realized she had blue fingers she was more than a little disturbed.  In case you are wondering blue ink pad will come off the dining room table if you rub long enough and hard enough.  A few days in the pool gets it off the baby.
Winnie's baby pool is a happening place around here.  One morning we went out and there was a shrew floating in there.  He was immediately evicted.  Another morning we found this toad in there.  The kids thought he was neat so he got to stay.  
Nathaniel built Cair Paravel by the pool one afternoon.
And we are enjoying the beginning of harvest in our garden.  Have you ever grilled beets before?  Amazing!  The boys are growing purple carrots this summer, too.  They taste much like regular carrots.
We also had the delight of having some friends into dinner one evening.  We grilled the beets and carrots and shared a bushel of crabs.
So there is a crop of paper bags in my flower bed.  This is what happens when you home school.  I have planted Lupine at least three times over the years and never had success in growing them.  This year they took off like crazy.  They were absolutely gorgeous.  Aedan and Kaitlin did some research and found out they grow like wild flowers and are impossible to kill.  That explains why I couldn't grow them.  It took me years to get mint to grow, too.  Anyway, apparently if you don't nip the buds off when they die lupine will reproduce very quickly and  take over everything.  The  kids decided they wanted to harvest the seeds and scatter them to fill up the woods where the trees were taken down last year.  Except, that you have to leave the pods on the plants until they dry or you can't harvest the seeds.  And so my ingenious ones came up with this idea.  The bags will allow the pods to dry and open up releasing the seeds without letting them take root in my gardens.
In the meantime, the yellow Calla Lily Samuel gave me last Mother's Day is doing beautiful this year.  I love this shade of yellow.
The kids were camping last week.  With the house all to herself, Carmella decided it was her chance to get in on the game of Monopoly.
Aedan captured a caterpillar and the kids had a blast watching him build a cocoon and emerge into a butterfly.
The lilies around the pool are so tall they reach over the top of the fence.   All this rain has been fabulous for the gardens!  I love not having to water.
Nathaniel has learned a lot from "Martha"  For our date last Saturday night he set a beautiful table on our deck complete with candles, music and roses from the garden.
He had a little help with this super moon.  It was a breathtaking sight to watch it come up and rise over the trees as we munched on olives and cheese.
We began work on our green house project by having the concrete foundation laid this week.  Addison was the first to make his mark.  I love my hubby's enthusiasm.  It's not enough to have a major house project in the works.  We are also building a new shed, chicken coop and a green house this summer.

Carmella is loving fireflies this year.  She took a jar to bed with her the other night.
What did I say the other day?  All the pictures of Addison and I involve us sleeping.  I think he is an unknown cure for insomnia.  The other morning we were laying on my bed playing and before I knew it he started dozing.  Just watching him sleep makes me sleepy.  A nice time was had by all.
And there you have it!  A month in review before two months has passed us by.  Not bad, if I do say so myself.  Tell me now, what was your favorite moment of June?

1 comment :

  1. Donuts are something I rarely buy. If I do, it's because we're on vacation. But, my husband brings them home once in a while - too often, really. We have a sweet tooth problem in our house, so I'll take any suggestions to remedy that without shocking everyone in the process. :)

    Love the bird sunglasses! PERFECT!!!

    What a great idea to use paper bags to collect seeds. Did it work? Your garden is beautiful, by the way.

    Your summer projects are quite ambitious. Curiosity brings me to ask what the major house project is. ??? We have many projects we should be working on, but I guess none are too pressing or we would be doing them! We're trying not to invest too much more into this house because we want to move. I guess the biggest improvement we could do right now would be to get rid of more stuff!

    Our June came and went too fast. We took a vacation at the end of June that led into July. One of these days, I'll write up a blog post about it. Before the vacation, I recall celebrating Father's Day with our families, and participating in the Relay For Life. We also enjoyed some fun times at our local amusement park (in the water park) and outdoor swimming at the YMCA. Summer is flying by!