Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fire pit!

We asked a fellow from MW Landscaping to come over and give us a quote for a firepit and pavers in the backyard...oh, and just for fun, what would it cost to throw in a pergola?

He said, "Well, on the low end, I'm going to say about 18,000." 

I put on my very best calm voice and said, "oh, is that all? Let us talk about it and we'll let you know."

And then we went down to the store where you can buy rocks (Home Depot) and we bought enough to build our own dang firepit. 

And it is awesome.

And now I realized I shouldn't wear that skirt and shirt together.

Meg speaks

Megan is twelve. And that means she is old enough to be asked to speak in church. She is very independent and takes her responsibilities in stride. She wrote her talk, practiced it a few times, said a prayer in her heart and even let me braid her hair. 

And she did amazing. (I'm not surprised at all.)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A new idea for a hot day

Megan and I like to peruse Pinterest and Facebook for new crafts. 

Doable crafts.

And we found this one. It takes rocks and old crayons. We have both of those in abundance. That will save me from going back to the store for the 5th day in a row. (Why can't I manage to buy all the things at once?) (I really should learn that nice cashier lady's name. I spend more time with her than anyone else.) the rocks.

You just pick them out, wash them off and pop them in the oven for 15 minutes on 350.

Then you just pick a color and let the melting begin! It is so lovely.

You can do layer upon layer and it all looks cool and swirly.

And if it doesn't turn out, you just wipe it off before it cools and start melting again. The girls were great about not touching the hot rocks. We ended up with a few that cooled before we could get to them, so we just popped them back in the oven and we were back to it. 

So fun!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mathew turns 14...All day!

I cannot tell you how many times Mathew has surprised me with breakfast in bed. He is the sweetest of the sweet. So I figured it was time for him to experience the joy! 

He selected cocoa, sausage, pancakes and scrambled eggs. I added the ketchup on top because I know him. And eggs are awesome with ketchup, I don't care what people say.

He loved it! He told me a couple of times that day, "That was AWESOME!"

Even with a long day of partying ahead of us, I got side tracked and weeded the flower gardens in the back yard. I had to smile when the garden sprinklers came on...I love they way they look in the morning sunshine!

Since it's a "friend year", Mat decided he'd like to have his church buddies over for a wii battle and snacks. We made some pizzas and provided multiple sources of sugar.

While the party was going on downstairs, we set up the bike wash in the front yard. I love watching them run through and squeal when the cold water hits their shoulders...then they love to lay on their towels and "bask" in the sun. Reminds me so much of spending entire days in my swimsuit when I was a kid.

Mathew asked for a chocolate cake with whipped vanilla frosting. And because he is a 14 year old boy, he wanted to handle the FIRE.

Riley Horspool, McKenzie Clarke, Christopher Tayler, Dax Hurst and Owen NeSmith help him celebrate :)

I love teenager parties!!

Later that night we had Mathew's family birthday dinner: roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, hot rolls and corn.

And a cherry cake. He decided against my favorite marachino cherry icing. Someday he'll understand what he's missing!

He got some spending money from his Grandmas (his FAVORITE. This boy values the power to buy treats at will), a cubs hat with his initials embroidered on the side (from Dad), 3 new video games and tickets to go see Jim Gaffigan with mom and dad on July 20th.

His friend, Riley, gave him the game "Snake Oil", so we played it as a family and it was hilarious! You have to convince each other to buy your product in a 30 second sales pitch. I was amazed at how creative the kids can be and how well they think on their feet.

We were all laughing!

Mark trying to sell Megan his babysitter pill. And none of us with forget Megan's Gangster Fish...."You gotta WHACK EM! WHACK EM HARD!"

It was a great birthday and we are so glad Mathew is a part of our family. He's smart and funny and helps balance us all out. Love you, Mathew!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Anna time and wading at Gezer Park

Last night, right after I started filling up the tub for bathtime, Anna told me she needed to "show me something real quick". I have being trying really hard to say "yes" when I can even though I really want to say, "not right now". So....I followed her downstairs and she started filling up a water bottle. 

I began to think perhaps this wasn't going to be "real quick". 

We got out the back gate before she confessed that she'd like to walk to the waterfall. It's about a mile away and I really think the tub would have overflowed before we could make it back. So  I promised her that we would walk to the waterfall the very next day while Laney and Everly are at Kate's summer preschool.

So we did. 

I've been trying to keep my promises, too.

We saw this young dove on the fence when we went through the gate. It's momma was trying to get it to fly, but it was perfectly happy just running along the boards.

We also got another squawking from the bird that is convinced that we mean to destroy her nest and all her little babies.

We played "guess which color the next car will be" all the way there and we laughed so hard when one of us actually got it right. She won! 5-3.

And then we made it. She is so fun to be with...she has lots to say and she isn't shy about telling me that she is thrilled to have some alone time...just us two. Because "it hardly ever happens!"

She's not kidding!

We had to hustle home because it was time to pick up the girls. We tossed the pork barbacoa into the crockpot and had mac n cheese for lunch (yet again).

Then we were off to check out Gezer Park with the Guenthers.

It's in the hoity toity park of Overland Park, so we were on our best behavior.  We only jumped into the "no swimming" area 2 or 3 times.

The kids complained a bit about feeling bored and wanting to go swimming at a "real pool"....

But soon they were creating soups and stews out of flower petals (I didn't ask), pine needles and grass clippings.

Megan and Ryan had a couple of good water fights and then Mathew found a couple rubber duckies and they started racing them down the waterway. There must have been a rubber ducky derby recently, because #247 and #344 were left behind. Yay for us!

Tomorrow is Mathew's birthday and he will be 14, so he gets to go to the teacher/priest activity tonight. This matters mainly because the activity is only a couple blocks away at the Flynns house...and THIS matters only because Megan's YW activity is at the Sirois' house about a mile down the road....and THAT matters only because it isn't Mark's night to be the Bishopric member at the church in LENEXA...which is 20 minutes down the freeway.  Nobody is going to Lenexa!

It's the little stuff.