Thursday, June 26, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
First, I worked on painting my daughters' room (we had just moved them downstairs). I remember squatting in the window well, in 80+ degrees, hot sunshine, painting the window frame, thinking "This better not make me go into labor." It was my due date, and I had a lot to do.
Next, I set up the slip-n-slide, again in 80+ degree sun. More squatting.
Then, I swept and mopped the baby's room.
Then, I hauled the crib pieces up from the basement and put it together in the baby's room.
Later, I finished painting the bedroom and somehow managed to get pink paint on my big belly.
Then, of course I had to set up my girls' bed so they could sleep.
So, is it any wonder that my water broke that night, while singing the girls to sleep?
The nurses all thought I was having a girl when they saw the pink paint on my belly. (Yeah, no time for a shower.)
That was the least of my worries, though, when my son's heart rate dropped twice, before I was barely even settled in my room.
So, after an emergency c-section, my son was born at 12:48 am on June 21st.
And now, one year later, my son is one of the biggest joys of my life.
It was quite a day.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Aren't they gorgeous? Only one of my five peonies have any signs of bud or flowers. I'm not sure what's wrong with the rest. They bloomed wonderfully last year. I'm not letting these go to waste. I might have to carry them with me where ever I go around the house today.
On another note, my sweet little man is turning ONE on Saturday! We are planning a backyard barbecue/picnic with family and friends. Everything is planned out except for his birthday cake. We have a tradition in my family that birthday child gets his/her very own cake on their first birthday. It's a great photo op as they either tuck in enthusiastically or gingerly sample this strange new treat. Well, I've been trying to come up with a fun, summer picnic themed cake to make for my boy. I haven't hit on one I truly love. So far I've thought of a bumble bee, a beach ball, or a sail boat cake. I can't decide for sure, and I need some input. If anyone out there has a good cake idea, please leave a comment or email me. I'd really appreciate some more ideas.
And this little sleeping surfer dude really needs a fun cake!
Doesn't he look comfy!
Now, I'm off to read, by myself, out in the sunshine.
(Well, after I throw in one more load of laundry, that is.)
Monday, June 16, 2008
We spent the day at my sister's with my dad. She lives above a lake on some wooded property, so the setting was just perfect. The kids ran around, dug for worms, jumped in the sprinkler, and had a great time. The babies (her daughter is one month older than my son-who will be one this Saturday!) played with the ice in the drink bucket, crawled and toddled around, and sat on laps. The dads relaxed, joked, talked truck, and enjoyed themselves. My sister and I prepared the meal (with the exception of the yummy ribs, which her husband was in charge of), ran after kids, and chit-chatted. We all had a great time.
Cedar Plank Salmon
Corn on the Cob
and for dessert:
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie (with vanilla ice cream, of course)
It was all simple, messy, and so good.
I wish I had pictures of our day. I guess I was too busy chasing kids, applying bug repellent and sunscreen, and eating!
And now for another day in the sun...we are off to my mom's lake place for the day!
I just love summer.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Summer Reading List:
(sorry, I don't have the time to link all of them)
Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart
Elizabeth and Her German Garden by ??
Mittenstrings for God by Katrina Kenison
Gift from the Sea (again) by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
(If I have the time, I'm sure I'll add to the list)
For the girls:
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Pipi in the South Seas by Astrid Lindgren
The Worry Week by Anne Lindbergh
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
And-one of the Boxcar Children books, a summery one, and I'm trying to find something by Enid Blyton, because I keep seeing her name pop up and the books sound great.
Grow herbs in windowsill
Stock baskets with fruit
Stock freezer with kid-friendly ice-packs and homemade popsicles
Set up a vinaigrette making station on counter with vinegars, olive oil, shallots, garlic, and lemons
Get grill ready: clean, refill tank
Set out juicer and blender
-snacks: granola bars, fruit bars, graham crackers
-band aids and alcohol wipes
Store in back:
-beach bag with towels and life jackets
-toys and games for long trips
beach (at a local lake)
Grama's lake cabin (That's Grama Jo, above, with my five year old)
my mom's lake house (I know, aren't we lucky!)
Riverfront Park (has rides, a carousel, large fountain to run through)
play days at friends' houses
berry picking at local farms
free children's movie mornings (at a local theater)
Summer stuff to do @ home:
be outside as much as possible
read (together and alone)
make a tent in the backyard
tend the garden
barbecues and s'mores
run through the sprinkler
Okay, now I'm excited, yet exhausted. I need to go curl up with a book. But a dirty house awaits...
Lists are nice, but they don't really get anything done!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
School gets out.
It's not too hot, not too cool.
Everything is green and blooming.
And...Summer officially starts!
Something from childhood-the promise of three months of freedom and adventure, perhaps-stirs up in my heart, even at 35. Plans, dreams, ideas flutter around my head as the days lengthen and the air warms.
I can't wait for the first trip to my Grandma Jo's lake cabin. I've been going there since I was two years old. Just like I used to, my children scamper up and down the trail barefoot, make mud pies, run down the dock and jump into the lake, have adventures with cousins, and go to sleep with lullabies sung by my grandma, their great-grandma. I still love to sleep out on the deck, listening to the waves lapping the shore, the crickets, the occasional boat speeding by. Waking up to fresh breezes, bird song, and the smell of Grandma's pancakes. Wow, we (my sister, cousins and I) really were so blessed to have this special place. And we still get to enjoy it.
Other summer treats:
walks to the park
music from the ice cream truck
laying in the hot sun after swimming until your lips are purple
farmer's market delights
...the list could go on and on...
Let's just say, I'm just a little in love with summertime.