Friday, June 22, 2012

Happy Days

I feel like I've had time to regroup a little this last week.  It's 12:30 and...

  • my house is picked up/semi clean
  • I tried something new for lunch-my husband will love it.  He loves new dishes.  Poor guy.  (My repertoire is about 10 dishes long, then repeat.  My mother-in-law reads recipes second only to her Bible.  My poor husband did NOT marry his mother.)
  • my garden is weeded
  • the laundry/pantry/back porch/ mudroom has gone from totally trashed to semi-neat (a situation I'm sure my kids will remedy in the next 20 minutes or so)
  • there's laundry on the line.
  • I have several things in the freezer for when we return from China

Of course, it only took me all week to get this far so guess where I'll be Monday morning?  I'll admit Kaitlyn was in her pajamas till 11:00, my hair hasn't been combed yet, and I've been putting off writing some notes for about two weeks.

Ben and Janelle are in this week.  My newest niece is the MOST adorable baby girl (Such a fortunate aunt,  I've the cutest baby niece and nephew :D  )  I've held her, filled my baby craving, and look forward to having a TODDLER join our family.  :-)  We've been to the beach, played in the creek, and just about FINISHED soccer.  All four kids played last night: two at 5:30, one at 5:45, and one at 6:45. Lovely!  Jamison has one more game and... I am an idiot!  Megan got asked to play in an tournament and I agreed.  ONLY five more practices and a Saturday of games.  Ugh!

 Jamison preferred reading to playing...for a little bit.

Davis had to be different, too, and climbed the hill.

The girls made mud balls.

 Micah and Caleb dropped in to join the fun.  They found crayfish: Snapper, Giant (I'm sure you can figure out why), and Santa Claws.

 Kaitlyn and Caleb enjoyed peeling bark.

This morning after cleaning, three started playing with duplos.  Number Four joined the others and started whining because there were no more "people".  She wanted "Wendy".  I told her to get one of the Polly Pockets.  Thirty minutes later the duplos were abandoned and all four were playing Polly Pockets.  The boys were awfully good sports.

Milk dud report(Don't EVER quote me, I only think I know what I'm talking about): Kenton made two big changes this year.  He did mostly no-till planting instead of conventional plowing and he baled BIG square bales instead of small ones.  This has meant that by June 21 everything was planted and first crop was DONE.  Last year I think they were still planting in July and I don't think they had first crop finished before they started doing second crop.
Kenton's working on the parlor today.  He just announced that if he was a quitter he would just forget it and go work for someone else.  As he was digging the hole for one of the water reservoirs (??? - I repeat, DON'T ever quote me!) he hit the parlor drain.
Domingo is tired of milking at 3:00 and is ready to quit.  If we can get this parlor going we will be able to milk later and we'd prefer not to train a new employee during the busy summer and as we're getting ready for China.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Mom and Kim

My mom and Kim and my nephews Logan and Lucas just spent a week with us.

Logan is just a few months older than Davis. 

He and Davis had a good time together.

They spent too much time watching zombies on Scooby Doo.

Legos were another hit.

Remember my sister's preemie?

Lucas has grown a little in the last year.

He was very popular around here.

He took a shine to his Uncle Kenton.

By the end of the week he was ready to go home and see his daddy in spite of all the attention he got around here.  

Mom can't be here without doing a little home improvement.  She and Jamison put up the last few shutters on the visible sides of the house.

She restained the railings on the front porch.

The kids had a good time.

Six of the soon-to-be nine cousins.

My sister was always the crazy one.  

She's got the pink hair to prove it.  

Thursday, June 14, 2012


We've had lots of company lately.  It was a real treat to have an old friend and his family stop by on their way to Delaware.  

Our kids were happy to have playmates.

Gracie and Megan were happy to pose.


Kaitlyn loved her instant new friend Naomi but was a pill about pictures

We went for a walk to my new favorite place.

There's lots of water, green, and cool rocks.

I think everyone had a good time.

We saw lots of salamanders.  Their Rachel took this cool picture.

The littlest girls did more riding than walking.

The kids made new friends to look forward to seeing the next time we're in Minnesota.


Our friends left us with great memories and took with them lots of dirty clothes.  

Monday, June 11, 2012

One Step Closer

We got our I800 approval today.  

Sunday, June 10, 2012


  She's grown so much since her referral pictures were taken.

Look at that sober little face.

She's growing, standing, eating solid food, all good news.  

I'm not sure what the decorator frosting was all about but I hope everyone had a good time.

She's holding the album we sent.

Next year, little girl.  We can't wait to help you celebrate!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Emily's Birthday

It's Emily's second birthday in China.  She might be enjoying some birthday cake and these gifts right now.  I'm hoping for an update and some pictures but it doesn't sound like anyone has had any luck obtaining these from her orphanage.

Next year, sweet little girl!  We can't wait to share special days with you.