Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Day 86

Where there's smoke...

There's a beautiful sunset.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Day 83

Another benefit of a July birthday when it's HOT outside... we have the party at a Spray Park and I don't have to plan games or activities! We have at least 5 spray parks in the area to choose from, and the kids love it.

By the way... the green smoothie popsicles were a HUGE hit with the kids and grown-ups alike.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Day 82

Tomorrow is the big birthday party for Hannah (6) and Sarah (4). Since it's July and HOT, it's hard to plan something that won't melt too fast for their snack. I'm also all about convenience, so I've been doing cupcakes since Sarah's first birthday - this makes our fourth year of that. Last year the icing all melted. Yuck. So this year I'm just doing powdered sugar dusted over the top of the vegan cupcakes I made from scratch. We have a couple of vegan kids that are coming, and others that prefer vegan when possible, and one that we invited is vegan by necessity - he gets really sick if he eats anything that has egg or dairy in it. So, vegan cupcakes it is! All the cake mixes seem to have dairy in them, and 99% of them have red dye in them - we also have someone coming who can't have red dye.

That also brings us to the issue of ice cream. Again, the vegan issue. Popsicles? Sure... but then there's the red dye issue again. And the natural ones are SO expensive! So one of my good friends suggested making my own fruit juice popsicles in dixie cups with popsicle sticks. Hope, you are BRILLIANT! Instead of fruit juice though, we made fruit smoothies. With spinach. Yep, we made green smoothie popsicles! Well, they aren't the COLOR green, because they also have blueberries and blackberries in the mix, and that turns it purple, even with spinach in them. But we still call them green smoothies because they have greens in them. Our girls always insist we not forget the spinach when we make smoothies.

Here's our tray of smoothie cups, ready to add popsicle sticks and toss in the freezer!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Day 81

A better view of the railroad tie section of the retaining wall. We're attempting to hide the view of the utility junction boxes when we are looking out at the yard from the front door. We'll be adding one more railroad tie on the top; we decided it wasn't tall enough!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Day 80

We're making quite a bit of progress on our retaining wall!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Day 77

Our church is planning a camp retreat in a couple of weeks so two other members of the social committee and the kids and I went to check out the facility this afternoon. It's going to be fun, and the lake is absolutely beautiful!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Day 72

Charlie got the ends of the railroad ties trimmed this evening, so he got started on the block section.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Day 70

I took the kids to the Britt Children's Festival today. This is an annual event put on by the Storytelling Guild. There are more crafts and imaginative displays than we can get through in one day, but we just don't have the time to do more than that! Last year, Sarah didn't want anything to do with the giant bubbles, but she remembered them and asked specifically if we could go over to them today. They have a hula hoop sitting inside a kiddie pool filled with "bubble stuff". When they lift the hoop, it makes a giant bubble around the whole child. You can see she enjoyed it this year!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Day 69

We went rafting on the river today with a group of friends from church - about 23 of us. One of our friends had a tahiti and let the girls ride with him a while. Here's Sarah having her turn!

When we got home, we got back to work on the retaining wall in the front yard. Here's the section with railroad ties around the utility junction boxes.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Day 68

Happy 4th Birthday to Sarah! I haven't taken pictures this week because I've been working like mad on this dress that I sewed for her. I didn't even buy the fabric until Monday, and I had the dress finished by Thursday night, in time for her to wear to church today (Saturday).

I also managed to get Hannah's dress-shirt dress finished, along with a matching hair bow!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Day 63

Sarah got her hair cut a bit shorter on Friday, too. Finally got around to taking a picture this afternoon.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Day 62

I'm going to be making another dress-shirt dress for Hannah this week.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Day 61

Happy 4th of July!

(photo taken from up on the roof of my house, of the Eagle Point High School fireworks display)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Day 60

Hannah had her first big-girl haircut this afternoon. We went with a cute bob, and she really likes it! Naturally I forgot my camera again, and had to settle for a phone picture!