Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer of Seuss: Oh The Places You'll Go!

Our fourth week of Summer Reading is also our last for our Summer of Seuss theme.

This week we celebrated the book Oh The Places You'll Go!

We also celebrated all the beloved classics of Seuss.We also played some games too!

The tablescape.

Yertle always has to be on top!

Fish marshmallows.

Cat in the Hat suckers.

 Rainbow cookies.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

Hop on Popcorn, Who fruit skewers.

Crazy straws.

Green Eggs (no ham!).

McElligot's Pool game.

How many fish can you get in time?

Yertle the Turtle stack.

Our helper held the record of 9 rocks high!

Feed the Bar-Ba-Loot game.

Ring the Gack game.

The kids had such a great time with all the games. They enjoyed the prizes and treats and putting them in their newly decorated treat boxes. It was a very successful week and everyone had fun. 

Next week, our last week, we'll be enjoying a wonderful puppet show. Looking forward to it!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Home Stretch

Yep, I'm still here.

Still pregnant.

Waiting for that fateful time that the baby decides it's time to come out.

I wish it would choose to do so sooner. I'm beyond ready, for many things, including finding out if we're going to have a little boy or girl. Most are guessing girl, but we'll see soon.

Right around the time I turned 8 months, my friend took some really nice pictures of our family. She did such an awesome job, I'm so thrilled to have these amazing pictures to remember this time. She's also going to be taking my newborn pictures too. Here's a glimpse of some of my favorites.

This one catches Ryder so well.

I love living in the country.

Quite the belly.

I've also been busy lately canning. The garden is producing a little late this year, but I've been able to get quite a bit done anyway.

Blackberry jam (from our garden) and pickled banana peppers. I've also made peach and strawberry jam.

Pickled okra.
My first batch of banana peppers didn't turn out very well, so I tried a different recipe. I haven't gotten to try them out yet, still waiting for them cure. Same for this okra. The next thing I'll try (if the baby doesn't come before) is pickled jalapenoes.

My home grown tomatoes!

Turned to salsa. I've gotten three batches of salsa from my home grown tomatoes. I'm still getting tomatoes, so I might try drying them, if I get to it.

So anyway, you'd think after all this work that the baby would just be raring to get here, but, he/she is just going to take his/her time I guess. It will get here sooner or later. Looking forward to it!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer of Seuss: Horton Hatches the Egg

Week 3 of Summer Reading was as big and fabulous as the last two!

We had even more kids this week, and it seems like it's just going to keep growing!

This week we celebrated Dr. Seuss' story Horton Hatches the Egg.

The tablescape.

Horton at the circus. The Cat in the Hat is the ringmaster!

Egg in the nest cookies.

Ice cream cone cake pops.

Next week is the final week of our Dr. Seuss theme. It's going to be even more awesome!

Summer of Seuss: The Lorax

Week number two has come and gone for Summer Reading!
This post is so late because we've had a little trouble with our internet connection the last week.

This week we celebrated the Dr. Seuss story The Lorax.

The Tablescape.

Candy mustaches. Cat in the Hat is sporting his own Lorax mustache.

Lorax nutter butters.

Truffula fruit: grapes.

Truffula tree seeds: candy dots.

Mustache straws.

Sport your own Lorax mustache!

The kids had so much fun. They got to decorate their own planting cups and then plant either a sunflower or green bean in it. Another successful week!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Fourth of July Twin Visit

This last week we had a wonderful visit with my niece and nephew. We got to enjoy the first week of Summer Reading as well as the Fourth of July with them.

We spent the 4th at the lake.

The kids had so much fun playing on the "beach." Dad wanted a picture of me with my patriotic headband.

Xander is quite the fish! He is such a good swimmer.

Selene even showed Pops how she could doggie paddle!

The kids loved playing on the big tube! Uncle Nick and Pops made it more fun by spinning it around!

The boys playing in the mud.

We took the twins for their first boat ride! Selene was enjoying it with Gram.

While they don't look it, the boys had fun too.

Uncle Nick drove the boat.

After a brief rest at the house (naptime), we came back out for dinner. Here is proof that Selene rode on the four wheeler! This is big because she wouldn't go near it last time they visited. She enjoyed it too!

Yummy eats!

Uncle Nick lit some fireworks for us!


Ridin' the hot dog!

Fish! Or "shish" as Xander would say.

Let's touch the fish!

Uncle Nick and Pops caught fish to play with.

The next day we just played. Ryder and Xander loved jumping on the trampoline.

Xander already figured out how to swing on the swing!

That night, July 5, we got to see the fireworks show over the lake. Nick's Uncle George took us all out on the boat so we were right up to the fireworks on the water. The kids had so much fun seeing all the different fireworks and riding on the boat. They got enjoy a lot of neat experiences this time, and we can't wait to see them in September for the Feast!