Saturday, April 25, 2009


Yup, that's me.  I've been slacking on my bloggy blog for a while.  It's not like I mean to do it, it just happens.  We've been busy.  Sometimes (most of the time) when I have too much to do I freak out and shut down.  Take today for instance.  This is our first reallllllly nice day of weather this year.  It was in the 80's.  I had such grand plans of cutting the grass, weeding 7 different garden plots, planting grass seed, trimming bushes out front, planting some more hostas, doing laundry, cleaning house.  It turns  out that plans are all they were.  I got up early and went to an estate sale with Nancy and was home by 10.  I got home and Tim was laid out on the couch.  He has pink eye.  It's gross.  It made him grumpy.  Not fun.  The kids had been looking forward to the warmer weather to go out and play with their water guns.  That is what we did.  By the time we got out there for the water battle, it was too hot to cut the grass and I just wasn't feeling the weeding.  Oh, but we did release our butterflies out into the big scary world.   I can mark that off my list.  Wait, that wasn't on my list.

I guess tomorrow I'm going to try and knock off as much of that list after I get my weekly shopping done.  It's supposed to be really nice tomorrow too.  I'll get up first thing and go food shopping.  No, actually I think I will get up and cut the grass first thing.  Then I will start a load of laundry and by the time I get home from shopping I can hang a load out. I'm very proud of myself for hanging laundry out.  In the last two weeks I've saved 5 loads from the dryer.  At first I felt kind of weird about hanging our clothes out because no one in our neighborhood does that, but then I thought "screw it".  When have I really cared what people think.  Ok, so yes...I know what I must do when I get up in the morning.  Won't my neighbors love me for cutting grass first thing in the morning on Sunday.

Next week is going to be a busy week.  If Tim ends up working from home because of his pink eye, that is going to make it tougher.  We are in the final weeks of school and we are dying to be done with it.  Connor decided today that he wants to double up on his lessons so that he can get done sooner.  Little does he know that I have workbook sheets for him to work on all summer.  =)  He was excited though to get an invitation to be in Gifted Science next year on top of his Gifted Literature.  I sat down with him and told him he was going to have to do labs and report his findings and be part of a research assignment and he was all for it.   We are pretty proud of him.  Aidan is doing great too.  His teacher did his benchmark testing last week and said he was progressing fine and was doing great with his reading and writing.   This has been a tough year so I will be glad when it's over and I'm hoping next year will be easier.  We have gotten into the swing of things with me teaching both of them and Connor is getting better at working on his own.  That being said, we are all looking very much forward to a little bit of a summer break.

I think that is all I have for now.  I have to do some planning because next weekend is Connor's weekend as he turns 9.  We are taking him to a gem show and then we are letting him pick out where he wants to go for dinner.  He has chosen Red Robin.  Well, he chose Chuck E Cheese, but that was ruled out.  He's chosen Mississippi Mud Cake for his cake, so we'll go to dinner and then come home and have cake.  Sunday I think we are going to take the kids to Claws and Paws.  It's a "zoo" that is near us. I'm kind of scared to see what it's going to be like, but the kids will enjoy going for a drive and seeing some animals.  

I'll leave you with some pictures from last week:

My hostas are up. I love the heart shaped leaves on this one.  I'm going to "save" some tomorrow from certain death down the street.  A couple of doors down they are getting ready to tear up the yard and put in a parking lot.  Last year they had the most beautiful hostas surrounding their tree (trees been cut down).  The new owner of the house is just going to destroy them.  I will not stand for that.  I have a nice shady front yard that they will be welcomed into.  I just have to figure out how to dig them up without getting caught.

This is rhubarb.  I've never seen it come up fresh in the Spring.  When I planted it last year it was a plant and wasn't going through it's bloom.  I've been fascinated watching this. It looks so alien.

Last weekend Connor fed a butterfly out in the yard.  We were going to let them go last weekend but then saw that the forecast called for lows in the 20's and that was too cold for them.  We took care of them indoors for another week.

This is from today.  Aidan got brave and decided that he wanted to hold one and release it. He did an awesome job.  All of us tracked the butterflies as they finally tasted their freedom.  I think most of them ended up on our neighbors Lilac bush.

I knit a new dishcloth.  I've been in a crafting hold pattern lately.  I'm trying to finish Tim's scarf (almost done) and I'm nearly done with my needlepoint.  I needed something fast to whip up and I needed some new dishcloths.  Voila.  I'm pondering attempting a quilt.  I found out that there is a quilters association in our area and one of my friends is the incoming President of said association.  I might take the quilting plunge.

The kids and I found this mama bird yesterday on Nancy's front porch.  She was very tolerant of us.  The kids were so excited.  They ran in and called Tim at work and wanted to call Nancy at work.  I didn't let them bother her at work but as soon as she drove into her driveway they were out the door to take her to show her the bird.

Here are the boys from last weekend and our hike.  We had a delightful time with Jeff, Heather, Miss Mess and Max.  The place we hiked at wasn't that great but it was nice to get out in the fresh air, have a picnic and catch up with good friends.

And last, but not least:

Patchy.  You see all that stuff around him?  That's his mess.  He fell asleep in the middle of his toys, his shredded paper, his dismembered stuffed animal and his peanut butter jar.  It's like having another child to pick up after. 

I hope everyone is having a great Spring weekend and I hope that I can get back in the swing of things and post more than once every ten days.