Saturday, July 25, 2009


We are SO enjoying our new science studies on birds. We've been learning the technicalities of flight. We conducted a little experiment with some gliders. We tested them to see if short, fat wings or long, thin wings would fly the farthest.
Long, thin hands down.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


While my mom and Kory were visiting we celebrated the occasion of Peter's 32nd birthday. I thought I'd post some of the pictures of our little party. It was a very busy day and I ended up letting the boys wrap the gifts, hide them and write out clues to make a scavenger hunt to find them. We did a scavenger hunt for Peter's birthday last year and thought we'd make a tradition. But this year, since I was short on time, I let the kids handle it and thought I'd just see what they came up with. Below, Peter is reading the first clue, which was written by Samuel.
Here's a few of the hiding places: Under the fireplace...
In the crawl space...
In some luggage...
...and out behind the air-conditioning unit.
He enjoyed the hunt. :-)
Next came pecan pie and the birthday song.
Kory actually made the pie all by herself with some oversight by me. She did just great!
Enjoying his annual slice.
We all enjoyed it quite a lot as well.
Here are a few of the gifts received: 2 new shirts... socks...
...Mayorga coffee...
...(can you guess?)...
...books, of course!! There's nothing he's so happy to see.
Peter was grateful for the humble celebration. I was wishing that I'd had more time to put into making it special. The books I ordered for him came at the last minute and I was at least grateful for that. He's pleased as punch if he gets new books and the rest doesn't make an overly large impression anyway!
I'll end this birthday post with the little cherub of the family. She was going around giving out hugs at the end of the party.
And trying on Grammy's glasses. I'm not sure what her hand over her mouth was all about, but she was generally entertaining us with her antics.
Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Monday, July 20, 2009


Ben arranged the Jenga blocks into a smiley-guy, complete with ears and hair. The smiley-guy made me smile. Ben makes me smile too.

Friday, July 17, 2009


I don't even know if I spelled it right, but the boys think that this moth they found at church is a polyphemus. We measured it and thought it had about a 6-inch wingspan.
I tried to take a decent close-up picture because it had such neat markings. I, personally, liked the pink and we all thought that the "eyes" were interesting and neat. A good find, don't you think?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

When my mom was here, she brought a fun craft for the kids to do. She found some old ties that my dad didn't use anymore and helped the kids to turn them into stuffed snakes. What a great idea. They have really enjoyed these new "friends." I asked them to get them out to take this group picture and they wanted to show me all the things they can do with them.Sam likes to pretend his snake is wrapped around his neck.
They all love to coil them up like a real snake would do.
Ben's coil. We COULD NOT get his head to stay turned over the proper way to see the eyes!
Calvin's coil.
Wrapped around his arm.
And Will with a neck-wrap.
Thank you to Grammy for the fun, new toys and the memories of making them with you. :-)

Saturday, July 11, 2009


I just had to take some pictures of Millie in the dress I found at a consignment store last week. She looked so sweet in it on Sunday. When I bought it, I hadn't pictured that it would look quite that nice. Watching her run around in it, I just enjoyed the vision of childhood that is so precious and fleeting. It's amazing how clothing makes a difference. Peter says, "Clothing is a form of speech." What we wear speaks volumes. Millie's dress really "spoke" to me!

Here she is saying over and over, "Hi bumbabee! Hi bumbabee!" She enjoys all of the bees who are simultaneously enjoying all of the clover.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


My mom and I are working together to post the pictures of her visit on our blog, Tending Our Gardens. You can look there to see the adventures we enjoyed with her and my neice, Kory, for the 8 days they were with us.


Look who's pulling herself up these days.She just turned 9 months and naturally, has developed some new skills overnight.
Amelia wanted to join in when she saw me taking pictures.
I guess she thought she should act just like Cecily.
My girls. :) :)
Also, notice above, Cecily's crazy hair. It has a mind of it's own.

Pulling up on everything. Practically climbing. Getting so big and mobile!

Saturday, July 4, 2009


We gave our gifts to Dad over our morning meal, which we ate out on the deck. He was happy to see an English-imported Sam Smith's. That was from all of us.
Looking at Benny's "card."
Benjamin used his money to buy him a pack of gum, which he carefully wrapped himself. :-)
And from William he got...
...some fishing bait.
William made this lovely paper mosaic along with several other paper crafts and cards.
Samuel made a shoebox ocean scene. He came up with the idea and did it in his spare time.
I thought it came out pretty cute and dad appreciated the thoughtfulness very much.
I loved the little animals that he drew, colored and carefully cut out. This little duck appropriately was floating on top.
A turtle walking along the bottom.
And an origami goldfish that he recently learned how to make.
A special time to honor dad and present him with the creative, loving gifts that each had made.
After church we hosted a meal for some of the folks from church. The Carpenter Family and the Stedmans came, as well as two of the single guys. We also were especially blessed to have the Simms family who are visiting from Arizona. They were here for a good many weeks last summer and it is great to have them back.
Morgan Simms showed Sam and Will how to play Pictionary.
They were pretty intensely focused on it.
As usual, lots of good discussion of the scriptures and catching up on each other's lives.
A busy, but blessed Father's Day.