June 29, 2007
We joyously welcome our newest nephew, Nathan Paul, born today, June 29th, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul weighing in at a hefty 9 pounds 9 ounces and 20 inches long. Isn't he scrumptious?
Please say a prayer in thanksgiving for a strong, healthy baby boy!
June 26, 2007
Sadly I can't enter since I sell them but I think we've got a a cute baby who wears cloth diapers around here so I'm going to attempt a wee bit of a cute cloth diapered baby fair. I'm not sure I could go so far as to name it "The Loveliness of Baby Bums" So I must come up with a better name... anyone? Any cloth diaper would do for this one of course! Email me your submission by September 1st! (I'd do this quicker however you know the fun of summer vacation so plenty of time to get your digi-cams out!
June 23, 2007
I bake bread just about every day, about 6 loaves per batch. We had a lovely KitchenAid Classic that worked like a charm, a couple years ago we sold that and upgraded to the 6 qt "Professional". Some 4 replacements later we decided to opt for their "buy out" plan. It simply isn't made to handle daily bread for the large family. So we bought this beauty from some good friends of ours. It's a very old Hobart but built to grind cement I think! In my excitement to make my first batch of bread I completely forgot the oil and salt! Woops! The nice thing is that we can still use all the attachments for things like cheese grinding!
It's like having our own private lake.
There is quite a bit of seaweed a ways out but the children sure don't seem to mind that!
June 20, 2007
I am spending my summer preparing my lesson plans for the 2007-2008 homeschooling year. The oldest 3 will be doing the Further Up, Further In Unit Study on Narnia. The Study is "Christian" so we are adding in the Catholic dimension with Saints and of course the Catholic Bible.
Every week we spend 3 days studying the Catechism, 1 day studying the Mass and 1 day studying the Bible.
This book is a keeper!
Maps of where the various biblical stories took place with clear overlays to what the names are now during our time! We will be using this and our Bible to study from for our weekly Bible History class.
Sam is beginning is 3rd year of raking hay.
There is no greater joy that a boy has when they have legs long enough to get behind a *real* tractor! He just barely reached the brake when he turned 9.
Aragorn loading the 500 pound round bales on the trailer.
Sunset at the end of the day.
We just discovered the local deer just had a baby and I'm dying to get a picture of them ... long shot but here's hoping!
You do not like them. So you say.
Try them! Try them! And you may.
Try them and you may, I say.
Sam! If you will let me be, I will try them.
You will see.
Say!I like green eggs and ham! I do!
I like them, Sam-I-am!
And I would eat them in a boat.
And I would eat them with a goat...
And I will eat them in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
They are so good, so good, you see!
So I will eat them in a box.
And I will eat them with a fox.
And I will eat them in a house.
And I will eat them with a mouse.
And I will eat them here and there.
Say! I will eat them ANYWHERE!
I do so likegreen eggs and ham!
Thank you!Thank you,Sam-I-am!
Tis the season for Mulberries and purple children! We discovered on our property Deep Purple Mulberries (native of western Asia), White Mulberries (native of China) and Grayish Mulberries... which we aren't sure about, looks like a cross between the other two! All are now in the freezer ready for being made into jelly when the weather turns cool!
June 8, 2007
How irresistable is a hummingbird?
I put our our hummingbird feeder well over a month ago. I dangled it from the peg in the clothesline. What a mess, I had to re-wash an entire comforter because it got twisted up in the feeder and dreadfully sticky!
We noticed a hummingbird by our petunias on the porch so I made another batch of "food" (1 cup sugar to 1+ cup water, bring to a boil, cool, pour in feeder) and set it just outside the big back windows on top of the bee houses (the ones currently not in use as we don't keep our bees right outside the house of course!). Every few minutes someone now hollers "I see a hummingbird!" I tried for 2 days to try to capture these darlings on camera (thank goodness for digital). First the batteries died. Then every time I gave up, out flew another one! The children counted about 25 visits to the feeder in about 15 minutes and I couldn't get a shot! Quick little witty birdies. Finally I just perched myself in a chair and sat with camera ready. I won!
I was fascinated to learn that their nests are only about 2 inches in diameter! I (make that Sam) must find one of these needles in the haystack!
Sacred Heart Garden
St. Michael Garden, this statue was in thanksgiving to the angels for preserving Rosie from one of her many haphazards when she was a rather precarious toddler. She has pretty much outgrown these ways... though she did just lop off her bangs today!
Inspite of the impending tornadoes and horrendous weather predictions for yesterday, we got buy with sunny skies and rolls of clouds all around the "edges". So thankfully there are no "after" pictures to share. I'm really quite pathetic at growing things but I'm tickled just the same!
Gotta love a penguin!
The penguin pool, it was so hot that day it was tempting to just dive on in! I'd imagine it must be fun to actually get to play with penguins!
Future playstructure at the zoo. There are some rather intense future plans for the zoo!
The Polar Bear probably didn't feel much at home on this particularly warm day!
There is a neat life-like indoor rainforest.
The parrots were showing off.
Some kind of mini-deer.
Just one monkey comparing his size with the other monkeys!
One highlight was the carrousel!
The merry-go-round is quite large and the animals are really nice!
Pippin really enjoyed it. When the ride stopped he kept trying to pump it to go some more.
Now, I can't say this looks like a comfortable way to take a siesta!
Our little group. Note to self: never take the group shot at the end of walking through the zoo on a hot day.
We bought 50 new little baby chickies, they are just way too cute for words!
The post office called at some ridiculous hour like 4am or something for *Aragorn* to go pick them up. I didn't volunteer! The little peepers sure make alot of racket! Since we don't have the heat lamps they needed they were brought over to the barn at my in-law's. We are in the process of building a chicken house. We have the bigger chicks at our place since they can handle the elements.
Galadriel, Pippin and I had a completely paid "vacation" in a rather lovely hotel, not a luxury a mother of 8 usually enjoys! After the longish car ride we wound down with a bee-line to the hotel pool. It was really nice, a bit of a tropical feel to it as it was very warm inside.
Just enjoying the water.
Pippin made a friend!
But his friend had over-stepped his bounds when he was wearing Pip's shoes! This was by far the funniest "event" I had seen in a while. If one can truly ROFLOL, this is exactly what Galadriel and I were doing. Pip proceeded to "play" with his new found friend and then suddenly discovered the mirror-door opened, he promptly peeks his head around to find out where his friend really was... it was a confusing moment for a 1 year old! But ever so hilarious for his audience!
The hotel happened to be across the street from the Mall of America which I had always wondered what it looked like. I can't stand malls and shopping in general (on-line ordering is a lovely thing) but we were hungry and I thought we'd just pop in to the Mall of America and grab a bite of pizza or something. I never saw anything like it. I spent 15 minutes driving around the desolate building, seeing only a few people and gate guards at every door. I am not sure where the people were, where the cars were but I came to the conclusion that one doesn't simply walk into the Mall of America for a bite of pizza any more than one would simply walk into Mordor. So we went back to our hotel as there wasn't a restraunt in site.
which we brought home for everyone.. but praytell, what is the *thing* in the somewhat thick mesh bag? It was either a green lemon or a yellow lime, but we never did figure out what we should do with it!