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Here you will find scattered pictures from my point and shoot camera, random thoughts from my little world, treasured memories of days gone by, hopeful dreams of the days yet to come, and a bunch of ideas - because I've always got ideas!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Metro Health 5K



Oldest Son and Daughter ran a 5K tonight!

And look!

They are still smiling at the end of it!

I am so happy that they do this.

My favorite thing to do is sit.


Wednesday Fun

Is anyone else having trouble believing that it is the end of July already?
Yesterday morning it was very muggy and looked as if it would rain.
So most of us sat around the table with a few simple supplies and proceeded to draw.
All but Feintsje.  He was happily putting together puzzles on the floor.
These are Jonge's drawing of a Sandra Boynton bird.


Kado's favorite bird is the upside down chick in Sandra Boynton's book Barnyard Dance.

Impressive!
And, an array of dinosaurs he drew, with a bit of inspiration from Oh My, Oh My, Oh Dinosaurs!
An artist at work.
I made bookmarks.

By now I must have as many bookmarks as I have books to put them in.

I'm very much okay with that!
Famke made a book about dogs and cats.

She enjoyed cutting out her creations.

But it never did rain, so it was back outside into the mugginess.

Jonge made a "train" out of his bike, a wagon, and a jump rope.

This kept everyone busy for HOURS.

Until the chain fell off.

Then it was into the pool.

Still another month of summer.

Yay!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Today Hertsje put on a finger puppet show for me using the Fisher Price Little People of yore.
It was a fast paced show with much action.
The show progressed into a toe puppet show.
 Toe puppets are much harder to work with.
 They tend to fall off if there is any action at all.

This girl is a natural story teller.

Saturday Thrift Store Find

This is the BACK of a cute little pine table we found at the thrift store on Saturday.
Notice the dove-tailing at both the drawer front AND back.
Square nails!
Sigh..,

Certainly, one can NEVER have too many little pine tables.

It was SUCH a deal, AND we had a FULL 20% off punch card to use!

There it stood, among more modern painted pieces selling for twice the amount.

It does looks at home here, doesn't it?


Monday, July 27, 2015

Hot Monday

For the record (because we have established that there IS one), this is the first day of summer that I have turned on the TV for these guys.  This was after hours of playing outside riding bikes, scooters, skate boards, playing catch, playing with the neighbors in their backyard, AND playing in the pool.  It's hot.  It wore them out.  Before they could even ask I suggested they watch Monsters University.

And so, because it is Monday, Famke and I made things!

More From Grant


Just a few pictures I took.






We left just as the sun was beginning to set.



Fun Times







Picnic in the Trees

Saturday we drove up north to Grant to have a picnic dinner at my sister and brother-in-law's lovely home.

Whenever we eat on the deck, it feels to me like we are picnicking in a tree house.
Our menu consisted of potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, and corn on the cob.
And it was ALL good!
My brother-in-law grilled pork steaks.

The boys had hot dogs.
 Feintsje demonstrates the proper eating of a hot dog.
 THAT'S how it's done.
Does that not look like we are picnicking in a tree house?

It does to me!
Sigh...

Daughter made caramel brownies.

They are soooo good!

Of course, I took over 250 pictures.

So, there WILL be more.

But this surprises no one.

Thursday in the Backyard

Thursday was an absolutely perfect day for spending in the backyard!

Hertsje likes to twirl, spin, and fall into the pool.
My sister came with her grandson.

He likes to take a running jump into the pool doing cannon balls.

Hertsje and Broeder love the big splash it makes when he does this.

All while Hertsje is still twirling...
 and spinning....
and falling into the pool.
Such fun!

See what I mean?
 Broeder really likes to spit into the pool.  No one else was thrilled about that.  He is seriously thinking whether or not he will heed the call to STOP SPITTING.  He is, after all, a thoughtful boy.