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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!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

More From the Zoo

It really could not have been a better day for the zoo!

Perfect temperature for the animals to be out and about.

Not to sunny, a pleasant breeze.
 These birds were not hungry.

No wonder.

There were so many people in the cage trying to feed them.
This bird agreed to having a few nibbles from the stick.

Jonge got one on his stick and transferred it to the birthday boy's shoulder.

He was THRILLED about that!

I took a plethora of pictures of animals and flowers.

414 pictures to be exact.

But I'll end with this one, and maybe a video, I'm never quite sure where the videos will pop up.  

Some Pictures from Tuesday at the Zoo

Yesterday Daughter called me to ask if I was interested in going to the zoo with her and the kids.

My plan was to clean all day.

So of course I went to the zoo with them!

Famke was my buddy for the afternoon.

This was a brave move on Daughter's behalf, as last year I lost my buddy at the zoo.

Ugh.  There are so many things I cannot remember, but that isn't one of them.

The zoo is the place where you take a lot of pictures of the backs of the people you love.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

First Play-off Game Was a Success

The game tonight was so exciting it necessitated TWO hawks to oversee it.

They sat like this through almost the entire game.

It is also Feintje's fifth birthday.

For his birthday all he wanted was to be a baseball player.

His parents got him baseball pants, cleats, a batting helmet and a new bat just his size.

This boy was in his glory at the ballpark tonight.

The sun shone on him.

The pictures of the game didn't come out so well, due to my having to face the sun during the game.

Mostly what I got pictures of the last two nights were clouds of illuminated dirt.

But we won!  It was a great game!  Yay!

The next play-off game isn't until next week.

I'm so glad they won.  I'm not ready for this to be over yet.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The All Star Game

This is Jonge's second year of baseball, and the second time he has made the All Star team.

This year it was extra fun.  He didn't know it until he got to the field, but two of his friends were on the same team.
They didn't win, but all three of these guys played extremely well.

So fun to watch too!

I love baseball.  And Jonge.  And watching Jonge play baseball.

Tomorrow will be the first play-off game, and Jonge will be playing AGAINST these two good friends of his.

Should be interesting!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Broeder's Birthday Party

 It started out peaceful, the party for Broeder.

But then the dancing started, followed by presents and cake and ice cream!

A good time was had by all, especially the birthday boy, who had a wonderful time opening up his presents.

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Our baby is three years old now.  Can you believe it?

I know I can't.

But unbelievable things happen everyday!

Happy Birthday to our Broeder, who has filled our lives with his joy and excitement for three years now!

At Saturday's Game

Through several innings of Jonge's baseball game on Saturday there was a hawk sitting on top of the cross.
The zoom lens on my point and shoot camera isn't what it used to be, but you get the idea.  

A chicken hawk seems to cover whatever sort of hawk it actually is.
It was beautiful to watch.

This was the last game of the regular season, and we did not win.

This week there will be the All Star Game and then the playoff(s).

I love baseball.  I'm going to miss this.

Learning New Things

Kado learned a new trick on Wednesday.  By the end of the afternoon, my sister's grandson could do it too.  And by the next day Feintsje made it to the top.  I have his video on a camera card that is now broken.  Maybe he'll climb it again for me tomorrow.  These are FUN times.  I need to buy the BIG box of bandaides next time I'm out.

This particular goose egg happened before we even ventured out of doors.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Last night's game was a 21 - 0 win.  Tonight's win was a little harder.  This video is of Jonge.  He caught the three last hits of the night.  The picture is of the first catch of the last inning
, and the video of the second and third.  Tonight's win was 15 - 9.  It has been an amazing journey watching this group of guys learning together.  They truly do play as a team.  Braeden is known as the teams power hitter, but tonight he struck out a few times.  That messes with his head.  It was GREAT to see him end the game like this!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Random Thoughts on a Saturday

Things are going on as usual here in my little world.  It did take me awhile to readjust after our wonderful vacation to Traverse City two weeks ago. Then, school let out and now it is HOT.  So, therefore all I have are random thoughts.  Actually, I DO have a plethora of extremely deep thoughts, but for the sake of my sanity, I shall post just the random ones tonight.
1. I still have one more day of vacation pictures to post.  On our way home we drove down the Lake Michigan coast, beginning at Sleeping Bear Dunes.  It's so beautiful there I can never decide which pictures are the best.  But fear not, I SHALL post them.., some day.
2. I've also taken a hefty amount of pictures of the grand kids and of Jonge's baseball games.  And flowers in my backyard.  And all the construction happening all around us.  But for tonight, here is just one picture.  It is Hertsje and Broeder sporting the origami crowns we made yesterday.
3. Presently there is one week of summer vacation behind us.  If I weren't so tired, or overwhelmed by all the horrible news I think I would say I am enjoying it.
4.  A few weeks ago I promised Famke that she could have her girl friends from the neighborhood over to play this summer.  In her neighborhood there are no kids, but in ours their are two little girls just down the street.  So, I'm doing my BEST to let this happen.  I know it is good for her, and these girls love doing crafts as much as she does.  Sometimes, there are A LOT of children in my house.
5. It's been a bit harder for the boys.  The school at the end of our street is getting a complete overhaul and expansion.  In the past they could go down to the field to play in a wide open space. Soon, those wide open spaces will be gone, and I do not want to take ANY chances of the boys getting in the way of construction.  They had a little bit of trouble believing me about this new rule that is messing up their fun, but I am not playing any games with this one.
6. Oh, and speaking of construction, it starts early, that BEEP BEEP BEEP of vehicles backing up.  ALL DAY LONG.  Before too long we are going to be immune to that sound.  But, the construction is at the school my oldest two graduated from, and we are all happy to see it grow!  Still, there is the odd occasion when I want to yell at the top of my lungs, "Shut the BEEP up!"  But, I don't.  Because that wouldn't be prudent.  And it wouldn't help anyway.
7. Kado had a birthday this week.  He is now seven.  Last night was his birthday sleep-over.  He and Pake went to see the new Ninja Turtle movie.  I'm not a fan.  I stayed home and listened to the quiet.  I had nearly forgotten what that sounds like.
8.  In my spare time I've been reading "Charlotte Bronte, A Fiery Heart" by Claire Harman.  I'm just over half-way into it and am already planning to read all of her books again. Then back to Anthony Trollope. I have finished Dr. Thorne, after watching the Julian Fellowes interpretation of it on Amazon Prime.  The book and the four episodes are excellent.  I'm planning to have a summer FILLED with reading.  And making things.
9.  And yes, I have been busy making things.  The crowns in the picture above are one example.  Hertsje is totally into princes and princesses.  I think you can tell from the picture that Broeder isn't.  I've also made a few bird necklaces from beads and felt, and am working on a fairy light using a silhouette I made from a picture of Hertsje.  When I'm not doing what I'm supposed to be doing, I'm on Pinterest pinning cute ideas of things for us to do this summer.  And if this summer where 600 days long, I might get half of them done.  Oh, well.
10. Thrift shopping much, you might ask?  Why, yes!  Today we went to our favorite thrift store with Kado.  He found a Ninja Turtle for a mere 25 cents, and was THRILLED.  I found a box of Jenga blocks for a dollar.  And a Frisian flag, the flag of my people.  That was the first thing I saw when I walked in the door.
Well, that's all for random thoughts on a Saturday.  It's still hot.  I'm still tired.  Time to go read more about Charlotte Bronte.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

More From the Birthday Party

Oldest Son's idea of using the pool noodles for carnival style rides REALLY caught on.

All the kids LOVED it.

The two adults who could actually make it happen got dizzy after awhile.
Oh.  But it did not work for this 5'1" 110 lb. ten year old.

Not even these two strong guys could do it!

Sprinkler Fun at Sunday's Birthday Party

It is rare to get all six grandkids in the same picture, but look!  It's a birthday party miracle!