Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Summer update

Its been almost a month since I have blogged. We have been having all kinds of summer fun. Swimming, hiking, gardening, canning.

Since I blog as a journal of sorts, I figured it was time for an update.


We have spent a lot of afternoons at the lake. In past summers, we fished a lot. This year, we swam a lot. Brian would call me after work and say, "It's a lake day". The kids and I loved that call!

We found this perfect spot at the lake. The water was always nice and cool. It was not crowded. Which is always a plus because I hate crowded swimming places. Always being stressed trying to keep my ducks in a row is not my idea of fun!





Our lil hobby farm is growing.

We got a puppy.

The kids had a dog when they were younger but they just did not spend enough time with her. We had someone interested in her so we went ahead and gave her a better home. Now that the kids are older and more responsible, we gave them the go ahead.

Brian has a rule though. Any animal at our home has to have a purpose. Not just a pet. So we got a hunting dog. He is a Red Bone, Blue Heeler mix. He looks like a full blooded Red Bone, we named him Red and he barks. A lot.


After we got him, I read that Red Bones have a special bark. One that travels. Lovely. Good thing he is cute. ;)




I have learned a lot about my camera this summer. I have spent the last month learning how to shoot in manual and I've had a lot of fun with that!

I also got the chance to take senior picture for my little sisters and a newborn shoot. They were both awesome experiences!








I didn't get to spend nearly enough time in my garden this year as I would have liked. At one point it was mostly weeds. Whoops!

Next year, it is going to be a priority. Let's just hope I don't step on a toothpick and that get infected, slice my hand and have to get stitches, that then bust open or have a tetanus shot have me down for days. At least I can be sure of the latter because that's good for years, right. :o)

We have harvested lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and jalapenos. Our corn and beans are not quite ready.

I made pickles for the first time! We had fun with that but I can't keep a jar longer than 5 minutes because the kids eat them as soon as they are cold. I'm not complaining though!


For the first time ever, Taylor picked me a flower! I saw her at the edge of the field and I figured she was just taking Bobo for a walk. I will never forget the look on her face when she brought that flower to me. She picked it and brought it to me all by herself!!

Our summer has not totally came to an end but we did start school last week. My plan was to school through the summer but we just enjoyed our summer too much! I prayed about it and came to the conclusion that they will only be kids once and I want to spend as much time as I can just having fun!

The kids have fallen into our routine well and school is going wonderfully. I couldn't ask for a better start. Except for maybe the cut hand and stitches thing. :o)

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