Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Rainy Louisiana Afternoon....

It's raining. Again.Like it does almost every afternoon here in Louisiana.

But nobody here really noticed.
We all had our noses buried in a book.

What are you all reading this summer?

PS.... Those that can't read.....are busy writing.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Mary, Mary quite contrary...... does your garden grow?With silver bells, and cockle shells, And pretty maids all in a row.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


I have neglected my blog for a couple of weeks. But for good reason. We have been beyond busy. Busy in a great way. Summer is my favorite time of year....because it's so stinking busy. We are out the door by 9 AM, and don't rest for very long. The only one that seems to be suffering from our hectic days is The Little Apple, who is accustomed to taking a lengthy nap from 1 to 4 almost every day. Now, she is lucky to hit the crib at 3 on most afternoons. So far, my kids have attended 1 week of VBS, which they loved (thanks Ashleigh for the invite!), 2 weeks of swimming lessons, been to the library almost daily for the Summer Reading Program for crafts, contests, and performances, clocked over 1000 minutes of reading time, gone to the Spray Park, gardened, hiked, biked, gone to free movies at the local movie theater, and eaten ALOT of pb & j sandwiches (that's about what we have time for to eat!) Somewhere in the midst of all this, I got really really sick, and Eben had to take off of work for 3 days to man the fort while I stayed in bed and did my best to not die.

I just wanted to share a couple of pics from the last couple of weeks. Simply because I am so proud of my kids. Here is the Middle Apple floating on her back. This is huge for her, since last summer she was not accustomed to swimming pools deeper than her knees and tried to drown in a friend's pool when I had turned my back for a second to apply sunscreen on the baby. She wanted me to let you all know that this picture was taken "in the deep end."

Here is The Big Apple doing the front crawl. Let it be known that she can swim the entire length of the deep end now, but we have not been able to convince her to take the plunge off the diving board yet. Not even when bribed with a $10 bill. Maybe next summer eh?

And summer just wouldn't be complete without somebody losing a tooth. The Middle Apple can now slurp spaghetti in through her teeth, and spit a watermelon seed out. Not at the same time, but you get the idea.

See yall later when we have some more updates from our busy lives!

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Quite a bit of hiking was done on our "workation". Eben took various kids on different hikes...on the Superior Hiking Trail, to Gooseberry Falls, and we met up with Sean, Kerry, and C. at Jay Cooke State Park for more outdoors type fun.

We cooked out and ate hotdogs. The Little Apple loves her some hotdogs.
Then, it was off for some hiking. We went over to the Swing Bridge. Yes it moved and bounced when you walked on it. And yes, I freaked out.

But the view was gorgeous. This is a rock cliff type thing that my children managed to climb up on with their slippery cowboy boots. Kerry basically had to scramble up the rocks and sit on the kids before they fell in. They were simply too excited to pay attention to such things as death and head bashing and drowning and hospital visits. Or maybe I just need some anti-anxiety medication.
We finally hiked down lower, and I could relax a little. The water was a little more my speed. The kids had a fantastic time. I believe The Big Apple was pretending to paddle a canoe.
The Middle Apple, doing what she does best....dancing like nobody is watching.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Enger Tower.

Eben and I got to dart away for about 45 minutes while The Little Apple took and nap, so we took off to one of our favorite little spots in Duluth....Enger Tower. There are some beautiful spots here, and part of the Superior Hiking Trail runs through here.This picture was taken over 10 years ago at what have called "The Sweetheart Tree" Look at how young and skinny we both were.

We were delighted to be able to retake this photo 10 years later. Yeah, I'm kindof a sappy girl like that. We will probably be going back in 2020 to redo the photo again. By 2030, I'll probably be in a wheelchair. Ringing the Peace Bell. Because even though I am a firm believer in fighting for what is worth fighting for, peace is beautiful thing.
Eben looking out over Duluth and remembering.
Some beautiful Bleeding Hearts. I have never been successful at growing them anywhere, so I console myself with pretty pictures to use as the wallpaper on my desktop.