: : Swartz Lake Hike
For entertainment we sometimes see how many kids we can fit in one vehicle, drive up a dusty "road" and then set them all free in the woods.
They're not a bad little group of hikers.
KaNana preferred the backpack to walking. Just being carried wasn't too bad either.
and getting some fishing lessons from his sister.
And even though he is sort of hard to keep track of, he's still pretty interesting to hang out with. And bizarre. We'd be running along the trail and then he's giggle and I'd realize he was wearing no shoes. . . and that they'd fallen off yards behind us. He did this multiple times and never said anything or slowed down, just eventually giggled when we'd gone quite a ways without me noticing and he could no longer contain how funny it was.
"MOM!!! Come back here! Look at this!"
He was pointing at something on the ground and yelling to come right away. He was so excited I thought he'd found some cool bug or something.
When I got back to the ground he just pointed at his spot again:
"We are right here."
And, at that point, I guess he was right. We both were.
Then he told me: "We are lost."
I told him we weren't lost. We were even still on the trail. We could almost see the rest of the group up ahead of us, too, except by this point we'd spent quite a lot of time looking at our spot and were falling behind.
He stared at me. "We are past lost," he said and just shook his head and started walking back down the trail.
I don't even know what that means. Although, "past lost" might be an accurate description of how I feel hanging out with Lex at times.
Exploring the bridge on the other side of the lake. . . and racing leaves ("boats") under the bridge.
|Trance ready to for a shoe handoff after I dislodged it from the mini-waterfall|
When the kids started getting tired we just started piling them on Gwen.
I assume it worked out okay in the end, since they all made it back to the truck and were happy when I got there. It took us a little longer.
I think we wandered a bit past lost again somewhere around checking out the creek.
: : Yard Sale/ Lemonade Stand
We had a yard sale this past weekend. I've been trying to clean out and organize the house and it continues to be overwhelming. Also, I can't seem to finish one project before I start another and I can't do anything during the day when I'm busy with kids, so I'm mainly just making everything a huge mess. It's a bit stressful for me to hang out here in the middle of it. But, the good news is we have cleared out a good chunk of stuff and we made enough money to buy all the kids' school supplies and shoes and a couple outfits too! That's no small deal since enough of all that for three school-aged kids isn't cheap. Also, I didn't actually have to sit at the sale all day since I sold a handful of things online and then Israel took over the yard sale duty. We should probably make this an annual event.
: : Driving into the Dam
We had an ambulance call for a car submerged in the canal by the Dam last week. Luckily no one was still inside when we got there.
But look at all these people in Mission who show up at 4:00am if help is needed. It's always interesting to see all that still goes on in the world when much of the world is asleep.
: : Cousins
Aodhan & Lex hanging out. Deva took all the girls to get haircuts for school and Gage and Israel went to change pipe so these two spent the evening together. Aodhan is getting old enough that they are starting to have more fun together.
: : Wedding Time
There are so many options for how to do a wedding once people decide to do it (small and intimate, huge & formal, causal...) whatever the set up almost every time I go to one I end up thinking, Wow, that was just right.
This version, though? Huge families, more than a dozen of their friends standing up there with them, a big meal and celebration of who we've known and excitement about who they'll be together? Definitely just right. And sort of amazing.
This gathering was also fun because besides all the friends there from Mission to celebrate with Jaspen I saw all these "kids" that were some of my first students. It was like a ten-year reunion of my 11th grade American Lit class. Don and a handful of his groomsmen were in that class and some of them I hadn't seen since graduation. Many of his friends from that Ronan era were there, too. Somehow all these students are now adults with kids and careers. I remember having a hard time convincing some of them I was much, much older (when I was 21 and they were 17-18) and now looking back, it is a little bizarre that I was in charge of teaching adolescents when I was that young. It's possible I might not have been as old and wise as I thought I was.
: : School Shopping
|Zoran trying out Israel's shorts.|
: : Summer Boys
They've been doing this a few days now. (Flooding the sandbox with about six inches of water and burying things in it and swimming in it.) After about noon it becomes unbearably hot around here.
: : Back to school preparation
Azia saw a dress form (though it was made out of wire & I think was actually a sculpture) when we were shopping the other day and became convinced she needed one. She told me that way she could get her outfits ready before school each night and see what they looked like and then they would be hanging there all ready to go the next morning. I didn't buy her one, but then I found this in her room the next day. She explained she was still working on putting this outfit together. She couldn't find the perfect skirt to go with it and she wasn't sure which hat she'd wear.
That is her floor lamp she's formed to hold her outfit. I suspect this might be a fire hazard. Maybe I should help her make a dress form. She could keep her outfits planned and organized and move right into sewing some too.
: : Jocko Falls
|Azia coming up after jumping.|
|a pretty picturesque swim spot|
|Zoran going in|
|Azia and her cell phone-like rock|
|Zoran under the bridge. By the time we got ready to go the sun was already starting to go down.|
* * * * *And back to school in the morning.
Three-year-olds don't have to get up early for school yet.
They do however, immediately try out whatever seems cool. (At least this one does.)
Today this included jumping on a trampoline at sunset, catching glimpses of the first football scrimmage with each really high bounce.
When you're always looking for them, these cool experiences don't seem to be too hard to find.