Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Non Birthday?

Although last week was Chloe and Chance's birthdays, we did not have a big to-do. Love them both tons, that's certainly not the issue.

Firstly--- Chance is still gone, at Uncle's working for the summer. This left behind the girlie who deeply dislikes fuss being made about her and the whole fact that their birthday is actually a "guessed date" compared to knowing a real date of their birth:(

Yes this still bothers her. And we understand and care that it does. 

So as to not cause her any upset we went low key.

She got a new phone earlier and on her day a card, some of her favorite snack stuff (can't ever go wrong giving them hot sauce) and I made her an ice cream cake. Soooo very simple-- layer of ice cream in cake pan, layer of whipped cream, layer of crushed cookies, chocolate syrup, layer of ice cream and top with whipped cream. Cover and freeze. Easiest to do if you let the ice cream get pretty soft to start your layer of that. 

Since most of our kids do not like actual cake but do love ice cream cake, it works well to have learned this easy way to make one. 

We've had yet another unwanted household issue--- it seems that this has been the summer of "issues" and as the house is just  4 years old  we weren't really expecting sewer pump float,  water main, and now ----water PUMP to fail. Yep, read that right.... Thursday after I had mowed and trimmed and (Thank you God) gotten a shower, someone asked what was wrong with the water? Uh, we had none? 

So after testing breakers and a call in to the company that installed the pump we got to improvise for overnight till they showed up the next morning and determined that indeed, our pump was dead. Pulled it up, replaced it and charged us labor. Pump was 4 years, 1 month in to a 5 year warranty (Thanks again, God) and now we have a new 5 year warranty covered pump. Wow,  were we thankful for water! 

And if it had to happen, at least it wasn't a holiday weekend like usual, and my extra work over the summertime covered the expense. Might be taking a picture of the house for our "vacation destination of 2015" with all these issues this summer though:(

The kiddos got to enjoy Vacation Bible School last week. Even the teens got to go and have fun since we have an interim youth pastor for the summer.

That was cool for them. They enjoyed the finale of VBS Sunday morning after church although it was really hot. The snow cones and dunking booth helped cool them off:)

I see someone here needs her bangs trimmed, I heard a few more guys saying they needed their hair cut, the doggies need trimmed---- goodness, where do I find the time??
Only a month left of summer, wow! HOW does summer always fly by so very quickly?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Geo ca- what-ing?

Camden' s got a new favorite hobby......Geo caching. 

 I had little idea what this was when he started. 

It's basically a modern day treasure hunt:)

Yep, using a GPS or cell phone with an app he's able to see hidden "items" ranging from teeny tiny to large containers.

Most hold some small treasures, toys, coins, even a dollar bill once. 

If you take something from the container you are to add something and all have a paper or tablet to sign your "handle" that you use to record you found it.

And then you return it to the hiding place you found it at for the next person to find:) 

One day last week when my brother and family visited we went geo- caching.  Cousins D & J are just as fascinated with this "treasure hunting" fun and we found a few that day.

Another trip for groceries and a few school clothes brought us 10 finds that day, Camden's highest record so far. He's gotten much better at finding them too.

Because do not think these items are always easy to find-- there are very obviously some really funny people that have mad skills at hiding these things.

At one site we had tried 3 times till he finally found it.

Some are incredibly complex and take you from place to place finding clues till you find the finally container.

 We've stuck to easy ones so far and are really enjoying the clean, healthy, outdoor fun of these searches:) 

The most funny "finds"--- one at a fruit stand was a fake rock.  And the one near a gym on the guard rail shaped like a cookie! 
So if you are looking for some good, clean fun for your kiddos, here's a great idea. It's all over the world so no restrictions of a certain area. 

Happy Treasure hunting:)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

She's Back!!!

Guess who returned from ALBANIA late last night? (Yes, I can now tell ya where she was which I didn't for safety reasons before.)

 Our Chloe girl is home from her mission trip:)

Goodness did we miss her. She must be trying to prep me for next year when she will graduate and is considering college now. SIGH. 

 Growing up so quickly it's like we just got her and here she is spreading her wings to fly:)

The first view of her was this--- her sleeping. 

Then later when she was thrilled I made her favorite (tacos) for supper.

Cheeseless for her, of course.

Her report from Albania?  They have a lot of foods with cheese.  The NERVE of them.  To think my cheese hating girl would eat CHEESE.  Nope.  I told her she is too used to mom spoiling her to accommodate her and Paisley's hatred of cheese.

I'm just so thrilled to have her home, a month was a LONG, LONG, LONG time. 

The other girls were happy to see her too.  Don 't think I "get a break" in the missing kiddos department---

Chance has now gone for the rest of the summer to work with his uncle in his plumbing business.  An internship kinda thing, he did this last summer as well and plans to do as a career so it's really great he can go and he enjoys it a lot.

We did tell him that an attitude had better not arrive home with him like it did last summer:( It was some rough waters when he came back last time.

Paisley had her monthly med infusion and per her labs things are settling down in the arthritis arena, much welcomed news there:)  Many days she is seen sunning herself, she really likes these hot sweltering days of summer.

The  not-so-little-now "little girls" have been trying to train the dog to roll over.  Teddy (the bigger one) is trying to do what they want. Tommy (at 13.5 and some arthritis himself) just watches the fun:)

I think we may have gained a new "pet"-- we have a crazy (and I mean crazy) hummingbird that has decided our feeder is his, all HIS.  He guards it and dive bombs the other 5 birds trying to eat.  I tried foil on his perch but that only deterred him for a short time:(

The kids have all been terribly amused at him and Camden has decided to name him "Commando."  He sat out beside the feeder and got the picture of this nutty bird.

Guess he found our crazy house and believes he fits right in here???