Wednesday, June 24, 2009

2 1/2 year olds need naps!

Here's proof.

While getting dinner started tonight, I turned on the TV for my little boys that didn't nap. Just as the water started to boil, I noticed it was very quiet. Here's what I found.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Finns Last Day of Kindergarten!

As of today, Finn is a first grader. His class celebrated by a trip to the beach. I've attached a few pictures with out all the kids in them. Mount Rainer was visible...just barely. There were some kids their who had made a fort and all the kids wanted to play on it.
Sabine, Sol and Pax in the fort. Sol was fantastic...he played with P&Q so I was able to help Finn with a scavenger hunt.
The class honored his teacher with a rose bush and a gift certificate.
At home, we celebrated with a Finn favorite, Cincinnati Chili. P & Q aren't fans, but they were told they could ride horses after dinner if they ate theirs, and here's Quincy enjoying his reward. Alvin was later bucked off this horse.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Tillamook Cheese!

A few months ago, my parents brought us home some Horseradish Cheddar cheese from Oregon and since then we have searched all over for this cheese. We tried special ordering it at the local market and considered ordering some online. Instead we took the long way home from the wedding, and drove over to the coast so we could stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory.

I've never heard of this as a school mascot before...is that brave, strong, fearless, or stinky? The boys loved sticking their faces in here, but I don't think they had a clue what they were doing.
We watched as they packaged up some sort of white cheese with spots (pepper jack, black pepper white cheddar...)
The blocks behind Finn were aged and weighed about 38 pounds. They were put through a cutter (the guy just to the left of Finn) then weighed and packaged into 5 pound, 1 pound, or 8 ounce cubes.
We spent over $100 in the store and came home with cloe to a ton of cheese, including 2 5 pound blocks of the delicious horseradish cheddar, some 3 year aged white cheddar and end cuts of smoked black pepper cheddar and garlic white cheddar. I came home with a lot of ideas (remember I learned to make cheese).
Sol and Sabine are spending the summer here and rode back with us after the wedding. 5 kids and the 4 1/2 hour trip home took closer to 9 hours. Here they are at one of our pit stops (the twins figured out that we stopped and let them out if they said they had to go potty).
Notice Sols cool shirt...I made it for him for Christmas and he loves it (I told him I would make him another for helping me with the boys this summer).
Finn would like to point out that he is holding up his pressed pennies he "made" at the factory.

Cousins wedding and time with cousins.

This weekend we went to Oregon for one of my cousins weddings. All my siblings children were there and my boys had a fantastic time hanging out at the pool with the cousins they love so much. We spent 2 nights at the hotel and I think we spent close to 6 hours in the pool. We also went to a wedding...Here are my boys on the way there. And a few pictures of the wedding.
It isn't a good picture of my brother, who officiated (it just sounds wrong to say he married his cousin)


This was the son of the aunt that did the flowers for my wedding. Although, she did a spectacular job on the flowers for this wedding, they didn't compare to the flowers at mine. Having a florist in the family makes for a stunning wedding.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bye Bye Curls!

Before...brushed out and kind of frizzy. After
I'm a little sad and miss those ringlets! Sadly, I did this and found out later that lice is going around school AGAIN! I hope no one thinks we cut it off because of lice. We did it because he wanted to and we have a wedding to go to this weekend (and we used the hair to cover our garden with and hopefully keep the deer away from our peas).

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Say "CHEESE!"

This post may seem funny to my "older" friends who knew me back when I didn't eat a whole lot of cheese. I took a cheese making class. You see, this goes a long with making my own bread, laundry soap, and coffee syrup: I'm teaching my family to be a little more self sufficient. And heck, it's fun to learn something new.

This is Linda, who taught the course, holding up a batch of feta and her partner, John, who washed up and assisted her.



We made cultured Butter, feta, mozzarella, paneer, and ricotta, and all were relatively easy and wonderful. I can't wait to make my own, in fact, I am going this afternoon to pick up a gallon of raw whole milk to make some...maybe even tonight.

Ricotta

Glass Beach!

After reading an article in the Seattle times about beach glass a few weeks ago, I have wanted to go to Glass Beach. My friend Cindy has told me about it for years, but reading the article really set me in motion, and wouldn't you know it, the bridge was closed for 6 weeks and we couldn't go.

Alvin agreed that Sunday was a good day for it...not quite hot, but not rainy and no other plans. We set off at about 8am, and arrived at just after 9am. You have to go when the tide is out and get back to your car before it comes in or supposedly you can get trapped. Here we are, just in the beginning...it's about a 3-4 mile hike on all kinds of beach terrain and some of our kids did well, some didn't.

When you get there, the beach looks like this...blow up big and see if you can spot the glass.
Here's how you find it...get on your hands and knees and spread the "sand" around, looking under it.

As we walked, we came across a land slide, that slid after we walked past...and on return, we had to walk over the top.

Some of the treasures...orange, red, pink, purple are all pretty rare and the pieces we found were pretty small (compare to the marbles, which we also found...they are old and worn).
Finn sorting our finds...there's a lot, but some pieces are very small.

Directions to Glass Beach: Go to Port Townsend, to Fort Warden, but don't go in...drive on past...if you pass the cemetery, you went the right way. Keep going, staying to the right and there is a road on the right with a sign that says North Beach. At the end of the road is a parking lot, park there and go left on the beach. Go until you pass a few old rusty cars...axles and tires mostly and keep going. When you get the to sandy straight part, you;ll be where we were, but supposedly, you go to the 2 large boulders and that is where the good stuff is. Allow several hours.
If you take the kids, be prepared for whinning and you might not make it all the way there. But be prepared for glass on North Beach...you would still find treasures, just not as many colors. But if you are determind to go all the way, tell yourself (and stick to it) to hunt on the way back!

T-Ball was fun!

Saturday, Finn had his last T-ball game. He really enjoyed playing. Thanks to coachs Kendra and Dee. If it weren't for Kendra, Finn wouldn't have played. Here are some pictures we took: T-ball is only fun for so long with little ones. Paxton found his own fun...

Our little monkey found something he found fun.



Coming in to home.

Finn as catcher

A swing and a miss!





The cheerleaders!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Time for an update!

So much has been happening and I haven't blogged about it, mostly because I haven't been able to stay indoors. You see, it' been hot here and they boys want to be outside. It used to be that I could leave the door open and let them play in the yard, but lately, they disappear and run to my moms house. Since there is constantly people coming and going there, I have to be with them and my house suffers.

But, my poppies bloomed. A child, we don't know which one, flushed more things down the toilet. Someone suggested we try the scop vac and suck it out, but it didn't work. Alvin ended up taking the toilet off (AGAIN!) and found a shampoo bottle and the toilet paper holder springy thing. However, the tp thingy didn't want to come out, so at 9pm on that Saturday night, Alvin headed to home depot to buy a new toilet --one bathroom, we can't go with out a toilet. I decided to see if I could get it out and I did, by summersaulting the toilet (harder than it sounds) and letting the thing come out the way it went down. Alvin come home with out having to spend a fortune on a toilet...and I let him spend the money golfing the next morning instead.We went to our "secret beach" and had a picnic with our friends the Morgans. It was cool and overcast, but that didn't stop the boys from going in the water. (This is in Hansville, but to answer Jennys question about the last beach, we were by the point white dock)P & Q got wet, then took off their diapers...but the shirts provided a little cover.
Finn wasn't bothered by the cold water much...and couldn't wait to get in it. Some woman, gave us these sand dollars...you can't tell how tiny they were, but the grey one was about the size of my pinky toenail. Of course the sun burned off just as we were leaving, so we stopped at my parents house and saw Uncle Jake and played in the shade.
Then came the real heat. We had several days were it was over 85 degrees. And that meant pulling out the waterslide.
We invited friends over each day, but the only time anyone actually joined us was the day it died. My mom bought it at Rotary Auction last summer and it was a great find. We are going to try to "fix" it with duct tape, but it isn't holding air and I don't know if it can be repaired.
Last night was Finn's schools picnic with concerts by a big "marching" type band and Finn's music teacher. The boys loved watching the band and at one point Q disappeared and we found him sitting here again just watching.
Finn showed his brothers how to roll down the big hill and loved running around with his friends...in fact, I practically had to drag him to the car.

We have also been working in our garden...peas should be coming up soon and we have zucchini, pumpkins (courtesy of CF...the boys are excited) & tomatoes. I have been trying to keep up with the weeds in the front flower bed and stay on top of the mowing (if I mow early enough, I can mulch and not have to bag it...almost worth doing it twice a week.

Alvin has been puttin gin many extra hours at my parents house and you can finally see progress. I helped my mom (hey, the boys were already over there) put her living room back together and they might even be able to sleep in their bedroom tonight. After more than 18 months, this is success.
It has cooled off, back down to the 60's, and we are able to sleep a bit better. Today is the final t-ball game and if the weather cooperates, we may do a beach again tomorrow.