My (in)Famous Family

On July 5th, Ben and his best buddy Gus made the local paper because the wore red, white, and blue and sat on the curb to watch the 4th of July parade together and looked absolutely adorable (if I do say so myself). I don’t have a link to the origional article anymore, but here’s the photo:

Photo courtesy of the Coloradoan

Photo courtesy of the Coloradoan

We have no idea who the little girl is. She just plunked herself down on the curb next to them and they all had a lovely time together while us mamas talked and got caught up on life. After this came out, my dad photocopied or scanned the photo onto a blank sheet of paper and entertained himself for days writing captions for what Ben and Gus were saying to each other. Now its your turn!

Not to be outdone by my child, I too have made the paper. Here I am, looking not at all pregnant (thanks, photographer Erin Hooley for the awesome angle and timing!) stuffing backpacks for middle-school kids who need a few supplies to start off the school year. It was a way to give back a little to my community, reflect and be thankful that 1) I don’t have a school-aged kid yet and 2) if I did, I could afford back-to-school supplies. Not everyone can. And 3) be honored to work for a place (Colorado State University) that encourages volunteerism and giving.

Photo courtesy of the Coloradoan/Erin Hooley

Photo courtesy of the Coloradoan/Erin Hooley

I bet your community has a back to school program for kids in need. Google it and find out how to give. Then, grab an extra box of pens, highlighters, or even a calculator or jump drive while you’re out getting stuff for your littler person and donate today! Every kid deserves to start the school year off on the right foot.

 

 

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Milestones and Other Things

Our baby is now 18 months old and slipping toward being less a baby and more a toddler/big boy. It is awesome to watch and hear. There are so many new words and concepts: bus, big, owie (knees & toes are especially prone to these and he’ll kiss it better himself, thankyouverymuch), being sorry, poop, toots, ice cream, ho-pa (=hippo). He’s still into everything being “mine.” Our favorite example is from a few weeks ago at school where, upon drop-off, he found a plastic cucumber and stood in the middle of the room declaring it “MINE!” No one paid him any attention.

Our new baby just passed the half-way mark. This Thursday will mark 22 weeks. We’re just calling this one “new baby”** since we don’t and likely won’t know gender before the birth. I can feel new baby nearly every day, at least once or twice, which is a lovely and reassuring thing. Its been an uneventful pregnancy and I keep remarking that I feel better than last time, but it could just be that I haven’t quite hit the really uncomfortable stage yet and I may eat those words along with everything else in sight. Haha! Just kidding. Kind of.

**Still soliciting suggestions for boy names. Have a girl name locked down, but we’ll be in trouble if its another boy and may continue calling him “new baby” until he’s 5.

Here we all are at a recent wedding of two lovely friends–congrats Mike and Shayna! Thanks to Heidi for capturing the moment!

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We’ve been on the road a lot, collectively, lately. Ted went to Maryland, I went to Reno and then to San Diego and then we all went to Lake Tahoe and next week we’ll all go to San Diego. Its not even over after that. I’m wearing down the wheels on my suitcase.

Lake Tahoe was fun, though. Ben enjoyed playing on the beaches and in the water. He loved to throw rocks into the water and say, “Plop!” each time. We rode the gondola to the top of Heavenly and had lunch and ice cream in the cool mountain air. Perhaps best of all, we took a boat ride to a secluded beach on Echo Lake with friends and had a fun morning of swimming and playing (while battling biting flies and mosquitoes, but that’s not a huge part of the memory for me now). Ben is an awesome traveler and seems to transition pretty well between hotel living and home. Hopefully the trend continues for the trips to come.

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Atop the Heavenly overlook platform.

Atop the Heavenly overlook platform.

 

After-lunch ice cream treat!

After-lunch ice cream treat!

 

Playing in the water. I couldn't resist sharing the butt crack shot.

Playing in the lake. I couldn’t resist sharing the butt crack shot.

 

On the Echo Lake boat with new buddies.

On the Echo Lake boat with new buddies.

 

Things are good on the home front as well. We gave away one chicken (Ophelia the silkie, aka, the “poodle” chicken) because she was hopelessly broody. The remaining girls are doing chicken stuff–laying eggs, clucking away, begging for scraps. The eggs keep coming so I’m guessing they are happy enough. I’m starting to shop around for a coop-builder to construct a new coop before winter. The one we have now is cheap, flimsy, and way too drafty for a Colorado winter. More importantly, we can’t get in and out of it easily because its more “chicken-height” than “adult height” and if we’re going to stick with this chicken thing, we need a coop that’s easier to maintain. I’m formulating my “wish list” just like you might for house-hunting…now to find a builder!

The garden is growing like mad. I had to sacrifice a few kohlrabi to aphids (note to self, never grow a cole crop again. Aphids are gross and totally not worth the effort or space), we couldn’t eat enough lettuce to keep up (another note to self–next year, donate a row to a family in need), and there is at least one bunny (very small and hopelessly adorable) who has been nibbling on the peas and the carrots in the bed closest to his hidey-hole (the woodpile, I think). Knock on wood We’ve had a wet spring and summer–the sprinkler system has really only been needed for a few weeks–and everything is huge and beautiful, the neighbors are jealous, and I am rather thrilled with myself. I’ve been drenched in a couple of hail storms, racing out to cover everything, but that’s been totally worth it. Even the pathetic raspberries, planted by the home’s previous owners in the shade of several aspens, are producing a few berries, which I collect to augment my breakfast each morning when I go out to release the cranky hens into their run for the day. Look, here is the first zucchini! Oh the joy of the first zucchini! It can only be matched by the dread of seeing the last zucchini. Seriously, I have frozen zucchini from last year still. I only planted one plant this year, and it will be too much, I’m sure.

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I can’t think of a good way to wrap this up so I’ll just say, “bye for now.”