Saturday, May 29, 2010

Rainy May day be darned....yesterday
was waterfall huntin' day. We bagged two,
and came home with only minor injuries.
This morning the bod is a little unhappy
but yesterday we were all glad to be moving!

This was the low-lying fall we went to.
It was a bit of a trek to get down to it,
and there were some pretty muddy
places, but it was worth the work.

Here is mini me...I made it small
because it doesn't show
off my general state of disrepair.
But it's kind of a cool picture because
that branch is what we rappelled
down a bank on.

Now that we have thumbed our
nose at the wetness of spring,
we will probably have a lovely sunny weekend.
Oh please, oh please!?

Friday, May 28, 2010


Mister Weather Guesser says partly sunny this weekend? Do we believe him? We have only home things to do all four days Darrin has off and it would so great to have NOT RAIN.

The grass on the huge amounts of side hills around the house is as high as an elephants eye and its way too wet to weed whack it. I kind of like the look of it, as well as more privacy, but when the pollen starts flying, it could be very bad around here.

I want to get the three sisters garden in as well. When we are gone those couple of weeks, I would like to leave then at least partly established so that they don't need water everyday. Have any of you ever planted that way?

The there is the gigantic task of folding all the clean clothes that I have been stacking on the spare bed for the last month. Most of them will need dryer ironed before they can be folded, but it would sure be nice to not see them in there anymore.

Oh, and hang out with the kids and friends. Wouldn't that be nice?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tea Time

Tea parties are one of my very favoritest things to do and today's was one of the best. Of course, the group of gals here made the setting and cleaning up more fun then the actual tea itself! It's unbelievable how many good helpers it takes to put on a party for 60ish women.

Here is my table all decked out. We had the dainty savories first then the more dainty sweets after that. Women who we didn't even know were bringing treats showed up with such delicious things!

Look how cheerful we were before the shindig started! I think when we do our mom's fall get away we should do a tea at the beach. What do you girlies think?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Isn't it strange the differences in blogs? Mine is fairly superficial, for the most part. I started a more serious post a couple weeks ago, and have spent some time editing it, but it just isn't coming together. It isn't as though I don't have deep(er) thoughts, I just can't seem to make them into fodder for public.

This morning I read my cousin's first two posts (her's is a new blog as well) and it was all about her inner thoughts. Definitely NOT "I'm making a grilled cheese sandwich" kind of posts. And of course, as I am nearly always want to to do, I started comparing my self to her. And I was shown, once again, that while we may be similar in looks and even personality, our season in life is very different.

How often I have known moms with young kids who would like to have time away from their littles. I was there! I remember! I wish there had been someone there to tell me, "Hang in there and enjoy this time! It's such a short season!" Our message from the world, and even lots of times in the church is that we need more time for ourselves, and while it is necessary to have rechargings, how I wish I hadn't nearly lived for those. If only I could have some of the time back. If only I hadn't spent so much time comparing myself to other, more "free" women. If only I had learned a long time ago what I know now; that in a blink I would have one child leaving for college and one a sophomore and two middle schoolers.

All that leads to another thought...mentoring. As I approach an age where I am starting to feel more qualified to speak, I wish even more I had sought out an admirable woman to ask questions of. I have a wonderful mother, but she is not a believer and that puts things in a very different light. Am I a woman who is approachable to others who are in a season of needing advice? Lord, please let me be. And let me be the kind of mother whose daughters will seek and ask.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Oregon Spring....

A tomato variety or insanity? It seems that this wacky weather (which, by the way, is COMPLETELY NORMAL) gets to me more and more as I get older. I have spent the vast majority of my life here, so why is my attitude about it getting worse? Weird.

On the upside of Global Weirding, the garden is lovin' it. Raining at night and 65 during the day is prime potato, squash, strawberry weather. Glad I got those those things in the ground. Unfortunately, it also means that the tomatoes that I have been nursing in the greenhouse are probably going to need potted up again before time to go in the garden. Then it will turn summer before the roots fill the pots and I'll get them out late! :P Poor real farmers!

Chicks are growing. Kids are nearly done with the book part of school. No reason whatsoever to be Droopsy.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

No post again yesterday! Bad me.

Today's sunshine did wonders for my attitude. Now if it will just hold out until Saturday, Darrin will til and I can plant, plant, plant.

We finished our Mother's day present to me...instead of saying growly meanness to each other this week, we wrote it on index cards. Then tonight after the kids finished burning marshmallows over the fire, we burned them. They made a few jokes about being cultish, but it really did seem to make then stop and think before barking at or slamming each other. My cards were more internal. When I felt the hurt and anger welling up over words or circumstances, I would write it down and try to also write what could or couldn't be done about the situation. It might be juvenile, but its been a good week.

Darrin and Madi are working on desserts for the CIY auction tomorrow night. Its been a little LOUD in there...that's why I am out here!

Now it's popcorn and bed time. Tomorrow is taekwondo all day, so I need to get up early for the yoga and quiet. Have a terrific weekend, girls!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This is a test of the blog picture system. This is only a test.

(Me and the dependents at Multnomah Falls.)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Well, I guess I fell off the post yesterday. Between worship practice, Sunday school, church, family dinner, grocery shopping, a thunderstorm in the Goodwill (literally, not because we were in there) then popcorn and "Lost" with husband, I just didn't have the time! :)

Hope you mamas all had a great day celebrating YOU!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Here I am blogging again. Impressive. Two posts in one week. Wonder how long it will last.

I just finished perusing the blogs of the three people I "follow" which I believe may be something akin to stalking. Katie, who's blog is such fun but who is without internet at home...bummer. Mrs. Back Acher, who I find so very entertaining. And Hop_A_Long, who is greatly missed on the wet side of Oregon.

I hope to have some time this weekend to post some pictures and maybe even an entry of substance.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Maybe if I start a new blog I will use it more? We shall see.