Sunday, June 30, 2013

I reek... and I love it

Seriously, I need to scrub out my bathtub. The past three days I have gotten so filthy that by the end of the day when I shower off, my bath water is brown. Now there is a lovely ring around the tub. Gotta love summer. No, really! I'm having the time of my life! While I hate being stinky when I actually sit still for a moment, while I'm out having fun, I love doing the kinds of things you need to do to get this level of dirty. Friday was spent at the river with the kids, then at the park for the entire afternoon. Saturday I spent painting the girls' room, sanding the BBQ grill and repainting it. With no AC going, by the end of the day, I was pretty rank. Today I did some more painting, more work on the grill and fired it up. So now I have a lovely patina of charcoal and smoke to add to my image. After I put the girls down, I'm going to go for a bike ride before showering off.

This next week is going to be another busy week. Swim lessons start tomorrow. Izzie and Maddie "practiced" putting their heads under water in the bathtub tonight. Izzie said she did it 10 times. Tuesday there is talk about going to the coast with some friends. That hasn't been finalized though. Wednesday is more swim lessons and then of course Thursday is the 4th of July. Friday I may not get out of bed. I think I might need a break by then! It's officially summer time in Vancouver and I'm LOVING it!
 Grilled potatoes and steak for dinner.

 Maddie and Izzie splashing in the pool. SO glad their suits from the cruise still fit!

Finished sanding and painting the grill that my Father-in-Law, Tom gave John and I! It' so shiny and sparkly now. Still need to replace the wheels though. Oh and I probably should have taken down the overspray plastic before taking the pic....

My Maddie and My Izzie. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Busier than I thought...

I haven't posted anything in a few days because I didn't think I had anything too exciting to report. But I finally plugged my camera in tonight and lo-and behold it is so full of adventures that I'll have to break it down into a couple of posts. Maybe life is just now so exciting that I don't even realize how much fun we are having! To say I love it here is an understatement. I miss my family and friends back in Texas, but I "fit" here. I feel like I've been here a lot longer than I have, it just feels like home.

 Izzie and Maddie clocking some more deck time. This deck really has been as amazing as it looks. It's a pain to keep clean, but it's worth it, it's such a fun place to play and hang out.

 Daddy and his girls in a giggle fit. (M & I)

 We went to the library and they were having a lego challenge. The challenge was to build something out of one random tray of legos. They got to fill out a piece of paper with their creation and display it on the shelves too. Maddie built some robots and a jet. Izzie build a robot and a few other lego things that she didn't name.

 Izzie, investigating her choices.

 Maddie. (This was before the haircut day, I posted that out of order.)

 First gymnastics class post-hair cut. They wanted pig tails, I tried my best. I love this cute picture!


 Warm up Walks.

 Coach Helen was out today and Coach Dallas filled in. She pushed them hard! Up until the very last moment they were doing gymnastics skills and then ended with sit ups and push ups!
 On June 20th the girls turned 5.5 years old. I've always like celebrating Half Birthdays. We sing Happy UnBirthday to You and just do silly things all day. In our math class we talked about the fraction 1/2 and for lunch I cut their entire lunch in half!

 They really liked that!

 Last Saturday our neighborhood had a garage sale. We are still going through stuff, but since participation was easy we threw out a few random things that we don't need. I found a Christmas toy that I bought for the girls and forgot to give them TWO christmas's ago. But it was still cool. So they played with it while we did the sale. (M & I)

 They really want a tree to climb. They tried climbing this one in our backyard with some success. Maddie came to get me and asked me to take a picture. I think she thought she was up a lot higher than she was.


 On last Sunday, someone posted on one of my Homeschool groups that a local 4H club was doing a horseback riding fundraiser. It was $5 to ride for 15 minutes. It was an overcast drizzly day and our ride slot wasn't until 4pm. The girls asked all day if it was time to go ride. They were excited! It was at this very small farm.


 Maddie

 Izzie






 After riding they got to pet this momma goat and her two kids.  (M &I)


 Izzie trying on my hat

 Maddie

This momma got a double foot massage. She deserved it too!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Maddie's Dressing Recipes

Maddie just came running in with a piece of paper. "Mom!" She said, "I have some great recipe ideas and I need you to write them down so you don't forget."
"What kind of recipes?" I asked.
"For salad dressings," she replied.

Dressing One
Get some yogurt, mash up some strawberries and honey.

Dressing Two:
Mix some oil, lemon OR lime juice with tiny chopped pieces of onion.

I think I may have a future chef in my house!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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 Daddy's reaction!

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