I brought my camera out in the garden to catch the boys helping dad in the garden. They love digging the compost and I think Aaron likes that they can do something out there besides destroy stuff - finally.
But hey, what's up with our peach tree? They look like they're wearing..... but, no, they can't be...
They're on the pears, too - and the apples. Nylons.
Aaron bought fancy socks for our fruit. In hopes that he's found an organic way to keep the bugs and worms out. So far it may be working for the peaches and pears, but not the apples.
We have the fanciest fruit! Ready for a night on the town.
Psst! I updated my 'Reading this Month' section of the sidebar - it only took me six months!
On the way home from camp, I stopped at a tiny local thrift store in this small town. I've been wanting to stop there for years, so I was happy to have a few moments sans kiddos to check it out. Very cool, in an old house where every nook, cranny, and cupboard was filled with things for sale. Pretty nice place. The highlights for me were this gorgeous Hanna Andersson slip for Princess and a stack of books for her - some are nice hardcovers, too.
Stopping by the library last night I found these books for sale - for half off of the normal library price. So, for $1.65 I got all of these:
(I was most happy to find 'Theater Shoes' - our library doesn't seem to have enough Streatfeild books, so I don't know why they were selling this one). The Batman ones are for Monkey - someone showed him the chase scene with the Batmobile from Batman Begins and the trailor for The Dark Knight (Aaron!) and Monkey is now obsessed. The mail carriers book is for Thomas - he wants to be a 'package delivery man' when he grows up. He loves to ride around on his tricycle pretending to deliver mail and packages (occasionally really trying to deliver people's mail - gotta watch that kid closely!). The Christmas Story is for me - I collect Eloise Wilkin books and I don't think I have that one. Princess is currently trying to pick up Japanese and French - what a girl
And, um, not thrifted, but practically - Hancocks was having a huge sale and I picked up some fabric to make skirts/tops for myself and Princess (pattern shown is for Princess - Simplicity 2878 - don't be fooled by the Hannah Montana logo - it's way cute!). Some of the fabric was $1.99/yd or less!
(Bottom fabric: Batman. Not shown: Darth Vadar fabric, Ninja Turtles fabric (for a pillowcase for a friend), and a cute new Thomas fabric that I couldn't resist).
Also (FINALLY) picked up Simplicity 3835 and 4579. They've been on my list for MONTHS. Possibly a year for 3835. And I keep missing the sales, or they sell out. I actually had a dream last night that the ladies at the fabric store HID those patterns and I couldn't find them. Seriously. Pathetic, I know.
Almost finished my first 3835 top - not entirely happy with it... we'll see how it turns out.
Anyway, what's new with you?
At camp, there was a 'challenge course' that consisted of 7 different events that combined physical and mental challenges - kinda like Survivor, I think. Since I only went to half of camp, I missed that (and the canoeing!). But the highlight of the course was the pole-walk leading to the zip line, and the leaders who missed it the first time headed up there on Thursday to try it out.
(if you look closely at the above photo you can see where the zip-line ends - at another log pole).
Anyway, to get to the zip line you have to climb up a large pole (I swear it looks short-ish here, but it was tall! Like 25 feet or more) and stand on the cross-log - then walk across it! You were 'on belay' so you wouldn't die if you fell off, but it would be scary and you could still hurt yourself, I'm sure. This was the hardest part.
Once you made it to the other side, you climbed around to sit on the itty-bitty platform, where your cables were switched, and when you were ready you just jumped off and swung to the end - and partway back. No handlebars, no swing - just the cable hooked to your harness.
That was the good part.
It was a short hike to get there, so it was quite a nice triumphant walk back to camp - I did it! I acted tough, so most people didn't suspect, but I've always been afraid of heights. Pretty decently afraid. But I didn't overthink this (they said put on the harness, and I did, they said 'it's your turn' and I climbed). I almost decided to come down before crossing the log, though - that was scary! There was nothing to hold onto except the cable you're hooked to.
But I did it, and I'm proud of myself!
I am brave! I am fearless!
p.s. these photos are not of me - I took these of other people - so 'technically' I have no 'proof' that I did this to show you - but there were plenty of eyewitnesses!
I'm back - camp was great. The place where they held it this year is AMAZING and gorgeous and I felt lucky to be there.
We stayed in yurt-style cabins - perfect since this was my first Girls' Camp since I was 16. It felt like camping, but it was a little nicer and a great setup.
The girls were completely rowdy and crazy and I was not prepared for the intensity of the midnight-craziness. At. All. They were insanely hyper at night - like nothing I've ever seen.
Aaron used to have to go on scout camp-outs a lot, and teases me that at scout camp the boys learn wilderness skills and the girls don't at Girls' Camp.
Well, yeah - the first day I was there we did pedicures. Ahem.
(Not my feet - mine don't tan like that...)
I now have fluorescent dayglo pink fingernails, too. Painted by a 14 year old.
Girls' Camp is all about the bonding - and that so happened with our girls. Such a cool experience and I'm glad I got to go!
Thomas made a fingerprint train the other day - we got out our fingerprint book for inspiration.
Later the whole train exploded - lots of red pen.
That's why I like to take pictures of his artwork in progress.
The other day I was watching the boys in the pool - brought out my sketchbook and sketched a little and wrote all my random thoughts out on a page. My head's been a little full this week it seems - probably because I have to leave for girls' camp this morning! Yikes! I hate being away from home, but I've mentioned that already...
-We've been enjoying the new mini-series of Little House on the Prairie - Princess got it for her birthday - wow! For any fans of the books - you will love it (Grace!). Much closer to the books than the old series + it's beautiful, has great music, and the little girls are super cute. Seriously, it is an excellent film.
-I should have sent my bedding to girls' camp with the ones going on Monday - now I have to carry it all...
-Man, I need to go to the post office! It's hard to find time to do that - I'm not taking all 3 kiddos there again!
-Thank you, Erin for the beautiful notebook! I love it.
-I need to scan all of our film photos - like 1996 - 2005. Plus 1976 -1995...
-I have a ton of ideas to print up on my gocco. Too many.
-Monkey peed on the grass, and proudly came to tell me.
-Then he peed on the beanbag chair in Thomas' room.
-But man, I hate emptying + putting new filler in beanbags!
-Finally got all three kiddos to the dentist - check!
-Now two of them have to go back for fillings.
-Thank goodness it's not Thomas.
-And Princess should see an orthodontist and go back to the ophthalmologist - Thomas should head there, too.
-I hate making appointments.
-I've been ebay-ing these little 'galactic heroes' Star Wars toys to put away for the boys.... or for me? They're pretty hilarious.
-Thomas' kindergarten 'meet the teacher' is scheduled. Wow.
-Riding a bike is fun, even when you haven't done it for years. I like the clicking sound.
-I think I'm buying this bike.
-My patience has been running thin today.
-I could use a nap.
-Will I get sick from the altitude up the mountain? Seems like I usually do.
-I should schedule a post for Friday, since I won't be here.
-Kiddie pools rock.
-When can we see 'The Dark Knight'? I can't wait.
-I wonder if 'The Clone Wars' will be kiddo-appropriate. It looks like crap, but how could I not take them to a Star Wars movie in the theater?
-Please, Aaron remember to tape SYTYCD for me!
-I have to double-check what Princess packed for Grandma's - I won't double-check what Aaron packed for the boys. I made him a list.
-I hate being away from home.
Long, long ago, in one of my very first posts, I told about our rice box. The kids loved it. But kept outiside, even closed, it got bugs. Ew. So we got a new one, and kept it closed up in the basement, bringing it upstairs occasionally - and spilling rice all over the floor. Ugh, but worth it.
So Aaron was sent to Lowe's on Saturday. It cost about $11 and took all of 15 minutes to make this PVC stand for our rice box.
The kids LOVE it. Princess is out there more than the boys.
We have some cups, a big funnel, had some cars - Thomas has now brought them all inside, and some plastic knight toys. I'm thinking we can change it with a water 'box' sometimes - and maybe a bean box.
First thing they want to do when they wake up - first thing they wanted to do when we got home from church - RICE! Thanks, Mary Beth for a great idea - next up I'll color the rice - I was too impatient to let them play with it this weekend!
(And for the record, we keep the box lid on when it's not in use and we'll probably bring this inside each night to avoid the bugs!)
Nothing much going on over here - but it's been a nice Saturday.
I was able to get out this morning to check a few yard sales and found some cool stuff - including a new DDR pad - so we played versus mode DDR all morning -and I attempted the '1 player - 2 pads' mode - crazy stuff!
We got to hang out with Eva as she's in town for the weekend - so glad - thanks for hanging with us, Eva!
In the afternoon we saw the Kit movie - 4 adults, 3 girls, 7 dolls. It was pretty good - definitely the best of the AG movies.
Then we played lots of Legos (We have a ton of both regular and duplo, but I found MORE duplo this morning - woo hoo!)
We were lucky that both sets of Grandparents could come to Princess' baptism. Aaron's parents came from out of state. While she was here - his mom asked if I wanted this quilt - she makes models for a quilt shop. But if I didn't like it, it was okay.
Um, yeah, I love it! Lots of the 'peas and carrots' prints and just so fun - check out the bias-striped binding! Even the backing is gorgeous. Monkey insisted on sleeping with it one night - it was my MIL's idea to put it in the playroom, and I think it's so fun there - especially after moving the rocker downstairs.
My SIL came with her family and brought me her old sewing machine - yay! Maybe I shouldn't say this, but it's much nicer than Stanley. Hmm, she'll need a name.... Can't wait to try her out, but first I've gotta make some room to move around my bedroom/craft room so that I can actually put it on the sewing table!
They didn't leave empty handed, one of the things for my MIL were these notecards + matching waterlily envelopes. She wanted to see how my gocco printer worked.