July 21, 2012

Kla Ha Ya Fun

Kla Ha Ya: Native American for "welcome".

Welcome to the 2012 annual baby crawl contest.

Welcome Kira, our 2nd place winner and receiver of a $25 gift certificate. I'm pretty sure I'm happier about it than she is.

Welcome to eating a huge chunk of watermelon. Congratulations to Tymon for planning out a winning strategy. If you'd like to win one of these contests in the future, here's the secret: take small enough bites that you only have to chew a couple times and can then swallow.

Welcome to marionberry pie.
 
The second place guy in the watermelon eating contest was happy to compete with Tymon at the pie table. He won. I don't know how he inhaled his piece so quickly. But at least he got one blue ribbon!
 
Winning for me is much less about getting a ribbon and bragging rights than it is about the contest being over and eating most of my piece with a fork. 
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July 18, 2012

Trapped

Whenever a bird flies into our house, I get nervous.
Part of it comes from not knowing where they might poop.
And thinking I might have to clean it up.
The other larger part is that birds don't understand 
Why they can't just fly out a window
So they need help.
And that might mean I have to touch the bird.
That freaks me out.
A lot.

 

On the bright side,
Our little friend here dusted the entire length of our high window.
Plumes of dust went everywhere.
Then he found the dining room window.
And flew in through the shutters.
I trapped him there.
 And opened the window,
Took out the screen.
Hoping he would figure it out.


He didn't.
I had to intervene.
And touch him.
Well, actually my dish cloth touched him.
But it still scared me plenty.
I was afraid I might break one of his wings,
Especially, if he struggled or put up a fight.
He's okay, though.
I got him out the window.
And he flew off in a hurry,
Only leaving a few feathers behind.
Phew!

Bon Voyage, my friend.
Please don't come back!

Family Reunion Highs and Lows

Family Reunion Highs
1. Camping with no dirt, no campfire, no cooking and flush toilets. (We set up our tent in the back yard of our host.)

2. The ingenuity of our cousins...check out this homemade merry-go-round. The kids spent hours on this thing. They also loved shooting off the 2-liter soda bottles into the trees.

3. Swimming - both in the lake and at the water park. We headed over the mountains and the weather was so nice. It was hot with fantastic breezes.

4. I was happy to find that the family in my grandparents' old home have taken excellent care of the lawn and gardens. I have so many memories there...


5. My cousin took Graeden, Jovana and I shooting while his mother watched the other kids. I should warn you, I'm a pretty good shot. Can you even believe that bulls-eye? Yeah. I did that. And yes, I used a scope on for it. BUT I had some other pretty good shots without a scope. We got to use several different guns. One I haven't used before was a muzzle loader like what was used in the American Civil War. We measured gun powder, poured it in and then shoved in the lead ball before shooting it. That was cool. We also got a little history lesson. We shot a few different rifles and a shotgun as well as a couple of hand guns. Graeden's favorite was the AK-47. He was talking to Jett about it later and I heard Jett exasperated exclaim, "I don't even know what an AK-47 is!" Ha ha ha. Graeden has made sure that he knows now.



Family Reunion Lows
1. Sometimes I feel awkward around people (cousins) I should know but I don't. And all the names swirl around in my head and I mix people up. Eek. I suppose that means I need to go to more reunions.

2. But even more awkward and probably my low for this year was telling the life guard at the aquatics center that Jett puked in the pool. Yeah, that was gross. I was trying to give him a swimming lesson. Only he thought he was drowning. I had him in back float position and was holding his head out of the water. And he worked himself into a panic. Picture me trying to be calm and him screaming that he was drowning. Then he said he was going to throw up. I didn't believe him. Joke's on me. He spewed chunks of carrot and cucumber all over. They shut that part of the pool down for 45 minutes and cleaned it up. He finally calmed down and I'm happy to say that he finished his swim lesson in shallow water by doing 100 leg kicks. 

July 15, 2012

Fireworks

Elliott had the coolest fireworks photos this year.
The sun was shining on the 4th of July.
It was a beautiful day.
And full.
Flag raising and pancake breakfast at the church.
Parade and street fair.


Cotton candy and snow-cones.
Barbecue at my uncle's house.
Tymon and Graeden snuck off too the Indian Reservation.
Bought fireworks.


Barbecue at Tymon's sister's house.
Lit fireworks.


Too bad Elliott lost his arm.
Not really.
But it looks like it in the photo.

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