. .but just barely!!
We've been pretty crazy here, and for the first time in my ENTIRE 38 years. .I wonder if I might completely lose my mind before it is over. I did think this morning in the shower that we are very lucky. .we only have to do this super crazy stuff for one year. .then both older boys will be in high school, on the same schedule. .and Devin will still have 3 years before hitting junior high! So, thought I'd update friends and family on our lives. .since I ain't writin' and I ain't callin'!!
|Grant has been one of the guys that runs back and forth to the coach getting plays and relaying them to the team (at least that is what I guessed he was doing)|
This guy is busy with the 3rd grade, and is learning lots. We are settling into his homework, spelling word study, and reading. Devin has always been our "not-so-lucky--if it will happen, it will happen to me" kinda kid, and I am convinced that if he LIVES to see high school graduation it will be nothing short of a miracle. As my mom would say, "his guardian angel must get tired." Last weekend while messing around by himself out back of the garage, he managed to tip over the broken basketball goal onto his head and neck. He came screaming to the house, where I found that he had put his tooth ENTIRELY through his face, about 1/4 inch below his bottom lip. When the word "stitches" reverberated from my lips to his ears. .another meltdown. So, we ended up using the glue leftover in my fridge from his bleacher escapade at the fair, and glued his lip back together. .I REALLY had to try extra hard not to put some of that super-bonding glue on his lip and sealing them together in blissful peace. If you've ever spent about 10 minutes with the child, you would TOTALLY understand. The worst part. .not 3 hours later, Grant came laughing to me with the camera "You just gotta watch this video." It happened to be a video of Devin. .riding his bike at full speed across our 40 ft long deck on the west side of the house. .jumping it OFF the 3 steps and landing it on the ground. This particular video showed Dev jumping the bike and face-planting into the ground. He is a slow learner. .but a persistent one. When I get to heaven, I will be eager to ask just how many angels they had to switch out to keep him adequately covered! Devin's AWANA group started last Wednesday too, so that's an afterschool event on Wed that he will look forward to each week.
As for the rest of us, we stay busy tag-teaming kids. Jeremy is trying to get his last licks in with the race car before the end of the season next month. He took his dad Saturday and they had a good time. The boys were so tired from school, though, that they chose not to go!! Instead. .Devin and Grant decided to swap beds. .so we spent the day (not knowing it would take THE day) taking apart the bunk bed and moving it from the basement to the attic. .taking apart the queen bed from the attic and moving it to the ground floor before realizing (I may be an idiot) that it wouldn't fit into the basement. .taking apart the full bed from the attic and moving IT to the basement. .and moving the queen bed BACK up to the attic and putting it back together. Between that and hauling my laundry to my MIL's to use her dryer. .we were beat!!
Cami and I had a girl's day Friday to pick up a new front-load washer/dryer set that I had been saving for. Unbeknownest to me, gas dryer's that use propane need a special converter for them to work without setting fires. And. . I didn't ask for one, neither did they ask me what type of gas we were using. SO. .the washer is totally sweet!! And Jeremy got the dryer back out of the dump and hooked it up. .so I am in business until the converter comes in this week. I was more than nauseated Friday night though when we discovered the problem, after hours!! It always happens to me!!
|I was SOOO glad to see the new growth on the Nandina "heavenly bamboo" plants that I moved from my north garden to the south garden in May. The second one doesn' t look AS good, but showing new growth as well. SCORE!!|
Yesterday I enjoyed the afternoon with my co-workers and we made Christmas trees out of used wool. OH, so cute!! And a fun time too!
And the gardens are keeping me busy too. I am back to wandering every other day or so to see what is blooming. I missed these quiet times this summer when it was just too depressing to wander through the crispy plants! The self-seeding orange cosmos are just vibrant!!
And this. .is STILL the Mexican hat plant put in last spring. Two of the three survived, and are still putting on a show!! I will have to see if they are tricky to seed for new plants. Thinking that I will need to try it anyway and add them to the new fence garden.
These cherry swizzle zinnias are finally looking nice. They have struggled along all summer. .in that place right in between life and death. They are shorter zinnias and have a great color variation.
These red spider zinnias surprised me, I thought the blooms would be bigger. Actually, they are very small and quite cute. .I think I will reseed them in other places next spring too.
The butterfly plants are blooming better, and since the cooler temps, the colors are much nicer. I have one close to the house, and am enjoying the scent as I feed the fish. It is a really heavy scent in the cool, dampish evening air! And the butterflys and moths are enjoying it too. .as they are the caryopteris. .which you can tell from the earlier photo with the butterflies.
Here are the two smaller caryopterisis bushes that I located in my gardens, coming up from seed. They both transplanted nicely, and this one is even blooming. I located another one last night. .so will need to move it next spring too. .if anyone wants to give it a home, let me know. .if not, I'm sure I can find somewhere to put it!
I have two boys that are starting to bring me pictures on my camera or theirs of different birds that they have spotted. Dev took this photo of the Eastern Kingbird. yesterday. .I acutally saw a belted kingfisher in my trees Saturday, but couldn't get a photo, and haven't seen it since. .which probably isn't all bad. .since their diet is fish and frogs. I have a lot of baby fish he could eat. .but some of them are developing some really cute characteristics. .so I wouldn't want him eating the good stuff!! And I am pretty sure he wouldn't make off too far with my prized "tank" of a yellow koi!!
So. .guess that is about all we have been up to. .now wake up and go get another cup of coffee!!
Have a super week. .stop back by soon, I hope to have a post about our rustic little Christmas tree project!!