Thursday, June 19, 2014

A really fun summer day

It was Music in the Park yesterday.  It rained so we were in the Gathering and Guy Louis did not disappoint.  Here Comes The Sun...the best.  Guy gave Noah an award for being a number 1 dancer.  He had Noah get up and dance for the crowd.  Noah was hilarious.  I wish I had a video camera in my brain so I could have that to watch over and over.  I love Guy Louis, I love my kids, I love Music in the Park, I love Summer, and I love Deb Madonna for getting these pictures. 

Music in the Park is such a fun part of our Summer.

After the park it was pool party time.  I brought this dip and she was right, it was awesome.  
Bring it to your next party.

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Last Day of First Grade!

Field Day...a happy girl...and a patient Noah.

First Day of First Grade:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Scenes from a backyard

I think these are bonnet mushrooms but I'm not positive.

The herb garden is coming along, all the pots have some sprouts in them now but the thyme is by far, most prolific.


That last one isn't from my's my dining room.  I picked ten pounds of beautiful, Michigan, strawberries today.  I am letting them dry a bit so they don't get moldy. Strawberry pie?

See that cute toad up there?  We caught her last week in the tulip bed and I told the kids we could keep it for a few days.  She has been living in a big IKEA tub. We've been feeding her small crickets from the pet store. On Monday morning I went out to check on her and she seemed sad so I told Lucy it was time to let her go.  Then Lucy was sad.  She cried and cried but was very brave and let her go into the cemetery.  A few hours later I went out to check on my plants and looked over in the general direction of the toad.  I thought, "wouldn't it be nuts if it were still there?  if it's still there it's probably our fault because it's too sad or sick to hop away.  If it's too sick to hop away, what if it gets eaten by a snake?"  I walked up to the fence and the poor toad had one leg in a snakes mouth.  I grabbed a switch from a tree Tony had lopped off earlier, and tried to reach them over the fence and scare the snake off.  The snake just retreated further back, carrying the toad.  Now I was sad, sad that I was going to have to watch this poor toad slowly be eaten and it was all my fault.  The snake was small and having trouble swallowing her.  I took Noah by the hand and ran around the length of fence and brushed the leafy end of the switch over the snake...all the while assuring Noah that snakes aren't scary and saying, "you get off our toady!"  The snake dropped the toad and slithered off.  I could see some blood but couldn't tell how badly she was injured.  I guided her through the fence and then ran back around to our yard.  I got her to hop into a plant container and then put her back into the toad sanctuary turned toad hospital.  I inspected her and found a small cut in the fold of skin between her belly and her leg, but it didn't reach the muscle beneath so hopefully she'll heal quickly.  I'm pretty sure she's here to stay because I just can't bare to let her go again.  I went back to the pet store and got her large crickets.  I say she's a she because in looking at the diagrams of the different genders, she looks female to me.  I planted a fern and a hosta in her home and lots of mossy soil.  She seems much happier now.

We are on the lookout for a friend for her.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Lemon goodness

I was in the mood for lemon and found this cake by Lindsay at Life, Love & Sugar.
I can not for the life of me, find any of my cake pans.  So, I made cupcakes instead.
It was a very delicious decision.
Lemon curd is on my list of top favorite foods.

We're so close!


Saturday, June 07, 2014


She's finished with high school.  It's really hard for me to wrap my head around that.
Such a wonderful girl, I know she's going to do great things.
Way to go, Em!

Look at her go!

How many wheels on your bike, Lu?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Cranbrook Institute of Science

This place was prit-ty cool.  
We went for Lucy's field trip.  I would love to go again as a family.

We met Samantha, the Barred Owl.

Dug for fossils in the traveling Dinosaur exhibit.

Viewed some amazing fossils, some real, some not.

Saw the stars in the planetarium.
For some reason when they showed what the night sky would look like without the nearby light pollution, I got really emotional.  What the heck?  They were stars!  I just thought about Heavenly Father's creation and the beauty in Heaven and Earth...and I teared up.  Then I started to feel sick from the spinning and kept nodding off.  I think I need to go out to the country star-gazing this summer.

The geology presentation was my favorite-maybe I liked this field trip more than Lucy-this is an asteroid.  The man who did the presentation was extremely knowledgeable.  I really enjoyed listening to him.  I guess I didn't remember that there were Mastodon fossils found in Michigan.  

Quartz.  The rock samples they had were extensive, and I was surprised by the amount that had been collected in Michigan.  It made me want to dig up my yard and see what I could find.

Cranbrook, we'll be back-thanks for a fun day!

Look at me posting twice in one week...what are we going to do?

Lucy received awards for moral focus and academic achievement.  Yay Lucy!  I took her picture. 
Someone else wanted in on the action. 

He got awards in milk drinking and toy playing.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Parade and the funniest sucker eating ever.

mem mem memorial day

You know...Memorial Day Weekend, Tradition, Union City.

We went to a children's garden, they had this spoon fence that I loved, and a cereal themed portion, an ABC garden and a huge hot-air balloon.  After walking around for a bit and seeing the plants, flowers and sculptures, we had our picnic lunch and played.  I let the kids in the their clothes.  It was so funny to watch Noah.  They had a ball in there.  Luckily, I had extra clothes in the car.

After the park we went to Mooville.  It was rad.  
Animals, Ice cream, Bouncy houses...what could be better?

I swear I said, "make a cheetah face."
Lucy is a rainbow kitty and Noah is a cheetah.

We got into a sweet spot, where we did some "catching," as Grandpa would say.  The kids reeled in fish after fish after fish.  Noah's face was so serious.  Lucy...she is a fisherwoman.  See, for yourself.

She was so proud of this big-mouth bass.  She beamed for days.
I love those faces.  I am one lucky Mama.