Friday, July 31, 2015

365 Joys- July 31st 2015


She climbs EVERYTHING.


And here's my kids at home tonight playing Simpson's Clue.


365 Joys- July 30th 2015


We cooked the squash with some onion, bell pepper, and the jalapeño.  Spicy!  But delicious.  We love squash.


Here's cheeky Ginny with one of her favorite animals... er... many of that one kind.  She makes a great elephant noise.


365 Joys- July 29th 2015


Garden produce!

GEDC0200 We love squash.

GEDC0202 We also got a little orange bell pepper (though we didn't plant orange, we planted yellow and red... hmmm.)  Oh, and a jalapeño.

Oh, and farmer Samuel got sunburned weeding.  More sunscreen!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

365 Joys- July 28th 2015


My oldest daughter Emilie is growing up.

She is getting more beautiful every day, inside and out.  We did have fun dyeing her hair the other day... not a whole lot different but a little more red.

The cookies are just fun... we still need to fix our Kitchenaid so she is making cookies by hand.  My pioneer girl, haha.

365 Joys- July 27th 2015


We love having pets.

Fish, while you can't play with them, at least give an opportunity to help care for an animal and watch them in their home.

Everyone has their own fish in our home, and yes, we've had some die, and we've bought more, but a cool thing is that our fish keep making more baby fish... and even though yes, a lot of the babies are gone before we even can see them, every now and then we find little survivors that just keep on going!  In face, most of our "individual" fish (we also have a school of neon tetras and a few danios, plus a snail and some otocinclus catfish that eat the algae) are starting to be homegrown...

Each of the kids have a fish that is identifiable and different from all the other fish (though all compatible... they are platys and mollies)  Every now and then they die... and we either get a new one or they get the next baby fish we find.  The "homegrown" ones are very hardy as they had to survive being eaten by much bigger fish.  So, by the time we can even see them, they are the strong survivors.

Right now we have two tiny ones.  They don't even have markings yet but Timothy and Liberty have claimed them.

My new camera has a "fish" setting to take pictures behind glass without reflection.  I keep playing with it to try and get a picture of the tiny fish... however, even with a "fish" setting, fish move really fast...

GEDC0183 Anyway.  A picture of Tom's neon tetras and a picture of one of the baby fish... kind of like a Where's Waldo, though, he looks just like the rocks except he has eyes!


365 Joys- July 26th 2015


Some of the awesome missionaries who serve in our ward.

I help with the missionary meal calendar in our ward, and help keep them eating meals with members and investigators.  (no, not a calling, just something I seem to take over when no one is doing it.)

I've done this in many wards... I think when I started, I looked at all my little boys and thought, well, if I feed these boys, somebody will feed mine when they are serving the Lord on their missions.

Now I'm thinking even closer, as Michael gets older and making choices leading to his mission, friends have kids on missions, and my kids have friends on missions, I see how awesome it is to see the people in their missions share pictures and stories of their sons and daughters with the mothers and fathers and hope that will happen with our missionaries, too.

So I'm making more of an effort to take pictures of these great kids, and send those pictures home to families who want to see their missionaries.

Just be patient with me.  It's a long time from now that my youngest child will return from her mission, if she goes.  And NOT so long before my first will leave.  Lots of thoughts.


365 Joys- July 25th 2015


Michael.  I love seeing him look this happy.

Christopher showing me "the opposite of being ready for prayer..."

Christopher lost that other front tooth that he hadn't lost yet in that picture of him being a little wild... and crazy...

So here's the full toothless effect.


365 Joys- July 24th 2015


My little princess just coloring away.  Nothing makes her happier.

She wants to be an artist like Michael.

And my kids love my magnets... and I love my kids.

This is what I found on our fridge.

And I mean the We Believe in Family, not whatever is below it haha.


365 Joys- July 23rd 2015


Christopher lost a front tooth!  I mean a top front tooth!  There's the first teeth, and then there's the BIG teeth, those top two that make you lisp when you lose them.

Yeth, Chrithopher is lithping.

SO proud!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

365 Joys- July 22nd 2015


Garden time!

We are still trying to weed this little plot of ours.

The weeds are growing better than the plants. It's a never ending battle.

However, we have our first harvest... yay!

GEDC0146 Some other fun things... our yellow pepper...

GEDC0141 Our jalapeño...

GEDC0138 Cucumber flowers...even though some animal ate the tops off our plants!

GEDC0143 Squash (or zucchini) flower... so exciting!  I just forget which plant is which.

GEDC0144 Random picture of Timothy.