Friday, August 15, 2008
You would think this would be good enough for them. Hec, no they want more and by 'they' I am referring to the youngsters. I come home to find that they have crawled through my electric fence and are merrily chomping away on grass in the neighbor's 10 acres. They do not have livestock or apparently a mower of any kind so the grass is kind of tall. And by 'kind of' I mean that my almost 15h yearling filly has disappeared into the grass.
Fortunately, they all love me or their moms or perhaps the hay I put out - but at any rate they crawl back in. I get to go out and find out where my fence is discharging. I find it and decide to just redo an entire section of fence. This is not really too difficult but I needed to replace a couple of T-posts along the way. You drive in T-posts with a post pounder - basically a hunk of metal weighing quite a bit that you lift and drop repeatedly onto the T-post. Yes, I have lots of experience doing this.
So for the viewer's edification - this is a line of T-posts with electric tape on it.
This is a T-post pounder .... And this is my hand after holding and using a t-post pounder on a 95 degree day without even thinking about why my hand might be getting sore. Apparently the metal was hotter than I thought. Actually 5 blisters but one went down right away when I sort of popped it pulling on the electric tape.
Hey at least I know where I got these blisters from. I never remember where I get the bruises from. Maybe next time I will remember to put gloves on first. Nah....
Monday, August 11, 2008
Whenever I take my dogs to the lake, river, whatever people always seem fascinated when they hit the water full furry force and enjoy themselves! They love the water. Well, except baths. For some reason they think that water is not so fun.
I always take Jake with me to the water. He loves it and has actually pulled quite a few children through lakes and rivers. He also loves fetching anything you throw. This summer we also took Spike. While Jake seemed born to be in the water Spike had to work a little harder at the swimming thing. Work he did because all the poods love being in the water.
Hitting the water - no time to lose!
Shane helps the boys by searching the bottom with his feet.
Jake is one happy boy!
Uh oh - shark attack! Well maybe it is just a Spike attack - at any rate circling around...
Friday, August 08, 2008
Happy 5 years old!
The horn was a very important accessory!
And we're off!
Blowing out the candles and making a wish.....
Unwrapping under the watchful eye of Shane and helpful fingers of everyone.
Everyone jumps in to help him read his cards! He loved the one that opened up and sang "who let the dogs out!". He goes to bed with it still so he can play with it.
Score -transformers movie! Mom(that would be me) got tired of renting it from the redbox.
Hmmm - what could the helmet be for.....
And, yes, those sorry looking tomato plants down and in front are actually producing tomatoes. I just like to shock my plants by moving them here and there before finally allowing them to settle down.
Awww -the littles grow up so fast. I guess I can just comfort myself with the fact that she occasionally still acts 5.
I can wear pink if I want to - it's my birthday!
When outside huge cupcakes make for a better bday cake than a cake! Yes it does spell out Happy Birthday.
Katelyn and Nathan show you just how big those cupcakes really are!
Food - who cares about presents! We need food. We have been in the water all day!
Spike hangs out. You know he is thinking that if he just moseys up to the table he'll get a cupcake too.
Oh and pirate booty! Well, actually I don't think that other than the birthday kids any "booty" was to be had but I did get a cool pirate float for half price that they all had fun on.
Callista and Nathan take up anchor and head out to open waters.
Are they sinking - no! ok all is well on the good ship.
Whoops, looks like they have been boarded by cousins!
Avast ye mateys! This is my ship (and my inflatable sword)
Callista has the cannon but Shane has the helm. Nathan is now along for the ride.
Oh, and Chiang hated when I took his picture then gave me a very nice book of pics of him and their activities when he left.
Most of these pics are taken at the activity building where the kids met up in the morning to start their adventures.
Nathan did not understand the "visit" part. I think he was sure that I had gotten him a new brother. He was quite upset when he left. Fortunately, Dakota came back from visiting friends in Washington the same day Chiang left. Nathan recovered once he had his Dakota toy back.
The back of Lisa's head, Callista, Dallas, and Sarita.
All the kids-Callista,Nathan,Dakota,Savannah (the one that was 3 when I last saw her), Wyatt, Dallas, and Sarita with Nathan apparently going on the lam. And here they are again with me holding on to Nathan to prevent any more escape attempts. The All Girl Band - Callista, Savannah, Dallas, and Sarita. World watch out!
Settling down for one picture. This time Wyatt was not as afraid to get so close to the girls-LOL.
Can we reach these? Sarita and Callista w ork out strategy.
Nathan gets the lower branches.
Callista looks charming even on a hot day picking cherries.
Look, mom, we have some more.
The funniest thing was that as the kids got out of the car the owners of the orchard asked if we were with the bigger group? Hunh? what? Amazingly enough out here in Emmett, ID was a huge group of Chinese tourists (kids and all) picking cherries. We went ahead and tagged along since they also brought ladders.
The worst part was that they had just mowed and I started sneezing about 10 minutes in. You would all be proud of the way I stayed the course until we had gathered 12 lbs of cherries.
Sarita is up another tree spying out those cherries.
Nathan joined in the tree climbing fun too. No way you are going to leave him out of this fun!
Ok, mom, we have some cherries. Can I get back to climbing now?
I guess I will start the summer-a-thon with some pictures in the park. This is at Settler's park in Meridian. We met up with Jodi and her kids for some fun.
HOT Days - let's take care of that Dallas taking some time to contemplate washing her hair
Whoops! Callista forgot her swimsuit. So not a problem for her
Sarita takes Spike for a watery cruise
Callista and Nathan ham it up. Is it just me or does he look like he is thinking of aiming for her toes??