Saturday, April 19, 2014

Virginia-Cousin Time

When Shannon's parents came for a week they brought his sister's daughter along too! Ginny is right in between Annie & Caroline, age-wise. They all shared a lot of laughs and fun goofy giggly girl time!

One day's play was doctor office. (With real patients instead of dolls!)

Several afternoons were badminton game days. 
A single strand of jute twine across the lane served as a makeshift net. 
This must be girls vs. boy(s).

Jumpropin' Ginny

 American Girl doll gifts from Grandma when granddaughters turn 10.

Lots of time was spent sewing.
Though not long stretches of pensive, focused, somber, calm, sewing.

Ginny taught Annie how to knit a scarf. 

She gifted Caroline & Cora with matching scarves she made during their long drive to Kansas.

The children (plus Aunt Britney) all enjoyed Ginny's walky talkies...playing Spies.

Each gal made pom pom bookmarks for Art class.

They tried out the long awaited microwave popcorn in a bag that was found at our place after we moved in. That is the handiest idea for growing popcorn (which we plan to do), no threshing the kernels off! Too bad the micro-waves kill the good stuff! (So we also plan to de-corn our cobs after harvest for the stovetop popper.)

It was popped for a picnic lunch in the freshly cleaned chicken house (playhouse?) They thought it was grand anyhow!

Caroline even got to ride all the way back to the relative's house with her Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie, and very fun cousin!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

More Grandparents Visit

Shannon's parents, sister, and niece came all the way from Virginia to our house for a week. Grandma brought her bag of sewing tricks to teach the girls.

needle punch is interesting even to Riley

Mom whittling down our mending/altering pile.

Grandpa helped Shannon take down and build fence around the edge of our property.

We slipped in some gametime

and dinner with friends. (We were invited in another home for lunch too, I just didn't take any photos.)

scrumptious chimichangas with fresh cilantro

individual salsa bowls

mozzarella ranch salad

a new take on strawberry shortcake
It was great to have helping hands in our daily work and projects. It was also fun to enjoy a little visiting and making memories at our new place!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tinker General

The little shed behind our house has been fashioned into a shop. After Shannon has worked two days at a local auto repair shop, he's home for the rest of the week to tinker to his heart's content. 
Sometimes on little jobs...

...sometimes on larger longer projects.

But almost always greasy grimy and a mental challenge.

This car was at least a pretty piece hanging around our backyard!

There are a few perks to the mechanic wife's life. Like taking the various machines for a spin.

The girlies really liked this electric scooter!

Big or small, we take them all
Give Tinker General a call!

Shannon transported the long windmill pole from our old place in Sawyer, with visions of generating power up on the gentle rise at northeast 30th Avenue. 

And fixed the timing on Annie's (my old) sewing machine.

Wait! That's not Tinker General...that's tinker Daddy!

-Gotta love God's gifting in each person-

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

School Days, School Days, Dear Ole Golden Rule Days...

I'm not sure what sparked the idea, but I thought it would be interesting to take a snapshot of the contents in each child's school desk. 

So here's a fun visual of Alexander Riley, grade7

Annie Rose, grade 6

And Caroline Mae, grade 3! -Yikes!-

Science Project.
Annie was gifted with a bath bomb kit quite awhile ago and had never completed it. One day for science class the children made the glittery fizzy flowers.

She has yet to try them in the tub, but Annie says she is going to tonight!

Cora started coloring on an edge (instead of folded) corner, and so created an X instead of a diamond. She is so squirrely! Her mischievousness is starting to appear in snapshots. (This was the most civilized of 4 pictures!)

Leisure Time (schole) Art. Did you know the Greek meaning of school is leisure/free time?!

Caroline and Cora love to paint. Partly because of age and partly personality! Cora is very much into whatever Caroline does, including what she doesn't do. ("Caroline doesn't have to clear off the table!, Caroline didn't put her coat on!", etc., etc., etc.)

It certainly is nice to have something to keep small hands busy and young minds ever-learning!