July has got away from me in more ways than one, so I figured I better get my pictures on before they just got lost in the rest of the shuffle and never posted at all.
Nothing special, not exactly a "Kodak moment," but for some reason when I walked into my room and found these two quietly playing with Kenex on our bed it just made me happy. They are forever together and always get along, except for when they don't and then stand back, and they amaze me every.single.day. They are far more constant motion and noise than not, so maybe it was the simple quiet and stillness in their play, their comfort with each other and their constant attraction to where I lay, but when I saw them there like that...I wanted to remember it forever. G Team, you're beautiful boys. Strong, curious, fearless, smart, and you laugh easily...don't ever lose that.
Some of the first zucchini and squash from this years garden...breaded, fried, and smothered in ranch.
The Wonder Twins have been busy on the Oregon Coast. Fishing, clamming, crabbing and berry picking. It has been a two month long summer camp program with their Papa. I'm happy that they got to go and learn, see, do and just get away for a bit. They will remember this summer with my Dad for the rest of their lives, I'm sure of it.
An entire BUCKET of crab...so jealous!!!
This week they made their back to my brother's house in Reno and did a little arrowhead hunting. Sugar King found these two and sounds rather impressed with the clear one. They will stay with my brother and his family until the end of August, which seems like forever away at this point. They left on May 29th, so they've been gone for a good bit already, but I'm glad to finally have a date to look forward to for their return.
So, Coal, the stray dog we brought home, yeah, I think that he is recovered from most all of his past trauma. He seems pretty darn happy here on the mountaintop with us and is often found napping on the couch...he doesnt care that he is a big ole black lab, he thinks he is a lap dog and I'm tired of arguing with him about it, so on the couch he sleeps. He also likes to ride in the car and if we don't take him he trows a fit, seriously, the dog tries to talk...he just sounds like Chewy from Star Wars when he does it, it's hilarious!! I got a picture of him in the car, but he was sprawled on his back sleeping and, I don't know, his boy junk was the main focal point of the picture, so I spared you and didn't post it, but he was pretty content looking laying there!!
Fourth of July fun...
Mia wasn't so into the fireworks, so she hung out on our bed..in my spot, again!
We stayed home and actually...we hosted a small neighborhood barbecue at out house....I KNOW, right!!! There are stories, but I make it a rule to not talk about neighbors here on the blog, but I will say that just because you move out to the middle of nowhere doesn't mean you escape drama and gossip.
One neighbor made a bottle rocket launcher...it was a massive hit with the males in my family. As a mom I just close my eyes and look away. If I had my way I would wrap them all in bubble wrap until they turned 18 and I turned them out on their own, but it doesn't really work that way.
Of course a campfire and s'mores are the only proper way to end the fourth.
A sparkler in one hand and an inside out s'more, minus the marshmallow and double the chocolate, in the other...he knows how to live life!!
An early morning view of the mountain on the way to town.
Every afternoon when I start dinner he comes in and asks "what can I do for you?" and if I don't have a job for him, I better think of one, because he is going to help!!
She turned eight...
I made her the cake she picked out, talk about sugar overload, and a neighbor brought her an ice cream cake.
And she begged, again, to have her hair cut short, and so I finally cut it for her. She is a practical girl, always has been, and long hair is extra work that she doesn't have time for...she's too busy off exploring life in the woods with the boys. She traded in her Barbie dolls for Nerf guns and ammo, and isn't afriad of much of anything other than missing out.
And Cleo turned 17. Sigh. It goes so quick, it's a lame cliche, but it's true. If her cake wasn't ablaze with fire you could see that she asked for an apple cake to go with her barbecued rib dinner. If she can make up some math she is on target to graduate high school at the end of this coming school year. She is still considering what she wants to do after high school, but continuing education is pretty much mandatory in our family, so community college will probably be her next stop. In the meantime she reads constantly, and when she's not doing that she is exploring the woods and studying plant life. I got her a book on medicinal plants and she has been combing the area identifying plants and learning about some of their uses.
And as a follow up to her Aspergers evaluation - She was found to have Aspergers traits, but not enough of them, or certain ones, to be diagnosed with Aspergers according to the DSM5. Counseling for learning social skills was recommended.
The bathroom redo continues. We've had so much rain that it wasn't really possible to be cutting wood and working on it, and then, again thanks to the rain, Columbus slipped on the steps to the mobile and fell, hitting the sharp corner of the steps with his back. He was down for several days and is just now starting to be mobile again. He was in so much pain we took him to the doctor, and we're not the type to run to the doctor over every little thing. She said it was just a deep bruise and sent him on his way. But the bathroom is coming along and we're very happy with how it is turning out.
The new ceiling. so much better than the rotting, yucky mess that was up there!
He has even made molding for the trim and a little shelf for above the shower.
I bought this book for the little kids over a year ago, and they have both patiently and impatiently waited to start on it.
We traced their bodies onto cardboard and now we are learning about organs, bones and muscles as we color, cut and glue them onto the full sized bodies. It's pretty fun stuff and part of my new(ish) home schooling approach...make learning as fun and enjoyable as possible. I have been dumping the boring, mind numbing, textbooks and replacing them with more interesting, hands on, activity based projects. This process started last year, but since then I've more fully embraced a life should feel good and make us happy attitude, and why not apply that to education, too!?