Thursday, August 21, 2014

Family. The good stuff.

 There was already a bond here... our relationships haven't changed; we are strong women of a strong family.
Now the bond is ETERNAL.
Tina's sealing day: August 16, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts Temple
 Families are Forever.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Singing with Joe

Joe came to primary today.
He was the best singer in the house.
(Do I usually scowl while playing piano? I did not know. I prefer to think of it as intense concentration.)

Friday, August 15, 2014

a few things

1. These two nine-year-old boys spent the afternoon together. Watching them stroll around so busy chatting with each other that they weren't even able to focus on an activity was priceless. They talked more (and with more enthusiasm) than two long lost sisters reunited after years apart. They share the same name. They're like a two-for-one special. Entertainment at its best.
2. While those two were catching up, I finished every last piece of dirty girls camp/vacation/work laundry that has been piled up ominously in the laundry room for too long. I also painted M's bedroom floor. It looks much better, and since I estimate that it will be in the queue for new flooring for more than a month or two, I'm much happier looking at paint than at plywood.
3. We almost went to the beach today. I'm glad we didn't. We needed a day at home to just BE. And I caught THIS happening:

4. I made a big pot of beans. Simple dinners make me happy.
 5. For dessert, we hit Kimball's. Everyone else had ice cream. I had myself a big scoop of Lincoln with a cherry on top. DEE-LICIOUS!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

re: the squash; it's in the genes

OH! The produce.
I love it.
Really. Gardening makes me HAPPY.
But I do get overwhelmed at the way it just comes ALL.AT.ONCE.
Today AGAIN, I picked almost two dozen cucumbers and a few more squash; didn't even glance at the tomatoes and beans, because, well, it was raining, and I had a big pot of vegetable soup simmering on the stove top. What was I going to do with more veggies?  I mentioned the yellow/summer squash in a previous post...  I ended up bringing it to my parents' house.  They have mass produce problems of their own.  I woke up to this email from my mom yesterday morning:
She means business when it comes to sharing the garden goods. Mom's my emergency contact.
Now you see why.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Airboat Rides -

NOBODY regretted making air-boat rides a priority on our Florida trip.  Seeing alligators in their natural environment and experiencing this beautiful part of Florida's ecosystem was a definite highlight.