Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Little Friday Fun

Yesterday, Callie, baby D, Ron and I went out to Cypress Lake for a while.  Jordan and Callie had earlier been out bike riding, so he opted to stay home and rest while she and Ron did their first open-water swim of the triathlon training.   But, first, a little picnic was in order.
As they swam, Luke and I strolled and I snapped a few pictures with my phone.

Did I mention how hard it is to push a stroller in the sand???  
This boy loves his peaches.
And his mommy.
In the evening, I picked up a few packs of sparklers while I was out running errands, then came home and recruited Ron to help me with some photography practice.  I'd read a couple of tutorials on "sparkler painting" and wanted to try it for myself.    I tried it first, before it got dark (as suggested by A Beautiful Mess), so that I can see what I was doing as I changed settings.  It took a few tries, but I started getting the hang of it.
I even tried out my remote shutter release so that I could do the sparklers as well.  Rule #1:  Don't move your body while you swirl the sparkler.
Ron decided to use two sparklers at once.   That is, until one burned his finger and he threw it off to the side.  
Once it got dark, we went back outside again.  
I really wanted to write a word, but the shutter speed was still too fast to allow the writing.
Finally, we got it!    (I slowed down the speed even more)
So fun!!
This morning, we got up early and headed to the Firecracker 5K.  You may remember that it was at this race that Ron and I met again several years ago (2012).   
So, it's become tradition for us to participate in the race.  Callie joined us this morning.  
They are both faster than me, but I was pleased with my time and I can tell that my CG workouts are helping me with endurance.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

25/52 Liquid

25/52 M4H Project 52

The first time we visited Big Spring, it was close to noon.  The LIQUID rising from the spring was so cold that we could barely dip our feet in. It was amazing to watch the aqua water rising with such power and to feel the coolness that hung in the air.
A couple of days later, I got up early in the morning, before anyone else, and walked around the park as the sun rose. Don't be fooled by the calm waters you see here--hidden beneath the morning mist was the cool, bubbling LIQUID of Big Spring tumbling over boulders.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Little Pouf

Now that baby D is getting bigger, Callie and Jordan have been working on making his room "toddler-friendly".  They are re-arranged some things and added a little play area and Callie asked if I could make a pouf for him to sit on.  Back in the fall, I helped Jana make a pouf for baby B's room and I made an extra lining at that time, with this very project I mind.  At that time, we ran into a few kinks in the construction---mainly because I didn't think it through very well.  I opted to make a lining and stuff it first so that the cover could be removed for washing.
Unfortunately, the slit that I'd left open was not quite large enough for the stuffed pouf to fit.
We stuffed. . . and prodded . . . and laughed so hard at the antics we undertook to try to make it fit before we finally to taking the stuffing out again before sewing the opening shut.  (the pics are terrible because we were laughing too hard)
In the end, it turned out great.  But, if the cover gets dirty?   Well, too bad.
This time, I learned from my mistakes ---- well almost.  Notice anything wrong with the lining here?
Ahhhh, that's better.
For this pouf, I inserted a zipper around the sides to facilitate removing and washing the cover, when needed.
And a handle to make it easier to drag it around (like baby B's).
Now to get baby D to try it out.
Ummmm, getting closer.
Give him a ball----  Just right!

Grandy Camp

The last couple of weeks have been super busy with family visiting and a bit of traveling, so I'll begin catching up the blog now.  Adellelyn, Michael came to visit for a week while their parents chaperoned a church trip back in Texas.  Tyler was here at the same time.  We picked up the kids in Terrell and headed back home where Tyler was waiting for us.
Thankfully, their visit coincided with the children's Art Camp at church, so they enjoyed that in the mornings while I got a few things accomplished around the house.
The afternoons were filled with water,
bare feet,
a couple of movies on rainy days
making puppets and a puppet show,
a little babysitting,
an "Uncle Tyler pile" or two,
and a few creepy crawlies---I mean, what visit to Mimi and PaPaw's house would be complete without worms, lizards and a spider spinning its web?.
That $10 I spent on a Slip and Slide at the Dollar General was the best money I've spent in a long time.
By the end of the week, the hose connector had torn, so we taped it up the best we could and used it one last time.  Baby D came over to join us one afternoon.  Up until this point, he had not been too fond of swimming with his parents, so we weren't sure how it would go.  We turned the water down very low and let him ease into it.
With the added enticement of a water bottle, he was soon crawling through the water and splashing with the kids.
They were so sweet and gentle with him.  Trying to get the three of them to pose for a picture was rather tricky.
Between baby D crawling away and Adellelyn not looking at the camera, Michael was getting pretty frustrated.
After a face full of water, we finally got picture of the three of them together, looking at the camera.
Well, almost.   This one is better!
Ron and Tyler finished our new swing set as well.  I'd had the old one since Jana was a year old, so it had seen better days.
The new one was a hit with everyone!!!
Baby D loved being between his big cousins and squealed at the top of his lungs with delight!
There were dinners on the deck,
waffles for breakfast,
and ice cream for dessert.
In between rain showers, we played with Callie's doll house,
Started a paint-by-number,
and banged out a tune or two on the piano (this one was wishing Jana a happy birthday).
Michael and Adellelyn had to go back home on Saturday, but were able to wish Papaw a Happy Father's Day first.
The week  was filled with craziness and chaos at times, but it was fun and I wouldn't trade it for the world.