Friday, August 29, 2008

sitting still...

With all the rain we've had, this little fellow was sitting on the bird feeder. It is the first time I've seen them sit, normally they fly and hover. Actually, normally there are 2 of them - fighting and swoshing around.

Gone camping - back Tuesday!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

look who visited today,....

We were cleaning up from dinner and Chris noticed this across the street..

A mother deer and 2 fawns..

Hey lets see what is over here comes mama...And then babies follow...

And mama comes around to the back of the house...I run down to the basement...

What is she doing back there????
Ah Ha! Eating my tomatoes!
If you double click on this one you can see she is licking her chops!

All done, time to return to the babies...

Monday, August 25, 2008

Seventh grade baby....

The first day of 7th grade:

And the penguin shot she requested:

Sunday, August 24, 2008

summer beach trip....

Another beach trip.
Same time as last year. Same house. Same friends.
Another great week.

We went down on Sat - the 3 of us and Ashley. On Wed, Ashley's mom, sister and friend came down. Thurs morning, Ash's dad arrived.

We had great weather - maybe a little on the cool side for August - just so it was not so unbearable you had to get in the water every 15 mintues to cool down. Nice and warm. Sunny all days except on Wed where it rained from am to pm.

Tried to see some loggerhead turtles hatch (like last year) but did not succeed. We sat at a nest on Fri night till 11:30pm and gave up after one appeared and never did more than stick it's head out of the sand. Ends up that only one emerged that bubbling up for us.

Pictures in random order...

Smile like you like each other....
They slept like this every night:
Power Putt Putt:
After the rain...
Digging to China:
Competition Bocce Ball:

A group shot

First night - girls end up in the water fully dressed.

The clouds were amazing that night - all full of different colors and the sun hit some layers different than others. People were coming down the beach and just staring at the clouds...

Early morning shadows on the beach.....

busy week

It's been a busy week for us. Back from the beach, unpack, laundry. Two days of confirmation classes at church for H. A friend over for the day while her mother goes back to work at school. Open house at school. Back to school supply shopping. The business computer crashed again - second time since we bought it 2 years ago and so I had to run out for a new graphics card.

And a dr's appointment for shots.

Yep. When H had her 12 year physcial, the doctors noted that she needed a series of shots - tetnus, measles, follow up chicken pox, etc.... for a total of 10 shots. One set of 3 had to be spread over a 6 month period so we decided on 4 shots in June, 3 in August and 3 in December.

So we went back tues for the August set of 3. Hannah started worrying about them on the way home from the beach. Really started to fret on Monday. Tuesday she was about sick enroute to the doctors. We get in the exam room.
"I need more time, give me a minute. Okay I am ready. No I'm not. I CAN"T DO THIS MOMMA, I CAN'T, I CAN'T."
"Yes you can"
"No, I can't"
"Yes you can, you will and you are." sounding more than a little frustrated
Okay, I think I will abbreviate all the discussion that went on here. Needless to say, H was a drama queen, I was not flexible. Momma finally wins.

So she gets her first shot and feels faint. Has to lie back and we raise her feet up in the air.
Wait 5 minutes.
Gets a second shots, faint again, lie back, another 5 minutes.
Gets third shot and we have to let her lie for about 15 before we can leave.

45 minutes later we leave the office.

Get in the car. Are you annoyed at me? she asks. About the fainting - no. About the working yourself up over something that is going to happen anyway, stretching it out so it takes forever instead of getting it over with - well, yes.

Then a song comes on the goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone.....
Hey momma - she says.
Yes, Hannah?
Life goes on - right? I made it thru - right? I think next time I will do better.
Okay Hannah, next time.

Friday, August 08, 2008

gone again...

to the beach this time.
No internet.
No email.
If you need us we have our cell phones.
Back Saturday the 16th.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Friday, August 01, 2008

photos from Oregon....



going down...

newport harbor

cape foulweather (love the name)

old bridges

on the beach...