Friday, July 29, 2011

life, in general

I love summers in Bear Creek. Generally, the days are hot and the nights are cool. We had an attic fan installed a few weeks ago, and I absolutely LOVE the end-of-day routine of switching on the fan and hearing the whoosh as the hot day-air leaves the house and the cooler night-air is sucked in. Lovely.
Zara Phillips, Queen Elizabeth's eldest granddaughter, is getting married this weekend. She was born the same year as me, so I have always sort of "related" to her, although I haven't followed her life very closely at all. When I saw the news headline about her upcoming wedding, I thought, "Wow, how different can two lives be..." Not only is she royalty (and I am clearly not) but she is getting married on a yacht and I'm a SAHM of four. Not that I'd ever trade lives, but a getaway in Scotland and a yacht party sound pretty nice! Ahhh to have the life of the rich and famous...

Actually, I am very happy with my life, but it is always fun to daydream.

I have, ever since I was a kid. Does anyone else do that? Imagine yourself in a different life/time/place and live out *your* day to day life while you're mentally a million miles away? Gah I sound so Anne Shirley. It sure made my teen years a lot more interesting though. I had huge plans for myself. haha!
We have friends visiting from STL, and they're here for another two days. It's always so much fun to host people! I am so grateful to have the space and resources that allow us to be hospitable all summer long! (Other seasons bring visitors too, but summer is definitely the fave.)
Olivia has turned a corner in her sleeping (finally!) and is mostly sleeping straight through the night. Yay for 20 month olds who finally catch a clue! haha. She still gets up once at night occasionally, wanting to nurse... (of course. What Block baby didn't!?) but I would say she is sleeping 5 nights a week, 10-11 hours straight! It's been great!!
I'm sort of mentally gearing up for school next month. Sort of.

Ok, so I'm not. At all.

Next topic!
Hallie and I are reading Heidi together, and I'm reading Treasure Island to Will. I love the alone time with each of them, and they are just eating up the stories, which is sweet as honey to me!
Will and Dan went to 3 days of scout camp last week, and Hallie and Tristan go to three days of nature camp next week! My kids love camp, and I am so happy. I was (am?) such a summer camp kid myself, that I am thrilled they all love it. In another life (when I am not marrying a rugby player on a yacht in Scotland) I will be a camp counselor at a camp on a lake in New England, all summer long, every summer for years and years...
In two weeks we are finally fulfilling my lifelong/every-day dream of going to the shore. My cousins have a place in Longport, NJ, and they graciously invited us to join them for a few days! I am super excited. I love the beach. (Gosh, am I sensing a trend? Why can't my life consist of all things summer, all year long?!) Anyway, I'm stoked. IMO, the Jersey shore is the EPITOME of what summer is all about. And seeing as all the fabulousness of the shore is a mere 2.5  hours away.... yep, I'm on it like hotcakes.
That's it. That's all I got. I'm sure the rest of summer will go blowing by me (and this blog) with little to show for it, but hey, that's life right?? Dinner at the lake tonight, with lots of swimming before and after to be done by all... and maybe a campfire built by scout-man Will. Tonight all the kids will fall into bed... tired, tan, and full of the goodness of summer. I know I will. <3

Thursday, July 28, 2011


My friend Alison tagged me in a bloggy game! Thanks Alison! Now I get to answer some fun questions and tag a few of you.

What do you think of when you the hear the word tag?
Playing freeze tag, TV tag, or Indian tag as a kid. Apparently we were really into tag. ;)

Do you think you're hot?
My current working theory is that every girl is hot... she just doesn't know it. :) 

Upload a picture or wallpaper that you're using at the moment.

It's a cute picture of Hallie wearing a sunhat. Unfortunately after a cursory look through iPhoto, I can't find it, and am not savvy enough (and do not have enough time) to go searching for the file. Sorry.

When was the last time you ate chicken?

Last night! We grilled chicken, grilled corn and grilled yellow squash. YUM, and Dan does all the grilling, so bonus for me.

The song(s) you listened to recently.
songs from the Walk the Line soundtrack

What were you thinking as you were doing this?
If I'll actually be able to finish this whole thing in one sitting!

Do you have nicknames? What are they?
My sibs are big on nicknames. :0 Tricia, Acwat, Sare, Roz, Sass.... Do mama, mommy, and babe count??

Tag 8 blogger friends...

1. Jenni

2.  Anna

3. Kristin

4. Nichole

5. Ashlie

6. Rachel

7. Amanda

8. Kak

Who's listed as No. 1?

Jenni! My penpal through CEF since... 2nd or 3rd grade I think! We traded letter between Grandview, MO and Bear Creek, PA all through our growing-up years, and we finally met in person after I married and moved to MO. She recently had her first baby and has started a fun blog about all things domestic! :)

Say something about No. 5
Ashlie.... we met in the Philly airport on our way to Ethiopia. I have a special place in my heart for all the mamas I met in ET last summer.  <3

How did you get to know No. 3?
She is my cousin. She's one of 11 and I'm one of 9. Our family get-togethers growing up were always a blast, although in retrospect, they were probably a ton of work for our parents, and we kids were just too oblivious and intent on having fun together to notice. :)

How about No. 4?
Nichole was my very first friend in MO! Her husband Brian and Dan went to school together as kids and have a long history of causing trouble together, one that continues to this day. ;) When I lived in MO, Nichole and I would get together for marathon scrapbooking nights, complete with girl-talk and snacks (usually candy- my fave.) Scrapbooking by myself in PA is not nearly as motivating.

Leave a message for No. 6.

You better walk with me on Sunday!! ;)

Leave a lovey dovey message for No. 2.
Anna, you are sweet, smart, and motivated. I am so happy that you are my sister and can't wait to see where God takes you in life! I know Honduras this fall is going to be a blast! :)

Do No. 7 and No. 8 have any similarities?

Amanda and Kak.... hmm..... they both love to laugh! And they both love someone who's been adopted into their lives. And I love them both! :)

Tag to you, bloggy friends!!