Tuesday, July 29, 2014

happy birthday alicia!

 It's fun to go looking for pictures.  I have some, but not usually great ones--ten people around a birthday cake, not of specific faces.

This one above I saw was dated 2007.   2007!   You people look exactly the same.

Thank you for another wonderful year of happiness and fun. 

Thanks for your kindness most of all, part of which is your sense of humor, and the giving of the benefit of the doubt.

The family is better because of you, obviously.  And our family, and your little family of four is lucky to have each other too.   

Happy Birthday!   And love always!   Val and Jay and EVERYBODY

storm clouds saturday night

 We sat on the deck in the evening and the clouds were crazy.
 It never did storm here, barely a little passing rain.

Beautiful July.    love, Val

Monday, July 28, 2014

more washburn county fair, 2014

 And then we came home adn these guys had arrived.

love, Grandma

Sunday, July 27, 2014

washburn county fair weekend

Shrimp and coloring books.

A delicate baby toad:

The fair:

 And then we ventured to the rides.  Woo. Hoo.

And then there's this, a picture Jay snapped of the three of us on the Tilt a Whirl.

This was one ride I used to drag the kids on, and John remembers it.  It's a ride that an adult can enjoy and yet a kid is not in particular danger either.

t.c. screamed, arms thrown overhead while the car whiled.

Later John speculated this might be the last time he and I would be on the Tilt a Whirl with a child.


A am so not dead yet.  John, don't be getting sentimental on me now about nonsense.

And yet.
When Julia is 53?   I will be 95, if I'm still even alive.

(This is why she is lucky she has big sisters.)

 Johann? Yeah, yeah, stop talking.   Love you all, Val

Monday, July 21, 2014

the ransacking crew

They came to play this morning, and ransack they did.  At one point the freezer door was hanging open and orange cream bars were all over the kitchen floor.   Apparently they'd grabbed what they wanted.   I tossed the ice creams all back in the freezer and shut the door.

Crazy fools.

Maria and Kari were doing most of the watching while I dealt with some real estate offers--completely straight-forward and uncomplicated work, I might add.

EXCEPT FOR THE SCANNER and the issues with the printer and so forth that had me re-booting, and wondering, and why this program isn't all that compatible with the other one?  And where DID the file save to? I don't even understand the options, and don't be talkin' to me about no cloud.

Real estate I understand.   This two hours of my life I spent in a state of supreme aggravation?



Wild babies had fun, and at exactly 2:05, the last file was completely sent.

They went outside, supposedly to run through the sprinkler.   Well, they did that and a whole lot more.

There was mud and sand involved.

And when Alicia showed up, I felt bad. They were filthy urchins.  Happy and entertained little urchins, but dir-TEE. 

Next time, we're going to tell her to call when she's leaving so we can clean them up before she gets here and has to  BATHE them herself.   And she did have to.

It was not optional.  Those filthy little boys could not go home and take naps in their beds in that state.

Okay, it's eleven minutes into Tuesday and I hear my bathwater running.

love all you kids so damned much, MOM