Thursday, June 30, 2011

Katie's 7th Birthday, Naomi's 6th Birthday, and Bryce's 13th Birthday

As I looked back through the labels for my blog posts, I realized that I failed to post pictures of Katie's, Naomi's & Bryce's birthday...back in January, February & March.

No good excuses for the lapse, other than the usual ones. Better late than never!

Maybe by the time she's 17 I'll have mastered the art of making layer cakes that don't tilt to one side.

Such a sweet 6 year old!

Finally a teenager!

"He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he."  Proverbs 16:20

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I Love These Guys

Best Friends

Alex and Jordin playing board games with the littles.

I love this guy.

Best seat in the house.

"Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;  When he shuts his lips he is considered perceptive."  Proverbs 17:28

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Getting In the Hammock...Or Not

"The way of life winds upward for the wise, That he may turn away from hell below."  Proverbs 15:24

Monday, June 27, 2011

Baby Kittens

Last week we discovered that we had new baby kittens.  We knew that Mama Kitty was pregnant in May, and she was skinnier toward the end of the month, but we weren't able to find the kittens.  She doesn't have a great track record of being a good mama, so we assumed the kittens had died.

As Shannon walked through the garage last week, he heard meowing.  Mama Kitty had apparently had the kittens up in the insulation over the add-on porch.  Either she was moving them down, or they ventured down on their own.  We found two grey kittens and one calico.

The next morning Naomi discovered a little black kitten, too.  She was SOOOOO excited.  The little ones love the baby kittens.  The black one is very skittish, but the others are quite friendly.

We are guessing that they are about 5-6 weeks old.  Anyone interested in kittens at their house?  Free for the taking (in a few more weeks!).  One of the babies was eating dog food out of Checkers' bucket on Saturday.  We don't buy cat food...just because.  Mama Kitty and Todd both eat dog food.  I'd hate to spoil the babies by getting them started on kitty chow :-)

"If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;  And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;"  Proverbs 25:21

Colton's 10th Birthday

On May 28th Colton turned 10.  Double Digits!  We celebrated with Papa Joe because his birthday is the 27th.

We made monkey cupcakes for Colton.  Those of you who know him well, know that this kid can and will climb just about anything.

We thought this one was a pretty good likeness of Colton.

We now have more children in double digits than not.  I'm not sure if that is a good thing or not?


"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so."  Proverbs 3:27


Katie and Naomi informed me several weeks ago that we really needed to look into getting some new sundresses for this summer.  I decided to try my hand at sewing some.  The first pattern we tried was very easy, but not very cute.  Those dresses became swimsuit coverups. 

The next pattern I tried was one I found on the internet.  It's really not a pattern, just a bunch of rectangles cut from fabric and sewn back together.  Here's the link:  Sundress Pattern .

It's much cuter than the first pattern, but also takes more time.  Overall, it's an easy pattern, and I got to learn a new skill.  The back of the dress is shirred.  I had never done shirring before, but am in love with it now.  Very fun and easy to do.  We even made some matching headbands to coordinate with the sundresses. 

I have several more to make before camp next week.  Here are some pictures of a couple we have completed.

 Sundresses MUST be twirly!

Sisterly love?

Must be able to do stunts like jumping off of the front porch in sundresses.

This is a close-up of the shirring on the back.  Fun!

Perhaps I'll add more sundress pictures as we complete them.  Or not...

"She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies for the merchants."  Proverbs 31:24