Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Summer showed up in Ohio so we are spending lots of time in the pool. Abby has also been taking swim lessons in the mornings. She is becoming quite the little fish.
Sarah loves to play with her best pal Joey. I finally caught her with her head out of the water! Micah
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
We picked strawberries again this year. I just love how they taste so much sweeter when you pick them yourself!
We went to a new patch with some of Abby’s friends from school. We picked eight quarts all together.
We (mostly I) ate several that day. Then I froze several quarts for smoothies. Then we tried our hand at freezer jam. The girls helped with the first batch and it was so easy. I ended up with 14 jelly jars full. Now our freezer is stocked for a while. Yum, yum!!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Happy Daddy’s Day to my husband. He is a wonderful father to our daughters and they love him so!
Later, the girls and I got dressed up to take Daddy out to lunch. Then we went shopping and bought him some new shorts and a polo to match. We got some ice cream at Sonic and then headed to the pool. We were all worn out from such a big day!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Abby was assigned a First Grade reading list for the summer. We checked out several from the library and she began reading through them.
One is A Bargain For Frances. I remembered reading this when I was a little girl. It was published in 1970. The book is about two friends and their desire for a “real china blue tea set.”
As Abby was reading the book to me one morning, she asked what a saucer was. So I showed her one of my teacups and saucers. Then I remembered my play tea set that is blue. As she read the description from the book, I realized it was the exact same pattern as my set given to me by my mother long ago.
So we decided to have a little tea party of our own. Here is the description from the book: "I want a real china tea set with pictures on it in blue. The tea set I want has trees and birds and a Chinese house and a fence and a boat and people walking on a bridge." Do you see them all in the saucer? I was amazed!Abby reads the page from the book.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Time for the annual trip to the zoo to see the animals and our China travel buddies.
Checking out the wildlife. These are our friends from our most recent trip to China: Mary, Maisie and Scott. This is Abby and Faith. They are from the same province in China and are about one month apart in age. We traveled with Faith's parents in 2004. They adopted Hope in the fall of 2008 from the same province as Sarah. Hope and Sarah are both the same age. How cool is that? Uncle Zhou - we love our Uncle Zhou. He keeps us sane in China! The girls got to go on a camel ride. It was Sarah's first. I think she liked it, but it was much too short. Here is one of the cool painted dinosaurs they had throughout the zoo. In the petting zoo.
Wish we could have visited longer with our friends. Once a year is not enough! At least there is Facebook!
Friday, June 18, 2010
May 22 was Karen and Billy’s first 5k. They had been training for several weeks. Rob, Timmy and I decided to join them in the race. The race was sponsored and coordinated by a couple of high school students doing their senior project to raise money for breast cancer research.
The day started out cloudy with a chance of rain.
Timmy beat me. This time. He said it was his Kentucky redemption (I beat him in a race there). But he IS bigger and stronger than he was over a year and a half ago.
That afternoon was sunny and pleasant. How nice.