Splash Pad Photography

Leigh —  July 31, 2014 — Leave a comment

Ken has been working late this week, so the kids and I have been on our own the past two days.  In an effort to break up the monotony of the day and get us out of the house, we spent several hours at the splash pad late yesterday afternoon.

As a rule, I don’t take my children to the splash pad that often because normally it’s so packed with kids that I lose mine in the mix.  I don’t enjoy having to watch them like a hawk, scanning the crowd every fifteen seconds to lay eyes on them.  I mean, I could do that at home.  If I’m going to the trouble of taking them to the splash pad, I either want to bring a book to read or a girlfriend to gab with and clock out for a couple of hours.

Since we didn’t have to be home in time to meet Ken for dinner though, I decided to try something different.  Instead of being there when the place opened, we were there a couple of hours before it closed down.  Wow!  This was a much better plan. We practically had the place to ourselves. I even got to read several chapters of my book, and it was as wonderful as I had always imagined it would be.

IMG_9458As I watched the sun slowly moving towards the horizon, I decided this was my chance to finally capture some of those magical moments of summer time fun with a camera.  The light was good.  There were no random kids around to run through my shot.  It was going to be perfect, and so I put down my book and pulled my camera out of my bag.

I walked over to where my kiddos were playing and knelt down, ready to start snapping away.  I tried one angle and then another. I walked around, trying to remain a safe distance from collateral splashage, but the more pictures I took, the more ridiculous they became.

I can blame it on my lack of skill or my crazy kids, but every picture I took looked something like this: Continue Reading…

I just want to say from the beginning, I am NOT a vegetarian, not by any stretch.  I think there is a reason God gave us all pointy, sharp teeth, and that’s because we are made to eat meat.  Yummy, tasty protein that is good for our bodies and souls.

Why do I feel the need to say all that?  Well, we killed our first meat bird last night, and I haven’t been able to eat anything since we put it in the freezer. Continue Reading…

Copy Cat

Leigh —  July 16, 2014 — Leave a comment

IMG_8738This is what I found the other day when I walked into my bedroom.

He had actually gathered up all his Transformer Rescue Heroes from various dark corners of his room, carted them across the house (which I am sure took several trips), and carefully set it all up on my bed.  Then while he watched the show, he acted it out with his figurines.

He might not have much imagination on his own, but at least he’s not afraid to put in the extra effort when it comes to copying others’ ideas.

That must count for something, right?

R.I.P. Brush Piles

Leigh —  July 11, 2014 — Leave a comment

If you’ve been paying attention around here, then you already know that we’ve had some brush piles issues on the property.   And when I use the word “issues”, I’m really using  a euphemism for “big, huge thorn in my side that seemed like it was going to be sticking it to me for the rest of my life.”  I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned it (read: complained about it) a time or two…or maybe even a dozen.

But I’ve never really written out the whole story of the brush piles and how they came into our lives. I promise I won’t spend this whole post complaining, but in order to tell the tale, there might be an teeny-tiny bit of belly-aching.  I’ll try to keep it to a minimum.  Scouts honor.

When we bought the property, it started out as just acres and acres of forest, and even though we wanted to keep it that way for the most part, we needed a driveway and a spot to put a house. So sometime around last August, we called an excavator to bring out a bunch of big machines and partially clear a portion of the land.

I must say, those machines were amazing.  It really was incredible watching them push down huge trees with hardly any effort at all.  We were all in awe of the process, but as the trees fell, we noticed that the fallen trees kept getting piled up and pushed to the edge of the woods.

We did have the sense to ask if there was another option, but the excavator just kind of shrugged us off.  He assured us that in about six months the wood would be good and dry and burn with no problem.  Since this was our first time clearing land, we didn’t know any better and just thought, “Well, those fallen trees have to go somewhere, I guess.”  But as the project wore on, they continued to pile up and up and up.  There seemed to be no good place to put all that extra wood.Brush-Pile-1 Continue Reading…

Motorhome Revival

Leigh —  July 8, 2014 — Leave a comment

I spent an entire day last week washing the motorhome.  Seriously, from morning ’til night.  It wasn’t my intention at first, but the project just kind of grew.  It all started when I walked outside that morning and caught a glimpse of our motorhome parked under some trees in our driveway.

There it sat, looking all sad and unused.  It wanted to be cleaned up.  It was begging for a bath.  I could just feel it. (I could also see it because it was covered in tree poo.) So I put my other chores on hold, went inside and changed my clothes, and asked Ken to drive it out from under the trees before he left for work. Continue Reading…