Friday, September 23, 2011
Biking on the trail with Grandma and Cousin Tristen.
My favorite view on the trail. I love this barn especially when the evening sun is shining on it.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Only this time we won't be adding a family member.
We will be saying "good-bye" to one.
July 24 is the day we will be traveling to Fargo to drop off our firstborn son for boot camp.
Eeeek! Wow! Yeah! Yikes! Phew!
It's true. Last week, Tyler signed enlistment papers for the Navy and this week he traveled to Fargo for his MEPS. That's the physical exam process that determines if he's able-bodied enough to serve. What do you know, he is.
For many reasons, I never expected this to be the path he would travel down but in so many ways it makes sense for him. I'm glad he has a plan for after high school. He hasn't been really committed to the acedemic life and he's definitely more of thrill-seeker. he's been a challenge to parent but perhaps really suited for military life. He seems to really need structure and some one challenging him.
He did really well on their entrance exam and they initially wanted him to consider the nuclear engineering program. We were somewhat shocked but really we know he's a smart kid, he just has trouble focusing and doing the hard, mundane work. However, he ended up in the wrong math class last year and instead of moving him, they kept pushing him through even though it was obvious he wasn't getting the concepts. He ended up failing the last quarter and not to mention wasting year not building a math foundation but floudering in a class way above his head.
But that is neither here nor there. He still has his pick of top jobs because of his good score and because he signed up early in the year. He's signed up to do some kind of electrical engineering technical work. I'm sort of glad the nuclear engineering thing passed because,well, nuclear energy is scary stuff. Yes, I was more concerned about him being injured in a nuclear accident after his time in the military than during the time he's actually in the military. Whatever, don't judge me. :)
Much like expecting a baby, I feel like there are still many more months to get through and things could change, but the other night when he was in Fargo, I began to really think about what it was going to like to not have him around. To not talk to him and see him everyday. To have some one else be responsible for him.
I just take things one day at a time. With all my kids. There's no other way to do it. We have no idea what the future holds for any of them.
But my cousin is right. My life is weird. :)
It was warm enough to go to the beach on Monday morning. By Wednesday morning, we were searching for hats and mittens.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
They completed a huge water quality protection project at the beach this summer and it looks dramtically different. When I pulled up the first time, I couldn't really comprehend the change. I only thought, "Hmmm, something looks different." Now the water from the parking lot drains into this large rain garden.
Mike took us to the beach today which is why I was able to bring the camera too.
Did I ever explain about these yogurt cups? When we had the pool party for Christiana's birthday, the favorite toy was a plastic cup with holes in the bottom that had contained a potted plant. I started collecting our yogurt containers and used a wood burning tool to poke holes in the bottom. We have quite a collection now. I also bring a few without holes to carry water to rinse off Amanda's feet at the car. Once when I told Tony to save the container for a pool toy he said, "What are we poor or something?!" Obviously not, because look at all the yogurt we buy. :)
We know these 80 degree days aren't going to last so we're making the most of them. Mike was reading the forecast and Monday was supposed to have a high of 80 and then the rest of the week was only going to get to 60. Eeek! Am I ready for that? No way!
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The blackberries have been amazing this year. We just walk along our road and find them in the ditches. We've got some in the freezer but most of them we just eat right away. We found a nice little patch along the bike trail too. It's so addicting. I can't resist picking them if I see them. I'm glad their pretty much done because my arms and legs are so scratched up.
Sweet Craigslist find for $20. We've taken it to the beach three times now. I can roll it right down to the shore and rinse the girls off and wrap them in their towels. A super solution to the sand problem. It's also so much easier to push on our gravel roads. I no longer cringe when I hear the grader going by considering what a nightmare it is to push to Duo-Glider through soft gravel.
"Daddy's sippy cups."
Sunday, September 4, 2011
I was pretty shocked to find out that Christiana was able to swing by herself this year. She just seems so young! She enjoys a good push from her sister though. Amanda also learned how to pump herself on the swing this year as well.