Last week…

Last week, had some cloudy days, with few rain drops, but muggy.  We stayed home all week, and tended the garden, did some cleaning, lots of laundry, went to the swimming pool every day.  Last week…

… Lucas lost a tooth.

… went to a very fun birthday celebration.  We’ve gone for few years, and it’s all weekend, by a lake, sleeping in a tent, playing in the water, having a fire, playing and catching up with friends.  So much fun.

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… with all this playing in the sun by the water, we all got some sunburn.  A little pain the last few days, but I’m hoping it will end up being some much needed vitamin D.

… and must say, we had the best baked goods (as always) made by our friend’s grandma at the lake.  Oh… so much great food.

… had a friend for a sleep over and watched another movie on a big screen on the wall in our backyard.  It is so much fun. I think we should do this every summer and maybe a couple more before the cooler evenings start.

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… we went to see Epic, the movie, with friends and we all liked it very much.

… Mark had a meeting with a coworker and started getting ready for starting back at work, and missed seeing Epic.

… made 9 lbs of cucumbers in a crock to try fermented pickles.

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… made 1 lb of green beans in a crock also to try them fermented and pickled.  We’ll see how they turn out.  Last year I left them too long in the crocks and ended up in the compost.  Not a pretty sight.  This time, I’m keeping a closer look.  I’m skimming the top and have tried them already.  It’s looking good.

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… watched Siena and Lucas make lots of paracord bracelets.  They are having so much fun, I love it!

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… went to play at a lake with friends.  And got to spend a little time with their grandma, a very special sweet lady.  I’m so glad we got to see her and visit for some.  She’s beautiful.

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… discovered Laura Gibson’s CD.  It has accompanied me few evenings while working and canning in the kitchen.

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… picked from our garden:

  • crazy amount of apples ( see canned notes)
  • 12 cucumbers
  • 5 cups of basil
  • 2 zucchinis
  • lettuce (enough for a salad)
  • 2 1/2 lbs tomatoes
  • 1/4 lb raspberries
  • 3 1/2 lbs of green beans

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… canned:

  • 39 quarts pickled cucumbers.
  • 12 quarts applesauce.

… I almost saw the bean plants grow in front of my eyes… seriously!  They are growing like crazy!

… our house looked like this most days.  Played and made.

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… we decided to redo Lucas’s room.  Goodbye to the bunk bed, hello normal bed.  Now, we are working on freshing it up, and making it special for this very special little guy of ours. We decided to paint the room this week.  Exciting!

… cleaned out the kids closets and drawers and saw how much they’ve grown in the summer, while most of their clothes are too small to wear again.

… had some special friends over for dinner and had many reasons to celebrate with them.

Also,

… last week, this week, and every week … realized that I’m in love with these two kids of ours.

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