Monday, June 29, 2015


Rain asked for a geode for his birthday. He has become interested in collecting shiny crystals and fossils. It may take us a while to get around to cracking it open, but I can't say no to a kid who asks for rocks.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Camp and Camping

This is the summer when Hazel and Rain go to camp for the first time. Rain makes his way to MDA camp. Hazel spends the week with her grandparents and auntie at their own customized "Camp Hazel." Scott and I camp alone at Sylvan Lake State Park and spend a day in Frisco. Adventures.

But before the adventures, a little family send off with presents:

A compass, so you'll never lose your way home.

A Swiss Army knife, because you are a big, responsible kid now,
a person who can be trusted with serious tools.

Pop shows Hazel how it's done.

These kids are ready for anything, brave, smart, and well-equiped for a little independence.

Even going alone to camp. I hope they have a great time.

Rain reads us a little story around the campfire.

Hazel explains about constellations and outer space over the embers.

Wherever they go, I know these bright kids will shine.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Little ones everywhere are flying the nest! My babies are off in separate directions and this little robin has settled on our front porch. Good luck, babies. May your days be full of adventure and your nights safe and sleepy.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Ah, Summer

When planting a garden, it is so important that all of your plants get plenty of water. I'm proud of the new drip irrigation system we installed in our in-ground garden. As soon as those seeds sprout, we'll have pumpkins, popcorn, sunflowers, and watermelons growing, watered by an efficient, timer-controlled automatic drip. Doesn't that sound easy?

Drip Irrigation via Soaker Hose

I swear there are seeds under there. Really.

For good health and happiness, make sure that all areas of the garden are
 well watered, with plenty of laughter along too.

Friday, June 12, 2015