Did I say something about having more free time (in my last recap)? Ha ha. This block of time included my summer holidays - which was great timimg, but they weren't very restful or productive in terms of house projects. Fun things were still happening, though... Pollyanna, backyard trampoline camping, and swimming lessons, to name a few.
We spent today helping cousins clean up after a major thunderstorm with extreme winds. There was significant property damage in several communities, but no one was hurt, thankfully! This is my 8-year old and her 4-year old cousin.
My daughters are getting to be quite skilled in the kitchen! M and G made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and S made a gazillion multi-coloured sugar cookies. (This giant cookie was from the extra pieces of dough cut away from the shapes she was making.)
The girls set up a tent on the trampoline and slept in it overnight. Our neighbours happened to be having a party in their backyard this evening, complete with a crackling fire. Sounds and smells just like camping at a park!
Every game day, Neil puts these guys (and a large Rider flag) out in front of the house. He received both figures as gifts from his niece, B. The Saskatchewan Roughriders won by quite a margin today, so the Rider Nation is happy!
When sorting through books earlier this month, the girls wanted to donate Pollyanna even though no one had read it. I thought it would be a shame to let it go without reading it, so I'm reading it to the younger girls (8 and 11) and we're all loving it! Plus, I hadn't read to them for quite some time, so it's been nice to do that again.
Tough day for a picture - all day at home doing housework. Those are the hardest for me (to think about taking pictures). Here's the lasagna Neil made today, as requested by S, eagerly waiting to dish up.
We went to the Farmer's Market this morning. I love all the beautiful colours on display! We bought a purple cabbage, green cabbage, pint of saskatoon berries, "French Breakfast" radishes, local salsa the girls love, and wild boar and saskatoon sausage. I should have bought some of this rainbow chard, too!
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart - Unknown
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky
You are getting your wants confused with your needs. - Stacy Julian's dad
We are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind and to be useful. Think right, act right; it is what we think and do that makes us who we are. - Elbert Hubbard
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a little better;
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson