19 July 2009

A Glimpse of Summer

We have been so busy that I haven't had the time to put a proper post out....or 2 or 3. So here is a glimpse into what we have been doing. More to follow this week, I hope!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I will see you tomorrow!

13 July 2009

simple women's daybook

outside my window:: lots of sunshine and heat!

i am thinking:: of friends of my childhood.....stake dances, youth conferences, and EFY

i am thankful for:: connecting with some of those friends

we are learning:: about times gone by....making butter, growing your own food, and what it was like in pioneer times

from the kitchen:: roasted chicken, asparagus, fresh corn, and some green tomato relish .

i am wearing:: Life is Good tee, khaki shorts, flip flops

i am creating:: some photographs

i am going:: to swim lessons all this week, to see Harry Potter with Nick & Erin, and to the post office to send off "good mail"

i am reading:: the book of Ruth, All Creatures Great and Small, and Wondertime mag

i am praying:: for my heart to soften, for patience and charity, and health and safety for my family

i am hearing:: Sawyer calling to see the castle he built " It will change your mind mom! It will change your mind!!"

around the house:: castles, science experiments, books, and laughter

some of my favorite things:: reading in a cozy corner, playing board games with the boys, dinner parties, and air conditioning

a few plans for the rest of the week:: swim lessons, bike riding, lots of golf, and Harry Potter!!

here is the picture thought i am sharing::

10 July 2009

Sweet Sixteen

I cannot believe my beautiful boy is 16. Where did the time go? I look up and my cub scout is now a young man. In honor of this milestone I am listing 16 of his wonderful traits.
::loving brother
::lively, infectious smile
::love of learning.....especially scientific
::compassion.....his sweet love and willingness to help his fellow man humbles me
::a deep spiritual soul
::love of all Italian food.....I didn't know anyone could eat that much lasagna in one sitting
::a true scout.....he has been a scout from 6 years old and has loved every minute of it
::that laugh......no one can keep a straight face when he laughs!
::adventurous......up for anything, anytime
::a reader......can be found in a corner with a good book since he could read on his own..my boy!!
::outdoorsman........lover of hunting, fishing, camping ....you name it
::courteous......i never have to open my own door and am always met with a heartfelt thanks
I am privileged to have such a remarkable child. Each day I look forward to seeing this inquisitive, happy person. Thank you for the great example you are.
I love you Gome.

02 July 2009

Summer Reading

Summer reading is the best! You can read whatever you want. I have been asked by many what my boys are reading. So..........

Sawyer and I have been reading Stuart Little aloud. He is getting a kick out of all Stuart's scrapes! The biggest laughs come when the cat is involved in the danger. He says it reminds him of his grandmother's cat, Taz. Naturally, all of Stuart's belongings have to be miniature. Sawyer is fascinated with each and every one. He cannot believe that a hammer can be that tiny.Cameron is in the middle of To Kill a Mockingbird. Of course, he is learning that the combo of Scout and Dill are hilarious. I think his next choice will be something to with the wilderness. That is where he chooses to spend his days....exploring, swimming in the pond, bringing home specimens, fishing, hunting. What a perfect summer he is having!

Jordan is stranded with Robinson Crusoe. A perfect summer read. Talk about escaping for a few hours. The timing is just right for this novel. Jordan returned home from Boy Scout Summer Camp and started this. A few nights during the camp, he and a friend made their own shelter to sleep in rather than the hiking tents. Only teenage boys would rather make a shelter after 25 miles of canoeing than use the tent they brought!Now as for me. My bedside table is filled with choices. As is the floor next to it, the coffee table, and any other nook that will hold a book. I am finishing I Capture the Castle fight now. All Creatures Great and Small is waiting patiently. Barbara Kingsolver has written what seems to be a perfect summer read that I cannot wait to get to:: Prodigal Summer. As for Kevin he is finishing up a Ken Follet classic.

That is what the Bonin bunch is devouring. What are you reading?