Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ready???? Here We Go....

Once again, I have been away from my computer for almost one week, and you know what? It has felt good. I guess that is because during the school year, the computer equals work for me, and my mind has not quite wrapped around the idea that I can get on the computer for fun yet.

So, what have we been up too? Come along and I will show you.... Last Wednesday was the kidlets last day of school, and on Tuesday, they had a little dress up party/ball thingy that they do every year. Once again, Eric was a cowboy, while Miss Katie was an English rider, complete with her 1/2 chaps and all.....
It was really sad this year, because as I have mentioned before, their school has been closed down due to budget cuts. On the last day of school, when I picked them up from school, I stood out in front with the other parents that I have stood out front with for the last three years, and I cried-we all did.

Which is pretty amazing in itself, because I don't cry. Oh sure, there are plenty of times that I want to cry, but I hold it all in. Well, on Wednesday I did not, and I sobbed like a baby for about 30 minutes. I tell you what.....

Then on Thursday, we got up early and helped a couple of the teachers move out of their classrooms and into their new schools. That was also pretty sad, but it was good for the kidlets I think. It gave them closure.
Along came Friday-my riding day-and it happened to be absolutely down pouring outside. Finally, during the afternoon, the rain stopped and me, Amber and the kidlets took off on a bike ride. As you can tell from the above pictures, we stopped at a couple of marshy areas and caught salamanders and tadpoles. Aren't they just the cutest things ever???The bike ride was gorgeous and very peaceful/healing, as it was in an area that I used to ride my pony and play when I was a tween.......Until it started to rain again. We hid under some tress for about 20 minutes, but when it became apparent that the deluge was not going to stop, we turned back around-we had ridden about six miles out-and pedaled for home. Just look at poor Katie's face!Okay...where were we ??? Ah yes, Saturday. Saturday was the Jr. Log Show, and this year, both of my kidlets participated in it. For those of you who are newer to my blog and are wondering what the heck a "log show" is, please refer to this post, this post, and this post, so I don't have to write about it all over again. :)
Katie was able to compete in the ax toss-notice that her "ax" is really a plastic toy ax-the rope climb, and in choker setting. She looks pretty excited to be tossing that ax in the above picture, doesn't she?? Do you suppose she was imagining her brother at the other end??? LOL!!!
Eric had to compete against a girl in the choker setting, and you can just see his smirk in the below picture. He looks like he is thinking that he can take her any day, doesn't he?? Well we'll see about that....They look pretty close here, don't they?And here....And maybe even here, but.....Eric pulled ahead and won by a landslide. Of course he did, he is my son, isn't he??? LOL!!!!
He also ended up taking first place in the ax toss for his age division-for the second year in a row!-and his ax was real. Sent shivers down my spine, that did! Katie got really mad that she didn't win any trophies, and she said that Eric better watch out next year, because she is going to win everything. Should I tell her that she will never be in his age division??? Nah...
Finally, we had fathers day, which we spent out on a small cruise ship on Puget Sound. Kevin's cousin had a small wedding ceremony that took place on the boat, and do you think I remembered my camera???? NO!!!! I was so mad. It was a glorious day, filled with lots of food, laughter, family, and fun.
Anywho...hope that this updates me for awhile, and I hope that you are all doing well out there! :)

7 comments:

Adventures of a Horse Crazed Mind said...

Hey stranger! Good to hear from you. LOVE that your kids were in a loggin' show!! and to win the chocker race! And axe toss! Sweet!

I miss logger sports:)

God Bless Logger Arms. (you KNOW what I'm talkin' 'bout!)

Paint Girl said...

You have been one busy mama! Wow! So much going on! I bet the kids are so excited to be out of school!!
That look on Katie's face after the ride, yikes! And lovin' the log show! Awesome!

Melanie said...

Chelsi-LOL!!! Ummmmmm yeah....I KNOW what you are talkin about!!!! The log show is filled with buff men...teeheehee!!! :)

Paint Girl-Yes, they are thrilled to be able to sleep in again, and Katie was pretty crabby by the end of our ride. :)

C-ingspots said...

Good to hear that you've been busy and enjoying life outside...and away from the computer. Tis the season for being outside, in the sun and the woods and any old place that is out. Get my drift?? Congratulations to your son - way cool!

Hoping you and your family have an awesome summer filled with fun and sun and...

The Wades said...

This is my first time to stop by--what a pleasure! I enjoyed the recap of your time, and I don't even "know" you yet.

What cute kids. Sorry about your school closing. That has to be hard.

Melanie said...

The Wades-Thanks for stopping by! You look familiar from other peoples blogs. :)

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh so sad about the school closing. Will the kids be able to move into another school with some of the same teachers and their old friends? I hope so. I'd cry, too.
:(

Wow! I had no idea that salamanders were so tiny itty bitty! Cool shot!

Congrats to the kidlets for all the fun activities that got to participate in (and win. lol!).

A romatic wedding on a boat. How magical! My cousins had a boat wedding many many years ago in California. Good times...

~Lisa