Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dirt Boy

Jared has always enjoyed getting dirty.
He was the only child I knew who could go to bed clean and wake up 
with a dirty face.
I don't know how he did it. He loved to watch dust float through the air which meant that if there was dirt to kick, then he would be the one doing it. He even got us kicked out of a Mommy and Me group because the other mothers didn't like that he would kick the dirt and scuff his feet on outings. They said he was a setting a bad example for the other kids. 
That was the last time we met with those snobby mommies. 
Now that he is a carpenter, he loves coming home filthy dirty. He is working with a contractor friend so sometimes he is framing, other times he is doing concrete or installing a deck.
One particular hard working day he came home like this....
I think the filthier he gets in a day, the happier he is. 
Not much different than when he was little.
 He has always been my little construction worker. He had a great day when he helped Poppa move dirt. He went to bed that night clean and very happy. If you look closely you can see his dimple.
Funny, the day I took the top picture, he was wearing the same kind of boots for concrete work.
Who knew that his love for dirt would carry over into adult hood.


Kaleb's little lizard Odleif almost died. She caught a respiratory infection and was gasping for air.
With a trip to the vet and being put on nebulizer treatments for a month she is all better....hopefully for good. It was horrible watching her gasp for air and not have any energy.  Kaleb is hoping some day to have a veiled chameleon so he has been taking good care of his little lizards.
I love the way Odleif is holding on to Kaleb's finger with her back feet.
P.S. Odleif is Norse for friend

Tony's Grove

 The kids and I took Nana to Tony's Grove to see the wildflowers. It was so beautiful and the weather was perfect!

The flowers were a buzz with bumble bees and dragon flies and damselflies.
It was a beautiful afternoon,

Our Garden

 We planted our garden at Nana and Poppa's house.
I am so relieved to not be using the same place that we did for the past three summers. There are less weeds here and the deer haven't found it yet,
I love having home grown vegetables.
And I can't wait until next year when we have our garden planted in our very own yard.


In the midst of summer busy-ness, we went camping.
Played games
 Had Sammy clean the grill for us
 Took naps
 Relaxed some more
 Made Pizza in the dutch oven
Everything was perfect

Alexander's Enclosure

 We moved rock, pulled out bushes, removed trees, trimmed up trees, cut out sod, pulled up two layers of weed stop and newspapers......and built a fence.
All for Alexander.

4th of July

 We spent the 4th celebrating in Malad, Idaho with family and had a wonderful time.
 Troy and Kathy filled the water trough. It was very refreshing.
 Kathy brought out water balloons and helped Victoria fill them up, We made up several games from throwing them at Victoria and bouncing them off of her to throwing them into a floating bin,
Kathy always thinks up something fun for Victoria to do to keep her busy.
I love, love, love Kathy's flowers!
We had a blast!