Monday, August 31, 2015

Preserving the Playhouse

We've had the playhouse for a couple years.
The sun beats on the wood and dries it out.
The playhouse needed a coat of linseed oil to protect and revitalize the wood.
We got up really early and started before it would be too warm.
We worked for about 2 hours and had the job done.
The boys' work will make such a difference.

They then swept the back patio, cleaned the chicken coop, 
and helped mow the lawn.
Before we let them come back in the house,
they were soaped off at the backyard spigot with soap.
They thought that was the funnest part.

As we went through the morning we needed to apply the following principles:
Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.
Prayer - When I learned that the boys were painting the sand instead of the playhouse. I said a prayer so that I wouldn't blow up like Mount St. Helens. I was calmed and took a new strategy. We took a time out and took time to explain why were where painting this morning.

Respect - Hurricane said this was a time for us to talk with each other as we worked. He mentioned that he wanted to talk about Christmas specially about the Legos he hoped to receive.

Compassion - As the morning continued along, Hurricane and Underfoot thought we needed to keep hydrated. They kept bringing water bottles. I admit that I think we need to work straight through without breaks. They got a mid-morning snack and thought I should have one too and brought me one.

Work - This is show above. They worked and did a good job!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hearing Test

He failed his hearing test one month ago at the ENT.
We returned yesterday to retest.
His hearing has improved some even though he still has a little loss.
The older they get the better they can take the test.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Milk Shake

He loves milk shakes. 
Only they aren't really milk shakes.
They are smoothies.
He insisted he get the biggest one
because he made it.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mormon Battalion

We went to a presentation about the Mormon Battalion 
that was an active military unit during the Mexican-American War. 
It is the only battalion named after a religious group. 

Hurricane was enchanted by the brass band that played.
He counted how many instruments have mouth pieces,
 how many boys and girls, and how many songs. 

I grew up learning about Israel Evans who walked the 2,000 miles in Company B.
He was stationed in San Diego after arriving in San Diego. 
He later was a captain of a handcart company. 
Sweetheart and I have talked about him.
On his messager at work, he has "Israel Evans walked 5,000 miles."
One day he was asked why Israel did that.
Sweetheart responded, "Because he believed a prophet."

Before we went, we looked up on Family Search to see 
if Sweetheart had a member in the battalion. 
He did. His name was Riley Garner Clark.
He was in Company A and was assigned to Los Angeles
after arriving in San Diego.
He eventually settled in Panguitch, Utah.
We haven't learned much about him yet.

The only battle that the Mormon Battalion fought was against bulls south of Tucson. 
Their march took them through the desert in the winter.
When they arrived in San Diego, most had no shoes, and their clothes were in tatters.
After the presentation, the boys got to dress up and see different displays.
We are glad we learned about our history.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Drama Club

Hurricane signed up for Drama Club. 
Underfoot was invited to be a mentor.
I'm helping as a parent volunteer.
One of the activities we did was a bad family photo. 
You know the one where no one is doing 
what they should be doing and everything is going crazy!

Underfoot is a zombie Dad. Hurricane is a baby falling to the floor. 
The 2 girls on the outside are acting embarassed by the Dad.
The girl on the floor is a crazy dog.

They then were to make a machine.
Can you guess what it is?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Grape Harvest

I wrote about our grapes in June.
I took pictures of the grapes before Sweetheart cut them off the vines.
He did it while we were at the Muppet Meet
He sent me a picture with his phone so I didn't remember about these.
Again with the download I did last week I found them.

Our yard has been incredibly blessed this year with produce.
We are grateful for the production that they have given.

I really liked to look up and see the grapes hanging there.
The clumps were full and heavy with deliciousness.

They covered the 4 foot by 4 foot table. 
As a family we cleaned, sorted, picked of the stem, and juiced them.
Hurricane was given the choice of beverage and chose our grape juice.
He asked for a cheers before we drank then took a little sip.
He said, "This is took rich to drink quickly."
He's an insightful boy.

Monday, August 17, 2015


We made an addition to our curb appeal. 
 See if you can tell the difference between the 2 photos.

This is when we bought our house over 7 years ago.
A LOT has changed in the front yard since this picture was taken.
This place has been a wonderful haven for us as a family.

 Here are the differences:
  1. None of the original plants are in front. The tree on the right frozen to death. The tree in the front hit the roof and was planted on top of the sewer and water lines. The other plant was ugly.
  2. Aloe, lantana, lavender, rosemary, and mesquite trees are in the front yard.
  3. The mail box has moved 3 times.
  4. The Prius wasn't ours when we moved here.
  5. The red front door was painted later - not that you could see the original front door.
  6. We have a double gate on the right side and a single gate on the left side.
  7. The wall on the left side has been moved forward 20 feet or so.
  8. The sidewalk goes around to the side gate.
  9. A rock river is in place for water run off.
  10. The house has been painted - the same color.
And the most recent addition is the pavers.
Sweetheart and I have been talking about doing this for 3+ years.
I wanted a steps as defined from door welcome. He wanted an extra parking spot.
We made a compromise and got what we wanted - 
a defined entrance to the house and an additional parking spot. 
The men who did the work came on a 107+ degree day.