Once in a lifetime event

Okay, that’s what my son was calling it.  Maybe where you live this happens all the time, but for us cityfolk it was quite exciting.

When we got to the cabin, we saw a teeny, tiny nest resting on the dinner bell that hangs from the porch.  I mean, tiny!  It was about 1 1/2 inches across, at the most.  We were wondering what could live in a nest that small.  Then a hummingbird flew through the trees nearby and seemed to be checking us out.  We got very excited.  I had never seen a hummingbird sitting still.  It seemed momentous.

At first, she didn’t want to get close to the humans.  Can you blame her?  We also had our 70 pound black lab running around.  It was all very intimidating, I’m sure.  I warned the kids that she might stay away since we had invaded her space, but they were not deterred.  They were on hummingbird alert.

Then, this happened:
And she didn’t leave.  For days.  Well, it seemed that way.  She would fly away to get small things, every once and a while.  Jon and the kids took a peek in her nest and found 2 pink jellybean sized eggs inside.  So exciting!  I tried to sneak a peek and almost got divebombed.  She came out of nowhere.  She did NOT want me anywhere near her nest, so I backed away with my hands up.  Isn’t that the universal I’m safe sign?  Or is it, I don’t have any weapons?  Again, we are cityfolk.

It might not have been a once in a lifetime event, but we were so glad to have witnessed it.  We went up to the cabin for few days of rest and refreshment, and there was something so lovely about looking up and seeing a hummingbird sitting in a nest.  They are the ones that never stop and always have somewhere to be, but this particular hummingbird’s job was to sit still.  I took my cues from her.


when there is too much fun

Blogging three times a week? Ha! You know when you think you are cooler than you actually are, and you think you can do more than you actually can? That pretty much sums up my life.:) I always, without fail, bite off more than I can chew. Not really because I think I’m cool, but because I don’t think I have to do the normal things, like sleep and eat.

Well, guess what?  I do have to sleep and eat.  I know, that was a surprise to me too. For the last couple weeks, Jon and I have been working on a VBS program for the kids at an amazing church here in the valley.  We had so much fun, but every night and every morning, I had aches and pains in places I didn’t realize existed.  That never happened when I was a kiddo in my twenties!  My body is getting older. You should have seen the amount of vitamins I started taking every night.  I’ve turned into my father!  For the record, they totally worked.  If your body is changing on you, I recommend hitting the vitamin aisle.

Our kids were troopers, but we wore them out too.  Here’s a pic of my 5yr. old after a day of VBS:


Poor, overstimulated, balloon wearing, drive thru fed children.  My daughter ate 4 donuts on Saturday.  My son ate 4 sno cones.  It will take us weeks to detox from this.;)  We are “trying” to take it easy this week.  I’m not quite sure we’re succeeding, but I’ve slept in ’til 7:00 for three days in a row.  I’ll celebrate the small successes.



Summer Schedule

Oh, summer!  At this very moment, I am sitting in a bedroom and the temperature is climbing above 80 degrees.  I am propped up on my bed with laptop on lap, because my lovely desk, near the window, is bathed in beautiful sunshine that unfortunately brings an enormous amount of heat with it.  Time to rearrange the furniture.

It’s also time to rearrange the schedule.  Is summer a busy time for you as well?  I always think ahead to summer as lazy days of sunshine and lemonade goodness, but whenever I get here I find lots of busyness.  So, in order to enjoy, and do well with all of my summertime commitments, I will be moving to a summer schedule for blogging.  I will only be here about three times a week, but if your summers are like my summers, you will be here less too.  So, it should all work out.;)

But, I want to leave you with a little more goodness from last summer.  This is a little video of the zipline the grown people made for the little people up at the family place in the woods.  Notice who is riding it towards the end.;)

Swinging into Summer

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This is what the kids did last summer, when we were up in the woods.

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If his sister wasn’t on there, Roc would have been swinging up above the roof.  That’s how he rolls.

This is how a mother’s heart grows strong.

Sometimes unwillingly.

And, because it takes pushes from Dad to get that high, this is also how a wife’s trust in her husband grows strong.

Also, sometimes unwillingly.

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Cheers to summer!  Cheers to pushing the limitations on fun!

Hope you all are swinging into summer beautifully!