Friday, July 17, 2009

Spring 2009 Photo Gallery

An Easter morning photo of the kids: Grace (15) Caitlin (16)
Nathan (5), Jeremy (8), Sarabeth (9) and Juliana (5)

Mary and Juls coloring eggs

Grace, before she cut her hair

Nathan is a budding artist

Caitlin getting all the dye ready

Our spring project... all the living room carpet is out, awaiting the new carpet's installation

A thorough cleaning and getting the walls ready for paint

The walls aren't white anymore!

Tan paint goes onto the hallway walls

The offending light fixture, which overheated and caused an attic fire!

The Clear Lake fire department was out in force

Firefighters begin the cleanup

And what a mess it was!

We spent HOURS cleaning up the mess

Mary reads the birthday card Juliana made for her

Another homemade birthday card.... Happy 50th Momma!

Jeremy the swordsman in action!

Happy 9th birthday Jeremy

Wow. Jeremy cleaned up on his birthday!

Trying out his birthday basketball

Jeremy gets ready to help dad grill his birthday dinner

Caitlin, on her 17th BD!

Not as many presents as Jeremy got. Welcome to adulthood Cait!

But.... the adult type presents can be pretty sweet :-)

This is a Washburn guitar. It has a very rich sound. Needless to say, Caitlin was pleased!

Playing a song for her Dad.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Global Warming??

What a bizarre summer thus far. It has only hit 90 degrees on 3 days so far! According to Weather Underground, the temp at Mason City hit 90 on May 19, 93 on June 22 and 92 on June 23. So far in July, the high temperature for the month is 84 degrees on July 6. Today you ask? A brisk 71 degrees under a bright cloudless sky. Mary had to break out a sweatshirt this morning when it was a breezy 55 degrees.

This summer, we set up a 4 foot by 18 foot pool for the kids. We filled it over a month ago and they have only been in it 2 or 3 times. The water temp has not risen above 73 degrees because we just haven't had any HOT days!

More posts and pics to come soon!