Summer is here! We have been very busy with lots of playing. You know how mothers are often heard talking about the many activities they do with their kids in hopes of wearing them out so they will sleep well at night? Lately I have been doing just that. With the small side effect of wearing me out as well.
Sacrifices must be made.
Sweet little bobbins sleeping are probably the sweetest thing to behold. I hereby declare.
In our quest of being worn out this summer, we have had many adventures.
We went to one of my favorite parks for lunch with my sister in law. While there, we were surprised to see 9 turtles sunning themselves on a log.
They didn't succeed with the fish.
Evidently ducks are not as bright as fish, as they began swarming the area where the kids were as soon as they saw the ripples in the water.
He had requested a barrel cake. I ran out of time to make it though, and so tried to throw something together.
It didn't turn out very pretty, but it was delicious.
I learned how to make frosting out of brown sugar as I didn't have any brown food coloring. I am a fan now.
I don't see it either. But it doesn't have to look pretty, right? It only has to taste good. Which it did.
For the evening, we went over to a friend's house and laughed and talked a good deal. Also, we saw what is quite possibly the worst movie ever made.
The Star Wars Holiday Special
George Lucas said, "If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it." Carrie Fisher said she shows it at parties, "mainly at the end of the night when I want people to leave."
It really is that bad. We suggested showing it again because one of our friends missed it. Immediately the other guests who had seen it threatened to leave. It is really bad. Which, of course, means I loved it. Jeffrey did too.
The next day we went to my parent's house for dinner. I didn't tell Jeffrey it was for his birthday because he doesn't like a big deal made out of things. While the kids were playing in the backyard, the sprinklers turned on, and they enjoyed it to the fullest.
Throughout all our runnings around, Keith was very keen to not neglect his creative outlet, much to my chagrin.
Typically, he decided to paint the walls right before we had to head out the door to go see my niece graduate in Idaho.
Happily, we made it in time.
Since Faye loves animals so much, Jeffrey and I took the kids to a petting zoo. The goats are always my favorite. They are the most friendly animals I have ever encountered, and they make me laugh. So smart and funny.
There was one goat that followed me around and tried to eat anything that it could off of me. My purse, my pants, my shoes, anything.
The watermelon in the cart by Faye was a hefty 18 pounder with the whole underside nearly completely yellow.
Bedtime is getting later and later, but there is no helping that in the summer. The other night, Jeffrey was a wonderful help with getting the kids to bed.
He was very efficient. They loved it.
Summer, bring it on!
***As an update to my last post, my iron does not seem to have improved much. I say this, because I am still desperately tired all the time. Which is baffling as I have gone to extreme measures in order to fix this deficiency.
Cream of wheat for breakfast every day (which contains 50% of the daily recommended amount), green smoothies for lunch (spinach is loaded with iron, you know), grape nuts for a snack (90% of the daily recommended amount), and dinner cooked in my cast iron pan, usually with some kind of meat. If you know me well, you know I don't like meat, so I am sacrificing a lot by cooking and eating it. I am also taking my multivitamins and an iron supplement.
Since none of that seems to be working, I am resorting to eating more red meat. I was cooking chicken. The fact of the matter is I just don't like the flavor of beef. And yes, I have heard it all. "You just haven't had good beef. You haven't had a good cut. You haven't had it prepared properly..." It is the flavor I don't like the most from beef. And there is no changing that. I am not looking forward to the next few days, but am anxious for Friday to come when I get my iron tested again. Hopefully something I am doing will help to get those levels up before then! It will be nice to not be such a vacant mother. I sure have a lot of guilt over that. I know it looks like we do a lot, but keep in mind, those pictures are from nearly two weeks spread out. Some days I just don't get out of bed as I am too tired. Fingers are crossed for Friday. If anyone has any good recipes on how to cook beef, I would love some pointers. I haven't really cooked meat, especially beef in nearly 6 years. I don't remember what to do with it. Or any ideas on what to do to get my iron levels up. Aside from eating liver. That is where I draw the line.