Saturday, July 27, 2013

I've got it all under control - ha ha

Among the many fun things we've been doing the past 2 weeks I'd say the most fun of all has been weeding. Kidding, kidding. I can't seem to be a consistent weeder in our garden/beds. We do have a bit of a separation of duties here. Brian takes care of the garden and I take care of the beds. It's hard to want to weed when it's 100 degrees out. Actually it's hard to want to weed. I do love how good I feel when I look to see what I have accomplished when I'm done. And I do have to set pretty specific goals on how much weeding I'll be doing. My yard really needs me to weed all day every day but who wants to do that. Not me. At the beginning of the summer I told my nephew that I weed 1 hour a day. That's not true. That's what I'd like to be true & what the yard needs to be true to be in tip top shape but definitely not true. This whole post is just to let you know what a slacker I am. I know I've got a lot of you fooled into thinking I get it all done all the time but I don't & I'm fine with that. I do have 4 hard workers that help out & 1 super hard worker that spends tons of time working in the yard.
About 11 days ago I took a good look at the garden & the path around the garden (which counts as a bed & my responsibility) and a flip switched in my brain. It was the RIGHT NOW switch. So I started with my tomatoes. I weeded for an hour or two & got those under control. The next day I started in on one side of the path & stopped to work on the butterfly bushes & skyrocket junipers. The next day I finished the path & moved into the main garden. My helpers showed up after swim was over, put in their required time and then I stayed & finished. The whole garden - done! That will be the only time that happens this summer. I took pictures.
 No way can you spot a weed from this view.
So excited for these tomatoes!
I love that Brian lets the sunflowers grow.
We covered our grape vines in mesh in hopes of getting to eat some grapes this year.
 Brian planted red, white and blue potatoes.
 Another month for corn.
 I've loved the raspberries for breakfast this year.

Brian does such a great job with the garden. We are enjoying the fruits of his labor right now. I fixed zucchini a different way 4 days in a row. The girls were thrilled. This week I tackled the weeds in a few of the beds and still have more beds that are waiting for me to get to them. It's nice that they are so patient with me. It's going to be a while before I give them my full attention.

Other than weeding we've been keeping busy with biking, swimming & hanging with family & friends. Sam & Syd competed in a beginner mountain bike race at Deer Valley last week. Yay for them! We've finished the last regular swim meet of the season. Conference finals are next week. I suspect there will be many tears shed as Sam's completes her last summer swim season. We took the girls for a ride around Dog Lake up Millcreek canyon. We also had my family over for a bbq on the 24th. Super fun!

Also I should mention our supreme parenting skills when Brian & I told Julia to blow her nose on a poison ivy leaf. It took 2 days for us to realize what we had done. That poor girl! A full week after it happened she looked about as bad as I've ever seen her. I'm wondering if because her skin is so sensitive anyway if the reaction is a bit stronger than normal. It's been 9 days now and she looks like she is getting better. What a trooper!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Before the 3 week slow down

Today marks the first day of what I'm calling our summer slow period. That means we will all be sleeping in our own beds for the next 26 nights. (How sick is it that I just counted that out on the calendar?) We'll still be packing as much fun into our days as possible. Brian and I went out to dinner and got some fortune cookies. We loved our fortunes:
How funny is that? Especially since we have booked a houseboat at Lake Powell in August - something we have never done as a family. Some of the fun we've had the past couple weeks included a trip to City of Rocks, Youth Conference for me, Sam & Syd, and a stay at Snowbird. 

We have gone to City of Rocks with the same family each summer for the past 8 years. Sometimes other families/people join us but mainly it's just our 2 families. It's always a good time. The girls love going & it's become our only dedicated climbing time. We do a little climbing in the valley during the summer, but not much. One of the problems with having many interests is the lack of time to spend on each of those interests. I suppose we could cut back but no one wants to give anything up - we can do it all, just not every day, right? So back to City. This year we taught all the kids how to repel. Usually they are just lowered after a climb up and the belayer is in control. Repelling puts the climber in control. I've not been encouraging repelling in the past because guess what? I (the belayer) like to have the control, not the girls. They did great and of course loved repelling. 
We made bubble wands for when it was too hot to climb.

One of my fav pics of Brian.

I love this - Sydney (blue/red) is belaying Sam (yellow/khaki) while Gretchen (tan/green) is being belayed by Brian who is sitting behind Sara (orange).
Julia (pink/black) and Sydney (blue/red) climbing.

Sam Ranck, Thomas Ranck, Sydney, Gretchen, Julia, Adam Ranck, Samantha, & Sara Ranck totally overexposed at night.
Yippee for City!

The day after we returned from this trip Sam, Syd & I left for youth conference. An unbelievable amount of time, effort and energy was spent by many, many adults giving the youth in our stake an incredibly amazing experience. Parts of the Book of Mormon were reenacted over 3 days. I was a bit leery going in to it but ended up being so happy that the girls could experience this. They started off in "Jerusalem" making oil lamps and ended up at Camp Zerahemla in Morgan, Ut.

We went for a family mountain bike ride in Park City on the 4th of July. Pretty fun!

We took off for Snowbird on the 6th and had fun with my family that Saturday. We spent the week driving back and forth for various activities in the valley. I had lots of time for reading while the girls enjoyed lounging around. Now it's time to get back to work for a little while. I'm hoping to spend some time in the studio this week. I miss it! My "to do" list is quite long - both for the house and the studio. I just need to remember that there are very few things on any of my lists that can't be put off if Brian or the girls decide we should go _____________ (fill in the blank with a fun summer activity). When I was growing up I never had any idea how much I would love being married and having a family. I do need to put in a little disclaimer that the pictures on this blog usually only show the good stuff. The girls fight, I get grouchy, Brian gets grumpy and the whining and pouting are annoying. We work through it. However, the good overwhelmingly outweighs the bad and I feel like I'm living in a dream. I am one lucky gal!