Finally HOT Days are here!!

It is getting me a little peeved that summer has finally come screaming around the bend only to already hav the colors of the leaves begin to change.  It is rather disturbing to see the weather being so whakced this year.  It makes me very worried about our climate changes and the prospect of an unpredictable winter to follow this.

Anyway, I thought I would bring my blog back to life from vacation with some yummy veiws.  Today I decided I was going to make sushi for lunch.  This was inspired by our viewing of another masterpeice by famous filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki.  We went to see the newest film Ponyo.  Though mostly out of his normal standard for filmmaking since he geared this movie for American audiences, which is a downfall for this film, it was still a fun movie with really great messages throughout.

I had not attempted to make sushi before but I have eaten enough to know what I like.  Rice, seaweed, avacado, and Salmon Roe(caviar).  As you will see from the pics below, not bad for my first time, but still much room to improve.  They were delicious, but the rice needed to be cooked slightly differently than instructed as the directions were clearly not created for very fast heating  (and slow cooling) electic stoves.  That was a simple fix for future sushi making.  Next time I will pull out the salmon, but I will probably steam it quick first as I am not trained in handling fish uncook as Sushi Chefs are.  Unless, it is extremely fresh (And hello!!  I live way to far away from the ocean to call any fish here fresh!) I won’t be making true sushi.

We enjoyed the refreshing lunch with a really exciting new drink!  I have several very soft Mangos, and quickly cut up two of them and added them to my blender.  I remembered I had take several slices of watermelon and froze them in a plastic bag the last time I made smoothies, cause I didn’t want to waste them.  I took those out and thawed them slightly in the microwave.  They were still frozen but less of a big frozen block now.  I added the watermelon and blended like crazy!  It was the most fantastic drink we have had in a long time!!!  So delicious!!

After eating, I was stuffed to the gills!!

Enjoy the delicious pictures!!

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First Swim of the Summer!!

On Friday May 22nd, we were very fortunate to have the most fabulous weather yet!  We were also very fortunate for having been invited to join another homeschooling family in swimming in their families pool.  We traveled to PA to meet them.  We had a great time.  I brought knitting to relax with and games so the kids could play when they were taking a break from playing in the water.  I met some really lovely folks and got to swim a little whilst the children weren’t looking!  It was fairly relaxing.  Of course, T. was still T. so we had to deal with swearing and hurting himself per any outing, but it was mostly a good afternoon.  I am very thankful as this really helps set the tone for the rest of the season for me.  I really just love being poolside/lakeside and relaxing while the children swim.  One of my favorite activities.

Recapture the summer

This summer seemed to last forever while in the midst of it, but as Fall weather creeps in a little early this year my perspective has changed.  It feels such a short time has passed.  Where did all my grand ideas go?  Weren’t we going to go swimming everyday?  How about bowling every week?  Hikes?  Playdates? I am sure we did some of what we planned but not nearly as much as I had thought we would.  There seemed to never be enough time not energy to do it all.

To recall this summer seems like a fruitful idea to me.  What did we do?

To kick off the summer: June; B. and his Friend Tim attended a Dungeons and Dragons event at a local gamer shop, while T. and his friend Ben swam in the local YMCA pool.  The next week T. was dedicated to the UU church and we attended a wonderful theater production at Hanger Theater, “The boys who could Talk to Penguins”.  That same weekend I and T. attended out first Spin-In Fiber Fest at the Black Bear Winery and checked out his horseback riding camps Open House.  The Third week in we celebrated my birthday and B. and T. and I, had a fun trail ride.  Every weekend we have tried to attend the Farmer’s Market at Otsingengo Park.  For a month or so, every monday we attended a Spinning/Fiber group.  The fourth weekend started of our week with a Recorder Recital by several homeschooling families.  B. was surprised when he was given the task/job of animal sitting for our Ministers family for two weeks.  Daily we traveled there to feed the animals.  The proved very fruitful for B.  T. that same week had a fun playdate with the Chens.  Every Wednesday we tried to attend our homeschool Playgroup that was strategically placed near large masses of water. 🙂  The end of June arrived with broiler chicks arriving in the mail and Homeschool Paperwork due to the Local school disctrict. 

July:  Started out with a yummy Tex-Mex Potluck.  Then off to MA we went.  Missing a Hanger Theater Production of Pinnocio was a bummer, but the boys had a great time with their father.  I met up with family and freinds that I hadn’t seen in what seemed ages.  The next week started with our first organized summer activity: Archery class.  That was super fun and ran every Sunday through mid August.  B. and a group of his friends spent an entire day playing D&D, while T. and Piran got to go to the big movie theater to watch WALL-E.  We spent the next day picking Raspberries with Grandma Adams and the evening with out 4-H club.  The next day T. got to have fun at a playdate with Ben.  All the third week T. was at Horseback riding camp.  The week ended with a big mandatory County Fair Grounds clean up day.  We attended the Summer Program of Religious Education almost every Sunday, in which I taught a few sessions.  The next week was extremely busy as B. was attending Kopernik Science Center Camp from 9am to 3pm daily and we had to show our Chickens at the County Fair.  That weekend ended with Chicken baths, Judging, ribbons and Rides.  I still feel like I haven’t receovered from that week. 

August:  First thing, S. left for Tennessee for a week.  That same day I was having a Potluck with the theme of Berries.  We spent to entire day picking blueberries and the evening eating all sorts.  The next week we attended out last 4-H Cluck Club Meeting by making Flan and exchanging pictures of the year.  We attended our second production at Hanger Theater, “Charlottes Web”.  Yeah Steve’s Home!  The third week consisted of a big Birthday party for the boys friend Avery,  an all day playdate with Piran for T. and another all day playdate with the Raynes, then swimming at Cole Park.  We even snuck in a dentist appointment.  Now we are up to date.  This week we plan on attending Les Miserables at Hanger Theater, going to playgroup, the Farmers Market, and possibly a Library run. 

Throughout all the summer happenings B. had Tae Kwon Do three days a week, I had a small group ministry meeting once weekly, Daily feeding of my Goats and Chickens, maintenance of my overflowing Garden, random visits with folks and a few lectures attended, preperation for schooling 2008-2009, reading books galore, a few new purchases, and some fun Ice cream runs!

We were busy but I guess I thought we would be more structured this summer.  We had fun times and hard times, but overall I say it was a good summer for all.  I hope it doesn’t end on such cold weather as we are having currently.  A few more days in the sun would be nice, especially for my tomatoe plants in which won’t ripen if not for some warmer days ahead. 

Going through my summer like this was fun and not as hard as I thought it would be.

Dry run!

Okay, so this week we stopped by a Carousel.  There are several open in our local parks at this time of year.  I noticed right away that T. was nervous about getting up high and moving fast.  Now, I am thinking a this point,  “T. wants to go to horseback riding camp for a whole week, which costs a fortune.  How about I actually see if he can do this before paying out the nose for this.”  I spoke to the camp director and set up a half hour trail ride for me and the boys this weekend.  This should give me a good idea if I can keep  him calm enough to ride on a horse and follow directions at the same time.

So, on Sunday I will see if this is acutally going to happen.  If not, then I will have to find another activity he can particpate in that I know for certain he can handle and enjoy. 😛