{pretty, happy, funny, real} State Fair edition

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Good evening! Look! My keyboard acknowledged the existence of the shift key! Let me make up for yesterday….

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Okay, I’m good.

So, here’s a few snapshots of our State Fair trip for our {p,h,f,r} saga of the week.

Miss M and Posey Pie--first train ride for Posey! Yes, we rode a train to the fairgrounds. How cool is that?! Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa!

Miss M and Posey Pie–first train ride for Posey! Yes, we rode a train to the fairgrounds. How cool is that?! Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa!

 

In. His. Element.

In. His. Element. He just forgot to wear his hat (and he had brought it with him!!)

 

Princess and her cousin, best friends forever, future college roomies. Don't tell these girls that they aren't actually in line for some throne somewhere.... unless the story is true that our remote ancestor was a king of some Spanish kingdom waaaaay back when....

Princess and her cousin, best friends forever, future college roomies. Don’t tell these girls that they aren’t actually in line for some throne somewhere…. unless the story is true that our remote ancestor was a king of some Spanish kingdom waaaaay back when….

 

Did I mention he was in his element?

Did I mention he was in his element?

 

SERIOUSLY CREEPY HUGE BUG!!!

SERIOUSLY CREEPY HUGE BUG!!! And if you’re wondering why I have a picture of a bug and not the pigs, sheep, alpacas, bunnies, cows, chickens, etc., its because at the time we visited the barns I was trying to steer a wagon through the thin aisles.

 

Note cotton candy stains on face as she enjoys that brown sugar lolly courtesy of Grandpa. Can we say sugar coma? ;)

Note cotton candy stains on face as she enjoys that brown sugar lolly courtesy of Grandpa. Can we say sugar coma? 😉

County fair queens were stationed in the kids' activity to help out. Princess complimented the Queen on her beautiful royal crown. The Queen graciously and sweetly complimented Princess on her beautiful farmer hat in sincere return.

County fair queens were stationed in the kids’ activity to help out. Princess complimented the Queen on her beautiful royal crown. The Queen graciously and sweetly complimented Princess on her beautiful farmer hat in sincere return….

 

....and that put Princess in HER element!

….and that put Princess in HER element!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday again already? At the start of the week it felt that today would never get here. Haus Meister has been working overtime the past two weeks preparing for a project demonstration that occurred on Tuesday as well as today, so it has been a crazy week for schedules. Fortunately, school is nearly out for the summer and we’ve had several sunny days to enjoy.

And not a few smiles along the way…

Pretty

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Posey Pie at 2 months!

(Ignore corgi photo-bomb moment)

Happy

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This is George the Dolphin that Rascal and I designed and created last week. Contrary to the picture, George does not have a broken tail. I’m aware of the lack of flippers as well, but I had less than 10 minutes to draw, cut, and sew–so that’s my excuse. 😉 I’m also not the best draw-er of dolphins, I know this, but Rascal and company were pleased anyway.

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Kind of dark, I know, but on the day she wore this old “Play in the Mud” John Deere shirt I realized that Hester Prynne-like I had her in a shirt that publicly confessed her sin. 😉 Our Sunshine is a Mud Magnet. Not only does she see it as her personal God-given outdoor entertainment, but she frequently tries to convince me that it has beauty benefits to her hair and skin.

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On a day too beautiful to stay indoors, I had Rascal bring the old activity table out of the boys’ room so the kids could color on the upper deck. Miss M stayed longest at the table, scribbling in a little calendar book someone had picked up at the Farmers’ Market.

Funny

These fellows showed up in my kitchen one afternoon.

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I think they had come to hijack my cookies.

REAL FUNNY

My Picture of the Month!

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One evening, I had to help Sunshine sweep one of her messes up in the kitchen and so had laid the sleeping Posey Pie in the nearest safe spot, which happened to be her carseat. Miss M wandered in during clean-up and seeing Baby  at her level, proceeded to give her kisses. Miss M is very good with her baby sister and likes to sit and chat with her during these occasions. Sunshine ditched me in the middle of clean-up, not being patient enough to see me through sweeping up her attempt to sweep up a few cups of all-purpose flour, so by the time I turned back to Baby, I realized Miss M was still there. Miss M hadn’t napped yet that day, and I guess seeing her sister sleeping was too much for her. Posey, however, was not amused.

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Scenes of Spring around here…..

The Carolina wrens on our porch hatched and fledged, looking for a brief time like tiny grumpy things.

The Carolina wrens on our porch hatched and fledged, looking for a brief time like tiny grumpy things.

 

This one thought he could get in through a window, and tried valiantly but fruitlessly for 10 minutes.

This one thought he could get in through a window, and tried valiantly but fruitlessly for 10 minutes.

 

The trees above our back deck around the time of the Pollen b o m b. That's our name for the week in Spring where everything under the sun suddenly becomes covered in a layer of yellow-green.

The trees above our back deck around the time of the Pollen b o m b. That’s our name for the week in Spring where everything under the sun suddenly becomes covered in a layer of yellow-green.

 

The pillowcase dresses become everyday.

The pillowcase dresses become everyday, along with very bright shoes. 😉

 

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New plants on my windowsill. Our “forest” has entirely leafed now. We won’t see the house down the hill from us from this window now until very late fall.

And suddenly, we all want to be farmers again.

And suddenly, we all want to be farmers again.          

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A little late with my link-up today, partly because we totally overslept the alarm this morning. Haus Meister made it into work all right, but my hour or so of morning quiet never happened. It only happens about 70% of the time anyway, so I wasn’t worried. Somehow the extra hour of sleep helped. 😉 Then, I procrastinated because the weather was suggesting we might have a taste of that Winter Storm Iago and I thought it would be grand to have SNOW pictures. Right. That never happened. All we got was a little more rain and some occasional blobs of slush hitting the windshield. I know I shouldn’t complain–I mean, ice is bad out here in these hills–but still, I miss snow. I miss the quiet in the air when there is snow. I miss standing in the yard and feeling part of all the winter stillness. Oh well, maybe next time.

Meanwhile!

Pretty Happy

This bonny lad

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Hamming it up with Grandma (always one of his favorite people)

And this happy girl

Someday I will get a picture of her smiling...while standing still.

Someday I will get a picture of her smiling…while standing still.

Had a birthday on Saturday!

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We ate scrumptious cupcakes

They both like John Deere, conveniently enough.

They both like John Deere, conveniently enough.

appropriately decorated.

 And had a fun outing on a train.

But not THIS train.

But not THIS train.

Happy Pretty

(the baby, not necessarily the puffy 3rd trimester Mama. 😉 )

This is what happens

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When Miss M

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Sees herself on the camera.

Can I see me now?

Can I see me now?

Pretty Funny

LEGO antics, post-birthday unwrapping edition.

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In a quieter way we celebrated my birthday on Sunday. It was actually Monday, one of our busier days of the week. I had a lovely day in the company of many of my favorite people. My parents remembered my favorite birthday cake (strawberry shortcake with angel food) and not only did they order me to sit down and put my feet up (free knitting time!) but they helped catch up on Mt. Neverrest (the laundry pile). We tried out a new mop and had a relaxing time. It can’t get much better, can it?

Well, until Haus Meister and my in-laws indulged me with enough yarn to accomplish four more projects. When I stuffed the latest KnitPicks additions into my yarn cupboard, some of the brown balls (Swish worsted in Doe)  fell out. Mom laughed and said it reminded her of the scene with Captain Kirk in Trouble with Tribbles.

Yep, I'm good for a while now, I think!

Yep, I’m good for a while now, I think!

This scene.

Haus Meister hopes it will never come to this.

Haus Meister hopes it will never come to this.

I could see her point. 😉

Rather Real

This is the aftermath of a new 3yr old “helping” aerate all the dry ingredients preparatory to those scrumptious cupcakes. Sunshine found out how to speed up the mixer, and for a moment it was a veritable cloud of flour, sugar, and cocoa in my kitchen.

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We very much enjoyed our three-day weekend! We didn’t go on vacation or anything like that, but we had lots of fun in the kitchen.

Pretty Happy

On Labor Day we had a big birthday celebration for Haus Meister, whose birthday was technically yesterday but it was easier to get extended family together on Monday. In recent years it has been pretty easy to plan a party for Haus Meister because the fall issue of Victoria arrives about two weeks before his birthday, and they usually dedicate that issue to Britain–meaning great recipes in the back. So what does a guy get out of something like Victoria? Well, starting in 2009 it was Beef Wellington and this year it was Classic British Pub Fare. Fish and Chips, made on our stove. This Ploughman’s Platter:

Or at least our take on it. With all the other sides we had so much food that I didn’t need to bring out the grapes and apples! And that’s not the Pullman loaf the recipe called for but instead a 10-grain cereal bread made with the latest addition to my kitchen arsenal–a Zojirushi bread machine that is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

For dessert I made a Bakewell tart, also from the magazine.

That thing was so good. It was gone by lunch the next day. Also pictured is the latest addition to our Wodehouse collection. I will easily wager we have at least 30 of these editions in our downstairs library. I should count that sometime. Anyway, Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves was one of the first Wodehouse books I ever read, Haus Meister having introduced me to these in college around the same time he introduced me to Tolkien. We’re glad that Overlook finally published this one.

Autumn Happy

I also spent part of our weekend pureeing some pumpkin that we’d picked up at the local farmer’s market. I saved about 8 cups of the orange goodness for pies and Thai cooking and bread.

I should add that I saved 8 cups after Haus Meister borrowed some for his homebrewed pumpkin beer, which would be ready next month.

Happy Funny & Real

Farm Boy received some much needed new boots….

….and wears them everywhere. This picture was taken at our local apple stand. They sell the best cider there. We’re regular customers from September through Christmas (when they close). In recent years they’ve opened in August but I hold off until my personal official First Day of Fall, which is always September 1st regardless of the actual equinox.

Oh, and someone likes to play hide and seek in the furniture.

Bonus Gratuitous LEGO picture

I found this guy on the floor the other day. Again, it’s one of those that I know there’s a story behind but I don’t know what that story is.

I do know that the dynamite came with part of the LEGO City Mine vehicles that Rascal received for his birthday. This fellow is probably about to be fired from the mine, I think….

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A little bit of our life this past week.

Pretty Happy

I am inordinately pleased with how Rascal’s cake turned out. Another year I might not use so much icing–or so much red food coloring–but the effect was enough to please the multitude. As were the random assorted minifigs. The LEGO brick candles we found at the grocery store.

LEGO birthday aftermath, courtesy of Rascal. I think the Aztecs on bikes behind the caravan is a nice touch.

That’s a bottle of non-alcoholic sparkling berry juice in the background, leftover from the celebration. Just thought I’d mention it.

Happy Pretty

Sisters playing together before the day really begins. I have no idea how sunglasses, UNO cards, and kitchen set items relate to each other, but these girlies are enjoying each other’s company and I’m loving it.

Funny Real

Mom is called away from the dishwasher after unloading, returns to find John Deere wants to help, apparently. But by the time I returned, the little hand that put him there had also disappeared, so I’ll never know exactly is going on here, but that’s okay. Sometimes it’s better not to know.

His was not the hand that put the tractor in my dishwasher, however his wardrobe might indicate. Here he’s telling me that he’s being a pirate. I wanted to tell him he looked more like a Borg, and if he called himself Locutus he’d really freak me out, but he wouldn’t know what I was talking about anyway. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, I apologize. You can google the Star Trek wiki. It is too late at night as I write this for me to go through that site to find a link.

In other sci-fi randomness…

I went to a party last night for a young lady about to enter a convent. It was a fun party with fun people and it was a little odd going there without any of my children. It was a novelty for them to see me without any of my children, too. Haus Meister did just fine with all the kids, as I knew he would, and Rascal helped tremendously. I think part of Rascal’s helpfulness might have had a slight ulterior motive, for this was the scene that I met with as soon as I arrived home (all the littler ones were in bed). That’s classic Star Wars: Episode IV, some scenes skipped for the late night and age of viewer. We only own the original trilogy.

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Blogging from my phone again–a little inept at this (there’s something real). ;). We visited my parents for the Independence Day holiday. Unfortunately the prevailing drought conditions caused a nearly statewide ban on fireworks, so our 4th ended very quietly and very early. But we still had a good time.

We packed a lot into our 4th. We went to Mass in the morning to close out the Fortnight for Freedom. Then we headed to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for some fun for all before heading back to my old hometown’s 4th of July parade. This year the parade route was altered because of construction but that was good because so many more people–us included–garnered a front row seat. This also meant that between our kids and their cousin, we gathered more candy than they did at Halloween. So without further ado, here’s some pretty, happy, funny, and real from our day:
(in backward order–told you I was inept! 😉 )

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