Sunday, June 18, 2017

Summer, this week












This was our third week of summer break, 2017.

We finished the session of swimming lessons. Both children passed their level. The GB will move on to the next level, while the LB will move on to diving lessons, having finished the highest level of swimming lessons. We'll go back in mid-July for another two-week session, at a different pool, which has diving facilities. No more tree for me this summer; the other pool is an indoor one.

There were two trips to the library. The children had their summer reading logs stamped and got their prizes (they can get a prize every week), and we attended two different activities: a workshop to make Pipe Cleaner Ninjas (basically poseable action figures made from pipe cleaners, beads and drinking straws), and an afternoon of free play with Zoobs, a building toy.

I tried to photograph our food more often but most of it was really boring. The highlights were pasta sauce with basil from the garden, and lobster tails. I made the lobster for the Bear and me, on our at-home Saturday date dinner. I'd never cooked lobster before, afraid to mess up such a nice food, but it was really easy. The small Bears did some cooking this week too; he made scrambled eggs and she made meatloaf! She also helped me make Raspberry Lemonade Cheesecake Bars, the June recipe in my Betty Crocker calendar. They were a bit of work, but really delicious.

I didn't finish a book this week, but I'm in the middle of reading Jojo Moyes' Paris for One. This is a collection of stories. The title story is more of a novella, I'd say, since it's longer. They're really nice stories, very sweet and romantic. She has some really famous books, such as Me Before You and After You, but I like her lesser-known books better. If you want a wonderful, funny love story, you should read One Plus One.

We have a ripe tomato in the backyard! It's almost ready for picking. We will split it four ways and celebrate our nascent gardening success.

The bathroom is finished. I mentioned last week that we were doing some work in the main hall bathroom (we have two, a larger one that the children use, and a smaller three-quarter bath for us). The Bear did most of the work and it looks great. This was a light bathroom renovation and not too hard for us. We've done a complete DIY bathroom remodel (down to floor joists and wall studs, totally gutted) in a previous house, before we had children, and it was a nightmare. This was a breeze compared to that.

I made seven Maybelle Squares this week. I'm almost finished with my fifth ball of Grey.

We'll be camping later this week, and we're starting to get ready now. I expanded my menu beyond hot dogs. We'll be there two nights; one will be hot dogs but the other will be chicken kebabs, for variety.

Today, I'm cooking for a Father's Day dinner with my in-laws. The Bear has ribs in the smoker, and I'm making The Pioneer Woman's baked beans, broccoli slaw and Cool 'N Easy Pie, one of my favorite retro summer desserts.

I hope you have a great week! It will be very hot here (100+ degrees every day), yikes. Wish me luck.

19 comments:

  1. Yikes, that's hot. It's hot here, but not in the same league at all. Low 80s I think. We will try not to complain! Well done on the ripe tomato,a nice treat. I hope you're having a lovely Father's Day, have a good week too. CJ xx

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  2. Another busy week for you and the little bears. Well done young bears for doing so well at swimming. It is such an essential skill to have. I hope your cooler works well and your house will be pleasantly cool for you. xx

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  3. It all sounds peaceful, and like you've settled into a routine. Enjoy your father's day celebrations. I have a copy of One Plus One somewhere, I'll dig it out now based on your recommendation! X

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  4. Sounds like a good week, I've never cooked lobster, but I have done crab. Have fun camping.

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  5. Splendid photos, do have a lovely week ahead!

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  6. A lovely read here today and oh my lobster tails yummo......you are roasting and we are cold here, but not too bad. Enjoy your camping fun time xo

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  7. Summer is looking beautiful! Cherry tomatoes are so good and I can't wait until they are ripe here.
    We are in the middle of a BR remodel. Bob has this next week off to work on it. He's built new cabinets, there is a new tub waiting in the garage... It's going to be quite a week. We did it once before in a previous home so we know what's ahead!

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  8. You certainly do have very full days Jennifer. I'm so happy to know your two children enjoy swimming so much. Our three are wonderful swimmers too. I never learned to swim, and I am a bit afraid of water. I think it's very important that children are given the opportunity to learn to swim early on. I think if I had had that opportunity, I wouldn't have a fear of water like I do now. Your lobster tails look wonderful in and your days seem to be very busy and happy. I hope your camping trip is a lovely one.
    Blessings Betsy

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  9. Another busy summer week for you and yours, Jennifer. I love the look of concentration on Miss Bear's face as she makes her model.

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  10. Your filling your days and making some wonderful memories for the cooler months. The lobster sounds delicious.

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  11. Oh the joy of the tomato. We have quartered many a strawberry, tomato or apple. Carry on holidays. Jo x

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  12. Sounds like a busy and wonderful summer, so far! That heat is too much though, yuck. We are finally having a cool down after over a week in the 90's. Such a relief.

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  13. I don't even know where to start.. all those desserts sound good.
    Looks like your children are having fun in the summer.. we have to wait till the end of the week to start our summer break. The pipe cleaner activity looks cool.
    Glad to hear the bathroom is looking good.
    Enjoy camping.. I have never been camping.

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  14. How lovely that your meal had herbs fresh from your own garden. Loving the wee ninja men xx

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  15. Another lovely week to read about and enjoy your beautiful photos of. [I read recently that one can correctly end a sentence with a preposition in casual writing these days, so I am testing the waters with you knowing you are an English teacher. :) ] Your tomatoes are way ahead of ours. Actually my plant just has blossoms! Happy camping! xx

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  16. Well done to both children on their swimming achievements, it's such a wonderful thing to be a good swimmer, and good for safety too. I've just started another Jojo Moyes book, The Last Letter From Your Lover. I've read all the ones you mention, and Silver Bay too, but my favourite is Me Before You. I read it after reading your recommendation and it's one of the best books I've read for a long time. I didn't rate the film as highly though.

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  17. Congratulations to your kiddos on their swimming achievements – such a great skill to have. It sounds as though you're happy in the rhythm of summer, Jennifer. I hope you're managing to keep cool – 100 degrees is scorchio; t's been mid-80s here which is hot for the UK and we've all the doors and windows open to get any ounce of breeze we can. Have a great camping trip. Sam x

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  18. I know! It's so hoooooooot! Oh well, right? It's summer (almost!)
    Have fun camping!

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  19. It sounds like you're having a good summer with all the ingredients that make it great -- good food, good books and family! (With a side of crochet thrown in LOL!) How did you make your Lobster? I made some for the first time a month or two ago and it wasn't that great - so unmemorable that I can't even remember how I made it LOL. Hope you're managing to stay cool in the heat. We're headed out west (north of you) this weekend -- I can't wait!!!

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