Thursday, August 21, 2014

first tomato

I've been very in love with my little container garden.  I can't wait until next summer when I get the real thing.  But for now a few pots will do nicely.

Friday night we had our first ripe tomato and it was a beauty.
It reminds me of one of the books I used to read often to Maddy and Mia - "First Tomato" by Rosemary Wells.

This, with that lovely basil…. well, it called for a little caprese.  So my darling husband bought some fresh mozzarella for me to enjoy the first fruits.
The problem?  I sliced open that bad boy and it was mealy!!  Oh poop.  What a disappointment.  So the first one looked pretty but didn't turn out so well.  Hopefully the others that don't look quite so fabulous will taste better!

shark week!!

Last week was Shark Week, and two of the biggest shark week fans in the family were at camp.  Very unfortunate.  So I figured I'd make a little care package to send to them in honour of this auspicious occasion.  Goldfish crackers as a bait ball and gummy sharks.

It needed to feature Bruce as well because Bruce is fabulous.
Unfortunately, once I got to the post office to mail the thing, it was going to be over $12 to send it without any guarantee that it would even arrive on time.  So I ix-nayed the mailing deal and figured I'd just bring it to camp on Saturday and it could be just for Maddy.
They gave it to her on Monday and made her fish (excuse the pun) for things in a bowl of jello - with her mouth.  Not sure she was that happy about it - but I'm sure everyone else did!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

20th anniversary pie

Happy 20th anniversary to Eric and I.
I made a peach pie.  Very slowly.  With lots of time in between.  And that is all I did all day.
Feeling crappy today… it seems I have something about our anniversary and not feeling well.  I can remember a few of those.  Weird.  Especially when considering that I am married to the best man ever.  And I mean that.
God knew what He was doing.
And I am blessed.

Monday, August 11, 2014

today and yesterday

Yesterday we had a very tired little Lu - all tuckered out from her big week at camp.  So she and daddy snuggled up on the floor for a good long time and dozed.  Not the most flattering photo, but it was all sweetness.
Nineteen days until we get possession of our new house.  Yahoo!!  While I am extremely excited to move into our own home and all the wonderful things that go with it, I will miss several things about where we are.  The top three:
3) a small house: While there are many many wonderful things about a larger house, there is the simplicity I crave in living in a smaller place.  Everyone is forced to be together a little more (other than when hibernating in individual bedrooms).  There is less to fuss over, less to worry about and deal with…. you can only have what you need because you only have room for what you need.  So wonderful.  Not to mention there is less to clean - a serious bonus for a family like us!
2) this tree: I love this big old tree.  I can only imagine how old it it.  It wouldn't surprise me if it was close to 100 years. It is rather huge and perhaps in this backyard, a little too big - since there is little yard left that is untouched by its shade.  But I love the establishedness of it - the history, the growth, the age.  I love thinking of all the different things this tree has seen and experienced.  And it is just simply lovely - in appearance and in shade.  Our new yard is large and wonderfully so.  But it is bare other than grass (thankful for the grass!!).   There will not be a large tree there for a long, long time

I have spent a fair bit of time this summer sitting in the swing, reading, praying, relaxing in the shade of this little piece of heaven on earth.
1) living close to the Giesbrechts (cousins, brother, sister-in-law):  Oh my this will be a tough one.  Just in practicality alone…. just today Glenda asked if I had a can of tomatoes she could use so she didn't have to run to the store (and she paid us for it, that silly woman!…. I wasn't home to refuse!!!!).  I don't know how many times we have borrowed things in the past year.  I go to steal dirt take some dirt they so kindly offered and wheel plants over to our house.  
But forget practicality.  The kids walk over, back and forth, to play, hand out, do homework, work on projects, whatever.  They meet at the church parking lot in winter to play on the snow hills and in summer to ride bikes.  Glenda and I go for walks or just stop by to say hi when we are walking by.  And sometimes I get delicious raspberry scones that are my new personal favourite.
It will in all seriousness be a hard adjustment.  We have been very spoiled.

Today Cade and Maddy headed off to camp.  Our street is officially blocked off from any traffic for the rest of the week, so we had to wheel them off to the church parking lot to load up and say good bye.  So far Red Rock has done our children well.  Mia and Lucy had fantastic times, so I assume the same will be said for the next two.

Mia the photo-bomber may just be that excited because she basically has her parents to herself all week.  Well, that is what I like to think, but she probably is just happy to pretty much have the house to herself all week.  While Cade and Maddy are gone completely, Lucy is doing a day camp all week - Pioneer Day Camp at the Mennonite Heritage Village.  So things are a little quiet around here.  Even in the evening tonight when Lucy was back it seemed odd.  
Two kids?  Cake walk.

drive-up, sit-in movie

We've had crazy good weather for the last few weeks, people.  It is almost (almost) making up for the most ridiculous winter…. since that was like 8 months long, three weeks or so of good weather doesn't quite cover the forever of foul.  Kind of like you need to hear 4950203942 positive words to make up for the one negative (see - or not - Stats Canada on those numbers).
Included on these wonderful weather days was this past weekend.  You could really hardly get better.  And Saturday night the town (er, I mean city) had a free outdoor movie….Despicable Me 2.  There was some apprehension about going to a late movie (started at dusk which at this point still means around 9:15 at least - and ended up being later) with a little Lucy who just spent a fabulous but very tiring week at camp.  We picked her up that morning.  But we like to take a walk on the wild side, so we went anyway.  And forced (I do mean forced) everyone to go along.  Fun Family time whether we have to beat you senseless or not.
We left around 8:30 or :15 or something to make sure we got good seats.  And because "dusk" is perhaps a tiny bit vague.  To kill time, Cade danced and took some pictures (I am fairly impressed with his natural skilz), Lucy played at the play ground and Maddy and Mia grumped around until they realized they could actually be enjoying this - which they did.  It may have had something to do with them taking a walk to Tim Hortons and buying themselves some yumminess.

Cade decided to be a little sneaky Pete and take some selfies while trying to take pictures of me instead.  Clever.  Very clever.  Of course he did take some legit selflies as well (apparently this computer is stuck back in the 2012s when "selfies" wasn't a word - it keeps wanting to auto correct to selfless…. which if you think about it is kinda the opposite of selfie.)

 My name's To-mater….

Then Lucy needed to try her hand and see if she had any skills skilz.

Then it was dancing time.  He's got the fever…. or should I say feeva!

At one point I turned around and noticed the most amazing moon (I was soon to be surprised last night with an even more amazing moon - crazy huge, pink and full).  Pictures - at least these - do not even come close to doing it justice.

Maddy and Mia started getting goofy.  Maddy was showing off her Spanish amazingness by translating that Cinco de Mayo means the 5th of May and fiesta means party.  She emphasized over and over to mean that I needed to lean over and tell dad.  Freak.  It was rather a giggly and hilarious time.  I suppose you had to be there….. and be in the mood.

Apparently there was an alien sitting behind us with one red eye and one white.  Or it could have been some kid with glowsticks, but that isn't nearly so fun to imagine.  Besides, I'm pretty sure it was an alien.  It probably wanted to hear the intellectual banter going back and forth between Ackermann family members as we cleverly made comments about the movie that we have seen around 29 times.  And really, who could blame him?  Or it….
It did get rather late especially for Lucy come from camp and Cade getting ready to go, but it was still worth it.  A fun family night, whether they liked it or not.  And they liked it.