Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Back to the Lazy 5 Ranch

We took Fanny, our Chinese exchange student, and Cassie, Emily's good friend who are both staying with us until the end of July, to the Lazy 5 Ranch.

This is a day out we always look forward to.













Some of the animals get a little over friendly in their excitement to get food.













I don't know if I'm going to have a visit from social services for endangering my children's lives - but we thoroughly enjoyed getting upclose to the animals.
















And the things you see.

Em's First Decree

Emily's first decree after becoming a teenager, was that we needed to paint her room.

Not a job I particularly looked forward to without Oliver being here to help - but all my other little helpers were so excited, that we decided to get it done anyway.

Oliver hasn't seen it yet and perhaps on seeing this blog, and seeing the kiddies help, he may at this moment be having a heart attack.

But fear not - memories were made, we had a blast, and we have a very happy teenager in the house. AND WE DID A REALLY GOOD JOB.


















Having had her room painted - Emily has decided to turn her room into a bit of a project. She is going to paint her skirting boards, sand down her bed side table and paint it, and take some pictures of her own to put on her walls. I'm very excited to see her take control like this. She even wants to spend some of the money she has earned babysitting, on new bedding.

Looking forward to posting the end result!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Happy Unbirthday to You

I've never really seen the need to rush things. Take your time - nice and slow gets the job done properly.

Soooooo - little Oliver's (OJ's) 9th birthday was in March.

We had his birthday party this week.

But - it was a great success!!

Sadly, dad Oliver is out of town and has missed both OJ's and Emily's birthday parties. So here I am recording what I can.















The kids made marshmallow guns out of cut up pipes and joints. They were a great success and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time!














It wouldn't be a party without delicious chocolate cake. Home made by Harris Teeter!!













Then off to the pool to relax!













We do love you OJ!!!!

There's a Teenager in the House!!

Emily turned 13 today. AM I REALLY OLD ENOUGH FOR A TEENAGER?

Well I guess I'm old enough - but not sure I'm ready.
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Ever since Emily came out of the womb, she has been begging to get her ears pierced. I had always said she could get them done when she turned 13 - thinking 13 would never come.....
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Nothing like having good friends over to share in your special day!














Fun and games in the basement.
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Nothing like shoving your face in some lovely moist chocolate cake! Home made by Harris Teeter!!














Is this enough suncream mum?















What a great way to end the day!

Getting to Know You

Took us a little while to decide whether or not to have an Exchange Student from china. But we took the plunge when Oliver came back from a business trip to China and we thought it might be a good experience.

The kids particularly have been really looking forward to our 'student' coming. I wasn't sure if having her for the whole 3 weeks would be a good idea. We did have the chance to just have her for a week and a half. Anyway - we found out that Oliver would be away for the 3 weeks the student would be here - so we decided to have her for the whole time.

Well, the time was here before we knew it and Fanny arrived on Tuesday of this week.













I love Fanny. I feel like I have known her all my life. Emily was the most excited to have her in our home. Here they are together working on an assignment that Fanny had been given from school.













Then Cassie, Emily's very good friend from church, joined us on Friday. She will also be staying with us until the end of July. As you can imagine - Emily is having a blast.














I think life's going to seem way too quiet when Fanny and Cassie leave at the end of the month.













Perhaps we should try for a couple of more kids when you get back Oliver.