Thursday, August 13, 2015

Lazy Summer Post 5

Lazy Summer Post 5
 
For the month of July we house/dog sat for my parents while they traveled in Europe. We had an eventful month at there house. Starting with a dear childhood friend of mine coming to town! It's pretty incredible to see a life-long friend spend time with your kids.
 
Here are Mary and Rufflebum making cookies.
 
 
Right before/after this photo Rufflebum shoved a spoonful of dough into her mouth. #thatsmygirl


 
Here's the best group photo we could muster - post hike on a hot summer morning.

 
Here is Rufflebum loving one of my parents' dogs... who as you can see by the blurriness is trying to escape.

 
Here is Burrow giving belly rubs.


And climbing over the dog...

 
A week or two later we made a trip to the fire station with some friends. Rufflebum and Asher are holding hands because they were afraid it was going to be loud. Rufflebum refers to Asher and his baby brother as her "brothers".
 





That's hose water!




 
Nothing like the days of summer!
The Pampered Bird


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Lazy Summer Post 4 - Peach Picking

Lazy Summer Post 4 - Peach Picking!

I love the Texas Hill Country! There are so many fun things to do year round - for example in the summer you can go peach picking! So one Saturday we loaded into the van and picked up my dad and headed out to a peach orchard. Here are a few pictures of the outing.


I love these sweet girls!!
 
Here's Mr. San Antonio teaching Rufflebum how to know if a peach is ready to be picked.

 
Still teaching...


She's assessing her selection.

 
The owner found us in the far corner of the orchard and brought us a homemade peach slush - it was the perfect cold treat on a hot day!


 
I just want to kiss this face all day!

 

Now I want a peach...
The Pampered Bird

Monday, August 10, 2015

Lazy Summer Post 3

Lazy Summer Post 3

Disclaimer: When I say "Lazy Summer Post" I don't mean we are having a lazy summer... I mean I'm being lazy about posting during the summer! I've been using the girls' rest time to actually rest myself! I've read lots of books this summer and taken quite a few naps - it's been so wonderful. We will be ready for our schedule to pick back up and have a routine again here in a few weeks. In the meantime I'm going to have several posts coming out in the next few days with lots of pictures and just a few words highlighting our summer adventures. Enjoy!

First of all... Rufflebum doesn't miss a thing. She came out from rest time one day with a panty liner (sorry male readers) taped to her chest... In a serious voice she told me she put it there to keep the milk from squirting in her baby's face. Ten points to me for keeping a straight face.


With the new children's museum so close... we've spent an embarrassing amount of time there... but the girls haven't gotten tired of it yet! And it's air conditioned! Again... 10 points to me.

Here Burrow is working the air traffic control center.

 
And Rufflebum is flying the plane...

 
 
(I need to interrupt the flow here... I'm currently listening to Rufflebum yell at "someone" (a doll? a stuffed animal? invisible friend?). She's yelling, "I'm going to give you a spanking for giving baby Jesus a hard shot!" She has named every baby doll and stuffed animal either "Alice" or "Jesus"... so it's hard to know exactly what's going on... but I'm guessing that the doll that has been swaddled for the last two months and has been carefully carted around and introduced to everyone as "Jesus" is probably who she is defending in there... but it could be the stuffed monkey too...
 
 
Anyway... here is Rufflebum dressed as a construction worker. And a fuzzy Burrow running behind her.

 
And here is Burrow playing in the dirt... because girl loves dirt.

 
 
One day Rufflebum brought out this baby... in her doctor's kit box. We overheard her telling a mysterious "someone" in her room that "If your mother kills you, Jesus will put you in a tomb."
 
I'm still looking for Bible references for her theology... but I'm pretty certain she just made that up.

 
Rufflebum loves to help around the house... cleaning, dusting, mopping, scrubbing potatoes, helping prepare dinner. She wants to help so much and so often that sometimes I get frustrated and just want some space to myself, or just want to be able to make dinner quickly and cleanly... It takes a LOT of I-don't-know-what for me to patiently, lovingly, keep her engaged and help her feel useful. I am grateful for her serving heart, and want to foster it but sometimes I also just want some space. Anyone have ideas for me!?

 
One day my mother-in-law watched the girls and I created some new art for their bedroom. I bought the middle piece below and painted the two side pieces. It was therapeutic and relaxing!

 
Burrow loves to copy her sister... and Rufflebum loves to "carry her baby in her pocket" (which means shoving a doll up her shirt and sticking the doll's head out the top - it's a mimic of how I have carried the girls in wraps/carriers). So one day I found Burrow frustrated and trying to get her doll in her shirt. As soon as I got her doll situated appropriately she calmed down and walked around with a smug look on her face.

 
 
Here is Rufflebum's current favorite outfit. She tells us at least 140 times a day that when she grows up she wants to be a princess, with princess earrings and have a purple castle covered in glitter. 

 
Alright, that's the end of my random update today. Soon I'll have photos up of the day we went peach picking and some other fun things!
 
Love,
The Pampered Bird

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