summer 2011

summer 2011

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012
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Saturday, July 18, 2009

pool liners, play ground, and sno cones

So this time I got the liner size right, 28 foot across....Paul and Jon went to the Sand and Stone store and got sand...(they weighed the truck, then the truck WITH the sand in it..) Paul shoveled it over the side of the wall, and raked it out...then time to spread out the liner. Ideally, a group of people would then get the liner into place...but it was just he and I. While we were pulling it up and putting the edge pieces on, we could hear Suzanne and Sonja in the house with Jon and Charlotte Claire and Camille....then crying....Benjamin went in and put Camille in for her nap....then he had to leave for work....so, we, ("we" being mostly Paul)....installed the liner.... It never did drape evenly...we ended up with a bunch of extra liner...but just clipped it on anyway. The fun part were the wasps. We had wasp spray out there with us, they had nice little homes in the metal posts. Then Paul yelled and jumped a foot: there were three snakes under a piece he picked up....he hates snakes...I do not know how he continuted putting the metal toppers back on after that.....I was too busy taking the little kids in the hot tub to help finish up...anyway, we put a little water in it so far, and still have to hook up the pump system...


Camille....

Jonathan Robert....with MY ice water...



Charlotte Claire thought she was beautiful in Sonja's bathing suit, and I wasn't going to tell her any different. And the sneakers, they will fit her in kindergarten...





What a happy little child, a bag of chips and an orange crayon....wonder if she had any specific plans...




Joseph, this is for you: Ms. Kitten Force....






Playground! Kathryn with Camille...







Me with Camille (I felt bad putting those pictures up the other day...this is what I REALLY look like...)(I DO look like I have had 16 kids...)









Charlotte Claire and I....







This is what it would be like to have seven kids...Kathryn in the back, Evelyn with Camille, then Sonja, Jonathan, Charlotte Claire, and Suzanne in the yellow.




































The playground is at our church...we brought home the SNO Cone machine (it is ours), to try out a new flavor, cotton candy. I loved it. Suzanne prefers plain ice. The rest of the kids were with me....We run this during the summer conference....it is fun...and I really like them....

So, they had a few sno cones tonight, then stories, then bed...they JUST went to bed. Way too late, but hey, it is summer. Margaret is not here, so there are just the seven youngest. It is quiet with just Paul and I, and I miss the clatter and chatter of the older ones, but they stay up even later than we do, so this break has been nice. Paul and I have had some extra time to talk. I say, as I sit here with my computer and he sits there with his!
I need to let Ms. Crazy Pup back in the house...she needs some attention before she goes in the cage for the night.



























4 comments:

Cassandra said...

I meant to post the other day and say how pretty you looked after your 'make over'...
And i dont think you look like a mom who has had 16 kids AT ALL, but i do think you look like a mom who LOVES her 16 kids :-)

Cassandra xx

Oh and my kids would go wild over that snow cone machine!

Cassandra said...

Sorry i forgot to say EEEEEEKKKK @ the snakes!

momto9 said...

I clicked on all your pictures to view them big:) I bet 7 kisd sounds like a teeny family to you:):)

Debbie said...

I love reading your blogs because they are so encouraging...and you look great in the pix...it gave me a little encouragement to post one of me..now I said a little...lol. sounds like you are all having a great summer. Just wandering how your kids that are out of country are doing?