Thursday, June 27, 2013

Father's Day

I spent Father's Day with three of my very favorite fathers:  my father, Mark (father of my babies), and Scott (father of my sister's children).  And of course, we were at the lake.
Here's what that looked like:
Mae's cannonball.
Abigail's "pencil dive"
Scotty and Abigail in a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid moment.
Megan the Lake Fairy. 
Megan and Karen.
 Karen solo.
 Mark in a dive.
Mark and Abigail.
We spent some time canoeing.
Hanging out playing Catch Phrase
Chatting on the front deck
And playing more Catch Phrase.
Mae discovered a new passion--one she was actually very quick to master.
She spent so much time on this paddleboard, she came home with big scrapes on her thighs and shoulders, but was completely blissed out.
And THAT was a good Father's Day weekend. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

End of School Days

OK, so...come with me as I look back to May.  School ended on the May 30th here because we had five furlough days.  That's kind of a downer way for me to start what was actually a very wonderful week.  Or maybe I should say a very powerful week, because there was happiness, and as there always is for me, some pangs of sadness as things end. 
For example, the girls said goodbye to Mrs. Fielding, their beloved teacher of both their kindergarten and third grade years. A wonderful gift for all of us.
As a new school board member, I got to attend all the graduations.  This picture is actually a performance at the sixth grade "promotion".  Mr Gardenhire was a psychic, predicting a future for each student.  It was a fun, very personal ceremony.
But I have to say, this picture represents the highlight of this very powerful week.  My niece, Casey, graduated from high school, and I GOT TO HAND HER THE DIPLOMA!  Yeah.  Incredible.  In fact I'm tearing up just thinking about that moment.
Congratulations, Casey, as you say goodbye to high school, and hello to Reedley College.  You go, Girl!.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

School is OUT! But first...

I WAS going to talk about the last day of school, graduations, etc.  Because that is the very significant event going on recently.  But then I discovered that I never did talk about the Mother's Day Rodeo, and I just could not let that go un-talked about!  So...remember back to Mother's Day weekend?

I think this is the "wild cow milking" event.  Which does not entail milking, just removing a tag and running it to a drop spot.  The cows aren't really "wild" either.  But they sure don't like it!

An all-girl team.  Yay!

I have a love/hate relationship with the hide racing event.  Thrilling and a little scary!  But NOT as scary as wild cow RIDING, which they also do.

And of course, the mutton busting.  This year, the girls were officially too big to compete, much to my relief.

 Now these pictures are not at the rodeo, just babies we get to see around our valley.  Our friend Emma's baby goat:

Makes me think once again that it would be so fun to have a goat!  Quick, someone throw cold water on me and remind me of how fun I thought it would be to have GUINEA PIGS!

Emma also has a beautiful palomino foal!

And here at home, we now have seven babies out cavorting in the pasture!
So...Happy Mother's Day Flashback!