Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hitting the Ball and Taking in the Scenery

Yesterday, Luke — my man in orange — played his first MESGA tournament of the year at the gorgeous Belgrade Lakes Golf Club. He did well, shooting an 84 and tying for fifth, in a field of 26 players.

Photos taken 6/28/11

Friday, June 24, 2011

Luke on the Course

Yesterday, Luke and three of his friends played in a local tournament. It was a scramble with a shotgun start. They began the course on Hole Ten, and I caught up with them on Eight. They were easy to find; I just looked for the kid in orange from the waist up. The four amigos played well, scoring six under par, and coming in fourth out of 22 teams. Perhaps Luke will write about the tournament at his golf blog, Staying Out of the Ruff.

Photos taken 6/23/11

Thursday, June 23, 2011


It's been a busy day, and I'm tired, so I'm cheating a little. These photos of two-year-old Stella were taken at the beach two days ago. She hasn't changed much since then, though.

Photos taken 6/21/11

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Like a Fish to Water

We live in an area filled with lakes. Most of the surrounding towns have public beaches open to their residents. Our town does not. Yesterday, I called the office of the town next to us to see if they had any annual beach passes still available for the residents of our town. I was told that they did and that the office closed at 4:30.

I downloaded the form, completed it, and made sure I had $65 . Once Stella awoke from her nap (ok, and I had finished my cup of tea), I — like a drill sergeant — hustled all of the kids and the camera into the minivan, headed west, and arrived at the town office minutes before it was scheduled to close. I secured the pass (while having a fabulous conversation about homeschooling with the woman who helped me), and we headed for the beach.

The kids complained that they hadn't had time to put on bathing suits, but I knew that wouldn't stop them from swimming, and it didn't. You may see more photos from our fun afternoon, but today, you get these shots of a very happy Jack.

Photos taken 6/21/11

Monday, June 20, 2011

Another Birthday To Celebrate

Twenty-three years ago, for the first time in my life, I helped Dennis celebrate his birthday. We had been dating for a few weeks, and I was distraught to realize that I had already fallen in love with him. Today, at about 5 am, Dennis kissed me as I lay in bed, I wished him a happy birthday, told him I loved him, and he headed out the door for another business trip.

Normally, I run on Doyle Time, but yesterday, I made the effort to spring forward to Ruffing Time. With help from the kids (Luke made a Boston Cream Pie), we were able to celebrate Dennis's birthday after dinner. It was worth the effort.

Photo taken 6/18/11

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Birthday Girl

Little Miss Stella is two years old today. She is a funny, chatty, smart, little girl. She wants nothing to do with anyone not in her immediate family, but she obviously loves all of her brothers and sister very much, and we're all crazy about her, in return.

Photos taken 6/18/11

Friday, June 17, 2011

Henry in Uniform

That swing in the last two photos earned my man Henry a triple. He got home on a hit by one of teammates.

Photos taken 6/16/11

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Stella, who is exactly 104 weeks old today, had an early morning checkup with the pediatrician. She weighs 25.5 pounds, putting her in the 40th percentile, and is 34.5 inches tall, placing her in the 75th percentile. She was very shy with the doctor, but did alright with the nurse in the room, even keeping up her half of our favorite conversation:

Me (or any of the kids): "Stella, you're so ..."
Stella: "Cute."
Me (or any of the kids): "And..."
Stella: "Smart"
Me (or any of the kids): "And..."
Stella: "Contrary."

This evening, we went to Henry's last baseball game of the season. Stella enjoyed the Tootsie Pop she got from the snack shack and had fun playing with Luke.

Photos taken 6/16/11

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Day at the Playground ... With Balloons

Today marked the end of another school year for the local kids. Our friend Daisy invited Henry to the elementary school playground for some kickball and other games with her son and his friends. Since it was such a lovely day, I decided to take most of the kids to the playground. (Luke was golfing: 36 holes -- 77 on Tomahawk and 78 on Arrowhead.)

It worked out perfectly, since earlier in the morning, I had decided that my poem for the day would be a haiku about a balloon vendor, and I called the local florist to order a dozen helium-filled balloons. I got some great shots of them, and the kids thought they were fab.

Photos taken 6/15/11