What It All Comes Down To…

A glimpse into the life of our family. Some ideas, insight, recipes, and crafts. Maybe a baby picture or two.

New Blog May 3, 2011

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Okay, we’ve decided to switch back to Blogger.  Too many issues with WordPress and I can’t upload videos.  Not to mention that Blogger has WAY more fun backgrounds to choose from.  Here’s the link to the new blog:

http://juliekp71.blogspot.com/

Oops, fixed the link now!

 

In the Navy: Part I

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The USS Wisconsin: An Iowa class battleship.

Or something like that.  We made a day trip to Norfolk VA on Friday.

The G.H.W. Bush carrier. The newest aircraft carrier in the US Navy. This thing is HUGE!The back of the USS GHW Bush.

 

An Arleigh Burke class destroyer. I was sure that the tour guide was saying, "Early Bird class."

 

Amphibious transport ship. I believe it was the USS San Antonio. They fill the ship with water in order to partially submerge it and then launch amphibious vehicles out of those doors. Or something along those lines.

 

See that flat panel on the left? It's some fancy radar thingy that our tax dollars were used to develop that renders this ship virtually invisible to radar AND it helps the ship "think" and decide what weapon it should use to annihilate its target. This is also an Arleigh Burke destroyer. I wouldn't want to mess with one of these things.

 

We had the best seats on the boat: in the bow! It was a bit windy at times but we had the entire section to ourselves. Pack baby fell asleep (thankfully) about 15 minutes into the tour.

 We had the best time on this tour.  I bit pricey, but certainly worth it.  We were on the water for over 2 hours and were able to see many ships, tugboats, and historic sites along the route.  I came away with a new appreciation for our military, that’s for sure. 

 
 

Attention Joe Schumacher…. May 1, 2011

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Bill is creaming his row. I already called Sue to tell on him.

And you too, Pete and Ted Etzel.  All of those years that I spent picking your strawberries really sucked.  It was muddy and messy and gross.  It took a lot of effort to pick those berries.  Should I sit on the ground to pick or should I opt to straddle the row, bending over whilst harvesting?  Will the berries be so small that it will take FOREVER to fill my carrier? 

Well, I have found the greatest berry picking farm ever. 

Up until now, I had avoided all u-pick farms and instead allowed someone else to do the picking for me.  Too many flashbacks to moldy berries and spiders kept me out of the fields.  I willingly will pay a heftier price per pound when I don’t have to do the labor.  Then I realized that maybe I was depriving my kids of some good, hard work experience. 

So last night we traversed the 2 miles up the road to Cabbage Farms.  And there, I found berry nirvana.  Row upon row of large berries.  And best of all, the bushed are planted in mounded rows–under groundcloth!  There’s no dirt!  The berries just lie so tidily on top of the protective cloth and the bushes are raised to a non-back-breaking height.  It was great.  We picked for 20 minutes and harvested 40 pounds.  Seriously. 

We’re going back today.

Only people from Oregon who ever picked strawberries will understand the above references.  Yes, I am aware that both Etzels are no longer with us.  I think that last night, they looked down on me from heaven and smiled.  And then maybe snickered a little.

 

10 Good Things April 25, 2011

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skinks on the wall, eating bugs

easter egg hunts at little country churches

hot cross buns for easter breakfast

dyeing easter eggs

chocolate on easter morning

peas and carrots, growing steadily

noxious weed control

watering the garden

cucumber sprouts

warm, sunny, windy mornings

 

Updated Amish Dress April 23, 2011

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A marginally better picture of the detail: capturing a nearly-two-year-old in a still postition is difficult.

So last week my Amish friend gave me a dress.  A real, live Amish-made dress.  We updated it with a tiny bit of embroidery (wordly people that we are) and we think that Sarah looks awfully cute in it.

 

It’s Been a While

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Tried for a half-hour to get a decent family picture. What kind of dorky family are we?! Someone, please cue the Dueling Banjos music.

 

Warm weather play. So happy that we can be amused by a dishpan full of water.
The view from inside our car while grape-sized hail pounded our car while trying to drive through a tornado. It totally ruined my car’s paint.
 

The Current Score April 13, 2011

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Bill 2:  Oppossum 0

Jack 1:  Raccoons 0 

Jack 1:  Crows 0

Julie 1:  House Millipedes 0

And my favorite:  Madeline 7:  Chickens 0

I’d also like to add that Bill’s latest victory was achieved while in his underwear, at 11:00PM.  Oh yeah, we are on a killing streak this spring.