Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Harvest time on the Camas Prairie

Harvest is one of my favorite times of the year. It probably has to do with growing up on a farm and getting to ride all the big machinery, so I'm glad that Theresa and Co. now have the same opportunity.

Harvest time

Our neighbors and (how'd you guess) distant relatives (third cousins to be exact), the Frei's, invited Maura and the kids to join them for a day on the field. Theresa actually got to go early since the twins and John needed a nap! I guess she got a special code name for use on the CB. She thought that was pretty special.

The farm girl ... code name Solvana

Joseph driving the big tractor

The Frei farm crew!

Mark and Kim, Ron and Glenda, thank you very much for bringing the farm life to our family!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Click on the Pictures!

Just to let y'all know that you can click on the pictures to see the "big" version of them.

So, if you have a high speed connection or you don't mind the wait, click away!

Our REAL house guests

Our first house guest was Maura's mom, Phyllis. She arrived just a week after John was born and stayed until the end of July. She was a tremendous help as we adjusted to our new addition. I just hope our other guests didn't make her trip too memorable! (See previous post).

Phyllis, Catherine, and John just after Phyllis' arrival


John's Baptism


Then, right before we left for Texas, the Taylors dropped by on their way home from Pittsburg with their new car.

Laurel and Ryan and Theresa, Joseph, and Catherine


Laurel and John


Not only did we visit, but they really helped us as we were getting ready to leave! Ryan changed the oil in our car and then washed and detailed the car. And if that wasn't enough, he got on the lawn mower and mowed the lawn!! Thank you very much!

Ryan and Joseph mowing the lawn


Laurel and the girls

Sunday, August 28, 2005

House Guests

Little did we know who would answer Maura's "come one, come all" invitation!

First there were the friendly earwigs:

We'd come home at night and there would be thirty of these critters covering our floor. It became our nightly "Earwig Jig" as we would dance across the floor trying to avoid squishing them under foot. Ok, ok, so it wasn't that bad, but they are so small that they can get into everything. We found them in towels, clothing, the toilet, the refrigerator, and under the toaster. The worst was one Sunday morning as we are making coffee, finding twenty of them crawling up and down the glass water level tube. We even teased that they had gotten into closed pop cans!

The infestation has stopped, thank goodness, we think due to turning all the lights off at night and bagging the grass on our yard. Not surprisingly, though, Maura has become quite adept in the use of a fly-swatter!!

And just as the earwig problem was resolving itself, here came our second set of visitors:


This second infestation probably had something to do with our landlord cutting the hay in the fields and scaring them into our house. I enjoyed the 'hunt' through the house, but it sure excited Maura and the kids. Catherine, though, surprised me as I was showing them the first dead mouse, still warm and soft. She wanted me to wrap it up in a blanket so she could take it to bed with her!!!

Friday, August 26, 2005

Where have I been??

Well, I haven't been blogging! I've been putting lots of hours on the job ... too many hours, so I haven't had much time. I'm down in Texas now visiting the in-laws, so hopefully I'll have some time to post a few entries. We have lots of pics to share.