Archive for June, 2008

James Had His 8th Birthday

June 15, 2008

James turned 8!  For his birthday he got a castle that he has wanted for a while now.  He loves Knights and this will go well with his growning collection. 



Once again, thank you Aunt Mary Lou and Mom-Mom for the gifts.  (Mom-Mom, James bought a few knights with your gift!) 

Botanical Gardens 2008

June 15, 2008

We took our first trip to the Huntsville Botanical Gardens!  They had a dinosaur show going on and the children wanted to see it before it closed (closes today, June 15th.)   We all love the botanical gardens, with the raspberry forrest and the butterfly house.   Here are some of the highlights…



Charlotte Turned Three!

June 15, 2008

Charlotte had her third Birthday!  We had spagetti for dinner.  Her terrible mother was out of many things to make a cake, so she had to have treats that were already made.  She didn’t mind.  (A few days before we acquired 5 gallons of strawberries, so we made straberry shortcake, strawberry tart, strawberry pie and a straberry sauce.  We still managed to freeze 2 gallons of them!) 

Thank you, Aunt Mary Lou, Mom-Mom adn Mr. & Mrs. Gabbett for the gifts.  I’m only sorry I didn’t get pictures of her opening them for you. 


James Made His First Communion

June 15, 2008

On the feast of Corpus Christi, James made his First Communion.  It was a wonderful day.  He was not too happy about getting his picture taken before, but he was in a much better place after the Mass.  After the Mass, we all gathered at a parishoners house for a reception.  It was a lovely time had by all.                        


The other special thing that happened that day was John and Kevin got to serve for the first time at the traditional Latin Mass.  John used to wear cassocks when he served at Human Life International.  Kevin had never worn one before.  So, I got a few snap shots after Mass.


In the Garden, end of May, beginning of June 2008

June 15, 2008

  What is so special about this plate of kale?  It was the first that was picked out of the garden in May of this year.  It is growing well enough now that I can usually fill up the plate with a good 2 helpings every morning, if not more. 

The second thing we got out of the garden were radishes.  Lots and lots of radishes!  MaryEllen was so excited about them, that we took her picture.  They are almost done now, but we have certainly enjoyed them.       The daikon radishes are still growing.  The variety I got said they tolerated heat well.  We shall see as most of May and June has been in the upper 80s to the 100s.  That being said, yesterday and the day before there were scattered storms and we did get a good deal of rain.  I am very late with the pumpkins and winter squash this year, but finally got started on Friday.  About a third of the way through big rain drops started.  That ended my gardening that day. 

Kevin has been a huge help in the garden in regards to weeding.  He is very good at that.  John came up with a plan on where to plant things this year, so I let him run with it.  He has done a lot of the planting, along with his siblings.  One evening when he was directing planting (and I was weeding) Kevin said, “Mom.  I think it’s kind of funny that you are taking directions from John.”  Well it is and John was bossy for the rest of the week as well!  But, he still did an excellent job.  Now we wait to see if the watermelon, zucchini, cucumbers, soybeans, and more Royal Burgandy Bush beans come up. 

Speaking of those Royal Burgandy Bush Beans, we have gotten several of those.  Joe was afraid to eat them because they are purple.  I assured him that they do in fact taste like green beans.  He looked like Mikey taking a little tiny bite because he was sure he wouldn’t like them.  Well, he liked them!  They are green on the inside and they will turn green when cooked as well.  Yesterday my brother came over.  He looked even more like Mikey, except I didn’t think he was going to eat a bean at all.  But, he did and he found that he liked them too.  Those men are sometimes worse than kids when something looks different to them.