May is here, and that means—as usual—we're just trying to tread water in the Dillow House. You know when chaperoning a five-day science camping trip on the top of a mountain with a bunch of fifth graders sounds like the most relaxing thing that will happen in the next two months you're probably in trouble.
Here are some things we've been up to...
1. Matt has been stealing away a few minutes in the evenings to browse his new favorite site, Retronaut. I have not yet had time to browse yet, but I am very much enjoying some of his finds. I think I will frame these two pictures for Gracie's bedroom, because HELLO, Indian woman and Pablo Picasso. HOLDING OWLS.
2.We have had a whole lot of extra time in the evenings with the girls (a story for another day) and there has been some very fun baseball (er, wiffleball) playing at night with all five of us. Bridget is a fearsome hitter, though you couldn't tell by her Justice sweater dress and princess bat. She rarely misses, though.
We have taken to calling Ellie the "disgrace to dingos everywhere" dog.
4. This is the funniest picture I have taken in a very long time. Last weekend when they went fishing she was happy to help with bait and catch fish, but wouldn't hold her catch for a picture. She was determined to be braver this time around. Hee.
Maddie just stuck her finger right through the mouth like she was born on the Columbia River or something. [shudder]
Bridget didn't go this time around because she was totally worn out from a birthday party, but her sisters decided they'd let her hold a fish for a picture. Poor fish wasn't going anywhere. Ha.
Hee hee. I got out the old iMac DV this weekend with the intention of scrubbing it for recycling and Matt—the one without a packrat gene in his body—convinced me that we should keep it. It is kind of like a time capsule... "is that a TV, mama?"
I enjoyed a few rounds of my old favorite Tetris Max much to the girls' amusement. Oh, how I loved to play Tetris after I got home from a long day of teaching in Great Falls. (No really)(I am not making that up) What's especially funny about this picture (you know, beyond the fact that we're going to keep a 20th century computer for posterity) is that Marie apparently felt the need to add an exclamation point to her move into 10th place on the all-time record list. : )
6. Two of the seven of Gracie's hyacinths have been chomped by antelope but the rest are very nearly ready to bloom. The little owls are standing guard for her. If we can just get one of them to bloom before being chomped it will be a huge victory.
7. No photo yet... but stop back tomorrow because I have some BIG NEWS to share! : )