Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kitty Love

Rachel is a cat lover. So am I. But Steve hates cats and Katherine is allergic to them, so having a pet kitty is just not an option for us. We used to enjoy interacting with Granny and Poppy's cats, but both of their elderly kitties died this spring. Rae and I were going through kitty withdrawl when Granny suggested that we volunteer at the local animal shelter. That sounded like fun, so all three of us went through training. Now, once a week, we show up for the delightful job of kitten socializing.
We remove a few kittens from their cages and then we spend time petting them
and holding them
and playing with them.
The kittens are impossibly cute.


And ridiculously fun.
We laugh a lot, because it's impossible to be in a bad mood when you have kittens chewing on your shoestrings
or getting tangled up in yarn
or wrestling with each other
or trying their best to look big and fierce.

Even just watching the kittens sit quietly is good therapy for us.

Our time at the animal shelter has become one of the best hours of the week.
We're three generations of cat lovers, getting out kitty fix.

Friday, June 19, 2015

She Did It!

Katherine received an important piece of mail this afternoon - an invitation to be a member of the South Central Kansas Youth Symphony! All her work at auditions has paid off! She was one excited girl...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tennis Time

The girls are taking tennis lessons again this summer. They both really enjoy tennis. And they get themselves up, fed, and dressed and walk to the tennis courts by 8:00 every day.
Katherine's group is still working on skills. They've never played an actual match but their coach promised that tomorrow they will learn to keep score.
Kate watches everything and listens intently and plays hard.
Her swings are faster and more accurate all the time.
And she's left-handed, which always makes things more interesting.
Her coach is encouraging her to try out for the tennis team when she's in 7th grade.
Kate is quite intrigued by that idea.
But for now, she's happy to hang out every morning, practicing swings and serves and just playing for fun.
This is Rachel's third year of tennis lessons and I must say, I am impressed.
In the past, tennis for Rae was mostly chatting with her classmates and picking up stray balls and trying to spin her tennis racket on the court.
There is still a lot of ball collecting, of course, but this year Rachel comes to lessons to actually play tennis.
She's one of the youngest kids in her group, and certainly the smallest, but she doesn't seem to notice.
She's there to listen and learn...
...and whack the ball!
She works hard.
And practices her swings.
And hits the ball when it comes her way.
And both my girls think tennis is their favorite sport. Tennis is fun!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Seining

This morning we went to Chaplin Nature Center for some time communing with nature. We took a short hike through the woods...
...and across quite a lot of mud (it has rained a lot lately)
...to a sleepy little creek. The naturalist handed out seining nets and dishpans and told us the best stuff would be buried in mud and sticks and leaf litter. Then he turned us loose in the creek.
After scooping up a net full of muck, we brought our haul up to the bridge where pans of clear water were sitting. We'd put the net down, spread out the mess, and watch for anything that wriggled.

We found tiny fish, miniature clams, teeny little crayfish, damselflies, blood worms, and water bugs,
Once we'd rescued all the critters we could see, we took the nets back to the creek and dumped out the muck. Then it was time to seine again.


And again.

 And again.


It was glorious, muddy fun and the girls would have happily played all day.                                    




We were filthy, stinky, and tired by the time we went home, but we certainly had fun!                    




I love birthdays!

the ladybug cake

The Ladybug Sisters

Sisters

Sisters
Jie Jie and Mei Mei

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Peeking through the windows

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Katherine and her toothless smile

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
The little one leads the way