Sunday, August 24, 2008

Backyard Fun

We have had some very lovely summer weather lately and our backyard is a great place to hang out. Check out Jason churning the compost and Kathe climbing in the tree.

We are doing lots of urban farming this year. We've had a lot of lettuce, peas, green beans, blueberries and herbs. Now the corn and tomatoes are starting to look edible. When Ike sees the tomatoes he says, "APPLES!" and tries to pick them. Corn on the other hand really does look like corn especially in the photo below. Not quite ready to eat and who knows if it will taste good. We can always turn it into chicken feed.

Our neighbors planted a beautiful trumpet vine on their side of the fence, problem is all of the flowers bloomed on our side. Good for us, bummer for them.

Not wanting to post without including a photo of the boy, here is Ike munching on some cheese...

Monday, August 18, 2008

Keep on bloggin'

I'm trying, really I am! This blogging biz is a lot of work. I don't know how those millions of bloggers out there do it. I mean ya gotta take the photos, ya gotta upload and edit them. Then ya have to think of something snappy to say! And, besides is anybody reading this blog anyway? Sheesh!!!!

Well, the latest news is that Moms is taking a photography class. So she's actually learning how to use that fancy digital camera and even develop her photos on the computer. Her favorite subjects, of course are Kathe and Isaac (see below).

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Back on the horse (literally)

We heard you missed us, you really really missed us so we are back by popular demand. We know you can't get enough of us Blumklotz folk, so we are back in the saddle and ready to regale you with the details of our lives. Since you haven't heard from us since the beginning of 2008 there is a lot of catching up to do. How 'bout we just give you the summer highlights. The photo above is of Beth and Kathe in Sunriver, a beautiful resort community in Central Oregon. We spent a week there celebrating Grammy's 70th birthday. One of the highlights, as you can imagine was the horses!!!! If you ever get the chance to talk to Ike on the phone his favorite thing to say is, "Big horsies, Sunriver, black one..." Is pretty cute...

Here we all are in beautiful Sunriver!

After Sunriver we returned to Portland to celebrate two special birthdays - Ike's and America's. Here are Ike, Kathe and Jason getting the cupcakes ready.

Here is the birthday boy enjoying his cake!

Out here in the Wild West it is not only legal for regular folks to set off fireworks, it is encouraged and Monroe St did not want to miss out on the fun. Here are Jason and Jordan getting ready to ignite our arsonal of dangerous and frightening fireworks.

Even small children are allowed to play with fire in Portland! Check out Kathe with her sparklers! She was a little nervous at first (see photo w/ Grammy below), but once she got the hang of it here was no stopping her!

Later on all the neighborhood kiddos (the Monroe St Mafia) came over with glowy sticks. Since it was still pretty light outside, Jason took them all to the bathroom to see if the glowy sticks really worked!