Saturday, May 30, 2009

Memorial Day Picnic/Games - part 2

After all of our fun at the park, Neal Z. & his daughters, Zoe & Avery, and Aunt Jill & 3 of her 5 sons, came to our house. We played guitars together & visited some more. Neal Z. & his daughters then left. Then Taylor, Andre, Stefon, all of us Kautt kids & Dad played 2 basketball games. Very fun! :) After all that tiring basketball, we ate a supper of leftovers from the picnic. Aunt Jill & her sons were here until around 9:30pm. Memorial Day was a fun, tiring & exciting day for the Kautt family!

Chatting politics in the front yard

Watching as the ball flies through the air toward the goal

Slam dunk!


Basketball game in action: Taylor with the ball

More action

Jaden, the sun-burnt corkster

Abby & Phoebe sword fighting (now we know how they really feel about each other! Wink, wink!) :)

Jaden with Bo, Aunt Jill's dog

Andre being goofy :)

Memorial Day Picnic/Games - part 1

Pictures from our Memorial Day Picnic/Games. There was a total 6 families who came (including us), and a friend of one of the families, Mike. We had a yummy lunch, got sun-burned :), played ultimate frisbee, kickball & visited in the shade of the pavilion. It was very fun, and tiring! :) Enjoy!

Grilling hot dogs & corn-on-the-cob

The ultimate game of "Ultimate Frisbee" :)

Watching Isaac prepare to take a swing at a flying baseball

Isaac again ready to swing at the ball


Averie, the pitcher on the team I was on, in kickball.

In action: Mark caught in between first & second base.

Alex, swinging... and smiling! :)

The US flag on the side of a nearby house, in honor of Memorial Day.

Eating more food

The larger, less experienced, and sadly, losing team, in action.

Awaiting a pitch, with team mates watching

Visiting in the shade of the pavilion.

Explaining an interesting mind game.

This game was very interesting, at first you get frustrated because you can't figure it out, but when you find out the answer, it is SO EASY! This is how it goes: you all sit in a circle. You have two sticks (knifes, forks, lolly pop sticks, etc.). You are not told the rules of the game... because that is the whole point of the game: to figure out the rules! You're supposed to watch the
player(s) that know the rules and try to figure it out. Anyway, without taking along time to explain, you say something to the effect of "I received these sticks crossed and I pass them on uncrossed," or "I received these sticks uncrossed and I pass them on uncrossed," etc. The thing is, what you're supposed to say has nothing to do with the sticks (they're just a distraction) or with what the person before or after you has said. I thought there was some kind of a complex pattern you're supposed to figure out. But, it's not that at all... it all has to do with the way you have your legs. If you received the sticks with your legs crossed, and you pass then on with you legs crossed, then you're supposed to say, "I received these sticks crossed and I pass them on crossed." Once I found that out, I felt pretty stupid! :)

Stefon, Andre & Taylor thinking hard about the "Stick Crossing Game".
Phoebe (me), Abby, Isaac & Joel amused that they can't figure out the rules.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Pictures from Memorial Day Happenings - Coming Soon

I hope to be able to post pictures from our latest happenings: Memorial Day picnic/games. Be looking for those in the next few days. Our internet connection here at our house is so slow (dial-up), it takes 20 or 30 minutes just to load ONE picture! It's just a waste of time. But, whenever we go over to our church we can get wireless there, and we usually post pictures then.

Thanks for your patience! :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Jumpin' Rope

Last evening we kids decided that it would be fun to jump-rope in the street. Since our street is very quiet, it works out very nicely.

Jaden jumping high, high, high. He grabbed the rope in his hand for some reason, but he was having a blast!!

Preparing to jump

Airborne Abby :)

Here comes the rope...

Jumping again

Phoebe jumping high! :)

Jumping like a Kangaroo!

Abby's turn to jump

Caleb reaching for the limit

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Garden Progress ~

Pictures from our garden. Everything has grown SO much, with all of the rain. I think we've gotten over 12 inches in the past 3 weeks! It would be so nice if we could only spread that rain out over the summer! :) Enjoy!

Pole beans, okra and lettuce


Squash blossom

Pole beans

Bell pepper



Cabbage, Brussel sprouts, carrots, raddishs, swish chard, pinks [flowers] & lettuce

Our first tomato!

One of our first ripe strawberries! Sadly, we only bought a few strawberry plants, so it's just a tease. [We really need a big field of them!] :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

A visit

Outside of the P's house. It is a very large establishment and quite beautiful.

Walking up the hill after walking 'round the P's "farm."

Jaden trying to coax the cat from its hiding place.

The lake view from the pasture.

What a stunning rose!

Caleb pulls some weeds out of the P's orchard.

A view through the fence near the pasture.

What a cabbage! All of Mrs. P's cabbages were so huge!

One of their horses feeding in the pasture.

Black berry bushes.

We had such a lovely time at Mom's nutritionist. She is a very nice lady and we look forward to returning very soon. :)