Summertime Fun

School’s out for summer…

hula hoop

What says “summer” better than hula hoops?

washing bikes

Washing the bikes in the driveway.


Last day of school: wash the bikes.


Planting of herbs: Thyme, Oregano and Cilantro


It’s cherry season!



black lab

Even Thor is happy for summer!


It’s summer, time to pull weeds.

Pull weeds easy by watering them first. Then pull at the base of the weed. The weed will come out, root and all.

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Staying cool in the summer heat

Running in the backyard sprinklers is a fun and easy way to take a break from the summer heat. The dog even gets involved!

summer time fun

summer time fun

black lab

summertime fun


Shake it off!

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At least they’re not fighting…

Give my kids a hose, a closed storm door, let them “spray” each other, and I have at least 20 minutes of non-fighting-quite-time…if I am lucky! And, the storm door protects my camera.


water play

water play

water play

water play

I’ve been reading Tom Ang’s Digital Photography Masterclass. It’s has been very helpful. I really like the “assignments” after each chapter so that I can go out an practice what I just read. These photos would be filed under “catching the moment”. You gotta work fast when photographing kids!

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Summer Favorite: Cherries

summer fruit

Every year I look forward to summer, not because summer is my favorite season; far from it, it’s my 3rd favorite. Summer means it’s CHERRY SEASON!

Cherries also remind of my childhood. How many hot summer days did my little sister and I climb the cherry tree in our backyard and pluck the sweet fruit from the branches, popping them in our mouths?

Besides, cherries are a “super fruit” that is rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Just the other day I heard on The Doctors that cherries aid in losing weight. One cup is only 87 calories, and 3 grams of fiber. (Who couldn’t use more fiber in their diet?) Eating cherries has been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes and aid in the prevention of  memory loss, and much more.

All that is even more reason to eat up this summer! We buy 2-3 large cartons at Costco a week. Yes, eat that many in the summer!

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Secret Summer Hideaway

In our backyard, behind the Tuff Shed, is a small area that doesn’t get used. There is a willowy Aspen tree and some runaway ribbon grass, but not much else. It’s a perfect place for a secret hideaway!



Using some shear curtains, clothespins, twine, an old blanket, and old throw pillows we made this cute little tent/hideaway. (I also laid a couple of planks of old particle board down under the blanket.)

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