Bicycle Repair Shop

After dinner last night Brian was fixing his bike so he could continue to ride to work. (He loves riding to work on the bike trails.) I was finishing up dishes when I looked out and saw my three cuties doing this:By the time I got outside with the camera, Benjamin had lost interest in fixing his bike and was headed off elsewhere. Problem solved when I went over to try to fix his bike without him there... Presto, he was back at his bike! Notice the dinosaur in his hand. He will not do anything without one of his dinosaurs lately (as you can tell from previous posts). Lydia was making sure her chain is working properly.

Benjamin and dinosaur decided they wanted to go help Lydia finish fixing her bike, since Benjamin's was done.

This summer has been wonderful! Bring on fall!



Since we moved into our house a year ago (it is hard to believe we have been homeowners for a year), we have completed a lot of work. However, we have neglected the 1/3-acre back yard, and it has been affectionately dubbed "The Jungle." The kids loved to play in the jungle, but since it was taller than their heads in some places, Brian and I decided it was time for "The Jungle" to go.
This is actually a picture of the pretty little orange wild flowers, since Brian had already started mowing, but you get the point that the whole yard was about this tall, with mainly nasty weeds, dirt, and rocks. Yay for a lawn mower, complete with a handsome lawn mower man!Benjamin was helping me pull some weeds as well as harvest a bunch of spearmint that a previous owner planted in the yard. They obviously didn't realize how rapidly spearmint spreads. Lydia left to get her gloves just before I took the picture.Both kids decided it was time for a tree climbing break. I am glad we have some mature trees they can climb. I do not remember having that opportunity when I was growing up, but my kids get plenty of monkey practice.

Not only did we get the satisfaction that some mowing is complete--we have to finish the yard tonight for Family Home Evening--I looked out the front window after we had come inside and saw this beautiful sight.

There really is nothing like the New Mexico sunsets, and I get to see every one out my front window!


Superman, or "Suit-sa-man," depending on who you ask

A favorite passtime of ours--or, more correctly, Benjamin and Lydia--is running around outside screaming at the top of our lungs, wearing "Suit-sa-man" capes (name courtesy of Benjamin). Oh the joys of childhood!I caught them during a break in running.No superman day would be complete without their babies wearing superman capes.
Benjamin doesn't walk...he runs everywhere he goes. The only picture I could get of him was when I asked if he could show me his baby in its cape. Lydia just before she started running again.And what day would be complete without a picture of "Squishy" the dinosaur being a superman too?