Friday, July 24, 2009

Lazy blogger

I haven't been blogging very good lately. It seems like we don't have much to report on. You would think with two kids I could find something to write about.

We went to Black Mesa Bible Camp for the third year in a row last week. We took my granddad Donald's RV so we would be able to take the kids with us. That worked out great, lots of room and quiet, a little bath tub, etc. I think they enjoyed it, except for the fact most of the other camping kids were older. Mostly 8-13 year olds. I taught class and Amanda helped with laundry and various other run around tasks. She normally is a cabin counselor but couldn't do that this year of course. I enjoyed my students this year. I was very impressed how hard those 9 year old boys worked, considering it was a summer camp. One thing about BMBC, they are going to really emphasize learning the Bible. That is the only reason I feel like helping there every year. It was extremely hot the first part of the week, but cooled off later on.

We have been finally getting some good rains. It is actually sort of wet right now, it is supposed to dry out and warm up later this week. It was so cool Wednesday I needed a light jacket to ride the 4 wheeler.

The only update I have on the kids is they are doing great. We got D. a haircut and that was a screaming fit, but he looks a lot better. No more panic attacks over bugs or flies now since they like running the fly swatter. M. is doing better on the potty training, she has actually gotten out of bed several mornings in a row now and went to the bathroom without us telling her too. That was a huge breakthrough. Getting to watch the Elmo video helped on that. We can't really say how long they will be with us, but it looks like it will be at least past the month of August, so anybody coming to visit then should be able to see them.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Modeling good behavior

I get so tickled watching the kids imitate us. I never really realized how perceptive they are, and how they pick up on the littlest things. This afternoon I was sitting at my desk paying bills and of course Miss M. was there watching and asking 100s of questions. So I let her help, which they love to do. By helping I mean she could stick the stamps on and the like. I told her she could write on the old envelopes while I was writing checks. The funny thing was after I would use the calculator to figure the bank balance she would imitate me. She would tap on the calculator for a few seconds, write on the envelope, tap, tap, tap, write. It was funny. Then she pretended to lick the envelope and set it in the stack of paid bills. If I could just get her trained to really pay bills....

For the holiday we went to Amarillo to celebrate with the Crum Klan. It was hot and muggy in town, with no wind. Mr. C cooked hamburgers in an old truck brake drum, and in the Crum tradition we didn't eat lunch until after 3pm. The kids had lots of fun playing with their cousin Connor and we also went to the zoo. The zoo apparently puts up the monkeys for the night early, so they missed that. Otherwise they saw lions and tigers and bears, oh my. They ate lots of junk food and watermelon, it was heaven for them. We didn't see any fireworks, because we wanted to get home and put the kids to bed. And by then we were shot too.

Not doing lots of trucking or farming at the moment. Pretty slow, and we haven't had enough rain for a big milo crop. The only summer crops I have is about 140 acres forage sorghum, and 50 acres milo. I plan to put in lots of wheat this fall, for grazing this winter, and with 2 bad years in a row, this next year will be a bumper. Mark my words!