Friday, June 24, 2011

On A Summer Day

This summer has been going great, but I think our older kids have a bit of "cabin fever." They are used to being so busy with sports and school activities that they aren't home very much. Now that they are home for summer, we have had a lot of days where we stay home not doing anything special, just being a family.  So to cure the boredom I invited my oldest brother and family up to the ranch so the cousins could hang out and have some fun.

This is how our weekend went...

The morning after everyone got to our house, I was the first to wake up. As I pulled myself out of bed and walked into the kitchen toward the coffee pot I heard this horrendously loud noise coming from the garage.

Oh great, I thought to myself!

I was worried it would wake everyone in the house, so I ran out into the garage to see what the noise was.  I opened the doors where the hot water tank is stored and saw that the noise was coming from the heat recirculating pump which was gasping for water-flo and there wasn't any to be had. As I shut it off, I said to myself...

Why do things break when my husband is out of town? 


Why did he choose to go fishing in a remote location where cell phones don't work?


Why am I out in the garage crouched down in the water heater closet filled with spider webs at 6:00 am?


Mmmmnn?

Not fair!

Luckily, Vic is very organized with his list of Contacts for every person we know and I was able to text our plumber. After explaining to him the sounds and symptoms in the water heater closet, he assured me it was not the plumbing, it was the well pump and I needed to call the pump company.

Uggg! Of coarse they were closed on the weekend and I could only leave a message.

Life with no running water is very interesting, especially with 9 people. 

We had to set up rules for going to the bathroom, stack-up piles of dirty dishes in our sinks for days and turn on/off the faucets a thousand times because we kept forgetting the water was off.

During all of this, my sister-in-law and I had to come up with things for our two year olds to do that didn't involve water to keep them busy. Our tweens and teens got creative with their ideas on how to have fun at home water or not.


The first thing the tweens and teens did was to dress up in home-made creations that resembled Steve Urkel and Flashdance put together. Not sure how that came about but it they played the part VERY WELL.





Nice shorts...pull em up a little higher!




1, 2, 3, 4 yep you're all there.





Lovin the RED lips!






After awile the kids were bored again so we decided to rent Big Mama II or III, I've lost track of which one it's up to now.





The adults went outside to enjoy some new wine we wanted to try out as well as my sister-in-law's guacamole dip that is simple to create and tasted awesome! 


The next day the kids still had some creative juices flowing and they came up with some more good ideas to keep busy. 


I suggested an old game that I used to play...hopscotch! Of coarse they all looked at me like I was kidding and rolled their eyes.


They came up with a beauty makeover contest. Each teen made over their pre-tween cousin and they wanted the moms to judge who's makeover was the best.


Right! 


This is how that went...






Uuhaaa [sigh] my beautiful 10 YEAR old niece, Brooke, came prancing outside looking like a high-schooler and I nearly fell over, not before I grabbed my camera and started a photo session though!



Her look was high fashion all the way, sporting a fabulous hair-do and make-up by Hailey.



Look at those eyes! Hailey did a great job accentuating those baby blues!



We like this look, a more serious but still sassy and sweet.


Then it was time for my other niece, Alexis, who is Brooke's twin sister to come out and model.




Oh My Goodness! Yes, she is only 10, my daughter Megan performed magic on Alexis by doing a great job on hair and make-up for her makeover session.




She's a natural beauty just like her sister.




Alexis was sporting a new bohemian inspired top with leggings and my black patent leather high-heel wedges!


I'm still crying at how grown up and beautiful they looked for their makeover contest...and I'm sad she fit into my shoes! 




Of coarse my sister-in-law and I picked both girls as winners!


How could we not...they are both gorgeous!


Just after the kid's contest, I felt like I won the lottery because the well-pump- repair-guy showed up and fixed the well! After 2 days without water I was so grateful!

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