TeePee Tutorial Part 1

Tim and i made a fabric TeePee and a fabric “cabin” out of PVC pipe and clearance fabric for our first two little guys 25 years ago.

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That is Captain Hook and Peter Pan…as if you didn’t know. Vintage TeePee in background.

Last fall when we saw the rash of designer TeePees popping up everywhere, we said “We did that 25 years ago!” When we saw the price on those trendy TeePees we said…

“We have to do that again for our Grand-babies!” Continue reading

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My Daughter in Law is not a slob

This post is a disclaimer to yesterday’s post:

All these images of these beautiful unkept children were taken while Nama was in charge. Melissa’s home does not look like this when she is in charge. Melissa keeps her home neater with 3 small children than i keep mine with 1 child + Tim.

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This Little Beauty turned 11 months old yesterday and is about the sweetest tiny miracle in all the Land.

 

 

 

 

 

The bacon and pancakes were yummy.

The bacon and pancakes were yummy.

Facetime with Wisconsin Friend.

Facetime with Wisconsin Friend.

This was our state of affairs two hours into today.

This was our state of affairs two hours into today.

Clothes optional

Clothes optional

Es Loves these blocks

Es Loves these blocks, they are noisy !!!!!

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This is a motivational program i developed to maintain some calm and obedience. If Nama was a soft mama at times, Nama is a complete push over as Nama. They have my number and they know how to play me, i needed a discipline method that was positive and motivating but would “cost” them if they choose to push the limits. Trav and Melissa had some rolls of quarters lying around so that seemed like divine provision and we made a little plan. Fruit snacks seem to be more affective with Raena. That Girl !!

Messy EveryDay

Jammies and cartoons

 

 

We will Trick or Treat Today

“Do you do Halloween?”
“Do you Trick or Treat?”
“Are you letting your kids Trick or Treat this year?”
“Why can’t we Trick or Treat?!?!?  It’s just Candy and Fun!!!”

Our German Girl, Asia and Africa

Our German Girl, Asia and Africa

Those are the questions that have swirled through our 30 years of parenting Octobers. Continue reading

Good-Bye Clive ~ Blessed

God will either give us what we ask or give us what we would have asked if we knew everything he knows.  Timothy Keller  

We lost our 3 year old puppy this week. When we had to let our last two dogs go on the same day a few years ago our Blessing was heart broken. She often has said “I could not ever lose our Clive, I could not let another dog die mama.” Continue reading

So, you still have Fruit Flies !?!?

If your Fruit Flies are beating you at their game, there are a few additional tricks you may want to try. The tiny pests will find any source of sugar, vinegar or food waste and lay up to 500 eggs at one time to continue their life cycle in your home. As you put your traps out you will want to give a bit of additional attention to tidying up.

1.Keep the sink clean and free of dirty dishes. You may wish to pour some bleach down your drain to eliminate and eggs resting in the pumbing.

Dirty Dishes

Fruit Flies Love Dirty Dishes

2. All food needs to be sealed for a period of time. Any fly worth its weight in smarts will choose the fresh fruit over the vinegar trap any day, all day long.

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Put the Fruit in a Baggie or the refrigerator

Fruit in our Fruit Stand

Fruit in our Fruit Stand, ziplocked

3. Take trash out often….take food waste straight to an outside can or tie it shut in a small bag before you drop in the kitchen trash.

Fruit Fly Promise Land

Fruit Fly Promise Land

4. Be a bit more diligent in keeping you kitchen surfaces wiped off. The pests will be happy with a dribble of honey, jam or fruit juice, you leave it, they will find it.

Additional Fun(ish) Tips

Use cute bottles to make the process less disgusting.

Upcycled fun bottles from Kaydra and Cody's Wedding

Upcycled fun bottles from Kaydra and Cody’s Wedding

Be silly, it is more fun, you could leave these out continually, dump the old trap with dead flies and replenish weekly.

Permanant Trap

Permanant Trap

I put these two traps on our counters 24 hours ago, it appeared we had beat the fruit fly problem, obviously they hide and infest even when you are not seeing a lot of them.

24 hours of Capture

24 hours of Capture

Brands and amounts don’t matter much.

Simple Fruit Fly Solution

Simple Fruit Fly Solution

Simple instructions on trapping the pests are in this post, click on the blue words.

An empty Amber Beverage bottle is perfect to hide the dead flies, plus you could just throw this away not requiring you to see the dead pests.

Amber Beverage Bottle

Amber Beverage Bottle