Family Game Night

My uncle retired a few months ago and since then had been hosting a monthly game night for our extended family. It has now evolved into a rotating event at different houses. This month it was at my dad’s house and we had the added fun of my relatives from Florida being in town as well 🙂 

Catch Phrase:


Caveman Curling:

Face Paint

 These are some of the face paintings my daughter did this past school year. It is really cool to see what she chooses to do and how she goes about it 🙂


This one she did with only white, black, and the 3 primary colors to see how well she could blend to get the other colors she needed.  



Pop Art.  


And some creepiness.


Modern Art.


More creepiness, lol


One of her 3 Halloween costumes.






Miscellaneous work.


First Day of Summer

 We got a fantastic new game this week called Evolution. My son and I have played it twice so far and really look forward to playing it again. It is a 2-4 player game of survival of the fittest, using cards to determine the food supply plus your creatures’ eating habits, fertility, defenses, and attacks. Playing by the rules was straight forward, but adapting to the constantly changing conditions took skill. My son trounced me both times, even after being certain he was going to lose in the middle of the second game. Lots of critical thinking needed to play well!

My daughter and I hung out outside while J. grilled. We practiced ukulele, played Appletters (she is acting out the word “stab”), and enjoyed throwing and hitting some whiffle balls.

The kids have gotten back into playing “Animal Crossing” on the Game Cube. This game was a big hit when they were little. In fact, it was probably some of the earliest reading my son did. Much fun can be had collecting stuff to sell, fishing, creating insect collections, sending mail, decorating your home, interacting with townsfolk, etc. It is nice for me to see them spending time 1 on 1 with each other.

Night brought a bonfire and roasted marshmallows. It was a pretty great day 🙂




This week we headed to a bit of the Metroparks called Worden’s Ledges for hiking and exploration and then continued on down the road to hang out at the Hinkley Spillway.

The ledges featured great logs and rocks for climbing as well as rock carvings from the 1940’s.

The spillway was a great place to hang out in the shade, play some games, and check out the animals (snakes, crayfish, ducks, and lots of cicadas). And there were milkshakes. Yummmm.

13th Birthday Party

My daughter has been wanting to do henna here for a long time. We decided that her birthday party with her friends would be a good time to go ahead and do it. She also picked out some other activities and added to the ideas until a bunch of girls slept over. It was a huge success!


13 is not too old for running through the sprinklers:

Piñata in the basement (to keep the candy away from all the cicada exoskeletons littering our backyard):

Fun with plastic bubbles:

Dessert and candy cigarettes (her favorite candy):

Glitter Tattoos:

Ready for sleep:

Family Birthday 

 We celebrated my daughter’s birthday with some family before her friends came over today.

Last night she decided to color her hair to usher in her new teenage status.  


She got handmade presents from me- a mermaid tail blanket and a Dharma shark zippered pouch. (LOST is her favorite show and the shark is her favorite “character”) We also got her a ukulele bag for her uke.




She received lots of fantastic clothes, some candy, and a puzzle from family.