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Hotpocalypse ’09

We’re surviving through Hotpocolypse ’09 in the Pacific Northwest.  Just a few months ago we made it through the winter Snowpocalypse ’08.  It’s been a crazy year of weather, we’re just hoping to come out of the week alive.

The bad news is that it’s been hard to keep up with watering our outdoor plants (tomatoes, flowers, fuchsias, dahlia); the good news is that when kept wet, they are growing like crazy.  Yesterday, my first dahlia bud popped:

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If I can survive the heat of the beaming sun, I might venture outside to take photos of the fuschias tomorrow.  I’ll get them posted soon, if I don’t melt first. 😉

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Two Month Tomato Update

IMG_4488The tomatoes have taken off!  One plant needs to be chopped off because it’s exceeded the height of the cage we’d built.  All the plants have plenty of green tomatoes growing.  It’s been hard to keep up with the watering, especially with the record heat wave we’ve had, but they seem to be flourishing.  Can’t wait till some turn red.  First thing we’ll make are some BLT’s.

Don’t forget how small they were when we planted them, only about 6″ tall.  Now they’re about 4-5′ tall.

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I visited the farm again yesterday and had my camera to capture the baby bunnies.  I think they were born last Wednesday night or Thursday morning, so they’re about 5 or 6 days old.

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Absolutely Adorable!!

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Okay, maybe “lost” isn’t the right word for it.  More like, we stole it.

Because it’s gotten so hot, we decided it was time to give Chica a bit of a trim again.  Last year we shaved her fur shorter and she seemed happy to be cooler.  Alex We might have trimmed her a bit awkwardly around the face though.  So, when Alex We started today I suggested we try and keep a bit more of a mane around her face.  Alex We did.   But somehow, the clippers went a bit short on her back and to “fix” it, Alex tried to even it out and the result, well, lets just see…

Chica without a haircut:
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Chica’s haircut last summer:
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The process, which started out well:
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The result:
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The forecast this week includes an Excessive Heat Warning and the High today was around 90.  That means right now we’re enjoying dinner in our air conditioned family room and sipping refreshing beverages. But earlier, it meant a dip in the pool with our favorite Niece!

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She loved being thrown up in the air and making a big splash!

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I practiced having Zoe say “please” instead of just demanding to be thrown in the water.  She was very good about saying it so politely and I’d thank her for that.  I also taught her the phrase “here we go”.  I’d spin her around me just above the surface of the water while she kicked her feet and to get Alex and Tutu’s attention we’d say “here we go”.  She caught on quite easily and as soon as I’d stop spinning, instead of asking to spin again all she’d say was “Here we go!”  It was adorable.

My favorite part of the day was when we were done swimming and back inside.
I said, “Zoe, what did Auntie Jess teach you at the pool today?” expecting her to say “here we go!”
Instead Zoe responded “Please.”
🙂
I love it!  Zoe, you’re too cute for your own good.

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Today I held a 4 day old baby bunny.  It was absolutely precious.

(Hopefully I’ll see them again this week and try to take pictures).

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During my time off work, I’ve made it a goal to spend more time with our family.  So, on one of Alex’s days off, we took our neice Zoe to the zoo.

The day started out with some “big girl wii” (as Zoe calls it):

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Next up was the zoo.  Zoe claimed she’s seen every animal before, but we just made her see them all again.

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We had a quick lunch at the park and Zoe let out some energy at the playground.

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At snack time we learned that applesauce should be eaten with a plastic spoon.  The metal spoon is too heavy and will tip the applesauce cup over:

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At the end of the day, we wound down with some sidewalk chalk art.

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All in all, it was a super fun day!

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