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Our new table/A busy day

Yesterday we got our new table! It’s hard to believe…Monday Matt and I went shopping for a table and we found one the same night! This truly is amazing. We were getting discouraged, because it was hard to find one we both liked and we could afford. We did find one we thought we’d go with, but thought we’d look a couple more places. On the way home we stopped at one more store, and there it was! And 50% off at that.

Tuesday our sister-in-law Heidi and Matt’s mom helped us pick it up (saving us a delivery fee.) I decided at the last minute they should join us for dinner…and we ended up having a crew! Matt’s mom, dad, sister in law, brother in law, nephew, and of course our own Oberlin clan. While I quickly threw food together (with some help from Mom and Heidi), Heidi played with Kianna, Matt grilled, and Dad (with some help from Matt and Russ) put the table and chairs together. A bit hectic, but it worked. Then we enjoyed fitting everyone around our table. There were eight of us, plus Kianna in her new seat. Our old table fit four comfortably…as long as we didn’t have much food on the table. This table expanded to fit all of us plus our food…a luxury to us right now! (We’ve found it’s handy to have the food on the table at meal times…we’re just funny that way.)

The same day I also got to spend time with my friend and mentor, Kathryn, in the afternoon. And after our family left last night our friend Wendy came over. Such a lovely day, even if it was a bit busy!

Here’s a pic of our new table. You may notice Kianna’s seat is at the head of the table. That’s simply because she runs the house.

Camp

I gotta tell you, this whole Boy Scout thing…a think it’s a scam. I sent a lovely 7 year old to them for camp on Sunday. But do they send him back? No! What do they send in return? A ball of dirt. I don’t think that’s a good trade at all. I was about to file a lost child alert, however, after I threw the ball of dirt into the shower…for quite a while…S emerged! It was quite the trick. Who would have known he was in there? So maybe they’re not scammers after all…just magicians! Hard to believe there could be a child hidden in all that dirt, but apparently there he was. Anyway, once I did find S, I learned he had a great time at camp. He swam, fished, played games, and had water gun fights. He also ate more candy than I even want to think about. So much for the money we sent for ‘souvenirs!’ I should have known better…he is an Oberlin boy after all. Candy candy candy. The surprising thing is that he isn’t ‘wired’…I think they wore him out! Which, if you know our S, is a very impressive trick! They really are magicians!

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A handy chart

Hello again. This morning as I was reading Lime.com I found a link for a very handy chart regarding pesticides in food. I may have emailed it to you already. But if not, here’s the link:
http://www.foodnews.org/walletguide.php

The link shows common fruits and veggies we buy that have the highest and lowest amounts of pesticides in them. Since I can’t afford to buy all organic stuff nor do I grow everything myself, it’s nice to know which foods I might buy ‘regular’ and which ones I should try to buy ‘organic.’ Apparently it’d be really good for my family to buy organic apples rather than bananas. (Although I have to say, organic bananas seem to keep much better than regular ones. Even if the skin is spotted brown they’re still really fresh on the inside.) Or maybe I should start letting S plant all the seeds he wants. He’s frequently asking to plant seeds from whatever fruit he is eating at the time. We’d have quite the fruit variety if they actually grew!

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