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Rockin' the School Day

So today was the first day of school for Ian and sorta for Lee, but we'll get him a different day.

Ian was so excited to start school, he has been counting the days down and it has finally arrived! Yeah for school! I hope he always keeps that excitement when things and the grades get really hard, and life changes as it does for everyone.
He was telling me mom, it's time to go to the bus stop...hitch 'em up and lets GO! One of the important things of starting school is the backpack accessory...Here is Ian's awesome backpack. Cool right? He's got a lunch box that matches!
And of course the new shoes that make us jump higher and run faster. These are Ian's, and they are Sketchers. And yes that's important. He's only 7 folks but he does know name brand on a few things. His Grandma Paulson bought those for him and she choked on the price but boy did she make her grandson happy! He has red and silver metallic shoes...I hope these last longer than his other Sket…

I've been canned!

OkieDokie people! After some harassment I am finally updating my blog. I have been SO busy...against my will! So last week sometime, I forget the day/night, I decided to jump in feet first and try my hand at canning peaches all by myself. I figured I could follow directions so why couldn't I figure out canning...right? RIGHT! So here is my story in photos ( I was going to type more but of course Eli is up and well...whatever). So here is the view looking into my kitchen. It's my set up. Pot for boiling peaches up front, syrup up front, canner in back and lids in back. Note to self...NEED bigger kitchen. It is a ONE butt kitchen! And just so you all know, this blog site changed their format for loading pictures and it's throwing me all off. But it doesn't take much at this point to do that. So this is my pot I was boiling the peaches in. I have to be honest and tell you, it's the coolest thing ever doing that and then just taking the skin off those peach…


I am asking for prayers for some family members. Today something horrible happened to them, they had a fire in their house and they are now staying in a hotel room. Please pray for them as school is also starting for their oldest child. The child will be starting Kindergarten which is a big deal and a lot of change on top of that, there was a fire in his home. How traumatizing! I remember when we had a fire in our house and just how horrible it was and how hard it was and how traumatizing it is.

I don't have any other information other than this link and the phone call we got. They are all well, no one is hurt. I don't know how much they lost...I really don't know anything. So I ask for your prayers for them while they figure things out and try to get past this scary and horrible thing that happened to them.

Thank you!

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OK folks. What's in a name?

Want to help me generate a name?

For the last 2 years going on 3, Frank and his family have done Fantasy Football. Last year a few people forgot their passwords and couldn't get into their team and we tried to fix it and ask for help but no such luck. So this year we are going to a different site for our Fantasy Football, which gives me the opportunity to pick a name that will strike fear in the hearts and minds of all other Paulson's. I will NOT be toyed with kind of name. The last two years my team name has been The Frogstompers...if anyone knows me you all know I like frogs and the color purple. I am open to just about anything.

So give me your suggestions, I'd love to see what everyone comes up with.

I Scream...

You scream, we all scream for ice cream.

When I found out we were going to Crescent bar, I asked my friend Nikki if she would bring her hand cranked ice cream maker. I have been dying for some home made ice cream for a long time. So she obliged me and brought it. I remember making homemade strawberry and vanilla ice cream as a kid. One of the incredibly few good memories I have of my childhood. So we made vanilla ice cream. I think everyone had a great time making ice cream.

Putting the ice in the maker.Ice and rock friend Nikki showing us how it all goes.Dru taking his turn cranking and working hard on making our ice cream. He really enjoyed cranking this, he kept coming back to crank it so he could show me his muscles. And he kept getting stronger by doing this. He's a funny kid.And Lee taking his turn. He was good for a few cranks and then he was done. MY TURN! I had fun and we sure did enjoy the ice cream! It was tasty!Our finished product! It was DIVINE! Makes you wan…

The Dead

The King Salmon that is.

(Frank's birthday is the day after Elvis's hence the pun)

Last weekend Frank and the men of his family went to Ilwaco (in Washington) and went Salmon fishing on a charter boat, called the Seaquest. The deal is they go out REALLY early and they get to catch a limit of 2 fish. Everyone on the boat gets to catch 2. Frank really likes to do this fishing with his dad, brothers, grandfather, and great uncle (I believe that's what he is to Frank).
Anyway, those are the fish he caught. The one on the left is missing most of it's head cause it had a chip in it. The neat thing about that is, the captain of the boat or someone, will send in the info of that chip and then they will email the info to Frank. So that means he'll get to find out where the fish started out at and where's it's been. Kinda fun. His dad had one last year and I think it came from Yakima (if I remember correctly) and made it all the way to Ilwaco, whi…

Birthday Boy

So today was Frank's birthday! He's 33 today! Man he's old ;) Kidding! Well I couldn't find the newborn picture of him like I wanted, and you know it will show up after I post this...of course!

But this is Frank with his dad when his dad and mom got married.Frank and his cousin.Frank and Ian...Frank was having a moment...OK well he has a lot of moments...this is just one we caught on camera.
See, told you...he has moments! This is Bob The Builder Gone WRONG! But I love it anyway! That's MY guy!
And here he is more recently. This was on our way to Ilwaco. He hurt his back so I drove and we were going so he could go fishing with his family. He had a great time fishing with his family. So that was good. He looks very tired here and he is...he works very hard for us.

So today Frank took the day off for his birthday...that and his back still hurts from doing something really stupid earlier this week. So today we went to town to see if there was ANYTHING at …

Thorny Situation

So a few days ago a friend and I decided to go Blackberry picking. So we took the kids and met at a park to pick. We have ambitions my friend and I...pies and jam. We are going to pick enough for each of us to walk away with a double batch of blackberry jam and pie filling for two pies. We picked more than what I thought we had. When all was said and done we picked 26 cups of berries...enough for 2 double batches of jam and enough for 1 pie filling. So we will go out again next week and pick more. Really I'm hoping for more berries that just enough for 3 pies. I'm so ambitious...I guarantee I'll be calling another friend and ask her for a refresher course...

So, when we went picking, I told my boys that if they wanted anything blackberry related they would help pick. And help they did. These two were cracking me up, this is Lee with one of his good friends. They were just chugging along and picking the berries. They were talking in superhero stuff, and …

Water Babies

OK so here are some more pictures from my mini vacation.

Here the boys are playing Ring Around The Rosie...Dru did NOT want to go under the water! Lee got out of the pool and was a bit cold. It was warm there but when that wind picked up there was a bit of a chill. I'm not sure Lee could clench his teeth anymore.
Kids boiling themselves in the hot tub, these people kept this thing HOT! On the last day it was 110! I kid you not!

See Sparky perked up on the last day, this is before we headed in for lunch and to go home. But darn it all if that face doesn't just wash away all the frustration from me.

What frustrations? See already I had forgotten!
Dru, he had so much fun. Have no idea what he's doing here but darn it if he's not cute too!

My friend and her kiddos...Blondie there was jumping in with out a life jacket and was so proud of himself and so was his big brother!
All the boys on the floaties together!
Dru and his buddie/friend Lame (and yes that's just h…

Party Pooper

"Every party has a pooper; every pooper has a party". Well you get the idea.

Little Sparky here...well we left for Crescent Bar on Wednesday. And when we left he had a little fever and I didn't really think much about it. Well, sheesh I should have. That bugger...or booger had a decent fever for 3 days and THEN even felt the need to puke a few times and fill his diaper for me more than once. RUDE! So anyway...he pretty much was a sourpuss the whole time...literally!

This picture is of when he was quiet for the first time we'd been SEVERAL hours, not that he was quiet for several hours but that we'd been there for hours before he was every quiet...ever...we all basked in the peacefulness of it all.I don't like this one bit momma! Not ONE bit!Quiet time with Auntie Ikki (this is how Dru says it, cracks me up!) Every time we got in the pool this kid would fall asleep in the pool! Such a weirdo!This IS my happy face! He was done before he was eve…