Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mama had a baby and ……

It’s head popped off….


And it’s hands got chewed off too…


And who would do such a thing?


We left the dogs in today, it was 90* and very humid so I didn’t take them with us when we went to town. I just had three kids today, Abby, Rachel and Anton so we decided to make it a play day in town. We went here….


And saw…

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And lots more. We had a guide of sorts that answered all of the kids question and would show them things they missed in some displays. The kids learned and had a blast being there.

Then we walked up town….

And went birthday shopping for our friend in New York. Got her a few very neat and wonderful things.

Then we went bowling. Our local bowling alley has a summer special, Monday-Friday 11-3 you can bowl for .50 cents. Now that is something even this daycare mama can afford to do. We played one game and had lunch (a treat from Rachel and Abby’s mama).

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By time we finished all of this it was getting close to 4 and time to head home for a snack and leaving time. The kids had time to play in the water and cool off and have some ice-cream.

All in all it was a wonderful, but very busy day.

Tomorrow I have three again, a different young man. I think if it’s not storming, like they are saying might happen, we’ll head to the beach in Deerwood and then have a picnic. Next week it’s back to a full house each day so we’ll do games and stuff here. I do try to change things up and take a different bunch here or there so just depending on how many we do lots of different things. This Saturday I just have a family of three and think we’ll go and do something too. Maybe garage saling with Grandpa. We’ll just see what that day brings when it happens.

So there you have it, a day in The Life of Riley. Pretty darn good if you ask me. Something I really want to continue doing for many years to come. I can keep hoping and praying and see where the good Lord leads me.

Take care my friends and I’ll chitter chatter with you another day. Blessings to you all!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Almost wordless Wednesday…

My new boyfriend. He lost his mate last year and has decided I am a good replacement though I hate the worms he offers me and he hates the flowers I give him.


But he loves me no matter what I look like and in this picture YUCK!!!


His other girlfriend, my mama.

Take care and God Bless!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Oh the fun…

Well since there is just no time in my life right now for crafting I have other goodies to show you. Let’s see where do I start? Well let’s go here:

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This new little guy is only 3 days old and is already feeling the love. Mark has about 10 babies he’s still feeding and the kids get to feed them when we go over to visit.

Then there’s this:


Mike was home yesterday and took out his potato gun and while the kids and I either sat on the porch or were behind the fence he shot potatoes up the driveway. Until he broke his toy. He has to fix it.

Then Mike built his cannon, you saw that on one of my other post but I didn’t show you what it looked like. So here it is.


The blackened part is where the fuse goes.


Mike took his toy to see grandpa (my daddy) and it was like watching two little boys with new toys. Grandpa had this huge smile on his face and Mike was able to puff up proud because his grandfather was impressed.

I took some venture crew Geo-caching this past weekend. We had a blast.

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We had a bet that our group could find more caches in 3 hours then the other group. We found 9 out of 11 we tried for and they found 8. So they treated us to a small blizzard treat at the DQ.

I got to go fishing. I caught 3 sunfish and 2 crappies. Enough for a fresh meal. YUMMY!!!


Rachel made me this little pillow. She embroidered it by herself and then her great grandma Robinson made it into a pillow. I was so impressed with Rachel’s needle work. It’s beautiful!!


And last but not least, our sunset last night. Mike took a panoramic picture and it turned out gorgeous.


So now it’s time to clean up the kitchen and the get snack ready so we can head back outside again. We’ve played kick ball, went bike riding and then had a picnic with grilled hot dogs for lunch today. It’s finally sunshine and happiness outside and we are out there sucking it all up.

Take care my friends and have a blessed afternoon.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Community Walk….


Tonight I walked in a community walk. We have a new loop to our walking trails and our trails are working on meeting other trails and one day Minnesota will have a walking/hiking/biking trail that leads just about everywhere you’d like to go.

I had a great time, one of my daycare families joined me so we walked together. Rachel, Abby and their mama, Becky.


For the first time in at least 6 days it wasn’t raining and chilly. It finally warmed up and the sun came out.

Ready, set, GO!!!



There were about 150 participants and a few of them had their pups walking with them too. Wilbur is wonderful on the leash, Scout….well she’ll learn.

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All done. The walk was about 2.5 miles. It took us about 40 minutes but I’m not exactly sure because I forgot to use my itouch and tracker.


I always have my own personal cheering section. Mike came and cheered us on and took pictures for us. And the ones in the middle of the race I just used my cell phone.


All in all it was a great community event and I am so glad I went.

If your community has anything like this happening, give it a try…you’ll be glad you did!!!

Take care my friends and have a blessed night sleep.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The first day of summer…and…


In mid-northern Minnesota that is. Not the warmest weather we’ve ever had but sure is saving on the electric bill with no air conditioning.

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The flowers aren’t minding the cooler weather but my garden isn’t doing the greatest. The pine trees are loving it though, look at all that new growth.

We have been busy as a family, daycare, scouts and more. I don’t get pictures for everything we do but I have some. Like these…

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We finally got to go fishing. Really I got to go fishing, both my guys don’t fish but they took me. I caught one bass so not a great catch but two hours out on the water, it was amazing.

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As you can see we’ve been doing all kinds of good things in daycare. The kids pictures we turned into buttons for the daddy’s for Father’s day. I had a picture of the buttons but lost it some where's.

On Saturday Mike and I took CPR and First Aid with our Venture crew. We do it every two years for daycare and scouts.

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And one final goody. Mike built a cannon. Just a table top on but it turned out so cool and awesome and his welding skills sure show themselves here. Check this video out. Sorry for the sunline on it but at least we had sun for a bit.

So there you have it. What’s happening here at the Life of Riley’s. I wish you all a blessed rest of this week. Take care my friends.