Mr. B's Camo & Ammo party was a good success. Despite the 90 degree heat, they gamely wore their camouflage and took to the woods to pelt each other with plastic bb pellets. After 2 "wars" they swam and headed back to the woods until they overheated once more. The second time in the pool, lightning struck and storm sirens went off, so a dozen boys tromped/slid/ran/scampered to our basement where they kept the party going until parents came. A couple kids were reasonably freaked out by the storm sirens since a recent tornado left its impression on their houses and properties, but by the end of the party, no one was hurt and everyone was smiling and glad they came.
The photo above gives you a sense of their gear for the day! (I'd post other photos, but they're not all my kids--ethics of blogging.) I should have taken a picture of all the MUD on my floors at the end of the party. That was impressive.
The harvest has been spectacular around here. I picked 2 dozen cucumbers, a few onions, several peppers, a fistful of basil, a bushel of tomatoes, 10 quarts of beans and a couple zucchini. I made salsa and it's sooooo good. All I want to eat is tomatoes all the time, which is probably good since I have them coming out of the garden by the bushel. BLT sandwiches, caprese salads, baked tomatoes with bread and cheese, salsa--I haven't added tomatoes to my breakfast yet, but I might.
THAT thing is taking shape.
What amazes me is how NEAT the building crew is. They sweep and stack every evening before they leave. You've never seen such perfect order on a job site.
The stairs to the storage loft are nicer than the stairs to the basement in our house.
Here's a view from the loft...
and another facing the garage and loft from the back wall, approximately by where the basketball hoop will go.
Enough of that. Check out the late summer pretty of my front porch.
And with a week and a half remaining before school starts, our calendar is slowly filling with stuff. I'm irritated because I wanted to take the boys to Lake Michigan and it's going to be a hassle wedging it in between cross country practice, back to school night and some other crazy business. But I'm going to try for one final hurrah before we kiss summer goodbye.
Spill it, reader. What's the best ending to your summer?