Sunday, June 20, 2010

Capture the Flag!

Memorial Day was marked with a HUGE Capture the Flag party.......this idea has been brewing in Elizabeth's head for a while and she came home from work asking if she could have this party.  I said sure...she said "good, because I have posted it on facebook as an event!"  This was a serious capture the flag party and required lots of preparation - the girls mapped out the areas and divided them with rolls of orange tape.  Lots of rolls of tape were required as the whole property was being used!  Jails were set up with all the comforts of home, coolers of drinks, snacks and a deck of cards to play until you freed from jail.  Rules were printed and posted.  LOTS of food was cooked - 100 pieces of chicken on the grill, 40 ears of corn were shucked and boiled in our craw fish pot as well as a big bowl of potato salad.  The games began around noon and about thirty players showed up.

The teams were drawn and divided into the Green team and the Blue team,
 camo was donned, face were painted with black paint, the games began!

Strategies were planned and plots to capture the other team's flag were carried out.

After about an hour and a half of playing......little Ellen and Grace, despite the fact that she was up against boys and girls six years older than them, slipped past all the players of the other team, and stole the flag right out from under Sara and Katherine's noses.  I happened to be walking outside and quickly snapped this shot as she ran by - This was a true moment of glory for Ellen and her friend Grace!  Think about being in fourth and fifth grade and not only being able to "Play with the big boys" but beating them at their own game.

And this was a moment of disbelief, disappointment and quite frankly "embarrassment" 
for Sara and Katherine! They were the "guards" of the flag and the twoyoungest players
in the game literally stole the show! 

Gary gives them a "high five" as they revel in their glory

Between games - eating the mountains of food we prepared

Don't underestimate the vertically challenged - In the words of one of 
Ellen's favorite songs..."Its all right to be Itty Bitty!"

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Only in Louisiana - Part Five

Elizabeth has been missing from the blog for a while.....but she getting back in action and
 some of her crazy antics are starting to reappear!  Always a lover of frogs, 
Elizabeth brought home a new "pet" the other day! 
 Meet Melvin!

                 This lovely creature was acquired from someone who went frogging and likes  to eat "frog legs". When Elizabeth saw this frog, she asked them if she could have one to keep and saved him from the frying pan.  She brought Melvin home to a palatial estate.......a baby pool with logs and rock for him to hang out on, plenty of live crickets and grubs to eat and a lovely view of my garden and lots of pine trees....Melvin thought he died and had gone to heaven.  She had to be very careful when holding him as he can jump ten feet in one hop.  Even a top cross country runner can't keep up with that!  If she dropped him, that would be the end of Melvin.  All went well until about a week after Melvin arrived. 
We went out to check on Melvin and he was nowhere in sight.  We discovered that the cage lid we place on top of the pool had been accidentally set down on a log and was a bit ajar.  This gave Melvin his opportunity to escape and I guess he is now amongst many friends, croaking "Hello" to us at night.
Goodbye will be missed my many and were loved by all!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The case of the dueling "Rum cakes"

Ellen (who is named after her grandmother "Gran-E" and born on her birthday) has always LOVED the "rum cake" that Gran-E makes!  It is one of her  favorite desserts.   Gran-E does make it for the other grandchildren and tones it down (doesn't pour straight rum and sugar syrup on top of it and let that sink into lots of holes in the cake) but my Ellen actually likes the real thing.......the more rum the better!  For my birthday, Gran-E made me a "real rum" Rum cake and we all enjoyed it.  On Monday, my Ellen started a camp at SLU and somehow got into a conversation with another little girl about "rum cake"....what else would 11 years olds be talking about at a camp????? They had a heated discussion about  whose grandmother made the best rum cake. Anyway, last night, when everyone was fighting over the last of the Rum cake, Ellen said wait....leave one bite!  Then she ran and got a plastic bag, carefully loaded the small bite that was left into it and labeled it as you see above.  Not knowing about this Rum Cake discussion that had gone on at the camp, I asked Ellen "just what the heck she was doing!"  She explained that "Jordan" insisted that her grandmother made the best Rum Cake ever and being the "stubborn" little Gambel that my Ellen is, she was determined to prove her wrong!  She took the "evidence" in today to prove her case......I haven't picked her up yet to see if she won the argument, but my bets are placed on her!

I picked Ellen up today and casually asked her about the burning question in everybody's mind....
She informed me that Jordan wasn't there today so she couldn't resist and had to eat the her own words...."It was too tempting"

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Flowers, Flowers, everywhere!!!!!!

Ellen and I were so proud of our gardens....having rooted all our plants from seeds, watching them grow on the sun porch and successfully transplanting them outside - we are now seeing great results from our efforts....we were excited for about a day until we went to help my friend with her flower farm!  

Ellen's flower garden - sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos and a few veggies

My tomato garden!!!

My friend's flower farm!!!!!!

Fun Photos that I shot....
Bee flying to sunflower
The perfect Zinnia