Pioneer Man

Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Update- Conner made it out of surgery and is recovering well in  the ICU.  Thank you for your prayers!



This summer we opted to not do a lot of summer camps.  I wanted the boys to be lazy and bored a little.  I wanted them to have good old fashioned sumer fun.  Harry has embraced this philosophy beautifully.  First, he decided to make "clay pots" out of the dirt from the house being built next door.  He wants to have a "clay pot" stand in lieu of a lemonade stand.  Any takers?

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Then he found wild backberries in our woods.  He picked them and made blackberry jam.  


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We boiled the berries down and added some agave necter.  It was yummy!

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I think it is so cool that he has "made" his own fun so to speak.  You need to get pretty bored to make "clay" pots and homemade blackberry jam.  He is also building miniature gnome homes in the woods.  What a creative little guy I have!

P.S.  Harry was afraid that his clay pots might sell out...so he warned me to inform all interested parties that he only has 6 or 7 for sale.  I am not sure they would withstand shipping but I should would like to try if you know what I mean;)  I will ask him the cost but I am sure they are a bargain! Hee heee

32 comments:

  1. Oh, I agree whole heartedly. Overbooking our kids is a real problem. They need a chance to "get bored". It gives their imagination a chance to kick in instead of them "being entertained" constantly.

    We had some wild raspberries this summer too. Such simple pleasures are just wonderful...and who could resist purchasing one of those clay pots when you see such sweet little hands crafting them? Thanks for sharing your fun family!

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  2. oh he is such a cutie pie, that smile...
    Good for him! I will take a clay pot please;)

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  3. Oh Kim, I love it! Way to go Mom....and way to go Harry!!! I am telling you, those clay pots are pure works of art.....Smithsonian material!! Very nice work Harry!!!
    And, oh the yummy blackberry jam!!! Oh yum....my most favorite dessert of all is my Daddy's homemade Blackberry Cobbler! De-lish!

    Can't wait to see more of your sweet summer days!

    Love and Hugs,
    Denise

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  4. Sounds like good old fashion fun. These are the memories that will last a life time.

    I'd purchase one of those clay pots- there just to cute. I remember being that age. I painted rocks with watercolors and tried to sell them. Not many takers but I thought they were beautiful.

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  5. I bet this is the BEST summer your family ever has!! We are in my hometown for the next couple of weeks and just enjoying the lakes, fireflies and frogs!! The lazy summer days ended up being my greatest childhood memory.
    Love,
    Chesnye

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  6. We would love to buy one of those clay pots! Think it would make it through the mail?

    And if you get blackberry jam with the pot, sign us up for two!

    There is nothing better than a kid who knows how to entertain himself. :)

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  7. What a creative guy!! I would buy a clay pot...I just dont think it would make it through the mail :) I agree with not overbooking...it seems summer vacations just keep getting shorter, and kids need to be kids as long as they can!

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  8. Yes you do. I love when they start doing fun summer type things. My boys have been on cayote hunts and all kinds of fun things-- no clay pot sales yet but they have been talking about a lemonaid stant. Anyway, looks like fun!!!

    Chrisyt :)

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  9. I think your plan is GREAT. Children these days are so busy. Sometimes just sitting back and doing creative things is not such a bad thing. The jam looks yummy!!! You have such a creative young man.

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  10. excellent creativity and imagination.....I love seeing these kind of things! ;)

    BTW....how much for the clay pot? I'll take one! ;)

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  11. I agree with just letting the kids have fun and be bored a little as well. Love the clay pots and the berry jam. Wonderful ideas.

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  12. I love this whole concept. good for the Pioneer Man! And, also you mom!

    Lea
    xo

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  13. How darling is that? I think it is wonderful how he is finding ways to entertain himself. You'll have to post a photo of the gnome homes. If he still has a clay pot on the market, I'll be glad to make a purchase! Just let me know.

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  14. After science camp Jackson decided that next year he just wanted to hang out with me for the summer! I'm a huge fan of letting them use their immaginations. I love the clay pots! We'll take one if you have any left!
    I think it's pretty cool that he made his own jam. Jackson and Joe are enjoying growing their strawberries this year. Though they couldn't make jam because they eat each one as soon as it's ripe!

    ~Lynn

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  15. It looks like you are having such a great summer and kudos for letting them get out there and explore and get dirty...

    I appreciated your post on the supplements. That's great info and I think I could benefit from many of them.

    Hope you are feeling well and at peace about your upcoming trip. I am very excited for you.

    Love,
    Lisa

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  16. How sweet! I think its great that your giving your kids a real summer! I remember when I was a little girl, we played outside with the neighbor kids until dark. Kids dont do much of that anymore. There are computers, electronic games and such that take up most of their time. They are missing out on a lot of real fun though, arent they?

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  17. I agree with lots of down time for the kids as well as the adults. If they are given a chance, they can use their imagination in lots of ways.

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  18. i would be thrilled to purchase one of harry's BEAUTIFUL CLAY POTS...if you would please bring it up when you come to visit us in pa i would be most appreciative.......and please be careful with these original works of art

    love to all
    mimi

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  19. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog (Baseballs & Bows). You have a precious family. Nice to meet another Jiangxi cutie.
    Felicia

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  20. Kim~
    I think Harry's clay pots could be donated to some seniors in your community. They could be placed into the bottom of store bought clay pots to help the plants to "breath". Don't know if this is really necessary but my dear granny used to place a handful of pebbles into the bottom of her clay pots before planting in them. He would be helping others and giving such a lovely gift!

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  21. thank you for the Connor update!
    Praise God.

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  22. I too agree that kids need time to just be. They need time to hear what's going on inside of them, to hear the "noises" inside their heads, so to speak. Some of my best summer memories are just being still and quiet, to hear those inner noises. :)

    And I agree: to get bored is wonderful! Kids are too programmed these days. I'm a firm believer in one activity per school term (swimming, karate, dance) not all three!

    I'm so glad Connor is doing well. Please keep us posted!

    Sunshine would like to make clay pots with Harry!

    Snick :)

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  23. Love the clay pots!!! What a creative little guy you have there. Growing up in CA we never did summer camps. In fact I didn't know anyone that did. My boys spent their summers playing baseball and swimming...hanging with friends etc. I live in Chicago now(10 years) everyone has their kids in summer camp...me included. The girls go to a Christian camp that runs 6 weeks and they go 3 hours a day. They love it! It gives them time to come home and play with each other, their friends, swim and create! I don't believe in over booking kids.
    I bet those pots sell out quickly!

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  24. oh, this post just melts my heart..... I still remember your post... I'm just wild about Harry.
    I have to tell you friend... I am just wild about Harry too!

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  25. You guys are having such great un-planned fun!! Harry's smile is absolutely contagious. I would definitely order a clay pot :)

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  26. Ohhhh....I remember summers like this! Where we stayed outside for hours and hours and made things like this! Awesome!

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  27. Thank you dear Jesus for having your hand over Connor! ;)

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  28. Now that is a real summer vacation. I love looking back on all of those days that my boys lolled around, coming up with ideas. As they get older, the ideas get a bit more exciting--- have they tried the plastic soda bottle with vinegar, baking soda, and a cork? That one will give a mother a fright! I love "The American Boy's Handy Book"--- loads of exciting, old timey ideas for boys.

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  29. Kids have such an imagination! Your pictures are so good! How do you get them so clear? What kind of camera do you use?

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  30. Cool tht you are going to be in our neck of the woods! It would have been fun to have met you in person too....however, we are leaving tomorrow for a mini-vacation ourselves! Safe travels and I look forward to seeing your pictures from the land of 10,000 lakes! I wish you well on your flight Friday too! :)

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  31. Harry,
    You better be packing one of those in your suitcase for me!!!!

    Love,
    Miss Di

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  32. Sounds like the definition of a perfect summer!

    So glad Connor is doing well!

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