Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Week 27

Happy Tuesday!  It's good to see you back.  I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July.  How is it July already?  Yikes-so much to do and so little time.

Take a peek at last week:

Day 180- Monday, 6/29/15
 Look at me doing bacteriology and culturing salmonella!  I'm a long time protozologist not a bacteriologist, but I'm getting the hang of it.  I did learn how to do this type of work way back in a basic college micro class but have not really used that knowledge in over 20 years.  It's fun to re-learn and experiment though.  We set up spiking experiments to test our protocols and they went well so we are set for our county fair samples coming in next week.  Now I just have to be able to plate about 300 samples for each fair--no pressure there and thank goodness I have a good team.  Oh and look at those differential slants.  Who knew they were so colorful, fun, and pretty?  And they change colors to help identify microbes.  Love them!

Day 181- Tuesday, 6/30/15
It was super hot today (yes, that says 107) and the poor tennis kids had matches this afternoon.  The coach is great about keeping them hydrated, resting in the shade, and making sure they are feeling ok though.  Justin did great.  His doubles team lost the first game but won the second so he left on a good note.

Day 182- Wednesday, 7/1/15
Here we are at the start of July.  This summer is flying by and July will go quick because there is so much going on.  Brandon's birthday is in July so he loves helping me out with my monthly marker this month.

Day 183- Thursday, 7/2/15
Look who's finally home!  John made it back from his business trip late this afternoon.  I was told it was a 10 day trip but it was actually 12 with the travel days so he was gone way too long.  The good news is that we all survived and are happy to have him home.

Day 184- Friday, 7/3/15
John took the boys out this morning to hunt down some fireworks which they are excited to light tomorrow.  Then later it was the perfect warm evening for night swim.  Even Tyler was able to join in.  That's Brandon jumping off the ledge while the rest look on.  They love to see who can make the biggest splash.

Day 185- Saturday, 7/4/15
Happy 4th of July!  We had a great day grilling, swimming, eating, and then setting off some safe and sane fireworks with the neighbors out front.  Tyler ended up working but was still able to be home by dinner and spend the evening with us.

Day 186- Sunday 7/5/15
Since it was a long weekend I got all the laundry and housework done before today so I could just relax and enjoy my Sunday for once.  I did a little shopping, a lot of lounging, and then went on a nice long bike ride with these kids.  John fixed Justin's bike and we wanted to test it out to make sure it was going to stay fixed.  All is good, and he's thrilled he can ride his own bike to tennis club next week.

That's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by and see you in about 7 days.


  1. So glad John is home! Love the pictures from the lab, so colorful! Looks like a great 4th!

  2. Looks like you're doing some cool stuff at work! YAY for John being home! Looks like you all had a wonderful 4th of July together at home. We were all in bed before fireworks time, but I look forward to when the kiddos are older and can stay up later. I love your patriotic family photos!

  3. Love the night pool pic. What a nice 4th you had. So glad John got home safe and sound! Enjoy your July. It will go way too fast!