That's what we are calling this week. Since Loch is lucky enough to be away at camp, we are having "Camp Finnegan" where we go swimming, to the beach, he gets to stay up late and if he wants to eat nothing but 6 Clementines for lunch he can (he did that LOL!).
It's hard to do any canning when you are attending Camp Finn, but I managed to get it done. I did spicy dill pickles and dilly beans in the morning. I normally do refrigerator pickles so I'm not used to the color change that happens to pickles during the canning process, I'll have to get used to that but I thought I'd do something different this year, especially since it's been awhile since I had the canning equipment out.
The jalapeños had to wait until evening since Finn wanted to go to the beach and honestly I was sick of the vinegar smell in the kitchen so I was ready to get out of the house myself.
Excuse my obsession over Live Oak trees, they are my favorite and only recently has it dawned on me that when we leave the military I will probably never live near them again. So I take photos of them whenever I'm at the beach, lots of photos.
Sailor Dad has been working from about 7 am until well after midnight every day this week, so we thought it would be nice if we surprised him with a chocolate shake before we headed home for the evening. Finn calls it "going to see daddy in jail" LOL I guess because of the coveralls he wears when he works on the jet and that he's always standing behind a tall fence and gobs of concertina wire haha! They were nice enough to open the gate this time so we didn't have to throw his dinner over the fence :)
I feel kind of bad, while we are at the beach cooling off hubby gets to do things like crawl around on the hot metal of a jet in 100º heat, but as he points out it's way cooler than doing it in the Persian Gulf in 120º with jet blast in his face and full gear and helmets on! I guess it's all relative.
(hard to see, but there's people on top, looks like a big ol' cookie sheet to me, ouch!)
After getting home I was able to deal with the jalapeños, I pickled and canned 4 pints of rings and picked out the biggest ones to seed and halve and those went into the freezer for stuffed jalapeños at a later date. My kitchen still smelled like vinegar this morning.
Finn stayed up late watching Hawaii Five-O, his new favorite. We just finished the first season of the new one and Finn is an addict, after his shower last night he decided to do his hair "like Danno"!
I didn't feel like shelling out the bucks for season two quite yet so I started the "old" episodes from Netflix and Finn was even glued to those! I have a 7 year old obsessed over old Hawaii Five-O episodes, can't believe it. I'll have to see if Netflix has Magnum P.I, or Knight Rider episodes LOL
With hubby at work almost 24/7 it's just Finn and I attending Camp Finnegan this week, it's supposed to be over 100º for the next 3-5 days so I have no idea what I'm going to pull out of my hat tomorrow. It just occurred to me that I don't think I've been truly alone with Finn this long since the first night in the hospital! It's always "LochandFinn" so this is pretty weird!
Just as I'm finishing up this post (I'm at Finn's music lessons) I can hear him learning the theme song from Hawaii Five-O on the ukelele in the other room... no doubt I will have to listen to him play that all the way home in the backseat :)
p.s. Loch called last night and I wish I could have recorded it to load onto the blog! He was talking so fast, all about zip lining, rock walls, orienteering, and flying cockroaches in the bunkhouse LOL... I guess he's having a good time, and they DID go tubing, they got caught in that storm the other night so I'm glad I didn't know that at the time or I would have been pretty worried. He's going on an offshore night fishing trip this evening, I'd like to think that he will be secured to the deck somehow with no chance of man overboard in the dark, yep - I'm going with that scenario :) Finn kept saying "lemme talk to him" so I passed the phone over and told him to hurry since Loch only had 2 minutes on the phone, and Finn says "I don't miss you, I'm glad you are at camp and I took all your stuff" - ah, brotherly love...