Thursday, June 23, 2011

{phfr} ~ First Day of Summer Edition!

round button chicken

We celebrated the first day of summer appropriately  in the sand and water.  There was so much pretty, happy, funny, and real, it was hard to choose just a few.  Here are the highlights!

Sitting timidly on the sand
A day off work for the oldest makes the day even happier!
With an entire lake behind him,  he dunks his head in a bucket!
Sand - the perfect first food?

Friday, June 17, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

round button chicken

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

and she knows it!

Happy (first!) Harvest
So much funny around here!

Real tired!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Welcome to Our Garden; Early Tour

  We finally finished getting all of our plants in the ground yesterday.   It is quite late in the season,  but we are doing the best we can considering we are not moved in yet.  My mother in law, who has a master gardener certification,  started all of our plants in her greenhouse.  Since this is our first year and so many things are going on at once,  we hoping for the best.

  Our garden space is a 25x35 plot surrounded by the most adorable white picket fence.  The fence comes in handy to keep the little children and critters from romping through.  The previous owners gardened organically so the soil is really wonderful.   The plot runs north and south with a path down the middle.  The beds are on the east and west side of the path.  There are seven beds on each side.  The center of the garden is a lovely sage bush that was left from the previous owner.  Around the sage bush we sank clay drainage tiles and planted chives in them. 


 The beds to the right are filled with lettuces,  cabbage, collards, watermelon, cantaloupe, potatoes, onions, and zucchini.  We put the spinach out too late and it was very unhappy,  so I scraped it.  In it's place I will set out a few cukes.  We have harvested enough lettuces for one salad this year!  

The beds to the left contain sweet banana peppers,  many, many variates of tomatoes, including ten Roma,(wonderful for sauces and salsas!) Mortgage Lifters (which claim to produce 3-6 pounders!) Celebrities, and a mysterious plant that was passed on to us called "Fireball"(?).   We also planted eight jalapeno plants.  The  last bed on this side houses some culinary herbs that I really wanted this year, including globe basil, cinnamon basil, and bush basil.  I also set out a few cilantro.  I don't believe this will be where I have the herb garden in the future,  but for now it will do.

Tomatoes and Peppers

Herbs - mostly Basil!
Grandma Resting!
Isaac Working

All around the garden we planted various zinnias and nasturtium.  There are also many sunflowers cropping up.  (I hear the previous gardener had a love of sunflowers!)  I have plans for more of them along the end of the path.  I am looking forward to fresh cut zinnias in the center of our dinner table!   My dad paid us a visit while we were working and suggested a path of beans along the outside of the garden fence - I love this idea and plan on doing it this week.

  It's not perfect,  but it's a start. We are learning as we go and we are all very excited!   Look for more posts showing our progress!  Thanks for visiting!

Abby Joan!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer, As of June 8th, 2011

Two trips to the pond
One 8th grade graduation ( I now have two high schoolers - Congrats Abby Joan - we are proud of you!)
One piano and recorder recital. (three kids!)
One  whitewater rafting trip
One 'girls only' pool party with a sweet neighbor girl.
Mega squirt gun fight in the back yard.
Lots of painting at the farm.
Lots of (very delayed) planting in the garden,  no harvesting yet.
One hike through a local park.
One air conditioner out of service. (Oh yeah,  it's hot!)
One awesome visit from Opa in progress.
Many outdoor meals from the grill.
One walk to the ice cream shop . (Sundaes for dinner on Sunday!)
Lots of popcicles, peppermint ice tea, and fresh lemonade!

Monday, June 6, 2011

First Kiss

  Oh sure I've kissed her hundreds,  possibly thousands of times in the past seven months.  I've kissed her little rosebud lips,  her dimpled cheeks, and her corn kernel toes.  I've enjoyed her mouthing my cheeks when she's hungry, just before settling in to nurse.  This  one was different though,  this was initiated by her.  I wasn't even paying attention.  I was standing in the back of church rocking and swaying through the Sanctus with her on my hip.   I was singing in a low voice,  my head bowed in prayer.  I felt her pudgy little patties on either of my cheeks,  I opened my eyes to see her looking right at me with that darling angelic smile.  I smiled back.  She pulled my face to hers and pressed those sweet little lips right on mine and gave a little *smack* sound.  I felt my heart melt.  My first kiss from Cecilia.  What a sweet treasure. 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I find this Adorable!

My oldest daughter took this very short video at the park the other day.  She meant to take a photo but the camera was set to video.  I find it so adorable.  Just a few short seconds of a toddler running through the park!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Capturing Our Summer

  Long time, no blog.  I seem to blog in short spurts.   Truth be told,  I do a lot of things this way;  sew, crochet, read a novel, and many other little hobbies.  I'm not sure this is a particularly good trait of mine so I seek to improve.  I was inspired today by Molly in a recent post:  The Reluctant Blogger.  I can especially identify with this: 

"So, I do not write. Months go by. I compose profound posts while standing in the shower which are gone by the time I find some quiet. I take mental notes of those memorable days and priceless moments, just sure I will remember to write them down someday. But someday keeps getting pushed back and then it seems almost impossible to pick up where I left off"
  But also like Molly,  I want to capture these fleeting days.  The children and I really enjoy looking back on through the past four years of this blog and remembering all of the celebrations, exciting trips, projects,  and just the day to day.  

  I notice I seem to stop blogging when things are not going particularly well.  I took a very long break when we lost Mary Rose last year.  Since my last post nearly a month ago,  the attempts at purchasing the farmhouse have been very rough.  We have not closed yet,  having to ask for an extension on our offer.  We are coming close to the end of this extension with some big obstacles in our way yet.  *sigh*  

  Regardless of the yucky stuff,  appraisals, obstacles, yada yada....there are many beautiful moments to capture in our crazy little life.  So,  I'm taking a deep breath,  grabbing my camera,  and resolving to capture these moments.  Starting today!