at the creek

We spent the day with Nana and Grammie and Grandpa down at the creek. IMG_3039The kids had so much fun exploring, playing in the water, and having a picnic.  Emma was all about the caterpillars.  I think she found 3 different ones and spent a great deal of time playing with them.  Mason and Kona were more into the sticks and rocks.  He is starting a dam in the creek and Kona was doing her best to take out every single stick he put in.

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Once Caleb warmed up to the water, we couldn’t keep him out.  He was also hamming it up for the camera.

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Such a great summer day with family!

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snow day

We’re enjoying a little snow day here on the homestead.  It just keeps falling and we just keep making more coffee.  IMG_1145

The kids are traveling back and forth between our house and the neighbor’s house.

 

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The ducks have even ventured out to see what’s going on.  The chickens?  Not so much.

It finally feels more like winter around here.

over here

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Here’s a little bit of what we’ve been up to over here.  We cut down a monster of a Christmas tree.  It looked so much smaller out in the forest.  But it’s all decked out and we’re loving it.  Emma’s favorite thing is to turn off all the lights and just “look at it until we fall asleep.”  Which we haven’t actually done (the falling asleep part), but it’s fun to plan I suppose.

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Our house has been full of imaginative play this week.  I’m listening in to all the castle building and pirate shipping and lego creating while finishing up some last minute sewing and knitting.

They spent most of one day with the blocks.  Caleb was mostly not helping so they took turns pushing him around the house in a box which he absolutely loved.

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I hope your house is full of laughter too!  Merry Christmas!

fall

We’re loving this fall weather.  We took some time on Saturday to have a little picnic and play in the creek.  We also dug up some pine trees to transplant near our house.  The weather was just perfect.

IMG_2510  IMG_2526  IMG_2570There was just enough water in the creek for a little splashing.  Mason helped daddy dig up the trees and Caleb and I brought buckets of water to them from the creek.  Emma was drawing in her notebook. Caleb was quite the little helper.  He insisted on carrying it himself even though it was too heavy.  It took us about 4 times as long, but we were smiling the whole time.

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We also picked a bunch of rose hips to dry for tea.  Emma would pick them and hand them to Caleb who would put them in the bag.  Quite the team.  Mason and daddy totally out-picked us though.

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They were loving exploring and playing with all the different leaves and twigs they could find.  We are having a little family competition on guessing the number of “nice” days we have left.  Hopefully there’s a few more in the near future!

the pirate ship

This summer has been all about building the pirate ship.  It’s been the go-to answer for Mason and Emma.

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Why do you need all those buckets of water?  It’s for the pirate ship.

What are all those rocks for?  It’s gold for our pirate ship.

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I need my hammer, tape measure and screwdrivers.  Why?  It’s for the pirate ship. IMG_20150717_080003_hdr

We must cover everything with a layer of mud.  Oh really?  It’s for the pirate ship. To protect it from the rain. IMG_20150717_075935_hdr

I need to dig holes all over the yard.  It’s for the pirate ship.  Seriously mom. IMG_20150620_145153I have yet to see any signs of a pirate ship, but the thought of it is sure keeping them outside and busy.

right now

Just a few words before July gets away from us.  We are filling our days with so much and enjoying all this time home together.  Here’s what we’ve been loving right now:

  • letting the ducks out first thing in the morning and enjoying their antics while we watch the sun come up
  • goat milk!  I learned how to milk our neighbor’s goats and we’ve been trying all sorts of new recipes (goat cheese, ice cream, cajeta)
  • all the wildflowers
  • Mason has discovered chapter books and will read for hours at a time.  Current favorites: Boxcar Children, Magic Treehouse, Geronimo Stilton

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  • garage sales, flea markets, craft fairs, and farmer’s markets (both selling and buying)
  • roasting marshmallows
  • new knitting patterns
  • Emma discovered that these overall will hold her hammer and we can’t get her out of them:
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  • morning walks with a friend and evening walks with the family
  • grilling
  • visiting the library
  • and spaghetti + a one year old, which never gets old

camping

Our first camping trip of the summer.  We met Ryan’s brother’s family just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona.  The cousins had a great time playing.  Besides a day trip to the Grand Canyon we filled the days with hiking, pinecone battles, floating homemade canoes, shooting bows and arrows, playing school, and enjoying being together.  We filled the nights with s’mores, listening to Mason and Emma in the tent, watching their shadows in the lantern light and talking around the campfire.  Just about perfect.