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!

september

The end of September is just around the corner and we’re finally just getting into a good routine around here.  We’ve been super busy with the gardens, canning, regular day to day stuff and school.  With so many ways to spend my limited free time (knitting, stamping, baking) I came to the realization yesterday that I haven’t actually mopped my kitchen floor since before school began.  Sweeping…yes.  Mopping…no.  The worst part is that I actually moved all the chairs and shoes and backpacks and legos off the floor and swept it with the intention of mopping one night where I found an extra burst of energy. Then I got distracted.  And we moved the chairs back in for breakfast the next morning.  No mopping.  I’m totally okay with this.

We’re reading.  And coloring.  And having picnics. And watching the leaves change. And creating things with lots of cutting and gluing.  And making smoothies.

Some first day of school pictures:

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We also squeezed in a rodeo night at the fair with our cousins and a wedding for Uncle Tim.  We’re loving all our time with family and friends as we gear up for fall.

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.

six

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Look who’s six! He’s been looking forward to his birthday for months.  We planned a double birthday party along with Caleb and the theme was wildlife.  Mason was super excited about the elk, bear, and moose.  He also loved sharing his day with Caleb and says he wants to do it again next year.  It’s hard to believe how fast this young man is growing up.

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We love so many things about you at this age.  You love to learn and remember the most random facts.  You devour books, fiction and non-fiction alike.  You are constantly telling us some new fact that you learned.  You are sure enjoying the world around you.  You can see the big picture and make some really great connections.  You love school and are so ready for first grade.

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You love to play outside.  You joined T-ball this summer and are having a blast.  You spend most of your outside time building forts and ships, making rivers, playing pirates, or playing in the mud.  You spend most of your inside time playing Legos, drawing, bouncing balls, reading, cutting and gluing some project, or helping around the house.  Often you wake up before anyone else and can be found snuggled with a blanket on the couch, reading.  You are our best sleeper and fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.

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You are really good at figuring out how things work.  You have a knack for logic puzzles and are pretty literal.  You love games and would play one every day if you could.  Some of your favorites are Yatzee, Qwirkle, Monolopy, Life, and Scrabble.

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We love so much about you, from your sweet spirit and caring nature to your loud, crazy all boy fun.  You love to take care of your sister and brother and are a great role model for them.  You read your bible and want to know about Jesus. You bring so much joy to our house and we love you more each day.  We are so proud of you, Mason!

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xoxo,
mommy

the winter garden

Snow is in the forecast.  We’re supposed to dip to 11 degrees tonight.  It’s time to put the garden to bed.  We’ve spent plenty of time out there harvesting, pulling up dried plants for seed, and moving things around.  It’s hard to believe how nice the weather actually was for all of October.  Usually we’re bundled up, fighting the weather to get things cleaned up.

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We did harvest all the corn from the small garden. The chickens have been put to work digging around in there.  From the large garden we turned most of the cabbage into sauerkraut, keeping a couple heads to eat.  We planted our garlic and canned all the remaining carrots.  We have canned several batches of beets, but still have several rows left to harvest.

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We thought we would finish up this weekend, but Caleb caught us all off guard when we came down with a cold that quickly turned to croup and then kindly shared with me and Ryan. We spent most of the weekend inside playing Uno, drinking tea, and taking turns napping.

This morning we cleaned out the greenhouse, pulling all the tomatoes and peppers. We have several starts of spinach and beets to carry us through the colder months.

Sometimes after all the fun work of the summer it’s hard to make ourselves actually finish up everything before the weather turns.  It’s just one of those things that must be done.  Winter will be here before we know it.