Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Five for Last Week

A few bits to remember from last week...

1.  Crazy hat days.  (And backwards day for T--Not only did he wear his pants backwards but he also wore his shoes on the wrong feet for all of school.  It doesn't even phase him.)
(Super cool hats made by Nana with matching aprons.)

2.  The yummy bananas and spicy quinoa I had two days in row that totally grossed out my "lunch buddies."

3.  The yard that is under attack by skunks?  Racoons?  Crows?  All of the above?  M and I created what we hoped would spell "way-scary-stay-away-yard-diggers" scarecrow-like art with string and ribbon tied between skewers.  Crazy ugly.  It did keep the crows away.  Skunks and/or raccoons--not so much.  This battle is to be continued...

4.  The tiny turtle we found on the driveway.

5.  We're getting close to finishing up a lot of this year's school so we've been playing review games.  Fun stuff.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Break (Top 10)

Spring Break 2014
(A Photo Log)

1.  The week started so warm and lovely.

2.  And then "Bam!"  2" of snow.

3.  So the small crew and I headed to PA for a few days to play in the woods.

4.  We helped (just a very little) with collecting firewood.

 And drank some fresh-flowing sap.

5.  We dug up worms in the freshly plowed fields.

6.  And ended up kicking off our boots on the farm swing.
(Pre-boot loss.)

7.  Aunt Bubsy spent a day with us.
(She learned all of her moves from me. ;)

8.  Besides lots of outside time with my dad, I also had lots of late-night conversations with my mom.

9.  The pièce de résistance was the white-headed robin.

10.  After a good full-two days in PA, we headed home for Easter.  Actually, it was more like M woke up at 5am with a stomach bug and we fled the scene as soon as possible to prevent further contamination and to hopefully reach home before anyone else got sick.  (No one did.)

By Easter morning everyone was healthy and happy.  It was a beautiful day.
(Totally loved the way that without any input from us they made sure they each had equal amounts of eggs.  J did think it was a little sad that I only put one M&M, or even worse, one yogurt-covered raisin, in each egg.  Hahaha--perhaps.  But, they don't know any differently so it works.  For now. :) 

It was a great break. :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sometimes I Actually Have My Own Pile

I'm a binge-reader.  Late winter tends to be my most prolific reading time of the year.  My current reads...


Two of My Most Favorite Parenting Books Ever:

(Sally Clarkson?  I can't get enough.)


Trying to Figure out Food Stuff:


A Bit More Cerebral:



Inspiring:



Encouraging:



Motivating:



A Must-Read With The Kids
(I read this in one night.  I didn't like it when I first started--I didn't get the point of reading a fictional story about a boy with a facial deformation when there are so many true inspiring stories.  But by the end I was left thinking--wow--this was powerful--what a great way to get me (and my crew) to think about other people--to grow in compassion.  So, so good.  We're reading it out loud now.)


For Fun:


(I'm very slowly reading Knowing God by Name: A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventurewith a group of mom friends.)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fun: Through A Different Lense


We found what we hoped would be a very cool caterpillar on a walk yesterday.  The huge orange eyes fooled us.  From all that we can tell we actually happed upon a pesky cutworm.  Very anticlimactic. 

But, it inspired M to grab the camera to capture a few shots "for the blog."  (Oh, my.)

And so, a bit of the world, through her eyes--

Billy.

Pussy willows.

Self-portrait.

Rollerblades.  Staged.

Chill-out spot.

Peanuts.  Left on the deck to feed the squirrels.  Container with obvious chew marks.  Eaten by T who asked J if it was okay.  (Thankfully T did not meet with the same demise as the "Found a Peanut" guy.)

Treasure.  (Aka a broken beer bottle found in the mulch.  Or gold.)

The lawn guy.  (Grubs...)

What I do while the lawn guy works. ;)

Each other.

Squirrel who also found a peanut.

The end.


(I LOVE her work. :)