Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Late July in the Garden

"In every gardener there is a child who believes in The Seed Fairy" 
~Robert Brault

The children look forward to the weekly Garden Visits!
The run off to wait by the tree line for us to catch up.

Each week there are new things to see and taste.

onions drying



tomatoes of all sizes


 and several varieties of squash


  "I tied these together to make a hammock for the fairies"

the eggplant has yet to bloom...

beans in various stages

and peanuts (we hope!) 

today the children ate carrots, cucumbers, green peppers, cherry tomatoes, rhubarb, 
and raw corn on the cob!

"Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden." 
~Roberts Brault

Friday, July 18, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual, inspired by SouleMama, capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Beach Bums' Plans

While at our beach home, we just live. Like normal, but with a beach nearby.  So things like cleaning and laundry and meals and kid care go on like normal ... but with a beach nearby.  We don't do the shop till you drop or eat out everyday or hit up all the touristy places. We just live. with a beach nearby.  The children, though, wanted a plan. OK we wanted a plan so the children would stop asking 29 times a day ... when are we going to the museum? when are getting slushies? when are we.... ?

So Monday morning, after breakfast, we made a plan!


"Beach" is a daily event.  
We then had a few other things we wanted to do: the farm market, the local playground, the museum...

                                   For us, knowing the time of low tide is very important. 
  It is the very best time to take the children to the beach, so the rest of the day revolves around low tide!

We used a bit of rolled up tape to put our cards on the chart, so we could re adjust them for rainy weather. (that would be plan B!)

We hung it on the fridge for all to see.. and now when the children say, "When?" 
we just point to the fridge, cause "We have a plan!"

Each week I join several linky parties! What a fun way to share and learn!
Craft & Activity ShareMonday Sharing Day on FacebookThoughtful Spot, Natural Living MondayMontessori MondayHomemade MondaysMama Moments Monday {Link Up}The Gathering SpotLittle Wonders' DaysMom's Monday MingleMommy Moments, Frugal, Crafty HomeHip Homeschool HopMom's LibraryTuesday TotsKeep Calm Craft On {crafting on}, Tuned in TuesdayTeach Me TuesdayBackyard Farming Connection HopTuned in TuesdayTuesday TutorialsLife Created Tuesdays, Kids in the Kitchen,  It's PlaytimeWe Made That LinkyWhat I Learned WednesdayKids Co-OpArtsy Play WednesdayHealthy 2Day Wednesday, Wildcrafting WednesdayAdorned From Above Frugal Days, Sustainable WaysKids CraftsLink and Learnneedle and thREADMade U LookTender Moments with Toddlers and PreschoolersNatural Living Link-UpSmall Footprint FridayOur Days Homeschool Link-Up, For the Kids FridayFarmGirl Friday Blog HopKitchen Fun and Crafty FridayRead. Explore. Learn.Creative Learning on FridayPreschool and Kindergarten Corner,The Friday Baby ShowerTGIF Linky PartyFamily Fun FridayCreative FridayFriday Flair Link PartyShine on FridaysFriday FavsOutdoor Play PartyDo Something CraftyWeekend WhateverSaturday Show and TellTot School Gathering Place, Sharing SaturdayShare It SaturdayCountry KidsLink and LearnShow and Share SaturdayStress Free SundaySunday Parenting PointersThe Sunday ShowcaseThe Sunday Parenting PartyThe Homesteaders' Blog Hop, Making Boys MenMade with LoveRaising Memories

Thursday, July 10, 2014


 two amazing years ago

two months ago

two days ago

two minutes ago

Happy 2nd Birthday to our sweet Squirrely Girl!