Monday, October 1, 2018

October 1st

Boy, am I ever glad to see fall arrive. All the cozy vibes going on over here...pumpkins, cardigans, the search for warmer shoes, thoughts of putting the sandals away till spring, pumpkin desserts, and yes, even the fake fireplace on Netflix. 

I finished sewing this new dress for Natasha the other day. In its former life, it was a Lands' End Women's wrap front dress which I found at a garage sale. But, I basically shrunk it since it wasn't fitting me the best and I knew Natasha would get more use from it. I kept as many of the original design as I could, with the front pleats in the skirt and the waistband. The wrap front couldn't be saved since it was needed to be cut into a new bodice. Since I use the existing hems on the sleeves and skirt hem, it comes together so quickly.

Now. To go light a candle on this properly dreary, October day. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

End of Summer

When did my children become so photogenic? 

 The first egg from our chickens, the first day of school, a fresh new pile of books from the library, trimming lavender, pretending to take pictures with the film camera... These are the memories I want to tuck away from the end of summer 2018.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Summer in the USA

We are having a really fun July this year. For the entire month, we are privileged to host Ane, who is from Basque Country while she is here with the program SUSA. And what full, fun days we have had ever since she arrived. Take a look at what we've been doing:

We have always wanted someone from another country to come visit us so we could show them around our piece of the United States and Ane is the first person to do so. She is grand. We laugh together, exchange a few Spanish words (even though she's here to improve her English), laugh some more and ask a lot of questions about Basque Country. Lincoln officially has a new buddy and probably thinks she's here to stay forever. Not sure what we will do when it comes time for Ane to return home... 
If anyone else wants to come and spend a month with us, we'd be happy to show you around too. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

More Wildlife

Another turtle was discovered last night. 
Also, a toad. He soon hopped away, but not after being named, "Kenta", meaning "healthy and big". 
The turtle was slightly slower in escaping, and the name chosen for it was, "Mimiko", meaning "beautiful".
(Natasha is on a Japanese kick these days, so I believe those are Japanese names.)

Natasha really wanted to keep the turtle; she wants a pet so badly. For some reason she doesn't consider our chickens pets. But alas, we told her this turtle is probably going to be happier out and about, so she took him back in a basket, towards the pond at the bottom of the hill.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What Natasha is Up to

Her current main interest is Japan. She says she wants to move there when she grows up and she will be a part-time missionary. The rest of the time she's going to eat sushi, her favorite food. She actually asked the other day, "If I'm still interested in Japan at my next birthday, can we go there for my birthday?" My reply: "Maybe." :) 

Monday, June 18, 2018

How to Eat a S'more

Toddler style:

Never mind the face paint...when you're little and don't have much say about things, your older sister might just paint your face to be transformed into a mythical creature or who-knows-what.

A memory I'll tuck away for the summer of 2018.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Fathers in My Life

This turned out to be a very father-son post, which wasn't exactly my intention. However when I went looking for pictures of Daniel with our children, Lincoln seemed to be the one most often featured these days. Then, for my own Dad, again, the pictures include Lincoln. Seeing a theme here?

Finally, it's really hard to get a picture of Daniel's Dad with us since he is down in Australia. So, the last couple pictures are our side of things during a FaceTime call with Daniel's parents recently. I'm pretty sure Vince, my father-in-law was the one getting Lincoln to raise his arms in such glee. Probably doing it himself from halfway around the globe, so Lincoln could imitate him. :)

I'm honored to know and have wonderful men in my life.
These pictures illustrate just a few of the fun times and the memories I want to keep forever.
Because, life keeps moving on and little boys don't stay little.

Just during our last visit to my parents, we came across some of my Dad's baby toys and even some clothes, his mom carefully packed away probably 50 years ago. I'm so glad we discovered them now because Lincoln can now play with the trains my Dad played with, and wear the clothes my Dad wore. Every father was a little boy once...and their mommas watched them grow I'm watching my son do now.

So cherish the moments fellow Mommas... 

"Think ahead to a time, when your little boy's a man, 
and you'd give anything just to hold him again." 
~Ron Hamilton