Sunday, March 18, 2018

Around Here

It's still winter here.  As in it's really, really still winter here.  There's a cold wind blowing, snow on the ground, we seem to have a storm once a week and I feel like Harris never, ever goes to school.

The biggest thing we've had going on is something that I haven't written about.  We had something so odd, jarring, sad and strange happen that we are still processing it.  A week before Christmas, Harris' beloved teacher, came into work, left at 11:30 and hasn't been back since.  Whatever happened is super top secret but it has really and truly thrown us all for a loop (at Waldorf, teachers stay with the class year after year so the children are very close to their teacher).  Teacher's simply don't just disappear, except that he did.  So Harris has had a substitute and will continue to have a substitute for the rest of the year and a new teacher next year.  Such a bummer.

February didn't see much snow at all but March sure has come in like a lion.  We've enjoyed the snow but not the snow shoveling.  Unfortunately, the snow caused Bryce's guys sailing trip to be delayed by two days.  He decided to go anyway and was so glad he did, even though we were insanely jealous!

The renovation is still not done.  It's getting closer but not yet done.  I'm in the process of deciding on fabrics and finishes and I'm finding it overwhelming especially since I"m not a designer and don't have access to some of the fabric/lines that I love.

I bought lots and lots of seeds to plant a small part of the field with.  We are starting really, really small and hoping to offer market bouquets at a road side honor stand this summer.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


About a month ago I got a bee in my bonnet that we needed to tap our 21 maple trees (they are all in a row as if someone planted for nursery stock and never moved/sold them).  So I bought a book, really rather more of a pamphlet, some buckets and spigots and we got to tapping!

The only problem?  I was really, really not prepared for the amount of sap that we would get.  It turns out that our trees are wonderful producers and our two stock pots that I thought would be sufficient for evaporating down the sap, weren't.  

On day three, we finally got to a system that was much more productive but still required constant maintenance.

Turns out that having the proper equipment really is important.  Next year, we will be prepared with sugaring pans and tools because we are hooked.  How could you not be when you get these beauties from your own backyard?

We had a sugaring celebration where we had these darling dutch pancakes for dinner.  Of course, we drizzled our very own syrup on top of them!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Sweet Sixteen

Grace didn't really want a large sweet sixteen party but opted for a family (with friends that are like family too) party to celebrate.  We had dinner and cake together and I think it was a special evening for Grace.

Funny story about the cake we made Grace. When she was a baby, I spotted this cake (a much more elaborate version) in Martha Stewart Weddings and thought it would be a cute nod to sweet sixteen.  I've kept it mind this whole time and sure enough Grace was willing to let that be her cake!  I think it was so sweet and appropriate for 16.  I love the little jelly bean hearts at the top!

We love you Grace and hope that all your wishes and dreams come true!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Grace turns 16 today.  In most states that means she could drive but here she will have to wait another year to be let loose on the roads!  I'm actually rather thankful for that as I'm not sure I"m ready for her to be driving on our twisty, narrow roads.

Grace is such a treasure and we feel so blessed that she is our girl.  She's smart, kind and a little feisty.  Here's what's going on with her right now...

1.  She's a rule follower.  She likes to be on time, have a plan, and to stick to it (it must be so hard for her to live with Bryce and I :))!  When we are supposed to pick her up she will text us the time and then confirm it at least once!

2.  She's a hard worker at school.  Grace is taking 3 honors classes this year and, for now, is making straight A's!  We are proud of how hard she works and how good she is with time management.

3.  She's a little afraid that there's not a boy out there that is nice, interesting, and a little old fashioned (cute wouldn't hurt either!).  I hope she believes me when I tell her there is.

4.  I wouldn't say that Grace is having what one might think of as a typical teenage experience (yet?). She isn't super social outside of school even though she has a nice group of girls that she's good friends with.  For example, she did not want a big sweet sixteen party, instead opting for a family party at home.  She still likes to hang with her family and you won't hear me complaining.

5.  Right now she's really interested in: skiing, skincare, traveling, writing and she's starting to pay more and more attention to world events and politics.

6.  She has just started a job at a cafe in town.  I think it will be so good for her on many levels!

7.  She's still taking a ballet class twice a week.

8.  She loves to bake!  We all love it when she decides to whip up a batch of cookies.  I love that I can now put her in charge of dessert.

9.  She loves music of all sorts but has a remarkable affinity for 80's music!

10.  She loves the tv show Castle.  She and her Grandma watch it together.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Phase 3 Renovation Update

We are still under renovation.  While someone is here every single day and certainly things are happening, it feels as if it is moving super slowly.  However, our bathroom is nearing completion and should be done in the next month.

The original floors have been put back (many planks had to be moved to make room for plumbing), sanded and finished (no stain).  I love how they turned out!  We also made the choice to put pine planks in the closet and I find it so interesting how different they look.  In this case, I think older is better!

For the shower tile we went with a classic subway tile.  It is called antique green but definitely reads neutral.  I wanted something that was earthy and complimented the brick fireplace surround and the pumpkin pine floors.

And... that's it!  It seems like there should be way more of an update but that's all there is to show.  Hopefully, my next post about the bathroom will be that it is finished!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

President's Day Dinner

Bill, my brother-in-law, had the idea that we should celebrate President's Day with a dinner made up entirely of past President's favorite foods.  It turned out to be something that was tasty (foods we might not have thought to make) and fun (it's nice to mix things up every once in a while).

Grace made little signs for each of our foods that were super cute.

Washington's Cherry Bounce (a cocktail that Bill started 2 or 3 weeks ago!)
John Adam's Hard Cider
George W. Bush's Cheeseburger Pizza
JFK's Favorite Chowder
Abraham Lincoln's Gingerbread Cookies
Thomas Jefferson's Vanilla Ice-cream

Monday, February 12, 2018

Olympic Cookies

The olympics are here!  As always, we gathered Friday night with friends to watch the opening ceremonies.  I made sugar cookies to celebrate the occasion.  I used the little figures I got for the last winter olympics and popped them atop fluffy ice/snow.  Easy and cute to boot.

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