Friday, August 30, 2013

A Frog Spigot

Sometimes it's the little things that make us the happiest right?  I've been toting this little frog spigot around for the past 10 years and somewhere along the line it became, in my mind, the one item that once installed would mean we were "done."  Which of course is a total fallacy because there is always work to be done around our old house.  It just seemed such a silly, fantastical thing to make time to do that it became a talisman of where we were in our house journey!

Bryce, after much pushing and prodding from yours truly, spent a couple of hours putting in this little frog spigot and he makes me happy.  Now that he's installed we will probably move next week!  I am, of course, just joking.  Sort of.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Assateague National Seashore- Airstream Adventure #3

We just got back from a quick trip to Assateague Island National Seashore.  We had a truly lovely time for the first 24 hours and then the flies showed up and pretty much drove us into the camper.  They were like a cartoon in that you could literally see black swarms following you around.  There might have even been a time when Bryce came into the Airstream and said the words, "I might be about to have a meltdown."  Ha!  We will focus on the first 24 hours because after that I was scared to leave the Airstream...

We had a perfect and beautiful campsite for our two nights there.  I mean, look at our view!  There was even a little path leading to a small beach area.

We saw the wild ponies up and down the beach and a few in our campsite area.  We would be swimming in the ocean and look over to find that the horses were swimming with us!

 Of course, we had to read the classic story about Assateague Island, Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Popcorn Cupcakes

While Blake and Lana were here we watched a movie on the lawn, which is always so fun.  Of course, due to Harris' EE allergy we cannot have *popcorn, but I thought it would be a treat to have sweet popcorn instead!  These cupcakes were so easy and quick to put together (I made chocolate cupcakes because it's a one bowl recipe) and turned out absolutely adorable.

To make the small marshmallows look like kernels of popcorn, you simply twist the marshmallow and then pile them high on an iced cupcake.  After a google search, I found a free printable for the bottom of the cupcakes which I just cut out and tapped on.

We watched Goonies which is a classic children's film.  I was, however, a little surprised by all the curse words!  Funny, I don't remember those from my childhood viewings at all!

*I choose not to ever serve anything that Harris can't have due to an allergy because I figure that his own home should be the one place that he never feels he's missing out on food.  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Once in a Blue Moon

Did you know that last night's full moon was a Blue Moon?  A Blue Moon occurs when there is a second full moon during a month, a relatively rare occurrence, and/or when there is a fourth full moon in a season, also a rare occurrence.  Since the next Blue Moon won't happen until July 2015, we thought we should celebrate now!  For our dinner, I made us a Man on the Moon pizza.  I used the recipe here and added mushroom and olive facial features.  It was a hit!  Bryce and I also enjoyed a Blue Moon brew!

For dessert, the children made a moon phase chart with Oreos.  It was easy and I believe they actually learned something!

Perhaps the most memorable part of our celebration was piling into the truck, right around normal bedtime, and finding a field to lie in the back of the truck and moon-gaze.  Watching the moon rise above the trees as we hunkered down with pillows, blankets and a million crickets was special indeed.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Family Time

Bryce's Aunt Lana and the children's cousin, Blake, left this morning after spending a week with us.  It was great to spend time together and we had loads of fun at the beach, museums, parks and hanging out in the backyard!  I really appreciate the effort that it took Lana to make sure that the children got to get to know each other and spend time together!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

An Epiphany about Fashion

At the very beginning of the summer I had a sort of epiphany in regards to Grace and fashion.  That morning, before school, I had gotten frustrated with her because she didn't want to wear a darling flowered shirt that I had bought for her.  When a friend stopped by later that morning I held up the shirt and said something along the lines of, "look how cute this is, why wouldn't she want to wear it?"  In which Gretchen responded, "It's really cute and I can absolutely see you wearing it.  But Grace?  No."

I have to tell you that her response absolutely stopped me in my tracks and made me realize that I truly was trying to dress Grace as I would like her to dress and as a reflection of my style and not her own.  For now, Grace is most comfortable in cut off jeans and t-shirts, adventure pants and a favorite zip-up hoodie, and her favorite one piece swim-team bathing suit with a swim shirt that I never intended to last longer than a vacation (we forgot ours and had to buy the only one Wal-Mart had!).   These clothing items make her feel most like her and they may not be what I envisioned (I dressed her in darling smocked dresses for the first 4 years of her life), but I am realizing, and trying to embrace, that they capture the exact spirit of my adventure loving, nature exploring girl.

Also?  I'm pretty happy that I'm not having to fight the "that is not appropriate for a girl your age" battle.  Or the "there is no way I'm going to spend that kind of money for an outfit" kind of battle!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Family Visit...

We have more family visiting this week, and I don't think that I'll be in this space much for we are off adventuring!   Here are two shots from today that made us stop and appreciate this beautiful place in which we live...

Monday, August 12, 2013

Blueberries and Birds

Several years ago, we planted blueberry bushes in the children's garden which to our delight has actually produced berries (though the bushes themselves are rather straggly).  Unfortunately, to our disappointment, the birds have also been delighted by those berries. Even though the bushes have produced we haven't gotten any!  So this year we tried to take preventative action by putting up screens so that the birds didn't get to the berries.  We used bamboo, terra cotta pots and screen and it even looked rather darling in the garden- though it didn't stop the birds from getting the berries!  Grace thinks the weave was too wide, I think perhaps the netting was still too close to the bushes and Harris believes the birds just have it out for us.  Oh well, we went and picked quarts of blueberries at a local pick your own but next year we are determined to out wit those birds!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Ramblings and Musings...

Do you ever feel that you are on the cusp of something but you aren't really sure what?  I've been feeling like that for a while and am trying to patiently wait to see where it leads me, but it seems just out of reach.  I've been feeling the itch to do something creative for a while now but not sure what that would be.  I've known for a long time that I'm fortunate to be surrounded by people that make my crazy ideas come to fruition.  A playhouse?  Al and Bryce built it.  A memory quilt?  Marilyn made it.   Beautiful Halloween costumes?  My Mom sews them.  I'm uncomfortably aware that I'm the idea person and not at all sure how to turn that into a creative business/outlet!

Also?  I've been wildly vacillating about the direction we want to go from here.  As the children get older, I suppose Grace is officially a tween, I'm feeling a small sense of panic about all the things I want to do with them.  We've always thought the children, and Bryce too, would love to live on more land and I have daydreams about gardening and raising children and chickens, but am I just being romantic and idealistic?  I have a very real fear that I would discover that I"m lazy and overwhelmed by the big picture of owning land and all that it entails.   Conflicting with the farm dream is my serious case of Wanderlust (I blame the Airstream). I am feeling hemmed in by two different school schedules and distance (the West is calling my name.  And England.  And France too!).  I don't know how to have chickens and travel too!  Silly, I know, but these are the things that I'm wrestling with.  And of course there's that little thing called a job that will soon get back to a normal pace for Bryce (we've loved having him home!).

On top of these musings, I feel some guilt for looking toward the next thing.  I adore my life, my family and my home and I never want to be dissatisfied or ungrateful for the many blessings that we have.
Could this be my version of a midlife crises?

P.S.  These pictures have absolutely nothing to do with this post but I like them so I though I would share.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sculpture Gardens

We recently visited a sculpture garden and had a lovely time.  When the children were small, and not even in school yet, we made these sorts of trips to gardens, museums and science centers all the time.  However, as the children have gotten older it doesn't seem to happen as often since the children are in school all day.  Yesterday, it was a pleasant surprise to discover how the children have changed when interacting with art; they ask different sorts of questions and seem to take it in a bit more.  This trip was a good reminder to me to make and take the time to visit these these sorts of places more often.

Looking at the sculptures with the children also presented an opportunity to have some really frank discussions with the children.  There were lots of nudes and after the children had a giggle or two it was a good time to have a chat about art and our bodies.  Also?  They were delighted with the girl sculpture below.  Can you tell what she is doing?

We love how they have realistic figures planted throughout the garden.  You never know when you are going to come upon one.  The children spotted these children up on the roof!

They have lots of peacocks roaming the gardens.  We even saw a Mama and her babies.

The detail on some of the works was absolutely incredible.

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