Sorry this will be so short, off to take half of the family to the doctor as coughs have progressed to really nasty coughs, but first I wanted to share some great news. First off, my daughter turned six last week, six, can you believe it? They grow up so fast. We had a wonderful couple of days of celebration and she is enjoying being another year older. Next, my brother flew his first solo helicopter flight which sounds terrifying to me, but I am so very proud of him. Last, but definitely not least, last Thursday we paid off the last of our debt. I don’t think it has still quite hit me, but all of those hospital bills (and some others) are finally done with. It took quite a while to do, but it feels so good to not owe anything to anyone. Almost every day the babe will pluck a little wildflower out of the garden and have me pin it in her hair. Last week she came in with a tiny baby lettuce sprout and asked “what flower?” I told her it was lettuce and she said “lettis perfick for mine hair” with a big beautiful grin, how could I resist?
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We love books, and they are a massive part of our learning around here. Our eldest can read well and reads part of his chosen book every day. He also reads other books, but I showed him a handful of books that I wanted him to read this year and he can pick which order he reads them in. My seven year old is doing pretty well with reading, but still needs a little help on bigger words. The girls and I read together, in fact we all read together, a lot. Each child has their own book that we are working on, and then we work on some together as a family. We have shelves of books, baskets of books, and quite often books all over the floor. We learn from nature books, historical books and biographies and even cookbooks (got to love learning measurements and fractions by baking cakes). We also love audiobooks. Everyday the kids have a quiet “resting” time where they play in their rooms and listen to stories. We also listen to them on car trips, as I get motion sick from reading while we are moving. Often when the kids are working on art projects we put one on as well. Here are some of the audiobooks we are loving at the moment. The boys are really enjoying The Chronicles of Narnia, and seriously who wouldn’t like to listen to Kenneth Branagh read tales of amazing far away places. Next up on the boys’ list is Our Island Story (I did get this one cheaper at Audible.com). They all enjoy Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, again with Judi Dench and Stephen Fry reading, what’s not to love. The girls are also loving A Bear Called Paddington and More About Paddington also read by Stephen Fry. So, these are the audiobooks that are in heavy rotation these days and I look forward to sharing more of the titles in our audiobook library in the future. These are some great stories, even if you don’t have kids. Do you listen to audiobooks, and if so, what are some of your favourite audiobooks?
Going to the cabin was just what we needed. Good doses of fresh air to help the kids recover from illness and plenty of nature to get stuck into. I started a new Claudia Scarf for myself while sitting in front of a fire early in the morning. I love the sound of the river rushing by, it is so calming to me. Watching the clouds roll by through the mountains… Finding triplet peanuts as you are feeding the stellar jay’s and chipmunks… Seeing all of the beauty of nature around you… I think the babe ate more peanuts than the animals. We had a great, albeit short, weekend up in the mountains. The sounds of the water, the fresh air, the good time spent with family was as restorative as I thought it would be. Now, just to catch up on the laundry, dishes, etc….
As the summer winds down we have been enjoying the last of the summer sun. We’ve had a few chilly days, which I must admit felt really nice to be able to snuggle up with a blanket and a cup of tea. The occasional wildflower picked by my eldest son, tomato sandwiches and plenty of mud cakes. I’ve had several posts running through my head, but I just haven’t had the time/energy to sit down and write them. Life is a tad chaotic around here at the moment. Busy work schedule for Hubby, swimming lessons several times a week, ballet on the weekend, sorting through all of my boys baby clothes to pass along to my soon to be born very first nephew. The house is a mess, the girls haven’t been sleeping well, which of course means mama hasn’t been sleeping well, but life is good. We are all healthy, and happy, and I am looking forward to the (hopefully) slow down of the fall. One of my favourite things about fall is the chill in the air and being able to throw a sweater on and finally not be so hot. What is your favourite thing about this season?
I’ve had several projects on the go that I had to keep under wraps as they were for gifts, but now that these slippers have been received, I can show them to you all. I really do love to crochet, and I love the look of crocheted items, but it is nice every now and then to crochet something that doesn’t look crocheted, if you get what I mean. These slippers are a great example of that. They were crocheted and then felted and I am really pleased with how they turned out. The pattern is brilliant and fairly straightforward. They are crocheted in one piece (the strap is separate) and then felted. A few stitches to attach the strap is the only sewing required. I used some thrifted cover-your-own buttons from the sixties and the babe helped me make them. I love the earthy colours, perfect for transitioning into the fall weather. If you are in need of a good gift idea for the holidays, then may I highly suggest these slippers. One slipper can easily be done in an evening and if you are making several pairs, you can just save them all up to felt when you are finished crocheting. There are so many fun colours of wool out there and tons of brilliant buttons, you can customize these to your hearts content.
This is the first ripe raspberry on our bush for this season. I had an odd sense of deja vu and after a few seconds of thinking about it, realized that almost exactly a year ago, I started this blog with our first raspberry ever. It’s been quite the year. There have been challenges a plenty, but also many, many good times. My family has grown a little older, I have gotten quite a few grey hairs myself. I’ve loved blogging, though I had to adjust my schedule slightly as at this point blogging every day was getting to be a tad too much. I’ve met some new good friends, and been able to read about so many other people’s lives, which is just fascinating. Being a stay-at-home mom who homeschools, it’s been wonderful to have this online community where I can be inspired by the many other amazingly talented women out there. I can’t thank you enough for stopping by this little place and making me feel so welcome. I truly appreciate the comments and the friendships I have made. Here’s to another year!
My seven year old loves blankets. He is buried or snuggled in one most of the time during the winter, and fall, and spring. I have to fold them and put them away during the summer and he has even been known to dig them out just to snuggle up. I have been wanting to sew each of my kids their own special quilt and I finally finished his. Most clothes that are grown out of around here end up at the thrift store. T-shirts that are too worn and/or stained get cut up into cleaning rags. I’ve always felt a little bit bad about jeans though. With a torn knee or a worn cuff they can’t be donated, but I didn’t want to throw them out either. So one day it came to me, make a strip quilt out of the decent pieces. I have to say that it turned out even better than I imagined. I absolutely love this quilt, and I hope he will too. The jeans were well worn so they are so soft, not stiff at all, perfect for snuggling up in. I used a thrifted sheet for the back. For the inside, I used the other half of that sheet (it had a few small tears and stains) and a large piece of flannel that had been given to me (I didn’t care for the print). It ends up being a nice sturdy weight and the grand cost was $1, for the sheet. Everything else I had, which makes this quilt all the more exciting to me. I really do love taking things that are no longer used or loved and turning them into beautiful things. So here we are, a well loved denim quilt for a well loved boy.
Bulls are huge, and heavy, and not very happy to have cowboys on their backs. I find them to be surprisingly graceful for being such big beasts. Notice the rodeo clowns at either side of the pic, ready and alert.. Uh, oh! There he goes…. It’s not all clowning around, this is exactly what these rodeo clowns do… jump in to take the hit if necessary. They have such a scary (to me) job, but they are really good at it, and are vital for the safety of the cowboy. Hope you all enjoyed our little venture into the wild west, next up is steer roping.
This all happens in a matter of seconds, and quite frankly, I’m amazed that these guys can walk after this. This is the buckin’ broncos at Frontier Days, it’s the largest outdoor rodeo in the world and once a year our town is swamped with visitors and lots and lots of cowboys. There are lots more events and over the next few days I’ll show you some more. Bull riding, up next…..
Such beautiful colours. The flower was one picked out of the garden by my daughter, and it matches perfectly with a gorgeous fresh peach. Things are going pretty well here. Time is flying by and much is being accomplished. I am finally seeing some progress on the decluttering front. I keep gathering bags of items for the thrift store, and some more items to sell, and after many weeks of doing so, I am beginning to think there is light at the end of the tunnel. Now instead of stacks of clutter in front of more stacks of clutter, there are only small stacks to deal with. I am beginning to feel my head slowly unclutter as well. Our littlest one is now officially potty trained. Yipee! I can’t say that I’m sad to see diapers go (she is still in diapers at night), though now none of her little pants fit her cute little tushie. Those cloth diapers sure do add some bulk. I guess it’s a good thing that it’s summer and wearing nothing but sundresses and new undies will do just fine. Oh, and she turned two, where does the time go? This is what that fresh peach turned into, a scrumptious peach blueberry crumble. Yum! Sometimes there is nothing you need more than digging a spoon into a bowl of steaming, fruity crumble to make you feel better. Especially when there is some yummy ice cream melting into the crevices of fruit. Hope everyone is doing well. I will be doing my best to post several times a week and see how that works out for now. It feels good to be back.