Monday, September 17, 2018

Crazy 8

Happy birthday to my beautiful daughter! She requested a beach party. We couldn’t go to the beach for her birthday but we were able to make her a cake that felt like an ocean visit. All her favorite seashore things found a place on her cake: Mermaids, sand, shells, turtles, and pearls. This end of summer gal knows how to celebrate! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Summer in pieces

Our hallway table during the summer months becomes a table of curiosities. These are the little pieces we bring back home with us from various places we visit. Some of those places are where we have vacationed and others are more local, such as the back yard. There are items that come and go from the table. They are often found in other corners of the house the result of little hands with grand plans. And other things come to be here as a result of recent discoveries, such as a Monarch butterfly wing. As the summer comes to a close I will miss this table the most. There is something rather pleasing about a nature table in a home. Reminders of places seen, felt, and experienced. Pieces of us set out as vignettes of our story. 

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Last Minute Planning

The piles are forming as my effort to plan a year’s worth of catechism in under a week’s time. Forever an optimist my “I’ve got time” attitude has almost converted to a slacker’s get it all done at the last minute approach. What’s done today? I sorted all my photocopies back into their appropriate piles. I need to be more diligent about keeping the paper bin from getting disorganized. I have a few of my favorite props that had to be collected from my children’s toy bins. After a year of having to nearly wrestle “My Friend Jesus” from my four year old’s hands I decided to buy another plush Jesus for my classroom. He’s from Hallmark and is an absolute hit will all the kids. Our first plush Jesus is a popular guy these days often going to preschool with her so having one she can take on adventures seems like the best deal. 

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

First Day of School 2018

Our eldest began her first week of college! Wow! I have a college aged child! A big year for us all! She loves it and has been enjoying the freedom of classes. These two officially started the back to school commuting together twice a week ahead of everyone else. One of the fun parts of living near Washington, DC. 

First day of her junior year! She and her friend drive together to school. 

The younger two have been ready to get back to school for what seems like a long time. This is by the words of the 7 year old who has such an extrovert's need for being around many people.

Our youngest will be attending her last year of preschool. She has been looking forward to being the "biggest" kids in school. Her transition from three days a week to five days a week will be an adjustment as she has been an avid napper. Her wings are ready!  

Friday, August 31, 2018

Bitty Leaf Top Hat

Finished the Bitty Leaf Top Baby hat a pattern by Susan B. Anderson. What a fun little hat to make! It’s just the cutest little sprout hat and perfect for gifting. This hat is a gift for the new baby sibling of my daughter’s preschool classmate who became a big sister over the summer break. The baby boy makes it a trio of children for the family. Our preschool includes “sprouts” in the name and when I found the pattern I knew this hat was going to be a hit. It has been such a delight to make this hat. Leafy green nature makes me happy. 

Yarn: I used Knitted Wit worsted in Tree Bark brown to knit the main part of the hat. For the leaves I used Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash in Celery green.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Fighting the critters

Victory! I have claimed whole tomatoes for my own! Finally got out earlier than the stinker squirrels to harvest the tomatoes. Still they did manage to half eat three of the very best ones. Now that the last summer heat is on fire I dare say my tomatoes are quite done for the season. A few cherry varieties are continuing to produce but I’m unable to beat the birds to collect many. Looks like next year much of the garden will be under wraps of netting.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Forever a princess our eldest daughter turned 18 today. After brunch we happened upon a princess event at the beach and of course I requested a picture! 

For her birthday dinner we enjoyed a lovely night out along the beach. The Mister tried to convince her that she should eat some oysters on the half shell. Her expression sums up that thought. None of the children were willing to go near the oysters. I'll have to admit fresh oysters do not look that appetizing. I have wondered how this delicacy was discovered.

We spent the last hours of the day exploring the beach. Taking obligatory birthday pictures, Leah was willing to be a little silly. Here's to being 18!