Sunday, June 5, 2016

Wedding Cake Entirely Made of Fruit

This has been an insane few weeks, but as of Saturday evening my baby sister is married!

The wedding was stunning and genuine and full of love.  My mom and I made all the food (for 120 guests!) and we worked our butts off, but it was so worth it and came out so well.  We had many willing helpers - my sister and her new husband have a wonderful, sweet group of friends - and even with some last minute snafus it all came together beautifully.

The bride and groom during their first dance.  Isn't my sister gorgeous?
But I do have to say that of everything we made I was the most proud of the cake.  My sister has multiple food allergies that include (among many other things) most grains and sugar. So Mom and I created - using her cutting skills and my design - a wedding cake entirely made out of fresh fruit.
The Aiken Wedding "Cake"!
A cake the bride could actually eat! The base is 4 watermelons shaped very carefully. (Two on the bottom layer and one on each other layer.)  It is covered in blueberries, pineapple rings, and strawberries and topped with a pile of raspberries. We surrounded it with a bed of grapes.  I had a picture in my head as soon as they announced their engagement and it happily came out just as I envisioned.  It was a labor of love and my sister is so worth it!

All in all, it was a wonderful day and I know their marriage will be even better.  Congratulations you two!  

Friday, May 13, 2016

New Farm Additions!

Last night my mom and I picked up three 3 week old Easter Eggers and six 1 week old Maran chickens!  They are all in the chicken tractor together and seem to be getting along well.  The little ones keep hiding under the bigger chicks and it's so sweet! 

We also received a trio of New Zealands!  We got a New Zealand Red pair (buck and doe) and a New Zealand White doe.  Very excited!  Now we just need to finish repairing the new hutch we got with them! 

Our new buck named Rory

Meet Coconut

Sweet Apple

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

First Lake Day of the Summer!

Yesterday we headed to the lake to meet some fellow homeschoolers.  It was the perfect day for it and we had so much fun!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

My Mother's Day

My Mother's Day was wonderful!  I got to sleep in, then we headed down for a hike around Tallulah Gorge and ended with delivery pizza and the new Star Wars movie.  Could it get any better?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Frog Release

Our little tadpoles are now frogs and today we released them into my grandmother's fish pond.  She's looking forward to enjoying the sweet frog songs. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016


Fiona finally went in the potty all day today!  Now I just need to figure out how to eventually end the candy for peeing racket. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Expanded Chicken Run!

We have some happy hens (and roosters)!  We tripled their run this weekend and they now have fres grass again and should still be safe from predators.  It's around 1,000 square feet for them to wander and play now. They are very happy scratching under the rabbit cages and finding all the bugs!

I am beat.  Mom and I ran nearly 80 feet of fencing while connecting the pens and it wasn't as simple as it sounds.  Have you ever tried to take down old fence and put new fence up all while trying to keep 30 odd chickens from escaping?  And while trying to keep an eye on two toddlers playing in the yard around you?  

The rabbit cages are still tarped and stapled with feed bags for the winter.  It stops the wind and keeps their hutches cozy. 

Happy chickens!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Potty Training Fail

You know how they say no one goes to college in diapers? 

I'm not convinced. 

Last week was Spring Break and we had no gymnastics or co-op and it sounded like a great time to focus on potty training Fiona.  She's 3 1/4. It's time, right?

We were armed with pretty panties, charts, m&ms, and lots of encouragement. 

We started Wednesday morning and by Easter Sunday I had given up.  During that time we had one successful potty "deposit".  (Which happened to be the two hours I was not here and my mom was watching them.)  We did have 12,678,493 accidents. 

Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration.  But not by much. 

I have never washed so many pairs of little girl panties. 

I guess we'll try again in a few months. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Power Plant Field Trip

Our homeschool group went to the nuclear power plant in Seneca, SC for a cool hands on presentation and tour about power and electricity.  It was fascinating!

This is only our homeschool group and I think less then half came to the trip!

After we went to a picnic area on the property near the lake and helicopter pad to eat our lunch.  What a beautiful spot! 

It was a bit frustrating when on the way home when I asked the kids what was the most interesting thing they learned and they said, "We didn't learn anything."  Umm, seriously?  I just hope it will either A. soak in or B. just refreshed the information they learned in their science book last week when we were studying electricity. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

When The Whole Family is Sick ....

... the house falls apart.

It's been a really, really hard week. 

Thursday afternoon I realized Fiona was running a slight fever.  It was all down hill from there.  In short succession Claire went down, then Declan, then Nicholas (thankfully on the weekend).  I was feeling lousy, but that could have been from not sleeping and running around taking care of whiny babies and cleaning up sickness.  Chandler held out the longest, but went down on Sunday. 

I spent most of the week holding the babies because every time I tried to walk 10 inches away from Fiona she started sobbing, "No Mama!  I want you Mama!".  It got very old, and my back was killing me, but that's what they needed. 

Today is the first day that I can see the end is in sight.  Fiona is still whiny, Chandler is being lazy and Declan is fussy, but I can see the change.  Someday soon I will get to leave the house!  This morning I looked up from my fog of nursing all these sick people to realize that my house is a disaster!  I mean filthy.  The kitchen is a wreck, the bathroom is gross and the living room is a mess.  It's going to take me a week to recover from all this!