Sunday, July 12, 2015

Celebrating my Grandma!

It's the *cough* anniversary of my grandmother's 29th birthday. My grandma filled my childhood with tea parties, crafts, flowers, yard sales, dress up clothes, and sweets that were snuck behind my hippie mom's back. Essentially the perfect grandma. I am so blessed that my children get to have memories of their great-grandma in some of the same ways.

My sister was in town from out of state and we all came to celebrate this special lady.  Nothing better then family dinners!  


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Homeschool Day at the Lake

We got to head to the lake with our homeschool co-op.  Everyone had so much fun!

Declan and I hung out under the tree while the big kids played in the water and sand.




Look at those unsocialized homeschoolers!

Fun in the sand!

After everybody started going home the five of us went for a little hike around the lake.  There is a nice clear trail with little creeks and waterfalls.  One of the kids favorite hikes!  


On part of the trail. 

I love these days with my children, I know they are going to flit by!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Claire is 9!

It's Claire's 9th Birthday!  How is that possible?  Wasn't she just born?  And already on her last year of single digits ....  She had her first friend party this year - a pool party!  She thought it was perfect.

 Opening her present from us first thing in the morning.

 Wearing her new shirt and coloring in her new book.

 Sushi!  Her favorite!

 Daddy with his girl

 Claire's Birthday Cake!

Ready for friends to arrive!

Chandler, Claire and Fiona

 Declan's 1st time in a pool!

 Fiona LOVES the water!

 Friends playing

 Blowing out candles

 Cake time!

 Fiona says, "Yum!"

 Happy Birthday Girl!

Opening some presents

One last dip in the pool before it's time to go!

Thursday, June 4, 2015


It's a quiet evening at home and I wanted to record it. 

 Declan sitting on the floor and playing with anything in reach. 

 Claire looking at magazines on our window bench.

Daddy falling asleep on the couch while snuggling Fiona.  Chandler is curled up near his legs on the other side of the couch.

This is peace and calm and happiness. 

This is family.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Our Little Lady

We went to the park today and I was just struck by how beautiful Fiona is.  She is such a little lady and ball of spitfire all rolled into one.  She can keep up with her big siblings, but loves a cuddle.  She plays mama with her dolls and loves on her baby brother but loves playing with Chandler's cars.  She is turning into the most interesting little person. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015


We went hiking this weekend.  We try to have one "family day" a week depending on Daddy's work schedule.  This weekend we went up to the old fire lookout and tried to find a waterfall.  We didn't find the waterfall, but we still had fun!

 Gorgeous, isn't it?

 An actual picture of me!  I should have turned a bit so you could see Declan on my back.  

 We live in a beautiful place.

 At the lookout!

 Picnic off the trail

 Declan got to get out and stretch his legs too.  

 Fiona getting a ride.

My precious family

Saturday, May 16, 2015

New Babies!

 New babies around the "farm"!   We had a broody hen and I left 8 eggs under her.  3 hatched!  Out of curiosity Claire and I checked the eggs that didn't hatch.  Four were gross and one was developed (feathers and all!) but not alive.  So a 50% fertility rate.  Not bad for 1 rooster and 36 hens!

And one picture of Dulci and her babies too!  Look at that roly-poly cuteness!