Monday, August 31, 2015

Finishing Well

The summer of 2014 passed by so quickly with very little to show for it, so this year I was determined to enjoy every last second and make the most of our time of no-school. As the end of the long vacation rolled nearer, the kids and I grabbed hold and did so many things that we enjoy doing together.

There were stops at Jamba Juice and strolls through the orchard, read-alouds on the picnic blanket and trips to Kohl's to try on funny clothes, the meal prep was as simple and fresh as possible and the playdates with friends added some variety, there was a little bit of bike riding and a whole lot of concerts in the park, and most of all we had fun. The summer came to an end and I had no regrets, no surprise that the time was gone and we hadn't had time to take it all in. We didn't go camping or make any trips to the beach. We didn't get away for a vacation anywhere exciting. But we savored our time and the simple pleasures of life.

The only thing that could have possibly made it better would have been to share every second with the Farmboy instead of sending him off to the office every day.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Now Available!

My two newest designs, Morning Star and Forget Me Not are now available for purchase in my etsy shop! Thank you for your patience, and for taking part in the online wholesale show through your needlework shops. By all accounts, it sounds like it was a success. This industry can take all the boosts of energy it can get, and you all came through. Thank you!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Weekend Trip: Sun River

We are extreme homebodies, so its pretty rare that we leave home overnight. But we made an exception for the Farmboy's family. His Mom, Sister and family, and Cousin and family all headed over to Sun River on the East side of the Cascade Mountain Range in Oregon to stay in a house together.

There wasn't much in the way of sleeping that happened, but the hours were packed with so much fun we didn't have a chance to feel tired. Group walks, biking, fun at the pool, cousin Minecraft sessions, live music, laughing into the night, ice cream cones at Goody's, and an epic canoe and kayak adventure down the Rogue River.

At the end of the weekend we all wanted to hit the automatic repeat button. But alas, the Summer was winding down, the school year approaching, and we had to settle for a promise to repeat as best as possible next year.
Due to a wildfire blazing across the highway on our normal route, our trip across was nearly doubled in time and distance. By our return trip, the firefighters had worked enough magic that we were able to travel home through the blackened acres of what resembled another planet, complete with hazy, smoky air and a glowing red sun.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Enter August

The month of August is usually very photo-deficient around here. Everything is so hot and dry and the angles of light are so glaring and uninspiring. Life continues unabated, but is not very well documented. Thank goodness for my smart phone, which is now on my person wherever I go, because I'm afraid otherwise, there wouldn't be much to show for the passing of this month.
Speed-Dry :: Three Pears :: Purple Sky :: Best Friends :: Proud of her Mama :: Mighty Farmkids :: Adventuring :: She Loves Pink :: Summer Forest :: Starting Him Young :: Almost Ripe :: Cousins are the Best :: Greenhouse Window