One of the very best parts of vacation is coming back home.

I must say the view from here is pretty swell.  Home sweet home.


A 7 hour ride there, a 7 hour ride back...throwing in so much stuff in a weekend it's crazy...but the St. Lawrence does the heart good. Oh so good.


Anna-Kate, you are now three months!

You, sweet girl, are the baby I have been asking for for four years.  You are everything that I hoped for, and more.  You are a sleeper, a girl who smiles, a girl who loves her mama (but will go to other people). You hate being wet, love to be moving, love the ring sling baby carrier, are sometimes a fan of your pacifier, don't mind the car, prefer calmer days at the beach instead of the windy ones. You like ceiling fans, silly songs and watching the clothes on the line. You (mostly) love your siblings. You eat, you play, you sleep all night. You are a dream baby and we are SO lucky to have you.  Happy three months, baby girl.

Those Ducklings...

Those ducklings have quite the life with Miss Audra.

 There's sister/duckling parties...
 Pool parties...

 And schooling.  We have literate ducks.  They know their letters...
 And there's art class.
 And book time.
 And she prays with them. I kid you not...these ducks are quite well rounded.

Haying time!

Oh, it happened.  While I heard Farmer Rick roll in at 5:30am to begin haying, the kids didn't.  And when they woke up and saw what was happening, they did just as they have done years past....run outside, hollering and jumping for joy. "It's HAYING time!"  And then they remind me to make doughnuts because I "always" make doughnuts to celebrate haying day, so they say.  Twist my arm.  Fine. I'll make doughnuts.  Mmm.

Look at the air they have here!
 Adrian just cannot believe this day has come.
Haying day isn't really a day, it's a few days.  In those few days, all else has to be cancelled, as my kids NEED to be outside watching "The Farming Show".  They pretty much do nothing else but catch the show from dawn to dusk.
 This year Farm Rick let both kids 'help' by riding the tractor.  It's Audra's first year 'helping'.
  I am told she had plenty to say.
 No one minds the tractors left in the yard overnight either.  Didn't grab the camera while the big ones were awake, but at least got Anna-Kate.  Here she celebrates her first "Haying Day" holiday. Many more to come!  Thanks to Farmer Rick, who is a celebrity in our home, for letting my kids be a part of "Haying Day".



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