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 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".


Working Hard

Give this 6 year old a hammer and a few nails and you better bet he'll have projects to work on. Oh, the seriousness...I love it.

Bag Challenge #6

My reusable bags are a mismatch medley, which I'm working on replacing with ones that "spark joy". Inspired by The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and how she talks about keeping things that spark joy.

 As it turns out, I've pretty much made a new bag a month and have six handmade reusable ones now.  I brought my homemade ones to the grocery store last time and the bagger was really impressed with my collection. 

Bag 1 here.

I think I got this fabric from the thrift store fora a quarter or something. Now it's a new re-usable bag.

Bag 6:


My favorite little thrift store had a 50% off sale. Didn't this just make my day!
 Canvas fabric, two like-new shirts for me, milk jar, cookie jar, candle holder, hand embroidered kittens and next size up shoes for Audra.  $5.00.
And the homeschool version:  books, ruler, pack construction paper, new notebook, two reams of paper, bookends, four binders and a hole punch.  $5.50.

Strawberry Picking

 This mama really needs to work on getting a strawberry patch going again.  First one was rototilled under, 2nd I just never took care of so it went to weeds with the occasional strawberry we find if we search. I don't think this is the year, but a quality strawberry patch so my kids can pick their own is definitely on my to-do list! Until then, we'll go elsewhere, which turns out to be a fun morning anyway.

Love This Girl.

The sibling thing is a really good thing. We all love this little girl!

(Blanket is a gift from someone generous from our church.)

Audra Turns 5

A great day celebrating the big 5 year old and the fab meal she planned.  Unfortunately she got sick on her birthday, but has since recovered and is enjoying her new loot!


I Scream, You Scream...

I scream, you scream...we all scream for Ice Cream! 

Having big crowds over...that's just what we do here.  However, with baby Anna-Kate, I was struggling thinking how we could continue to host and not overwhelm ourselves this summer.  Even potluck get togethers are a lot of coordinating with tables/trash/etc.

In popped my head this random host ice cream socials.  A quick pop into the grocery store, load up on cones and ice cream and voila!  Insta Ice Cream shop.  

I was looking around our property to think of where to put things and I looked at this old door that hasn't been opened in years.  Just inside of it is our freezer in the garage. My husband got it open somehow and it has turned out to be the most perfect little ice cream stand.  Adrian painted a sign on some old barn board.  Door's open, shop is open.

Plus he wrote out the menu.
And all we needed was friends...who have come pouring in.  We've hosted a couple of times and have had 60+ people go through our little ice cream stand so far this year.
And you know, no one complained that this sort of party is less elaborate than years past.  Everyone loved it! I'm thinking that we'll be having an ice cream stand for our Country Kids party this year.

Seeing these fields filled with littles does a heart good.  Three cheers for Ice cream and bringing good people together. 


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