My bed has been captured by the best possible crew doing the best possible thing.  Can't beat 'em, join 'em.  And that's exactly what I did after this pic. 

Bonus happiness-I made all of their pants. <3

Mama Made: Prairie dress

I'm teaching Little House on the Prairie again this semester at our homeschool co-op. It's SUCH a fun class to teach!  I have all the 4 and 5 year olds doing these old time handcarfts and such. It's so fun! Many of the kids dress in period clothing too.  Audra wanted a new prairie dress, complete with an apron and bonnet.
 I actually got the base fabric at an estate sale, so it actually is vintage fabric.

 The bonnet is reversible.
 Don't be fooled...under all those layers, she's still Audra. We're still working on Prairie Manners.

(Another) Snowday!

What's another couple of feet of snow in March?  Am I sick of snowdays?  Nope. Not one bit. I would take 52 snowy Tuesdays a year. 

We read books, played in the snow, ate yummy food, I did some sewing ( happy place) while the kids played in their rooms and we worked on the crafty projects Grammy and Grampy sent. Did I mention that I love snowdays? I absolutely do. 


We just got 16 inches of snow less than a week ago. Forecast says we could get the same today. Folks round these parts are grumbling about the meteorologist's news.


My entire workday has been cancelled. I was up late cooking a whole ton of food for us to eat during the storm.

Pajamas all day (pic below my two bigs are wearing mama made jammies!), books, art, sewing projects...repeat...all in our home sweet home.

I am so excited for you, snowday.


When one of my little 4-H friends makes me a homemade gift with her dad, and it's a bookmark-a perfect gift for me, my heart warms instantly. Thank you, Sophia.

A sad goodbye...

We said goodbye to the best goat, Katy.  Always hard to lose an animals, especially one dearly loved and one my kids have grown up wtih. THanks for the sweet memories, Katy.

He's 7 and a HALF

Here's 6 1/2
5 and a HALF
Age five.
Here's 4 1/2
Here's 4.
Here's 3 1/2.
Here's 2 1/2,  
Here he was at 2.
Here he was at 18 months.
(And before that, I wasn't a blogger).

Well, Adrian. You are now seven and a HALF. You've been asking when your half birthday was for...oh about 6 months.

My favorite thing about you is you know what you like and you do not veer.  John Deere. Tractors. Pickups. Cows. Carhart. Overalls. Repeat. 

I have been loving your artwork and the detail.  99% of your pictures have a vehicle, almost always tractors. Lately we are getting the whole landscape behind the tractors. You still spend hours making John Deere scrapooks from magazine clippings.  You have volumes.

You love books. Especially if you aren't the one to read them. You'll listen to me read or an audiobook for hours upon hours. You love talking about the favorite books you've read again and again. If we go to a bookstore, you are busy trying to find your old favorites.

While sports are not your thing so you say, you have taken to riding horses and you enjoy swimming.  When there is an absence of snow, you ride your bike.

You work more than you play. You love a job. You are a very useful kid.

I'm thankful that you love giving hugs and snuggling. You add so much to our family, especially information. We would never know as much as we do about tractors if it wasn't for you, Adrian.

Love, Mama

Nicknames: Adri

How old are you? 7 and a HALF

What is your favorite color? Green because of John Deere

What is your favorite animal? Cows

What is your favorite book? Where the Red Fern Grows

What is your favorite song? Undeniable Cows

What is your favorite food?  Peanut Butter and Jelly

What is your favorite drink?  Milk

What is your favorite breakfast food?  A nice tall glass of milk with a muffin

What is your favorite snack?  Junk food like something in a package

What is your favorite outfit?  Overalls

What is your favorite game? Candyland

What is your favorite toy?  Blue Ford Pickup Truck

Who is your best friend?  Desmond

What is your favorite thing to do? Go to the Tractor Supply

What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Haul things with my dump truck

What is your favorite holiday?  My birthday and Christmas

What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  My stuffed bear.

Where is your favorite place to go? The Tractor Supply

What is your favorite restaurant?  Friendly's Toast

Where do you want to go on vacation?  NY and Florida

What do you want to be when you grow up? John Deere dealership man and Pratt and Whitney worker.

What did you do on your birthday? Go to 4-H and do my presentation about logging

More than a Dusting

 This was today. Well over a foot of snow. Below is what our property looked like yesterday without snow (although this pic was taken a few days ago, it wasn't this warm yesterday). But the snow!  SNOW! Holy Nor' Easter!  You won't find me complaining, I love a good snowstorm!  We baked muffins (with pumpkin I grew!), had a midday feast, read oodles of books, did some art, played outside...and shoveled.  Not sick of winter one bit.

Fresh Air

We're picking our dates and sending invites out for our Fresh Air kids!   This will be the 6th time hosting and it is honestly one of the very best things our family does. My husband and I are 3rd generation hosts. My parents were hosts.  My grandparents were hosts.  Did you know that if you live between Maine and Virginia that you can host?  You don't need to live on a farm to host either.  Do you have time in your summer to make everlasting memories with a sweet child?


A complete wool braided rug making kit for $20.  It was listed as higher at the yardsale last summer and I talked them down. I've made one braided rug in my day and hope to do some more dabbling in this craft one of these decades. Never enough time in my days...

Freight Trains

This is sort of like a Where's Waldo. Can you see the train?  Freight train along the edge of our property.  Can you see the hand waving?  We were right out there waving.  What the camera missed is the freight train driver leaned out the window and waved at us.  So cool.  All this happened because there were no screens and we got outside. There are wonderful things waiting for us everywhere, let's put the screens down long enough to notice.

Our oldest and youngest

Our old Kammie is about 13 1/2 now.  She is seriously the best dog ever.  Although I didn't bargain for a puppy a couple of years ago (see here), Holly has given Kammie a whole new life.  Before Holly, Kammie was pretty much laying around all day.  Now everyday the pair are far out in the field, running together. Her health is gradually failing some, not drastically, but enough to notice she's not a young pup any longer.  Enough to let us know that she won't be with us forever. So, we treasure these days. When she was snuggling with Anna-Kate, I just had to get the camera. So here are our oldest and our youngest.

Statue of Liverty

I present to you, the "Statue of Liverty". Times two. Not liberty. Liverty.  Land of the free, home of the brave. Liverty to all. Yes, I ought to correct them, especially since I'm their teacher AND I'm a speech therapist. Someday I will. For now, I'm just going to smile and enjoy their freedom to run wild, be creative, use their imagination and have a childhood worth remembering.

New Handmade Sweater

A new handmade sweater for the best little baby, made by my neighbor. Anna-Kate is 10 months now. <3


Different thrift store from last time, and it appears someone else was getting rid of their vintage books. All these for $15.  I could probably sell one of them and get my money back, but I would much prefer to keep them.  Can't wait to dig into the Everyday Manners Book.


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