Pint sized chef

Eat your colors? Oh, my kids do!
 Not only do they eat them, but they prepare and cook them too.
 Donning 'old fashioned apparel', in song. Naturally.  Age Seven is pretty grand. (As is my fancy new range.)

Halloween 2019

 Halloween 2019.  They said they had this 'on their own'. They didn't need me (no homemade costumes by mama...sob).

First we have a Fox Hunter (inspired by hobbies read about in George and Martha Washington biographies and the One O'Clock Fox).
 A cowgirl (inspired by Annie Oakley)
 And a 'pitty pincess', inspired by our love of original fairy tales.

 I daresay they did an amazing job.  And this mama loves that even with me out of the picture, their costume ideas came from books, just likes most other Halloweens.

Epic Thrifting

We arrived at this annual sale that we usually like to get to just as they were packing up.

Anna-Kate fell in love with the kitchen set, high chair and little doll with a strawberry dress (who she called "Strawberry"). The woman said she wanted Anna-Kate to have this set. For free.  (!!!)
 Most was packed up, but I picked up a blank drawing book, a couple of vintage books, a play doh set and a tin painters tray.  They said $3.00.  Then I spotted this vintage Thermos cooler.  I asked them how much they wanted for that.  They said $1.00.  Sold.  A pretty good day thrifting, indeed!


While we're at it, another round of pretending we're a tourist...without so many tourists.  Love living in Maine.


If you've been to Ogunquit, Maine in the summer, you know it doesn't look like this in the summer.  Ever.  It's people, people, people. Traffic, traffic, traffic. 

But now...all is peaceful. All is calm.  Fortunate to be a local.


Pancakes on the woodstove, jammies and books.  All the weekend feels.

Anna-Kate is Two and a HALF!


Here we are at 2 1/2! Such a fun age!

Anna-Kate, you are a talker!  Talk talk talk. And when you don't think you'll be heard, you'll holler "I A TALKA!!!!!" until we listen. You talk like a kid twice your age. And you sing (Little teapot!) and tell stories. Talk on the phone. And argue.  And tattle.  Sometimes you tattle on yourself.  You love people too.  Folks in nursery get a kick out of you.

You love books like the rest of us. You didn't need board books for long, you moved right along to the regular paper pages and listening to longer stories.  You'll 'read' on your own or with anyone else but you do NOT like your sibling's chapter books. "NO AUDIO," you say.

You are an excellent eater.  You can down a salad big enough for a grown up. You love fruit. You love eggs.  You love meat. Sweets and carbs are a take it or leave it with you. But you'll eat green onions raw (lots of them).  You still love colorful foods most. 

Although you want to walk (aka RUN) everywhere, we still do make you go in the stroller or on our back at times so we don't lose you. You do a lot of jumping. And dancing. You can move your hips like Beyonce. 

You can spend half you day with play doh. You also love to color or paint. You play babies a lot. You have two names for babies. Either they are "CC" or "Jonah".  You also love to play dress up with your sister.  You want so desperately to help and be big. Your helpfulness gets exhausting at times. 

You only wear dresses.  Morning, noon and night. You especially love your 'petticoat' and prefer to wear that, among other layers, with your dresses. You also love shoes.  Shoes that fit and shoes that are huge. You wear them proudly. And accessories. Oh the accessories...

You are such a sunshine in our life!  You were my begged for baby but goodness, you are a daddy's girl too.  We both cannot imagine our lives without you, we love you so.  Happy two and a HALF, Anna-Katherine! 

Love, Mama 


 Pumpkins!  (I get zero credit, thank you Julie for bringing pumpkins over!)

Pumpkin Craft

She stitched it (from a kit) and it now decorates the piano at the nursing home. 

Photo wrap

Tonight was a wrap in October photo sessions. I haven't offered them for the last couple of years, but this year I offered 12 free appointments for photos and they were booked with a waiting list!  Just finished shooting, many more pics to edit. Thankful our October service project was a hit, happy to have blessed many families with photos. Thankful my husband took the kids so I could focus on photos. Eager to go forward with November service project ideas. As for our family, we have non coordinated cuties poising for an impromptu use of the props.  I loves these three faces very much.


 Books. A head piece. A 'wedding' gown, various blank journals (6 in total), Planet Earth DVDs. $6.50.

Audra asked how much the shoes were at the thrift shop.  The woman gave them to her for a dollar even though the sign clearly said $3.  We found a garage sale with this fire lock box. Audra had a dollar and they sold it to her.  She saves all sorts of treasures in it.  She is mighty accessorized now. This girl plays dress up every chance she can get!

Harvest donut game

Eat a donut on a string, a harvest game brought to us from a 4-Her. Up for a challenge? 

Or not.
  I 110% support Anna-Kate's method. She wastes nothing, is nice and relaxed and enjoys every bite.  Wrapping up this Friday going the controlled and predictable route, leaving the challenges for those who have energy (not me)! Happy Friday! 

Today was a good day

Today was a good day.  This isn't me trying to convince myself that it was a good day (which I sometimes do), it just truly was. 

Most folks think homeschoolers spend all their time at home.  We aren't those sorts of homeschoolers. Our life as of late is rushing here/there/everywhere. Usually Wednesdays are a very busy.  Today we had nothing.

Know what we did?

Nothing. And everything. 

Nothing in that we stayed at home and didn't go anywhere.

Everything in that we did everything I wanted to do. And what they wanted to do. And more.

We did our school work and took care of our animals. We read, read and read some more.  We did art. We cooked simple homegrown meals. We stacked wood.  We went for a nature walk (and found a HUGE wasp nest!). We harvested greens and did some gardening. We noticed worms, bugs, spiders, bees, birds and plants. We stayed home.

My children were about 2 inches from me all day long and we enjoyed one another. I (mostly) kept my patience and they (mostly) listened.  We weren't in a hurry.  We weren't rushed.  We just had a perfect day at home sweet home.

Tomorrow and the next and the next and the next we are back to timelines, schedules and places to be.  My kids are already upset that I will be away from them tomorrow.(I've only worked their whole lives and they still aren't used to it!) I don't know when we'll have another day like we had today, but it's okay, because we had today.  Decades from now when they remember their childhood, they will remember days like today. God willing, if I'm living decades from now, when I remember being a mama with littles, I'll remember days like today.  Thankful for a husband who supports me in living the life I dreamed.


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