We're getting used to having a wee one in the house again.  We do love our little Copper.  And Holly. And our fireplace. And books. And kid love when I work from home and daddy has a training so they can watch movies.  We've only had Copper a week and a half, but he has been such a great addition. 

I am a strict 'no dog on the furniture' sort of girl, unless it's my fave rocker and a cute Copper apparently. He won't fit up there for long.

Weekend sewing

Hoping to do some weekend sewing this weekend, my little sewing buddy along side of me. My dad made that little 'iron' and she uses it quite a bit. She's even wearing a little wool dress that's mama made. <3

Date with my girl

 My husband brought the big kids on a hike and I stayed home for a 1:1 date with Anna-Kate and to tend the puppy. We went for a walk, sang lots of nursery rhymes, listened to her monologues without interruptions, played with the puppy, read books and she insisted we both eat fruit snacks and color. Her dream date is pretty awesome in my book! To think she did the 'date' wearing mama mades from head to toe (pants, dress, coat) is frosting on the cake!

Adrian's projects

Adrian put science, history and farming together and made this water wheel.  It worked really well.  He was so proud. 

That's the only smile for the camera he has given me lately.  He got new glasses and this is the best I got of those:

He finished this sewing project and this is the best I got: 

Oh well. I suppose this is ten.  He is at least a happy kid when the camera isnt' around! 

Meanwhile I get little miss "TAKE A PICTURE OF ME!" whenever the camera comes out...

Mama Mades (and Copper)

 Finally got a pic of my littles in their mama made jammies.  Lighting wasn't ideal when they put them on, but they love them! 

Copper enjoys taking a nap in the dirty laundry. Notice the pile of mama mades to be washed. Every night I dump the laundry on the floor Copper naps in. Then once he's done, I wash it up and repeat the process the next night. A good little routine. We love Copper so.

Changing seasons

 After being barefoot for months, she has started to wear boots!  It would make sense for pants and coats to follow, one would think...  Frosty mornings have arrived in Maine, afterall. Some battles I do not fight.

This is her favorite chicken, Chocolate. 

He has a name!

 I kid you not, this puppy has not been alone for two seconds during the day.  My kids are smitten. He's such a sweet puppy and doing really well doing his business outside and walking with us on the leash. Audra insists he loves books, so clearly he's fitting in with that love. After considering probably 200 names (thank you for the suggestions) and intense conversations, we all agreed that we could live with the name Copper.  So Copper it is! 

And I hope you don't mind daily pics, because I am pretty sure that is what will be happening. 

I can assure you Holly is also getting plenty of attention. 

Our fluffy new addition

Introducing our new littlest love.  

I grew up with golden retrievers. Thumper. Ginger. Sage. When I was 20 or 21, I found our beloved golden (Sage), who had passed away too soon. Sage was the puppy my dad got for my mom when was really sick, before she died. Such a special dog. I then asked my dad for another golden, but he said "No, kids are all out of the house, not getting another dog."  When I was first married and looking for a dog, (15 years ago!), I put in a request for a golden retriever. I've always been committed to rescue dogs, so everytime I considered adopting from a breeder, I reconsidered.  Somehow we have been blessed to adopt this sweet rescue (many thanks to Lish and Amanda).  He's our third rescue (the late Kammie was from Alabama, Holly is from Arkansas and this puppy from Mississippi).  We cannot figure out what to call him, but we have already figured out we love him. My husband took a long weekend so all five of us can be together for four days.  Kids are excited beyond believe.  Holly (lab) loves him. Zippy (cat) is avoiding, lol.  I just am so thankful to have this sweet boy join our crazy fun household. Now...what to name him is what we need to decide. 


 Last week we were cooking on our woodstove and hunkering down to stay warm. This week we're barefooted and outside in summer clothes. Regardless, my trio keep proving themselves to be very capable in the kitchen, so long as I am patient enough to get out of the way. Perhaps this winter I will get in the habit of relinquishing control of more meals. I certainly enjoy the outcome!



Sweeping, sweeping, sweeping....


This little one spends a heck of  lot of time sweeping. If I could only get her to sweep in places that could really use sweeping...


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