Anna-Kate's Camp Art

 Anna-Kate drew this little masterpiece of our summer at camp.  She did this from memory and told me what everything was.

I found the picture that corresponds.  I don't think she has ever seen this picture, but she doesn't need the picture, she has the memory in her heart.

Fashion Designers Part 2

 If you missed the first round of fashion designing, you must check it out here.

Here's another installment, this time Anna-Kate is much more cooperative.

They have added UNDER-ROOS to the design!!!

Audra is working on hat and shoe designs too.  Love the creativity! 


I cannot even believe I hit this $2 shoe sale for next size up for my kids.  Bog boots, LL Bean Waterproof work boots, Sperry Rain boots, Columbia hiking boots and two pairs of Nikes.  For Adrian and Audra, next size up.  All this for $12. 

This lot was a bit more expensive. Book, movies, brand new cage hanging tin (which we're using for a guinea pig), Vermont folk tales, an erector set front loader, woodburner.  $10.

Papermaking Recap

Before the pandemic, Adrian asked to host a papermaking class. He taught papermaking at 4-H ages ago and had so much fun, he wanted to teach it to other people. I just didn't get around to making that happen in a timely manner and then the pandemic. School vacation week this year, I decided to work on making it happen. 

I advertised and we ended up with a full house signed up for 3 rounds of classes! 
Each kid had a table to run. They helped gather the supplies and set it up. I tried to keep back so it was them teaching, not me.
They did a really great job. And they definitely cleaned it all up!  

Well, all but this one helped....She was (mostly) good. 

I should have taken more pictures.  The kids definitely had fun.  Adrian has big plans to offer more classes during the next school vacation.  I guess creating with the Lipskys will be happening more often! Many thanks to all the participants who signed up and supported their idea!

4-H Public Presentations

 Super proud of my big kids.  Adrian's presentation this year was "Returns and What They Do to the Environment". Here's poster, delivery and award ceremony.  All virtual, with judges. 

Audra did Chocolate Zucchini Cake. Here is her prep, presentation and award.

They both worked so hard, I'm so proud of their accomplishments! 

Anna-Kate Turns FOUR!

 three and a HALF.

Here she's three

Two and a HALF

My dear Anna-Kate. I can no longer call you Anna-Katherine because you hate that name. I am instructed to always call you Anna-Kate because that's what you like. 

Anna-Kate, you know what you like!  You like to talk. Talk, talk, talk.  Especially on the phone. You like full attention and aren't shy about demanding it. 

You love nursery rhymes, poetry and the classic stories (Three Little Pigs, Henny Penny, Goldilocks, etc). You will sit and flip through books. You enjoy headphones and your books on CD. You love library story hour. You are always interested in cuddling up for books. You are happy to tell us the entire story if we don't have a minute to tell it to you.  You also are starting to make up your own rhymes and stories. In general, so much of what you say and your vocabulary is hilarious.  You keep us laughing. 

You still love colorful food best. You're not a fan of rice or muffins but will eat any fruit or vegetable. Lately you eat a lot of green onions from the garden.  Daddy says you smell like a sub.

You enjoy collecting eggs, playing babies, dressing up the cat, talking and cutting things with scissors.  You make me a lot of bookmarks. You spend a lot of time playing queen and ordering your servants around. You also like to play old fashioned with your sister. You enjoy pretending you are big and doing 'school'. You pretend to do math, writing, spelling, etc.  You prefer your outside time to be all barefoot and no coat. You an excellent little hiker and do a really great job keeping up with the big kids. 

You are responsible, a great sleeper and do a great job cleaning up after yourself. You say the sweetest things, love to give little gifts and throw your arms up for spontaneous hugs many times a day. You love to run into our arms for a hug. 

You are such a joy, the perfect finale to our little family.  So glad I get to love you. 

Love, Mama 

Nicknames: Katester. 

How old are you? Almost 4

What is your favorite color? Purple and blue and pink and sparkly white and all the colors!

What is your favorite animal? Elephant and a baby tiny little calf. I learned a little calf from a farm and I learned an elephant from wild books.

What is your favorite book? "Little Wombat"

What is your favorite movie?  Mother Goose and Marmaduke is funny. I'm not scared of Grinch. I'm brave of the grinch. 

What is your favorite song? Humpty Dumpty Sat on the Wall

What is your favorite snack? Corn. Because that's my favorite kind of food. 

What is your favorite outfit?  Dresses because they are beautiful. I'm beautiful because of my eyes.

What is your favorite game?  Count your chickens. Bocce ball outside. We get to hit the white ball outside. 

What is your favorite toy?  My favorite toy is my dolls. 

Who is your best friend?  Audra. We are each other's best friends. 

What is your favorite thing to do? Play dolls with Audra. 

What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play in the barn with Audra. 

What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas because we get presents and we give presents and Santa gives us presents.

What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  My stuffed animals and stuff.

Where is your favorite place to go? Shopping because I can buy shoes. 

What is your favorite restaurant?  Dairy Queen

Where do you want to go on vacation? On a hike.  But sometimes my legs get tired.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A veterinarian and a movie star.

What are you going to do on your birthday? Play outside. Eat nuggets from the blue bag.  Prinkles. Sparagus. Mangos. Orange juice in a cup. Then cake for tessert.  Chocolate cake with peanutbutter frosting and sprinkles.

Wiggly Bridge

 When it's cold, windy and spitting snow, that's the perfect time to go explore.  Hardly saw another person the entire time we were gone.  So picturesque. 

(Photo below by Audra)

Photo below by Adrian. He's hoping to paint this.
This surprised me!  I'm in a photo!  Audra took this below. 
It was a good day with my unique crew.



The girls made a cardboard house in the rhododendrons to keep dry in the rain today. Adrian was not participating and I cannot blame him!

Spring beach days

Picnic on an empty beach today. 
Chapter book read aloud.  Anyone read the Moffats, this is book 4, we're going to be so sad when it's done.

They could play anywhere, but they prefer to be in my bubble. I did read my book a bit.  (This is my 2nd time reading this book. Anyone read it?)

This girl says it's not cold.  She spent a good chunk of time submerged ankles down.
I think Anna-Kate's style was more appropriate for the day-she has wool socks and her bogs, leggins with rain pants over top, a long sleeved shirt, a lined wool dress and her fleece lined LL bean sweatshirt.  I layered up too. You won't catch me in the ocean in April!  Maybe July. Maybe.

Mama Made: New Spring Jacket

 I realized Audra was the only one who didn't have a mama made coat.  (Due to hand me downs, Anna-Kate currently has SIX coats that fit her made by me!)  I decided to whip one up for Audra (and then take a month to add the toggle buttons).  Alas, it's done before summer and plenty big to last! It's the same pattern as the jacket I made Adrian (which he wears all the time).  I like making coats for them because they get so much use!


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