This weekend the girls got into their dress up fun again. They were poor homeless orphans who didn't have much.  I made them a baked potato and they packed that and set out to have their lunch in the cold. 

The good news is they came across good fortune and their whole life changed by the afternoon.  Anna-Kate is wearing the fancy gown the thrift shop set aside just for her.  

I just love when they get into the fun. 

Warm Days

As predicted, it warms up and we go to the beach. A lovely night tonight. 

10 photos of Joy

The 10 photos of joy, 10 days facebook photo challenge, except all 10 in a row.  

I've been the same all my life, but the older I get, the less I try to fit in, the more I just embrace being me and the more I find people who just love me for me. ❤
Thanks to my husband for being my comic relief through all the mess and the beauty.

An Arctic Adventure

Our good friend Carla thought it would be a good idea to research and present some Arctic animals.  I love watching their confidence speaking in front of a crowd.  The girls may even do this for their 4-H presentation. 

At the Rink

 I know I'm a broken record, I say this all the time, but they are SO LUCKY to have free access to this rink.  Afternoon skating it's often just us. We go regularly. Just when I think they are SO SPOILED, the Zamboni comes along and gives them fresh ice.  We are so so so fortunate.

First Aid Fun

 We have worked sooo hard on this unit for our 4H club.  Using club money, we hunted down the supplies and we have had two meetings making the kits and learning about what to do in an emergency.  I remember when I did this when I was a kid, I hope their first aid kits will be as useful as mine was when I was a kid. 

Here's Adrian teaching about the Heimlich maneuver.  


One day at a time

 When there's so much goodness planned that is so close you can almost reach it, and then it just doesn't happen. That was this weekend and is the reality of life with the cards we've been dealt quite often.  And so, we made lemonade out of lemons.  So thankful we live here.

Candle making

 This girl has been melting cheesewax into candles.  She has more crafty interests than anyone I know! 

Valentine's day 2024

Just in time (barely), I stitched the last stitches in this wool and canvas art roll for the kids to add to our simple Valentine's Day tradition.  I somehow kept the handstitched gift a surprise. 

I also made one for me.  Now all four of us have all we need rolled up and ready to nature journal on the go.


 January was a treat myself sort of month since it was my birthday month and I was given birthday money (thank you!).  
Thrifted Scores: 

HUGE hand knit wool sweater. $3
Sneakers, $3 each. 
Darn Tough Socks, $1 each. 
A tin bowl in the free bin.
HUGE cast iron antler stocking hangers. $3 each.
And a mini cast iron shelf that I LOVE and use all the time for keeping things warm on the woodstove or melting chocolate.  It was my $15 splurge. 


 Our snow has turned into ice, bare grass or mud. The only time I've taken them sledding somewhere other than home this year, it was not ideal. Not that it stopped the girls, of course.  I'm excited we are getting a storm this week, hoping for many more winter adventures! 

Science Experiment Extravaganza

 It was another round of Science Lab Extravaganza. I love seeing these kids get in front of an audience and showing off what they know. 


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