New Chairs

 Whole family: NO.  We don't need new chairs.  No. No. No.  

But they're free wrought iron chairs and I think I need them.  


So we compromised and Adrian and I brought them home. 

 Now I have a new project. 


Years ago I was told that Extension Homemakers wasn't something people were interested in, it was a lessening area of extension and starting a new club would likely be a waste of my time. 

I said bologna.  I knew there were other people locally 'like me'.  

Fast forward years ahead, we have marvelous monthly gatherings, learning from one another and supporting one another.  A fine group of women were propagating our hearts out today, and I'm thankful for these friends. 


Beach Clean Up

 The annual town wide beach clean up was today, which ended up being a beautiful day.  Most interesting finds were a sock and the elastic from someone's underoos.  

Anna-Kate is SEVEN!


Anna-Kate, You are SEVEN! (Past milestones here:)

Six and a Half


 Five and a HALF! 


Four and a HALF


 three and a HALF.

What a hoot you are.  You never stop talking. Ever. You talk to anyone, everyone and no one. You are not shy in the least and make friends everywhere. You are quick witted and hilarious. 

Your confidence soars.  You always feel like you look great, think you have great things to say and you know your worth. You're very affectionate and encouraging with your words.  

What you don't like to do...chores.  You will do anything and everything to be served. 

You enjoy doing school, being artistic and being with friends. You love animals, play mobil and legos. 

You love to wake late and stay in bed and read.  You also ask for an afternoon snack and go disappear with a book.  

Your fave foods are soups, eggs and colorful foods (you eat your fruits and veggies) and homemade popsicles. You could do without beans (black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans....but you do like green beans). 

Your birthday menu is breakfast for dinner.  We will feast and celebrate you, our seven year old. 

So thankful we have you, our 'one more'.  I thank you for your flexibility and being so go with the flow. Love you oodles! 

Love, Mama

Play Ball

They've never really been into sports, but here they are, trying new things this spring.  Thankful for the homeschool sports network.  Adrian said, "I thought I'd feel dumb not playing before, but it's all very encouraging."  Thankful. 

Field trip

 We had a behind the scenes tour of Hannafords.  Epic field trip. 

A good day

Yesterday was a near perfect day.  I got to go to coffee with some friends.  I packed up Stanley with baked potatoes and we had that for lunch.  I then went for a coastal walk with a friend and we had good laughs and found lots of sea glass.  Then I poked around 2 thrift shops alone (only bought one book), all while Justin was getting chicks with the kids.  A 10/10 day! 


Maine in April

 It's that time of year we cannot get enough of the beaches.  It's a marvelous time when the temps warm, but the tourists aren't yet here. The coastal pics will just keep coming...

Stanley loves the extra adventures, too.

Good days

There's a buoy that has dislodged and is on shore now in our town.  A bunch of friends were going, but our car was in the shop. Thankful for kind friends who picked us up and brought us along. 

Audra was there too, but too busy with friends. I love how Anna-Kate pulled a live clam apart to go and try to feed the seagulls. 

Also thankful for friends who love Stanley the camp crock just as much as me, tolerate my duck identification fun and don't mind that I brought my watercolors to paint a scene as we enjoy the day.

Tide Pooling

 The kids are taking a 5 week Tide Pooling class and we went to the Portland area for a field day with a couple Marine Biologists.  I loved it, they did too. We also did seine netting, which I have never done before. It yielded a few things I hadn't seen before. 

At my dad's

 Truth be told, the transition back from our eclipse trip hasn't been easy peasy lemon sqeezy.  But, it was worth it.  Here are a few shots of our whirlwind of a trip.

Total Eclipse!

 We drove 7 hours for the totality, despite my dad and my son thinking it was crazy. 

The verdict?  It was good.  Really good. Better than I expected.   It was very easy to see and fascinating to see the changes.  The rapid temperature change was neat to experience, as was how quickly everything got really dark. The sun looked amazing peeking out behind the moon in a perfect circle. The part that surprised me the most was the response of the wild to the change.  As the moon was moving, we notice the birds completely stopped their chatter.   The mosquitoes moved right in along with moths.  The peepers started their chorus. Then I just couldn't believe it, a coyote howled like it was midnight.  Then just as it rapidly started, it all quickly shifted the opposite.  The night noises faded and the birds started their songs again.  A flock of geese went by.  I wish all mosquitoes went away, but a few lingered. 

Bonus entertainment was my dad's commentary ("We're just supposed to sit here to wait for the sun to go away?" YES. "You do know the sun goes down every night." UGH.), my dad's neighbors visited and when all was said and done, Anna-Kate asked if we were going to have breakfast since we just wrapped up night and were back to day.  You know, donuts would have been a great grand finale if I had thought of it.  

Long and short, it was memorable and I'm glad we made the trip.


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