Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Little Knitters

In through the front door, 
Around the back,
Out through the window,
Off jumps Jack! 
-Traditional knitting verse

Thanks to this verse (and the advice of seasoned knitting teachers to cast on for them) the girls quickly picked up the knit stitch on Saturday. Watching how easily they picked this new skill up made me wish that I had learned to knit at their age. Their hands seemed to instinctively know just what to do. They were so super proud of each stitch that they made and just smiled from ear to ear at the completion of each row. Sure, there were mistakes here and there, but it was truly was a great beginning! My hope is that when we had to Florida next month that we'll be spending a good portion of the flight to and from (and downtime throughout the week) knitting. Now to just get my knitting to be a wee bit ahead of theirs so that I can continue to help them as they learn! xo

Monday, July 21, 2014

Swimming Lessons And Parakeets

 And so began another year of swimming lessons! Just like that the first day of the much looked forward to lessons arrived and they were off meeting their teacher and the other kids in their class. 
 Lunch after lessons sporting the new hooded towels from Gramma!
 And then what should we spot on the beach but a Parakeet! The poor thing was so confused (and so was everyone else). 
It perched on this shoe for a bit before going under a picnic table. It flew over to the fence just before one of the lifeguards could scoop it up. We left shortly after that so we have no idea how this story ended. We do so hope that they were able to get the bird and find its owner. xo

Blueberry Day

 Saturday morning found us in the blueberry fields bright and early. We love to get there early, before the crowds arrive and have this peaceful place to ourselves. We were very charmed by these dew covered blueberries. Simply magical. 
 The serious look on her is due to a mouth full of berries! 
 "Mama, take a picture of this big berry!"
 Emma always finds the most interesting places for her bucket. 
It was another gorgeous day at the farm. The weather was simply perfect and the bushes were covered in berries! We've got three trays of them frozen and waiting to be placed in freezer bags for the winter. Perhaps, we'll head back for one more tray. Or perhaps we won't. Either way we will surely enjoy these delicious berries- these little bits of summer- all winter long! xo

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Front Fence Restoration

From the very first moment that we laid eyes on this sweet old farmhouse of ours we couldn't get over how much picket fence there was. Not only was the entire backyard fenced in, but the front yard had picket fence as well (along with a gate and an arbor). In the ten years that we have lived here this front fence has taken quite a beating each winter thanks to the snowplows. Last autumn, as we were preparing the house for the winter we decided to remove the rather broken front fence. It was in need of some serious repairs and we didn't want to have anything else happen to it. Keeping the pickets became even more important after we learned that each picket, when bought new, is $3.00 a piece. As we have roughly 300 pickets for the front fence alone there was no way we could justify buying new (especially as these really were in fine condition overall)!  From each section he would need to remove the pickets, remove the nails and then sand each one before he could even think about painting them (the painting was clearly the easy part of this project). He spent many days just prying nails out of the pickets and then just as many days sanding. Thankfully due to the lovely weather that we've had these last several weekends he was able to get much of the painting done outside, and was finally able to assemble the first section of fence. It went up today and looks simply incredible! We cannot wait to see how gorgeous it looks when this project is completely finished! Now, the big question is, does he make a small gate or not... xo

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday

 The girls and I spent the morning painting the fence. We began by touching up the gate and the area near it. It took a beating during the long, cold winter we had and needed a fresh coat in certain spots. For those who don't know, the girls and I started painting this massive amount of picket fence last September. We logged 24 hours before deciding to be done for the season. 
 Once the touching up of the driveway side was complete we moved over to the area that we didn't get to last autumn. We managed to get four of the fence sections done today (and have like ten more to go before heading over to the neighbors yard to paint that side of fence). Hopefully, it will only take about twelve hours to finish up this project. The sections we got painted today look so much better! It truly is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do! 
 After we finished the sections we had set out to paint today, Grace brought me to see this most unusual butterfly! We had never seen one like it before and were very impressed with how interested she (we decided it's a she) was in our deck and the area around it. She stayed for quite awhile and even seemed to pose for me to take some pictures of her. A quick Google search let us know that she is a Red Spotted Purple. 
Amazing weather, some more time logged on a much looked forward to project and a beautiful butterfly sure made for a fabulous start to our weekend! xo

Friday, July 18, 2014

{This Moment}

{This Moment} - A Soule Mama Friday ritual. A single  photo - no words- capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you are inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments section for all to find and see. We wish you a wonderful weekend! xo