Friday, October 21, 2016

{This Moment} A Hole In One!

{This Moment} A Friday ritual. A single photo (or three) -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 below for all to find and see. Wishing all a lovely weekend! xo

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Lovely Surprise

Yesterday a surprise arrived for Grace and Emma. Adam, who we met when we took the girls to Disney for the first time two years ago, had bought them these Elsa and Anna figurines to give them on the Disney Cruise (he and his husband Tony were also coming on the cruise, too). Since we didn't end up going thanks to Hurricane Matthew, he let me know he'd be sending a package for the girls instead.

When we arrived home from doing errands yesterday we noticed that there was a package waiting for us. I was shocked to see that it had arrived already! The girls were very surprised to have two such beautifully wrapped packages to open yesterday, and even more when they saw what was inside!

Thank you, Adam and Tony, for all your kindness! We are grateful our paths crossed two years ago and are so sorry to have not been on the cruise this year! Hopefully our paths will cross at Disney again someday! xo

Monday, October 17, 2016

In The Pumpkin Patch

Growing up in Bethany Connecticut we always went to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch at Clover Nook Farm. I loved wandering through the patch each year looking for which pumpkin I would choose to take home as mine. So, it came as a great surprise to me when I moved to Massachusetts after college that pick-your-own pumpkin patches were next to impossible to find. In fact, until this year I had found only one.

This year the girls had asked to go pumpkin picking "In an actual patch please, mama?!" and so I figured that we would head back to the patch that we had gone to before. After all, it was, as far as I knew, the only one around. That patch was fine, but for whatever reason it never really clicked with us (as evidenced by the fact that the last time we were there was October 2011)! 

On Friday, when I was checking Facebook, I noticed that a friend of mine had posted about another pumpkin patch in the area. I was so thrilled and very grateful for her post, and had a strong feeling that this place would be worth the drive out. 

Clearview Farm reminded me a lot of Clover Nook and it felt like home to me the moment we arrived.  It was small (which we love), and while there was definitely a fair amount of people there (it was an absolutely glorious Saturday afternoon) it was not crowded by any stretch of the imagination (another thing that we absolutely love). This farm was totally our kind of farm and exactly what we had been looking for! 

We took the wagon ride out to the patch, though we could have just as easily have walked. Everyone there was super friendly and very helpful, and the pumpkins were some of the best we'd ever seen! It was a perfect way to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon in October (made even sweeter by the yummy cider donuts we bought on our way out). xo

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Book Ceremony Day

Today at breakfast Emma proclaimed: "Today is my book ceremony day!" Clearly, she was excited that she and the other third graders in her class would be receiving their own copies of the Bible this morning during worship. When they were four years old they had been given story Bibles, but today they would be entrusted with all the  stories of our faith (and in the UCC they are just that- stories). Much like Rose Ceremony Day, Bible Sunday (or "Book Ceremony Day" in Emmaspeak) is a much looked forward to time. As I  was making dinner and thinking back on all the events of the day this evening I realized  that this was in fact the last Book Ceremony Day for our  family. It seems like just yesterday Emma was four years old and being given her copy of the story Bible, and here we are today watching as a new Bible is bestowed upon her. These years are flying by much too quickly for my liking, though I have to admit that for as much as I don't like how quickly time is passing by I do love seeing each and every new thing that comes their way. xo

Saturday, October 15, 2016

At The Apple Orchard

Yesterday was an absolutely glorious autumn day. Perfectly crisp and lovely. The kind of day where the orchard just beckons for a visit. We were happy to answer the call, and happier still to have the place to ourselves. It was lovely to be in that space; listening to the birds sing, filling bags with apples and chatting with each other. Such a beautiful way to spend an October Friday. xo

Friday, October 14, 2016

{This Moment} Playing Chess

{This Moment} A Friday ritual. A single photo (or two) -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 lovely weekend! xo

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Latitude And Longitude

Latitude and longitude for Grace's morning lesson yesterday. What a fun way to finish up her mapping block before moving on to Norse myths. I found this great activity on TeachersPayTeachers and had to get it because gnomes. The activity is great, but we clearly need a different atlas! xo