Saturday, May 31, 2014

Planting Potatoes

Thanks to our dear friend Sarah, the kindness of some local coffee roasters and this video we planted potatoes today! This is our first time planting potatoes, and we're super excited to see how this all goes. Our potatoes should be ready in the late summer or early fall but we'll surely keep ya'll posted along the way! xo

Friday, May 30, 2014

{This Moment} On The Porch

{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 relaxing weekend! xo

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Sweet Note

Is there anything sweeter than receiving a handwritten note? I truly don't think there is! xo

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Last Page

Last week the girls finished their main lesson books. They had an absolute blast creating these sweet books and it has been so fun to look back and see all that they put into them this year! To see their growth from September to now, and to have something to look back on for years to come, is just wonderful. They took such pride in their books, and while we are starting to move into our summer rhythm they are also looking forward to seeing what goodness they will include in next year's main lesson books, too! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Legoland Boston!

This past weekend the new Legoland Discovery Center in Boston opened it's doors. With it being the holiday weekend- in addition to opening weekend- we decided we'd pass on going then and wait to check it out the day after (when everyone was back at work and school). Our brilliant idea totally paid off as the place was not at all crowded and the lines were non-existent. Here Dave, Grace and Emma pose with Tessie the Giraffe (and yes, she is made of one ton of Lego bricks and stands 20 feet tall)! Aren't her eyelashes adorable?! 
Old North Church and Paul Reever's house made out of Legos. 
The bridge and Boston Garden.
Look at all the mini-figs! 
Dave builds while in Olivia's house. 
 We saw a Lego Chima movie. 
 Grace walks through the play space. 
 The girls got such a kick out of this ice cream sundae! 
 Grace in Olivia's house. 
 Singing karaoke in Olivia's house.  
 Building cars to race. 
In the Master Builder class. Each Legoland is staffed by a Master Builder and his team. Classes are taught every few hours. But be aware, if you attend this class you don't get to bring your creation home. Given the ticket price (and the fact that the girls have been to free builds at Toys R Us where you get to take your creation home) we were very surprised by this.

We had a great time and were so happy we were able to be there today! From the moment we arrived the staff told us that we totally chose the right day to come. They shared with us that the weekend had been bursting to the seams with people and so it was a lovely change of pace for them today to have a much, much, much smaller crowd! We're pretty sure that all in attendance (or at least the good majority of people there) were homeschoolers!

And, the cherry on top of the sundae was running into my friend Kelly! We hadn't seen each other (outside of Facebook) in at least a year and it was such a treat to get to see her and her lovely family again today! It truly made the day even more fabulous than it already was!

Monday, May 26, 2014

On Memorial Day

 In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Major John McCrae 1915

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Smiles::Baby Birds

 Tucked inside each wreath is a bird nest. 
 Can you see it? 
 There's one in this wreath too. 
 And each nest is full of baby birds! 
 Hello little one!
"No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here" is one of the main tag lines of the UCC. I'm glad to see that the bird community is taking us up on this extravagant and inclusive welcome!