Monday, February 29, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

{These Moments} Outside And In

{These Moments} A Friday ritual- no words- containing two moments from the week. Simple, special, extraordinary moments. Moments 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. We wish you a lovely last weekend of February and a very happy leap year! xo

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


 Yes, sometimes homeschoolers really do do their morning lessons in their jammies (or at least that was the case here today as we waited for their ski clothes to dry)! xo

Monday, February 22, 2016

Sugaring Season Begins!

When Dave and the girls arrived home from ski practice on Saturday we gathered our lovely new sugar supplies (thanks family for the lovely Christmas gift!) and tapped the trees! We decided that between the glorious weather, that day, seeing the sap buckets up when we were at Drumlin Farm earlier in the week and hearing that Natick Community Organic Farm was getting ready to tap their trees too that all signs were pointing to it "being time". And clearly it was, as we tapped the trees in the evening and by the time we were getting ready to leave for church the next morning we already had two very full buckets of sap! The third tap (which is new this year) is running much more slowly than the other two. Here's to hoping for a wonderful and bountiful sugar season! xo

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Eight Is Great!

Since we weren't going to be giving Emma her birthday present until after church we decided to give her some very special cards before we left for church. She was so excited to have a lovepop of her very own, and to receive cards from her Gramma Terri and Grandpa Gene and from her Grandma Joan and Grandpa Ron! 
 After church was over we asked Grace and Victoria if they would be willing to give Emma the first clue to her birthday scavenger hunt! The girls were thrilled to help out and Emma was so excited to be doing a scavenger hunt for her birthday gift! 
Headed home to get this scavenger hunt started! 
 "A new bike for me! In the bathroom?! Thanks, mama, daddy and Grace!"
 To celebrate her birthday this year she asked for a "teeny tiny party" and we were happy to oblige. We were even more thrilled that Lori over at Serendipity was willing to do such a small gathering! Beading (and singing) in that lovely space with friends this afternoon was such a perfect way to celebrate eight years of Emma! 
Grace's bracelet in progress. 

 Our gorgeous bracelets!

Rather than a birthday cake after dinner she asked for ice cream at our favorite place. 
What an absolutely stellar way to celebrate her eighth trip around he sun! We all had such fun, and everything about today was simply divine! Thank you, Mother Nature, for the most glorious February weather this weekend (which made the new bike for her birthday present that much sweeter) and to everyone who celebrated with us (both in real life and virtually)! All the cards, Facebook and Instagram messages, calls and texts really did make her day that much sweeter!

Happy Birthday, Emma Faith! We love you to the moon and stars and back and cannot wait to see what fabulous adventures and experience await you on your next trip around the sun! xo

Saturday, February 20, 2016

On The Eve Of Her Eighth Birthday

I am finding it very hard to believe that our baby turns eight years old tomorrow. She is so very excited to turn eight, and has been counting down the days (and then hours) until her much anticipated eighth birthday finally arrives! We have some very special things planned for Miss Emma Faith tomorrow (the most exciting being a brand new bike! Shh! Don't tell)! The box she is holding contains a vintage inspired pink champagne cake. Traditionally we bake birthday cakes from scratch, but this cake from Bella Cakes was far too yummy and lovely to pass up! 
 The birthday ring is ready for tomorrow!

Birthday Eve Poem
When I have said my evening prayer,
And my clothes are folded on the chair,
And mama switches off the light,
I'll still be seven years old tonight.

But from the very break of day,
Before the children rise and play,
Before the darkness turns to gold,
Tomorrow I'll be eight years old!
Eight kisses when I wake!
Eight candles on my cake!
-Traditional Waldorf Verse