Back to school…Hooray!?

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Back to school in my town is Friday, August 28. Kids will alternate one day in the classroom and the next day at home, logged in via video chat of some kind. Hallways are all one way, no congregating, etc.

Missing an entire semester (almost) while “learning” from home did not go too well for my youngest, who was a freshman in high school last year. He does so much better when in a classroom with the teacher.

Fingers crossed this works and all our hard working teachers, administrators and support staff stay healthy as well as our much loved children. Be well, stay safe and take calming breaths.


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My middle child has graduated from elementary school…I can hardly believe it.  He is growing up so fast, where did these last 6 years go?  He is a lovely young man and I could not be prouder but I wish he would stay little for just a tiny bit longer.

He is moving up into middle school and to me that feels like a whole new chapter in our lives. Come the Fall he is going to be alone at school without one of his brothers at the same school.  All the boys will now be a separate schools, on different buses, and on different schedules.  That thought is enough to make my head start to buzz so I will put it aside for now.  Plenty of time to prepare for the next school year.

3 Boys
*Sigh* Where has the time gone?  My little men….so adorable.

A happy baby boy at Halloween.

Evan and Morgan Fall 2007 Evan & Morgan 2009 2008 Miscellaneous Kids Photos 041 DSC_0208
School photos are always such fun to look back on….above are two of my favorites.  Evan is always willing to wear funny party hats!  Brothers together at school for the last time. 

Evan and his friends at the graduation reception. He is always such a ham! 🙂

June has been a hectic, fun, and crazy month.  I am looking forward to some down time in July.  We are California bound after Independence Day for some quality time with the grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles and I cannot wait to get there.  

This week is all about packing….wet suits, goggles, toys, bathing suits, socks, books, iPad, headphones, etc. the list feels endless.  I shall be as prepared as I possible and if we forget to pack something I am sure my super sister will have it for us when we arrive.

I wish everyone a fun, safe & healthy holiday weekend!   I will be blogging from the west coast when next we meet.




Memorial Day Weekend

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I hope everyone had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend.  I was busy in the garden, attending our hometown parade, cleaning the grill and a myriad of other tasks that made the weekend fly by.  I think I might have been attacked by a poison ivy vine as well.  I have a breakout of itchy patches on my legs! UGGGHHHHH!  It seems that every year I am afflicted with a nasty rash from this vine. I guess that is the life of a novice gardener….I should know better by now and only garden in long pants but it was so darn hot over the weekend.  C’est la vie!

Anyway, enough of my whining.  

I was gifted with a beautiful butterfly bush for Mother’s Day and I planted it in the backyard on Sunday.  It is in just the right spot, plenty of sun, good drainage and I can see it from my bedroom window.  Perfect.

My backyard had a large slope on one side.  It has been a challenge to landscape and truthfully I have neglected it for several years.  I am determined that this will be the year I conquer it.

The backyard does not have the best soil and what is there is full of stones.  This is part of the struggle….dig out the stones and amend the natural soil with organic material and try to produce something better than what is already there.

So pretty. 🙂


Our town parade is an annual tradition.  The boys and I always attend and for many years they have marched in the parade with their respective boy scout troops or sports teams.  This year however they opted out of marching.  They really just wanted to sit with friends, cheer on the marchers, catch candy, eat our picnic and enjoy the day as spectators.

Old time fire engines, marching bands in traditional dress…classic small town parade.
Veterans marching always make me choke up a bit. So handsome in his uniform.
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts marching with their troop leaders….I never get tired of seeing this.
It’s not a parade unless there are kids on floats.

I hope you all had a moment to enjoy a parade, family, bbq or just a quiet weekend to yourself.  


Baby Chicks

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Hello Readers!  I guess you have noticed that I have been absent from my blog for a little while.  I have received some very lovely emails asking where am I and is everything alright.  Let me bring you up to date on what has been happening.  My dear old dad is having some health issues and I have been flying back and forth to California over the last 2 months doing what I can to care for him pre & post surgery and helping with the follow-up visits to UCLA Medical Center, etc.  It has been emotionally draining and physically exhausting with round the clock medication and care.  My sister is doing the most work and I am trying to support her in any way I can…it is an ongoing process but I think we have gotten over the biggest hurdles and now it is about letting my dad take time to heal.  Fingers crossed that it’s all good news from here on out!

Baby Chicks have arrived at the farm!  My husband called me at work the other day to tell me that baby chicks had arrived via the US Mail.  Of course I had to go see the little beauties and let me tell you, they are precious!  The picture below shows the box they were shipped in from the hatchery.  26 fluffy little babies. 

chicks in box

Sorry the photos are a little blurry….I snapped them quickly with my cell phone.  This buff colored beauty was running around chirping her head off until I picked her up. 

blond chick in hand

The little guy below was the only one of his color in the shipment.  Funny thing about the chicks, each one I picked up immediately closed its eyes and snuggled in for a nap.

tiny black chick
It looks like this little guy is picking up his face to look at me from the rim of the water container but no…..they all have to lift up their beaks so the water goes down.  I am not sure if this is something adult chickens do as well.  I will have to wait and see if it continues as they grow larger. 


Here is a shot of some of the babies huddling in the corner of their new pen.  They really are adorable and sooooo noisy.  


Here is about 10 seconds of video. Can you hear how noisy these little fluff balls are?