Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Spreading some Sunshine

I knew they were calling for more rain today and, not really in the
mood for another grey and dreary day, I quickly went out last night
and picked some flowers to bring some cheer inside the house.
And, yes, that is mustard weed, but I just couldn't resist.
I love the bright colours - they instantly add gladness to the room.

And I wish there was a 'scratch and sniff' feature on your
computer screen, because the peonies' beautiful scents
are filling the house with happy :)

A joyful reminder

Look how the liles grow!
They don't work hard to make their clothes.
But I tell you that Solomon with all his wealth
wasn't as well clothed as one of these flowers.
God gives such beauty to everything that grows in the fields,
even though it is here today and thrown into a fire tomorrow.
Won't he do even more for you?
~ Luke 12:27,28~

Cheerful blessings on a rainy day!
May you be showered with His love.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

This is what happens...

...when you're a LITTLE BOY with a BIG SISTER.
(Note: this shotgun is most definitely a plastic toy!)

Both parties learn to compromise
for the sake of everyone's entertainment.

Often with quite hilarious results.
Meet Uni (pronounced You-nee).,
Half princess, half unicorn warrior.
100% happy.

Unless you're little brother.
He hasn't embraced his inner princess...yet.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Making Popeye Proud

While our beans are being mercilessly attacked by
groundhogs, bunnies, birds and bugs, at least we
have something flourishing in the garden.
The spinach, swiss chard and lettuce are lovely!

Thankfully this clan is a big fan of salads.

And how else to we get kids to eat the dreaded green leafy stuff?
Tuck it into everyone's favorite tuna pitas, of course!
(Notice how the juicy, green goodness is just soaking
into the bread - I've yet to see the same result from
the stuff that comes in the plastic tubs at the grocery store)

Yes, it's true. Even picky two year olds can eat the stuff!

And our wild-child of a daughter?
Yep, attacking the spinach with gusto.
Although, maybe this isn't a fair respresentation,
as she eats just about EVERYTHING with gusto.
A girl after her daddy's heart :)

And whether he was inspired by the bulging biceps of
everybody's favorite sailor, or merely enjoying the
new texture in his mouth, this kid sure loved it!(If you click on this picture you'll be able to see his sweet
expressions that much better. Trust me, it's worth it!)

What are you enjoying these days?
After spinach, ice cream is a close second around here :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Papa-Papa's Birthday

Two Sundays ago we had the privilege and delight
of celebrating Grandpa's 79th birthday.
We headed to the park after church, found a somewhat
cool place in the shade and enjoyed a delicious picnic
complete with everybody's favorite - Kentucky Fried Chicken,
delivered by the birthday boy himself!

When Gracie Jo was 2 she had 2 sets of grandparents
and 3 sets of great-grandparents. Keeping them all straight
was a bit tricky, and somehow Peter's grandparents
became 'Mama-Mama and Papa-Papa' - which made complete
sense in Gracie Jo's two year-old mind :) I thought as she
got older, it might change and shorten to 'Mama and Papa'
but, no way! Peter's grandparents will forever be known
as Mama-Mama and Papa-Papa to our children.

Hearing those names will always bring a smile
to my face, and moments like this will forever
be cherished in my heart.

The kids didn't seem to mind the heat at all,
so us grown-ups took turns joining them in the
heat box of a playground. I think we all had fun
despite the sweat factor :)

And following the lead of their father, possibly the biggest
kid of them all, much exploring was done in the creek.
Although we did have one soggy bottom boy by the end,
surprisingly no children were lost during these exploits.

Aunt Michelle was dragged from one piece of playground
equipment to the next. She got a good tan out of the deal...
and the undying devotion and love of her niece and nephews.
Thanks Tante Mic!

And Uncle Garry patiently shared the finer points of
badminton with Silas and Levi.

For the LORD is good
and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues
through all generations.
~Psalm 100:5~

How blessed we are by the love, prayers, support,
encouragement, wisdom and example we receive
from our grandparents. And how thankful we
are that this extends to our children as well.
Our family is truly blessed.

Happy Birthday Papa-Papa!
We love you so much.

Friday, June 4, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Well, these pictures are also from a couple weeks ago,
but we're almost caught up now. So without further ado...

With the best Mother's Day present EVER in hand,
my helpers and I set off to finish up some of our last planting.

My helpers are easily distracted. I think they were
looking at a hawk sitting in a tree here.

And, not ones to stand still for very long, off they go
for some adventuring!

This one still does his adventuring all in
one spot still. Thank goodness!

And amidst our treks which filled pockets with special stones
and dandelion heads, finding new walking sticks/swords,
and running through the waist high grass to escape the 'lions'
we did manage to get these in the ground.

And this is what's growing in the top garden:


Bunching onions

Hoof prints...
Yep, that's right, hoof prints right through the spinach and
lettuce. It's a good thing we only have a BB gun around here
because the neighbour's calves would be BBQ'd and on my
bun right now if I'd had anything else on hand!
Unfortunately, these holes seem to the the least of our problems
as all the varmints, critters and bugs in Wellington county have
decided to congregate in our garden this year. *sigh*
But, we'll save that for another post...

And some lettuce that managed to escape destruction.
This garden also has two different kinds of carrots,
swiss chard, tomatoes and peppers. We planted the beans,
more tomatoes and peppers, and a second planting of
carrots and beets in the bottom garden. And this year we put
our cucumbers and pumpkins out back behind the barn.
As soon as the rain clears up I'll get out and take some more
pictures. Sorry to all of you who don't get excited about
looking at pictures of may want to skip reading
our blog for the next while, because this is what we do these days!
Although, our four helpers tend to keep things interesting,
so you never really know what you're going to get :)

With summer right around the corner, what are you
filling your days with? I'm excited to start having
some bonfires and wiener roasts..anyone interested?