A Friday Post

A Friday post, with photos from my phone

1.  Miss E plays with flowers

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2.  My guys, working together in the last of the day’s light

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3. Summer sillies

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3.  Watercolor Hollyhocks by Miss E

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4-7  Pictures from the Annual Outdoor Movie and Homemade Doughnut Night; where we run into friends who we still love but seldom see

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8. My friend’s amazing garden

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9.  From my garden

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10. Miss P dresses as a kitten ballerina and sits on the kitchen table

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11.  We have somthing other than cereal for breakfast

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12.  He was on overnight business travel and he sends me a picture of a restaurant (he didn’t say but I imagined it was quiet and cool inside), there was a cold refreshing beverage on the table.  This is the photo I sent him…

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13. Miss P tries her hand a flower arranging

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14.  The Blue Gum Boys looking sharp in their uniforms

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15.  Miss E and her typical summer look; messy braids, brown as a berry, swimsuit on

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15.  The sun setting behind the corn field

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Links to some things I’m loving right now-

I was fabric shopping online when I came across this beautiful fabric designed by Emily Isabella.  Which in turn led me to her website which is full of her lovely illustrations, which then led me to her IG feed which is just as charming (internet stalking…it’s so much fun)

The Golden Adventures of a Very Dark Horse is an Australian blog I’ve followed for a few years now.   I ran into Stella’s blog when I was doing a search for sewing tutorials.  She doesn’t do much sewing these days, but her posts (while at times a little infrequent) are so pleasant, quirky, smart, and filled with pretty images that catch Stella’s eye.  One thing I like about following Australian bloggers is that their seasons are the opposite of ours.  I find it refreshing and curious to watch their world turn from autumn to winter just as ours is going from spring to summer.

LibriVox is an amazing website that my husband turned me onto.  It’s a website full of public domain audio books that you can download and listen to for free.  It has completely changed the way our family does long-distance trips!  Before we leave I look up book titles that I think the children might enjoy listening to and I download them to my phone.  The miles go so much faster when you are listening to a good book.  On our last trip we listenend to The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle read by Karen Savage.  I was so impressed with Karen Savage’s reading style, that I did a search on LibriVox for all of her readings and was so happy to discover that she has read and recorded Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Anne of the Island !

Hope you all have a great weekend!  ~April

This Week in the Garden {June}

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Most mornings begin with watering the garden in our pajamas.  The girls and I take the basket and the clippers to gather the day’s blooms.  Sometimes there are only a few flowers floating around in the bottom of the basket and some mornings it overflows.

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She pulls down all the Mason jars and small pitchers and begins carefully arranging her harvest.

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The jars are then placed all around the house.  It’s a good way to start the day….

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The garden is experiencing a little bit of a lull.  The sweet peas are gone for the year (they lasted clear into June! which is a personal record for my garden).  The roses have all bloomed, although it’s only a matter of time before we’ll get another round of roses.

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All the rest of the summer flowers are just starting to bloom.  A few sunflowers here and there.  The occassional cosmos, and a solitary zinnia.

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More than any of the other children she is my constant compainion in the garden.  Watering, digging her toes in the mud, squealing when she finds a ladybug…she loves it all.

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The Bachelor Buttons are doing wonderfully again this year!

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We’ve started to get just enough flowers to pass on to friends and family.  Soon there will be more than enough to go around!

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Ah!  But this week something very exciting happened in the garden!  We’ve expanded once again; this time to include a pumpkin patch!

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Justin tilled the front patch and borrowed a neighbor’s tractor to lay black plastic and drip hoses.  Hopefully this coming week we will be able to plant the pumpkin seeds!  I have 8 varieties of heirloom pumpkin seeds that I purchased from Johnny’s Seeds (including a pink variety!).

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Early this spring I was trying to come up with a summer project that the boys might be interested in tackling.  Something we could do at home, that would give them a task to focus on during the summer, and help them to earn some money.  I pitched the idea of a pumpkin patch and they loved the idea.  I purchased the seeds (which they will reimburse me for out of their pumpkin patch profits), and while I’ll be pretty involved this year, I’m expecting them to do most of the manual labor.  They’ve been told the work will be hard and hot but right now excitment is trumping all other feelings :)  I’m easily the most excited about the pumpkin patch!  All those gorgeous pumpkins growing right in my front yard!

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Here’s the progress for the garden so far~

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Lake Tahoe Family getaway

For years now our annual family trip has always taken place in a big beach house, over looking the Pacific ocean.  It is the Christmas gift my in-laws have given all of us, ever since my oldest child was a baby…the gift of a family vacation.   But on this, our 10th year, we found ourselves in the mountains, tucked away in a big cabin near Lake Tahoe.

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Because our family keeps growing, and changing jobs, and moving out of state, we needed to find a new place to accommodate our changing needs and schedules.  I’ll admit I was a little apprehensive about the change of location, having grown so fond of our beach getaways, but the change was so much fun!  The mountain scenery was gorgeous and the children loved the hiking and the lake.  The weather was pretty much perfect, aside from the odd thunder shower that would crop up in the evenings.

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We started off our weekend with a 1 mile hike down to Emerald Bay, where we took a tour of Vikingsholm, which was a gorgeous mansion built to be a summer home for the late and very wealthy Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight.  It no longer serves as a summer home to anyone.  The estate and all the land that goes with it, which includes a small island in Emerald Bay, is now property of the state of California.  It is such a beautiful bay, one of the few areas around the lake that has not been developed.

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The kids did great on the hike.  Going down was a breeze!  One mile of smooth path, all downhill.  Coming back up was more challenging, but mostly for the adults.

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Miss P walked for the first part but was soon riding in her pack on her daddy’s back.

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Daisies grow in large clearings all around the lake.  Looking at them felt like looking at a page out of a picture book.  Almost too beautiful to be real.

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The children played near the bay while we waited to tour Vikingsholm.

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Mrs. Knight wanted her summer home to reflect her love of  Scandinavian architecture.  Everything about the home, right down to the locks on the doors, where inspired by Viking and Scandinavian designs.

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This little wooden nook that jutted from the front of the home was Mrs. Knights personal writing nook.  I’ve never wanted to be rich but I would love to have my own personal writing nook (especially one that overlooks a pristine bay).

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The kiddos were not real excited about the prospect of touring someone’s old home, no matter how impressive it happened to be.  I will say though, at the end of the tour all the children said they really like the old house!

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It was this little room that particularly caught my eye.  This was Mrs. Knights personal maid’s sewing room.  It was my favorite room of the house.

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This is the view from the top of the hike.  What you see behind the girls is Emerald Bay.  The little island you see was also part of Mrs. Knights’ estate.  She had a tea room built on the island and approximately 3 or 4 times a summer she would hold a tea party out on the island for her and her guests.  Sadly, only the foundation of the tea room is left.

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Back at the cabin the children entertained themselves with bubble-blowing on the deck, pool playing in the game room, monkeying around on the couches, playing video games, and swimming in the hot-tub.

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One evening we decided to have a pizza dinner in the park.  While we were there a storm cloud loomed over the playground and dumped rain on us for about 7 or 8 minutes.  We all took cover under the gazebo until the storm had passed.  Right after dinner while the kiddos were playing, a rainbow appeared in the sky over the park.

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After dinner one night, I noticed Uncle E had a lot of pretty girls piled in his lap, so I got my camera out and told them to give him a kiss.

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I love the expressions on their faces!  The picture quality isn’t the best because of the low lighting and squirmy little girls, but I love these shots.

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On Sunday we ate a late breakfast, lounged around the cabin until after lunch and then headed down to the lake for an afternoon on the beach.

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The weather was perfect and this particular beach on the South Shore was amazing.  You could walk almost a 1000 feet out from the shore, and the water never got above your waist.  The children had a blast playing in the water!

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Justin rented a kayak and everyone took turns paddling it around the shallows of the lake.  It really was the perfect place for them to learn to maneuver a kayak.

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Even the little girls got a turn.

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Mr G is more of a land-lover.  Happy and content to sit on the warm beach enjoying the scenery and the snacks.

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My father-in-law with his only daughter

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Another of my father-in-law, but this time with his three sons

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The last night at the cabin the children were fed and bathed early.  They all piled on the big couch to watch a movie while the grownups went about the business of tidying and packing.  We needed to be fed, packed-up and out the door by 10:00 am the next day.

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The morning brought lots of commotion and of course the truly sad part of any vacation…saying good-bye.

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We would all go our separate ways, carrying with us fond memories, and looking forward to the next time we are all together again.

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Thank you Lake Tahoe… you were very, very good to us.

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We are in a blueberry picking, backyard BBQ, good eating, baseball playing, book reading, muffin making, pool playing, hammock dwelling, summer groove… and it feels so good.

 

To Happy Endings

Even though we are already 2 weeks into summer vacation I couldn’t dive into summer posting without saying a few words about our school year.  And if there was a word I could use to sum up this year it would be above all other words; grateful.  So grateful.

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These women who we call teachers who are also friends, mentors, cheerleaders, teammates,… they have blessed our lives.

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How much they grow in just one school year.

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This was the three of them at the beginning of the school year, fresh-faced and eager with just a little nervousness around the edges.

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My little kindergartner at the beginning of school.

Miss E and our beloved Mrs B on the very last day.

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On the very last day of kindergarten Mrs. B gathers her students around for the traditional releasing of the butterflies.  These are butterflies that the children have watched transition from caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly.  As she releases them she explains to the children that all things must change and grow.  Even kindergartners.  We aren’t meant to stay in one place, no matter how much we love it, because new and exciting things are ahead.

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What can I say about Mrs. B?  What words can I use to express the preciousness of this woman?  I have entrusted each of my three oldest children into her care.  They have all grown and blossomed under her steady, tender guidance.  Each of them have a folder I have saved from their kindergarten year, and in it are all the beautiful projects Mrs. B had done with each of them. They are some of my most prized possessions.

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What do I say about Mrs B?  The woman who I love as a friend, look up to as a mentor, the woman who has loved each of my children, who opened up the world to them and turned their young hearts to the Lord.  I could say “thank you” a million times and it would not be enough.

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The Boy Turns Ten

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This spring my first born turned 10-years-old.  One decade of having this blue-eyed boy in my life.

We don’t always through huge birthday parties, but 10 is momentous number that deserved a big shin-dig.  I asked him what kind of party he wanted, thinking he might want a big Minecraft birthday will all his friends.  But he wanted a family party in the back yard, with swimming and lots of good food.  I like the way that boy thinks.  His Daddy made tri-tip sandwiches.

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All the cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and a few classmates came for dinner and swimming last Saturday night.  It was so breezy but the kiddos didn’t mind in the least bit.  They all jumped in the pool.  They spent the entire night going back and forth from the trampoline to the pool.

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The one special request J made was to have a pinata, but I came up with another idea.  I filled balloons with candy, then I hot glued the candy-filled balloons to a big piece of cardboard.  The kids took turns throwing darts and shooting the balloons with BB guns.

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They had a great time with the game!  I’m glad, because filling all those balloons with candy was A LOT of work!  Unfortunately, it was so popular that Mr. G has requested the same game for his next party.

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Cousins horsing around on the porch :)

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My boy isn’t a cake kind of kid.  For years he would request black berry pie for his birthday celebration.  A couple years back he started asking for strawberry pizza which is just fine with me!  Just as delicious, but half the work :)

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The night was so windy we weren’t able to get a “blow-out-the-candles” picture but we all sang a rousing “Happy Birthday” to the grinning boy.

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This beautiful gal right here is responsible for almost all of these pictures.  I was hustling and bustling around, while she picked up my camera and worked her camera magic.  Alli, your are the official birthday photographer from now on!

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He opened presents as the sun began to set and the evening turned cold.  We all hunted around for sweatshirts and jackets and brewed a pot of warm coffee.

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Grammy was extra cold so we broke out the thick socks and blankets for her.Ten | Inanorchard

 

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I couldn’t be prouder of this guy.  He’s thoughtful, so tender and caring with the younger kids, his ever-inquisitive mind, the way he loves being with people, and the excellent big brother he’s been.  He’s my right-hand guy.  It fills me with all kinds of sentimental, misty-eyed thoughts when I think about the tiny body I held in my arms 10 short years ago.

Love you my boy

This Week in the Garden

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There have been some changes in the garden this month. Big changes!  I have grass growing around my flowerbeds!  Gorgeous, green, soft, lovely grass.  Which officially makes my little cutting garden the prettiest spot in the Western Hemisphere.  Not really.  Just in my mind.

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A friend of ours just finished laying sod in his backyard.  He texted Justin saying he had leftover sod that we could have if we wanted to haul it off.  In one hour my powdery dirt paths where transformed!  I won’t even tell you how much time I spend just staring at it.  Now when I water in the morning my feet don’t get covered in mud!

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The summer flowers are doing wonderfully.  Everything I planted has come up and is thriving.  It will still be 3 or 4 weeks before I start getting blooms from the summer flowers but my roses and sweet peas are still providing small bouquets for the house.The Garden | Inanorchard

This little one is always by my side when I work in the garden.  She has her own little watering can, which she mostly uses to get muddy from her blond head all the way down to her tiny toes.The Garden | Inanorchard

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I thought my sweet peas where just about to fade for the season.  The blooms had all been picked and for weeks there were no new buds to be seen.  Suddenly in just the last week the vines are covered with a second flush of sweet pea buds.The garden | Inanorchard

My dahlias are still just wee little things, with the exception of the mammoth dahlia in the back corner.  That plant is one of the few I left in from last season and it’s huge!  The stalks are like trunks and it’s covered in blooms.  The rest were newly planted this year and are taking their sweet time growing.The Garden | Inanorchard

The sweet peas and English roses have been gorgeous!  I fill all my wide-mouth jars with them and place them around the house.  Occasionally an arrangement will find it’s way to a friend’s house as well.  I really would like to plant twice as many sweet peas next year.  This year’s crop has been lovely but I’d like to get more blooms with longer stems. The Garden  | Inanorchard

I love the way these bundles of sweet peas make the house smell.
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So here is the cutting garden progress so far-

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Goodnight my friends, see you very soon

April

 

Away We Went

Six days and five nights at the beach, just us, relaxing and playing together.  It was exactly what our busy schedule needed.

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Those first few days at the beach the wind beat at us relentlessly.  It didn’t keep the kiddos out of the water, but we only managed to stay down on the beach for an hour at a time, before we’d run back to the condo to get dry and warm.InAnOrchard

The evenings are so beautiful.  Throwing on sweatshirts and running down to the sand to watch the sun sink into the ocean, is pretty much the perfect way to end each day.InAnOrchard

Sunday morning we woke up to the perfect day.  The wind was just a pleasant breeze, the sun was warm on our shoulders and heated the sand beneath our feet.InAnOrchard

We played in the water until our toes got too cold and then sat in the warm sand to get dry and warm again.  InAnOrchard

Miss E wanted to try the boogie board this year.  She loved it!  Waiting for just the right wave, hopping on the board and riding it all the way back to the sand. She’d jump up with a grin and was doing it all over again!InAnOrchard

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We spent all of Sunday and Monday on the beach.  We’d wander up to the condo in time to eat a meal, nap the baby, and then back down again.InAnOrchard

Tuesday morning was a different story.  We woke up to gray skies and an amazing breakfast made by Daddy.  Justin got up and made the most delicious chorizo breakfast burritos.  So good!!InAnOrchard

Since the beach was a little too cold and gray we decided to do some hiking around Point Lobos, just outside of Carmel.  InAnOrchard

Unbeknownst to us, this is the time of year that the Harbor Seals and the Sea Lions flock to Point Lobos to give birth to their pups.  We got to peek at several newly born seal pups.   InAnOrchard

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We hiked two trails and then stopped to have a picnic lunch next to one of the coves.  InAnOrchard

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There’s also a small museum on Point Lobos telling it’s history, which included a small Whaling Company that used to hunt Whales just off the point.InAnOrchard

The boys stopped frequently to look for Sea Otters.  Sadly we never spotted even one otter. InAnOrchard

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After we left Point Lobos, on a whim we decided to visit the Mission at Carmel.  J has been studying California Missions this year at school and he was excited to see one in person.InAnOrchard

The Mission is a beautiful sight to behold.  The garden and grounds are amazing!InAnOrchard

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Not to mention the artistry of the building itself.InAnOrchard

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The challenge of staying at the beach in a smallish condo, is keeping the kiddos occupied when we aren’t on the beach.  Sometimes the quarters seemed a little too close.
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We did our best to go on walks, take advantage of the basket ball and tennis courts, watch movies, play board games, and put together puzzles.  But there’s no getting around the fact that we also spent a percentage of the time getting on each other’s nerves :) InAnOrchard

The path around the duck pond behind the condos, was a little wet in places, not that the children minded in the least bit.InAnOrchard

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We finally said goodbye to the beach.  The children all had long faces the night before we left.  Each of them saying “I don’t want leave yet!”  But that next night when I tucked them in their own beds and kissed their foreheads they each sighed, and smiled and said, “It’s good to be home mom.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Spring Sewing

As I was scrolling through the last few months of pictures, I realized I had quite a backlog of sewing projects that I’ve never posted about.  So this is going to be a mash-up of all the projects I done over that last 3 months or more.  It’s going to be a little hodgepodge, a little this and that… hope you don’t mind.

I made the girls their first matching dresses. I used my favorite pattern, the Geranium Dress Pattern, using the cap-sleeved version.  The bodice is made from a lovely yellow dot fabric I found and Joann’s, and the skirt is made from a vintage sheet I bought at a thrift store.  I initially bought the vintage sheet to make pillows for Miss E’s daybed, but when I saw how perfect the dotted fabric looked with the vintage floral pattern, I couldn’t resist making the girls dresses.

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I recently bought an Oliver + S, Jump Rope pattern.  I loved this skirt pattern, with its unique pockets and buttons down the front.  Miss E loves her Simple Skirts, but I wanted to have a skirt pattern that was more professional looking.  Something that could be worn to church and not just another play skirt.

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The fabric is Robert Kaufman’s Dot Chambray In Indigo.  It is lovely in every way.  It’s that classic Chambray color with small white dots woven in.  The fabric texture is soft and light, perfect for a summer skirt.Spring Sewing | Inanorchard

I wanted to snap a couple of pictures of Miss E wearing the skirt but she was too busy making silly faces at her brothers, who were standing just out of the shot.  Miss P wanted to get in on the action as well.Spring Sewing | Inanorchard

She also got yet another Simple Skirt for wearing to school and playing outside.  Spring Sewing | Inanorchard

These Simple Skirts are still her favorite.  Of all the things I have made her, those little cotton skirts get worn more than any other article of clothing (store bought or mamma made).Spring Sewing | InanorchardI also had fun making a few Onesies for my dear friend’s newborn son.Spring Sewing | Inanorchard

They’re always a fun and satisfying project.

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I spent an afternoon making a big stack of burp clothes for friends.
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Miss P got another Charlie Tunic dress.  This pattern has been a great play dress for Miss P.

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I also made a set of coordinating “sister skirts” for a friend’s darling daughters.

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I have slowly but surely been teaching myself to sew with knit fabrics.  My girls love wearing knit dresses, and you really can’t beat cotton knit for comfort and ease of care.  There is however, a pretty steep learning curve for sewing with knit fabric.  It’s taken me a while to figure out a system that works for me.  I use a combination of my serger and a stretch double needle for hemming and necklines.  So far I have a love/hate relationship with double-needles.  When they work, they’re amazing! When they don’t… let’s just say tears are shed and swear words muttered under my breath.  Also, do you know how awful it sounds when you break your double needle (which it has a tendency to do)??  It makes a horrible sound, and it feels like your machine is going to shatter into a million pieces!

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This pattern is The Skater Dress by Kitschy-Coo (which it seems is not available for sale right now).  I’ve made three for Miss E so far.  It’s a great pattern with excellent instructions!  The sizes seem to run large though.  I ended up making Miss E a size 4, lengthened to a size 5, which smaller than I usually make.

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This yellow/floral version was her favorite.  She wore it every time is was clean.

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I also made this little sleeper as a gift for my friend’s newborn daughter.  It’s a free pattern.  I love the way it turned out, but it was a struggle to make.  The neckline and wrist bands were the difficult parts.  Keeping that little neck and wrist bands from stretching out and warping was a challenge.  In fact, I ended up scrapping the first sleeper I made and starting over!  I was so determined to see this one through to the end, and have the finished product I envisioned.  It was a good learning experience, albeit VERY frustrating.

Spring Sewing | InanorchardThat’s all for the moment, but I’m currently in the middle of making myself a few skirts.  I’m learning how to put in an invisible zipper.  Actually, truthfully, I’m in the middle of removing my first invisible zipper from a skirt I’m making.  Also, I plan to make Miss E several versions of Dana’s First Day Dress pattern.  Hopefully I can post about those projects soon!

Thanks for stopping by and making it to the end of this patched-together post

This Week in the Garden

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First, let’s talk sweet peas.  It’s been three years since I’ve had sweet peas growing in my garden and I missed them.  They are climbing and blooming beautifully right now.

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Miss E and I bring them into the house a handful at a time.  Every time is see them sitting in my kitchen window sill it makes me smile.

My plan to have two harvests of sweet peas is working perfectly so far.  The seeds I sowed in the fall are tall and have lots of flowers, and the seeds I started indoors in February have been transplanted and are just starting to climb the trellis.  I think as long as the heat doesn’t become to oppressive, the second flush of sweet peas should do great.

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A few weeks ago Justin had 10 yards of compost brought in to amend our very sandy soil.  The kiddos helped me remove last year’s dirt from the beds and add compost to each box.

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Miss P never passes up and opportunity to get good and filthy.  Have you ever seen such a ragamuffin!?

In the Garden | Inanorchard

Justin got the tiller up and running for me.  I spread compost over a 15 x 15 foot square and he tilled it into the patch.  I marked off rows and got all the summer seeds planted!  Now that my beds are filled with roses, dahlias, and bulbs; I don’t really have room for my summer seeds in the beds.  So the cutting garden has grown.

In the Garden | Inanorchard

The seeds I started in peat pots have been transplanted as well.  I did have a few disappointments this season.  My larkspur and Nigella seeds didn’t germinate at all.  So disappointing!  But I’m not giving up on them yet.  I really think I can get them to grow, if I get them sown in the fall instead of early spring.  It’s all a learning process, and fortunately a packet of seeds isn’t too costly of a mistake.

In the Garden | Inanorchard

All my English roses have been transplanted into their new home and they are thriving happily.  I think they know that they’re the stars of the garden ;)

After I transplanted them, and built water rings around them, the whole crew came out to see them get their first watering with the brand new watering wand.  What can I can I say, we live an exciting life.  In the Garden | Inanorchard

 

In the Garden | Inanorchard

In the Garden | Inanorchard

The sweet peas and English roses love each other.

In the Garden | Inanorchard

 

So here’s the progress so far in this year’s garden-

The cutting garden in February
The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

 

The cutting garden in AprilIn the garden | Inanorchard

 

The next month will show big changes as the dahlia’s and summer seeds start to grow.  It’s going to be a fun year in the garden!