Monthly Archives: June 2015

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!

Tahoe 2015 | InanorchardThe littlest of the clan being their adorable selves.

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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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The sky was so big and the lake seemed so vast.Tahoe 2015 | Inanorchard

Um, can we talk for a minute about how adorable Miss P looks in a swim diaper?Tahoe 2015 | Inanorchard

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.