Category Archives: Kid Stuff

snow day lunch


Since Madigan has been home 8 of the last 10 school days, she has been getting tomato soup and grilled cheese.  But she likes the grilled cheese cut up into little croutons to toss in the soup.


Look at these cuties


At the end of the season, I like to get a picture of the kids at the farm.  Every year, from October to May, they seem to change so much.


One thing I hope never changes, these three being silly!





I have seen mushrooms in the yard, but not a red one.  Let’s a-go!

What are you doing?

Sometimes when my mom calls she asks that, yesterday I said everything and I wasn’t kidding.

Pepper and Onion Relsih

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Getting the chicken broth strained and put in the freezer.

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Making spaghetti  sauce

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And when I had 5 minutes to sit, I was knitting.  A friend is having a baby and I am knitting a blankie.  I just wanted to see what pattern I was going to do.  I think I am going to do the checker board…making each square about 16 stitches wide.  Should be cute without getting to fussy about it.


You might think I have today to relax, but its a chicken day, so again no rest for the wicked!

Two weeks per year

I have two bad weeks a year.  And this is the start of the first bad week.  For the most part, I am happy, jokey, laughy kind of person.  The week after the birthday celebrations coincides with the start of school.  I am not the “can’t wait for the kids to go back to school mom”.  I wish summer was longer, I like the unstructured, easy pace, sleeping in.  Bedtimes are flexible, treats are plenty and we have extra time together.

I am in a melancholy trough (great band name).  If I think too much about first days of school, or life before school, or what is to come after high school, I get weepy.  She was a baby a couple weeks ago right. It is going by too fast.  Seeing a friends 2 year old, hearing her talking, in the cutest 2 year old way, makes me miss the under 5 times.  Hanging out with Jack, who is still super helpful, likes to put on costumes and show off his legos makes me miss the under 10 times.  Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about the 12 1/2 year old times, even the eye rolls and her tone when pointing out I don’t know what I am talking about.  It is just another reminder that we are a handful of years away from her being an adult.

There is no way to stop the march of time, so I will do what I do.  Make her favorite foods, get extra hugs when I can, while I can and wait till I am in the car to let the tears flow.  She hates it when I cry and I really don’t want to make her feel badly or have my emotions control her actions.

The stress of the first few days of school, who will she sit with at lunch, will she have a friend she can trust, what if she doesn’t, what if she hates her teachers, what if…Usually about the time we start getting stuff together for our beach trip, life settles in, the trough goes away.  The wave of relief washes the melancholy away.  I am aware enough to know it’s not the end of the world, and know it will pass.  It still doesn’t change how I feel.

For now, I need to get a box of tissues in the car.

Last trip to the farm for the year

Oh what we wouldn’t do for more freezer space. We got an email from Bramble Hollow about buying half a hog. Our little apartment chest freezer has been able to accommodate most of what we have bought and has served us well. We just can’t do half a hog in the fall, we have all our chickens in there. So after a day or two of trying to see if we could make it work, we had to pass. Anna then said we could buy in bulk what ever she had left. NICE. We sent her our list and out to the farm we went.

I know I say this every time but I love going out there. It’s always fun to see what’s changed, cause something has always changed. In addition to the kids, the cows, the chickens and the pigs, they got a new puppy. See always something different.

We took apple out for the pigs. While the kids were feeding them apples I was struck by how Madigan has grown. She and Jack never seemed too far apart in age, Jack may be more mature, Madigan on the youngish side, but this time it hit me like a ton of bricks.




Just as a point of reference, this is Jack and Madigan last year.

I hope they can still be be friends, hang out, play on those visits out to the farm. And could someone do something about these kids growing up?!?!

what’s the point of raking leaves

As I was outside yesterday, making huge piles of leaves that I was then going to move to another location I kept thinking to myself what’s the point. I will never get up all these leaves. Boomer will come out with the mower tomorrow and mulch them up. Then Madigan came outside.




I love this one

I grew up mostly in Florida and California, so the change of season and leaves falling is still such a novelty. Don’t get me wrong, raking leaves sucks–A LOT, but when you get to see your daughter having fun, makes it suck a little less.

For all of you who didn’t get to see Madigan growing up from day 1…here’s a fall photo when we still count her her age in months…everybody say awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.


Quick mama brag

End of the 4th grade brought some achievement certificates including all A’s honor roll. (there is a an A/B honor roll at her school). We have been adjusting to summer which I love, fewer deadlines, more fun, go with the flow. We are very proud of her hard work.

Madigan’s dream farm

We talk about everything in our family. No topic is off limits or too crazy to talk about and dream about. Madigan drew up a plan for her minifarm. I love that there is no limit to her ideas, that she thinks BIG. Now she only wants one cow, mostly for milk. She only wants layers in the chicken coop. And who knew she wanted rabbits. I also love that she made a special place for the worms.

Also Madigan dotted her I with a tomato.