Thursday, October 16, 2014

We Start With A Bonfire

Bonfires make regular appearances on this blog, no matter the weather. May or October, we do not hesitate to light some logs on fire in the name of a good time. However, it feels more right this time of year. We've bonfire-d just a couple of times so far this season-friends over for pizza and smores, a group of teenagers over for chili mugs/smores/outside movie, E.T.-and it's always a relaxing time. I'm sure this weekend, we will have some regular family nights as well. This is always true for us: we start with the idea of a bonfire and other details fall into place. Let's have a bonfire! What should we eat? Who should we invite? Should we add some other things to do? Bonfires are also the redemption to the weather turning cold, so for that, we always celebrate and welcome them.

A few of you have noticed the silence on my blog, and one reader {my dad} is almost in protest over it. I haven't been feeling myself lately, and all the cheese is slipping off all my crackers. However, I'm returning to the little and big things that make me feel normal, even if my cheese is on the floor. Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fern's Room, Updated

I broke a rule of mine recently when I switched around Fern's room. I placed the bed in front of the window (and even on top of a vent). I've always had a love for windows, and I just don't want to block them. However, it was the only other long wall that would work (besides its original home). When I moved it there, it opened the room up for a bigger space to play. I'm fighting the urge to use the phrase "stage to play" but it sounds about right. We love going in there, sitting on the floor, and letting Fern direct the play. Even though we don't make it in there as often as we like, we always think it's one of the most fun rooms in the house.

Hand-me-down chair from neighbors that moved across the country. It's served us so well. A cute pallet bookshelf that I decided to hang out of any toddler's reach (what was I thinking?) 

A perfect kitchen with rain boots and umbrella stored in the corner, per Fern's request.

A fabulous painting done by a dear friend. 

The smudge marks on the mirror from when Fern was a baby and her changing pad was below it. The smudges annoy me and make me swoon. An octopus made by Fern in the cutest colors! 

The toy corner where toys are traded out with ones stored upstairs.  

Her junk tray which usually stores little notebooks, pencils, and little tiny treasures.

Fern loves her little room. If we ask her if we can go play in her room with her, her whole demeanor changes. "Oh sure!" She prances off to her room as we follow and she becomes the cutest little hostess. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Beach Trip, 2014

We're closing out our longest family vacation to date. John has had ten days off of work, and eight of those days we were at the beach. We were happy, free, and TOGETHER. 

Besides actually being at the beach, the highlights included:

-spotting dolphins
-SUP boarding and kayaking with the kids
-teaching them to pee in the ocean and giggle about it
-jumping waves as a family
-making new friends at the beach
-catching crabs and throwing them in the ocean
-coffee on the top deck, meals on the bottom deck
-playing seashell sandwiches with Fern
-family walks by the ocean and to Deer Lake
-digging bigger holes ever in the sand
-outdoor showers
-wearing bathing suits only for the majority of the days
-exploring the area just a couple of times
-trading off early morning runs with John
-lots of ice cream

I can't say enough what a great time we had. There were so many great elements about our week at the beach, and we will forever remember the week we had.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cookie Time To Help

A long time ago, before Nestle Toll House cookie dough came in a slice and bake tube, my mom used to make homemade cookies. I still have strong memories of watching her do the hard part of putting the dough on the pan-carefully and precisely. While I don't make cookies much, I still want that to be an memory my kids have. Today, I invited them into the kitchen with me instead blowing through the recipe myself. We all know how the story goes-they don't do it quite right, they're so cute and excited, and we all feel warm and fuzzy all over. 

We made John's favorite cookies, Quaker Oats vanishing oatmeal cookies. Instead of 1 cup of raisins, we use a whole bag of chocolate chips. Life is short-choose chocolate. 
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