I'm still here! School just started, and I am trying to get into a routine now that my baby is in kindergarten (photo of my youngest three below...). I am hoping to get more of a regular blogging schedule down (don't laugh). I've been doing scads of reading and resting from our very busy summer. Soooo looking forward to my favorite AUTUMN!!!! Read: pumpkin ale, stews, apply yumminess....I could go on. Just love love love this season.
Anyone still reading out there??? Would love to hear from you!
(from l-r: Timothy 3rd; Frances 6th, & Lukas kindergarten -woohoo!)
Last week I went with Lukas on a preschool field trip. It was the perfect day for it, and the farm & surroundings were really beautiful. The children got to meet and feed some of the animals which was a hoot!
Only a couple more weeks of preschool left! Kindergarten is looming and this mama is experiencing such mixed emotions about that.
Check it out!!! Our little 3rd grade knitting group and its teachers/adult volunteers that I've mentioned before (here & here) made 152 baby hats!!! I am in awe! Go knitters!!! The little hats are winging their way to the Save the Children Foundation and then to places where there are babies in need of them. Makes me so happy...
The end of school is in sight! My kiddos have worked so hard this year, and I am so proud of them! As any parent knows the end of the school year can get rather hectic with concerts, parties, picnics, special presentations, etc. along with plans being made for next year. Whew! Our calendar is packed! I was delighted to find today free of a visit to the school so Lukas and I have been at home cleaning and doing laundry (oh, joy!). I am eagerly anticipating the more relaxed pace of summer.
Here are 10 things I'm looking forward to this summer:
Our weather has been cooler this week which has me thinking of fall, my favorite season. Our backyard garden has done well, and I have a kitchen table filled with heirloom tomatoes that I need to turn into marinara sauce tomorrow. I love being in the kitchen in this type of weather (remember we don't have central air so summer heat makes my kitchen literally an oven). I need to bake some bread too. Happy times ahead! Tonight I'm using (hopefully!) all of our pear and cherry tomatoes to make a Jamie Oliver recipe. I need to make this one again (fantastic stuff!) soon to use my eggplants.
It's the most wonderful time of the year...
First day! Lydia is a BIG third grader now and Frances is in second. Time flies! Lydia is holding her new writing journal where she writes her stories (she tells us that she will be a published author one day and make lots of $$!). Frances is our social butterfly and was looking forward to making new friends today. It always cracks me up when she tells me that she has a new best friend but can't remember her name!
In honor of the beginning of school, I am going to
attempt to blog through the alphabet. I always like reading these on other blogs so let's get going!
A is for...
Today is Lydia's first day of kindergarten!!! She was a bit nervous at the bus stop (so was I!).DH and I followed the school bus to school like the geek parents that we are. I walked her to her class after she got off the bus. I did not cry...yet. :)
...Cinderella backpack and lunch box (they attach to each other! Isn't that cool?!)
Today is also Frances' 4th birthday so I am on emotional overload. Lydia gave Frances a b-day present this morning before she left for school (a My Little Pony in pink rain gear). More on the b-day tomorrow. I need to go knit now to calm my nerves...