Backyard Gardening; Lessons Learned In Nature a Step Back in Time

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The girls have been learning about gardening, organic farming, and nutrition! All from our little ‘back yard berry farm’. There is nothing quite like picking your own strawberries or raspberries and eating them the next morning for breakfast. I love seeing how excited the girls get to share their back yard gardens with friends. One of the greatest joys in teaching our children is ‘watching’ them teach others!

We are also enjoying our weekends away on the boat. Rain or shine……
All 3 children took part in this years ‘Island Beautification’ clean up. There were 20-30 mph winds but we were there and even my tiny tot put in a good effort.

Pumpkin got to ride the tractor with Daddy ….I love that my little girl still talks about “Mommy, when we move to our farm …”. A long time dream of mine (that I obviously instilled in our children)…..a dream that will likely stay that way for at least awhile.

{Making the dreams for Tomorrow Today’s Reality….see, you never know what life has in store for you. Do you have a dream? Where do you want to be? Never say never, little did I know back in 2012 we would move to our 10 acre homestead just three short years later.}

Looks like our little backyard “farm” will have to do…life is after all what you make of it! In the mean time we will always jump on board with any “farm” type opportunities in our house.


We are also taking advantage of any/all outside ‘nature science’ opportunities. Visits to the park have allowed us to capture God’s creations  big and small in action; toads, ducks, duck eggs, pesky bugs, fish flies, pollinating bees, rabbits, and we have had some great science lessons on birds as well (thanks, Daddy for hanging all of our bird feeders)!

Happy Fathers Day!

 Thanks for always being there for me when I need you most. We are a perfect pair! Where I fall short you certainly pick up the pieces!! Our life is crazy with so many little ones but some how we make it work. I love you more than words can say… “Happy Fathers Day” to my loving and wonderful husband!! You are a great Dad, a wonderful role model, hard worker, and MUCH deserving of this special day!! Thanks for all you do for us everyday….xoxox

 K. Bear giving Daddy a little ‘cuddle’ ….she looks sad but she is really just soaking up her Daddy time! Daddy then fixed her finger which had a sliver in it. What a little trooper …K.Bear never even flinched thanks to Daddy’s gentle touch.

 Our little fish …Pumpkin is most likely to be seen in a pool, at the beach, on a boat, or soaking in the tub! The girl can’t seem to get enough of the water!

 Did someone say “Watermelon”? Just as Pumpkin is rarely photographed outside of the water….Mr. Smiles and K.Bear are typically eating!! I fear our grocery bill when they are teenagers. Mr. Smiles just had a well visit weighing in at a whopping 27 lbs he is in the 25-50% for height and weight. The tiny princess K.Bear (22 months older) weighs 29lbs!! I foresee the little man passing her up in the near future. Time will tell….

A fathers day weekend full of work and play! We hope our Daddy enjoyed his special day!!

Thank the Lord!!

 All I have to say is “Thank the Lord” for digital camera’s!! Trying to get “1” good picture this year for our Christmas cards was worse than getting a root canal. It was dark outside not letting enough light in from the outdoors, the lights in the house made the kids orange, and the tree lights gave a ‘special’ fire type glow! I give/gave up….picked 3 out of the terrible options and by far have created the worst family cards in my opinion in 6 years. O’well the message is still the same “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” and “Many warm blessings for a happy 2012”!!

 Hope you enjoy the laughs….the blurry pics


 Ugh, Another one bites the dust!


 She was soooo patient!!

 Are we done yet?

 Ahhhh, too much light!

 Getting old….

 Not bad 🙂


 The squeeze of death…

 Hey, lets see how many ornaments I can take off?


So close but sooo far!!


 Really, Mom, just stop already!!

 This one would have been cute..minus the blur and the light

 I told her big eyes…no squinting…this is what I got..LOL

 Serious face?

My Lord, I hope you all enjoyed this because…I personally wanted to cry and I’m sure my kids did too! Thank you God I didn’t have to print them all to view them 🙂