It’s a boys’ life


Sometimes you just have to stop and have some fun!

Struggling_along picked up some model rockets and boy, are they a blast! The boys love every bit of it, from setting it up to retrieval. To top it off the boys were elated to go camping out for the weekend; even little Ishmael spent a whole night out in the tent. We also had a fantastic cook out: steak, salad from the garden, and of course the traditional hot dogs and marshmallows (or s’mores) for those who wanted them.





Summer, just the way it should be.



{this moment}

Camera found! All is not lost – nor are these photos of Noah with Molly.

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Joining Soulemama in {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.




DSCN6558Ishmael is three!

What a fun day we had. The older boys arranged some games to play with Ishmael and we read Ishi’s favorite book: Let’s eat! Taking time to carefully study the birthday party scene. I think three is the first birthday when they can understand and fully embrace that their day is, well, their day. As per tradition we hung the birthday banner, set the table (with the blue table-cloth), lit a candle and ate the birthday boy’s requested meals: mac and cheese for lunch and for supper: roasted chicken with baked potatoes, corn and a salad (from our garden). And, of course, there was cake (blue cake), presents and three boys happily playing together (Molly wiggled about excitedly).

Ishmael always loves to help in the kitchen so rather than having the birthday cake make a surprise appearance Ishmael helped to make it. Of course a cook in the kitchen needs an apron. We have only one child’s apron and you can imagine the scene when two or more boys want to help. So I made Ishmael his very own apron. He picked out the (blue) dinosaur fabric from my stash. I had some matching yellow fabric that I used for the bias tape, which also is the neck and waist tie.


While I had the sewing machine out I made him a zippered pillow case as well. It turned out nicely. The fabric has cute animals on it and I found a matching zipper which I managed to sew in successfully. Sorry no photos of it or the birthday party because my camera is lost.Cross your fingers we find it soon!




Summer Kanoko Pants

This week- in progress….


I just adore these baby Kanoko pants!  I thought I’d knit another pair before Molly outgrows the pattern. Since it’s getting hotter by the day I made these out of cotton. Hopefully, I can make these a tad longer than the first pair but I have only one skein- which I’m working from both ends so that the legs will at least be equal in length. I’ve knit the waist as one piece and will be sewing an elastic in. I’m also making up my own pattern as far as the seed stitch/garter stitch sections go.

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this post is part of: KCCO and Yarn Along


Our to do list is growing nearly as fast as the grass is around here. We’re crossing off tasks left and right but there’s a lot to be done!  Homeschooling for the year is wrapping up, gardens are going in (and that means weeding gets tacked on the list), then there’s hoof and scur trimming, fences to be built or repaired, pens need to be cleaned out after a long winter etc etc. Yet, I think house renovations top the list. Struggling_along, in particular, has spent many many hours, elbows deep, demolishing, cleaning out and rebuilding everything from the crawl space to the roof.  A lot is still in progress but the roof is done. It looks great and best of all- it doesn’t leak!

In progress…


And done!