Pick Your Own

The start of apple season is here! We have several old apple trees up along the stone wall. They’re in need of a pruning (something I need to look into) but, at least one of them has quite a few apples on it.  The best apples are way up high. If only we could reach them! For now the boys enjoy climbing up and grabbing the not quite so high bounty.

DSCN7622 DSCN7623 DSCN7626 DSCN7632I’ve always loved picking apples. These days I’m a bit more tied to the ground with a baby and all. Ezra become quite the tree climber this year. Noah is a bit more confident and can help Ezra figure out how to get down when he (now rarely) gets stuck. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ishi was up there with them next year!

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Birthday Boy

It was Ezra’s Birthday! He’s a big 5 years old now.

DSCN5466I asked him the other day if there was anything he’d like to do for his birthday. He replied “umm make a cake, party decorations…. and masks”. How sweet and doable is that?!

So we started the day making felt masks, because you have to be able to wear them all day, especially on your birthday!

No birthday is complete without a bowl of chocolate (right?) for dipping strawberries to top the birthday cake, of course. And pretzels, and maybe a few fingers, so no chocolate goes to waste. Chefs Ezra and Ishi assisted mixing up the chocolate birthday cake between fielding birthday phone calls and preparing Ezra’s requested birthday dinner: roasted chicken, rice pilaf, veggies and applesauce.

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The day was rounded out with homeschooling, setting up the birthday decor and racing their wind up robots.

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I, and several other relatives/friends who sew, put together the birthday banner years ago when Noah was maybe 3 or so. Each letter is about 8×11. I did the first P in happy and the last Y in day. We’ve been using it every birthday ever since.

DSCN5489DSCN5490Finally, it was time for a candle lit birthday dinner. Ezra choose his birthday to light the beeswax candle he made when we dipped candles earlier this year. It burnt down very quickly and led to wax “experiments” which would have gone on all night if not for the….

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 birthday guitar.

Between all three brothers the guitar has barely been put down. Ishi is super cute and sings “my guitar, my guitar” while he strums.

DSCN5431 DSCN5477 DSCN5478And, of course, there’s Molly. I know, all her photos show her sleeping. It just happens that when she is not in my arms (or in the wrap) and I have the camera out she’s sleeping. Maybe that’s not such a coincidence after all…

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{KCCO} Pants for Ishi

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I had a chance over this past month to work on a few sewing projects, including making these adorable pants for Ishmael. The fabric is soft and breathable and the pattern free and easy- just use a pair of pants the size you want,folded in half, adding a few inches for folding down the hem and waist- which is elastic.

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Ishi is quite independent (and vocal) when it comes to picking out his clothes, luckily these seem to meet his requirements. Just right for climbing,driving trucks, digging in the dirt, and, of course, hanging out with the dog. All in an afternoon’s work for this busy boy of mine!

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And I’d say he looks pretty darn cute in them too!

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