Saturday, October 22, 2016

Family Room Camp-Out

Simon was very sad that we were out of the house this summer, and thus didn't get to repeat our Porch Camp-Out from last year. Then it was just for the big kids; this year was going to be all of us. We finally got the porch cleared off last weekend, but come Friday the weather turned cold on us. We rolled with it, though, and created a new tradition, lighting our first fire of the season in our brand-new wood-burning stove!
The pictures of the kids are all a little blurry. Nobody here is exactly a "good" photographer. Still cute, though.
Two good solo shots. Simon last night. Love that smile.
And Kira this morning. There are a lot of adorable things about this photo, but I'll let you parse them out on your own.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

American Fighters

I was trying to catch the kids out the window, playing unawares. They caught me, though, and posed. Kira: "American Fighters. We fight for justice!"

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Front Yard Pumpkins

These pumpkins grew in our front yard, nestled right up next to the street.  As they grew and changed from green to orange, we noticed an unintended side effect.  Passersby would stop and smile.  Sometimes they'd talk to us, sometimes to each other.

Growing squash in the front yard is a small way to bring joy to others certainly.  But a lovely one, I think.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Harvesting Pumpkins, Part Two

Been a minute. Sorry about that! We tried to get a cute picture of the kids with our neighbors Judah and Josie after we harvested the first two pumpkins. While what we have here might not be considered "cute" so much, it is representative of what our lives are like.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Harvesting Pumpkins, Part One

So for some reason this summer while we were away from our house much of our produce just went bananas. Pardon the pun. For a long time, though, we thought the exception was going to be the pumpkins we planted in the front yard. Years ago we had a really good crop from the patch by the street, but our attempt to duplicate this success seemed ill-fated: by late summer we had crazy vines and no pumpkins at all. Slowly but surely, however, during August and September (much later than last time), beautiful big pumpkins grew out of the vines. Some of them are still out there soaking up the end of the summer sun, but the other day we harvested our first pumpkin--just in time for the first day of fall.