Yes, I know it’s still summer, but anytime our family goes to a fair involving rides, 4H and cotton candy we call it a Fall Fair. Growing up the fair was at the beginning of August, yet it was still called the Fall Fair.
I am a sucker for babies and breast feeding moms.
Usually it’s my mom, Nana, that escorts us to the fall fair. She tells stories about life on the farm and her amazing days in 4H. The sights and smells bring out her already incredible retired Librarian storytelling abilities. Next year, Nana AND Papa are going to join us.
Today, Nana sent Papa to hangout with us. He is OC’s main man, so OC was a very happy little boy.
I even enjoyed the Ferris wheel with my boys this year. Yes, there are a lot of shifts happening for our family this summer.
I never splurge on face painting and horse rides. But I finally understand my parents philosophy of enjoying the special things that only happen once a year because they really do only happen once a year!
OC wasn’t too sure about the petting zoo. Can you tell by his death grip?
Life is precious my friends.
Treasure the day like a gift.
Unwrap it with your heart.
As we unpack boxes, we have unearthed treasures that we never even unpacked in our second house. (This is our third and hopefully our last move for a long time.)
JC found the chess board we bought in Budapest, Hungary in 2002. We agonized over the purchase because of the cost and the size. It was worth every Hungarian Forint.
Sexy Neck and I used to play chess, cards or backgammon every night after dinner while living overseas, unless there was something good on BBC.
JC has revitalized this after dinner tradition of game playing. CC likes to partner with me to help take JC’s pieces.
Usually I look for these large moments to propel me forward. I have large emotions, lofty thoughts to go with my tall six foot frame and strong personality.
I have been mulling over my 200th post for awhile now as I knew it was coming soon. The purpose of this blog has always been to help me stay in the moment with my boys. Motherhood can be a tad bit overwhelming at times.
Today is the day for my 200th post and I have to say that we had a giant day today, maybe even epic as some people would describe.
It is the profoundness of the little things that describe epic to me.
Fourteen opportunities for triumph. Fourteen steps I wondered if my mom would take fourteen days ago.
She did it!
Be epic today.
My mom is.
We have three very active boys. Hmmm… I wonder where they get that from?
In our new house, we have been eating dinner around 5:30pm as Sexy Neck is home a whole hour earlier.
After dinner we have gotten into the habit of going outside to either swim or bike
Tonight we opted for both. The big boys, ages four and six, rode their bikes 3.9 kilometres all the way from our house to City Park. We rode about ninety percent of the way on a bike path or shared path. We didn’t run into any poles tonight. Poor JC did last week!
They even had time for a sunset dip in the lake.
I think I really like this town!
This is our current go-to recipe for bedtime snack. Thanks Diana for posting it on your blog. Here is the original post. She calls it Gnome Granola.
I rewrote the recipe below.
4 cups oats
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup coconut
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup walnuts
Put all the dry ingredients in a big bowl.
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
And when warm add
1/2 tsp vanilla
Then immediately stir into the dry ingredients. Put on a tray. Bake at 350 for 20 mins. Stir halfway.
I put the dry ingredients in the bowl the night before. I also didn’t put in the coconut this time. Also I prefer pecans and will sometimes substitute them for the walnuts. I also add chia seeds or wheat germ sometime instead of the sesame seeds.
My foodie friend Diana has helped me become freer in changing the recipes.
This is definitely a recipe to play with and make it your own.
It’s show time over here at our house.
We have a leather bench full of costumes. The boys usually pull them out once per day to put on a show for us. (Our life is enough reality for us so we haven’t had TV since our oldest was six months old.)
Our current favourite shows are: farm, dolphins, and playing instruments.
Here is our middle guy CC in a pre-show pose: