Monday, 30 June 2014

End of School 2014

Emmeline finished fourth grade and I will have my first experience as an intermediate school parent next year.   I am longing for the set-up of schools who have a K-6 organization.   K-8 would be nice right about now, too.   Deep breathing: inhale, exhale.   Everything will be okay...

She loved her teachers this year and made some great memories.   She missed fewer days due to illness.  YEA & thanks be to God!

She did not plan to wear the same top!

Clare finished first grade and is already looking forward to second grade.   I love seeing how they grow during the year!

And next school year...I'm trying not to think about it...
He is very excited, though!

An Alternative to Life in the Country

I grew up on a little farm.   It was situated at the dead-end of a mile-and-a-quarter country road.   We had a circle driveway right in front of our house and our yard and pastures wrapped around the house.   Between the road, with its creeks and wooded areas to explore, and our land, I was surrounded by wild and tamed nature.   It was a great way to grow up and it makes me sad that my children won't have the same experience.   My husband and I have neither the knowledge or time to maintain acreage.   And septic tanks?   Sorry, but both of the homes where I grew up lay outside city limits and I've lived with the expense and frustration of septic tanks.   No, thank you!   It is also very important to me that we always live near a hospital.   Oh, yes, and there's the cost of land in our area, but our children can have a taste of the nature I experienced, thanks to our neighborhood.  

Our park is about a half-mile away, so Master Thomas and I would take walks while the girls were at school.   A visit the day after crews have cut down diseased or dead trees was hitting the jackpot for a little boy.

The developers left wooded areas in our neighborhood.   This is part of the area in our park.   Nice paved paths lead to a land of adventure for little ones and a world of nostalgia for this mama.

Shade is such a welcome sight in our area.

There are several areas off the paved paths where we can walk to explore.   The main areas are kept mowed, like this one along the creek.

This reminds me of the creek that ran alongside our farm.  

Paved path on a scooter and then you come to these areas that just say, "Come explore."

Then, as you come to the end of the path, you begin to see this through the branches.

The front part of the park is mowed beautifully, dotted with tall established trees and the home of a playscape.

That view?   Our neighborhood pool, right next to our "wilderness adventure."   Perfect.   We had a pond on our farm, but it wasn't that deep and there were water moccasins plainly in sight.   It was a drive into town for a pool and Mama didn't have time for that with her work on the farm.   She was a working farm wife who wouldn't have had time for blogging about farm life.   Imagine that.   Anyway, I would have loved access to a pool every day.

To the other side of the pool are tennis courts, popular with all of our more "established" residents.   I love to see the older people gathering, laughing and talking during and after their matches.

This year, our own free lending library was added, along with a bench.   How charming, I ask you?!

After all that exploring, a glass of chocolate milk is in order.

Night at the Park

These photos were taken the first week of summer break.   The fireflies were beautiful.   Fireflies are a favorite summer memory from my childhood.   I am so thankful such magic awaits my children after just a short walk from our house.


50s Dress-Up Day

This was my last-minute, night-before outfit for dress-up day at school.   I bought a cute pink sundress, an iron-on poodle, a white sweater cardigan and scarf at Wal-Mart.   White cardigans are the best piece of clothing for a little girl's wardrobe.   I always buy them when they go on sale so the girls have them in every size.   You can stretch more time out of a summer dress by pairing it with a cardigan in the fall and sometimes, winter.

Look, Ma, No Training Wheels!

This spring, it was time to move up to a big boy bike for Thomas.   His toddler bike with training wheels broke and with a December birthday, it was just too long to wait for the usual Christmas or birthday bike.   He taught himself to ride after a day.   I didn't take him seriously when he told me to "Come see!"   He was the only one of our children to own one of the small toddler bikes and I think it really does help with learning to ride a bike later.   Our former neighbor found a great deal on that little bike, so it was less than $20.  

This active boy is still enjoying his bike rides.

Happy Easter 2014

All dressed and ready for the Easter Vigil Mass!   They really do so well and I like to see the adult baptisms at the Vigil.   It reminds me of the Vigil mass when I came into the Church.   Plus, since we're not "good Catholics" ;) who are always able to participate in the Triduum, we like to take advantage of the privilege of participation in the Vigil.  

After mass, I come home and eat my first Cadbury Crème Egg.   Then, they all fall asleep in their Easter clothes & that makes for some pretty Easter morning pictures!

I had one of those little bird water whistles when I was Clare's age.

Our Easter table

"Yes, I decorate with bunnies."   In my head, I said that like Shirley McClain in Steel Magnolias when she tells Annelle, "Yes, I pray."   Mama always had bunny decorations, but I do wait until Saturday to set them out.

Emmeline's godmother, Nancy, bought these beautiful eggs: one for each of us!

Our first year to use these!

Casual for the egg hunt

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