Photo credit to my mom for the last one!
Photo credit to my mom for the last one!
I never planned to stop blogging, I just got busy. Here’s a quick look at what we’ve been up to.
We welcomed two children to our family (I did write about David when I posted on my own domain, which I’ve since let go… so here we go!). Big brother Josh welcomed David in October 2012. He’s a happy, mischievous, spunky, smart little boy and he makes us laugh every day. Here he is yesterday after I asked him to put on shoes.
Anna Rose joined the family in April 2017. We are so happy to have a baby again, and I’m savoring every sleepless night since I know she’s my last baby. She’s in awe watching her big brothers, she loves to eat and pull up to stand. She’s all over the house! Here she is with Joshua. I think she looks just like he did as a baby.
Those are the big answers to “what’s new?” but there are smaller answers too. I moved jobs to a new school, where I teach more sections of physics. I love it there and I believe this is the best decision I’ve ever made for my career and my family. But that’s not what the blog is about of course! It’s about what happens at home.
What’s the same?
Ed and I are still happily married, we still spend a lot of time with extended family, and we still do a lot of the same things. He’s gearing up for maple syrup season and thinking about this year with the shellfish business, while I’m daydreaming about our garden and all the fun we will have as a family in 2018. I still cook and make things and enjoy canning and shopping at the farm market. We still have a freezer full of meat from animals Ed and his family raise, and I still cook dinner almost every night. We still live in the same house and plan to stay put forever. We had a great Christmas.
Why come back to blogging?
I’ve always thought of my blog as a digital scrapbook of our life. I missed writing it but I was busy. I do still look up recipes here, and I love having it as a resource. The Other night I was looking for my seared pork chop recipe and came here and thought… I wonder if I remember my password? I wonder if there’s an app now that would make it easy to post from my phone? Yes and yes! It was snowy so I thought go for it! And here I am.
Don’t those look like delicious raspberries?
Too bad they’re not actually raspberries… they’re unripe blackberries. Joshua likes to pick and squish raspberries, so when he grabbed a berry from the blackberry bush I thought that was what he was going to do. Instead, he decided that after days of squishing berries he was ready to eat one. He’ll probably never eat one again!
Later that day, while visiting my family’s farm, we went for a wagon ride and picked some sweet corn and peaches. I hoped a sweet, juicy peach would make up for the unripe blackberry incident.
To my surprise, Joshua ate half of that very big peach, skin and all! He loved it!
Joshua is turning 17 months old this week. I still can’t really believe how big he’s gotten! He wears a size 3 to 4 T, and weighs in at over 30 lbs. Time really does move more quickly when you’re a parent.
Joshua’s vocabulary has expanded, and I want to list out all of his words to have on record. (In semi-order of appearance)
Joshua also knows that he can grab people’s hands and lead them where he wants to go. I can tell he wants to communicate with us more, and it must be so frustrating to not have the words to do so. He gets upset when we don’t understand, or also when we don’t do exactly what he wants. I can see the “terrible” twos coming on, but for the most part I’m doing my best to understand why he acts the way he does, out of being tired, hot, overwhelmed, etc. I’m also trying to treat him with respect, understanding and compassion, especially when he’s having a hard time. It’s not always easy!
Joshua loves books, especially The Big Red Barn, Moo, Baa, La La La, anything with tractors or farm animals, and Goodnight Moon. He loves to watch “Thomas the Train” on TV and we try to play outside every day, especially with rocks, dirt and sand. Joshua is a fearless climber and keeps me on my toes. He loves to be chased, climb the stairs, and play peek-a-boo.
Joshua is such a fun-loving boy. We’ve had lots of good times this summer playing at the beach, in the pool, on the farm, at Ed’s parents’ house, in our play room, and outside in the driveway. I am thoroughly enjoying staying home for the summer, and I’m completely exhausted at the end of the day. I crash into bed knowing that Joshua will have me up early the next morning, since he has never wasted time by sleeping in. His days are full of fun and excitement.
I recently tweeted something about how I don’t like those Instagram photos. Then I promptly downloaded (is that the right word?) the Instagram ap onto my new iPhone (oh yeah, I retired my 9 year old phone) and fell in love with it. Here are some of my favorites from the last few days.
I haven’t quite figured out how to search out people to follow yet, so if you follow me, I’ll follow you back! My username is farmdaughter.
Two big events this week:
First, join @MomsCAF with special guests @FarmDaughter and @Non_Toxic_Kids for MCAF Twitter Chat: Finding Time for Activism on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 9:00 PM EST. Prizes include three copes of The Family Table, a Beaba Feeding Set donated by The Soft Landing and a Diva Cup donated by Diva International! Follow the hashtag #MCAF. Register here.
Then, I’m hosting the July Green Moms Carnival with the topic of FOOD PRESERVATION!!! Recipes, reflections, tips and tutorials all welcome! Send me your post by Thursday 7/14 to be included! Carnival goes live here on Monday 7/18.
Two great groups of moms, but we welcome everyone to join in!