These were my two favorite things to pick out of the garden this last summer. I could eat fried okra every night and I just loved having a little vase of these beauties on our table. The okra reminds me of my Boppa C. and the zinnias remind me of my Mimi H.
Saturday, August 16th, we had a baby shower for Katrina (Lyvie’s camp counselor). And I got some Ava snuggles. Katrina and Ava. Here are some of my back porch flowers…….you can see the grapevine in the lower right of this picture. Seriously, it was taking over our porch! My morning glories did not start blooming til September, I think! But the greens were still pretty. Our garden produce. I love the one teensy tiny tomato. We actually ended up getting hundreds of those probably well into October. I can’t remember for sure.
Our grapevines actually produced some grapes this year! It wasn’t a ton and what we did get, the goats mostly took care of. But we got to try a few. We really need to move our grapevines, but we need to build an arbor first. They took over part of our back porch this last summer. That project is on our to do list. And I would love to have a great grape harvest some year!
For some reason, this last summer, Weston kept asking if he could find some crickets and eat them. I am not sure where he got this from, but Sam said yes and I had nothing to do with the catching, cooking or eating of these crickets. Sam sauteed them for him…… And here he is eating his first cricket. He was a bit timid about it at first, but he did it! He ate both of them.Then, in September we were over Brandt and Judy’s for Will’s birthday. We were all sitting outside and Weston found a cricket and just popped it in his mouth and ate it. Judy’s grandmother’s friend, Art just about fell out of his chair. He couldn’t believe what Weston had just done. It was pretty funny.
When Sam has a log this big to split, he calls in the big dogs. Who are the big dogs, you ask? That would be my brother, Darrell with his hydraulic gas powered splitter. Thankfully, he lives next door, so he just pulled it down the road with his John Deere lawn mower. I am certain they just loved that I was standing out there capturing every step of this process. In all honesty, I was very curious about how it was all going to go down and I thought, well, while I am standing here, I might as well make myself useful and take some pictures. You know, because I multi-task well like that and I hate to waste time.
So, here they are hard at work! Impressive, eh? I was impressed. Lvyie is strong like an ox. Just like her Daddy. We had lots of ginormous (not familiar with this word?? Then you have probably never seen the movie ELF) squash and zucchini from our garden, so I decided to make taco filled zucchini boats with our ground venison. Dee-lish!
Sunday afternoon, August 10th, after church, we took our little boat out. We headed over to one of our new favorite spots! Weston’s driving! The clouds were so pretty all day long. Here is a picture of the house we lived in while we were building our house. If you see can see the beach to the right of the photo, look to the left of the beach and there is a big house, then to the left of that house is a house partially hidden by a pine tree and that is the house we lived in. We lived on the second floor with a second floor deck. It was a beautiful spot with water views out of three sides of the house. We were getting all wet from the water spraying up. The Point We made it to our destination! Sam and the kids went digging for quahogs. Can you spot Weston? Digging for quahogs is really a messy job. But they loved it! Mom, “Watch this!”…… Here is a couple other things they found in the sand besides the quahogs…. Gracie cut her finger on one of the sharp quahog shells and we didn’t have any bandages so we made a makeshift bandage to stop the bleeding with a napkin from lunch and a piece of seaweed. Weston was warming himself up on the warm sand.
Heading back…..more pretty clouds. When we got home we prepared our quahogs and had them in a wine, butter and garlic sauce. It was our first time ever having them. And we all liked them for the most part.It was such a fun family day! And it ended with us enjoying the fruits of our labor! Or should I say Sam and the kids labor, because I didn’t dig up one quahog! I had to keep my hands clean to take the pictures.
The Lone Ranger came to visit! On Thursday, August 7th we went to have lunch and hang out with Lindsey and Ava! It was Sam’s (Lindsey’s Sam) first day back to work, so we thought we would keep her company for a bit. The kids having lunch out on the deck. Everyone got a turn holding Ava! And just in case you can’t tell, I was in my glory!! There is nothing like a newborn baby. The preciousness is just overwhelming. Lindsey had this basket of produce that was just begging me to take it’s picture. And here is proof that I did share her with my Mom.
Sweet Ava Gayle made her arrival in the early morning hours the day after camp ended. It was such an honor to be there for her birth and we just love her! I think I already posted pictures of everyone holding her….so here are just a few from that day to keep things in order on the blog. Later in the day on Saturday, after I had gotten a few hours of sleep, we headed back up to the hospital for everyone to see her!