Friday, May 1st, in preparation for Gracie’s tie dye birthday party, we made ourselves tie dye shirts! Let the tie-dye-ing begin! We had lots of fun doing it! That evening, we found Weston sound asleep in the laundry basket at the top of the stairs! Apparently, tie-dye-ing is very tiring!
Thursday, April 30th, Sam took the girls on a horseback riding date! They had learned all their multiplication tables up through 12 and so this was their reward. First, they went out to breakfast.They had so much fun!It’s been so long now I can’t remember who picked this little bouquet for me, but I still love it. Ethan built himself a fort in the woods and slept in it one night! I was so nervous for him! But he did fine. He slept on a bed of pine branches. We have a few of these split rocks on our property so he built his fort in this one. Off to the right of it, he had his fire pit and got up real early and had a fire.
At the end of April, my sister Lindsey had her wisdom teeth out, so I went over in the evening to play with Ava til bedtime, then put her to bed. It was so fun! Ava is full of life! And has such a great personality. Lyvie gave her these sunglasses…..and she was a riot with them. After she put them on, they soon fell to just above her lip. And that is where they stayed for about twenty minutes! She loves playing with my phone. Yes. That is my real phone that I still use. Don’t judge. 😉 She kept flipping it around and kind of tossing it and then she would pick it back up and do the same thing. And she got such a kick out of herself every single time. Bottle time!Snuggles with her Mama before bed. Look at that face!!!!! She is so sweet!
This year Sam and I decided to just go to the homeschool convention for the day rather than going for the whole weekend. It was perfect. This was our view of Worcester during our lunch break. I took these pictures for our kids so they could see a little bit of what the convention looks like. This is the vendor hall. The Lamplighter Collection. We have a couple of these books. I love the way they look. Some of them are difficult reads. Sam reads them aloud to the kids. We also purchased a couple of their books on cd for our long road trip this summer. They were really good! That night on our way home, Sam took me out for a belated birthday dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. They had this phone booth ( I think that’s what it is??) on their outdoor patio. It was such a random thing. A sign that Spring really was coming! A view from the drawbridge looking down toward the seaport. It was a beautiful evening. Here are the kids the next morning with all of their new books and homeschool convention finds! We even got the girls new skirts with a “fox” print. That is what they are wearing in the picture.
But first! Here is Weston all decked out in his NAVY apparel from Uncle Brian and Aunt Brooke! Uncle Brian picked out his shirt for his birthday this year. And they gave him the shorts last year. He loves wearing them! Weston loves to keep busy. He is not one to sit idle. He prefers to be playing or rather “working” outside. One day he took this log and “worked on it” for quite a while. Here he is showing me all that he did. Love this cute boy!
Tuesday evening, April 21st, Sam was working on taking some trees down. This tree was the stubborn one. He was working on it, when Brandt stopped by. The kids were having fun on the four wheeler while they waited for Sam to get the tree down. They were helping carry the branches to the brush pile. He got it down! Phew! I did not like watching that. Me on my favorite split rock.Also, this day, April 21st, was my Mom’s birthday! Happy birthday, Mom!
Sunday, April 19th, after church, we headed out to get a load of hay.
This is Weston’s selfie. The goats were curious when we got back!Sam and Ethan gave the goats a bale to munch on while they unloaded. This is what you call a “hay bale back up”. Sam took the leaf blower to the van after they unloaded all the hay. My heather survived the winter! Weston on his big boy bike!This is Weston after taking a digger on his big boy bike! My daffy’s. The girls with Goldilocks. Sam loves the mini bike! And so do the kids!
Saturday, April 18th, I wrapped more soap! The kids rode the four wheeler! And that evening, we took a picnic dinner down to the drawbridge. Sweet! And we got ice cream! We were walking by a restaurant when we looked up and on that big rock was a raccoon. See his eyes?We had a nice day and evening together.
Thursday, April 16th, we could hear something caught in our gutter. The part that is enclosed and vertical. Not sure what that part is called. We were pretty sure it was a bird, by the sound it was making. So, Ethan thought if he turned on the leaf blower, it would blow it back out the top and get it unstuck. The other three stood in the yard to watch for it. Sure enough, it came flying out the top. But it was injured. We did our best to save it, but sadly it didn’t make it.Later on that day, I noticed the goats segregated by family. Katie and her daughter, Maia to the left. Poor little Lou in the middle. And June and her daughter, Sylvie to the right. They just make me laugh sometimes. They really know who belongs to who.
Our first outside dinner of the year! Burgers with roasted sweet potatoes! That night I wrapped soap. I was getting ready to make my spring delivery to the farm stand.