Tuesday, August 19, 2014

6 Random Things

1. I don't enjoy when the girls wake up early. Any time before the clock strikes 6 feels like torture, but there have been some really pretty sunrises lately. Too bad the camera can never truly capture the beauty of the sky.

2. Mason wrote his name for the first time a few days ago, it was even legible! Grandma Jackie got him some dry erase tracing books, he's pretty excited about them, he asked pretty much right away this morning to draw in them. In this picture, he was writing down rules. "No jumping, no walking, no running.." I love the thinking process of toddlers, so unique and unpredictable.

3. We've started participating in Bountiful Baskets. I have wanted to try it out for a few years now, but haven't been near a drop site, now there is one 15 minutes away from us! If you aren't familiar with it, BB is a co-op that operates via volunteers, the group purchases a ton of produce at wholesale pricing and then it all gets evenly distributed to the participants. You pay $15 for your weekly share, half fruit, half veggies, that could cost double that if you bought in the grocery store. We have bought the organic basket both times we've participated, which is $10 extra. Also in the picture we purchased a couple add-ons, one was a lunch box add on (apples, carrots, grape tomatoes, etc.) and the other was five loafs of bread. It was around $50 for all this, which is quite good considering half of it is organic. The beans in the bowl were from my garden, but they looked too good in the picture to move them. If you are interested in trying it out, go to BountifulBaskets.org

4. Here's Tom, or as we've been calling him lately, Thomas. He thinks he's so tough and puffs up like this, especially when I gobble at him. I love the sounds the turkeys make, it is not something I'm used to hearing. They've been big stinkers lately, flying up to roost in the trees before Tyler can shut them in their house at night. They don't care for many "treats" we give the other birds, but we've learned they love to eat bananas, that information may prove useful in coaxing them in at night.

5. Here's my first two cucumbers from the garden. Well, technically number two and three, because the dog picked the first and the chickens enjoyed eating it. This is my first time growing cucumbers, I had no idea they'd have spikes. I have been waiting patiently for the spikes to disappear so I could pick them, I figured once they were big enough to pick, the spines would kind of be absorbed in the growth. I got tired of waiting and looked it up and turns out sometimes they are just spiky! So I picked them, sliced some for the kids, added some sea salt, and they gobbled them down. It is a really good feeling feeding your kids something you grew yourself.

6. Elliot and Finnley are enjoying picking out their own attire lately. They get so exited digging through their drawers and getting dressed, it is pretty cute. And their style isn't too bad.