First week of our summer we headed south to the little town of Amelia Island, FL with a few days stop in Savannah, GA. Time to kick back dig our feet into the sand, ride some waves, celebrate Harry’s 40th birthday and just soak up our boys.
Although I did take my big-girl camera I also grabbed my iPhone more times than not for the sheer convenience of it. All the pictures here are from my phone, edited with the VSCOcam app.
We also entered the world of GoPro, a great little camera you can pretty much take anywhere in addition to attaching it to almost anything, the video at the bottom is what I came up with.
We are fulfilling a little desire of mine to keep chickens…for a month. Our school hatched a few eggs for the Kinder class and, along with some young chicks, have made their way to our home for a few weeks during the summer.
The boys are in bird heaven.
They sat inside of the coop we built for the school 95% of the day, talking to them and filling their little bird ears with the twins daily dose of corny jokes. I’m so glad the boys have a new audience
Here are a few pictures from our first day…such sweet little ladies. We are all so happy to have them with us.
Drinking mint ice tea in your veggie garden on a Sunday afternoon, it is all southern utopia to me.
Harry pulled weeds and picked fresh collards that we ate that night for dinner accompanied by honey cornbread and pork ribs. The first batch of radishes were also harvested.
Strawberries are in season here in the Upstate, although our own strawberry patch has not fully ripened yet we were able to score a gallon of the sweetest berries from the Farmers Market, Downtown Greenville on Saturday.
So we turned them into our first batch of summer jam.
Yup, life is good.
I wanted to show you some things that were growing in our spring garden right now. Everything is in full bloom here and it won’t be long before it is flourishing. I love seeing all the new things coming up but am always surprised at what is actually doing well before it really warms up.
Mint, we planted it in a pot this year to keep it from taking over the yard. Miles loves to pick leaves, smell them then chuck them over the side of the deck. I hope they won’t take root down there…
On the corner of our kitchen (herb) garden is a thriving crop of sage. It came back from last summer…
Look at those blooms!
and although there is not much to see in our veggie garden, the lettuce is starting to come up. As are the carrots, peas, beets, kale, spinach, pole beans, strawberries…
We also planted seven different heirloom tomatoes which should be fun to see when they start growing!
As this little squirt is fun to watch grow too. He loves being outside!
And just for fun, since I showed my kitchen garden, I thought I should show an “AS IS” shot of my kitchen too as I came back inside last night.
Ok, love you! Heather
Yes, 5 days.
5 days of remorse.
5 days of panic.
5 days of sweet puppy kisses and snuggles that made the twins really sick.
I learned my lesson. We are not going to be a pet family.
Logan and Isaac are allergic to not just pet dander, but also dog saliva. So that means any licks, nibbles, basically contact with the dog was almost impossible. We found her a new home. She is happy. She has another pup to play with.
We are getting our health back.
This still makes me sad though. Miles loved her.
But we love these guys more. Here is our outtake from Easter….this made me laugh.
Jonah announced yesterday (the day the dog left)….”Its a sad day, Mommy” I looked up at the rear view mirror and his head was hung low. ”Why?” I asked. He looked up at me and started laughing. “I’m just kidding!” he said, “I really don’t care about the dog. She made my brothers sick.”
Glad they are not sad.
It’s hard not to love living here in Greenville. One of my favorite things is the weather. It never is too hot or cold for very long. Just long enough to enjoy it and watch it all completely change over night. The boys finally got their snow wish yesterday and in addition to that, a day off from school. I know there were not so many as lucky as us. Especially to the west of us in Atlanta, many kids could not even get home yesterday and had to spend their “snow day” at school since they had to spend the night!
So while it looked like this outside my window this morning…
This guy worked from home….good thing because he is fighting off the flu!
and the twins talked me into taking them sledding
J-man is the 5th one in the house to be down and out with the flu. I’m the last on the list and have yet to get sick….here’s keeping my fingers crossed.
But he did go outside for a couple minutes yesterday..
Everything has finally warmed up enough and the snow is melting away…there is still plenty of hot chocolate to go around though!
Stay warm everyone!
It’s monster truck mania in our house today but in a relatively quiet and sweet way. Last night they boys (all except for Logan who is not feeling well ) went to the monster truck show. Jonah has not put down his favorite truck “Gravedigger”….who comes up with this stuff anyway? Along with his much needed soundproof ear muffs and his new headlight from his builder friend have become a permanent fixture to his head he has been quietly playing and remenissing…