Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pooh's Park

We went to Pooh's park
with Dada one day last week...


Myles was showing off all of the sights..
Hello Mr. Rabbit!


The three bears..



I heart Queen Anne's Lace
hopefully we will have some in our garden next year!!


another bear shot..




writing in his journal...
LOVE this..
he was sitting criss cross applesauce on the ground and found a much more practical place to jot down his thoughts!!




sweet..



.....bears at Pooh's park!



look at him concentrating..




you can almost imagine the creator of these sculptures being so tickled by our sweet boy on this little bear..
the bear seems pleased!!


Have a Love-fully!



Monday, June 28, 2010

Officially Summertime

Oh Summertime...
How do I love you..let me count the ways...
this kid goes topless..and shoeless..most of your days..
he loves your sunlight..
your HOT air..
your sweet freedom..

the little treasures you leave for him..


...for real...and apple tree in our back yard..
now..we THINK it is a crab apple tree..it is smallish..the fruit is ..well...smallish too...and the taste is..hmmm..crabby...
SOW-WER!!
But we had some friends over the other day and they reminded me that apples are ready to be picked in the fall...hmm..didn't think about THAT one!!
Silly us..maybe we've been picking them too early..???..
anywho...This tree and our early picking reminds me of summer...and these hands (as they grow each year..sigh..) wrapped around the fruit!!




We found this FAB small picnic basket at Goodwill 2 Tuesdays ago...
It has already been on a few adventures with us.. just big enough for a picnic snack!!




oh excuse me...pardon me...just need to get by...
these (and many others)..can be found lining the path to our back door..
this can usually be found anytime of the year...but most everyday in the summer!!





mmmm...look at that sweet face...ah..my summertime baby..
his birthday is officially in September..but he would always rather be hot than cold..
he definitely (officially) got that from me..





oh..summer reading at the library..
this is our first year doing an official...(well, all we had to do was register..but still...)
program..Myles is the champion reader...(He DID NOT get that from me...)
and Sam is learning to read on the BOB books series..
2 weeks in ...2 books down!!
"Mat"..and "Sam"...how appropriate!!
This was at the library, listening to an author play his guitar..harmonica..sing and read!!
The boys really liked it!
Me too!
When we left..Myles said.."Hey Mom...I really liked the library!"
Officially... elated!!


Also...at our library, i took a knitting class...Yeeks!!
Just one Saturday morning..I was paired with an amazing..most patient, teacher
and lover of knitting...I am really liking it..here is a sample of my little project..
i know you are SHOCKED that i chose the yarn that i did!! :)
I try to do a little whenever I can..
I like to keep my hands busy..but lets face it..the sewing machine is a bit bulky!
this is the perfect activity for me.. I have done it while Lee drives..(he thinks i'm crazy..what else is new)..while waiting in line at the zoo..at the park..while watching the kids play in the back yard.. while "watching" a movie...while i wait for my computer to get crankin'..and even..
(at church)...
officially..what do you think about that..??
my needles aren't all clanking around..tap.tap.tap.click..tap..click..
I AM VERY quiet...and it does seem to help me focus better..as focused as i can be with a wiggly six year old next to me...still...this could be seen as a rule breaking activity..
again...i didn't bring my sewing machine....no pressure...officially...
?????






Both of my grandmothers were knitters..
I just found out that one of them was..My dad's mom.."Nanny"..never knew this...shameful..i never saw anything remotely crafty at her house..Nanny did listen to classical music..and she loved iced coffee..and she worked at the library..but i never knew she was a knitter...like officially...a meticulous knitter..as told to me by not one but two family members..WHAT!! She would knit an entire blanket and notice she had "dropped" a stitch...and then take the whole thing out!!
I DID NOT get that from her..
I will show you what i did with my very first attempt,on another post.. this here is really my second attempt..
If it doesn't make it into a scarf...intended finished project...who knows what i will use it for..but i will NOT be taking the whole thing apart..as if i would even know how to do THAT!!
So..knitting warm and toasty items is officially..a summertime activity for me!!

Relaxing a bit after a morning at the library..we are sitting at the corner of coffee and main watching people go by.. and the lights change...
we will stop by OP Taylors after our break..
We (HE) will do a great job NOT touching anything..as i have informed him we are NOT touching, just LOOKING!!
For real...
Complete sensory overloaded toy store..
(officially)Mastered!

I hope you're making your summer OFFICIAL too!
Have a love....FULLY!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Odds & Ends

We got back from vacation at my Mom and Dad's about 2 weeks ago..
Boy did we need some time to relax..i'm not posting about our first week of summer vacay..
this was the next couple days..clearly, I have some catching up to do..

I think this was last Wednesday ... everyone was up at 4am..
i decided to make some french toast for my guys..so they spent some quality time getting washed up..



so did the animals..


attention to detail is not one of our downfalls..



i love the spray bottle for fine motor exercises..




almost..just a little more...



Hey Sammy!



meanwhile...in the kitchen..



ooooh lala!!
le french toast!



we had just been to the farmers market over the weekend and got some fresh peaches..



this is my plate...scored some new stuff from my Mom's yard sale..
I mean tons .. Lee is still with me..don't worry...
I love these plates though..very robin's eggy/blueish/green..right up my alley!


LOVES him some French toast!!




Sam has been in summer school for the past 2 weeks of vacay too...Myles and I are totally taking advantage of the 2 1/2 hrs each morning..we are all usually together, so enjoying these times has been a real treat for me!!



we are at the children's garden here..look at these beauts!!





"Hey Mom!! Can I go through the tunnel??!!"



Look who is with us..of course it's Charlie...I need to put together a book , like Flat Stanley, of all of Charlie's adventures.. he goes everywhere..



Oh Hi Mr. Squirrelio!!




This is a beautiful American Red Bud.. Love these trees...



not as much as this fellow though!!




But look...the leaves look like the fullest happiest hearts!!
Just beautiful to me!!
We have one growing in our yard from the National Arbor Society..it is just a couple years old, but is till holding strong..Does anyone else have one of these in their yard??

Buds..



he and I..or me..



look at the lovely dew on this daisy..ahhh..
it looks like it is opening up to the day ahead..
i've been completely embracing Summer this year..
Summer is totally my season..
You won't catch me without my sunscreen..
(for real..my skin is so soft..and hopefully the Dr.Dermi won't find anything suspicious
the next time i go back in July..)
Myles and I are staying busy each morning..
the library...and summer reading program...
Goodwill..need i say more..??.. Great Harvest Bread Co for our fresh gluten free bread on Tuesdays..Whole Foods..to spend the rest of our earnings..
Pooh's park...and the Zoo..playdates...swimming..
farmer's markets..blueberries up to our eyeballs..picnics..people watching...and embracing spontaneity..
sunshine..rainy afternoons.. and sleepy eyes at the 7:00 hour..

Hello Summer!
My Love..

and for the ends...my hair is long enough now for the smallest of braids..
ahhh..summer..
I hope you are enjoying all of the beauty in YOUR world..
I have much more lovely to share..
more summer fun to come..
Love.

Fully!

Smylie

Smylie

Sammy

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The Nester

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