Monday, July 27, 2015


Here are the girls on their first day of swim lessons. They were both SO BRAVE And just WENT FOR IT! No Hesitation (okay maybe a tiny bit when Olive was heads and years above/older than her classmates--we got off track with swim lessons the past few years) at all.

Pickle spent the first few weeks of lessons being a little silly, jumping in and out and playing with the noodles. She got VERY comfortable though and was ready to go to level 2.

There was no room in the time I wanted, so we kept her in level 1 with a bit larger class.  Jason and I watched many of the new moms act like "helicopter moms" hovering over their children on the side of the pool.  We enjoyed sitting in the deep end watching Lolly dive and swim and every once in a while glanced over to Pickle.

Sometimes I even left during lessons to run a quick errand and then came back at the end.

One afternoon I was in the deep end trying to finish my book because it was due the next day...I glanced up to check on Pickle and saw a pink blur under the water, NOT coming up.  I waited just a second when I saw she was not moving and then ran towards her yelling: MY BABY MY BABY! And one of the helicopter moms RIGHT THERE next to the 2 swim teachers RIGHT THERE, grabbed her out of the water. Seriously there were 2 lifeguards, 4 helicopter Moms, and 2 teachers and none of them noticing my little Pickle trapped just beneath the water.

She was fine of course, but seriously...

The next day they all wore life jackets. It was the coolest thing to see her so confident moving around the pool in her life jacket. That is how she spent the rest of the summer---just swimming around solo with her little life jacket, which she pronounced: LAUGH, JIKE-et.

Here they are after 4 weeks of lessons:

It was the best 4 weeks and $240-I have ever spent.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

U-Pick Flowers

I took the girls to pick flowers at a U-Pick yesterday. It was an adventure! We then tried our hand at flower arranging when we got home. So pretty.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Rosy Maple Moth

My new favorite creature in nature: Rosy Maple Moth

You can come visit my craft room door ANY TIME.

Monday, June 29, 2015

She designed a game

As part of a 4th grade class assignment, Lolly designed this game about AMERICA! Race to the States! We played it and it was really fun. I especially loved the tricky questions.  I do think the size may be a problem for future sales.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Mo tab

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir took a tour this summer to the Eastern Parts of the USA. We knew they were performing at Carnegie Hall but also upstate NY at Bethel Woods (which apparently is where Woodstock happened). Both places were about the same distance away from our house upstate, but we opted to see them UPSTATE instead of Carnegie Hall.

The weather was horrible! It was the end of June and raining heavily, harsh winds at 60 degree- weather.  It was crazy the conditions! We were outside, (thankfully covered) but the elements still affected the experience. I was so glad I grabbed a pair of gloves before I left the house. (See the two heaters on the stage?)
The organists' screens were blowing out of his view, the music was flying off the stands of the musicians! It was crazy! We tried to have a great attitude, and it wasn't hard because the choir is SO professional.  Their selections were really great-we especially loved the part where Alex Boye joined in. I think I understood that they have an album together? Not sure, but that would be one to own for sure.
Even though we were frigid we HAD to wait at the buses to see our MOTAB Member. Jason's cousin Ryan has been in the choir for years, and so we had a quick chat with him to tell him he did a great job and catch up....

Friday, June 26, 2015


One of our favorite old movies is Summer Magic. In one scene they sit on the front porch on a few kelly green rockers. Truly magical. We knew we had to have some rockers for our house. We can't wait for our family to get here!

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Several weeks ago I saw a group of my fellow New Yorker Neighbors beautifying a small portion of the city. It looked like they were planting, mulching and landscaping.  Later I noticed they finished the job with a homemade sign that said Love your Block.

I let that sit for a bit and then decided I could join in on this beautification with some yarn bombing.

Here is the invitation for you to participate in the Summer Love Your Block Yarn Bomb! Just knit or crochet flowers, insects, clouds, suns, whatever seems like it would go well on this fence.  The fence is a bit tricky to navigate as it is made on an angle, not flat like most chain link remember to leave me some ends so that I can easily tie it up!

The Deadline is Autumn. I will be bombing it as I receive items. 

Send them here:

PO BOX 1151
LIC NY 11101


Here is the first installment: