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.

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:


Jason and I went up to the house for one of our final walk throughs. I will never forget the pit in my stomach when I peered outside under the eaves of the porch and saw 16 complete birds nests all set up like a little Robin Maternity Ward.  That day, Jason and I transitioned all at once from two little kids dreaming, to home owners in REALITY.  After that came the wasps and the ants and the snakes and the deer and now we are handling everything just fine...but that first moment, that FIRST intrusion had a very big impact.

Once we knew the nests were empty we knocked them all down. And then we did the same thing the next week and the next and the next and the next.  I had a feeling it was one Mama Robin making all of the nests. Is it normal for a Robin to make THAT many nests?  When I returned one week I saw one nest in particular that was VERY developed.  I tilted it toward me with my stick and spied a single Robin's Egg. That distinct blue! It is so vibrant and inspiring how could I knock it down? Luckily the egg stayed in the nest and the nest stayed in tact, I quickly pushed it back up into place.  Sidenote: she built that nest RIGHT above the plastic owl he had hung there to deter it. Literally, DIRECTLY above it.

I let her keep the nest and her egg.

I then did my research.  I was surprised there was only one egg, but Robins usually lay one egg a day up to 4 eggs.  Also, the NEST building ceased. This could be that the other robins were busy sitting on their respective nests elsewhere, but really I think it is because SHE was now nest bound and had stopped with her obsessive nest making routines.

I checked on the nest only a few weeks later and what I spied was 2 in tact eggs and one baby robin. Over that weekend all 3 of her babies hatched.

As I am in a particularly vulnerable time in my mothering and struggling quite a bit (if I am being honest) with mothering right now, it has been an inspiration to me watching this Robin prepare for her family.  I  can't believe how hard she worked on making all of those nests.  I cannot believe that she sits on her nest 50 out of 60 minutes per day and that she will do that for weeks.  Every time I checked on the nest over a few days time, another bird had hatched.  And every time I went back, she had cleaned the nest of any egg particles. She is spic and span, neat and tidy.

As we observe her from inside our house, it is usually just her sitting there keeping watch over her family, but one time we also spied Dad sitting next to the nest helping with a feeding.  Nature  continues to inspire and amaze me.  I am glad I let her set up house along side ours.  

I also took it as a sign that she didn't lay the four eggs, because 3 is enough.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Recital Season

I can't believe how much the girls are growing and learning and changing! Here are a few clips from their end-of-year shenanigans: