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2015.07.28

July 28, 2015

Last winter Alistair was part of an afterschool Illustration Club; their class project was to illustrate a Chinese poem.

In late spring they were invited to submit their artwork for display in a local coffeehouse.  The pieces were up for the past few weeks, and the coffeehouse had a closing reception last Thursday; they will have a new exhibit up soon.

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I like when local businesses take in interest in the community…

On Saturday we celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday with a cookout.  Special guests were the newest babies in the family.  Seven or so weeks after they were born, and a day before their due date, my boys met their newest cousins.

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By this time next year they’ll be able to participate in all of the fun, but for now they are content to be snuggled by anyone who is so inclined.

 

2015.07.20

July 20, 2015

Last week Alistair mentioned that “I’ve been to Maine, but Larson hasn’t”.

And just like that, we had a lightbulb moment.  We have decided to visit all six New England states before school starts.  We back-dated the plan to begin on Memorial Day, so that our Block Island trip totally counts.

So, yesterday we drove up the coast to Ogunquit, Maine.

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2015.07.14

July 14, 2015

We’re five weeks in to our CSA season, and I’m thrilled to say we love it.  We have been a member of a few different ones over the years, and this one is by far the best.  Pricewise it’s in the middle of what we’ve paid before, but for service (they deliver to our front porch), selection, and the model (we choose what we want and how much from whatever’s available, and draw down on our lump-sum payment), it is fantastic.

We had a few weeks of lettuce and spinach early on, but now the selection is expanding weekly.  Two weeks ago we got our first batch of chard

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And this past week we got some baby bok choy (so delicious on the grill)

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and some summer salad turnips that are on the menu tomorrow night.  We’ve never had these before, but why not try something new?  Bonus points that the boys are excited to see the veggies come out of the cooler, and to try everything. (Thumbs up on the chard, by the way; the bok choy rated a ‘so-so’).

My parents have raspberries in their backyard, so on Sunday we walked over there to pick a couple of cups worth.  Add some sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch, and dump them onto a refrigerated pie crust.  Bake for 45 minutes and voila!  Super simple summer galette.

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So yummy.

2015.07.07

July 7, 2015

 

 

We hosted our annual fourth of July cookout on Saturday.  With Friday an office holiday, we had an extra day to prep as much as possible, which made everything go much more smoothly for me.  Larry still had to man the grill for hours, and he rocked it as usual.

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Of course it wouldn’t be our annual cookout without the annual watermelon challenge…

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On Sunday we finally broke down and bought a bigger wading pool for the backyard.  The boys are stoked.

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2015.06.30

June 30, 2015

Yesterday was finally the last day of the school year in our town.

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Alistair still had homework until last Thursday; they even had a clipper-ship project due last Wednesday.  The challenge was to build a ship using stuff around the house that would be able to hold stacks of pennies without sinking.

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If you look closely you’ll see that the ship is called the SS Nintendo. It held 100 pennies before it sank.

Today being the first day of summer vacation, and also stay-home Tuesday for me, we returned to our traditional craft Tuesday ways.

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2015.06.23

June 23, 2015

I am pleased to let you know that my newest niece and nephew have arrived!  Born on June 5th, a full eight weeks ahead of schedule, they are growing bigger and stronger every day.

I had finished a pair of sweaters for them in time for their shower, and knew I’d never finish the blankets in time.  I did think I’d finish the blankets before they were born, though.  In fact they were born before their shower, so I don’t feel so bad!

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Larry and I were able to meet them at the NICU last week, and I gifted the blankets then.

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I’ve gone back to my miter-square blanket for a few days, while I decide what project to begin next.  I can tell you one thing, it won’t be on bulky yarn…two blankets in a row has put a fork in bulky knitting for me for a while.

 

2015.06.19

June 19, 2015

Thanks to all of the snow days we had last winter, Alistair’s last day of school isn’t until June 29th.  With his preschool having ended in May, Larson has been a bit adrift.

He spent this week attending Forest Kindergarten, a sort of half-day camp for children ages 4-6 put on by the local forest association.   Unless it’s absolutely pouring buckets they spend the entire time outdoors, playing and exploring and just generally having a grand old time.

When I brought him on Monday, we were both a little nervous, not knowing what to expect.  But walking up the path the registration, we saw a snapping turtle laying eggs right on the lawn.  Just like that he was hooked!

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He’s come home every day muddy and wet, and happy as a clam.   I’m so happy he has had such a great experience.

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He’s signed up for another week in August.  And we’ll go back in September to check on those turtle eggs, too.

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