Friday, April 10, 2015

Liquid Gold

 Two weekends ago,
we ate this breakfast,
smothered in maple syrup.

Which inspired us to go home and...

 ...tap two maple trees in our yard.
Which led to the collection of almost 40 gallons of sap over the next couple of days.

So on Saturday, we lit a fire at 10am,

 and fueled it until 7pm while we boiled down a mere 7 gallons of sap.

We brought what was left of the 7 gallons of sap inside.
And boiled it for another 1.5 hours.

 Which made the humidity in our house reach summer levels (69%).

But look at what we harvested!

A whole quart of home brewed maple syrup.

I used the think pure maple syrup was expensive.
But now I know better.
It is a steal!

And in case you were wondering, we are going to make some more next year.
We learned a lot this first go round.

Happy Birthday James

Dear James,

Happy Birthday!  My heart just melts when I see you!

You have the cutest little nose speckled with freckles.  Sometimes I just want to come up to you and rub my nose against yours.

Other times, I just want to squeeze you and hold you right next to me and feel your heart beating.  You have the most pure and good heart of anyone I have ever met.  You have no guile and you selflessly think of others first.  What an amazing gift and talent you share so freely. 

I am amazed by your brilliant mind.  You have such a sharp memory.  I've never met someone so able to memorize things so easily.  You love math.  You love music.  You love making people laugh and you hands down have the BEST giggle I've ever heard.

I love you James.  I want to watch you conquer and triumph in your world while always feeling the sunshine of life.  You help me feel the glorious sunshine.  I am so grateful I get to be your mom.




Easter and 4th of July are my favorite holidays.
They are my favorite because they celebrate liberty and agency.

I didn't get a picture of our Easter dinner.
We had our usual, fish and honeycomb butter
(we're not huge fans of the waxy honeycomb).

The week before Easter,
I get out a little oil lamp for each kid.
During the week, as they do Christ-like acts, they get to add oil to their lamp.
Then we decorate our Easter table with the burning lamps.
They love it.

Did you know Easter and Passover were on the same day this year?
Did you hear about the blood moon?
We watched,
it was too cloudy out to see the moon in our neck of the woods.
So fascinating.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sugar Shacks

 Spring here means it is Maple Syrup time.
Which means you have to go to Parker's Maple Barn.
You get to visit their sugar shack and see how to make Maple Syrup,
but most importantly, you get to eat a huge breakfast
covered, DRENCHED in warm, fresh maple syrup.
Basically, you drink it.

 On the way home we realized our little plot of land,
10 miles outside of Boston,
has a lot of maple trees on it.

So we tapped our maple trees.
In one day we have collected 7 gallons of sap.
I can't believe it.
The kids love checking the taps.

Home brewed maple syrup here we come!

Our Birds and Bees

We have had a long and very cold winter.
The bee experts were saying 80% of the hives died this winter.
But our hive is part of the 20%!
I couldn't believe it when I opened it the other day.
There they were, huddled together and buzzing away.
I'm so excited.

After a long winter of being cooped up, the chickens are out.
Little Coco strayed a little to far from the fold.
Poor girl, she got killed by a hawk.
 I felt so bad.
That was a sad day...but good learning experience for all of us.

"White Water" Kayaking

I love how creative my kids are.
They turned their sleds into kayaks 
a made paddles out of sticks.

Now they kayak down the frozen "White Water".

Sunday, March 15, 2015

I Caught the Bug

I've known for a long time that family history is important.
But I have never done it.
I had all sorts of excuses for not doing it...

Some of my lines go back to Adam
My retired family is working on it full time
I'll do that during another season of my life
I don't have time

...all lame excuses.
So, I decided at the beginning of the year, I was just going to do a little bit each week.

Well, it has been so fulfilling and rewarding.
I found 42 names of ancestors who need temple work done!
42 names!
And Daniel found 5!

And now I have been researching Arnemuiden, Netherlands.
I want to go there so badly.