Thursday, January 12, 2017

I Was a Stranger

Summer 2016 in 19 Photos

 4th of July is summer's kickoff.
So we'll start our summer in 19 photos with the 4th of July.
The 4th of July would be incomplete without
sticky, sweaty kids dressed in red, white, and blue,
watermlon, games, water balloons,
patriotic berries with whip cream,
hamburgers, friends,
and tired kids at the fireworks show.
Look at all these cute Yankee Doodles.

 Daniel goes to his first day at scout camp
while James hammers fire scorched iron on an anvil.

 As soon as I think I have figured out all my neighborhood has to offer,
someone tells me about another gem.
Added bonus...the Saugus Iron Works happens to be around the corner from Kanes Donuts.

 Since I refuse to get a domesticated pet,
our kids find their own and bring them home
(well, we do have 12 chickens and 50,000 honey bees).

 Our garden was quite productive, despite...

 ...the drought we experienced this summer.
But when the heavens finally opened up and dumped on us,
we all enjoyed the rain

 along with summer's strawberry, blueberry, and apple bounty.

 We tried our luck at harvesting from the ocean, but only took home two cod fillets totaling 1 pound.
So we all got one delicious bite.
However a 5 foot blue shark chased down our other catch.
Kate was unamused as she was so sea sick she threw up 4 times.

 We camped, climbed, gazed at the un-light polluted star sky, and swam in the clean NH rivers.

 Our busy bees gave us 50lbs of honey.
Bless them.

 Mostly, we spent the summer at the pool.
Kate loves the water.
This was a big summer for Caleb.
He learned to ride a two wheeler and swim on his own.

 Here is Kate and her bud Topher celebrating Christian's 40th birthday with a surprise dance party.
Next summer they will tear it up on the dance floor.
This year, they were still a little wobbly.

 There are moments I sit back and examine my life.
Right now I feel complete gratitude.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I Am Back For Good

  I was about to throw in the towel on blogging,
but blogging is my best journal.
Trying to catch you up on the last 8 months will be impossible, so I am starting fresh from today, and I am determined to journal more of the precious little moments each day brings.

So here is a quick snap shot of where everyone is. 

 Daniel is a wise and happy boy.
His world revolves around trucks, drones, scouts, and an insatiable desire for social gatherings.

 James is the most compassionate kid I have ever met.
His creativity and imagination keep him busy crafting wooden weapons and little inventions.

 Well look at that face.  If that doesn't scream determined, I don't know what else would.
Anna is a huge fan of horses, wolves, and conquering challenges.

 Caleb is my little buddy and pretty easy going...mostly easy going.
Being the fourth child, he SWAT uniforms it up and seeks to establish justice himself.

 And finally, Kate.  She is such a little peanut with such a big personality.
 We cannot get enough of her babblings and words.

I will be back soon to write all the little moments I want to remember...bottle it all up the best I can.