Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hello, Paradise!

We are here at my favorite place in the world, celebrating my cousin's upcoming wedding.  Family will be trickling in all week, and we get to play on the beach while we await the big wedding finale this weekend.

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Doin' the happy dance!

More pics on the way,

Monday, September 24, 2012

Life Lately

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Putting Uncle Chip to work in the garden

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kitty cats, all grown up

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finally cooling off enough to enjoy playing outside

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sewing baby bibs

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Grumpy and Piper, touring the farm

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Monet art project (daughter paints roses...)

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(...son paints grasshoppers)

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kids are ready for the return of our Elf on the Shelf

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It worked!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Coming Soon...?

So my middle daughter comes running in from a trip out with Daddy the other day, saying "Daddy says if I save up enough money I can get an alpaca!"

Considering that I thought we had a universal agreement that we already had farm animals-a-plenty at the moment, I was more than a little surprised to hear this.  We had already turned down pleading requests for pigs, snakes, puppies, prairie dogs, ponies, and buffalo (that last request was mine :)), but suddenly an alpaca was an option?

In all fairness, we have considered raising alpacas, which are a little like mini llamas, for years.  They are fiber animals and we had visions of learning to spin and weave and starting up an alpaca sweater family store.  (This was maybe more because alpacas are so gosh darn cute than because I really wanted to sit at a spinning wheel). But alpacas have always been out of our price range, like way out, so we put the idea of raising them on the back burner.

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But prices have dropped some in the last 10 years, and Carribear decided it was one cute and cuddly goal to save up for, so yesterday we decided to go ahead and pay a visit to an alpaca and llama farm up the road from us to get a closer look.

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We couldn't keep our hands off their soft, thick fur. So fluffy!

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I also kinda fell in love with the llamas, which, though bigger, seem to have a little more personality than the alpacas.  And those ears are too cute.

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mama llamas

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mama alpaca

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They also had mini highlanders on the farm (they're almost like buffalo, right?)

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We got to walk a llama

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Posing for our junior photographer.

I like wearing them because their comfy when I'm pregnant, but I don't usually wear my husband's shirts out in public.  After seeing these pics, now I remember why.  Yikes.

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So our farm visit did indeed fuel the fire, and the girls (BeachPea now wants in on some alpaca action, too) are working furiously around our house and the grandparents' houses to fill up their piggy banks for their very own llama or alpaca. Time and reason may eventually change our minds, but could we soon have some new farm members?  Only if we're crazy.

But all the best people are, right?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Random... again.

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I've heard it said that you lose 10% of your brain cells with each pregnancy (and seeing as how this is baby #5, I guess that makes me an official half-wit :)).  This time around I feel like the lost cells must be creative ones, because I've had major writer's/photographer's/blogger's block lately.  I appreciate you who have stayed with me anyway and still come back to visit, even though there's not always a new post waiting for you.  Thank you.

As per usual, I just have a few random pictures of our life to share, instead of a cohesive post.  Maybe with Fall on the way I'll get inspired to get the camera out more.  Or maybe I'll stay random until those brain cells grow back.

Do brain cells grow back?

I hope so.

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farm morning

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Zooble reading practice

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Little bakers

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pinterest blueberry muffin recipe (love me some pinterest)

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french fry lesson

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one more game before bedtime

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Audubon art project (Great Artists)

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cat nature study

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"You may draw me now"

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Buddies

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Life Lately...

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Sewing for baby...

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burp cloths!  (tutorial here)

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(a fun way to recycle old towels.  And fabric scraps.)

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Kitty love.

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Baby love.

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School days.

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Cheer afternoons.

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BeachPea has decided maybe it's not so bad being the smallest on the team. :)

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Homeschool co-op classes (MyBuddy demonstrates an experiment in Physical Science Lab.

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Co-op friends

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Computer groupies

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Playground fun

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More cheer fun

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Shoe-tying lessons :)

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Friends

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My babies ("just take the picture, mom".)

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