by the book

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I saw this great mud pie recipe book here and then here, and I thought it might be just what the girls needed to get them excited about being outside again — they enjoy being outside but are kind of in that end-of-summer we’ve-done-everything-there-is-to-do-outside place.  Sure enough, it’s been inspiring a great deal of fun and encouraging them to do such things as thread twenty blades of grass through twenty buttons and grinding up sticks of chalk and such like.  Here their dolls are being treated to a meal including boiled buttons, chalk shakes, and molded moss salad.  As a bonus, Adeline can now read and pronounce the words hors d’oeuvres.

Since Bea can’t read, she doesn’t get the same satisfaction Adeline does from following a recipe.  She’s more inclined to improvise.  When she suggested adding some mushrooms she’d found to the button soup, Adeline exclaimed, “No, Bea, the book doesn’t say to add those!”  And that, I think, sums up their personalities fairly well.


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Joining Amanda for: {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember.


Just a few snippets of our summer thus far, a summer that feels as though it’s barely started and at the same time is slipping quickly away.

Jake put up a swing.  It is lovely.  The girls adore it.  There is only one problem: 1 swing, 2 girls.  You do the math.

Bea can often be heard saying, “How bout you be Goliath and I’ll be WoodGul.”

Adeline has ditched her training wheels, and Bea has got the hang of pedaling.

The other day two young boys from across the street came over while I was planting some raspberry plants (a housewarming/ordination gift from friends), and fertilizing them with worm castings and bone meal.  Yes that’s right, worm poop and ground up bones.  Needless to say they were impressed.

Adeline has learned that, although the tennis court next door seems like it’s in our yard, it is actually owned by the city and the city mowers will mow over your flip-flops if you leave them in the grass there.


This weekend was spent in the company of many good folks, some baby chicks, a three-legged dog, a few kitties, a couple roly poly bugs, and a stuffed giraffe or two as we ate, explored, and helped friends celebrate a birthday and various other achievements.  And we are thankful that so much of that time was spent outdoors.

And now, as I have the house all to myself, I’m going to try to stay off the computer and get some work done!

Linking up with Amanda today for weekending.