Sometimes we get lucky and in all the shit life throws you (mainly a sick Dad..) a rainbow appears : )
The good stuff:
-I found a new source for raw milk and it's a 45 minute drive but a beautiful one and we land (and pick up our milk) in the sweetest town with the best toy store, children's museum, cafes and river to walk on. If we got a big freezer making that trip once a month could be a family adventure I wouldn't say no to.
-Found a CSA to join. It's affordable and in addition to providing all sorts of organic produce there's condiments and other things to try...and the pick up is TEN minutes from my house.
-Won $20 on a lottery ticket
-Paige won her fishing contest today. From 8am (gulp) to 11am today we fished and fished in a little pond in the town I grew up in. Getting up early isn't a big deal, but normally we laze around in jammies until at least mid-morning...so we were a teeny bit late. But we had poles, snacks, coffee and hopes to catch fish except we didn't and SURPRISE, no one else did! 1400 trout and NOT A SINGLE ONE CAUGHT? So the prizes were given out in a raffle style and Paige won the try and got a NEW fishing pole! We were so excited and jumped up and down and her little beaming face made me so happy to be a momma. I think we will be fishing all summer, she enjoyed it. It was freezing but she was focused and eager to catch something.
-At the Tractor Supply a man came up to us and said "are you looking for bunnies" (which we always are...) and he said his wife and he had some to give away (for free!) that were just weaned. So we are the new parents to two little bunnies Sugar and Nutmeg.
Life is good - we started preparing the backyard for loads of outdoor play. We love exploring our fields and playing in the barn but having a backyard that's fenced in and safe = momma can shriek "go outside!" and not worry (too much..we do have a pool but that's seperate from the yard and also fenced..) Our set up is somple, and most of our play things are homemade by moi. We do have a beautiful wooden playhouse ( a splurge ) that I love, and a trampoline that was a gift from G-ma, and swings from Ikea ($10 each!) but everything else? Mostly homemade or bought second-hand..
Post hurricane some of our fence began to fall apart, so yesterday I tugged on some and dragged it to the yard to make a "balance beam" for Wyatt, who's idea of fun is to balance on anything. I used extra sandbags to hoist it up and no surprise, he played on it for an hour. And while I was making dinner he went back out and I looked out and saw him balancing more!
I'm trying to upload more pictures of our homemade sand box but it's not working. We basically dumped three bags of sand (and by we I mean myself..h-e-a-v-y) and surrounded it with rocks and wood scraps. It's small, it's simple, and it's going to get filthy but my kids are filthy. Sand's cheap and we can always replace it -- plus it's much more inviting than a giant plastic turtle.
Spring is full of hope.
I am going to extend my little blog contest for another day because one person commented. Come on! A free book just for a comment?