Saturday, April 30, 2016


We haven't even had it for a week yet, and we're puttin' it to work! We're finally working on the bee yard! First step- clear out grass, smooth(ish) ground, pin down landscaping fabric, and procure mulch! It's happening!

(I used a lot of exclamation marks in this post!)

Happy weekending!


Friday, April 29, 2016

Special Suits

A sweet and generous friend of mine made both my kiddos little bee suits, and today we got to test one of them out. We topped the homemade suit off with a veil and gloves from a supplier, and we headed out to "help" requeen and split hives. Hen never batted an eye, never swatted a bee, and had the most ridiculously adorable casual attitude as the bees flew all around.

He clearly had faith in his getup.

On the way back home he talked about the "awesome-amazing bees" and the "sticky stuff everywhere (propolis)" and how hot it was in his suit... well, you can't win everything. It was very humid.

He's now looking forward to the arrival of our own bees *almost* as much as his Mama...

...and he can't wait to wear his special suit again!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

It's Here!

We got our tractor yesterday! It feels like it's been forever since we ordered it, but there's been a lot going on......................... and now there will be even more going on!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


We've had so much rain. Our soil is so saturated that it's been able to successfully prevent the mower from getting out and around in the areas most frequented by our family. Couple that with the fact that the rest of our property is torn up from the last time we were clearing it (with ruts, exposed boulders, and uncleared brush)........... well, what I'm getting around to saying is through no fault of ours we haven't mowed in a reeeeeeeeeally long time.

I personally think it's beautiful. It's amazing to see the wild blooms that appear when all the plants and grasses are left to their own devices! The hubs, on the other hand, is positively twitching to get out there and rein it in.

I must admit it's a little spooky walking through grass that's up past my waist... I'm always afraid I'll step on something thorny or poisonous, since I can't see my feet or the path in front of me!

In fact, just the other afternoon I came across a really big turtle hiding in the grass.........

...lucky for me, though, it was the happy, non-biting, crime-fighting kind.

That was a close one, though.

Gotta love that tall spring grass!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Peace and Suspicious Quiet

Anyone with little kids in their lives knows that sudden pit-of-your-stomach fear and paranoia that comes from realizing your kids have gotten waaaaaaaaaaay too quiet.

In my short parenting career I've found that suspicious silence enveloping everything from the complete unraveling of rolls and rolls of toilet paper or every kind of art on every kind of forbidden surface, to more serious stuff like helping little brother reach the peanut butter and then also helping him cover himself in it.

But most recently, after realizing once again that the kids done gone quiet, I found this...

...and this gave me another deep-down feel, but in the deepest part of my Mama heart. What an awesome, welcome silence to behold.

Ssssssssssoooooooo much better than finding, say, rainbow mustaches where mustaches never should be.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Right Now

Right now, I'm loving...

...a mostly rainy weekend, amazing sibling harmony, kid-led play and lots of puddles.

...a break in the rain, a little time out for everyone, an egg from each Red Lady (I can't remember the last time that happened!), and iris for daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaays.

...a truck bed full of debris, a bathroom only 2/3 functional, drywall and concrete dust everywhere, all future showers for the next little while in the guest bathroom, and one of our last remaining Big House Projects well under way.

Right now, I'm loving a weekend that saw a big push into the renovation of our master bath, and two kiddos who seamlessly adapted to the project by entertaining themselves almost the whole time. I couldn't have asked for a better scenario to cap our week and kick of this next one!

Happy Monday, y'all!

Sunday, April 17, 2016


A little bit of crabby, a little bit of bored, then a lot of rain, a lot of popcorn, and a lot of music, puppet, and dance performances for parental audiences makes for a pretty good turnaround and a good weekend wind-down around here.

Happy weekend wind-downing!