“Jack Frost came, Mama!” Laelia called excitedly, jumping up and down and waving her arms as she called to me. He did visit. He left his beautiful etchings outside on the grass and plants and car windows. Inside we felt the cool air, so I of course, snuggled into bed even more, trying to get away from the cold. When I finally threw the covers back, I found my three sweet girls enjoying the “frost” on the windows. There was no actual frost on the windows, but they were quite steamy. Later we went out to see Mr. Frost’s artwork on our lawn. It was a perfect match for what they love so much–art. Anything artistic. At all. From the moment they wake up in the morning until the moment they go to sleep they are thinking about drawing and coloring and artistic wonderment, with a side of make believe and imagination. Continue reading
Winter is officially here. Even in Sunny Florida we notice the little changes Old Man Winter brings. Our big changes come in January and February when we have to dress a little warmer. Right now we are still able to go outside in flip flops. But we welcome him and his fairies just the same.
In Florida, we don’t have Christmas tree farms (that I know of). You can get some pre-cut trees, but you can’t chop them down yourself. When I was a kid we only cut them down ourselves. And it was such a fun tradition. We’d drive out to a tree farm about 40 minutes away, trudge up and down hills in the cold and sometimes snowy weather, looking for the perfect tree. We’d look and look and find some great trees, and when we finally found the tree, my dad would get down on the ground and saw that perfect tree at the base while we held it up top so it didn’t fall on him. Then we’d carry the tree back to our car and strap it to the top (although there were a few years in there when my dad had a truck and he’d toss it in the bed). After that we’d go into the barn at the tree farm. They had hot chocolate there. Usually we got to get a cup of hot chocolate and we’d be so cold that we’d drink it too fast, and would of course, scald our mouths with it. But it seemed worth it.
As I am from Maryland, I have seen many Canadian Geese in my day–usually flying in their V or, still with their gaggle, eating, drinking, and splashing somewhere fun. However, on our recent trip to the north, we drove by a farm where I saw a hillside covered in geese, who were probably stopping off to fill their bellies to tide them over while on their journey farther South. I had to share this moment with you.
I will tell you that my most favorite meal is Thanksgiving dinner. Yummy yum yum! I love it and all the leftovers that come along with it. I love mixing it all together and creating fun things like hot open-faced turkey sandwiches smothered with gravy. Which brings me right where I love to be frequently…gravy. You can never have too much gravy. Ever. Absolutely delish! Continue reading
The cooler months are upon us here in Florida. While much of the rest of the country is snowy and freezing, we are enjoying having the windows open and running outside without having to come in to avoid the heat or jump in the pool to cool off a bit. The girls have been enjoying their time outside. Before we begin our daily activities, we spend a good portion of the morning playing and gardening. Continue reading
It’s always nice to come home. The normalcy of our world is so nice to return to. We spent the last week visiting our Maryland family and we had a fantastic time! It was a week of firsts for the girls–at least a week of doing things they can really only do in colder areas that they will most likely remember doing this time. We visited grandparents, great grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, and friends. We dressed for the cold. We raked leaves and jumped in the piles (and kicked them). We hoped for snow as it grew colder. We went to the tree farm to cut down Christmas trees. We saw hills–lots of hills. We saw frost. We made a fire and warmed ourselves and ate roasted marshmallows until we were just too cold to stay outside any longer. Continue reading
Life in Florida has been fantastic, but ever so often I get the urge to travel Northward–especially in the fall! There isn’t a thing I don’t like about a Northern Autumn. The crisp feel in the air. The smell of the leaves. The beautiful colors as the leaves change to fiery orange, crimson, and gold. Breaking out the sweaters and fall ensembles. Preparing for the coming months as the new chill in the air reminds us that it’s going to be a while again before we feel the warmth of the sun. As I reminisce about my favorite season, I thought I’d share a few pictures of autumns gone by.
Felt boards! Aren’t they fun!? I used to love them when I was a kid. My kids love them too although I find I need to keep it interesting. They prefer their little wooden toys they can hold in their hands. So, with the changing of the seasons I made some adjustments to their felt board. I had made this tree trunk for them a while ago. They can add a tree top or leave it like it is.