Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter!

Tree house Progress

After months of reading, planning, and dreaming, David started the tree house project.  He bought the wood last weekend and then had to special order bolts.  Our friend, Tim, came on Saturday to screw the first sections in.  I don't know if David or the kids are more excited!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bloom - is result - to meet a flower

Bloom — is Result — to meet a Flower
And casually glance
Would scarcely cause one to suspect
The minor Circumstance

Assisting in the Bright Affair
So intricately done
Then offered as a Butterfly
To the Meridian —

To pack the Bud — oppose the Worm —
Obtain its right of Dew —
Adjust the Heat — elude the Wind —
Escape the prowling Bee

Great Nature not to disappoint
Awaiting Her that Day —
To be a Flower, is profound
Responsibility —

Emily Dickinson

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dear March - Come in 

Emily Dickinson1830 - 1886
Dear March - Come in - 
How glad I am -
I hoped for you before -
Put down your Hat - 
You must have walked -
How out of Breath you are - 
Dear March, how are you, and the Rest -
Did you leave Nature well - 
Oh March, Come right upstairs with me -
I have so much to tell -

I got your Letter, and the Birds - 
The Maples never knew that you were coming -
I declare - how Red their Faces grew -         
But March, forgive me - 
And all those Hills you left for me to Hue - 
There was no Purple suitable - 
You took it all with you -         
Who knocks? That April -
Lock the Door -
I will not be pursued -
He stayed away a Year to call 
When I am occupied -         
But trifles look so trivial 
As soon as you have come
That blame is just as dear as Praise 
And Praise as mere as Blame -

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

All things Christmas

A local church puts on a fabulous living nativity every year, and I took the kids on Saturday night while David was at the base.  They loved it!  Sunday, we put together our annual gingerbread house.  Because we're deep in the middle ages this year in school, we created a gingerbread castle. 

 Graham's favorite part of the whole night was this chicken.

We used leftover Halloween candy to decorate our castle.

 This kid ate way too much candy.

 A knight and his spear
 The king and his crown (with our fantastic smarties moat in the background)

 Finished!  The castle and the keep.