Saturday, June 28, 2008


Well we went back today to Butler's Orchard to pick these:
It was hot and muggy, but not so bad since we got there about 8:30 am.
They were big, tasty and plentiful. The picking was fast and easy.
Claire ate more than she put in her bucket.
Ben read. He was disappointed because the big slides were closed today. He doesn't eat fruit. Of any kind. Vegetables either. Sigh . . .
Kate slept.
Oh, and there were a lot more cherries, so we picked some more of those too!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tart Cherries

Yesterday we picked tart cherries from a local pick your own farm. A few weeks ago we got some strawberries, but they weren't very good this year. The cherries were plentiful and tasty! We had hoped my husband could come too, as he is very tall and can easily reach the high branches, but he had to work. There may be some left for him on Saturday, but they are a popular crop. Most years they only last a day, but this year they expect the cherries to make it till the weekend. On Saturday we will go pick blueberries.

The kids were real troupers when it came to picking. Of course they like to eat while they pick and that helps. All but Ben. His incentive was the chance to slide on these big slides they have by the cherry orchards. I wore Kate in the sling and she did very well. The only problem she kept grabbing leaves and putting them into her mouth! We picked until my bucket was full and the kids found theirs too heavy to lift comfortably.
Of course after picking all those cherries, we needed to get them into the freezer, but with a 4- month old, it's hard to do that, so I put my children to work! I payed anyone who was willing to help me pit the cherries a penny a pit and so Macy and Eleanor went to work. They didn't pit them all, but they are a few dollars richer and I got my cherries pitted before midnight and put away. Thanks girls!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Happy Flag Day!!!

I know, Flag Day isn't until tomorrow, but I was afraid I would forget, so I'm a few hours early. I took this picture of the kids right before we went to the mall to have their picture taken professionally. What an experience. I always say "NEVER again" and then we go and try again the next year (We try to get a photo of the kids for a father's day present). I really do think I'll try taking the photo next year as I'm pleased with how this one turned out and it would be much cheaper to print this one out than the ones I purchased after getting my free one!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Gifts for a baby bulldog

I got to sew last night and here is the result:

There is a couple at church that is having their first baby-a boy-next month. They both attended the University of Georgia (like my husband) and are big Bulldog fans! I made the burp cloths and drool bib using the directions/pattern from Chickpea Sewing Studio. They turned out so nice, although if I were to do the bib over again, I would use flannel for a backing instead of a towel. I just didn't like how it turned out, but it will work the way it is.
I made these cloth shoes using Michele's pattern and directions from her blog. I think I got the Georgia Bulldog appliques from the UGA bookstore several years ago, but honestly can't remember now! I had purchased them with hopes to add them to some polar fleece pullovers I made for Trent and Ben, but never got around to it! I purchased the UGA fabric from my local Hancock's.

I hope to make their baby one more thing-a nice outfit for church. It has the cutest little dog buttons, but not bulldogs! I hope to finish it by the end of the week so I can give it to them on Sunday. Of course if it turns out really well, then I will keep it and enter it in the fair then give it to them when the fair is over. It won't fit their son until next year at the earliest and so it's not like he'll outgrow it between the time he's born and the fair which is a month after he's due. I have done this several times in the past. They get a new outfit for their baby and I get something to enter in the fair. It's a win-win situation!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!!!!!

The baby pictured above was me thirty-nine years ago. I look a little different now:

When I told my father how old I was going to be this birthday he said, "Wow, you're getting old!". Gee thanks dad! :) I do feel old right now, but just because I'm tired. I'm always tired when I have a baby and I'm nursing. Plus we went camping over the weekend and although it went very well, it was hot. Kate did very well. I never thought I would take a young baby camping, but I did and it wasn't bad at all.
Here is my latest project completed. Individual pillowcases for our new travel pillows so we can tell who's is who. I even made one for Kate although she doesn't use a pillow yet. I originally made one for my daughter for her first sleepover with her Brownie troop and thought we should have smaller pillows for camping since there are so many of us and we seem to have to take so much stuff as it is. These will be nice to take with us this summer when we go to Georgia. No more almost leaving my pillow behind in a hotel room because it looks just like the pillows on the bed.

I am currently heating up the house with the oven to make my birthday cake (Chocolate with 7 minute frosting). Wouldn't be so bad if it weren't almost 100 degrees outside. Relief is supposed to come tonight. Let's hope! Clam spaghetti for my birthday dinner (YUM!), presents and cake will complete the evening. Now if I could just get some sewing in tonight. That would be wonderful!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Play Ball?

Here is Eleanor and one of her teammates "playing" t-ball. Obviously they are more interested in playing in the dirt than playing the game! The season is almost over and Eleanor is glad. She hasn't had very many practices because of all the rain we've had. She's only played in a few games because we've either had to miss some because Trent was out of town and I couldn't be two places at once, we were all out of town ourselves, or the game was rained out.

The first game Eleanor did an amazing job. She wasn't afraid of the ball, ran after it when it came to her and appeared to have a great time. After that, it was all downhill. One day she said she would be glad when t-ball was over, even though she hasn't really had to go to that many games or practices. We asked her why she told us she wanted to play t-ball if that wasn't what she really wanted to do. Her answer? The snacks.

I like how the above picture turned out. I'm finally figuring out how to use my camera and am getting better shots. I may enter this picture in the fair. Don't know if it will win, but it's one of the better ones I've taken this year. We're allowed to enter five. As the fair gets closer, I'll share the five pictures I've chosen (if there is five).