Hey good folks! It’s been a year since we last spoke. It’s been a good year – I started classes right after the last post. Life got crazy – it still is crazy! I’m in my masters program, E’s In school and choir – our only saving grace is that C is not in school or we would be hard pressed to make this work! Life is good – I am looking forward to a year of intentional living!
Dreaming of spring:
We planted pea sprouts today (a week late), trimmed trees (2 weeks late), and did general clean up around the garden (3 months late!). We’ve had onions (Egyptian Walking Onions) and chives for a while, and the rhubarb (all three plants – yes, I like rhubarb!) is looking fabulous. We gathered our courage and pruned our 6 fruit trees taking off 80% or so of the limbs. It physically hurt me to do that!
We’ll focus on what will give us the biggest bang for our buck this year and leave the “fun” stuff to others! I’ll be back as time goes on to document the planting and then the harvesting!
Life moves by so fast nowadays. The little-est is no longer so little (she turned 7 in January) and she is a bit camera shy. And by a big, I will say that she closes her eyes anytime the camera comes around! I stopped bringing the camera around – I need to continue to take pictures. I need to remember that every memory counts!
Here are a few memories over the last little while:
Last week we were invited to my grandfather’s 85th birthday party in Connecticut. My brothers and sister were there which makes it the first time since February 2008 that we were all in the same place. Crazy. Also, It seemed as though all of my mother’s family were there too. Including 14 of her 15 cousins and lots of their kids and grand kids. All but one of my cousins were there as well. He is in Nairobi by the way. What follows is a whole bunch of Pictures of the festivities:
The arrival for Family Pictures
Maiah and Her Progeny
Pictures from Lunch Not impressed with the Thai food, seems like they
spent more time coming up with a clever name than recipes…Thai One On
Nearly everyone got in on the Hooping Action. Totally fun.
Fun With Siblings at the Party: Chins up Ladies.
Somewhere over the rainbow
My Wife’s best Pictures are Candid
Should Have gotten more Pictures of her with family
Can’t Catch Me!
Dang it! It got me.
Gotta Watch those waves, they’ll get you!
Fun with Dads
Next Stop Portugal, A Family tradition with her very cute cousin
Still found time to swim in the pool. What fun!
Cousins Being Cute!
These were taken at William’s Beach Park a small man-made beach in Mystic CT.
It was E’s first Experience swimming in Salt water and a good precursor to the ocean
Helping a new friend at the beach
Fun with Uncle B
The Eastward Views from my Uncle’s house
The view facing West
Goodnight Sail Boat
The summer is upon us – full swing. We have a total of 6 fruit trees, a large strawberry bed, raspberry canes (that will really start producing next summer – my bad!), an asparagus bed on its second year, an asparagus bed on its first year, herbs, tomatoes, jalapeños, beans, lettuce, rhubarb (who knew rhubarb was so amazing? I planted another 2 plants that you’ll see below because I loved the one from last year so much!).
And here’s the front yard