Week in Review, Parts 6 & 7

I don’t know where the last two weeks went!  My plan was to write these Week in Review posts every week, but that just didn’t happen last week.  I hope you enjoy this two for one post!

We picked these beautiful flowers from our garden and these blueberries from our lone blueberry bush.  I made a delicious Blueberry Lemon Bread with the berries.  I plan to post the recipe soon, so stay tuned!

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Two weeks ago my oldest attended baseball camp.  He loved it!  He’s never play baseball before, but now he’s willing to give up soccer for it.

My middle son was stung by a bee for the first time while we were picking my oldest up from camp.  Luckily he is not allergic to them.

We’ve been collecting eggs for the past two weeks.  Almost every day we’ve found two eggs.  They are a little on the small side and I’m hoping they will get bigger soon.  Our friends and family have been eagerly awaiting the eggs, but with only two of the chicken laying and the eggs being small, I’m not sure we’ll have any to share.

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We received this colorful bounty from our CSA this week.

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Last week my sister visited us for a few days.  She lives in another state and we only see her a few times a year.  We were excited to hear all about her trip to the Grand Canyon earlier this summer!  The first night we had a camp fire and the next day we took the kids to an amusement park.  Everyone had a lot of fun and the weather was perfect.  I was surprised to learn that my youngest who is usually fearless didn’t like the rides at all.

At the end of the week my husband and I took our two oldest children to Boston for a few days.  The younger two stayed with my parents.  As much as I missed the younger ones, it was nice to not have to bring diapers with me or push a stroller around.  🙂

My husband and I have been to Boston several times, but we haven’t been there in a few years.  This time we decided to take one of the trolley tours around the city.  It was very entertaining and we learned a lot of new things about the city.

We visited the Boston Children’s Museum, the Fenway Park Pro Shop, the Bruins Pro Shop and we went to the North End to show our children where their great grandmother grew up, which just so happened to be right next to Paul Revere’s house.  We also walked through the Boston Common and saw the swan boats and the Make Way for Duckling statues.  The highlight of the trip was the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.  We all loved touring the ship, throwing tea overboard and visiting the museum.

On the trolley.

On the trolley.

Climbing the rock wall at the children's museum.

Climbing the rock wall at the children’s museum.

 

Climbing the rock wall at the children's museum.

Climbing the rock wall at the children’s museum.

Outside Fenway Park.

Outside Fenway Park.

Outside the Boston Garden with #4 Bobby Orr.

Outside the Boston Garden with #4 Bobby Orr.

Paul Revere's house.  My husband's grandmother grew up in the building to the right.

Paul Revere’s house. My husband’s grandmother grew up in the building to the right.

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Tossing tea into Boston Harbor.

I made this scarf on the drive to Boston and while relaxing in our hotel room.  I hope to write up the pattern and post it here soon.

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We hope you enjoyed your last two weeks as much as we did!

Week in Review, Part 4

Last Monday, all of my children were enjoying a freeze pop on the deck when the sky opened up.  They loved the rain shower!

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Towards the end of the week, all four of them went to visit my parents for a few days.  While the children are away, mommy will play! 🙂

I made this starburst hot pad.  You can find the pattern here.

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I finally finished this necklace.  It’s been on my to do list for a long time and I only needed to tie it off and secure the knot.  I don’t know what took me so long!  I wore it wrapped around my wrist on a much needed date night with my husband.  The necklace is based on this pattern.

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I also cleaned out the chicken coop and added some flowers and mulch along the sides.

Before…

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I shoveled out all of the shavings from the coop and the run and added new sand to both areas.

After…

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While I was working the girls decided to take a dust bath under the lilac bush behind the coop.

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It’s hard to see in the photos, but they are throwing dirt up under their wings.  It’s a lot of fun to watch!

Saturday evening the older two asked if we could have a camp fire.  We said, “Yes!”, but told them that they needed to make the fire pit bigger.  They spent at least an hour working on it.  They did a great job!

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The beautiful sunset as we were sitting by the fire.

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How was your week?

 

 

 

Week in Review, Part 3

This week my daughter took her first swimming lessons at a local lake. I waited until she turned 5 so that I wasn’t required to go in the water with her. Not that I don’t want to go in the water, but if I’m in with her then I need someone to watch the younger two.

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We spent four afternoons at the lake and everyone loved the water! As usual it took this guy a little while to warm up to the idea of going in, but once he was in he didn’t want to get out as long as no one splashed him.

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The younger one on the other hand, walked straight in and would have kept going even though the water would have been over his head. He has no fear!

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I made my first batch of pesto with this beautiful basil from my CSA bag.

DSC_0187I only used the green basil because I wanted the pesto to be that bright green color.  It was delicious! I’m the only one who will eat it, so I froze most of it.

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I also made this double chocolate zucchini bread with the zucchini from the CSA. (Sorry…I didn’t get a before picture.)  My sister introduced me to the recipe and the children have no idea that zucchini is in it, so they gobble it up!

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We went to the library to check out some new books and a movie. The older three handed in their reading log and they each earned a prize from the treasure chest.

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Last week I forgot to mention that I made this dishcloth in honor of the Fourth of July. I can’t decide if I want to keep it or sell it. Maybe it will be one of my entries for the craft show at our fall fair. What do you think?

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How was your week?