The Florida gal I am just can't get enough of Summer... our yard is really starting to beautify, with much blood sweat and tears on my part!
Here's some sweet little cardinals we just found that hatched this morning! We've been spying on their eggs for a little while now. We're also waiting on some eggs from a little wren in the shed who's made her nest in an old snowboarding boot.
We also have a couple adorable babies for our own. Ace and Spotty were adopted from Freecycle and now are holding their own quite well around daycare kids and over-bearing dogs!
Even furball, dreadlocked Mountain Laurel got a new haircut for the season :) (photo credit to Clay!)
We found a great old ice cream maker at a yardsale. After a couple times of telling "The Little Red Hen" story, the boys decided that they didn't want to miss out on any ice cream goodness, so got to work!
Clay turned 8 this year - time is going seriously fast these days! He had a ninja party complete with ninja obstactle course, water balloon stealth match, and finished off with a gigantic ninja throwing star cake - - - He had a crazy number of guests - all really good friends, so it was understandably hard to *not* invite friends! We had many other friends we also wanted to come, but hey, I had to draw the line at some point! There were about 30 guests, mostly friends from the unschool group. I thought it would be completely overwhelming, but turned out to be great to reconnect with friends and quite joyful to have so many kids enjoying the yard!
The garden is looking better every day! I found a great clearance sale of plants for 50 cents - $2 each and stocked up! We got lots of herbs and veggie starts, as well as the boys finally had the freedom to pick out whatever they wanted (and I didn't have to worry about the cost!). We got butterfly bush, hydrangea, bee balm, tons of annuals, iris, and kitchen herbs. The corn is coming up well, we've also been harvesting blackberries and strawberries. The raspberries are such a tease with their pink nearly-ripeness! We've been getting tons of greens, carrots and peas from the garden, too, yum!
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