Wednesday, July 5, 2017

June 2017

June started with beauty here on the farm.  The little girls pulled out the dresses I wore when I was their age and modeled them for me.

This yellow dress was already made over once from my aunt's bridesmaid dress. 

This little dress was a candle lighter dress that I wore for my cousin's wedding. 

Even during dress up there is work to do.  
I asked them to go out and set the table and get drink orders. 

This dress I wore for my parents 25th wedding anniversary.  

I think that the combination of flowers early in June are the best. 
I love when the roses, peonies, and early hydrangeas are all ready to put into bouquets at the same time. 

If you ever think of having us over for dinner... 
my advice would be to book us for June. 
It's your best chance of getting a pretty bouquet, hand delivered. 

Meanwhile,  he was busy cutting rings for a project with the grandkids. 

We went to visit friends and had a very nice time and enjoyed some pretty spectacular food. 

The garden started to give me some promise of a harvest come fall. 

This guy, cracked me up, again. 

We went camping with our care group.

I cooked up a batch of Rollkuchen for them.

He cooked up a batch of farmer sausage for them. 

Together, we all had a great time!
We missed those that couldn't join us.

We stayed a good part of a week and these sweet flowers enjoyed their time off the farm as well. 

Speaking of sweet, here is my darling little highlander dancer. 

Sorry to make you squint.  I was also squinting from my view, seated on the wrong side of the stage.
I wish I could be a highland dancer.  
When I do my farewell dance for the littles when they leave the farm, I think I'll treat them to some highland dancing in the future.   There must be youtube videos of instruction.  Right? 

Some people take mulching garden waste way too seriously.  

We took in some athletic events that had me cheering excessively across the track.  

The project began. 

They worked hard in grandpa's shop. 

In between, this one earned a bit of cash mowing lawn. 

I made him his favorite food. 

They worked together and laughed and talked even while Grandpa finished the lawn. 

You can buy fidget spinners in the store, or you can make them in Grandpa's shop. 

On Father's Day,  we packed up the trailer and I took the father of my sons and the grandpa to our littles camping. 

Envelopes were opened at the campground.  

I made him a pizza and I am pretty sure he had a very good day. 

 When you find a perfect spot in the Okanagan, it is even better when friends come to share it with you.  

We picked a lot of cherries off of our three-year-old cherry tree.  
I should have weighed them as we picked them or maybe I should have weighed me before and after consuming them. 

We were given a very fun opportunity to go for dinner with friends in their plane! 

We flew over the cuckoo's nest  the homestead.
I've said it before and I'll say it now, you don't buy a farm for the house.  
I keep looking at that field.  
Why didn't the farmer that built this farm put the house there?  
Right at the back.  
Can we all agree on that? 

Oh, these little napkins were my pride and joy as Canada Day 2017 approached. 
I had found them about 5 years ago at a flea market for a song and a dance.  
After I paid my pocket change to the nice man, I let it slip that Canada's 150th birthday would be celebrated in 2017 and I was so happy that I found the napkins.
He looks dejected when he realized he let a little treasure slip out of his grasp. 

Being that it was a big one for Canada this year,  celebrations began early and on June 30th we went to our local stadium to enjoy a family picnic and a free concert. 

Who doesn't love a good picnic? 

Just because you are not smiling all the time doesn't mean it is not the best time ever.  ;)

This is a real shot at our family (or 10/11 of them) as they are hanging out.   

You don't need a chair when you have a grandpa.  

And this is your bonus shot for today.  

Smiling eyes!
Someday, this little guy will have lines around his eyes when he smiles like I do. 
Keep smiling baby boy! 

Have a wonderful July dear friends!  

all for now.  

Thursday, June 1, 2017

May 2017

May was a month of beauty.

The buds opened and the flowers began to bloom. 

Combinations of colours thrilled me.

We took a quick weekend trip to attend a wedding and enjoyed the view on the there and back. 

The day after we got home, I hopped on the Ritchie Smith bus for the annual ladies getaway.
It is always so great to be able to bunk with my sister in law, Mary.

The lilacs have bloomed.

The peony bud watch began. 

The white lilac bloom together with the pink dogwood is always one of my favourites. 

We went to the Mercy Me concert.

I was picked up by my oldest son one afternoon to be taken to my Mother's Day outing.
There was a storm brewing and I noticed that his window was creating an effect that was worth capturing. 

My dear daughter in laws treated Mom and I and the little girls to a pedicure!

It was very fun to see these little girls have their first experience of doing what ladies love to do.

After the pedicure, we enjoyed a tailgate party on our way to see our local highschool preform Sister Act!  It was so great and I loved every minute of my special day!

These girls wanted to make a cake for their Mom!

Mother's Day was good! 
I felt very loved and am thankful for my kids!

The lily of the valley bloomed.

The sun started to shine perfectly through the windows at the time we usually sit and have devotions in the morning. 

The morning light seems special after so many months of gray skies. 

This son brought his mom a load of dirt.

We worked to cover her beds and those of the neighbors that she sees out her window. 

I finally decided that it was safe to get bedding plants. 

I've chosen a red and white theme for our 150th Canada Day celebrations. 

The lawn grew in lush and now needs to be mowed twice a week. 

He decided to try to paint the screens for our patio tent because they were looking dusty look even after being washed clean. 

It actually worked great!

The day finally came when it seemed dry enough and warm enough to plant our garden. 

Why is it that the one that is having a birthday always has to do the BBQing?

He did a great job of it too!
Who knows ... but I do enjoy family birthday parties and we are always thankful for the blessings of another year. 

I went to the track meet to see our oldest two run and jump and throw!

Their feet did hit the ground ...
but it was more fun trying to capture the times they didn't.

We decided to get the little guy into the advertisement business!

Just kidding but he could be ... right? 

They spent some time washing off trucks that are between 36 and 58 years old!

Grandpa is all about training them young. 

He can steer and ride this tractor like a pro.

We had good friends over for dinner to enjoy a warm evening and great conversation.

 I am so happy that it is finally dry enough to get wash hung outside. 

The dance recital season has started and these two little misses did a great job!

We went to Silver Lake when we heard that Elmer and Judy were heading there on Sunday afternoon. 

I'm happy to say we found them and they were just fine with us crashing their quiet afternoon off the farm. 

The peony buds are ready to cut and enjoy inside now. 

I snapped this last photo yesterday as we were walking in to watch K play basketball.

It reminded me of how God carries us and those we love! 

May your June be blessed with joy!