This past weekend, my friend Megan and her two little girls came for a visit! We decided to take a post-nap trip to visit Holbrook Farm in Bethel. My dear friend Lisa works there and showed us around!
We got to see (and pet!) some new little chickens.
And see some bigger chickens, which everyone found fascinating., especially me because I just really want some chickens.
We got the insider tour which included a visit to the barn to see some sweet little kittens.
And give them snuggles. Levi just really wanted to hug this guy.
It was so fun to roam around and explore the farm. Any customers are welcome to stroll through the fields and visit the animals.
There are delicious baked goods in the farm store, not to mention honey, eggs, and vegetables all produced on the farm as well as organic meat, gifts and other generally wonderful things.
The greenhouses are magnificent, containing some beauties like these ones.
And there is a magnificent hill for learning how to roll.
We had a blast and felt so welcomed by the Holbrooks. If you’re in the area or if you just have an afternoon and are looking for something fun to do with your family, take a little trip and visit this lovely place!
So this is what it means to be a Mom…
No matter how tough of a day we’ve had together, this face makes it all better – all worth it
This was the moment. My “I’m his Mom – his one and only and he’s my son – my heart and soul” moment.
Amazing. Awesome. Indescribable.
I’m a Mom.
I’ve been a little low the past couple weeks. Despite the beauty all around, I’ve been finding that spring makes me sad. Our girl died in April, so every spring has this kind of heaviness as we remember where we were this time however many years ago. As I was reflecting on what to write, I just really don’t feel like focusing on the sad today. My life is beautiful. It is difficult, but it is beautiful. So, here are some things for which I am thankful on this rainy Wednesday.
These may seem like ordinary little latches to you. But they are what keeps my son from running away on a daily basis. He’s learned how to open our screen doors and Micah finally installed these latches. Now he can look out but can’t get out. Glory hallelujah.
Three composters. OK, so really it’s two composters and a food digester. We got “The Cone” food digester and it has eliminated so much of our garbage it’s amazing! We’ve also been doing a heck of a job with recycling lately. Yesterday Micah took out our kitchen trash for the first time in a week and a half! Woo!
The Party Tree is alive again! I guess it was always alive, but the leaves are back and with every sunny day welcome us to relax under their shade. I love this tree.
These little flowers. I don’t know what they are but they are so sweet.
My tulips! Granted, tulip season is almost at an end. These little beauties have just come into their own and are adding some loveliness to our front flower bed.
This coffee mug. I got it from Crate and Barrel when we were on vacation a couple weeks ago. It’s HUGE and my new favorite mug.
This kid. Who woke up (from his SECOND nap of the day) asking to watch Nemo and wanted to bring his blankets, pillows and all of his stuffed animals (I talked him down to four) with him to watch.
What are you all feeling thankful for today?
I am a parent.
Today I am enjoying being a parent. My little girl is playing sweetly with her dollies and trying to tickle them and just being wonderful in general. She brings a smile to my face as she pushes her dolly stroller by and smiles at me. Today is fantastic.
Yesterday… yesterday I wanted to remove my ears from my head, rip out my hair and scream back. Yesterday my sweet adorable little girl (who’s ALWAYS overtired from daycare days) whined (quieter/constant screaming, not really whining, but we’ll call it that anyway), banshee screamed, cried, threw things, hit, scratched and screamed more for 2. HOURS. STRAIGHT. I wanted to run away and hide, leave the house, remove my ears, hide in the fridge, anything but listen to this awful sound coming out of my ahem… sweet daughter. I may have done some whine/screaming back. It doesn’t help, but it feels better for a few seconds.
I never imagined that I could have a tougher child than Big Brother. He’s quite the energetic child. He bit, hit and headbutted. He was stubborn and strong willed… and he doesn’t even hold a candle to Little Sister. The differences between them are stark. I never imagined the drama that could come from an 18 month old. The ear piercing screams (after Big Brother who would have thought it could be louder? IT CAN GET LOUDER). I ever imagined how hard this would be. I never imagined that the limits that were pushed before can be pushed even further now. I never imagined that a child could be more stubborn than me, my husband or my son… combined. There is just so much I never saw coming. And I never imagined I could survive being tested like this.
There are tough days, the ones that make you question every decision you have ever made.
But that was yesterday, and today is a new day… Tomorrow? That could be anything.
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