Oh, what can I say? I've been super busy and just haven't had the mental energy to put into generating consistent blog posts!
I've often wondered how other busy mamas have the energy to blog consistently! But, I suppose I could find the time. However, I've been a bit consumed with this crochet project. My little Lily loves the color scheme of this project, and so I decided that I'm going to aim to have this done as a Christmas gift for her.
Speaking of Christmas, I'm all about starting now to tackle some of those handmade gifts, but really retail world? What is going on? Does anyone else find it strange that WalMart (and other stores, I'm sure) already have Christmas trees on display?!
So what exactly have our days been filled with? Teaching (and learning along with) the children, soccer (oh goodness; soccer five to six days a week), crocheting on crisp days, and just the everyday work of a housewife!
And, although it's been quite chilly in the mornings, the kids have been out enjoying the last moments of summer (oh goodness, IT IS the first day of fall today!) Sword fights in the forest are so much fun! (These three are quite an amusing trio when given sticks and the free reign of imagination!)
And I must, I must, I must, muster up the gumption to finish up some last-minute gardening tasks ~ order and plant garlic, preserve the remaining herbs (oh, there's still so many!), pull out the carrots (which grew fantastically), pull up and do something with the beets (the plan was to can them so I had plenty for borscht through the winter months), start enjoying the brussel sprouts, and pull up everything that has already lived its full life.
So much to do, and I'm afraid that I've lost the gardening vigor I once had now that we're back to school. It almost feels like I need to take a few days and use the garden and preserving as our lessons for the week.
Also, we bought a bushel of apples from our local farmer's market. We've been enjoying them immensely (it's so nice to eat an apple that's not covered with that waxy coating). But we have big plans for the majority of them - applesauce and some pies for the freezer. It's so nice to have a pie in the freezer for those last minute entertaining opportunities.
And we just celebrated Ian's 9th birthday a couple of weeks ago. In lieu of a cake, he wanted homemade oatmeal cream pies. They were an absolute hit! I've been wanting to share this recipe with you...
You can go here to see the recipe.
Well, have a most blessed weekend! Brad and I are going out on a date tonight thanks to my sister and my friend who are keeping our kiddos! Dates are too far and few between these days!