Saturday, May 31, 2008

3, 2, 1.....Lift Off!

Today we watched as Shuttle Discovery soared into space. Today was so clear we had a front row seat to watch the solid booster rockets fall back to earth. I am always amazed to hear the stories of those who have traveled many miles to witness such an event. It makes me once again thankful that I have always had the privilege of taking a small break and looking on in awe. The children were laughing and remembering..."for the last launch we got out of bed at 2am and stood out front". After ten minutes and no giant orange glow, we checked the television and learned the launch had been scrubbed. The shuttle program is scheduled to end in a couple of years, I think a trip to the Cape needs to be planned.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The House is Alive With the Sound of Music!

Count down to Carnegie Hall is in full swing. Our family leaves for New York City in just over a week and, since all of our normal activities are on summer break, all attention is now focused on trip preparations. Jacob was featured in an article in the local newspaper, along with a friend from orchestra. The reporter did a nice job telling the story of how the boys were selected to participate in this orchestra and the opportunity to do so at Carnegie. They have been spending many hours rehearsing the pieces they will be playing on the "big stage". Because this concert is combined with a family vacation there seems to be more excitement than nervousness about this gig. (I wonder if Jacob would agree with that statement?) I hope to have access to computer in our travels and be able to post as I go. We shall see. For now, it's practice, practice, practice!How else would we get to Carnegie Hall?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Until We Meet Again......

The very last of the wonderful grapefruit from this year. I am so thankful for the abundance of citrus enjoyed this winter. When the very last of the fruit is gone I look forward to the heavenly smell of blossoms and the anticipation of the first cold snap knowing the fruit will sweeten and the next season will begin.

Sunday Supper

In a day and time when all my activities seem hurried Sunday is a wonderful day when it is used as the Lord commanded. A day of rest and reflection shared around an extended family table. O.K., He didn't command us the part about the family meal but I always like that added touch and no I pass no judgment on those of you who do not include this in your Sabbath. Anyway, this was just one of those such Sundays. Nanny and Poppy joined us for supper and dessert. Blueberry Cobbler...........what else could we do quick with all those wonderful berries. Forgot to take a picture of that pretty little cobbler. Here was our family meal cooked, on that wonderful little setting called delay bake, while we were at worship service.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Pickin Blueberries!!

A bucket full in thirty minutes of juicy sweet blueberries. It doesn't get better than this. Rain after five weeks of drought will make these even sweeter, if that is even possible. Hannah is a good picker, while Rebekah eats two for every one she picks. After no berries last year we are so happy to be out in the field. Hannah will get her first attempt at Nana's blueberry pie recipe.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Welcome family and friends, I have finally made it here! After much apprehension and decision making as to how I wanted this to look, today is the day to begin. Why a blog? For those of you who we do not see and talk to regularly it is a way for you to stay connected. While at the same time, a journal for my children to have in years to come. We are so busy and the everyday little joys get forgotten as time passes. I have no idea how long this season will last so we will begin and enjoy the journey.