Anna Michele

Sweet baby Anna Michele Lawrence was born on Tuesday, May 20th at 11:42 a.m. She weighed 6 lbs, 15 oz and was 18 inches long. She is perfect. Here's her story.. ....more

Say, make, eat, paint, and play!

Over the past few weeks...We've said this:Abby to Elise: "Oh, your picture is EXQUISITIVE!"Abby to me: "Mom, how do you spell "coronation"?"Elise to me: "I love you more than $129!"Elise to my belly, every night: "I love you baby!"Abby's baby names: Peter or CarrieElise's baby names: Rosella, Violet, Daisy, or TommyWe made these: We ate this: Quinoa Cookies adapted from Loves Food Loves To Eat 1 1/2 C organic stone ground whole wheat pastry flour 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 C organic unsalted butter 1/2 C organic coconut sugar 1/4 C local honey 2 local organic eggs 1 tsp homemade vanilla 1 C cooked organic quinoa 1/2 C unsweetened coconut 1 C chocolate chips (optional) Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Cooked organic quinoa Organic milk Cinnamon Local, raw honey Organic raw pumpkin seeds Organic banana Unsweetened coconut We painted here: And we played this way: It has been wonderful to be outside... making mud pies, playing in the fairy garden, filling pots with herbs and flowers. We miss our chicken companions - the remaining two, Lavender and Pip, found a wonderful home a few weeks ago ....more

The days keep MARCHing by!

Well, apparently March happened. While it's not a month well-documented in words, pictures will have to suffice for a recap:Abby, aka Robin Hood, learned how to shoot a bow and arrow. Trees were climbed to new heights ....more

Dynamic Duos

A & E had their second piano recital on Saturday and this one was twice as special as the last: it was a duet recital and, while the other students' partner was their private instructor, the girls had the special honor of inviting John to be their partner. It comes in handy having a Daddy who plays piano!...more

Homemade Dog Treats

It is difficult for me to go a day without baking something, especially this time of year when we're inside quite often and keeping the thermostat turned down is a lovely excuse for turning on the oven. And I thought it should be made public that I bake for our animals (except the cat, Lucy, who is a butterball and needs no extra calories). Dog treats are a great baking activity for kids - it doesn't matter if the ingredients are out of whack, everything is edible (minus raw eggs), and they can be rolled, cut, carved into any shape ....more

And then there were 2...

In April 2013, we entered the world of backyard chickens... from raising the fluffy chicks in the house to building a coop to collecting eggs. Over that time, I've been the main chicken caregiver ....more

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever. Those are two words that I rarely use - I love being home and, much like my children, can easily occupy hours upon hours within the walls of our house. There is always something that can be crafted or baked, built or drawn, listened to or read ....more

Foodie Friday

Food is always a priority around here. I will happily surrender whatever "wiggle room" there may be in our budget for groceries - I can happily go weeks at a time without purchasing anything else. I read recently that it costs an average of $191 a week to feed a family of four real, unprocessed, whole foods ....more

My sweet little ogres...

One minute we're outside, riding bikes jacket-free. The next minute, we're bundled to the max, wearing boots and slurping soup. The cold weather has virtually no impact on the girls - they are in such a groove right now with one another.. ....more

Toss A Toy

Ahhhh.... is there anything better than a little sunshine and fresh air? Why yes, yes there is: Sunshine and fresh air and a clean car and chickens! ...more