That's me. I've had this strange avoidance mechanism kicking in the last week or two. Sorry, folks.
This weekend I photographed another birth (I'll ask the mama if she will allow me share a photo or two). It was gorgeous, fast, calm, sweet, and of course, just so beautiful. I love being the photographer at a birth. It's just such a wonderful combination of art and one of life's beautiful miracles. What job could be better?
I have a couple photos to share, though. One is an amazing sunset from a few days ago and the other - it snowed today. Yes, snow. Winter is here. I'm very happy (it's probably my most favorite season), but feeling unprepared for all the fun ahead (and my responsibility to organize and conduct all that fun)! I said I would be working on that sweet vest, but unfortunately (or fortunately) when I went to pick it up another pattern caught my eye. So, yes, I started yet another project instead of working on the one at hand (I'll tell you more about it next week). What was that about avoidance? Ahem.
Enjoy the last of Autum everyone! If I don't get back here before Halloween, everyone be safe and wonderfully happy!
This past weekend, we headed back up to the big city for a really awesome event. The papa played his djembe in an African orphanage benefit concert.
The fire dance group was really awesome. My fire-obsessed son was right at the front entranced. He has since talked almost non-stop about the "fire swords." Oh dear...
The next morning, we wandered around a really great park for a couple hours. Playing, people watching, feeding the ducks and geese, talking, and just quietly (and sometimes noisely) enjoying each others company. It was so relaxing and lovely.
And, of course, the papa started taking photos of me (being the camera shy girl that I am). And I have to say, I'm not as scared of them as I thought I would be...
This week, I'm trying to work away at that sweater I started a while ago. Let's see if I can finish the thing! Oh, projects... What is everyone working on? Have you started crafting for the holidays and if so, what are you making?
Yesterday, the kids and I, a friend and her children all drove to an organic apple orchard to stock up! It was a really great time. The kids were in a picking frenzy - we left with over 100 lbs. of apples!!! I'm totally excited about getting to can applesauce with the kids this year. Last night, for dinner (because I was tired and out of ideas), we had apple crisp and corn. I have a feeling apples will be included in some way in every meal for a while...!
Five guesses as to what I've been doing the last 2 days? Yep, that's right. Lots and lots of canning. I went to a friend's house that lives a good distance away, and we spent hours and hours preparing, packing, boiling water, and canning peaches and pears - 103 quarts to be exact! It was a ton of work, but oh was it fun! I've still got more on my list of food preserving "To Do"s, but this took a huge chunk out of it. It's so much fun to do something like this with others, also. It really gives you a glimpse of the old traditional community food preparation ways. What a lovely thing that must have been...
Anyone else storing up for the winter? What things have you been doing to prepare? Any neat tricks or recipes you especially like?
We had such lovely weekend together up North. African drum/dance class (where I came away with a nice, big blister - that I was quite proud of - from playing dunun for an hour straight!), awesome farmer's market, gorgeous antique store (the kind with armoires from floor to ceiling, in a building that looks like it was once a museum), amazing Italian, high-end market where we bought out their crazy delicious chocolate section (and I found Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs for the kiddos!), German bakery (where I finally found the Curry Ketchup I've been craving for 10 years), Thai food for lunch, random big city window/shopping, grabbing a beer in Park City (a very interesting place at night), sleeping in a canyon at a high elevation with snow (snow!) all around us (and freezing), then coming home an evening early to sleep in our own bed. What fun.
This week is going to be busy and full, but very satisfying. Lots in the works.
What did you do this weekend?
Yesterday, we went up the mountain with some friends to play and check out the foliage. We lasted about 45 minutes before we headed back down. Brrr! So insanely beautiful up there, though.
Tyler and I are headed up to the big city for the next couple of days, sans enfants once again! So excited. Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!