Friday, October 9, 2015

270/365 - autumn moon festival

September 27
We love traditions at our house. I guess they keep us grounded and makes life a little more predictable. This evening we headed outside to enjoy a beautiful fall night beneath the moon. The Autumn Moon to be exact.

This year it was also a super moon. The moon started out bright and gorgeous, so we settled in to enjoy a quiet, peaceful evening beneath the moon. 
We lit lanterns to make it feel extra cozy.
We sipped green tea and ate mooncakes, our version of mooncakes that is. 
It was a evening filled with love. Lots of love.
After the teapot was dry, and our tummies filled up with cookies, we gathered up blankets and snuggled beneath the moon. I didn't take pictures of this part, but it was perfect and cozy. We intended to stay until the moon turned red, but the clouds moved in and blocked our view. So we packed up our blankets and headed to bed a little early.

It was a perfect evening beneath the moon!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

269/365 - apple orchard

September 26
Despite growing our own apples, we decided a trip to the Apple Orchard was a perfect way to spend this gorgeous fall morning. It's always beautiful there, and even though lots of families mull around, it's so very peaceful. Not to mention it is part of our fall traditions. 
This year my nieces joined us, and that made it extra fun for Miss C.  The girls had lots of fun picking apples, but they also loved playing in the corn maze and munching on apple donuts. 
It was one of those fill up your soul kind of mornings. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

268/365 - Piper

September 25
"Cats are mysterious kind of folk - there is more passing in their minds than we are aware of. "
~ Sir Walter Scott ~

Monday, October 5, 2015

267/365 - homework, again

September 24
“Wonder what it’s like to have a peaceful life,” Ron sighed, as evening after evening they struggled through all the extra homework they were getting.” 

~ J.K. Rowling ~

Friday, October 2, 2015

264-266/365 - apple to sauce

September 21
Today we picked a big bowl of apples from our apple tree. I can't tell you how happy this makes me. I still am in awe that we grow apples in our backyard. 

When Miss I was about two years old she chose this tree to plant, and I never really expected it would survive, let alone bear fruit. Yet here we are with a bowl of apples. 

September 22
While they are delicious on their own, I decided to make a batch of applesauce. I chopped the apples, added some honey and water, and boiled them. Easy Peasy.

Once they apples were boiled and nice and soft I added it to my Blender and voila I made a yummy, smooth apple sauce.

 September 23
Today we have three yummy jars of fresh, homemade applesauce, that is absolutely delicious!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

263/365 - his name on her back

September 20
During a recent visit, we sat at the dining room table, and her Grandpa shared how much he loved being at her game and watching her play hockey. Through teary eyes, he told her how proud he was of her and how special it was to watch her skate on the ice wearing his name on her back. 

It was one of those moments as a mom you want to mop up and hold onto for your daughter. It was a quick but deeply meaningful moment.

That moment passed, and yet his words stayed with me.

So before they left for her hockey game today, I grabbed these pictures. I wanted to document his words so that someday when she is older, she will remember how he felt and how meaningful it was to him to watch her play hockey. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

262/365 - cutie pie kitty

September 19
Fall is just around the corner, and we are trying to soak up as much backyard time as we can. The weather is still lovely and warm; we certainly hope it last a little longer. Teddy was allowed to join us today.  Our rule for him is he can stay as long as he doesn't try to climb the fence. Tonight he was he very well behaved, and I think he is adorable, especially with his tongue sticking out.