01 July 2013

embroidery, cousins, what's happening on the land {just pictures}

{along with some herbs, so far we've enjoyed strawberries, spinach, ruby chard, radishes, beets, and any bits of lettuce the rabbits leave behind}

{undivided care and attention from a grandparent is precious. H and grandma M reading in the tree house.}

{the eerie, beautiful sunset of a smoky horizon. this fright hit too close to home about a week ago when 2 homes away a pasture started on fire due to a knocked down electric fence wire. i called 911. about an acre burnt before the fire crew squelched it out. can i say, these colorado, wildfire summers make me want to hug every fire fighter i see!}

{hankies made for our 3 throughout the last couple weeks due to coughs and sniffles abounding}

{aren't cactus blooms lovely}

{these darling wildflowers are adding smiles to our window sills, tables, and bathrooms right now}

{at dinner one night, we asked each of the kids what they'd like to do for the evening. H said watch a "little house on the prairie," AD said play a computer game, and our middle said learn to embroider. that night (above) she drew a picture on the opening edge of a pillowcase, and i showed her the backstitch to get started filling her drawing in. she caught on pretty well.}

{H requested a violet initial decorated with yellow buds and a couple daisies for her hankie}

{yucca blooms are surprisingly attractive}

{the girls embroidering the next day together}

{harvesting the last of our radishes}

{several years ago our neighbor propagated her pink and yellow rose shrubs for us to enjoy on our land, too. i look forward to their blooms each summer.}
{those darling pink wildflowers come in this deep red, too}
{AD air guitarin'}

{i am actually giddy about growing beets for the first time this year. loving the greens and baby beets already!}

{off roadin'}
{so embarrassing when this happens aka that toy jeep doesn't do hills}

{my very favorite sight in the garden, reaching and clinging sweet peas with their delicate flowers}

{when grandparents or a grandparent visits, that usually means more cousin time}

{love these 6, big, small, and in between}

{i took on monopoly for the first time in like 25 years. for those that hung in there, the game totaled about 5 hours over the course of 2 days. impressive, to the 2 that stayed til the very end.}
{they don't look attractive, but these gluten free corndogs never disappoint...unless your eyes happen to be bigger than your stomach.}

{family evening walk}


{took a close look at some sad pasture with some very cute goats}
{once we realized we had an abundance of what they wanted, we stayed for awhile tossing in grass by the handfuls.}

{the following day, my niece took on the backstitch and the french knot for the first time and did wonderfully threading away with her cousin by her side.}
{her hankie in progress}

{shortly after cousins left from their 3 day stay, the house was unusually quiet. i found this...}

{...and this. you know it's a serious tired when one doesn't care what they are sleeping on or whose bed they are lying in (her sister's).}

{at breakfast this morning we were in awe at this huge butterfly resting on one of our lilac bushes. it made our monday morning.}


  1. i wish i could live in CO. but i do hope the fires have stopped. how unnerving that must be. thank you for sharing your pictures of your home life. they refresh my heart!

  2. Just checking in to see how you are doing, Amy. I've seen those awful floods on the news. I hope you and your family are ok! xoxo