Thursday, October 28, 2010

The woods!

This time of year venturing into the woods becomes possible again. The overgrown tick harboring overgrowth has died back.  Wildlife trails become visible, mosquitoes are gone. It's great weather for hiking. It really keeps us connected to the outdoors longer instead of hiding out in the house pretending it's becoming too chilly for such outdoor romps.
 One of my favorite times to venture out is at dusk.

 The sunset cast an eery glow, and everything seems a touch dangerous and spooky.

I like spooky.
When we go in the day, we seem to find treasures everywhere. Usually telling of a waning season.
A hummingbird's nest

A huge, thankfully abandoned, hornet's nest.

And sometimes the forest is just a big playground of downed trees, large rocks, small caves, and rotting trunks.
We like to show off our strength and challenge each other to arborious martial arts.
 We kick,

This event involves much kicking,

 And they may have even be shoulder injuries. And the somewhat funny fact is that the rotting tree all though it shook against our terrible fury and wrath,

 still stands to this very day.
But we shook our fists, and swore swears worthy of the hushed whispers of disbelieving and horrified neighbors.

We did what any group of wild hooligans would do. We marched right on home and baked a batch of goodness,

and break danced like nobody's business.

Cause that's how we roll.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hop on over!

Please head on over to Marlin's blog. She wrote an awesome Halloween tale. Check it out!

Monday, October 25, 2010

They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky,

They're all together ooky, the Frog Creek family!

Well, we kinda are.
We decided this year, well , Marlin basically said that she was having a Halloween party. She made me go to evite make an invite to her liking, and she hit send. 
It was a done deal. 
I had to get my crud together and pull it off. I had a lot of help from every member of the tribe, and pull it off we did!
We baked,
and baked,
and compiled  icky recipes.
We shopped and schemed for weeks. We bought costumes,

 We made a hall of screams, 
or the haunted hallway if you'd rather. 
We went to the dollar store and bought a whole rack of toilet 

We procured dry ice.

The family snake even had a part. Our Massachusetts friends
came for a sleep over.
 It was so very fun. I maybe would consider doing it again. If certain smaller versions of myself poked me a little again next year.
There was even an after party. It involved lots of dancing, it made the moms giggle.
Just a note to myself.
Halloween around this creek is a big deal.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Family of three for a day

Both Marlin and Kaya headed out for a sleepover last week, and that left Ev as an only child. He wasn't sad, he LOVED it. We decided to head into the city and see what would happen. We walked along the street,
 stopped into some really cool shops with the most interesting items.

After all of our lazy,  I love you my only small boy, milling about, we decided that we were so hungry. We decided on noodles, I mean Thai.

 After a peanuty soy filled dinner, we headed back out to the street to wander about some more. We ended up around Yale's campus

and got to see the beautiful architecture around us.

The weather was mild with a warmish breeze.

 It was a lovely eve to be out walking.
After running off our dinner,

we headed out to the store to get our only boy of the night a special toy. You know,  just cause. He chose a very loud, pretend weed wacker, which he proudly uses as a weapon. Think face eraser.
We headed home and snuggled in bed and fell fast a sleep with the T.V on.
The next morning brought adventure. The littlest, cutest, bird got in through an open door.

 We captured it in a minnow net.
I was wondering aloud what kind of bird it was.

Ev told me, "Oh, I know this bird, it is a yellow mohawk bird from Pennsylvania!
 I really could not argue.
He held it in his warm chubby fingers for a second,

and we put it out on the deck to recover.
It sat there a minute, and we got a good close look at it's delicate beautiful details.

We left it be and when we checked back it was up on the roof. It chirped and flew off.

It was magical.

Ev took off scrambling, towards his room. In a flash he was out with a book in hand.

It was a perfect story to finish our morning.
Days like these are far and few in between. Those stolen moments spent together rekindles another promise to try and have more alone time with each of the kids.
They really shine bright when you focus on them alone.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Wow, it's easy to keep saying, ah, I'll blog tomorrow.
Real easy.
So I figured I 'll just show you why we have been so busy. The weather has been absolutely spectacular. I am now a big fan of fall.
Big fan.
 But today is raw, cloudy and damp. So you get a post, finally.
We have been getting dirty,

and climbing.

Creating delish



And homemade apple cider shaved ice!
Pottery class.

Fattening up the horses,

and the chickens,

for the slowly but surely approaching winter.

The kids as well!


and riding.


in the sun warmed dirt.

And some more riding. standing..

Playing with friends,

and baking with friends,

and carving pumpkins with friends.
We love friends!
And lighted pumpkins...

Thanks, guys!

There has been Checkers,

and sitting in the dirt with a dog named Zoe.

 Hmm, oh, and the wildly popular,

smashing rocks.
Art room busying

 Oh, and snuggling kinda babyish chickens named peep.

I think that's all.
Yeah, for now, it's good.
 See you in a few days, if it rains.