just life

I didn't actually mean to be gone so much in the past few weeks.

I looked back over these pages the other night and realized August has been a quiet place here. Which is exactly the opposite of what is going on in our home. But this week things seemed to settle down and into the low quiet hum that we're used to. (and when my husband reads this he'll laugh and say quiet!?) So it's my version of quiet…. boy am I in trouble when they all head out someday… that's the sort of quiet that causes a lady to get a couple of dairy goats and twelve cats.

The big boy is doing well. He's got his first few days of school under his belt and is enjoying his classes, meeting friends and even sending his dear mama an occasional text message. I have a whole new love for texting…. especially one like this: "Just listened to My Boy for the first time. Love you mom." If you have not heard My Boy by Neil Young…. you should. It's simple and beautiful and I just love Neil anyway. {However over the last few days it has illicted happy tears from my heart each time I've listened to it.} But Sam is excited and loving life and meeting like minded people and all of that is just so very good.

And that big girl of ours is just a week away from being home! She has had a ball running around with her old friends and hanging out on country & suburban farms. While helping with some caretaking duties she attempted to walk a goat…. which resulted in said goat walking her, she played at an open mic last night at a sweet coffee house and is visiting a Psychedelic Poster Exhibition at the local art museum. I can't wait to hear about the museum and even more so I can't wait to see how it influences her art. (But mostly I can't wait to see her smiling face at the airport next week!)

We're teaching Luke to play Uno and convincing him the game is about playing and not winning….. I don't think he beleives us. Sophie said to us "You know, I just don't feel old enough to be the biggest kid." And Joe & I felt just exactly the same way. The littles are well and busy building extravagent forts and castles of blocks and making parties for Joe & I to attend. It's been hot, so the only out of doors time is spent splashing in water and eating popsicles that melt in nano seconds. Which reminds me, we are the excited owners of a popsicle maker, a gift from my mom. You can make popsicles in under 10 minutes. Which is both ridiculous and totally fun. Lots of snacktime popsicles have made they're way into our days. Our new favorite is Key Lime.

Do you want the recipe? I thought you might…..


key lime popsicles


Key Lime Popsicles

1 cup of plain yogurt (whole milk is best)

1 ripe banana

zest & juice of 1 lime

honey & more lime juice to taste (we like ours pretty sour!)

~Blend everything in the blender & freeze in popsicle molds. This makes 6-9 popsicles depending on the type of mold you use. These are much more breakfast worthy than last week's cake

*The bright yellow color comes from a tablespoon of bee pollen, which I add to smoothies. It works really well in this smoothie and said to be a super food. I buy it here.

Anything new in your neck of the woods?


4 thoughts on “just life

  1. I can’t even begin to imagine how I would cope when my kids start moving out for school, but I guess I don’t need to think about this too much yet, as my oldest is not even 6 yet.
    Your popsicles look so delicious, I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  2. I have been looking at those Popsicle makers, still winter here in the southern hemisphere but might splurge on one for summer as they sound great


  3. We have used the simple in the freezer molds for years….. but this was certainly a nice treat from Grandma. Winter sounds lovely right now….. we are so done with hot humid weather…. though popsicles certainly help!


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