Let's see... July was a crazy busy month! I forget each year how busy summer can get and this summer, with the two kids and fantastically warm weather, we have been traveling to the lake often and also driving to visit cousins and friends.
:1: This handsome fellow is almost 10 months old. Yahoo! The real reason for this picture is the meat birds! They have been successfully processed at Tide Mill farm and we now have a chest freezer FULL of chicken ranging in weight from 4.5lbs all the way up to 8lbs! Absolutely amazing. These Freedom Rangers had a fantastic (short) life here and free ranged for the last 8 weeks with the laying hens. The roosters in the group started to get a little rowdy near the end so we were happy to see them off and now even happier to have over 90 meals worth of chicken. We started with 30 birds but lost a few along the way and processed 27. I actually had to cull one of them myself when it became too injured to make a recovery. (that was a stressful moment!)
:2: This garden picture was taken a while ago... it looks way cooler now. This is really a picture of the back of the house where Mr. Meanie started shingling. He also built a medium sized back deck and while the mosquitoes have kept us from enjoying it too much I am looking forward to fall weather and morning coffee on the back deck.
:3: Harvest time! We have eaten veggies from the garden daily and they are so yummy! I just pulled up the garlic yesterday and it is BEAUTIFUL. Friends and family beware: we have so much garlic that we will likely put it in everything.
:4: Remember this dress? Momma's night out was a success. My SIL and I went to a fantastic Mexican restaurant in Portland, had a couple of margaritas and then enjoyed the comedic delights of Jim Gaffigan. He was hilarious until he decided to talk about hot pockets for the last 20 minutes of his show... which are not nearly as funny as he thinks they are. I honestly don't even know anyone who eats hot pockets! Anywho, the next day we visited Boothbay Botanical Gardens (a must summer visit; so beautiful and they have a fantastic kid's garden area) and we also saw a friend who is working in Boothbay for the summer.
:5: Off to a tidal island with my childhood friend, her husband and their children. Amazingly enough we don't often explore the ocean although we live about 10 minutes from it. So we had a great time just chilling out.
:6: We swam at the local lake 3 times a week when the afternoon heat became too much for us. Audrey is becoming a fisherwoman and enjoyed trying to catch the sunfish around the dock. And Johnny loves the water. In this picture both kids are wearing swim suits that are momma-made.
:7: I ran with a FANTASTIC relay team from Ellsworth to Eastport (over 102 miles). My running legs were the last two, over 14 miles, in the sun/heat. It was tough but so much fun and I look forward to next year. I also made my running outfit and am currently a pattern tester for Green Style Creations and have so far worked on 3 different version of the same zip up sports bra. The one in the picture proved to chafe way too much (and I have scars to prove it :( ) I will blog about this more in the future.
:8: Moosehead Lake 2016. Our 9th year traveling up to Moosehead Lake to enjoy family and good food. The weather was gorgeous and we had fun swimming and canoeing. The kids were pretty good too and Johnny was the very first boy allowed to go! Yay! I made everyone t-shirt dress and Johnny a few rompers.
:9: Lastly, Boston Trip! We were invited by one of Mr. Meanie's co-workers to the Pearl Jam concert in Boston. I have never met anyone that Mr. Meanie works with so it was a fun experience to hear the guys discuss the shipping industry together. We went to the Pearl Jam concert at Fenway, Samuel Adams Brewery Tour (where I met someone who recognized the dress pattern I made my dress from... what fun!), and then out on the town for dinner in the harbor. This outfit was made from the P4P Siren Swim Suit top and Pencil Skirt for the bottom.
:10: Not picture, Audrey's Dance Class. She had a little difficulty listening but overall the class went well. We made an afternoon of it, visiting a local park/splash pad, eating snack, running errands, and attending dance. It was nice to see how well (or not well) Audrey interacted with other adults and children. A little stressful but overall she is off to a good start.
And for the next week I need to sew! I have a booth at the Blueberry Festival and desperately need to make diapers and clothing to sell. My goal was 30 diapers this week... lol. I have made ZERO. Need to get my butt in gear!
have a great day!