July 1, 2018

June things


One afternoon, driving over to Mom and Dad's, we saw a bald eagle flying over Owen's freshly cut hay field.



Honey Locust


I think this is cow parsley


Baby geese










Justin worked out of town most of the month of June, so Sunday leave taking was a part of life. 




They love their daddy



Doing anything outside in June is more interesting than doing it inside. No matter how much work it is to get everything outside...


I had my second grade put on puppet plays for me. Some were better than others. But they were fun!




Dramatic sky


Some leaf disease


Mare's tails



I LOVE PEONIES!!!


And irises


Aren't they outrageous? So over the top. And I adore them for it. 


For Father's Day, our present was to get all the maple syrup supplies cleaned up. 


Field ripe for harvest 



Birthday girl in a terrible picture on my phone



The peachy colored peony from up above faded into cream


And apparently, if you pick a peony that has a bud on it, it doesn't develop as big. They are petite. So cute!


Elsie's kindergarten graduation with her teacher and long term sub


Vetch and bedstraw


Looking at a poor frog



What a squidlet this girl is!!


Frogs are endlessly fascinating! 

June 30, 2018

Barnhart Beach


The other day, an errand took me to Robert Moses State Park and right onto Barnhart Beach. We were on a schedule, but I decided that only a terrible mother would not let her kids mess around in the water when we were RIGHT THERE. 


So we chucked the schedule for a half hour. So wild and crazy. 

My kids will always remember me as the fun and spontaneous mother-- "I think we could manage approximately 29 and a half minutes here, but no more...." 

In my defense, there was a lot to get done in a short amount of time. 


But it was lovely. 


Walking in sparkles


Alligator skin water shadows


After hours


Gilbert always starts out wading with his pants up. But inevitably, two minutes later he sees something important and charges off up to his waist. 

Sigh...


Gilbert trying to call the seagulls to him. 

Didn't work.


So he tried to catch one. 

Didn't work either. 


Seagulls who are not disturbed by Gilbert's antics


Gilbert perfectly happy with wet legs


I think we needed an unscheduled bit of time in the water.