Monday, September 23, 2013

Cider Pressing

A mild summer loaded up our apple trees in a big way this year. We've been making applesauce and drying apples, but still have loads that were headed to the compost pile (which the deer love to find in the winter). Every fall we always wish for a cider press, but they are not easy to come by. So, when we found out there was one in town that we could borrow, we jumped at the chance. We were able to borrow it for the weekend and Ben made gallons and gallons of cider. We gave away quite a bit to neighbors and froze the rest in the chest freezer. I think that we are set for the whole next year! The kids loved helping make it and loved drinking it even more.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Biking a new way

We've been biking a lot more this fall and decided that Pieter was definitely ready to leave the bike trailer and do some riding with us. We found a pull behind bike on craig's list and picked it up this week. Pieter loves it! And Juliana isn't willing to be left behind, either. She holds on like a burr and we do a couple miles with her on it on the bike path while Pieter rides his own bike.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Biking the Mickelson Trail

{sign at the Dumont Trailhead where we began}

{my view of the kids all bundled up in the trailer}

{a muddy mess at the end}

We biked on the Mickelson Trail for the first time this past weekend. We started at the Dumont Trailhead and ended at Lead. While we only biked 12 of the 109 miles of the trail, it was a perfect amount, especially with 80% downhill. Going up at the beginning was rather tough because the trail reaches the highest point in the hills in this stretch (6,100'). After such warm weather during September, getting up into the hills with cooler temps and leaves turing colors, it finally felt like autumn. At the end of our time, the rain started and gave us a bit of chill. We were certainly a muddy mess by the end! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wee Woodland Quilts Finished!

{Pieter's wee woodland quilt}

{quilted loops & leaves}

{pillowcase made with wee woodland flannel}

{quilted pointy swirls}

{forest friends flannel quilt, pillowcase, and animals}
{Juliana's wee woodland quilt}

{reverse side of Juliana's quilt}

After piecing together the Wee Woodland quilts this spring (see post), I sent them off to Montana to be quilted by Kathy. I waited on pins and needles for them to come back, so anxious to see them. Well, the post office conspired against me. They didn't return until after we left for Michigan, so I didn't get to see them until we returned in August. After driving for a week across the country, the first thing I did when we returned was to check them out. They were perfect! Kathy does such an amazing job and the price was right with a 20% discount for the first order. I chose an all over pointy swirls with a simple loops and leaves in the white border. I finally just finished binding them this past weekend (using an amazing binding tutorial by Kathy) and sewed up some pillowcases in Wee Woodland flannel to match. I still have some remaining fabric, so you might see some other room accessories in a bit. I love the final result!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Freshening Up

{frolic baby quilt hanging on wall; wee woodland quilt on bed; Mary Jane Q. Cross prints}

{both kids at one day old - Pieter above, Juliana below}

Painting in and out of the house took up much of my time this spring. One room that definitely needed a fresh coat and color was Pieter's room. In thinking about the wee woodland quilts that I was working on for the kids, I chose a daring blue (Yolo Colorhouse Water .01). It definitely took a while to get used to, but I do love it now. Juliana just moved in with Pieter when we returned from Michigan and the kids are doing pretty well falling asleep together. Pieter is a voracious reader and especially loves the classic golden books about trains, cars and trucks. I spent time two weeks ago getting some beautiful new prints by Mary Jane framed and am so glad to get them up on the wall. More about those soon!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Every last bit

Milk foam from mama's latte is a pretty hot commodity around here. What does a good parent do when they see their child licking up spilled foam from the floor? Take pictures, of course.

Friday, September 6, 2013

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. - AS

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Citrus Play Dough

The play dough needed to be refreshed, so while Pieter had a spontaneous, voluntary nap (!), Juliana and I made some new play dough this afternoon. This spring I bought some more essential oils for soap making, so I had just the right collection for yellow, green, and orange. These citrus oils are the prefect scents for a fresh start. Interested in making some? Here is my recipe.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Hiking on Labor Day Weekend

On our long holiday weekend we headed up to Cement Ridge, Wyoming's second highest peak in the Black Hills. We met a nice U.S. Forest Service woman that spends six days of the week up in the tower looking for fires the old-fashioned way. She gifted Pieter with a pair of binoculars and a Smokey the Bear handkerchief for Juliana. Pieter kept them glued to his eyes for the rest of the day. It was a cool, windy day up on the ridge, so we headed down to Roughlock Falls next and had a great hike down to the dam. Juliana is becoming a very good hiker, doing the mile downhill without any trouble at all.

{Green Spleenwort, Asplenium ramosum}

{Pink Wintergreen, Pyrola asarifolia}

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