Monday, February 29, 2016

Lucia and her Thumb

She found her thumb! This is my first little one that sucks her thumb. So cute!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

What's Happening in the Kitchen

{little pots Ben brought back from Madagascar last summer just for the play kitchen}

{cookies baking}

I finally got around to taking pictures yesterday of the French produce I knit for Juliana, so I did a cleanup on the play kitchen. We use some nice polish from Palumba to shine everything up again and protect it. We've added a lot to the kitchen over the last few years. Here is a picture of Pieter playing with the kitchen shortly after we got it in 2011. The coconut coins get a lot of use and are easy to stir around in the pots. When the kids were younger they mostly spent a lot of time throwing things down through the sink hole into the cupboard. Now I see Juliana playing quite a bit the kitchen. I'd like to keep knitting more veggies and fruit to eventually create a little farm stand. And it looks like I need to make some muffins for the muffin tin.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

French Fruits and Vegetables

Leeks                                               Shallots

Radishes                                        Potatoes

PatternFrench Fruits and Vegetables by Brooke and Beth
Yarn: Cascade 220, various colors
Needles: US 4

So many fruits and veggies to make, so little time... I've had been meaning to get this set knit for a long time and finally did it last fall to give to Juliana for Christmas. And now I'm finally getting the photos taken and project blogged! Another cute set by Brooke and Beth.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Earthquake Reenactment

Yesterday morning I was sitting at the dining table with Lucia and after a few moments of shaking I realized I was experiencing an earthquake! Furniture was wobbling, picture frames tilted. By the time I realized what was happening it was almost over. The kids were downstairs playing in their cardboard box house. They had no idea what had happened, thinking that their sibling was shaking the box house. The center was in Cabo Rojo, just a bit south of here and it was a 4.0. Here is Juliana jumping up and down in a box reenacting the earthquake! 

Monday, February 22, 2016

A New Job

Pieter really enjoys mowing the lawn. Just this weekend he started doing it all by himself and managed the hills just fine! It isn't easy using a push mower, but he is getting enough speed to get it cut. Oh, where did the time go? Here he is helping Ben mow the lawn for the first time in 2011.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Friday Play

{Little Blue Heron, Egretta caerulea}

{smiles for Cassie}

Play is often talked about as if it were
a relief from serious learning. 
But for children play is serious learning. 
Play is really the work of childhood.
~Fred Rogers

{Red Rock Urchin, Echinometra lucunter}

{Cassie knows how to relax}

{telling stories with Cassie}

Last fall we didn't get to the beach very much. I was just too hot and tired in my last trimester of pregnancy to find the energy to pack everything up. We live about 25 minutes from the nice beaches of Rincon. That is just far enough that you have to plan it out a bit more with bringing a cooler full of food and water, sand toys and pfds, water jugs to wash off the sand before leaving, a change of clothes for the kids... I have so much more energy now that I have a little two month old at my side and two kids to help me out. So we've been getting to the beach more and I've decided to make a Friday beach day goal. This helps us finish up Pieter's school work earlier in the week to have the day open for playing in the tide pools. Fred Rogers knows what he is talking about. Play is just as important as the three R's ~ reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic. 

And by the way, it sure is amazing to have some friends near by that are retired at the age of 35. Cassie and Britton always have time for us, whether it is spending time at the beach with us (check out their post from the same day), welcoming us to their finca for a picnic on their roof while looking at the ocean and chasing turkeys and chickens around the yard, or going to local festivals. Moving isn't easy. As we are nearing in on two years in Puerto Rico, their friendship has really made our new life here better.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Puerto Rican Honey

I love to bake with honey. Lately we've been eating a lot of pumpkin and blueberry muffins so my honey supply has dwindled. When we were at the Coffee Festival in Maricao I came across this booth. Most of this honey comes from hives that are in people's home or buildings that need to be removed. The beekeeper said he works on this all across the island. I've had a hard time finding pure honey here, so this was a good find.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Breakfast in Puerto Rico

While I was putting breakfast together, Ben was out cutting some beautiful heliconias for the table. Aren't they beautiful? Breakfast doesn't get much better than local free-range eggs and fresh-squeezed orange juice. We came back from the Maricao Coffee Festival with a huge bag of oranges that Papo gave us and have been making juice all week long. If this looks good to you and you're interested in relocating to enjoy this beautiful island, Papo's finca is for sale

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Goodbye Andalucia

Today was the last day El Galeon Andalucia would be in the port, so Ben took the kids down with the kayaks to check it out from the water. They were all disappointed to see that the water was too rough to go out in. Juliana sits in the back of Ben's kayak in a storage compartment and on a good day water often gets in, so Ben knew it wouldn't work if the waves were too rough. Oh, well! It was a pretty view, anyhow.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Festival del Acabe del Café

{waiting for our lattes}

{beautiful jewelry made from seeds, nuts and coffee}

{there is always Three Kings art at any festival}

{bee hive and local honey}

{so many VW buses used by the artisans}
{Britton and Lucia}

We headed to Maricao yesterday for the annual coffee festival, Festival del Acabe del Café. After going last year and having so much fun, I have definitely decided we need to make it there every year. We headed up Friday afternoon when things were just beginning. There were probably 60% of the artisans set up already and a bunch of coffee farms. Last year we went on Sunday and it was so busy we decided to go earlier and it was much nicer with lots of breathing room. Pieter remembered the roasted peanuts and found the vendor again. We saw beautiful artwork, had some great food and coffee, and hung out with our good friends, Cassie and Britton.
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