Fourth of July Fatigue

First: Happy Fourth! Hope you’re all having fun watching parades (no matter how stingy on candy throwing they might be) & fireworks (even if you’re struggling to figure out which night the show is like we are).
The following pictures have everything to do with the 4th and little to do with what’s being written…

Whew. There has been little relaxation around here. The girls are all twisted around and what an important thing regularity is for a 1.5 year old. Poor Leviah is like a crazy person–I’m sure she feels uprooted and unsure. We’ve been running around for almost 2 weeks and while we’ve accomplished a TON, as a mother I’m feeling really irresponsible. Naomi is actually thriving on the activity in many ways, but in others I think we’re all feeling emotionally drained & discombobbled.

What have we been up to? well, there will be more on that here shortly. This week especially the line between farm & home has been criss-crossed–someday, when the distance is smaller and babies can nap through many of the daily chores this criss cross will be our dream come true. For right now, we are in a transitional place that is far from comfortable. Several projects this week will be dedicated solely to establishing a rhythm for our family that helps us keep up beat. 😉

There’s some relief in knowing that that day will come & in seeing what progress has actually been made. That strip of land is taking a very loose shape. Some outline of our ‘vision’ is already visible & it is encouraging. Alas, MUCH is to be done, but there are so many ideas we can’t WAIT to share with everyone.

Right now we’re considering our orchard. We want: Peaches, Plums, Cherries, Figs, Pecans, Pears, Apples, Pomegranates, Persimmons and more as we come to it. Any varieties you’ve all had experience with? We want to get fairly local & completely GMO free plants. Suggestions welcome!

My Moosewood challenge is going a little slower, due to all this running around, but I did whip up the Fudge Brownies (I added the optional instant coffee) the other night & no more boxes for me. These are SO good. I love boxed brownie mixes–a downfall of mine, but with this recipe I don’t need them! I just need a good stock pile of unsweetened chocolate squares on hand for whenever the chocolate craving sets in…


  • Plain and Joyful Living Posted July 4, 2010 10:45 pm

    I am enjoying reading about your family's journey.. I do understand how it can be extra challenging with little ones and often goals do take longer than we hoped. Keeping track of progress, though, is a wonderful way to realize what you are accomplishing.
    Warm wishes, tonya

  • Joy Posted July 5, 2010 10:49 am

    Great shots of the parade! Good luck returning your rhythm. I know how important that is to the kids, and how hard it can be to keep when you're going through life changes. I don't have advice on any specific varieties, but I grew up with most of those trees either in my own childhood yard or at my grandmothers and have fond memories of spending time in those fruit/nut trees. Please invite us to come visit. 🙂

  • naqahdahnellie Posted July 5, 2010 1:26 pm

    When we did the TM float in the parade at Christmas, the city of Greensboro actually told us we weren't allowed to throw candy. 🙁 We tied lollipops to business cards and handed them out instead. Silly cities and their silly rules!

  • Beth Posted July 5, 2010 2:12 pm

    Okay, those brownies look dannnngerously addictive!

  • Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn Posted July 5, 2010 4:14 pm

    Came here thru your thread on etsy..hope all goes well for you! Kids are resilient though..all will be fine!

  • school house oils Posted July 5, 2010 11:14 pm

    Annelle, I wondered about that! I wonder why, for cleaning up reasons? thanks for all the kid support. they do have a way of bouncing back. & you're always welcome Joy. There WILL be a big party sometime soon, but we're getting a 'potty-facility' finished up first…some aren't as good at using the great outdoors as others.

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