The backyard…

December 3, 2011

Happiness is…

December 2, 2011


November 22, 2011

shed (a.k.a. “Shane’s Shack”)

backyard (a.k.a.”Raker’s Paradise”)

deck (a.k.a. “Mama’s Outdoor Living Room”)

house (a.k.a. our own little slice of the American Dream)

More pictures to come soon…as soon as I sign on the dotted line(s)!

Tying Shoes

November 13, 2011

Shane tied his shoes for the first time today.  He is so proud!  Practice will make perfect, but he’s on his way.

Golden Hour

November 7, 2011

Oh, the fall light.  It’s magical.

Last Soccer Game of the Season

November 5, 2011

Click for a kick.

Halloween 2011

October 31, 2011

October Snow

October 30, 2011

We only got around three inches.  By the time we got outside at around 9 am, it was mostly slushy and melting quickly.  Still fun to jump in, though!


October 29, 2011

Shane had a soccer game this morning…it’s hard to believe that there’s only one left!  We’ve had such a rainy season that several games have been canceled, and when the boys do play, half the time there’s standing water or mud on the fields.  Today was a muddy one…

Watch some soccer action:

Shane loses his cleat in the mud

Throw in

Birthday Party

October 17, 2011

Cousin Elliot had his fifth birthday at a campground.  It was a gorgeous, windy day and the campfire was cozy.  There were lots of kids, and they had an absolute blast romping through woods, exploring a beaver lodge, finding sticks to whack against trees – all the good stuff!  We had a family scavenger hunt (find 4 acorns, a leaf that’s red AND yellow, etc.) and made hot dogs and s’mores over the fire.  Shane was one of the oldest kiddos there, and when I mentioned to him that there were no arguments or issues throughout the party, he said, “That’s because us big kids took care of it.”

Peggy helped Shane make a “God’s eye” which he proceeded to pretend was a gun.  It was quite a scene – kids running through the trees, pointing pastel-colored crafts at each other and making shoot-em-up noises.


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