Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Raspberry Picking

Our town has a public farm where you can pick your own raspberries at the end of August and I've wanted to go there for.... hmm... 15 years?  It's sad, really.  The end of August is usually a crazy busy time for us - it's the time that in years past, Henry and Josie have done hockey camps and instead of picking raspberries in the hot sun, I'm found huddled in the corner of an ice rink, shivering and complaining.

Henry has aged out of hockey camps now that he's 15 and Josie's hockey team had summer practices in June and July, so we skipped formal camps this August.


So guess who got to go raspberry picking?  

Georgia wasn't in the mood to actually pick berries, so she acted as the event photographer.

Josie and I were on a mission.

We weren't at the farm for very long, but with our combined pickings we had enough to make a batch of raspberry muffins and to freeze about two cups worth for winter pancakes.  


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Playing Catch-Up

I'm officially a complete week behind.  I'm sorry.  When I last left off, we were in Maine visiting Elizabeth, Sean, Owen and my parents.  But we only spent a day there before heading back home to Massachusetts where we spent another day running errands before we left again for a weekend on Block Island.  Gordy and Georgia stayed home (Georgia had a lacrosse try-out) but we were still a party of five since Josie and Henry had friends join us.

The weekend was supposed to be lousy - the forecast for the island was rain, rain, and more rain.  Plus wind, thunder and a lightening storm or two.  I figured it would be a long weekend of entertaining bored children, but Block Island threw us a bone and the weather was glorious the entire three days.

The boys did their own thing, but the girls and I took advantage of the sun and went to the beach each day.

We also visited the Labyrinth - our first visit there this season.

We did have one overcast morning, so I took the kids to New Harbor to go crab "fishing."

Josie's friend was hesitant to bait her hook with squid, but once we helped her with that, she quickly became a pro.

It's only been a week, but I've already forgotten all that we did last weekend.  

I do remember that there was an afternoon of shopping with a quick stop to get Dells' Lemonade:

And the girls did play some game on the lawn that involved almost every toy from our storage closet:

The summer is coming to an end.  We have one more weekend to go on Block Island before we close for the season.  Henry's first day of school is only a few days away but the girls go back to school after Labor Day.  We did our big school supply shop last week and Georgia's soccer began two weeks ago.  

I'm sorry that summer is coming to a close, but that's only because it was such a fun one.

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