Thursday, July 31, 2008

Name That Bird

This morning as I was cleaning up from breakfast I was looking out the kitchen window and saw this bird in the garden.

Does anyone know what it is? I think it may be a Blue Grosbeak or an Indigo Bunting. What do you think? Leave me a comment and let me know :o)
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Adventures in SoNo

Yesterday we went on an adventure to SoNo with Melissa, Lily and Miles. In our local mall we were approached by a talent company that will remain un-named. So like two suckers we bit and made an appointment for the kids and headed to SoNo.

When we arrived they had no record of our appointment (Red Flag #1), but the receptionist did kindly offer to make us an appointment *grin* When we were filling out our paper work a women came up to us and told us her opinion of "talent agency". She was there to try and get her $1500 back and she told us her story and how the Better Business Buerau has pages of complaint and two open cases agains the company. (Red Flag #2). This is when we looked at each other and took our paper work and walked out. Oh well, the husbands were right it was a scam, but it was also an adventure.

Well we weren't going to let this ruin our day, we were afterall down by the water, so what were we going to do with the rest of our day. I snapped some cute pictures of the kids at the Sheffield Island Lighthouse dock.

I swear the boys don't spend all their time in a stroller, it is just hard when you are on the go, it's hot and they aren't walking yet.

A little lovin'

Silly Girl

The lighting was great for these two pictures that I got of Lily, I didn't even have to do anything to retouch them *grin*
Then, we headed to the Norwalk Beach and went for a walk along the beach and let the girls play on the Sounds Fun Playground, which they loved. The playground was great and there was a "beached" pirate ship to play on which they loved, so much climbing, you know everyone slept well tonight *grin*

What a little monkey, Lily climed up and when she asked for help getting down, I told her to wait a sec, so that I could grab my camera to get her picture.

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Castle Playground

These pictures are so late, I had wanted to post them last week and then time just got away from me and here we are on Monday and I am posting them. Last week we went to this great playground in a neighboring town, the kids and I had been there before, but it was a first time for Melissa and her kids.
I love this playground, it is huge and there is something for everyone to do and PLENTY of shade, which is really important on these hot summer days.

Miles and Jack just loved swinging on the swings, but I don't think that you can tell that, from looking at these pictures *hehe*

Allie and I on the "wiggle board", this is what we call it, I don't know what else to call it. Last time we were at the park I could barely get her to go on it and this time well the pictures say it all she had a blast. I just love that smile!

I just love days like this spent with my kiddos and good friends. I wish that summer would last forever. I don't want to go back to work in the fall, I love staying home with Allie and Jack. I wish that I could think of a way to make a little bit of money so that I COULD stay home... any ideas?

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Your Prayers Are Needed

If you are reading this post I would like to ask you to pray for this Mama, you can read her story here. Mck Mama (this is the name that she goes by on her blog) is a mom to 3 beautiful children and has one on the way. It is Mck Mama and her unborn baby that need your prayers for their hearts which are not beating properly. Thank you and God bless.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Fields of Sunflowers

What an amazing day we had today, the kids and I are visiting at my parents house for a couple of days and today My mom and I took the kids to Buttonwood Farms to see the sunflowers. I had heard about them last year but we never made it out there, mostly because I was pregnant with Jack, it was hot and I just couldn't see myself going; and then once they passed I forgot about them. That was until someone mentioned them to me a week ago.

So we headed out the the eastern side of the state; which for all of you that don't know Connecticut is VERY rural, not much there except for farms, a couple old mill towns and 2 HUGE "Indian" casinos. So we made our way there and when we arrived this is what we were greeted by, it was amazing! I have never seen so many sunflowers in one place, it was a sea of gold.
We couldn't have picked a better day to go and do this, the humidity that has been plaguing us for over a week finally cleared out last night and it was beautiful today; the skies were haze free and there was even a breeze.

Before we came I did a little research about Buttonwood Farms on their website and it has quite a neat history. What I thought was the most interesting is that the Button family started this dairy farm in 1975 and they have built all the structures on the farm using timber from the farm which they milled in their own saw mill. I really liked the fact that they have self sustaining (even the shingles are wooden!)
When we first got there Allie spotted the Hayrides and that is the first thing she wanted to do, but we convinced her to go and check out the sunflowers and take some pictures first. Here are some of my favorites.

After we took some pictures we headed over to the tractors for a ride only to find out that the rides don't start until 3pm (it was 1 ish), so we decided to head out and go get some lunch and then come back and go for a hayride and get some Farm Fresh ice cream and but some sunflower bunches (they profit The Make A Wish Foundation). Well this was an adventure because there was nothing around. We ended up going somewhere between 15 and 20 miles before we found a gas station, did I mention my gas light was on and then a place for lunch. So we ate and headed back.

Allie was so exited to go on the hayride and I put Jack an the mei tai carrier, we got our tickets and got ready for our ride.

Jack and I on the hayride

Allie and Grammy cuddling

The four of us on the hayride

If you hadn't noticed, I loved photographing this old barn (and all old barns in general.)

Such silly innocence, I love my sweet girl!

Here are a couple more of my favorites from the day. I have to go to the little man who has woken up (it is 1:45 am! Yikes)

And a little purple cow ice cream to end a great day!