A Memorial Weekend…..

We spent the weekend remembering the most wonderful man that I have ever known…

My Dad

I’m going to brag for just a moment….

My Dad was such an amazing man!  He was truly one of a kind.  He touched so many people that even 3 years after his passing he is being remembered and honored for his service to his family, his country, his volunteer work and by the town where he and my Mother settled 35 years ago.

This wonderful man was selfless and never showy in his efforts to help others.  He did for others because it was right, pure and simple.  Because of this reason, (and a million other reasons) he is being honored this weekend.

How do you honor a true Patriot, a Vietnam veteran who almost lost his life fighting for his country but, as he would say, LUCKILY only lost a leg instead?  By installing a 60 ft flag pole that will proudly wave a 16×25 foot flag above the athletic fields of the town, that’s how!

My little Man, My niece and my Brother-in-law

Saluting…

My little guy and my Niece, the Marine…just like her Pepere.

(This beautiful flag pole and marker were the brain child and donation of a local credit union that Dad volunteered with.)

Oh my…would he ever be smiling to see this. ❤

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The very next day we set out on our 3rd annual family mystery trip that honors the memory of our Dad on the day of his passing.

When we were growing up my dad would find the really neat, unique places, plan a trip, write up clues for the destinations and off we would go. Our trips were a combination of kooky, off the wall places mixed in with historical and educational spots.  No matter what the destination was, it was always fun because he made it fun.

This year all 16 of us set out to Rhode Island to visit the Mansions of Newport and the Roger Williams Zoo where the kids got to feed the giraffes!  What an experience for them!

The Breakers, Newport

We finished the evening by setting off floating sky lanterns at the beach in remembrance of this amazing man who still, 3 years later touches so many.

Off they go, reaching the Heavens…each one with a special message . ❤

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  I miss my Dad so much, but I see him every day in my kids, especially in my little man who had 3 precious year to drink in all that his Pepere did.

Thank you Dad, for all that you taught us, fought for us, shared with us, and for every ounce of love that you gave….

Until we meet again… 

A Birthday….

We had a birthday this past week…a special 6th birthday for my beautiful baby… er…big boy.

I was the Mom sitting quietly on the couch watching him open his gifts and thinking of every birthday that has passed and how he’s grown from such a small, dependent baby to this gentle, emotional, independent, solid 6-year-old.  He is a smart and very inquisitive boy, which at times drives me up a wall, but when we are out and about and he whips out one of the topics which we’ve talked about, that a 6-year-old doesn’t normally chat about, I beam with pride.  He sucks everything into that giant noggin of his and there it stays until it’s needed again.

I love this boy so….

He made me a Mom and for that, he will always have my heart.

Happy Birthday My Beautiful Boy!  

Thank you for helping me to learn patience, kindness, unconditional love and that a smile and a giggle can really change ones day.  You sir, are a blessing and a gift that I could never have imagined would bring me such joy. ❤

Around the Farm…

I’m not exactly sure what qualifies one as a farm, but to me, it is a big white house and an even bigger red barn. But seeing as we aren’t quite there yet…I suppose 15 chickens and 4 pigs puts us in that category even without the barn. 🙂

Well..It’s been a while since my last update and since late April through May for us has 7 close family birthdays, a special memorial weekend for my Dad a wedding and much, much more…I’m trying to squish everything into a few posts.

So…here goes…

Just one of the spring tulips…

~Two of the ladies doing what they do…

~Feisty the pig…

~More of natures beauty…

~Red checking out the camera…

~Blue digging up the dirt…

~One of the tulips that made it past the chickens…

~Pinky taking a break…

~Wanting to eat the camera…

~Typical shoe wear ’round these parts…

~Getting a little drink…

The piggies are growing faster than I could have imagined and love to eat everything from twigs and bugs to scrambled eggs!  They love to scamper around and frolic when sprayed with cool water on a hot day.  We gave them some beach balls to play with and they love them!   They are tilling the soil for us faster than we could have imagined as well and we are discovering just how rocky that area is.  Looks like there is some major compost and soil that’s going to be needed to make that area into our giant garden for next year as we had planned.

Our chickens are happy and eating all of the bugs in the yard and the occasional flower or two.  I now know why farms don’t have typically have manicured flower beds.  Fresh mulch makes for great dust baths and they seem to enjoy themselves so much.

Oh well. 🙂

We are moving right along into spring and I am feeling a bit behind as we should have started our seedlings long ago. 😦  Perhaps it will just be easier to buy the seedlings this year and direct sow the rest.  *sigh*  Maybe next year.  This year is flying by so quickly.

Off to feed the piggies again….