Last Saturday we loaded up the Suburban and a trailer (gear for seven and a dog takes a lot of space) and headed out to
for a camping trip. We camped in the national park. The campsite was right a long the river. The kids loved it. They played in the river, and did a little fishing.
It was a short drive to the Bridge. We spent an afternoon exploring the bridge and areas around it. We took the Fayette Station Road Tour, filled our water jugs from a spring, and hiked the Kaymoor Trail to see old coal mines.
That night it rained, and rained, and rained. It isn't really a camping trip unless it rains right? We'd hope to do a little more exploring the next day, but it was still raining, and we were soaked. We packed our soggy selves and things and headed home.
West Virginia is full of beautiful places. This place is one of them. I wish we'd had more time and better weather to explore more!
Spring is the season of growing. Watching the trees come into full leaf, marking the time by which wild plant is in bloom, and anxiously waiting the fresh bounty that is coming, these are some of my favorite things about spring. I love to watch the little seedlings
nurtured in the house flourish when they finally get their roots into the earth. Watching the tiny seeds put into the ground become huge and productive plants always seems like a small miracle.
I am so excited to actually have some spring crops. I had almost given up on growing them here. Other years it has been too wet to get in the garden early, and/or has gotten too hot too quickly for the cool weather crops. I plant fall crops of those items usually, but this year we could get in the garden pretty early. I decided to try again. I'm so glad I did. The spring was cooler than normal. This week is hot, but we've had some beautiful cool spring like weather. In the garden that translates to spring spinach, lettuces, and snow peas. We are looking forward to the broccoli, cabbage, and shell peas too!
~Now if I could just get the rest of the summer garden in. . . but that is another story.
The animals are growing too. The bee hives
have gotten taller. Not sure when that happened, but I imagine the bee keeper must have had something to do with that. The turkey poults
are about triple their sized. The bunnies
are just about to be weaned. And can you believe this is our puppy?! Vivian could hold her like a baby when we brought her home
a couple months ago! Stella is almost as big as our other dog now.
Of course there are more things that just keep growing around here. Four of them that just won't stop. Can you believe these are my babies?!
The family vehicle has also grown. Bye Bye mini van. We are now a Suburban type family.
Of course this family vehicle also doubles as a farm truck.
Lots of growing around here. What are you watching grow this spring?
You know when you a long weekend away you're going to pay for it the following week. It is great to get away, and we needed it but while we were gone the garden didn't get planted, the weeds didn't stop growing, and the to do list only grew. It has been a non stop week of farm work and other commitments. I'm whooped!
Poor Vivian got poison ivy on her face. Yesterday her little face was swollen. We decided to wait it out and hope that it cleared on its own.
This morning, my mom had an outpatient procedure. We were at the hospital at 6:30. At 8:30 Tim sent me this picture.
Poor Vivian had woken up with one eye completely swollen shut and her face swollen and sore. Waiting it out wasn't working. While I was at the hospital with mom, Tim took Viv to the doctor. He have her a steroid shot, and pills to take for the next 12 days. He warned that she may be grumpy and have an increased appetite. Look out! It is going to be a bumpy ride.
So now, where to start on that list of mine.....
You might be a homeschooler if you have a trip planned for a church conference, decide to leave early, and drive a little farther to hit the local science museum first.
The Great Lakes Science center in Cleveland was a great start to our long weekend. The church conference was wonderful too, but no pictures to show from that. :)
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