Our new backyard dressed in Autumn

copyright-katherine-marie-101414e copyright-katherine-marie-101414f“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.”

John Donne

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My very soul is wedded to it,

and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive autumns.”
George Eliot

copyright-katherine-marie-101414kcopyright-katherine-marie-101414t copyright-katherine-marie-101414h copyright-katherine-marie-101414b“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket

than all the other seasons.”

Jim Bishop

Smile File!

8 things that make me smile!  copyright-katherine-marie-100614kTheir enthusiasm for the FIRST DAY of school!

copyright-katherine-marie-100614jAfter school treats for “Talk Like a Pirate Day!”

copyright-katherine-marie-100614bHis freckles!

copyright-katherine-marie-100614hHot Diggity Dog Painting!!  (Ketchup and mustard paint, relish and diced onion paper pizazz and white glue mayo!) 

copyright-katherine-marie-100614g  copyright-katherine-marie-100614eMy new 1960’s tandem!!

copyright-katherine-marie-100614lBalloon Splat Monsters

copyright-katherine-marie-100614Her tender, kindhearted spirit.

copyright-katherine-marie-100614fFront row seats to His nightly masterpiece.


Move over snail-mail…

…it’s time for BAT-MAIL!

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Celebrating the letter I!

This year we will be celebrating each letter of the alphabet along with Blaise’s kindergarten class!  Their very first letter was you guessed it… Ii!!  copyright-katherine-marie-093014gI is for an Incredible Hulk lunch!

copyright-katherine-marie-093014f copyright-katherine-marie-093014eI is for inchworm and insect painting!

copyright-katherine-marie-093014aI is for interesting homework– the number inspector and itty-bitty ABCs (bubble wrap)!

copyright-katherine-marie-093014I is for the Incredible Hulk (again!) and Iguana (h/t Pinterest)


I is for how indescribably happy this little fella makes me!

copyright-katherine-marie-093014bI is for an incredibly icky snack menu!!!

1.  Imported Italian Icing

2.  Icky-Sticky Cake

3.  Inchworm Apples

4.  Insect Eyes (green cheese puffs)

5.  Insanely gross Iced Tea


What it means to be TWO.

copyright-katherine-marie-091014m copyright-katherine-marie-091014d copyright-katherine-marie-091014cIt means first thing in the morning you get straight to work.

copyright-katherine-marie-091014l copyright-katherine-marie-091014kIt means endless hours of tree gazing and swinging.

copyright-katherine-marie-091014j copyright-katherine-marie-091014iIt means…  “I DO IT! I DO IT!”

Absolutely no help accepted, no matter what the task.

copyright-katherine-marie-091014f copyright-katherine-marie-091014gIt means that a green swimming pool is always at your disposal!

copyright-katherine-marie-091014hIt means hard core exercise!

Running and jumping and risk taking are mandatory.

copyright-katherine-marie-091014nIt means unlimited kisses and tickles!


It means sometimes you only get to play a supporting role in “Beauty and the Beast.”


It means creating beautiful, priceless works of art.

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It means that simple things like books and puppies can bring unimaginable joy.

It means that every moment is sacred.

It means unpredictability, excitement and feeling scared.

It means life is amazing.



Pancakes, Pajamas and a Pillow Fight!

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copyright-katherine-marie-091014 copyright-katherine-marie-091014bSprinkles! Aren’t they grand?!



Happy Mail!

copyright-061414acopyright-061414c copyright-061414d copyright-061414e copyright-061414bHere’s a little collection of some goodies we went out this summer!  Did you know that the post office will mail off almost anything as long as there are no safety issues?!  (Shovel and bouncy ball idea h/t Pinterest!)  I’ve found that the postal workers really get a kick out of mailing interesting packages– and it helps if you bring along treats to sweeten them up too!