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September 23, 2016

1st Birthday

Oh boy, a candle...we'd been practicing blowing out candles for a few weeks. 
With Grandma and Grandpa...and looks like he's not sure if he blew out the candle or someone helped him.  We made these gluten-free and sugar-free cupcakes:  http://detoxinista.com/2014/09/first-birthday-applesauce-cupcakes-grain-free-dairy-free-nut-free/
He got a John Deere tractor toy, which he loves!
His cousin, Bryce, shares his birthday with Paul!!!  Exactly the same day, 5 years apart.  Bryce turned 6.  He loves Minecraft legos.
 Unplanned...twins!  Both Rob and Nathan got the shirts from their mom.
After all the excitement, he fell asleep in my arms ♥ And the next day, we had more family and friends over to celebrate his actual birth day!
As the evening progressed...the indoor photos became blurry, but this one is Paul with his Godfather and daughter, Kira.
I have been writing "thank you" cards...so many gifts for little Paul's 1st birthday!  I got this set of Prismacolor colored pencils when I was about 13 from an elderly woman (who has passed away, but I remember her well), who was a talented artist, I have some lovely wooden eggs that she painted.  I'm 39 years old now, so I've been using them for 26 years. 
Every year, I go to the art store and replace a few colors, because they are merely an inch big.  I do use these down to the nib.  The colors are bright and fantastic.  Sorry Crayola, there is NO comparison.  Prismacolor is the best, in my books. 

September 20, 2016

Iron's farm

We went to Iron's farm...we started going there 22 years ago, to pick apples.  Their orchard isn't open for u-pick right now, but we packed a picnic and bought cider and apple fritters.
 
Sarah, my beautiful friend came to have a birthday party for her mom, who turned 70 today!
And we had a lovely 1st birthday for little Paul.  I will upload photos later.

September 16, 2016

Milking the cow

We arrive at 8am to milk the cows.  There are 2 Guernesies now, and they walk up to the barn, they know it's milking time.  The field is so pretty in the morning.
After...saying thank you to the cows. We filled 2 and a half jars with milk.  Sharing it with the other family make it just perfect.  They filled 2 jars, we took the extra...

September 2, 2016

Balloons

 Dad and little Paul...and a sunny day here!
 Standing unassisted...will be walking soon!
 We went down to the firestation.
 Little guy loves these balloons!

August 28, 2016

3 weeks away

It's almost been a year since Paul was born.  3 weeks away!  We are planning a birthday party at our house.
We pulled the weeds out of the sandbox and added some new sand to it yesterday.
My 93 year old grandfather and his wife (Josie, who have been married since before I was born) sent a package with gifts for the kids.  It was a nice surprise.  No reason...just because. ♥  It made my day.
Today we celebrate the Dormition of the Theotokos, literally the falling asleep in the Lord.  When I was in college, a group of about 20 of us went to Russia to have a month of intensive language learning and we were each placed with host families.  I thought it was pretty neat that we flew from New York City to Helsinki, Finland, first.  St. Petersburg is just over the water (the Sea of Finland, which is connected to the Baltic Sea) from Helsinki.
I grew to love the little city of Novgorod (which translated into English means new-city).  For one, their icons are simple, natural colors, very linear, often with cream or yellow backgrounds:  http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/history-of-art/novgorod-school-icon-painting.htm
Also the kremlin area of Novgorod, which is a walled in city (we lived outside this area), protected by brick walls about 30 feet high, containing the large church of St. Sofia, where we often went on Sundays for the liturgy.


Isn't this a beautiful icon?  The hosts of angels above is just lovely!