Yeah, that’s right!  Things have been a bit crazy around here!  I have wanted to blog, but I didn’t.  Then I let myself feel guilty for not blogging, which brought my mood down, which led me to want to write, but not wanting to be a downer, henceforth, I did not write, which led to guilt (and run-on sentences) … vicious, stupid cycle! 😦

Anyway …  we made it through the end of the school year, field trips, concerts, swim/dance lessons, lack of therapists, constant schedule changes, etc. and into the summer, which means many things…

*I have gone back to work at a local produce farm for 4hrs each week.  It’s scheduled time out of the house, working hard, putting fresh, chemical-free produce into our frig on a weekly basis.  I enjoy it and the reminder that it brings me as to where our food comes from and how difficult it is to grow the food and grow it well.  Now if I could only keep our own garden weeded! 😉

*All of Christian’s new therapists are now fully trained! 🙂 Whew!  We might actually have a month where we make all of our required hours for the state! (80+hrs/month)  I feel, again, that our senior therapist has put together a good team who all seem to work well with Christian. (Thanks, BB!) [insert sigh of relief here!] I am thankful to God for bringing these new, wonderful people into Christian’s life (and for those who have been with us for awhile). 🙂

*Olivia is playing t-ball again this summer.  Her first practice/game was cancelled due to stormy weather.  She was disappointed, but now can’t wait for next week to roll around. 🙂  (Read about Christian’s adventures with softball here.)

*The kids have been out fishing with Brian at the nearby ponds a few times already.  Nothing like fresh fish sticks! 😉  (Read about our Father’s Day fishing adventure here.)  There is hope for many more successful fishing expeditions this summer! 🙂

*I’ve been attempting more home-baked goods lately: adding fish to our menu twice/week, homemade granola, crockpot yogurt, banana oatmeal cookies, rhubarb sauce, jam, etc.  Everything seems to taste that much better without the extra junk that is sometimes dumped into mass-produced foods. 🙂  Yum!

*The kids have been enjoying our fresh strawberries.  The berries have been slow going this year because of the cooler weather, but they are delicious and unlike most store-bought berries, are juicy and red ALL the way through! 🙂

*I have become an auntie twice in the last month(ish) to two beautiful nieces. 🙂  I love you, girls!

*I have also received a lesson in lawn tractor driving, so no longer have an excuse not to help keep the lawn under control.  (And I have learned from my mistakes!)

*Christian has fallen in love with Dr. Seuss books on his iPad.  He loves them all, but his favorite is “The Cat in the Hat.” 🙂  He has grown so fond of them that when I put the iPad to bed at night, Christian gets out the actual Dr. Seuss books and reads them instead.  (He has pretty much memorized “The Cat in the Hat” and also often walks about the house saying, “My father can read big words, too.  Like … Constantinople and Timbuktu.” from “Hop on Pop.” 🙂 ) Christian has also taken to dressing like the Cat, often wearing a tall hat and bow tie.  He’s SO cute! 🙂  (Although, yesterday afternoon he came running out of the bathroom wearing only the bow tie.  I was glad that I was the only one home at the time and enjoyed at good laugh 🙂 before I had to deal with the mess that was left behind. 😦 )

Christian as the Cat in the Hat (minus the bow tie)

Christian as the Cat in the Hat, minus his blue bow tie. 😉

*Christian totally misses school and the bus.  Daily.  Then he gets super mad at me when I can’t produce them.  😦  I’m praying that this phase passes soon!

*Christian is also still trying to get his top teeth to poke through his gums.  Painful for him.  Hard on the rest of us.  Sometimes aggression is involved.  Sometimes my food is declared “garbage” and quickly tossed in the trash after just being plated.  We are surviving on lots of deep breaths and silent prayers.  (And gum numb-er, stuff that is even more effective than orajel!)

*Pixar, Christian’s service dog, continues to do well with training at the Compassionate Paws training facility.  (Pixar will come home with us at the end of September!)  Vicki, the trainer, just started a blog about the goings on at the ranch.  You can check it out at http://compassionatepaws.blogspot.com

Box #6 -- beets, kohlrobi, green pepper, zucchini, garlic, cucumbers, green & yellow beans, tomatoes, sweet onions, bok choi, red potatoes. I also bought a container of honey. 🙂

Box #5 -- bok choi, red potatoes, green & yellow beans, cabbage, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, broccoli, sweet onions. (I'm excited! I've always wanted to try bok choi!)

Box #3 -- sugar snap peas, swiss chard, kohlrabi, black raspberries, green garlic, lettuce, red raspberries, cucumber, sweet onions, broccoli

  Our backyard -- the close of our 800+ June strawberries & our first BLUEberry.  (Oh, and Liv took the picture. :) )

Our final of over 800+ June strawberries and our first BLUEberry!  (And Liv wants everyone to know that SHE took the picture! 🙂 )

Produce Box #2 -- beets, green onions, kohlrabi, clover sprouts, peas, lettuce, garlic scapes

Box #1 -- green onions, lettuce, garlic scapes, clover sprouts, rhubarb, kohlrabi, 1/2 doz. eggs, herb planter with parsley, basil, & sage

I will be getting a new box of produce every week.  I can’t wait to share the pictures with you. 🙂

I work at a chemical-free produce farm for 2 hrs. twice/week.  It is hard work, but I am enjoying it tremendously!  My jobs have been mostly weeding and mulching so far.  It is fun to listen to the chickens cluck at each other and the cows moo when the farmer walks by and doesn’t feed them.  It is nice to be out in nature without having to keep an eye on the kids at the same time.  It is also lovely to be doing something out of the house that doesn’t involve running errands, going to appointments, or picking someone up.  Just me.  Out by myself.  Getting something done.  [insert contented sigh here]

But one of the coolest things about this is that once a week from now through the beginning of October, I will be able to pick up a box of veggies, fruits, berries, herbs, etc.  All chemical-free.  All picked and packed with goodness, love, and care.  I get to try new things and learn how to use those things.  Awesome.  🙂

And if not raining, I also get a really GOOD dose of vitamin D!  😉