Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Peach Pickin'

You know how hard it was to not name this post after the Presidents of the United States of America song? Anyhow, the mister was traveling last week so me and the little missy decided to head to Oklahoma to do some peach pickin' with grandpa.  Last year we missed the picking season and so for months now we have been plotting and planning when we would go this year. Grandpa happens to have the beat on all fresh fruit growers in the central part of Oklahoma so he took us to the best one in the area.

One morning after breakfast we loaded up the car and headed out to Hannah, Oklahoma to pick peaches  at an orchard there.  Grandpa showed Adelaide how to pick the peaches off the branches and put them in the basket.  She got pretty good at it, if fact throwing is something she's gotten quiet good at so some peaches got thrown and hence a little beat up on their way into the basket.  

Towards the end of our time picking she wanted to take a peach out of the basket to hold.  I obliged and before I knew it she had chomped right in and ate the whole thing bite by bite! The peaches were so fresh we both ended up being covered in peach juice--yum!

We brought home a HUGE basket of peaches that I have plans to blanch and freeze (for winter cobbler and pie), do some fresh salsas to serve over grilled fish, and even try out a chutney recipe to can.  Hopefully I will share a little of that part of the process too!  

It was a great way to spend a cool morning with our grandpa and have a new experience.  

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

These two are thick as thieves. There is no one this girl loves more than her parents, but especially her dada.  

And while I know that Father's Day is about reflecting on fathers, I couldn't have picked a better partner in this adventure in parenthood and this little thing that makes it all not only possible but easier called marriage.  I know, that's a lot of PDA for this little blog, but it's true. Happy Father's Day, to my mister and our little family.  

Monday, June 11, 2012

House Projects, Fishy Faces and Golf Carts

You know I am a notoriously bad blogger during nice weather.  So, no apologies!  I haven't been tackling very many craft projects (although I do have a few I might share) because we have been tackling some much bigger projects around the house, painting, cleaning and organizing and even tackled a landscaping project (or two).  Between all that fun and traveling a bit here and there...not much time for blogging!

Little miss continues to grow and grow, mostly in skills and not in size--she is still a tiny peanut!  She has in her command about a dozen words or so and knows and can say 3 or 4 animal sounds.  In fact, crazy little story...We got the Melissa and Doug wooden animal fridge magnets (at TJMaxx on the cheap!) a while back and I busted them out about a month ago to both keep her occupied while I cooked dinner and to start learning our animals just for fun.  I didn't know if she was old enough to learn animal sounds but I would sit on the kitchen floor across from her a couple of times a day and let her pull the magnets off the fridge and hand them to me.  I would then say the animal name, make the sound and hand it back to her to put on the fridge.  One particular animal caught her attention immediately and seems to sell her on the whole animal noise thing--the fish!  I think she really liked the facial expression of making fish lips, but the first night we worked on them, that next morning she handed me the fish and made the fish lips and the kissy noise!  I about died from cuteness right there on the kitchen floor!  And it's her favorite animal and noise to make.  

Having a one year old is the best, by the way.  She is so fun to take on adventures now that she can point and go "Ooooh!" One of the little adventures we had a few weeks ago was taking a golf cart ride.  First, off golf carts are waaaay safer than when I was a kid and have things like seat belts.  Plus her Uncle B went very slow and safely for his niece.  It was so fun because my siblings and I grew up on and around golf course (fun random fact, I actually played competitive golf through middle school and high school) so it was kind of one of those little dreams come true to start introducing Adelaide to the game and fun of golf.  We definitely have plans to get her little clubs when she starts walking and getting a little coordination. 

How have you all been?