Why don't you pour yourself a cup of tea and pull out your knitting? I'm ready for a good long visit. My tea is cinnamon hibiscus, a recent Kroger find that I love. The knitting project is a baby sweater in my favorite pattern, In Threes (available on Ravelry).
First of all, I must apologize for disappearing for awhile. Long story short, our computer crashed and our only internet for awhile was on Stephen's phone. Even if I had wanted to blog from the phone (which I didn't...just sending a text on that tiny screen was tortuous!), I couldn't figure out how to sign into Blogger on it. Then, before we got another computer, this happened...
Ava Colleen was born August 20th, after a very brief and very intense labor (30 minutes). The midwife didn't make it in time, so Daddy delivered. It was a beautiful, awesome, absolutely perfect birth of a beautiful, awesome and absolutely perfect baby girl. She weighed in at 8 lb. 9 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long. Dark hair, blue eyes so far. At seven weeks, she is a chunky, smiley little bundle of joy and we couldn't be more in love.
Of course, a new baby means that you do nothing but baby for awhile. Which is wonderful. That postpartum period is one of my favorite times ever, a few weeks to cocoon in the house, rest, snuggle and just be a family. Sorry, ya'll, I love you, but blogging just hasn't been high on my priority list. To be honest, even though I'm on my feet and back to normal again, it still isn't high on my priority list. So this isn't a promise of back to regular posting...but I do have moments when I feel like I must write or die, so I hope to pop in here fairly often. I'm thinking a lot about the tone of the blog and about giving it more focus, rather than making it just a place where I come to journal. I don't have a completely clear direction yet though, so more about that later.
We have now been in our new home for over eight months and we love it more than ever, as we've learned the different moods of the seasons on this farm. The summer was warm but not unbearable, and it was sweetened by weekly swims in the river, wild blackberries and walks down our quiet road. Now, evenings and early mornings are crisp, and every day, the trees take on more gold and red. It's time for pumpkin everything, and haters can say what they like--pumpkin makes everything better!
The goats are gone--the boys decided that goats are just not their thing, so they found new homes for them. But their longhorn cow, Millie, has a bull calf and they have ideas for other entrepreneurial endeavors. After schooling through July and August until the baby came, we took a few weeks off but are now back at it and--I think I can speak for everyone--enjoying the added structure to our days. We have made some wonderful homeschool friends and continue to meet and get to know people. Everything added up, it means that this really feels like home now.
By the way, why does spellcheck always tell me that homeschool is not a word?
Have you finished your row yet? Is your teacup empty? Our visit wasn't nearly long enough but a certain little person demands my attention. So let's get together again soon!