Our summer has been crazy to say the least. Naomi broke her arm AGAIN - second time in a year...except this time at the beginning of the summer and not the end of it. Truly a terrifying experience both times around....more so the last time! As a mother, you feel your heart in your throat when the initial nurse at the ER asks your baby girl to squeeze her finger, hoping and praying for no nerve damage. It's a living nightmare to see a child so small, at less than 35lb, hurt that badly. It is awful, and even the largest and strongest of men shouldn't have to endure such pain. Here we are with a tiny, precious child.. I didn't take it so well this time, I was able to handle myself better the last time, and in both situations, I was at our local bakery drowning the entire family in donuts, sugar bread, as Andrew puts it. There is something so comforting in sugar bread around times of hurt! Martha, step away from the baked goods!
Family has been a true blessing through all of this, especially Andrew and his folks. We took a trip to see them in the mountains less than a week after the incident occurred, and being there with them lifted up all of our spirits. We had a blast just being there. Memama and Papa, as the kids so lovingly refer to A's folks, helped the kids build an awesome teepee out of nature and turned the entire yard into a kid's dream play place complete with it's own kitchen and diner. Naomi was begging to go play in the yard at 7am most days! We took a beautiful drive to Banner Elk that Saturday and hit up an outdoor art show, and I scored a simple yet beautiful spoon rest that I've been needing for the kitchen. It even came from a potter out of Atlanta. Proud to support one of our own! The next day, we walked down the mountain a little ways to a neighbor's house and watched the 4th of July fireworks. They were spectacular!! It was a pleasant trip and a much needed break from the summer we've had!
|not so sure about the loud fireworks! "one mo...boom!" Ben and I walked back up to the house before the grand finale.|
|taking a break at the art festival in Banner Elk|
|Memama's so crafty! Love it.|
With the arm, life has slowed down, and we have spent most of our time indoors instead of out in the sun and water where we belong. A Savannah summer without water is just plain ol' mean, but surprisingly enough, it feels so good to get back to my usual homebody self; the cook, wife, and mama I tend to be towards the fall. I like to spend my time in the kitchen as the weather cools, as the oven is not my friend in the hot months, but we - Naomi and I - have been canning and playing in the kitchen this summer....adding new and exciting things to our perpetually hot days spent inside. We've been canning pickles, jams, hot jellies, and the likes, and I am looking for new recipes daily. I really enjoy it, and Omi does too. Best pickles I've ever eaten - making a triple batch later this week. We've been making our own dough for pies and pizzas too, and I'm hoping to find a bread recipe soon that is not intimidating and proves true. If you know of one, please send it my way. My great Aunt Martha made the best bread, and I have yet to find the recipe. Aunt Robin?? Aunt Gayle?? You reading this? :) Not only is it fun to get in the kitchen and get messy, but it's saving money too. Always looking for ways to save!
We've been busy yet slow progressing with our kitchen redo too. Walls are painted, and next up are sanding and painting the cabinets. Quite a project on our hands and a little hesitant to take it on...especially in this heat! I've also been dabbling a bit into making homemade wooden signs. More on that later though. One thing at a time!
The best day of summer was easily last Friday, our sweet little boy's 2nd birthday. Benjamin is such a blessing to our family with his sweet and sensitive little soul. Although on the same token, he is a funny little guy who likes to walk on the wild side - always looking for an adventure. He is our little ninja, that Benjammin'. Also Wild Ben. Fitting that his Deddy gave him a miniature skateboard for his birthday. As ludicrous as that may sound, it fits him well. We spent the day adventuring around town with our first stop to the Children's Museum. We then made it to Savannah's Candy Kitchen where we got to watch salt water taffy being made, packaged, and hoisted up to the conveyor belt and delivered to the bin on the other side of the store. The machine that makes it all happen is 100 years old. Fascinating to say the least, and Benjamin scored quite a few pieces of free taffy - so fresh and still warm. Like a kid in a candy store was an understatement!
|good ol Moschoppers getting bigger by the minute!|
|pictures from the Savannah Children's museum|
|Carly came to play too!|
|love that these kids are so easy to please. He wanted a pie for his birthday|
|straight up STOKED!|
|ice cream break at Savannah's Candy Kitchen|