Some days just feel full of goodness. Other days feel like nothing was accomplished. Yesterday was a rough day for my children with behavior and then not getting a fun reward they were looking forward to because of the lack of obedience. :( It's always a bummer when that happens. So, today was much different, and boy oh boy was I glad!
We started out the day with butterfly research and moving the butterfly tent to where it would be in front of the patio door that gets lots of sunlight and warmth. We arranged some of our potted plants in their and figured out how to feed butterflies that were now residing in the tent. Alegra has been so interested in butterflies lately, so this has been a pure delight for her.
After lunch, it was time to do weeding in the garden. Nobody wanted to, but it had to be done. We also placed a shed that some friends gave to us in the garden to be used this year as our produce shed. We would like to have produce out all the time instead of just a couple days a week. The children will still sit out there when we're home, but if we're not, we'll just leave a money can there. Hoping we can have a few more customers this year to enjoy our delicious produce!
We also harvested our first ingredients for salad today. What a delicious supper we had. Fresh spinach and lettuce from the garden, deviled eggs from our coop, and herbed (dried from the garden last year) tortilla strips. It was so yummy!!!
This is why we love where we live. Nothing beats this kind of scenery on a bike ride. I mean look at that sky. Look at that old barn. Look at the stretch of fields growing with green life.
We finally made it to the ice cream shop. They switched owners, so they actually had reasonably priced cones, just smaller portions, which was just fine with us. See that big puddle. Yep, that little guy pointing at it rode his bike right through the middle of it. Ugh, he did so good avoiding the puddles all the way there, then I guess he just couldn't resist this one. Who could when you're a 5 year old little boy? :)
We then went to the park after our ice cream was gone and enjoyed some fun there. A simple park in Stroh, but it sure brings delight to our children, which brings me delight too.
This community isn't fancy. It is full of simple pleasures and people who stay engaged with each other. This makes where we live a grand place to raise our children. Where people just stop by, sometimes on tractor even just to say hello or see if you need anything. It's a place where the whole neighborhood gathers to keep traffic safe when a tree falls in the road. A place where my children can run to the road to wave to whoever drives by and generally, they know who the person is. I miss our little house in Sturgis, but the community that we have all around us here, is irreplaceable. So thankful for these peaceful evenings of getting another glimpse of the people we are surrounded by and getting to enjoy my children moving and enjoying the country.
I hope you are all having as great of a summer as we are at the Bovee's!
Oh, and if you are wondering how Benaiah did taking that long of a trip. Uncle Jeff almost had to push him up the big hill at our house. Once he got in our driveway, before even getting up to the barn, he stopped and put his head on his hands, like he was out of breath and couldn't go any farther. That boy! He pedaled up to the barn then and felt pretty good about himself biking such a long distance. I was watching him pedal at one point. It took him about 4 times pedaling to our 1. That boy moved those little legs fast! Time for a bigger bike after this summer of practice on the little one. Good job, Benaiah!