First... we have grass. Sort of. Mostly grass, some crabgrass, some bindweed (ok... a lot of bindweed)... but we put in our yard earlier this spring and its so nice to run and play outside without the mud. And over the winter months, boy did we have mud. We did that whole 'do it yourself' thing with our yard and broke our backs for an entire weekend seeding it ourselves... but we're pretty happy with how far we've come. It's almost overseeding time, so we'll be at it again!
My garden. It has been wonderful having a garden again this summer. Although the 'organic matter' we put in might have been a little spicy at first for some plants - I've had tomatoes, cucumbers, butternut squash, parsley, basil like crazy, and the pepper are FINALLY coming back, it's managed to convince me to try my hand at canning this summer.
these and these this spring. And these. These ended up being my all-time favorite, for a thousand different reasons, and I probably use them 40-50% of the time now. I still use some disposable (... I'm a little too practical 'on the go' and don't want to carry around anything soiled). But when we have long days at home, I don't mind a little extra laundry. But I do NOT like the poopy diapers...
Breadmaking. Oh my. How lovely our house smells when I bake fresh bread. I used to think you had to be a whiz to get the breadmaking thing down, but these recipes were a cinch! My mother said her mom used to bake bread like this, and I have to say, there is nothing quite like fresh warm bread with butter & strawberry jam. Some favorite recipes... here and here.
Homeschooling. We are! We are about 2 weeks in and its been fun. Chaotic and crazy managing a 1-year old while the older two work, but I'm figuring it out as I go. I'll share our little school room with you soon.
Someone turned 1 this summer! This guy. And he's walking, talking, jabbering like a fool.
I hope to add thoughts to several on these topics in the upcoming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled. Please share your favorites in the above areas, I'd love to hear how you are doing!