The First day of July

Sometimes my good intentions don't work out. I planned to wake up early, make grits for breakfast, and for all of us to eat together before Mitch went to work and the kids and I went to pick berries. Even though we all went to bed a little earlier, I overslept. My loving husband made coffee. We all woke up, just not at the same time. 

The hydrangea bushes are covered with dead flowers, but we found one blue one at the very bottom of this bush. Up close, even the faded ones are pretty.

I think the excess rain this spring is what made some of our pears crack. 

This is my frequent reminder from my iPad. Too many pictures! So I delete a few and then take more. Moving them to folders in my computer seems like it should be simple. 

Joseph made a bow from a rose stem and arrow after watching Mountain Man with my parents last week. His attempts to teach me to shoot it were unsuccessful.

They aren't ripe yet, but he really wanted to try one. He said it tasted like paper.

When you give a kid the camera...

We picked about 3 gallons today. Joseph usually eats more than he picks, but after the pear he said that the blueberries tasted like paper, too.

After a quick visit with Grandmommie, we admired her flowers then the girls stayed there. Joseph and I had the morning together. We visited a few neighbors, and on the way home we watched a Great Blue Heron fly over the pond. One day I hope to take a clear picture of it. Joseph reviewed a past lesson of his Veritas Press history class. I noticed his score wasn't as high as I expected on one of his tests, so he tried again. That is one of the many features I like about the program. His score remains from the first time he took the test, but he can review it as many times as he wants. I want him to learn the material, not just memorize for a test, so this works well for him. You can read my complete review here. While he worked on his history lesson, I listened to him and cleaned the kitchen. 

Fruit smoothies after lunch:

Tuning followed by practice:

A little glimpse of Heather's project:

One of Joseph's latest Lego spaceships and a tiny peek at the ongoing #100dresses project. 

I planned chicken pie for dinner then cried when I couldn't find granny's recipe. 
Found! Thanks to my mom :) and I'm sharing here just in case I lose it again. Mowmow renamed herself Granny when she had great grand kids. 

Mowmow's Chicken Pie:
1/2 chicken deboned and cut up (2 cups)
2 cups broth
1 cup cream of chicken soup
1 stick butter or margarine
1 cup flour (she always used self rising, so I added baking powder)
1 cup buttermilk

Mix chicken, broth, and soup in oblong dish. Melt butter and mix with flour and milk. Pour over chicken. Bake at 350 for one hour. 


  1. I've really wanted to do a first day post, but keep forgetting! Loved the peek into yours. :) I'm really wanting an iPad, but want to save for one with enough memory - thinking 16gb won't cut it. That chicken pie sounds great, so glad you found it. I have a few I'd be sad to lose, but probably not as special. Loved all the pics (especially the ones by the kids) :) Wonderful first day!

    1. The First Day posts are such fun to look back through. IPad suggestion-- get the largest memory that you can afford. Mine is 32gb which took a long time to fill up. After 2 1/2 years, though, mine is full of ebooks, apps, and always pictures. Videos seem to take the most memory, so I do transfer them to the computer quickly. I have recipes tucked into books and nooks and crannies throughout the house. I do need to organize them.

  2. Thanks for sharing the chicken pie recipe- we love those but have not made one in forever- putting it on our menu!

    1. You can adapt it to suit your tastes. We added peas this time. I hope you like it.

  3. Oooh, a chicken pie recipe! My hubby will love it! Thanks! I had to laugh at your comment about eating grits. That is so southern...I grew up with a mom from South Carolina so grits was part of our regular breakfast. I moved to KY and NO ONE here eats grits. My boys make gagging noises when I offer some...courtesy of daddy of course. Sigh.

    Is that a harp? That is very very cool...and is that a book being "bound"?

    I also love that about Veritas Press....repeats allowed as much as you want.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely photos!

    1. Grits are one of those things you have to grow up eating to enjoy, I suppose.

      Yes, my daughter is teaching herself to play the harp. It is so peaceful to listen to. And my oldest daughter completed her book that she has been planning since we all started brainstorming things to cut with the laser.

      Veritas Press IS a hit with my son. I'm enjoying his enthusiasm.

  4. I want to be like you when I grow up.

    1. Sweet Lynn, you do know how to make me smile. You are a blessing to so many people. I am praying for you this week as you serve.

  5. your blog looks like fun. i wish I had a blueberry tree, blueberries are our favorite fruit !

  6. Are these blueberries in your yard? We have a patch in the town we live in where anyone can go and pick for free! Our children love going, and my son also eats more than he picks haha!

  7. Anonymous8/08/2014

    Wow what a fun-filled day! Lucky kids!

  8. What a nice peek into a day in your life.

  9. Love this idea! So glad that I found your blog. I hate getting that "can't take more pictures" message from my phone!!! Makes me so frustrated. I always forget to upload mine and get rid of them.

    I may have to try your "first day" of the month post. Thank you so much for sharing.

    p.s. I gather that you home school? :)

  10. Anonymous8/08/2014

    I love all the pics! Great idea. We have some of the flowers you showed in our yard as well. :)

    ~ Valerie

  11. Great pictures! I always enjoy discovering what little things my kids think deserve a snapshot! It's kind of fun!

  12. Wow! I enjoyed all the pictures. Thank you for sharing.

  13. I love this idea! I think I might try it next month! :)

  14. Anonymous8/08/2014

    Love your photography! The flower photos are gorgeous!

  15. what a fun day! (minus the tears from losing MowMow's recipe)

  16. Looks like a very fun day. What a great and easy chicken recipe.


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