Around Here |Better Late than Never

So….I missed a month.  I mean, the month didn’t disappear, we were still here, busy as bees buzzing about the Brundage Homestead.  I just couldn’t seem to pull myself together to get a blog post up for your enjoyment. It happens and I am feeling ok with it.  The end of my prgnancy with our sweet baby #3 has been rough on me, and I have had to let go of some (alot) of my normals….which actually feels like a blessing in disguise.  I am not being so hard on myself, I am prioritizing what is most important, and just letting go when I need to.  I hope this actually sticks around long after the sore back, swollen feet, and exhaustion that I am currently feeling.  At the time of writing this I am still preggo – due on July 11th.  I thought for sure that this little girl was going to come early, especially with this heat, but looks like she may stay on trend with my other babies after all.  Avery was born at 42 weeks, Sawyer at 41 weeks.  So the waiting game begins.

In the meantime I would love to share what has been happening around her since the end of April – and there is a lot to look at so I will try to keep my words brief 🙂

Avery helped me do a little location Scouting in May

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Our homeschooling has taken on a unschooling approach for the time being, lots of activities and hands-on, less structured time. We are always learning.
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Memorial Day weekend spent at the beach. I highly recommend the Coastal Interpretive Center if you are ever visiting Ocean Shores.  It was really engaging, the kids did not want to leave. Sawyer fell in love with this sand box – stay tuned for a DIY version coming to our backyard soon.blog3

Our garden at the end of Mayblog2

Trying something new with the tomatoes: watering down at the roots with these DIY plastic jug drippers (holes drilled in the bottom) and using thermal mass aka big rocks to keep them warm.blog3blog4blog5

Chad built us a compost bin system with free pallets and it came with a bonus tool storage area 😉blog6

On to June – and the best part of this month is strawberry season of course!blog4

We visited daddy at his last day of class for Spring quarter at the Evergreen State College Organic Farmblog5

Somebody turned 2!blog6

Bumper crop of broccoli this year – best harvested while wearing a tiara I hearblog7

Middle of June we took a break to enjoy our first and last camping trip as a family of four

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And last but not least, a look at our garden after the record breaking heat of June.

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We have been spending a lot of time outside, as evidenced by the amount of toys sprawled about the lawn.

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We have added four new chickens to our little flock. And this super cute handmade banner we picked up on our camping trip – it is now my favorite part of the garden.blog6

We held out as long as we could on this last addition, but being almost 40 weeks pregnant in the 80/90 degree weather (that is so hot and humid for us), we just had to get a pool.  We called around to a dozen stores and they were all out of stock of course.  Thank goodness Grandma Pam was visiting family in Walla Walla 9where they are totally used to the heat) and was able to pick up this 10-footer for us.  We have been in it almost every day since.  It is the simple things in life 🙂

blog7Thanks for joining me again this month for an update on our life and adventures around the Brundage Homestead. Catch up on what has been happening the past few months here

Next time you hear from me I will be a mother of 3!

 

 

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Butterfly Kiss Photography is a Tacoma Newborn Photographer with a studio located in Sumner Washington, near Seattle, Tacoma, Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Olympia and the surrounding areas. Tami Brundage specializes in beautiful organic newborn photography, baby photos up to age one, and outdoor family sessions.

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