Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fort Rickey

 Saturday we took a trip to Fort Rickey.  This place is definitely the girls favorite place to go.  I wasn't great with the camera :( but I did get some!  I was enjoying myself too much apparently!
We got to meet this little guy...

He is so cute!

Onto the goats....

....and a random chicken that looks like she is wearing pajama pants!

This mama kept trying to find someone that would pet her belly...she is so full!  Can you tell what side her baby is sitting? LOL
I'm kicking myself for not pulling my camera out for the end of the day "class" that the girls sat in on.  The owner sat down at a picnic table with the girls (they were the only ones that showed) and taught them about owl pellets.  He had a skeleton of a mouse and they dissected the pellets, separating out the hair and the bones to try and put the skeletons back together.  So cool...once the girls got over the "grossness".  LOL  The owner kept telling them "Its not gross!  We aren't playing with owl poop, it's just throw up!"  He is so amazing!  We appreciate the fact that not only do we get to see the animals and play on the play equipment there, but the owner is phenomenal with children and has a a great teaching ability!  If you ever get the chance to go, do it!  You won't regret it!

Monday, September 11, 2017

New sleeping arrangements...

...or at least Beaker thinks so ;)

She is loving all the baby gear in the house!

Friday, September 8, 2017

1st day of school!

I can't believe we are at the 1st day of school already?  
Marissa is in 7th grade this year!  Again...how???

Madalyn is in 5th grade!  (I'm feeling old!)

Madalyn has decided she would like to work at the table with her sister this year.  
So far it is working out great. 


I'm really proud of the girls.  We have had a lot of changes around here and I honestly was dreading the 1st day of school.  This week has extremely smooth!  Even with our trips to Watertown on Tuesdays and Thursdays, they have worked hard to get their work finished!  Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays have been our heavier days and Wednesday they surprised me with being done by 1.  I'm so proud of them!  They are amazing!

Monday, September 4, 2017

A package from South Carolina...

I did know this one was coming, but the girls had no idea!!!

They love them!!!

They have taken them every evening we are out "just in case it gets cold" ;) 
Thanks guys!  We love you!!!

Friday, September 1, 2017

A package from Great Grandma and Great Grandpa...

The girls were really surprised and excited when a package showed up at the house from Great Grandma and Great Grandpa!  

Marissa LOVES her yarn!!!

Madalyn brought her feather book to her great grandparents house last time we were there and a couple pages were ripping so Great Grandma to the rescue!!!

And she added to her feather collection!

 We love you guys!  Thank you so much!  You made the girls' day!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Monarch butterflies...

We have found milkweed on our property!  I'm not sure if that is why we have had a bunch this year or not.  Regardless, we aren't complaining!  We raised this one in the house and even got to watch him eat before he took off.  

Since this guy left, we have watched two more that made their homes attached to the garage.  
Pretty neat!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A day in Saranac Lake...

I'm really playing catch up now!  A while back, we planned a kayaking trip with my parents up in Saranac Lake.  We were blessed with a beautiful day!  I didn't take anything that could get wet on the boats so I don't have any paddling pictures.  We did get to take the girls through a small lock!  They thought that was pretty neat.  Now I would love to take them through a big one!  We hung around and had dinner and ice cream after and enjoyed the company.
We found this...so neat!!!

We played on the playground...

And we found a painted rock!
More memories made :) 
 So thankful! <3

Monday, August 21, 2017

Zucchini-Squash Casserole

Alright, here is the promised recipe finally!!!

3 cups thinly sliced/unpeeled zucchini or yellow squash 
(I don't like mine mushy, so I don't slice mine thin)
1 cup Bisquick mix
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp parsley (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp oregano
Pepper to taste
1 clove pressed garlic or garlic powder
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 pound hot Italian sausage - cooked
( I use mild or medium in ours)

Mix all ingredients.  Spread in greased 0x13 inch pan.  Bake 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.  Put under broiler until lightly browed.  Cut into pieces and serve warm.  

This is one of our favorites!  

Monday, August 14, 2017

I haven't forgotten...

Life around here has gotten a little crazy!  I'm hoping to get this caught up tomorrow.  I know I have bunch of pictures to upload, a family recipe that has been requested, and a few other things.  Thanks for your patience!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

We are open!

We got our phone call/ letter that our home is finally open and we are officially Foster Parents!  
We are super excited and can't wait to see where this journey leads us.  We have had all the training, but we are anxious to dive into this and get real life experience.  
Thank you for all your prayers, and keep them coming!