As I’m sure you’ve gathered by now, I am an avid gardener! Nothing beats getting up early on a Saturday morning and getting my hands dirty! So I made sure to mark my calendar for the first Saturday in May, which kicked-off the Newberg High School Plant Sale! The sale is open from 9am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday throughout the month of May.
Back in early February we had a few days without rain, and I felt the need to get out into the yard and inspect the garden. We had meant to plant a cover crop, but didn’t quite make it happen before the weather got bad in late fall. So our garden stayed bare all winter and thankfully didn’t collect too many weeds.
Happy Easter everyone! Easter is one of my favorite holidays, and as a kid I remember running around trying to find every single hidden egg as fast as my little legs would carry me. It should be no surprise that I still love a good Easter Egg Hunt! I’m a little old to be hunting Easter eggs myself, but I make sure to attend the Dundee Community Committee’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Dundee-Billick Park!
Everyone gathered round and received instructions on the upcoming events. Big shout out to the Dundee Fire Department, Chehalem Park and Recreation District, Larissa DeHart Insurance and Valley Realty for helping to host the event!
As 10:15am drew near, all kids age 4 and under gathered around the main play structure in Dundee-Billick Park. Everyone was excited and nervous for the hunt!
To kick things off the whole crowd counted down from ten…TEN…NINE…EIGHT…SEVEN…SIX…FIVE…FOUR…THREE…TWO…ONE…
And then they were off!
After this picture it was complete and utter chaos in the best kind of way! Kids and parents everywhere looking for eggs. The parents are key to this hunt otherwise it might take all day. For many of the little ones this was a first and so they weren’t quite sure what was going on. After a while though, everyone got the hang of it and all you could see were big smiles!!!
The next division of kids is the 5-7 year olds and they were serious! Everyone knew about a few “golden eggs” and I suspect that a few of them could see the eggs before we counted down. I was able to capture the beginning of the countdown with my phone. See the video below (give it a little time to load the video…I need to work out a better way to upload videos)!
Seriously so much fun!
I am so thankful to live in a community that recognizes the importance of events like these in bringing the town together to celebrate! I saw lots of kids meeting up with their classroom friends and parents meeting for the first time.
Happy Easter to all!
We planted our Honey Crisp Apple Tree back in September of 2014…see it there on the left?
Happy New Year to all! What a surprise it was this morning to be back from our vacation on the Oregon Coast and to have snow covering the ground. Such a lovely way to end the holiday break! The Renaissance Man and I put on warm clothes and braved the chill this afternoon with a brisk walk around town to see the sights.
We’re so fortunate in Dundee to have a community that values open space and parks. It’s taken a great deal of leadership and vision to ensure that developed land is balanced with natural beauty that surrounds us. One of those gems is the Harvey Creek Trail. I wrote a post about the trail back in March, and this past weekend we went to visit again.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you get to spend time with your love ones today and eat all the mash potatoes, turkey, and cranberry sauce you want! The Renaissance Man and I are heading to my parents house this afternoon and will be partaking in a small family event. It always feels good to be with family this time of year!
As I mentioned before, we spent the summer frolicking in the sunshine and I didn’t do a very good job of keeping up with blog posts. However, I can say that I really appreciate that I kept taking pictures, because as the weather starts to get cold and rainy, looking at our summer fun certainly lifts my spirits.
Have I mentioned before that our honeybees are amazing!? So amazing that I’m about to show you how to make candles out of beeswax! If you missed the first post in this series, go check out how we melted down our beeswax. As I stated in that post, we didn’t get enough beeswax of our own to make twelve candles, so I purchased some additional beeswax at our local beekeeping store, Ruhl Bee Supply.
The first thing you need to do is figure out what type of candle you want to make. I decided to go with these mini Ball Jars that make nice size “votive” candles.
As you may recall, for our second wedding anniversary, I gave The Renaissance Man a “fermentation kit.” The Renaissance Man loves to play with food in the kitchen, and so I decided to encourage his creativity! It didn’t take long for the canning supplies to get some use…we ventured out that afternoon and found some perfectly ripe Brooks Plums.