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The Maple Syruping Tradition Continues . . . February 26, 2011

Filed under: 365 Project,Baby!,Winter — everydaywomanusa @ 10:28 pm
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February is the time of the year in New England, as the temperatures rise above freezing during the day and dip  below freezing at night, that we trudge through the snow to tap those maple trees, beginning the long, labor of love that turns fresh maple sap into sweet, sticky maple syrup.

I know I’ve written about this  maple syruping adventure before . . . but this year is different, because we have this little guy on board to experience it all . . .

Joshua was in the “thick” of things, so to speak, taking it all in, as he watched his grandpa, great-grandpa, great-uncle, uncles, and second-cousins scurry around the woods, drilling holes, tapping in quills, hanging buckets, and installing pipelines.

Uncle Nate even took time for a game of “Peek-a-Boo” with Joshua, between the maple trees.

“Josh, do you want to help?”

Grandpa splices tubing for the pipeline . . .

Cousin Steve works from the crook of a tree . . .

Uncle Jon taps in quills and adds covers . . .

Joshua has Mommy lift the lid to check to see if the sap is dripping . . .

He even took a “Gator” ride with Mommy and Grandpa.

Even Grandpa takes a break for Joshua’s favorite game of the moment: “Peek-a-Boo!”  It’s amazing what babies will encourage even the most serious adults to do to make them laugh!

Josh takes a break from all the hard work with a rest on the quad with Uncle Jon, Uncle Nate, and Mommy.

Of course, Duke was supervising the whole process . . .

. . . as was Jake . . .

And this is the little guy that made it so much more fun!

I’m thinking there’s some pancakes and sweet maple syrup in his future . . .


Project 365 (40-47)–Baby Joshua’s First Valentines February 20, 2011

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Oh, what  fun Joshua had making his very first Valentines!!!


Project 365–Day 14 January 15, 2011

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My little love . . . he makes you forget anything else that may be on your mind!!!


Project 365 – Day 5 January 5, 2011

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My Pride and Joy!!!  (Oh, just humor me!) Grandbaby Josh, at 9 months old, exploring his first snowfall.  I just thought he looked like a little brown bear, all snuggly and warm, sitting in the freshly-fallen snow!


Project 365. Day 3. January 3, 2011

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One of the things I love about family:  Great-grandma (“Mema”) playing with Josh on the floor.  That’s the kind of Grandma I aspire to be!


Project 365. Photo 1. 1/1/11 January 2, 2011

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They say the person you spend New Year’s Eve with (or perhaps it’s the one you kiss at the stroke of midnight) is the one you’ll spend quality time with during the New Year.  Well, this is the little guy I plan to spend a lot of quality time with in the New Year, and I spent some of New Year’s  Eve day and New Year’s day with him, so I’m hoping that counts!  Love you, Joshua, our grandbaby boy (now 9 months old)!


HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! May 9, 2010 May 9, 2010

Filed under: Baby!,Family — everydaywomanusa @ 9:52 am
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In Honor of Mother’s Day . . .

“Before you were conceived, I wanted you. Before you were born, I loved you. When you were born, I saw your face and knew I was in love. Before you were an hour old, I knew I would die for you. To this day, I still will.”

Wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms, Grandmoms, Great…-Grandmoms, and to anyone, female or male, who’s had the joy to “mother” someone!!!