The Best

September is fast approaching, and I am starting to feel a little panicky over what our schedule is going to look like.  As far as sports go, Keats and Gabe are still playing travel baseball, Larkspur is joining our county junior golf team, Seth will start Brazilian jiu-jitsu with Jonny, and Beatrix is playing softball.

If you asked Beatrix how she feels about playing softball for the first time, she would probably say something wacky like, “I am puuuumped UP!” while punching the air and bouncing.  Despite being veteran baseball parents, we showed up to her first practice completely unprepared.  No face mask, no cleats, but a whole lot of enthusiasm on Bea’s part.  Even though she wasn’t able to catch very well, the coaches asked us, “Does she have siblings that play?”  As they had quickly observed that she has no fear of the ball.  When it was time for batting practice, each child was told they would get five pitches, and could run on their last hit.  It wasn’t an actual game of any sort, just hitting and running the bases for fun.  But, Bea was serious.  Once on first base she started getting a lead on second just like she’s been watching her brothers do for years.  Then she ran in this funny sideways fashion the whole way to second.  The very best was when she intentionally slid into home.  The adults gasped, asking, “Are you okay?”  She got up laughing, “What do you mean, am I okay?”  before walking, with her head held high, back to the dugout.  Keats and Gabe were in the batting cages at the time and missed this.  When I told them the story later they immediately asked if I got a picture.  When I told them that I didn’t there was a collective groan.  I suspect there will be future opportunities.

Later, discussing hitting, Beatrix informed us that she was going to be hitting dingers.  Jonny suggested that a more realistic goal would be to hit the ball out of the infield.  Her reply was, “Oh, no.  My goal is to hit an out of the park home run.”  I suspect that watching Beatrix play softball is going to be one of the best parts of our fall.

p.s.  We found that sectional sofa on Craigslist and picked it up over the weekend.  We’ve been searching for an affordable used couch big enough for everyone, but not too big for our living room for months.  We’ve just had a small Ikea loveseat for the past year or so.  It’s good to all be able to sit in the same room together now!

p.p.s.  I made rosemary-mint goat milk soap.  It smells soooo good!  I hate having to wait so long for it to cure.

How Much

This time of year is so, so full in the very best way.  Just how much can we accomplish in the last couple weeks of a pregnancy?  I definitely feel an urgency to get as much done as I can.  Not in a bad way, but in a these are things that I love doing sort of way. I know that I will be completely shifting gears as soon as our little girl is born, and I’m kind of trying to cram everything in.

Last week we took our first honey of the season, maybe about 3 1/2 gallons.  There will be more ready in the coming weeks, though not as much as we originally expected owing to late frosts and lots of rain.  Still, this will be our best year yet.  I’ve made two more batches of goat milk soap, and I think I am getting the hang of things.  I’m pretty excited about the soap.  We’re using the batch I made in early May now, and it’s like real soap!!  Actually, really good soap!

The girls and I participated in our annual children’s market on Saturday.  They have been preparing for it for an entire year, and I worried that we wouldn’t be able to make it because the date was so close to our baby arriving.  I’m so very glad that everything worked out for them to do it, because Larkspur especially was incredibly excited about it.  One of her best friends, Josie,  participates in farmer’s markets every weekend with her family, and Larkspur (well, all of us) love her family, so to do what they do for a day feels extra special to her.  And of course it just feels good to make and grow things and then share them with others.  Josie stayed by Larkspur’s side for most of the day while Beatrix goofed off with her friends.  Larkspur sold Beatrix’s things for her, and Beatrix promptly spent most of the money she made there at the market.  She saved eight dollars, telling me that she plans to buy guppies or mollies (fish), breed them, and then sell the babies on Etsy.  Ummmmm….

Larkspur on the other hand did a much better job of not spending any of her earnings and she has a similar plan, but with pet rabbits, and the local market.  Oh man.  I don’t know about that either.  I’ll help her save the money, but all these business ideas that involve the multiplication of critters are kind of freaking me out.  Maybe we could invest in more beads for bracelet making instead?  How about it girls?