Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Look who pulled in

My two little grand kids, that's who !
( Kasen giving his Lil' Sis a ride on his new Power Wheel, he received from his mommy for his birthday).
Alan and I were just tickled silly, when we got the call after what seemed to be a lengthy battle, to get our grand kids out of foster care and back into our home.
If you have followed my blog you will know, that we already had been raising our 2yr old granddaughter for 5 months, when our other two came to live. It was not working out no matter how hard or what we tried.
But, i soon came realize we just didn't try hard enough.
The biggest mistake and regret that I made in my whole entire life, was to let them go into foster care.
I am so thankful DCFS allowed us to bring them back home...
Here is our little guy on his first day of Kindergarten.
He was so excited, and loved every minute of his first day.
I have copies of this pic waiting for me to pic up at Wally-World.
I thought it would be cute to make some frames using chalkboard paint, then give as a little surprise gift this week to his mom,dad and his other grandma.

and of course Lil' Sis wanted to be right there for her big brothers first day.
She is wearing her backpack too. Actually, she doesn't ever take it off,lol..
These two precious gems are our life right now, and we couldn't be more happier and blessed.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and I wish you a great day!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Adventures in the Vineyard..

Ahhh, delicious, seedless grapes.

Three years ago, Mr. Mac came home with 4 grape plants.
I don't think I was as excited as he was, because all I could envision was grape vines taking over the yard.. I killed two of the plants on accident.. I'm not kidding, it really was an accident.
The remaining two, Alan planted along our fence where they would receive full sun.

This year the vines really produced oodles & oodles of sweet seedless grapes, that give a burst of delicious*ness when you pop em' in your mouth.

Mr. Mac had a great idea to do some canning and make grape juice.
Well, I thought that was a brilliant idea... except, we had never canned before..
No worries though, my sister in law, Linda came to the rescue, and gave me a crash course on canning.
I was a bit late to canning class, but I did get to help with some plum and blueberry jam.
She is a good teacher, and might I add, a good Jam Maker . Thank you Linda ;)

So, Mr. Mac went out to the MacNaughtan Vineyard to pick the plump juicy fruit.

While Alan is wildly picking grapes, let me show you what I'm doing to the CRAZY and wildly growing vines.
I'm only showing you the top potion of the swing, because i have yet to sew a new seat cover... Linda, help???????????
Anyhow, our canopy went with one of the wind storms this past winter. One morning while I was training some vines, I had a light bulb go off. Wouldn't it be so cool to have an all natural grape vine canopy?
I can just envision a canopy of vines, leaves and bunches of grapes dangling down, and maybe even a strand of tiny white lights, as we sip grape juice (or wine) on a late summer evening.
This pic reveals how it looks thus far.
I am certain by next summer my vision will be enjoyed on a summer evening.

Some vines found their way, with a little help, around an old wooden ladder.
And, there is my good ol' girl Tessa, laying in her favorite spot.

Looks like Mr. Mac has picked all the grapes..

He did leave a few for the grandkids ;)


And this is 1 of our 12 quarts of grapes juice..
Our first canning expedition on our own.
It was fun, and we have already been pondering on what were canning next.
I would love to tell you how it tastes, but we have to wait 1 whole week before we try it... I have never been patient about having to wait, but by gall I will try.

Well, thanks for stopping by and taking a walk through our little vineyard.

With the weeked quickly approaching, I'd like to wish a Splendid one :)