Jesus of the Backyard Burn

Every year someone sets the small native grassland that is established in my backyard on fire.  Ecologically that is a good thing.  But it’s also against the law.  Sure wish I knew who it was that keeps doing that.  Jesus would forgive him but the Justice System probably wouldn’t.IMG_2038 - Version 2 IMG_2044 - Version 2

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Cause I Can Eat Slowly

The other morning I was having breakfast with my five-year old when she said “I can’t wait for the weekend.” It was a Monday. I asked her what she especially liked about weekends. She thought things over for about half a minute while she was eating her oatmeal. Her response…”Cause on weekends I can eat lunch slowly.” I think, ultimately, that we are doing our children a disservice by over scheduling and tightly cramming their days with “time on task.” What is our ultimate goal with children? This kind of industrialized education will kill us. I agree with you my daughter…let’s eat slowly today.Ruby - Eat slowly

Garden Cake – Ruby’s 5th birthday

Ruby wanted a "garden cake".

Ruby wanted a “garden cake”.

Ruby said she wanted a “garden cake” so Erin baked this four-layer cake and made bitter chocolate icing. Two large layers and two smaller ones. Last night I made beans, carrots, sunflowers and greens to add to it. Some edible flowers were donated by a friend that owns a restaurant and we added gummy worms, jordan almonds, green sugar crystals and some spiral candles. As I was creating the vegetable and sunflower “props” I reflected on that night five years ago when miss Ruby was born. Erin and I really get a kick out of throwing a big birthday party for her every year. Twas fun.
Ruby wanted “orange poles” for her birthday. We had no idea what she was talking about and she kept saying, “you know…those orange pole things.” Later, driving down the road she pointed out traffic cones and said “like those orange poles.” So for her birthday she got a lot of them from various family members. Now we are waiting to see what she wants to do with them. Here’s a few pics from the day.
Erin lights up five candles amid the five sunflowers.

Erin lights up five candles amid the five sunflowers.

Ruby wanted "orange poles" which we finally found out were traffic cones.

Ruby wanted “orange poles” which we finally found out were traffic cones.

Ruby went to a thrift store with Honey and picked out this hat.

Ruby went to a thrift store with Honey and picked out this hat.