Last week the Paquette family visited Florida for a week (we drove, it was 21+ hours, 2 very short hotel stays, and through 11 total states)!!
We all needed a break from the normal routine and benefited so very much from quality time with family, sunshine, warmth, laughter, and great food.
During our trip we visited the beach twice (and found over 75 shark teeth!), went to the neighborhood pool daily (that @email@example.com and I attended water aerobics at), completed 1.75 puzzles + dozens of crosswords, watched Storybots too much, got sunburns, saw alligators, visited an aquarium where we pet stingrays and played with otters, and generally enjoyed one another’s company. My kids shared a “bed” on the floor in the closet of our room and LOVED it.
Too bad it’s going to snow a lot on Friday.
We had so much fun playing in the snow with friends this morning! We started the day with biscuits and gravy (perfect snow play fuel), threw snowballs, built snowmans 😂, and made snow angels. The kids didn’t want to come inside! 🤞🏼Eleanor naps this afternoon. #winterwonderland#oliveremerson#lfk
@jakobeon found our first egg this afternoon just laying in the chicken yard. It’s small because our chickens aren’t fully grown yet, but it’s a start. Yay! We think it was probably one of our Red Sex Links or a Barred Rock. #homegrowneggs#socute#paquettehomestead
It’s me! On a horse! On trails by my house! What therapy! Wow. Such horse.
My neighbor let me ride with her after much thought. See, lots of people say they can ride well and have lots of experience but don’t really know what that means. I do! Pretty sure my gem of a neighbor lady trusts that I can ride now. 😂 Interestingly enough, the owner of this horse calls her a “racking horse.” She definitely racks or paces, but neither my neighbor nor I know what breed she actually is. I’m guessing Tennessee Walker. Anyway, her name is Roxy, and she was a dream. Now...when can I go again?
Rockhaven has 68 miles of fairly tricky horse trails in the woods surrounding Clinton Lake. Lots of sharp corners, trees, rock-laden, muddy passes that steeply incline and decline, wildlife, and views of the lake. Tell me who says Kansas isn’t pretty or interesting.
I took the kids to the old Wakarusa Valley School playground this afternoon for a cold picnic (the warm sun was nice!) and play time. These two are asking every day to go back to school, and we are all a bit stir crazy. Conveniently, the parking lot is also our recycling drop off. Both kids swung for a long time. Oliver closed his eyes for most of it so he could feel like he was flying, and Eleanor did because Oliver did. Despite the house being a mess, too much tv, and overflowing tantrums, I suppose I’ll love them fiercely anyway. 💛💛 #SERENITYNOW#oliverandeleanor#oliveremerson#eleanorviolet