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Monday, August 18, 2014

My Have They Grown!

The first day of school is here for the majority of the children in the house.  I can put a few scrapbook pages together later but enjoyed this little comparison:

August 2008
August 2014

Time really does fly by fast when we aren't paying attention.  The problem is, I thought I was!  There is a little more to first day of school picture taking I learned as they posed for numerous different opportunities to remember this day in the pages of the Sloan family history.  Here are just a few of the favorites:

 And, there you have it...MIDDLE SCHOOL!  There was another child who started today and he was a little more subdued when he got ready to go to school.  His little brother was a little spastic but Zachary can usually overlook that and stay focused on the job at hand.  Today, it was getting a picture taken and get in the car in time to get to school!

And then, in a moment of sweetness, once everyone got to where they were supposed to be Matt and I were home in the kitchen getting ready for our day.

He said, Mom, you took pictures of everyone else today but nobody took any pictures of you!  I will, and he picked up my phone and took a picture of me.  Which seems like a great place to end the story of today, the first day of school for four of the Sloans.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sloan Cuke and Zucc Farm

I am happy to report that I have totally been living life the last month!  Summer has gone so fast and it is hard to believe that the first day of school is coming up on Monday!  In the meantime I have been busy with the produce around here.

 Above you see a couple of the harvests of cucumber and zucchini.  There have been multiple pickings since they started showing up in the garden.

Here is what I have been doing with all this produce:
Making dill pickle relish

Dill Pickles

Zucchini Bread - MANY loaves

Here is the first batch of pickles and relish
It has been a busy month.  We have also had tomatoes, carrots, peppers and have saved a TON of money in the produce department of the grocery store.  I love that part A LOT!