The Princess and the Toad

This week has been quite the whirlwind.  You see we had to fly (Mr. Sunshine and I) and drive (Music Man and the rest of the munchkins) back to California.  *more on this in a later post*

Well its no small feat to accomplish this big task of moving back home.  Well our other home I guess.  Which means we had lots of work to get done beforehand.  So while my in-laws, Music Man and I were hard at work, Ariel and Mini Man were hard at work too.  They were busy in the garden with us, busy exploring nature, and most of all they were busy playing with found toads.


I just LOVE the juxtaposition of my baby girl all frilly-ed up petting her toad.


Just couldn’t be happier.


Here she is kissing the toad.  Perhaps she honestly believes it will turn into a prince?



Grandma had a good idea about creating a place for the toad to sit.  Ariel actually said “We are creating a habitat!”.  Grandma and I were so surprised to hear this come from my 5 year old.

First you have to start with water…



Then you put in some rocks for the poor little bugger to sit.  Do you see him?


There he is!


Mini Man was so gentle.  Look at that one finger touch.  Like a pro.


Next up on the to-do list is helping Grandma in the garden.  She was lucky to find an actual shovel just Mini Man’s size.


He was a genuinely good helper.  He is only 3 1/2 but he was out there for a couple of hours right there alongside his Grandma.  I couldn’t believe it!  As Music Man says “he’ll make a good farm hand!”  And with all of our produce that our garden grows, we will surely need the help!


Making applesauce

After canning cucumbers and corn we turned our eyes to apples.  Our trees are actually starting to produce so we decided to make a jump on it while we could and make a couple of bags of applesauce.

First you have to have a cutie pie helper to pick apples off the tree





*that soft focus is due to the extreme humidity.  Unpleasant yes, but it makes for fun pictures!*



Because it was just the beginning of the season for our apples (still unsure about exactly which kind they are since it was the previous owners who planted them), we decided to use our regular pot to cook up the apples.


I agree Mini Man, I’m worried about those apples boiling over too (which they did).


I think Mini Man is actually investigating the corn in our big ole pressure cooker.


Our big pot of cinnamon applesauce!  This made 20 cups of cinnamon-y apple-y goodness.  Yum.