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Exploring the valley: Smallwood’s Harvest

So in my quest for adventure I overlooked a couple of important details…. I am horrible at remembering to take pictures (like thank goodness my mom and sister have been at important childhood milestones!) and the fact that sometimes it gets crazy hot and smokey here. When we were all enduring the 100-plus degrees outside, […]

Sprouting Willows: Fun for little folks in Leavenworth!

I had the pleasure on a recent sunny morning (just prior to the gagging smoke and squelching heat) to visit with some very imaginative and lively little folks along the Wenatchee River in Leavenworth. This was no ordinary group of little pixies, mind you. This was a giggling, curious little group determined to find adventure […]

First Stop: Silver Falls

Alright, alright… Silver Falls isn’t technically in the Wenatchee Valley. It’s in the Entiat Valley, but cut me some slack, okay? My dad is from Entiat so I have great childhood memories of this little town and we are exploring the greater Wenatchee Valley. Plus, it is totally worth the drive — a very doable […]

Exploring the Wenatchee Valley with kids

I hereby concede that I am an epic failure in the inspiring “joy and wonderment” department of parenting my youngest. Seriously. Let me explain. Yes, he’s already been to Maui twice (he’s 7) and Glacier National Park, and driven from Denver to Spokane and we counted that he has been to like 8 states. However, […]

How does your garden grow?

I know it’s Memorial Day Weekend, the kiddos have Monday off school and I should be twitterpated with thoughts of camping and recreating…. and there is sunshine! Glorious sunshine! How long have we waited for warmth and light this year after enduring what seemed like an eternal winter? But bbq burgers, sunscreen, and dusty fishing […]

Chickens=Love

As I began working in the garden this weekend (finally!) I tossed the weeds and stray grass into the chicken yard and I had to stop for a moment, amused at the happy clucking and fluffy feathered rumps of our eight chickens as they very obviously enjoyed there treats. I was many months pregnant with […]

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