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Sick is in the Air

Tis the season of the cold and flu *cough* *sniff*

This year the sick bugs seem to be rampant! Maybe it’s just us, but having a Kindergartener, we all seem to catch whatever there is to catch…often.

There are so many methods of treating said germs. We usually stick to the basic rest and plenty of fluids and hot drinks/soups method. Along with the tried and true “cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough!” method.

Whenever there is a virus or cold in the house, my job seems to be to make the food and clean sanitize the entire area. Constantly.

What has worked for us (as far as containing the germs to just one person, or two) is a type of quarantine for the sicky. That person rests in their own bed and everything they come in contact with gets washed down.

A family of four can easily get stuck in the house for a month if a person a week gets sick. UGH.

Desperate times, people.

What do you do for colds and flus? What works for your family?

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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Harvest Fair

This past Sunday, September 25, was the Annual Harvest Fair over at Johnson Farm on Bainbridge Island. Every year the Friends of the Farms work hard to organize this fabulous family friendly event.

Each year, my husband is honored to be one of the Pie Judges, and the girls and I come along to enjoy the fair!

This time, when we awakened on Sunday morning to see the rain teaming down, we were a little disappointed. We all bundled up in rain gear and trudged out to the grounds. When we got there, the rain stopped and we saw this:

It turned out to be one of the nicest Fall days complete with sun and a rainbow.

There were, also, animals…

And Produce. Both grown…

Beautiful Strawberries grown by Sol Farm.

…and made!

And then there were the pies. Oh the pies!

And those who judge the pies.

Add some spectacular music and the whole experience was complete!

Cat Loves Crow was one of the many bands that played and created a lively fair atmosphere.

So if you haven’t ever had the chance to attend this wonderful community event, I highly recommend marking your calendars for next year!

In the meantime, you can check out more photos of this day over at Falafel and the Bee.

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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Summer in Full Swing

This Summer, my family has discovered an extraordinary activity where you drive for miles with all your stuff and then sleep under the stars!  I know camping isn’t a new idea, but it is to us. I know you all must be shocked being that we live in the camping capital of the world (or maybe it just seems like that).

I have no excuse really. Other than I just never did it. My husband and i grew up in Urban NJ very close to NY and camping wasnt a priority in either of our families.

That has all changed! We are hooked. Our girls too.

What a fantastic experience for us all.

We camped at Sol Duc Falls in the Olympic Mountains and it was beautiful! *sigh* If you have never been, it is so worth it!

We were all squished in our 2 person tent, but had a blast eating outside and hiking and even just listening to the quiet.

I know we will do so much more of this before the Summer is over!

You can see more images and read a bit more about it here.

What new things will you try this Summer?

Do you have any favorite places to camp in WA?

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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Natural Easter Egg Dyeing

If you’d like to see my post about dyeing eggs naturally, hop on over to my Blog Falafel and the Bee!

Have an eggceptional Hoppy Easter from The Mom Squad!

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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Antiques

Today I went with a friend to the History and Heritage 2011 Kitsap Antique Show.

It was held at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton by The Kitsap county Historical Society and the Puget Sound Genealogical Society.

We had a blast! Or maybe I should say a blast from the past!

We strolled around and looked at all the different collections, from long ago and not-so-long ago (at least in my mind).

Is it dating myself if I admit to having had one of these when I grew up? I think it might have been pink.

We each brought an item to be appraised.

If you like to see a picture of my script from a Hard Day’s Night head on over to my blog.

We had an educational day filled with stories and tips for storing antiques. Overall it was great to talk with the vendors and stroll down memory lane ~even if it wasn’t mine.

What have you done today?

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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To Bird or Not to Bird

I have a family of Birders. Do you know what I mean? People who like to spot and identify birds. Bird Watchers.

I am not. I find it hard to get excited about birds (even though I like our fine feathered friends) but I do appreciate the fact that they get so much enjoyment out of it.

My husband decided, since the sun was out, it was a good day to Bird with the girls today. I decided that I wanted to stay warm, at home. Silly Mama.

He took them to our favorite beach at Point No Point in Hansville. It is the sole reason we decided to move out here. It is that lovely.

They found rocks and shells and driftwood and oysters…and birds. There was so much more than just birding going on. They got some fresh air and spent some quality discovery time out there on the wild beach, together.

The pictures they took for me were filled with so much beauty and awe that I almost felt like I missed it (notice the almost. I still prefer to be warm inside).

It inspired me to share with you. This shows if you just get out (especially when the sun breaks through) even if it is a cold winter’s day, you may be surprised at what you find.

***For all of you birders out there: They spotted 4 Great Blue Herons, 1 Bald Eagle, a Western Gull, a Glaucous Gull, a Brandt’s Cormorant, and a sparrow they couldn’t identify because it was too quick.

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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Peter and the Wolf

Today, I took my family to see a screening of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf put on by the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra. This was an amazing blend of onscreen classical music, live puppeteering, and audience engagement.

It warmed my heart to see a packed room (standing room only) with many eager children and adults of all ages waiting to enjoy this classic tale set to beautiful music.

The Kidimu supplied a craft for the children to do before the show started. They all got to make their very own puppets to take home. Fabulous way to direct all of that excited energy!

I actually know a few people in the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, but have not had the pleasure of hearing them perform, until now. They put on a wonderful show and were extremely professional. I really loved sharing this with my girls. Not only was it visually appealing, but our ears were open, taking in the story and lively music, as well.

There was a point where the puppets paraded through the audience so that everyone got to see them up close.

They also had all of the puppets and actors in the lobby afterward so that the kids could ask questions and touch the puppets.

It was a lovely way to spend a morning in our very own community.

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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For the Love of Harry Potter

Hi, I’m Michelle and I’m a Harry Potter fan.

Feel free to admit this along with me (if you are ,of course). It’s liberating.

I do have a daughter that shares my affection for the books as well as the movies. We have read the books 5 times each and seen the movies…well I lost count, really. We love them all so much.

Many a party and Halloween were spent in Hogwarts attire. We even have made our own wands from this great tutorial. So much fun!

I find that sharing this passion is a wonderful common link between my almost 11 year old and me. Something that we can share. Something that brings us together. I think as she is getting to that awkward age, it is detrimental to our relationship to continue sharing something. Anything. But literature is a bonus.

Today we saw the first part of the last Harry Potter film. It was great! I took my daughter and her friend to the Kingston Firehouse Theater. If you have never been, I can recommend it to you now. The seats are comfortable, it wasn’t extremely crowded, and it’s local! We actually showed up an hour before, expecting it to be sold out, but were pleasantly surprised to find out there wasn’t any danger of not getting in. Fantastic!

The last 6 films were on and off in my book as far as accurate depictions of what J.K. Rowling wrote. The last movie (Half-Blood Prince) was entertaining but disappointed me in a way because they cut so much of the book out- and then made up a few scenes that were never in there, for good measure. Grrrrrr.

After seeing the Deathly Hallows, the girls and I had a discussion about how it was and if it felt true to the book. All three of us agreed they did a good job.

Although it was definitely one of the darker films (and there were several people there with kids under 5 in the theater~ don’t get me started), it was well done.

So if you’re looking for something to do, and are old enough to do it (it is rated PG-13 for good reason), I can highly recommend cozying down with this movie in our own community’s little gem of a theater and some Harry Potter excitement!

Islandwood Howloween

Every year we venture over to Islandwood around Halloween time to enjoy what they like to call “Howl-oween“. There is story tellng by Bainbridge Island’s Children’s Librarian (Carmine Rau), and cookies, hot cocoa, and cider to enjoy. You can bring your pumpkin to carve or paint there. They also have a few games, face painting and fortune tellers for the kids.

This year, the highlight for us was the Spider/ Bug display and live snake they had.

It was fantastic.

If you haven’t been, I highly recommend you head on over next year for some family fun!

Plus, you’ll get to see the magical (more than 150 pound) pumpkin carvings by my husband and some of his co-workers. They are certainly not to be missed!

Pumpkin Carved by Jim White

Pumpkin carved by Matt Schmidt

Always a treat!

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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Harvest Festival

If you live in the area, good chance you know about the Harvest Fair at Johnson Farm on Bainbridge Island. No?  This year it was Sunday, September 26th. It is a quaint, honest-to-goodness small town Harvest Fair complete with pie judging, music, BBQ, and live chickens. There were pony rides for kids and sheep shearing demonstrations. There is even a contest to see who has the biggest zucchini. No kidding.

Did you go to the Fair? What did you like best?

If you missed it, mark your calendar for next year. The Fair offers a down-home slice of Americana, as well as a fabulous way to spend the day with family and friends!


Photos and post done by Michelle and Wendy