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Harvest Fair

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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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Bella Bella Cupcakes…

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Hey all you Kitsapers…there’s a new gig in town and man-o-man is it sweet.  This past weekend Bella Bella Cupcakes opened a retail shop in Silverdale and of course we had to hop right in the car for a wee bit of dessert.  Head on over to Oh Happy Days for the full report.  After that head on over to Bella Bella Cupcakes (10726 Silverdale Way) for a treat.  You can even host your child’s birthday party there…no muss no fuss and lots of sugar!

(photo courtesy of Bella Bella Cupcakes)
 
 

-Stacey is a mom of two and a wife of one who likes her family (good thing), traveling, reading celebrity gossip (I’m not ashamed), and cooking. You can read more about her and the crew at her blog Oh Happy Days.

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Christmas in Big Valley…

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

If you are residing in Kitsap County, love all things bright and beautiful, and have kids (though adults are equally welcome!) then Christmas in Big Valley is the place for you.  Christmas in Big Valley is a private residence on  Big Valley Road in Poulsbo that goes B-A-N-A-N-A-S for Christmas lights.  You actually get out of our car and do a walk through…past a tiny train carrying tiny passengers, up a lit trail to Santa’s workshop, stopping off at a sweet gazeebo, and then down through the angels.  My favorite is the “river” of lights cascading down the hillside.  Soooo beautiful! 

 

I must admit that my pictures are two years old (mama didn’t think to bring her camera this year) and do not do this place justice.  You must see it for yourself!!

Christmas in Big Valley is open Wed-Sun and charges $5 per adult.  Children under 12 are free.  Your ticket is good for unlimited visits/walk throughs until the end of the season.  Check out their website www.christmasinbigvalley.com for more infomation and directions.

Happy Holidays!!!
-Stacey is a mom of two and a wife of one who likes her family (good thing), traveling, reading celebrity gossip (I’m not ashamed), and cooking. You can read more about her and the crew at her blog Oh Happy Days.

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I Got Pampered…

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Head on over to Oh Happy Days to get all the details of my experience at the fabulous new Gene Juarez Salon that just opened in ‘hood!

Ahhh…beauty!

-Stacey is a mom of two and a wife of one who likes her family (good thing), traveling, reading celebrity gossip (I’m not ashamed), and cooking. You can read more about her and the crew at her blog Oh Happy Days.

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Iron Girls

Friday, October 15th, 2010

In September my friend Diana and I increased our chances of becoming Mothers of the Year by loading up our girls and run/walk the Iron Girl 5k.  The Iron Girl’s mission is to empower toward a healthy lifestyle. www.irongirl.com   The Iron Girl was held at Green Lake Park in Seattle this year.  The following is how it all went down. 

First we had to check in the day before.  When you check in early you have the opportunity to peruse the vendors at the expo. I have to say that this expo had some pretty decent swag and the girls did a good job loading their swag bags. Of course what vendor could refuse those faces… The alarm rang early the next morning, but the little troopers donned their shirts and race numbers and looked especially speedy even though it was before 7am…We made it to the start line with literally a minute to spare. Teams Chica Azul and The Lovett Girls were ready to rock this thing…I haven’t ever participated in a women’s only event before and I have to say that it was quite moving. The air was charged with good cheer and positive attitudes. Women of all ages, shapes and sizes were ready to run/walk. Moms and daughters held hands and wore matching shirts. As I crossed the start line with my two girls hanging onto my hands I got misty eyed at how proud I was of them for being willing to embark on this little journey with me. And I was so so proud at how awesome they did…running about half the course and always being upbeat. A even got tripped and fell at one point, but she brushed it off, braved her tears and kept going. Such little troopers…As we crossed the finish line the girls ran their hardest, we clasped hands again and all finished with an awesome time of 51 minutes. Diana and G were right on our heels and as they crossed the line Diana started to cry because she too was so proud of her little girl’s first race…and then had to laugh as G turned to her and said, “Whoohoo! Now I get water!” We all received gold medals and the girls proudly wore them for all to see… It was a wonderful mother-daughter experience and the perfect opportunity to show our 6 and 8 year old girls that we females are strong, powerful, and can do anything they set out to accomplish! 

I encourage you to try a “race” with your kids.  There are all types of fun runs around the area and most are geared to families.  Often times proceeds go to a good cause, so not only are you showing your children that health and movement are important, but you may be helping others in need.  Plus the feeling of finishing is such a sweet reward.  As I tell my girls, “We don’t have to win.  We just have to finish with a smile on our faces!” 

-Stacey is a mom of two and a wife of one who likes her family (good thing), traveling, reading celebrity gossip (I’m not ashamed), and cooking. You can read more about her and the crew at her blog Oh Happy Days.

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Olympia…Not Just a Law Makin’ Place…

Sunday, August 15th, 2010
 You know what is lying not too far from Kitsap County?  Olympia…our state’s capital.  And you know what it is filled with?  Family fun!  For us, Olympia had always just been a place to pass by on the way to Portland.  However, last September on a rainy (dare I even say the word for fear that it may come back?) Sunday we hopped in the car and went exploring.  This is what we found:
 
Wolf Haven is a wolf conservation where you can get up close and personal with the rehibilated animals.  They offer kid friendly tours on the hour and also provide day camps and howl-ins (evening programs).  It really is quite interesting to learn about these spectaluar animals.  Wolf Haven is located southeast of Olympia about 15 minutes or so.  They are open limited days in the summer and only on the weekends in the fall/winter.  It is definatly worth checking out.
I wouldn’t touch the real live wolves either if I were you girls…
I don’t know who looks meaner…the wolves or the girls…
He sure had a lot to say. In fact I think he was saying, “Hey tour group…get out of my space!”…
We learned from the pros…
Our next stop was the Washington State Capitol building…the birthplace of our state’s laws. http://www.ga.wa.gov/visitor/  The Capitol is a massive, beautiful building.  You can either take a self guided tour or jump in on a guided one.  They hand out packets for the kids and welcome visitors with open arms. 
George and his peeps…
A’s favorite part of the capital was the green, springy grass. “It is sooo beautiful!” “Look how it sproungs back up after you step on it!” “I love to run on it!” History making, shmistory making…the Capitol’s got grass!!!
Right across the street from the Capitol is the Hands On Children’s Museum  http://www.hocm.org/  This museum is a little gem.  We have been going since the girls were wee little babes.  It is small, but very well run, interactive, and kids love it.  And I just noticed on their website that it appears they now have an outdoor exhibit and are currently building a brand new facitlity that will open in the fall of 2011. 
Being amused…
There is also a great little bakery, Wagner’s Bakery, right around the corner from the museum in case you need to grab lunch or a sweet treat.  Not to mention The Lemon Grass.  The Lemon Grass is up the street a bit and quite possibly the best Thai food I have ever eaten.  Yummmyummm!
 
The final stop on our tour of Olympia was Cabela’s off I-5 in Lacy, WA.  While we are not big outdoor hunter/fisherman (and by not big I mean not at all), Cabela’s is pretty cool for the mere fact that it is filled with all sorts of wild animals.  They may not be alive, but they are still pretty darn impressive.  And you can purchase just about anything you would ever need pertaining to the outdoors.
Look out…Look OUT…LOOK OUT…
And that concludes our whirlwind tour of our state’s Capitol.  I know there is much more too see (like the outdoor farmer’s market for one), but we only had a day.  So go ahead and give Olympia a snoop through.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in what you just might find.

-Stacey is a mom of two and a wife of one who likes her family (good thing), traveling, reading celebrity gossip (I’m not ashamed), and cooking. You can read more about her and the crew at her blog Oh Happy Days.

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Sadness in Our Community

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Living in Kitsap County, there are few that have been left untouched by the disappearance of a local, young boy

Even as I type letters and words, I question whether I should write anything. Then I think about the fact that this tragedy has directly affected families in our very own community. Children, parents, school staff and staffs… We are a small community and it is likely many know someone who knew this family.

Many held out hope for a happy ending, only to discover last Thursday there would be none. I know I was stunned. Stunned. I found out via Twitter after receiving a call from my children’s school stating activities for the evening and following day were either canceled or postponed. The phone message gave no reason, but my gut knew. I turned to Tweetdeck and found a link to the Kitsap Sun reporting on the tragic outcome.

It was in that moment I realized how much hope I had invested in a positive ending. I realized I had not let myself even somewhat consider a tragic end. My stomach began to twist and I just wanted to be with my kids.

I did not know the family. My daughter, who is in the same grade and went to the same school, was not friends with the boy. But she knew him. Her classroom was next door to his. I had seen the mother and boy before, but I did not know them.

Though I did not know them, I am sad. #1 — I am a mother. The death of any child tears a mother’s heart at it’s root. Secondly, it hit so close to home… that I had no choice but to talk to my kids about death. And, Thursday evening I talked to my kids about what happened. I answered as many questions as I could. The problem is, there were and still are so few answers.

And that is what makes this tragedy even harder. The questions. I have an inquisitive fourth grader. My second grade daughter clearly had safety fears. I struggled – to what extent do I explain what happened? How much did I really truly know? What is the line? I knew kids at school would be talking… some children’s parents have different philosophies regarding how much info should be shared. I didn’t want to scare my kids, but didn’t want them to be unprepared and knocked back by “news” from a peer. I gently answered some hard questions and tried to guide the focus of the conversation away from specific details.

We spent much of the evening talking about fear and gossip and being careful not to fall into big stories…

Have you had to break hard news to your children? Do you have a strategy in place? Are the lines of communication open in your home? Do you have a child that cries or does he/she pull away? Are there any resources you recommend to help a child deal with loss? How about fear? My daughter seems to be asking a lot of questions about things she fears…

- Jenny Ingram

P.S. I just want to use this space to thank the teachers and staff at Vinland Elementary… and the school counselors from nearby schools…  for the outstanding job they all did on Friday. All were affected, and all should be applauded. They handled the day with such compassion and professionalism. I would be hard-pressed to have kept it all together had I been in their shoes. I know the entire week was extremely difficult and to have traveled such a week and arrived with the news on Friday… my heart goes out to them… and so does a deep expression of gratitude for their level of care and concern for our Vinland children. Thank you Vinland teachers and staff, so much.


Chestnuts are Overrated and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

It’s that time of year again. It is the time of year our we lose our minds.

No?

Cooking, and list-making, and cooking, and present planning (or shopping if you are on the ball like that and I hate you), card sending and pie buying making.

Not only is it a time of year we reflect on the things we are thankful for… it is also a time of year we do stupid things…

LIKE DECIDE TO MAKE RECIPES WITH PEELED CHESTNUTS.

That’s what happened to my family last Thanksgiving.

My brother-in-law found a stuffing recipe he wanted to make for Thanksgiving. The recipe (by Martha Stewart) called for boiled, peeled chestnuts.

*coughcough*

I used Twitter to document the peeling of the cursed boiled chestnuts:

• 8:28 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve: Attention fellow domestic goddesses: Marta Stewart has a flippin’ STAFF to peel her pounds & pounds of precious chestnuts! *fingers cramping*

• 8:40 p.m.: I mean, Martha Stewart. This is absolutely ridiculous.

• 8:51 p.m.: And now my thumbs are not only nail-less, but also paralyzed.

I sacrificed the sacred use of my opposable thumbs for this sad little pile of chestnut shells:

It’s that time of year again. It is the time of year our we lose our minds.
No?
Cooking, and list-making, and cooking, and present planning (or shopping if you are on the ball like that and I hate you), card sending and pie buying making.
Not only is it a time of year we reflect on the things we are thankful for… it is also a time of year we do stupid things…
LIKE DECIDE TO MAKE RECIPES WITH PEELED CHESTNUTS.
That’s what happened to my family last Thanksgiving.
My brother-in-law found a stuffing recipe he wanted to make for Thanksgiving. The recipe called for boiled, peeled chestnuts, by Martha Stewart.
*coughcough*
I used Twitter to document the peeling of the cursed boiled chestnuts:
• 8:28 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve: Attention fellow domestic goddesses: Marta Stewart has a flippin’ STAFF to peel her pounds & pounds of precious chestnuts! *fingers cramping*
• 8:40 p.m.: I mean, Martha Stewart. This is absolutely ridiculous.
• 8:51 p.m.: And now my thumbs are not only nail-less, but also paralyzed.
I sacrificed the sacred use of my opposable thumbs for this sad little pile of chestnut shells:

The stuffing was quite yummy… except for the chestnuts.

So. What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Are you going to be peeling chestnuts and rolling-out pie crust, or opening a box of Stove Top and peeling plastic off a frozen pie crust? I’ll give you one guess what I’ll be doing…

Happy Thanksgiving!

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A Day Made Better comes to Vinland Elementary

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Back in September I was given the opportunity to join Office Max in their effort to help erase teacher funded classrooms. Office Max joined forces with Adopt-A-Classroom to create the A Day Made Better Campaign. In an effort to spread the word, Office Max reached out to the 30 gals in the *mommy* blogging community to help get the word out. I feel privileged to have been one of those 30:

Max Moms

My role as a Max Mom was had several facets:

  • to host a contest on my Jenny on the Spot blog for readers to be able to nominate a teacher of their choice for a $100 Visa gift card to use in their classroom… and CHOOSE the winner *that was HARD*
  • to host a local party to raise supplies and/or funds for a local teacher
  • to deliver “the goods” to the winning teacher
  • to publish the story on Whrrl
  • the opportunity to attend a local school when Office Max delivered one of their 1000 BIG surprises – $1000 of school supplies to one lucky teacher. Linda Willimas from Wolfle Elementary in Kingston was our local recipient. You can see that Whrrl story here.

But I really want to share the following story. Our delivery to Mrs. McClanahan at Vinland Elementary in Poulsbo. My friend Alli McDonald (author of No Time for Flashcards) and I joined blogger forces… and threw a party. Please click here to view that story on Whrrl… It gives a bit of explanation and background I am not adding here. Aaand pictures. I love pictures!

Did a look? It was fun, huh?!

Now. You have seen all the women, families and local businesses (Zero Gravity Athletics, Poulsbo Perk, Poulsbo Athletic Club & KCMT)  that contributed to the story you get to see here… The story of a deserving teacher and second grade classroom get’s surprised with a great big box of goodness!

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Tis the Season – CORN MAZE!

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Hooray for a rainy day at the corn maze!It’s that time of year… corn maze season. It’s time to bring out the rubber boots, mittens, hats, umbrellas, and pick them pumpkins! Tis also the season to warm-up by the fire and make gallons of hot cocoa. And coffee.

A little treasure popped up in our community last year – the corn maze at Sunrise Hill Farm in Kingston.

I know there are many local mazes and patches… all of which have their own distinct fun and charm. We are so fortunate to have such great choices!

I would have to say that right now, the kind of fun at Sunrise Hill Farm is my favorite, and my children’s favorite. My daughter’s preschool went last week, and I am now home all toasty-warm after another afternoon of wandering a Sasquatch-shaped corn maze:

Sasquatch shaped corn-maze

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