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Here’s just a smidgen of what we’ve been up to…








… picking more blackberries, making more preserves, torturing brother with hair barrettes, painting, & making dresses {involved dresses I might add}. I’m looking forward to reentering the world from my sweatshop sewing room.

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  • heather
    June 9, 2009 at 7:48 am

    the photo of JM with a barrette in his hair almost made me spit water out of my mouth! Too cute!

  • our family of four
    June 9, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Ha! Love the clip in JM's hair! Oh the joys of having older sisters!

  • Melissa
    June 9, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Love the pic with the blackberry juice running all over the place! And the one of JM too! My squash is coming in, and I can't wait to try to your casserole recipe!

  • Stephanie
    June 9, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Died laughing at JM with the hair clip! I thought he was one of the girls at first – I can't believe how much they all look alike! Morgan's hair cut has been throwing me off forever now, I can hardly tell them apart =)

  • Mandy
    June 9, 2009 at 8:34 am

    I love JM and that hair barrette! Ha…he is too cute and like my son, doesn't have a chance surrounded by little girls! My baby boy had a princess crown on for a photo shoot with his sister yesterday! I love the dress…can't wait to see them! Have a good, WARM day! Mandy

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    June 9, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Awesome pics! Had to smile at the boy with the barrette. We used to do that to my brother all the time. 😉 My 3 year old takes the clips OUT of her sister's hair. Beautiful dress!! I wish I was that far along in my learning. 😉 Who taught you to sew?

  • emilia
    June 9, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Love the hornet with his barrette. My grandmother used to do that to my uncle when he was little but assured him she would only use "boy bobby pins" on him!

  • Erin
    June 9, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Poor John Martin! He doesn't look too happy to have the barrette in his hair:) Paiger and the berry is precious! Miss you all!

  • Amanda
    June 9, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I am so glad my poor little Christian isn't the only one who has to endure Cinderella haor clippies!!…Love the rainbow and can't wait to see the dresses!

  • Shar
    June 9, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I have said it before, your children are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing the recent activites.

  • Ivy
    June 9, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Those blackberries look delicious!!!

  • sashyjane
    June 9, 2009 at 10:54 am

    haha i love the JM picture!! that dress looks like it's going to be gorgeous!

  • margaret
    June 9, 2009 at 11:01 am

    oooooohhhh…. i can't wait to see the dresses….. 😉

  • Kelly and Kelly
    June 9, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Is that the Flower Girl Dress from Weekend Sewing? Adorable pics, love it.

  • Karen
    June 9, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I love your girls' hair. It just falls so perfectly to create the best shape.

  • J
    June 9, 2009 at 11:28 am

    YUMMY! Wanna sell me some of that jam?

    And I LOVE the pic of Morgan holding the blackberry.

  • MyLittleHappyPlace
    June 9, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Love it! Bought Avery that same ice cream cone trapeze top your girls have!

  • Ruth
    June 9, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I love the pictures…..I just pulled out my old Singer 401A – dusted off & oiled it…..could not find the power cord…ugh
    You are in inspiration, your blogging has inspired me – although I am nowhere near your level in writing…..lol
    One of my motto's "is the thought that counts" will prevail.

  • Caroline
    June 9, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    JM looks just like paige in that pic with the clip. hilarious!

  • Dianne
    June 9, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    You really have been busy! Can't wait to see the very involved dresses. You constantly amaze me.

  • downtown
    June 9, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I have loved reading your blog. I find myself waiting for your next post. I am so glad to hear someone call their sewing room a sweat shop. I can't wait to see the dresses.

  • Jenna
    June 9, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I just wanted to say "hi" since I've been lurking for a few weeks. I have been so inspired and blessed by your blog! Thanks for sharing your life. 🙂 Your family is beautiful!

  • karlene
    June 9, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    you are blessed.

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    June 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    LOVE the blackberry juice dripping and the picture of JM! Hilarious! O asks to put clips in his hair- much to his father's dismay! If he didn't have that thick blonde stuff he wouldn't have that problem!! Good luck with the sweatshop. Can't wait to see your results! I'm sure it's beautiful!

  • the sweet life with olives
    June 10, 2009 at 2:48 am

    gorgeous. you are just all gorgeous, inside and out. the hair clip is one for the books! can't wait to see the dresses:-)

  • Jessica {lovely jubbly london}
    June 10, 2009 at 4:34 am

    love JM's new hairdo! He better get used to it with 2 big sisters!

  • julie y.
    June 10, 2009 at 6:16 am

    the jam looks YUM! Hope you had fun with Erika yesterday!

  • melissa richie
    June 10, 2009 at 11:27 am

    this is really random, but last night my husband and i grilled shrimp coated in that jane's mixed up salt that you've mentioned on your blog before. it was amazing!

    thanks for the recommendation!

  • Kristen
    June 10, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Blackberries…Yummy! Anna Clare took a jar with her last night on her bike ride with Steve to pick some for me. She came home with about 10! But she was so proud of them and we ate them up! Love the barrette!

  • Tara
    June 10, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Can't wait to see the finished product on those dresses! Beautiful! 🙂

  • Anonymous
    June 10, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    I just want to tell you that my sister and I are blog stalkers…and the picture of JM with the barrette in his hair is one of my all time favs…My nephew has curly hair and its never been cut short…trimmed yes…CUT no…and we have from time to time put clips in it when hes doing crafts or eating…so I loved that one!!! Keep Blogging…we love it!

  • Nikkithy
    June 19, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Hi, Im a little behind on your blog, so I'm catching up! My husband and I have blackberries in our backyard and we have already picked 5 pounds of them this summer!! Can I trouble you to tell me if you have any fabulous recipes that you used for all of your blackberries?
    All we've made so far is blackberry smoothies!