Last week on Oprah, Lisa Ling gave us a glimpse into some of America’s farms – factory farms as well as organic farms – to see just how some of the animals we eat live before they become dinner on our table. They showed what the living conditions look like for egg-laying chicken, pregnant pigs and veal calves. Oprah had replica cages and crates on the stage to demonstrate the cage/pen sizes of animals in factory farms. “In an egg-laying hen cage, five to six hens could be in a single cage. The typical crate for a young male calf being raised for veal hasRead More →

The kids had a great time playing in the freshly fallen leaves in the backyard this week. And there was more fun on the tire swing (which is always a good time). Ya can’t beat free fun right in your own backyard. :) I can’t pick a favorite this week. I like them all. :) What about you? See what everyone else up to for Best Shot Monday.

This past week Ava began her second year attending Waldorf preschool. I still don’t know where we’re going to send her for kindergarten next year, but we were so pleased with the Waldorf-inspired in-home preschool we found (thanks to some friends) last year, we decided to continue with it this year. In comparing pictures from the two years, it was amazing to me to see how much Ava has grown and changed. Oh, and Julian too! 2007:                                              2008: Ava took a caterpillar she had made the day before as a gift for herRead More →

Photography-wise, I only pulled out the P&S and I’ve got nothing to write home about this week. But as far as expanding my kitchen prowess goes, I’m very proud of these pictures. :) On Saturday, we visited Berry Patch Farms where we ate picked organic strawberries and peaches, and had a great time doing so. I was determined to get some of the big ones up high, so up the tree I went: Something like 4 lbs. of strawberries and 15 lbs. of peaches later, our bounty looked like this: Then it turned into this (after a fair bit of work) in the span ofRead More →