Joyful Family Journal

Friends Forever

 

Friends Forever

Friends Forever

 

Friends Forever

Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one. ~ Anonymous

Summer Days

I’ve been so busy with adoption paperwork and fundraising, farm stuff, and homeschool preparations that I haven’t had time for posting. At least, I haven’t had as much time as I had hoped that I would.

Summer is passing so quickly.  And summer looks like it is going to be cut short if the trees around the place are anything to go by. Yellows, oranges, and reds are already popping up.

We are so grateful to be here in this place.  It is such a lot of hard work and we’re still learning so much about the land and how to make this farm work.  But we are blessed.  Just so blessed to be here.

How are you doing? What is happening at your place?

Wonderland

Wonderland

Wonderland

Wonderland

Date Night

It is a rare treat for us to be able to go out {almost} alone together.  Our evening began with a Pro-Life event at St. Mary’s Church in Shrewsbury.  We listened to dear Dr. Paul Carpentier explain the science behind NFP, NaPro Technology, and the Creighton Model, followed by a talk by Dr. Chris Klofft and his wife Bridget.  I was encouraged to see some young couples there in addition to us older folks.

After the talk {and lots of post-event chatting on the way out}, we packed Georgie and ourselves into The Squirrel and struck out for dinner.  We landed at Volturno, a new place on Restaurant Row in Worcester.  It was very quiet at 9:30 on a Wednesday – a few folks dining al fresco on the patio, and one couple inside.  The décor is really cool, they’ve worked out how to make ‘industrial’ feel warm and homey.  And the music was pretty much Brian’s iPod playlist.

We ordered a salad to split for starters – Bibb lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and a creamy garlic dressing.  Oh that dressing.  Put it on anything.  Everything.  Gorgeous, pale green deliciousness.  And then we ordered two pizzas – the pistachio and the funghi.  The first was spread with pistachio pesto and topped with mozarella and sausage.  The second had mushrooms, goat cheese, mozz, and a drizzle of jewel green olive oil.  And the crust: sublime.  Make you cry.  Soft, thin, chewy.  Sourdough beauty that was.  And the pizzas are made in the ancient Neapolitan version of the microwave, but fired with wood.  The ovens are a work of art,  covered in luminous mosaic tile.

Volturno

Volturno

Back to that salad.  Our server came to check up on us and ask if we needed anything {absolutely nothing.  seasoned to perfection}.  I asked if they made their own cheeses or if they had them made locally.  The mozzarella was that fresh.  He told us that they source their ingredients from local farms and creameries.  Brian and I beamed.  “That’s cool!  We’re farmers.”

He offered to introduce us to the chef, and just after our pizzas came to the table, Neil came out to meet us.  We spent dinner chatting about the exciting direction of agriculture in New England, about heritage breed pigs, farmer’s markets, and kids.  We were invited to a special event this fall at the restaurant, and went away having exchanged details with each other.    But not before Neil had dessert sent to the table: a salted caramel gelato sandwich.  OMGoodness.  It is a wonder I didn’t die of happy on the spot. SO good.

Volturno

Sharing a passion for good food with our clients and customers really inspires us.  We are really looking forward to the prospect of working with him.

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There is hay coming in this morning from the fields – the last of the first cut.  In mid-August.  We aren’t sure if we will even get a second cut of hay this year.  It has been a rotten one for just about everything.  Too wet, too cold – with a smattering of back-to-back heat waves in the middle.  But this handsome fellow and his friends don’t seem to mind.

Red Devon

We aren’t expecting any CSA folks today, and we cancelled our Farm Day because I’ve been feeling so rotten with the arthritis flare.  So this morning, Brian and Jack went up ahead of us to meet Neil to bring in the hay.  The bottom seven are here with me to have some breakfast and tidy up before we leave.

Now that the stove is hooked up and working {we’re cooking with gas, baby!}, I can use it to make my floor wax.  So that’s what I’ll be doing this afternoon.  And I’ll probably be ‘boiling’ linseed oil as well.  I promised a tutorial on how I do that for the blog, so, God willing, I’ll get some decent photographs of the process for you.

The little boys’ room got a first coat of paint last night, and we will hopefully get that room finished up this afternoon.  Brian and the big boys had some challenges with the paint drying too quickly and causing clumps.  I think we can solve that problem by dampening the plaster and the rollers before starting to roll on the paint.  At least, we hope that will work.

I’m hoping to get some time to sit in our sunshiny living room and do some knitting on a purple cardi for Joséphine later on.  But the big question is: “What’s for dinner?”  I think I’ll do a roasted chicken and some baked potatoes.  And we’ll see what the garden has to offer up in the way of veggies on the side.

Later, we’ll all come back to the little house and fall into bed after baths.  Sounds like a good day’s work to me.

Photo Session Bloopers

Today we did a little photo session for an upcoming article we were interviewed for.  It gave us an opportunity to stop procrastinating over getting some shots for Family Centered Living.  It took a minute or two for Cat and me to get set up.

Testing… 1… 2… 3…

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

Try it this way.  Test… test… test...

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

Hang on, I think I’m getting something.

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

Yes!       No.

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

Uh, you might want to turn around.

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

That’s better.  Sort of.

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

Yes! That’s it.

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

OK, so after I got the camera set up, I handed it to Cat, the whole family gathered to watch, I sat down and we waited for her to be ready.

Who wasn’t ready?

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Brian thought he’d steal a kiss while we waited.  I thought not.

Oh no you don’t, Mister.

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

The kids ran everywhere.

Distracted much?

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

 

Oh my goodness, WHAT are they doing?

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

 

And then we were photo-bombed by James wearing a pink headband belonging to Joséphine.

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

Then Pa got up for a minute to sort someone out and James sat down in his spot:

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

Hey now, Boy, that’s MY seat you were sitting in. 

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

Are we ready now?

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

Oh no!

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

OH NO!

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It’s OK, I’m just messing with you

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

There now.  Finally, the winning shot:

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

So answer me this.  How did the two of us manage to be made parents of a houseful of sweetness like this?

At Home With the Gadbois Family | Bloopers

 

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