Orchard Love

I saw this sweet little game online the other day, that reminded me of Hi-ho Cherry-O from when I was a kid. After looking closer though, I found out that it’s even better. It’s called Orchard and as you can see, even a three-year-old can play it.

First, you load the trees up with fruit–green apples, yellow pears, blue plums and red cherries.

Then somebody rolls the dice.

If you roll a color, you get to pick a fruit from the tree…

and put it in your basket.

But if you roll the dreaded crow, you have to take a puzzle piece that will put a picture of the nasty old bird together. Now then, here’s the good part–with this game, the kids are actually cheering for each other instead of duking it out, because the point is to pick all the fruit before the bad-guy crow shows up and eats everything. There’s no competition between players –only working together against the crow.

Isn’t that a fabulous idea? No, no, this is not a paid advertisement. I was just so happy to find such a perfect game for Miss Chompy, Lily and the Beck, that I wanted to tell somebody about it. And so you know, the kids and I have played the game about 25 times in the last few days.

Yeah, that’s us.

Playing till we drop.

Heh, heh.

Tell me~ have you every heard of Orchard? What are your kids favorite board games?

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The New Kid

A new baby is such an adventure for everyone involved–mom, dad, sister, Aunts, Uncles…and cousins.

Now, Lily–she wants to hold this little man all day long just to touch his soft hair and tell him over and over how cute he is. Which is good because everyone needs a little mama-type cousin. It makes things better somehow.

But Beckham–well, he’s more of a watcher. Content to be near-by and just close enough to make sure all is well.

Which is good because everyone needs a big protective, brother-type cousin.

It make everything perfect somehow. Don’t you think?


Happy Birthday Jillian!

Lily’s Raspberry Slippers

“Grammy. My feet are cold you know.”

“Are they, Lil?”

“Yes, Grammy. And that’s why I need new slippers now because my feet are bigger and I don’t have them.”

“Well, we can’t have that, now, can we?”

“Yes we can, because I need some…

But can you make bows so they don’t fall off again?”

“Anything for you my darling.”

“Thanks, Grammy. Now my feet will be so warm.”

“As they should be little Lily. As they should be.”