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Our New Baby "Sundae" the Baby Cow Has Arrived!

Kids, PersonalJill Adamy

Yesterday was a long and awesome day! Hubby and I drove my kids 6 hours to spend the week at my Mother In Law’s farm in upstate NY. We always have a good time in the car as we make the trek across state borders and the kids were super good even though it was quite a long car ride.

Once we arrived, we wanted to just sit out on the deck and relax for a bit before we began the drive back. But as we sat there, my mother in law said that one of the cows was about to give birth in the field (which happens to be right in her back yard!) So off we all ran, into the pasture to watch the miracle unfold! None of us have ever seen anything like this before but it’s a weekly occurrence on the farm so they’re totally used to little farm babies being born.

We got down to the field just as our farmer was pulling the baby out from mama. My kids (and us) were in complete awe of what we were seeing! Baby’s first breath and how mama cow knew exactly what to do once the baby was born. This was the first calf for mama cow and she did great!

Our new baby calf is named “Sundae” or “Sunny” for short. My husband and I left shortly after Sundae’s birth to start our 6 hour drive back home but my oldest daughter spent pretty much the rest of the day and night out in the field with Sundae and her mama documenting everything that went on, including her first steps and her first drink of milk.

Once the calf was born and mama took a break from cleaning her up, she is given a few buckets of water that is filled with vitamins for her after the birth.

Once the calf was born and mama took a break from cleaning her up, she is given a few buckets of water that is filled with vitamins for her after the birth.

As mama drank her vitamins, our farmer had to tend to the baby’s umbilical cord with iodine to help fight any infection after the birth.

As mama drank her vitamins, our farmer had to tend to the baby’s umbilical cord with iodine to help fight any infection after the birth.

Our farmer has been doing this since he was a child, so he knows exactly what to do when one of his girls becomes a mama. Loves his animals.

Our farmer has been doing this since he was a child, so he knows exactly what to do when one of his girls becomes a mama. Loves his animals.

Once Mama was finished with her vitamin drink, our farmer was showing us her teeth because my son was wondering how old she was. Who knew that cows only had bottom teeth! And our farmer was telling us that because she has 4 teeth on the bottom, that means she’s approximately 3 years old.

Once Mama was finished with her vitamin drink, our farmer was showing us her teeth because my son was wondering how old she was. Who knew that cows only had bottom teeth! And our farmer was telling us that because she has 4 teeth on the bottom, that means she’s approximately 3 years old.

Quite a wonderful start to their summer school vacation at “Camp Grammy”!! I don’t know how you can top that! I still can’t get over that we got to see this baby calf be born and how exciting it was for all of us to witness. And I’m thankful to mama cow that she waited for us to get there before the baby made her entrance!

Acrylic Paint Play

Art JournalJill Adamy

This past weekend, I spent catching up in a monthly journal that I have been keeping while participating in the Joanne Sharpe 2019 Artfully Inspired Life. If you haven’t checked it out, you should. This is like the 5th year I’ve participated in her monthly creative journal prompts and I absolutely love it. She’s a breath of fresh air and someone that I look forward to hearing from each month with new lessons and ideas.

Without revealing too much of what this particular month’s theme was, I wanted to share what I created. If you’re looking to join an art journaling group, she’s about the best you can ask for so make sure you click here to learn about this fabulous online class!

I had so much fun just painting with no plan, but mark making and creating intuitively. No plan, no rhyme or reason. Just fun making something pretty!


Summer Vacation is HERE!!! FINALLY!!

Kids, PersonalJill Adamy

Happy Summer Vacation, Kids!!! We’re so excited to start off summer vacation and have a little break from the weekday hustle and bustle that goes along with the school year. Lunches every day, rushing around in the mornings, homework, projects, extra curricular activities. They’re all on PAUSE!!!! We are gonna just chill out and relax, enjoy sleeping late and playing outside. Swimming, gardening, drawing, and just plain relaxing.

Hope you have a fun and relaxing summer planned!

Front Garden Tour! These Flowers are Epic!

Our Country Home, Personal, FlowersJill Adamy

Never in my life have I had such a gorgeous yard with blooming flowers that are so gorgeous they nearly make me cry every time I see them!

The lady who used to own this house had an incredible green thumb! There are just beautiful flowers, trees and bushes all over this yard. I notice new things each day like a little treasure hunt gift! So this morning I wanted to share with you some of the beauty that surrounds my house.

Since it’s raining here today, I clipped the peonies and one of the irises because the weight of the rain on the peonies and irises was forcing them to the ground. Now they sit in my favorite vase in the kitchen, brightening up my windowsill and putting a smile on my face!

End of the School Year Gifts

Personal, KidsJill Adamy

This year was a quick one for the school books, that’s for sure! My kids started in one school district and ended in another. Funny how at the beginning of the school year in the old town, we had no intentions of picking up and moving. And yet, here we are ending the school year in a new town, new house, new school district and new friends.

At first when we decided to make the move for the entire family, we had a tiny bit of pushback from one of the kids… the oldest one. Totally understandable because 5th grade is a tough age to switch schools and be the new kid. Luckily, the two youngers were all in and couldn’t wait to start. So after a lot of consideration and weighing of the pros and cons, all 3 decided to make the switch mid-year to the new school. Originally, we were going to just commute to finish out the year.

Now that we’ve been here 3 months, these kids couldn’t be happier. They’re flourishing and absolutely loving everything this new school has to offer. From extra curricular clubs, challenging school work, fun projects and very caring and encouraging teachers and administration, the transition went so smoothly, we couldn’t be happier.

To say thank you to our teachers and bus driver, we bought some gift cards to restaurants, coffee shops and, of course, Amazon to say a small thank you to the wonderful people who have made this year such a positive and amazing one for my 3 kids. Each envelope we made using our gelli plate, doodles and a little bit of collage so that they were all different. Then we used some extra pieces of paper to use as a thank you tag with a note attached for each recipient.

So exciting to have the summer ahead and our bucket list of things to do is about a mile long! But we’re ready and looking so forward to slowing the pace down for a bit and just enjoying the time off!

Have a great rest of your day!

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Thursday in the Garden

Our Country HomeJill Adamy

When we moved to this house back in March, I never thought I’d love this yard as much as I do. I just can’t get over how beautiful everything is. From all the fruit trees (blueberry, cherry, blackberry, apple, pear, peach, apricot and plum) and flowering shrubs to the adorable wildlife that frequents it, the entire family just loves being out there, enjoying every moment.

Everyday, when I go out with my little 4 legged babies, we walk around the yard, checking out how the fruits are growing. I’m definitely learning a lot and can’t wait to see what turns into what and how they all ripen. Never having owned any fruit trees in the past, this is a big learning curve for my hubs and I. But it’s just the most fun we’ve ever had, seeing what sprouts and what treats are coming. The kids are convinced that we need to open a fruit market!

There’s also a lot of beautiful flowers in this yard as you’ll see above. That Rhododendron bush… do you see the size of it?!?! It’s almost as tall as the back of my house!!! And the adorable little birds nest that the robins have set up in it give us all a constant joy to watch the babies grow, eat and then fly the coop. We will all sit out on that back screened in porch that is in back of that gigantic Rhodie for hours on end, reading books and watching the little birds. My son even has a little table set up for his Legos out there! In fact, my high school girlfriends and I have deemed this porch the meeting place and we’ve loved every moment of relaxing out there with a glass of wine and laughing our asses off! Definitely one of the favorite parts of the house!

Anyhow, just thought I’d share with you the wonderful growings that our yard has going on in it right now. I’ll be sure to share as things ripen and we start picking, using and baking.

Enjoy your day! Get out there and create something!

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Bolton and Harvard Open Studios 2019

AnnouncementsJill Adamy
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I’m super excited about this upcoming event that my studio shop here at home will be participating in! Since my family has recently moved to a new town, we are excitedly getting things ready to share at this event in September.

Mark your calendars and stop on by for a visit to see my art and all the new items I will have available for purchase!

Psssst... Would You Like a Little Sneak Peek at a Secret We've Been Keeping?

AnnouncementsJill Adamy

We've got something special in the works over here. Something that has been keeping the kids and I VERY busy since we've moved into the new house. My kids and I had an idea. A vision. And it's really coming together! It's very exciting for all of us to have something fun to work on together. I love hearing their ideas and how they try and sell each other on what they think is the best way to get this project wrapped up. They're all in! And they're super excited! It's awesome to watch them formulate their plans and then put them into action. Plus, they're learning a lot along the way (which, by they way, they don't even realize because they're having so much fun! But I know they're absorbing the little mini lessons that get sprinkled in each day without them even knowing it!)

As for now, we've got a lot of moving parts to still work on in order to get this vision off the ground. A bit more research and some fine tuning, organization and good ol' fashioned pep talks and we'll be in good shape and ready to share what we've got going on!