12/52 It's sugaring time!

Lots of these (maple trees),
make a whole bunch of this (sap),
which is gathered and cooked down here, at the "sugar shack,"
to make 3 very happy people eating sugar on snow. (for those not it the know, that's maple syrup poured over snow, which hardens into a caramel-like consistency)

Did you know:
That it takes 40 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of maple syrup?
That Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S.?
That no one really uses those buckets anymore, and that tubing is used instead?
That there is NO sense in eating pancakes without REAL maple syrup?!

11/52 Green.

These boots are very patiently waiting for this...
The annual St. Patrick's Day cement mixer parade!
They're all honking their horns, so it's REALLY loud!

More Florida sunshine.

Nearly every time after I push the "publish post" button, I have "post regret." That is, I think to myself, "I should have edited that image a bit more," or "why did I include THAT image?" Decision making has never been my forte, so why should it be any different here?! So, here are a few more vaca images that didn't make it into the last post.

Fun in the Florida Sun.

What a wonderful break from the long winter our Florida vacation was. There's nothing like the sun, the beach and a pool to take your mind off the 30" of snow falling back home! Unfortunately, that snow kept my husband from joining us, which was one huge bummer. But the kids rebounded from the news, my parents were there to play, and we managed to keep having fun in the sun!

10/52 A classic.

The dump truck. A timeless childhood toy. Made even more fun when it's filled with sand at the beach!
childhood toy w/ preset

And since I'm talking about the beach, I couldn't leave out the results of a sand bucket, another timeless toy!
sand castle