Wednesday, July 13, 2016

June Strawberries and Birthdays

Pumpkin Pie is a HUGE Star Wars fan. :) 

Hi everyone!  It's been a while, I must say...summer is keeping us all busy (as usual), but it's been a great summer so far and filled with HOT sunny days.  I am in hog heaven. :)
This June started out a little on the chilly side, but soon warmed up to my much loved, glorious balmy sunshine.
We celebrated Pumpkin Pie's 7th birthday with a trip to our local indoor trampoline gym, then to Build-A-Bear and then to her favorite restaurant, the Chinese Buffet. :)
It's so hard to believe she's 7 already!

Those blue mountains in the distance are the Catskill Mountains. 

I've been walking a lot this summer (anywhere from 2-4 miles per day) and I feel so lucky to live in a place that has a lot of beautiful scenery to look at.
Here's a look at what I see on one of my daily walks during my lunch break....

So gorgeous!!  I love living here.  I have a hard time at the end of winter, but most of the time it's a great place to be. It's funny to think that that I didn't realize the beauty of this place and the quaintness of this town until I moved back.  I miss the conveniences of a city/suburb, but would rather live in the country any day. :)

June also started the "strawberry picking season" for us and we visited a local fruit farm to pick our delicious berries.  This was the first season that Little Button really got the hang of it.

Flowers are everywhere!  I am not good with flowers and just don't have the time or extra finances (becuase I spend it all on dolls, haha) to make or keep up with a good flower garden so these photos were taken at my aunt's house up the street.

I love the smell of fresh thyme! 

The end of the month marked Little Button's 4th birthday and on her day we went to see "Finding Dory" at the movies and then Chuck-E-Cheese for lunch.  I'm not sure if CEC is just a Northeast thing or not, but that place has changed a lot since I was a kid! (Not as fun, but the girls had a blast.)

She is at such a cute appreciative of everything.
Overall, June was a lovely month.  July is almost halfway over's like SLOW DOWN summer!
I have been pretty quiet with doll blogging as I'm just not finding the time for it at the moment, but hoping to get more posts up soon.  I have been saving for our vacation coming up in a few weeks so not so much on the doll buying front either!
I have seen some of the new Monster High reboots as well as the budget reboot of some EAH dolls and I can say I'm not too interested as of now.  It's not that I mind their faces, it's just that their outfits and accessories aren't really up to the standard of the older ones.
There are many other dolls out there that I have my eyes on anyway! :)
Hope you all have a great week.
xo Farrah


  1. Your photos always make me smile and reminisce about growing up in the country. I'm sure if I went back and spent any meaningful amount of time I'd soon be complaining about the lack of conveniences and no 24 hour McDonalds.

    1. Haha! Yeah, I always complain about the lack of take-out...just pizza and bored of both!

  2. Hi Farrah Lily!
    Your princesses are adorable. Keep having fun with them!

  3. Lovely photos! I could smell those peonies in my mind and now I'm hungry for strawberries!

    1. Me too, my mouth waters just looking at the photos...they are long gone by now. :)

  4. Hello Farrah,
    Happy belated birthday to the girls. They are adorable. I hope the rest of your summer will be even better then the beginning. enjoy those strawberries.
    Big hug

    1. Thank you, Giac...I hope you have a wonderful rest of your summer as well. You always leave the nicest comments. :)
      Hugs back

  5. Beautiful photos! Hugs from Brazil.=)

  6. Gorgeous photos -- it looks like a wonderful time!

    The strawberries are honestly much more exciting than the MH reboot.

  7. You live in a gorgeous area. It reminds me a lot of Amish country in Ohio; I love the scenery there too. No mountains in my area, though.

    Yes, the details that made EAH dolls so special is really missing in some of these newer releases. I haven't given up hope, but I'm tempering my expectations.

    Glad your daughters had nice birthdays.

    1. Thank you, Barb! We are lucky to have the Catskills and the Adirondacks both within driving distance. Just waiting for the kids to get a little older so we can take them hiking and camping more. :)
      Agreed about the EAH dolls. When I look at the beautiful Legacy line or Thronecoming, I just think they are gorgeous. I am interested to see what else they have in store.

  8. Looks like your girls had fun birthdays! :)

    I can't believe how blue the sky is in those photos with the Catskill Mountains in the distance - breath-taking!

    1. Thanks, jSarie! I know, I love all the blues and greens this time of the year. I did add a little "vibrance" in Photoshop to make the colors pop a bit more as they really look like that, but I feel like the camera dulls it a little!

  9. Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos. Your daughters are adorable. Glad to see that they had nice birthdays. Wishing them a year of of happiness and blessings.

  10. Loved your post. Your girls are real cuties. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY PUMPKIN PIE

  11. Hi Farrah,
    It was so nice stopping by today to find so much warm summer sunshine on your blog. It's been so cold here this week we thought we might have snow, but forttunately no ... I really hate the cold. Brrr!

    Your pretty girls looked like they really enjoyed their birthdays. It's lovely to see children who appreciate their gifts too.

    Thanks for the photos, they cheered me up no end. Have a lovely holiday!

    1. Oh Xanadu, your comment made my day, thank you! I am so happy you enjoyed the photos. It's always so interesting to think of the other half of the world is experiencing the complete opposite of what we are up here. I hope it warms up for you as well (I also hate the cold!) and that you start to see signs of spring soon. :) xoxo

  12. Such priceless pictures. So nice to see their smiling faces.

  13. I love your photos, they are all very beautiful! In fact, I can't help but see some of your pictures and think that they would be great backdrops for doll photography.

    Happy birthday to both of your daugthers as well! 4 and 7 are great ages!

    1. Thanks, monstercrafts! I know, I have been so lazy about doing doll photos outside this year. I have so many from last summer I am still working on editing ;)

  14. Gorgeous photos Farrah, belated happy birthday to both young ladies, my haven't they grown since I discovered your blog!
    Such a lot of gorgeous photos, your really do live in a most beautiful area and isn't it lovely that you can get out at lunchtime and enjoy it.
    But yes, July is going waaaaaay too fast, I'm not ready for August yet, hey, I'm not even ready for July.....summer is my favourite season and I want it to last forever.
    Have a lovely week :)
    Bighugs to you xxx

    1. Thank you, Sharon! I know, it's so weird to think how little they seemed only 2 years ago! I love summer as well and would be happy if it lasted forever as well! I hope you have a great week as well.
      Hugs back xo