Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
When we bought this house a couple years ago there was gravel every where and barely any plants. Not a gardeners dream. The house I loved, the yard...specifically the gardening space, not so much. So at first Ryder built me some gardening boxes and I tried to be happy with just that. I really did, and they really are nice. But. But. Well it's just not enough. I took over the little side garden bed (the only one that had dirt in it instead of gravel) and I packed it full of plants. And I tried to be happy with just that. I really, really did. But this winter some thing snapped inside, and I cried out...Must. Rip. Out. Lawn! My husband got that worried look on his face, he half heartedly tried to talk me out of it. To no avail. It had to be done. A gardening freak must have a place to garden. And so the fun begins.
I think I might be driving my neighbors crazy. My front yard has been tore up all spring. Finally I'm almost done with the soil part. Now I have to get creative in how I am going to fill it on a serious budget. I researched lasagna gardening and although I didn't really follow it entirely I did follow the concept. I covered the grass with cardboard and then covered the cardboard with compost and soil. This will kill the grass and weeds under the cardboard and it brings a lot of worms who like the moisture under there. Everyone who loves to garden knows that worms are a gardeners best friend...ha, ha. I planted the bigger plants in holes dug through the cardboard and then I sowed some seeds on top. Lots and lots of sunflower seeds mostly. Course we are having a nasty summer this year and so they are not coming up very well. Bummer. The seeds were from sunflowers I grew last year and I really wanted them to do well again this year so I could harvest more but I guess only time (and weather) will tell.
Although I do LOVE eggplant and it would be a super bonus to see some growing out there!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
They had a giant battle on my kitchen floor. That was exciting to cook around. I swear my kids come out of no where when it's time for me to make a meal and then they proceed to make themselves comfortable right under my feet. Never fails.
I also got to prep dinner with a baby clinging to my side. This girl is teething, and has a cold...she is not so happy about it. Some times I wonder how I ever get anything done. But I don't wonder what it's like to interact with my children as they have an epic dinosaur battle and I'm not missing out on chattering with and listening to my daughter babble and she sits curled up to my side in her sling all cozy. And yes dinner did take longer, and it could have been really frustrating, but we all really enjoyed each others company and that is what matters the most, if you ask me. I will have plenty of time to cook and clean alone (and have the perfectly kept house) when they are all grown up and have moved away (ack!). I am a mom that has to remind myself of this at times. I get overwhelmed with everything that has to be done. There is always so much to do. The list goes on and on with no end. Some times I just feel like I'm running in mad circles just repeating the same things over and over again. I start to get that 'just get out of my way' feeling. That's when I have to stop and remind myself of what is the most important thing. Yes a clean house is important. Yes the children need clean clothes and food to eat. Yes, yes and yes there are many other things that need to be done, but the most important thing to them is...Me. Just me. They need my time, my attention, my care, my love, my conversation, my patience, me. So if I can't play with them in the play room because dinner won't cook itself, I will let them play at my feet while I make dinner and remind myself that all they want is me. When I think about it that way...it feels good to be so wanted, so loved.
Friday, June 11, 2010
So baby girl finally got her first tooth! She wasn't to happy about it. That and she got sick right at the same time. Not a fun few days there let me tell you! She is finally saying something that sounds like mama, only I think it's really na na na. It's cute what ever she is saying and she seems to at least be trying to say mama. Da da da is still her favorite sound and she makes it All Day Long. She is waving and/or signing for oobie (nursing) now. It seems like she is on the brink of crawling...she's gone as far as rocking on all fours. She is sitting up really well and even scoots around on her bottom some. She's pulling herself up on things. She of course wants everything she sees and wants to eat it too. She has managed to get paper into her mouth a couple times now. I am having to constantly tell Atty "BaBy ToYs OnLy!" because she chews on everything. She's eating more and she loves it. She smiles a lot. When she cries she makes it sound and look absolutely heart breaking. People fall over themselves trying to pick her up and cuddle her. She makes me laugh. A Lot. She's mischievous. She's silly. She's dramatic. Already. I keep tearing up when I look at her because she is growing way too fast and I can't make her slow down. Trust me I've demanded she stop but she just smiles at me in her charming way and keeps on growing! My last little baby. My blue eyed angel. The little girl who gives me slobbery kisses and wraps her chubby little arms around me when I snuggle her. How did eight months fly by so fast!?!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I am amazed by how grown you are, how long and skinny your body is. Where are the baby rolls? When did the last one disappear? How did I miss that? You will always be my baby boy no matter how much that drives you crazy. Every time I say that to you I always hear "No! I Spike"(He doesn't actually say Spike, but you get the picture). It puts a smile on my face...You are uniquely you and that's a fact. My spirited son.
Happy Birthday, I love you to the moon and back...quack, quack.