How Our Garden Grows

Our first attempt at gardening has so far proven to be successful and surprisingly satisfying.  I had no idea that I would get so excited to watch our little fruit and vegetable babies grow.  So far, so good.  Today we even had our first harvest! 

Look what we’re having with dinner tonight…fresh baby greens!!

We may get a few strawberries from our patch this year.  That would be an unexpected surprise.

The snap peas are growing like crazy as is the brocolli.

I think we’re getting a little confident in our gardening as we’re considering taking things to the next level.  With chickens.  Seriously.  It’s legal to have them in the city and we eat so many eggs, it only makes sense.  But, then, I feel like a crazy lady for even considering it.  We’ll see. 

We’ve also been busy painting the house.  By “we” I mean, mainly J.  He sprayed the main house and shutters/door.  I’ll be tackling the gutters and trim today and tomorrow.  The shutters are really not teal like they look in this picture.  They dry much darker.  

Finally, we saw this sweet family crossing the street and moving into the neighbor’s yard after our early morning walk yesterday. 

Sweet Jack asked me to print the picture so he could show his friends at school yesterday.  Tomorrow, by the way, is his last day of pre-k.  How did that happen?!

How Our Garden Grows

Our first attempt at gardening has so far proven to be successful and surprisingly satisfying.  I had no idea that I would get so excited to watch our little fruit and vegetable babies grow.  So far, so good.  Today we even had our first harvest! 
Look what we're having with dinner tonight…fresh baby greens!!

We may get a few strawberries from our patch this year.  That would be an unexpected surprise.

The snap peas are growing like crazy as is the brocolli.


I think we're getting a little confident in our gardening as we're considering taking things to the next level.  With chickens.  Seriously.  It's legal to have them in the city and we eat so many eggs, it only makes sense.  But, then, I feel like a crazy lady for even considering it.  We'll see. 
We've also been busy painting the house.  By "we" I mean, mainly J.  He sprayed the main house and shutters/door.  I'll be tackling the gutters and trim today and tomorrow.  The shutters are really not teal like they look in this picture.  They dry much darker.  

Finally, we saw this sweet family crossing the street and moving into the neighbor's yard after our early morning walk yesterday. 

Sweet Jack asked me to print the picture so he could show his friends at school yesterday.  Tomorrow, by the way, is his last day of pre-k.  How did that happen?!

Coffee and Pancakes

I’ve been meaning to blog.  Really. 

The last few weeks have been crazy busy.  We’ve had lots of fun things going on as well as some challenges.  Nothing serious, just one of those stages. 

But, now we’re only two school days away from summer.  We’re all ready for the slower rhythm that comes with summer. 

First, I’m going to finish my coffee, make the kids pancakes (oh, how I love the recipe from The Joy of Cooking) and meet some friends for the morning. 

I’ll be back today.  Or tomorrow.  Promise.

Coffee and Pancakes



I've been meaning to blog.  Really. 
The last few weeks have been crazy busy.  We've had lots of fun things going on as well as some challenges.  Nothing serious, just one of those stages. 
But, now we're only two school days away from summer.  We're all ready for the slower rhythm that comes with summer. 
First, I'm going to finish my coffee, make the kids pancakes (oh, how I love the recipe from The Joy of Cooking) and meet some friends for the morning. 
I'll be back today.  Or tomorrow.  Promise.

Spring Has Sprung

Spring has finally arrived to our neck of the woods.  During the kids’ naps the other day, I took a tour of our yard and garden.  I spotted many “signs of spring” (the kids have been on a search for quite a while).  Of course, I had to take some pictures.

Here are some things that I found.

Tomato starts and a “monster” from Pre-school.

A whiskey barrel full of salad greens.  I cannot wait until these are ready to harvest.  Yes, the soil looks dry but they do get watered regularly.  Promise.

Snap peas.  They’ve grown a lot in the past two days.  I feel like a proud mama.  So far, so good in the garden.

The kids and I picked out annuals late last week.  We ran out of containers and I’ve yet to get more.  That’s a must do before they die.

We ordered 75 strawberry plants and ran out of room in the garden.  J thought we’d try the left overs in hanging baskets.   Another thing I’m looking forward to is fresh strawberries.  And making jam.

And then, there’s flowers.  They put a smile on my face every time.

How’s spring where you are?

Spring Has Sprung

Spring has finally arrived to our neck of the woods.  During the kids' naps the other day, I took a tour of our yard and garden.  I spotted many "signs of spring" (the kids have been on a search for quite a while).  Of course, I had to take some pictures.
Here are some things that I found.

Tomato starts and a "monster" from Pre-school.

A whiskey barrel full of salad greens.  I cannot wait until these are ready to harvest.  Yes, the soil looks dry but they do get watered regularly.  Promise.

Snap peas.  They've grown a lot in the past two days.  I feel like a proud mama.  So far, so good in the garden.

The kids and I picked out annuals late last week.  We ran out of containers and I've yet to get more.  That's a must do before they die.

We ordered 75 strawberry plants and ran out of room in the garden.  J thought we'd try the left overs in hanging baskets.   Another thing I'm looking forward to is fresh strawberries.  And making jam.
And then, there's flowers.  They put a smile on my face every time.



How's spring where you are?

T-minus Three Weeks

Late last week I was flipping through my Mom Agenda and realized that Jack only had three weeks left of school.  At that point I had a panic attack jumped for joy (ok, a combination of both) and decided I need to come up with some plans.  I gathered my two of my favorite books (and my moleskine journal and got to work making lists.

*Yes, that’s an InStyle.  No, I’m not stylish.  I used to read it and picked it up on  a whim.  That’s what I flipped through while J watched the 3rd Lost episode of the night.  I realized that it’s no longer my style.  Although, I do think Jennifer Garner seems like a pretty cool mom. And yes, that picture was taken today, 3 days later.  I’m a natural light snob.  Sorry!

Below you’ll find some of the things on my list.  Let me know if you’d like more information or contact information.

* Freezer Paper Stenciling

* Making bean bags

* Playdates w/ friends

* Experimenting w/ natural dyes

* Visiting the Farmer’s Market weekly w/ the goal of getting fresh food and establishing relationship with the farmers.

* Maintaining our own garden.

*  Various games of charages, “The Endless  Story”, those we have on hand

* Homemade bagels

* Beginning embroidery

Sounds like a great summer to me!

** I almost forgot we’ll also be going to various evening concerts and events in town.  And, while I haven’t officially joined I think we’ll play along with

* Having the kids draw on fabric and making stuffed art

* Finger knitting

* Visiting Daddy at work

* Felting

* Playing in the sandbox

* Studying flowers, butterlies, birds, animals, etc.

* Canning the foods that we grow or harvest from local farms

* Trying out homemade pretzels

* Making jam

* Baking bread (my ideal would be to not have to buy bread!)

Of course, there will be lots of room for random play, digging in the dirt and spontaneous crafts, trips to the part, and other adventures.  But, I feel much better knowing I have some ideas to go to when the days seem very long.

Oh, and I’m hoping to work more on routines and we might  introduce an allowance for at least Jack. Maybe Morgan also.  Our views on allowance might be a bit different than your used to so stay tuned!

* Also, I haven’t joined yet but check out Eren’s Summer Unschool project. This also seems to be right up our alley!