How Our Garden Grows, Late Spring 2011

How our garden grows: Annual

We’re a bit a lot behind on the garden this year.  Life has been so busy that things haven’t gotten planted when they should but we have gotten some seeds in the ground and thanks to the long weekend some seedlings too.

It seemed like a good time to take a walk through our garden and see how she grows.

We have herbs.

How our garden grows:  Rosemary


How Our Garden Grows: Spinach


How Our Garden Grows: Tomatoes

(See that white spot on the top right?  That’s a sock.  Don’t ask because I have no idea.)


How Our Garden Grows: Peas


How Our Garden Grows: Strawberries


How Our Garden Grows: Blueberries



How our garden grows: Apples

Maybe we aren’t so far behind after all.




A glimpse.

I’ve come to the conclusion that a grand re-cap of our trip is probably not going to happen.  So, I’m letting go of the idea.  Instead, here’s a glimpse of our month long visit to WA.


My in-laws have a beautiful yard. Because of the rainy spring, many of the spring flowers were still in bloom.


Playing barefoot is a summer requirement that was definitely met.


Our first few days in Portland/Vancouver were gray and rainy. I loved it! The windows of my sister’s house were the perfect frame.


My dad and his family live in a small town. My sister and I took the kids and joined them for the parade. My boys even walked with Grandpa in it.


We spent the 4th at my cousin’s house. Nearly everyone from that side of the family was there.


Fourteen members of my family (8 of whom were children) camped for two nights at the Oregon Coast. This was Connor’s first trip to the ocean.


We picked (and ate) blueberries and raspberries.


We just spent time together.


Visiting the shores of the Puget Sound was one of our favorite activities. Lots and lots of treasures were found.


We spent our last evening in the park enjoying the weather and local music.

Throw in many visits with family & friends (including one of my best friends from h.s. who I hadn’t seen in 7 years), another lost tooth for Jack, Morgan learning to tie her shoes and more adventures than I can count and you’ve got our trip in a nutshell.


J took this week off work and we’ve been enjoying another week of vacation.  We’ve had a ball just being together and doing fun things around home.  Throw in catching up on laundry, sorting mail, lots of preschool and PTO work and we’ve been busy.  I’ve hardly even looked at our pictures from WA.

So, soon.  I’ll have lots to share soon.

*As you can see Connor has enjoyed the yummier parts of summer.   And, yes, that’s popsicle on his nose.


We are home.  The kids and I left five weeks ago for WA and Jeff joined us last week (after three weeks of training).  It was a wonderful, crazy, frustrating, fun trip full of love, tears, and laughs.

It’s good to be home.

There was a lot waiting for us here.  The garden, house, Jeff’s impending deployment and school in three weeks all need to be dealt with.

For tonight, we’re focusing on the harvest.  Tomorrow, the work begins.


We kicked off our Labor Day weekend with camping in Rocky Mountain National Park.  This was the first time we camped as a family this summer and Connor’s firs time ever

We had a blast. 

On Friday we did a 1.9 mile hike and Saturday a 1 miler.  The kids, especially Connor, did great.  Several people stopped to ask how old he was because they couldn’t believe he was actually hiking. 

We ate our fair share of junk food.  Nothing says camping like hot dogs, popcorn, smores and more.   There was some fruit thrown in for good measure.

There was lounge time by the fire.  I got to flip through the latest Bon Appetit.  (If you aren’t going to eat gourmet food, you can always look at pretty pictures of it.) 

 And, I even got a picture of me that I’m pretty happy with. 

Like I said, a great time.

More pictures here.

How our garden grows

There continues to be lots going on in our garden.

I’ve never seen corn with pink silks but we have it.

Tomatoes ripen daily and I’m sure we’ll soon have more than we know what to do with.

I have discovered another thing to love about Colorado.  There are TWO strawberry seasons!  I’m still hoping to get the family out to pick enough for jam.  We’ll see if that happens.  If not, we have a few of our own.

Our pumpkins are getting ready for their debut on our front porch.

Said pumpkins and their relatives; zucchini, acorn squash and summer squash are taking over our path.

In another few weeks we’ll get the fall veggies planted.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I can’t believe how much I enjoy gardening.