Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My own little sprout and a garden update.

6 month check up! I'm still having a hard time believing Moses is 6 months old, the time has just flown by! He is growing well, 17lbs 14oz, and is hitting all of his mile markers. He had a harder time with this round of shots, but the fever and fussing only lasted a day or two. Look at the little guy. Isn't he sweet?!

And the garden! Things are really happening out there!


Look at these squash!

More squash..
Even more!
There is a tomato plant in the middle and decorative gourds growing around it.

Broccoli!
Lettuce! I definitely planted these too close together. Some of them have been transplanted to another section of the garden. Live and learn!

Beans, beans, beets, beans, beans, beans ..
Beets and herbs!
There are 3 rows of carrots. I have no idea how so many are growing together. I was really careful when I was laying the seeds! You can really see the weed issure we're fighting in this photo.

This area was cleared for transplants. We put down a bunch of compost, and well.. just look..
See all of those plants growing? I think I must have put cantaloupe seeds into the compost. Some sort of gourd is growing everywhere we put compost! Ugh!
This is a blueberry bush, and a couple of raspberry bushes in the distance. We also transplanted some of the beans up here and on the tier above it we transplanted some more squash.

More tomatoes! I really like having the marigolds growing with them. Pretty.
We're going to have tomatoes galore!
And a word about compost. We recently moved ours to allow for more room for transplants. We simply purchased a trash can, drilled holes in the sides and dug a big hole in the ground for it. We started last October sometime so we would have some good compost this spring. We put lots of leaves in the with things we saved from the kitchen and it has worked great so far! Putting it in the ground during the winter allowed the compost to do its thing during the cold. It is recommended to put blood, bone, or fish meal in the help with the decomposition.. we opted to not do that and still had great results!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A house update!

We close tomorrow! Jeremiah and I are so thrilled! The next month will be filled with acquiring the necessary permits and preparing the lot so the plumbing can go in. The concrete should be poured in about 4 weeks then things will really get going! I will be posting pictures of the process.
Jeremiah is doing all the contracting himself, which is basically like taking on another full time job. Please be praying for our family during the next 6 months!

For those who didn't catch it the first time around, here are our floor plans and here is a link to the picture of the lot!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Good morning Moses!

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Where's Moses??

This is how we fold laundry around here.



Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Mo-man is 6 months old!

He is turning into a little boy right before my very eyes. I am making sure to squeeze him, cuddle him, spend time all snuggled up and reading to him, because I see the days coming when he is mobile and just, well, bigger.
I think what brought this on was sending Mo's baby clothes to my sweet friend, Stacey, who is expecting a little boy this fall. Going through his things I just remembered how little he was! That led me to look back at the pictures of when he was born. Here are a few I never posted. Mainly because I was embarrassed about what a train wreck I was. I'm over it now, so here they are!

Just born. Cute little cone head.
All I saw was 12.8 and I nearly fainted and asked for another epidural.
Aw, they have always been buddies.


The days just keep getting sweeter. I love this little guy.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sometimes it's hard to take this guy seriously.

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Meet the elephants.

I would like to introduce you to Ele and Ele. These little guys are life savers. The play music so at nap time they sing Mo to sleep. If he wakes up in the middle of a nap, no problem, he just grabs Ele 1 or Ele 2 and plays until he falls back asleep. Shoot, sometimes he even wakes up in the middle of the night to play! And in the morning? Sometimes he will play for 45 minutes! I love these little guys!
See how happy he is??

He is still soo happy. Who wouldn't be, really?

Ahh, life is good.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A little bit of the Mo-man.

Something has happened. A couple days ago Moses woke up and has fussed, fussed, fussed ever since. Six month growth spurt? Teething? Hormones (him, not me)? I sure as heck don't know. In the midst of all the fussing, there has been fun though. Let's just focus on that!
Here is Moses eating a "Mum-Mum" cracker. He loved it!

Look past the sweet potatoes.. can you see that sass??
He is actually rolling over! Not consistently, but he is doing it! Go, buddy, go!

The Garden.

A week?! It's been a week?!! My, my, I bet the 2.5 people that read this blog are just sitting on pins and needles waiting to know what has happened with the garden and wondering if Kat is still sitting in front of the window.
She's not.
Life has been interesting around here.. but I'll get to that in another post. For now, a garden update. This update should solidify in the minds of 2.5 said readers that, when it comes to gardening, I have no idea what I'm doing.

Here are our beans!! Look at them grow!

Pumpkins!!


See all the plants sprouting in the outer circle? Those would be squash.


Umm... more squash..

You've got it, this is a squash, too. Grow little guy, grow!

Hey, did you guys know that you're supposed to have about 3 squash plants per section of garden. Let me check. Yep, we've got a few more than 3. Hmm. A big goal of this week is to thin out the plants and transplant to another area that has been cleared. I love seeing all the lovely plants growing, and giggle at the silliness of it all!
As for dealing with the birds eating the sprouts.. we made a trip to Lowe's and purchased some deer netting and put it over the entire garden. It's working like a charm!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dem Birds!! An update.

I don't know if I have ever blogged this much. Ever. But I had to post this garden update. Remember when I posted about the birds in the garden? Well, THEY ARE EATING OUR SPROUTS!! Today they plucked out a cucumber plant, went after our beans that are sprouting so beautifully and they may have gotten all of our squash. All of them. Dem birds are now referred to as damn birds. Or "stupid butts" when Kat gets really mad. That just cracks me up.

Here are those "stupid butts" hovering above the garden, just waiting to pounce on our sprouts!!:

See the wire thing? It has a CD hanging from it. The reflective light is supposed to keep the birds away. :
And here is Kat, watching over her garden. When a bird would even get a little close she would run out at them. It was better than prime time television. :

We got some ideas from our favorite gardening book and are heading to the garden center as soon as the Mo-man wakes up tomorrow! Wish us luck!

Bath time fun Part II

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I love this video because:

1.) Mo is having soo much fun

2.) His "loin cloth" just cracks me up

3.) The loin cloth..

4.) Did I mention the loin cloth??

Bath time fun Part I

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Monday, June 8, 2009

A house update.

Today we signed the papers for our home! The next step is to get the permits from the county, city and state - that should take 2-3 weeks. After that, the work begins on our lot! For anyone who's interested, here is our floor plan. We are excited and a bit, okay, quite a bit nervous! Here goes nothin'!

More peas..

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How did I not post this? This is, by far, my favorite video of Moses eating. Get this, if we mix the peas with apples he will eat them. Eww, Mo, eww..

Friday, June 5, 2009

Dem birds!

Do you see what I see??
Ugh!

Dem birds aren't welcome here! Are they eating my seeds? Are they?!

Each day brings something new!

The fun thing about gardening is that it is never stagnate. There is always something to do! This is also a not-fun thing about gardening.. but let's not dwell on that!

Here is one of the morning glories I planted yesterday! Aren't they, um, glorious!

Corsican mint. I wish I could get a better photo of this stuff. I just love it!

These Johnny Jump Ups make me smile. They remind me of the tearoom and make me want to make cookies so they can adorn them.

Strawberries!!

Here's that little patch of land from yesterday! It is a work in progress, but I think it's coming along nicely. These begonias were on sale at the nursery.. I really have no idea what I want to do with this space, so I'll just add as I go! And.. as things go on sale.

Before..

After..
ahh.. can't you just breathe a bit easier now??

The next step! Getting these dead trees out!!

A work in progress, for sure!

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Here is what Moses thought of gardening this morning. He was cracking us up!!
Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Garden..

Last summer, when we moved in with my mother-in-law, we started planning a garden for her backyard. We thought about what veggies we wanted, what it should look like, and before it got too cold last winter we laid brick around a piece of dirt in her backyard.. and waited..
Now that summer is here and my mil, who I will refer to as Kat since, well, that is her name, has free time we are out in the garden every morning. Kat is up before the dawn and is out there by 6am.. me, well, I try to get there as soon as I can, coffee in hand.
As this project is unfolding we are realizing we have planned a HUGE garden, and when we stop to think of what we've done we either laugh or shudder in horror. For example, we have planted about 30 pumpkin seeds. IF they were to all survive and thrive we would have 30 pumpkin vines, which produce multiple pumpkins per vine. You do the math. What were we thinking??
If I could make a little map for you all, I would, but I can't so I will give you a brief summary of what we've planted so far and hopefully I can update nearly everyday. If I can make it to the computer in the afternoon after all this manual labor...
We have planted:
  • 3 types of carrots (which is more of an experiment than anything, they are supposed to be very difficult to grow).
  • Squash, lots and lots of squash. Even decorative gourds because I LOVE them.
  • Onions
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • 6+ tomato plants
  • 12 strawberry plants
  • Cucumbers
  • BEANS!
  • Beets (do I even like beets??)
  • Herbs!! Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme (which died, but I don't like thyme anyway), and basil. Mmm.. oh, and oregano.
Here is Kat, and yep, that's Mo laying in the grass. He's having just as much fun as we are in the early morning fresh air. This was taken a couple days ago. Take note of the patch of dirt behind Kat right next to the shed. You'll be seeing more of that in days to come.

You can see the tomatoes over to the left and the strawberry patch is right next to them. These rows are where the beans, beets, cucumbers and lettuce are. We started this little stone path this morning, too.

This is the other half, minus a bit. You can see the herbs growing away.

See! Herbs! This was taken this morning before we went to the nursery and purchased some more. Yes, I was out there planting at 1pm while Moses napped. No, I don't think I'll be doing that again.

Tomatoes! Kat planted marigolds around them because, well, I don't know why.. but Kat said the marigolds help the tomatoes.. or something.

Our strawberry patch. I planted them this afternoon, so you'll just have to wait to see them until tomorrow.

Here is that patch of dirt I was talking about. I weeded it this morning and then started working some magic, or something, this afternoon. We'll see what it develops into!

And here is sweet Moses, playing away!

I have a feeling this won't be the first time I'll be cleaning dirt out my son's clothes!
Until tomorrow!!