Monday, March 31, 2008
The mess was worth the fun of watching her learn and discover things new...
What's a little dirt on the floor? She makes me smile...
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Apparently, she was happy to be at the Herb and Garden Fair at the historic Poplar Grove Plantation. We had a lot of fun sniffing different herbs and flowers and choosing our own Peppermint, Basil, Chamomile, and Honeysuckle to take home. We even found a Chocolate Mint! The car has never smelled so good. I told Tristan I thought so and his reply was, "yeah, it's better than Kenna's smell."
My favorite find of the day was this plant...Tristan's favorite find was the free, blue candy. My Dad used to grow these clover-leafed, pink flowering plants all over our yard on Jersey Street in College Station, Texas. I remember pulling the stems and chewing on them to taste the sour juice inside. Now I know they are called Oxalis Crassipes or 'Garden Hardy Pink' and now I will have them in my yard.
Here is what came home with us...
I heart good Saturdays...
Friday, March 28, 2008
"Mom, could you be quiet? I want to hear the music!"
Tonight, Tristan has been singing the "Chalky Underwear Song". He made it up as he was standing in his room after his bath, naked, erasing the chalk drawings on his walls with his underwear. It goes like this- "Chalky underwear! Chalky underwear! Chalky, chalky, chalk-eeeeeeeee underWEEEAR!" I told him he still had to wear those underwear.
"Yes!! Chalky underwear!" he says.
I love life with a four year old boy.
I wake in the morning early
And always, the very first thing,
I poke out my head and I sit up in bed
And I sing and I sing and I sing.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
two: Build Gardenfort in perfectly shaped bed ready for vines, sunflowers and other beautiful things-
three: Figure out how to take pictures of the yard without including the not-beautiful, still dead, full of weeds grass-
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Hey sunshine, could you just hold that pose for one moment while I etch this permanently onto my wall?
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
The blood meal is (hopefully) to be a deterrent for the wild bunnies that will otherwise destroy vines and veggies we plan to grow.
But these two can definitely stay!
I guess I get a little behind on indoor life when Spring comes around.
This morning Christy called to invite us down the street for coffee and I almost said "No, I really should start on this laundry" But wait, coffee and adult conversation and a little sanity -or laundry.
So as I was leaving Christy's house a couple hours later feeling much better about facing this messy day, Christy joked that I would blog about laundry later on. "Ha ha!" I said. "Right. How boring."
Later, as I was sitting at the table watching Kenna smear egg yolk in her hair and reading Real Simple magazine, I read this quote-
"We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy,
even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry."
-E.B. White, Letters of E.B. White
I laughed out loud and thought how funny to read this today and also how appropriate since last night Tristan and I finished our second book by E.B. White this month (Stuart Little this time).
I may not enjoy the work but I enjoy a clean house. Warmer weather is coming our way tomorrow and we have big outside plans so better to get the house clean now and be done with it.
So it's back to laundry and floor scrubbing and egg-yolky hair washing I go with a lighter heart.
Although I think I'd rather be picking grapes.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Tristan, who usually won't go near the water, actually let the waves wash over his hands and feet. (Thank goodness for those big black boots and a new water gun he was determined to fill.)
The sun was warm.
The air was fresh.
It was a good day.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
All this work requires the right shoes. There is nothing cuter than a little boy in shorts and his big, black boots. As in, "Mom, can I wear my big, black boots to church today?" "Mom, my big, black boots will be good for school!" And my favorite, "Mom, I was wearing my big, black boots when I was sleeping and they made me awake!" I am enjoying my new polka-dot Garden shoes (thanks mom!)
Now if only we could find some in her size...
Monday, March 17, 2008
After finishing Charlotte's Web this week, Tristan was excited to find plenty of cute piglets AND spider webs in the barn! I loved seeing all the baby animals which reminded me spring officially begins in only three days!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Kenna has become quite a little bookworm as well. Her favorite book? A gorgeous little picture board book, Spring by Gerda Muller. Our current coffee table stack includes Winter, Autumn and Summer as well as a bunch of Beatrix Potter stories, Golden books and other various board books to choose from, but day after day, I find my Kenna bear toddling up to me with that book in her outstretched arms. “Eh? Eh? Eh? Eh? Ssssssssss?” she exclaims, as she pushes and shoves and climbs her way into my lap. Yes, this is still all she ever says to me. I can’t get enough of those little baby hands turning the thick pages and pointing to favorite pictures. Again, perfect.
The dishes and laundry can wait…we have a County Fair to get to and Spring to celebrate.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I ended up discovering the "picot" stitch. Now the green and pink together mimic the little rosebuds on the fabric perfectly! Hooray for lovely mistakes!
Monday, March 10, 2008
And now….we are Sore!
I drove down the street to Christy’s house this morning to enjoy breakfast, playtime and the Noggin channel with our boys and girls while Christy ventured out to rent a gas-powered tiller. As the kids pushed a bubble mower we pushed that tiller, creating new flowerbeds that will keep us busy all summer long. I have to admit, there was a moment when I thought we might be in over our heads with our little project. Tillers are unwieldy creatures and before we figured out how to use it correctly, we were probably a funny sight.
I wish I had a picture of the work in progress –or at least one of Christy laughing as she was drug around by the cumbersome tiller, or of Tristan and Peter waving sticks in the air like pirate swords, or of Kenna’s sweet toes in the pretty patch of moss she discovered, or of baby Anna’s bright blue eyes as she blew her cereal raspberries at me- but somehow my blistered hands didn't find their way to a camera. Those are the photos from the day as I see them in my head. I wish you could see how beautiful it was.
Christy and I have big plans for the flowers that will grace our homes this summer. As we work, we are continually referencing our husbands…what they would say about this, do to that, or plant here. We are both married to wonderful men who we know would love nothing more than to be here helping with our crazy schemes- or at least they would love playing soccer with the boys as we garden- but they have bigger jobs to do right now. I think I can speak for us both when I say that we are so proud and so thankful for them! Because they seem so few, we cherish the days we get to spend our men and we think of them constantly, even as we garden and play. That's why when they can’t be with us, I thank the Lord we have each other.
We are Marine Corps wives. Semper Fi.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
After 24 hours of coughing fits, he finally crashed in his "cave" for some much needed sleep....