Monday, November 4, 2013

Our Garden

 So...I really really really love the idea of having a garden.  I want it to to be all beautiful and lush, and I want to actually eat things that I grew here in my own backyard!  Our first attempt earlier this summer flopped-sadly, my seeds pretty much dried out and died.  It was a HOT summer.  I planted some pansies last week (James brought them home for me to add some beauty to our home, they are all spread out in different places, so fun!!!), and then this weekend added several broccoli and cauliflower plants.  I thought it was pretty late in the season to do it, but at a local market they were selling these and many other winter plants and the guy there said it was fine to plant now, that we'd be harvesting in January...and he looked like he knew what he was talking about, and the plants were cheap, so why not, right?  :)

 Elijah is such an eager little helper!  I'm not sure which of us was more excited!

 Aren't they BEAUTIFUL???  Right after this picture, we uprooted and threw out our tomato plants.  They were miracle growers but I quit watering them several weeks ago because they'd stopped producing fruit and were too tall for me to keep upright in the garden bed.  Wouldn't you know, once I'd passed the point of no return, I found 2 green little tomatoes...oops!
 This picture...this is the stuff my dreams are made of!  And see back behind me?  That's our compost bin.  That my husband MADE for us.  We're so cool!  We throw stuff back there, and hopefully it's working!  I don't stir it much.  At all.  Like I've done it once or twice in two months.  He's done it a couple times, too, which is just kind since I said I would do all the work if he'd just build it.  :)

 This is today's harvest from my random herb plants.  I planted so many of these and so FEW of them worked, but these babies are doing great!  I learned you are supposed to harvest only about a third of the leaves, and this is the second time I've done that, and I felt like doing it last time definitely encouraged growth in the plants.  I love it!!!
Finally, this is more of an indoor project, of course, but here is a before and after picture of a lamp I rescued from someone's trash pile.  :)  The little round table it's on was also in the trash, I just haven't done anything with it yet!  :)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Month of October

 Ellie is wearing my shoes in this picture.  She is ALWAYS trying on different shoes, and the bigger the better! 

 Look at this adorable smile!!!
Reading books with Daddy!
 Haha we have been visiting some new parks lately.  This one was a smashing success...because they had ROCKS!!!  Ellie filled her shoes and dumped them out, and made it look so fun that Elijah wanted to try, too!  :)  We went home and took baths!
 Elijah rediscovered his monkey hat and gloves from Gran and jumped around proclaiming his monkey-ness!
 We've done some letter activities...this kid is smart!
 He loves this horse at WalMart.  He is so happy with it not moving...I hope he never learns it can!  :)
 Elijah loves mowing the grass with Daddy!
 This is Elijah's scary monster face (and feet).
 Unexplainable...lately, when we go out to the garage to get in the car, Ellie gets down on all fours, points across the street, and barks.  Turns out there IS a dog over there but I've almost NEVER seen it, so how did she know?!?!
 On our way to a tea party!
 Playing outside with shaving cream.
 We got RAINED ON but it didn't dampen our spirits!
 Elijah was spiderman for his Mother's Day Out costume party.
 Ellie was Davy Crockett...just kidding!