Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Great Easter Weekend

We had a great Easter weekend.  We got to see lots of family, and Nathaniel and I enjoyed a date night! We went to my sister's church on Easter morning, and none of my kids misbehaved (YAY!)
Lydia's been quite the Daddy's girl lately.

My parents have the cutest grandkids in the world! :)

We visited with Grandma Betty and her "new knee". 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Tomato Plants

All of my tomato plants are in the garden now.  (You can see our newspaper "mulch in this photo.  It's ugly, but it works well to keep weeds out and decomposes.)  We planted: 16 brandywine (or 15, we might have lost one) in yellow, pink, red and black; 6 Old German; 6 Box Car Willie; 5 "Mystery" Tomato; 6 Amish Paste; 6 Better Boy; and 6 Kentucky Beefsteak, which I think is an orange variety.  We also have some cherry tomato plants coming up, surprisingly in the spot I wanted them to grow this year.  And the zucchini and cucumbers are also in the big garden.  In the pumpkin garden, I've got all the brussel sprouts and broccoli out along with some sage, which is supposed to deter cabbage worms.  We'll see.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Playing in the garden

Yesterday Lydia and Elijah helped me transplant tomatoes: 6 better boy, 6 Old German, and 6 Amish Paste.  We still have a dozen to transplant in the sunroom.  (And I had already transplanted the Box Car Willies.)  But it was a good start, and the kids really had fun helping.  (Malachi decided to play in Lydia's new water table instead.  He's in love with that toy!)  Lydia gets so excited over the worms.  She demands to hold any worm we find, and she delights in her "wormies".  She puts them back in the garden (usually still lively) when she's done.  Elijah spent a lot of time playing with the rolly-polies.  We have lots more to do, but I'm loving gardening.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Unexpected Blessings

The other day I ordered another small painting for my kitchen.  I'd been eyeing the shop on etsy; it was full of inexpensive art that I liked.  I finally used the last of my art budget and bought this:
It really fits with the kitchen, and I had a spot for it.  When it arrived in the mail, I was shocked to find a note and cash inside the package.  Maggie had given me money for my adoption fund after reading my shop site on etsy.  I added it to the account, and now I'm telling all of you about her shop.  If you have any need for artwork, consider visiting http://www.maggiepainting.etsy.com/  

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Back from the Beach

We had a great Florida vacation.  The kids love playing in the sand.  The weather was nice (low 70s most of the time), and we had a lot of fun.  Here are some pictures:
Lydia loved walking on bridges.
Lydia and the ducks were great friends.
X marks the spot.  Malachi loved making x's in the sand for hidden treasure.
Elijah tries out our surf board.

The boys on the Island at the Pirate Playground

And so our vacation was great.  We got home yesterday evening, and today was work day.  A tree fell down while we were gone, so Nathaniel got out the chainsaw for that.  The boys hauled the logs.  Lydia helped me prepare the garden, and then while she napped, I planted 100 strawberry plants.  That's not a typo: 100!

Hopefully most of them grow great.  I also planted some lettuce, spinach, carrots, and basil outside.  My plants in the sunroom still look great, and I plan to transplant them this week.  Our yard is blooming all over and looking so pretty.  Here is Lydia smelling the flowers:
Happy spring!