Garden Update

The garden is coming along!  I have to laugh when I think how puny it was when our garden judges arrived.  (Hoping our poster and journal made up for a beginning garden!)

As usual, it is hot and sunny one day and cold and rainy the next.  Spring.  And, as usual, we already have some prematurely browning leaves.  I sure wish I knew how to garden a little better.  But, I will continue to try and continue to garden because it really is so worth it.



X-man got some sprinklers for his birthday, so the kids have had fun the last few days enjoying a different sort of water fun than the pool.  And so the pool waits for the hot summer days…

First Peaches of the Season!

Yes!  Even the girl who doesn’t like fruit loves our peaches — and has eaten several!  Despite the dirty rat, we have more than enough for munching as well as making jam.

Watching our little X-man eat them is so sweet.  Every day he asks for a peach.  Every day he gets a funny look as he takes the first bite.  And, every day he eats about half before giving the rest to the chickens.  I think the jury is still out for him on this one!  (But how sweet that he gets so excited and keeps asking and trying!)

The Rope Swing

Every Wednesday and Thursday, the girls look forward to going to art class.  And, every  Wednesday and Thursday, the boys look forward to playing in the art teacher’s yard.  She has a flower arbor leading to her backyard,  A stone path has given us lots of opportunities to play leap frog.  The secret garden is fun to visit.  There are ample hiding spots for hide and seek.  But, the biggest attraction of all is the rope swing.  Malachi can climb to the top or lets me push him super high.  Even X-man enjoys it, as long as it’s not “too hard!!”

We are praying for our sweet teacher as she is currently battling cancer and her daughter is teaching.  Looking forward to many more dates with my boys in her backyard next year while my kids continue to learn amazing art techniques!

Just The 2 of Us!

Q:  What do you do when you are given 2 free tickets to Disneyland, but you have 5 kids?

A:  You get a babysitter!

It was so needed… a day at Disneyland with my guy.  The weather was perfect.  There were a few bumps in the road — like getting a text on the way there from our babysitter saying she was sick and couldn’t watch the kids when they were done with school!  But, it all worked out.  Despite the crowds, we were able to enjoy every minute because of our motto: “It’s all easy without kids!”  (Sorry, kiddos!)

And before you feel too sorry for them, know that we are taking them to Great Wolf Lodge next week!

Sweet Birds and Dirty Rats

Just outside Natalie’s window, a couple of baby birds appeared the other day.  We watched as they hopped around and tried out their new wings.  It was quite precious.  And, I thought it was especially precious that they were outside of the window of the girl that made me a bird lover.  Natalie named them and was able to watch them for a few days before they finally disappeared.  Perhaps next year she will have some more sweet visitors.

Just beyond Natalie’s window, we have another tree… and some other not-so-sweet visitors.  The rats have eaten dozens of peaches.  DOZENS!  Thankfully, we still have quite a few, and I am hoping to get to making my peach jam this week.