Saturday, August 31, 2013

Gardening 101

Chuck and I have longed to have a garden for a few years now. For the fresh produce. For the life lessons for us and our boys. For the deer to demolish. That last reason is why we’ve never planted one. I’ve had a herb garden indoors, but nothing within reach of those ever-hungry does and bucks. 

Chuck started studying books on Central Texas Gardening and decided to try a wicking bed. And we realized that if we put our dog pen around it (which we never used anyway), the deer would leave it alone. But, oh, how we underestimated the bunnies!  The down-side to writing this 5 months later is I know this one didn’t have a happy ending. Back to the drawing board…

Planting a tangerine tree. Because if this thing could produce, it would save some major funds. My boys eat tangerines like crazy!DSC_3849

This was seed-planting day! So exciting! So much hope!

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Carefully setting the lettuce seeds in a line. Some escaped and made it into the ground….and to our surprise, they grew bigger in the ground than in our wicking bed. Oops.

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Some seeds were grown indoors by Charlie.

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We’d plant once we saw the roots coming out.

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Charlie had his own pot of radishes and carrots.

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First harvest! So exciting!

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We also planted in a few pots around the wicking bed.

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Chandler grew a bean seed at preschool and planted it as well.

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Everyone chipped in with watering.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Chandler Graduates Pre-K

The big day finally came when Chandler was done with preschool. He had a fun year! He loved his teacher and classmates! I’m so thankful all three boys were able to attend OHC preschool. What a blessing!
On the walls, the teachers had posted these sweet signs. My boy wants to be Sir Chandler someday!
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Receiving his diploma from our beloved Mrs. Campbell. She taught Charlie as well, and I could only wish to be as good with kids as she is!
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Showing us the songs and motions they had learned.
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Easter

Yikes, it’s been way too long. It’s August, the kids have just gotten their first week of school under their belts, and I’m feeling a little breathing room to get back to blogging.  I’ve debated just skipping the last months and starting with life now, but I’m going to be ambitious and seek to catch up in chronological order. Will I complete this task? Feel free to keep me accountable…

So, Easter. Easter was interesting this year. We had three school class parties, some late cold front that blew in to complicate them, followed by an anti-climatic Easter Sunday.

Chandler is the epitome of adorable, but then you throw a bunny in the mix, and it’s more than this Mama’s heart can handle.

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Despite the freak cold front that left us thankful we’d left a jacket for Chandler in the car, the kids had a blast at the preschool party. It came complete with sack races.

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And a pinata (I love Mrs. Campbell’s expression.)

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Despite the cold, Chuck managed to join us for the preschool party. So fun.

Then, at Summit, there was an Easter egg hunt. The kids had to hunt eggs with their own names, which added a neat element to it. The hunt lasted longer that way, too!

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Chance had an Easter egg hunt at the same time, which is why I don’t have photos. I was wrangling Chandler and helping Charlie. Sorry, Chancey!

Our next-door neighbor, Kristy, had suggested coming over and dying eggs with the kids…with shaving cream. You can see by their faces just how cool it was.

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So, we’d had our parties, dyed our eggs, and finally Resurrection Sunday came…and the boys were all home with strep. Boo! But I’m thankful we had these moments to celebrate before the big holiday!