Thursday, April 17, 2014

Getting the Garden Ready

(Teeny-tiny praying mantis)
 Nate has been working hard all week to get my grow boxes in and ready.  It is going to be AWESOME but I'll tell you more about that later.  In the meantime I'm trying to keep all of my seedlings alive by transplanting and re-transplanting.  When I was transplanting this particular tomato I found the tiniest praying mantis you ever did see.  Yay for good bugs!
(tomato blossoms getting ready to bloom) 
This year I have 13, yes, THIRTEEN(!!!) tomato varieties.  I planted 3 cells each of each variety with three seeds per cell.  I always have a bit of a problem thinning my plants so I ended up separating them.  Soon 36 became more than 100 tomato plants.  It wasn't so much of a big deal when they were tiny but as they grew I quickly ran out of space.  After I narrowed them down to the single plants I wanted to keep I gave them the rest to neighbors, family, friends, the school garden etc.  Hopefully I'll think it out better next year.
(The smiliest boy, ever)
One of my favorite things about gardening as a mom is my hope and belief that I'm instilling a love of the outdoors in my children.  Afternoons like today remind me so much of my childhood.  Mom and dad busy in the yard with the kids running around "helping" and playing.

I'm hoping to devote one of garden beds to the boys so they can grow and tend whatever they please.
 Wyatt is at that funny age where if you ask them to smile all you get is a strange, affected grimace/grin/sneer. This is the closest thing I could get to his true, handsome smile.
 Nate has been working so (SO, SO, SO) hard to get everything just right and it means so much to me.  He's not much of the outdoor type so this is not his element, which is a testament to his love for me.
 I love this goofy, silly, handsome boy! 

And here is some random growing veg.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Happy Birthday, Joshua

Our sweet Joshy boy turned one a few weeks back.  I cannot begin to express what a joy this sweet boy is.  He is a loving, sweet, happy, fun, adorable guy and we are so grateful he's a part of our family.

Every time I get my camera out I wish I got it out more.  There are a lot of reasons why I don't take as many pictures this time around.  One being things are more busy with three but another is I don't want to.  It's not that I don't want to remember these moments.  It's quite the opposite.  I know how fast this time goes by and I want to be in the moment.  I want to feel and savor and enjoy all of these feelings because, soon enough they are off and running and don't need me so much.

And suddenly, he's one.

New Lense

Nate got me a new camera lens for my birthday.  Actually, he got me two.  I wish I had more time to play with them but three little boys and rainy weather have been making that a little difficult.  Here are a few pictures that I did get to take when our fruit trees were in bloom.