Thursday, March 15, 2012

Homeless Seeds

It's that time of year again...let the gardens begin! I'm in a bit of a pickle this year being that I'm not sure when I am going to get to plant my outdoor garden. We are still trying to get a closing date on our new home, but waiting on the buyers for our current home to close on theirs. This whole home-buying thing is relentless and complicated. We've gotten through inspections, not easily I might add, and appraisals are already complete. Now it's just a waiting game. We should know something from the bank in the next few days as to when we can close and move.  Anyway, despite being unsure when I can transplant the seedlings and where the garden will be positioned in my yard,  I planted. Well, the whole family did. We are suppose to plant in May here in WV, so March seems like a good tome to get everything going in little indoor greenhouses. Parker helped me last year while Graham napped. This year, we all took part in the sowing fun.

Parker planting the seeds last year that turned into a pretty nice harvest. He was only 3. I can't wrap my head around the fact that in 4 months, he'll be five.
 He was super excited to do it again this year. He takes sowing very seriously :)
 Can't believe Graham is old enough to help this year. Last year, all he wanted to do was uproot everything in sight.
 Parker was in charge of the little seeds which included sweet pepper, spinach, and carrots.
 Graham's duty was handling the big seeds which included beans, zucchini, and cucumbers.
My job was to make the holes for the seeds to go in. Such a talent, I am.

 I don't think Graham quite has the concept of a watering pail yet.

Let's hope that by the time these little seeds turn into seedlings and are ready to be planted in the ground, I have a perfect little place for them.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I remembered!

If you read my blog, you might recall this post last year around this same time where I explained how I forgot picture day for preschool. Well, I didn't forget this year! It may or may not have anything to do with the various alarms set on my phone or the friends who called to remind me or the bright bold notes all over my fridge. The point is, I remembered. Poor Parker. After I got him dressed in his non-cool clothes as he calls them, I made him take a picture. He hates mornings. His face is tight, he's serious, and grumpy as a badger. His eyes are barely open, but doesn't he look handsome? The funny thing is, I don't even like school pictures and only buy the smallest package for memory's sake. I'm just thankful I remembered and won't mess up the class picture with a kid in raggedy sweats. Maybe I'm starting to pull myself together as a mom. Haha. Probably not.

Doesn't this little beaver smile make you just want to kiss him?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Frosty Fun

We finally got some real snow at the beginning of last week. It's hard to believe since we were in shorts by the weekend. It wasn't forecasted, yet the snow came. Thankfully, too. We hadn't been able to even make a snowman with this years pathetic snowfall accumulations. Finally, we added a check mark next to one of our last winter activities. Make Frosty. Check!

 Graham's hat was always sideways from him making snow angels.
 He got caught eating snow.


It was fun, but truth be told, I'm not much for rolling around in the snow. That's why I waited for David to get home and take the boys out in the cold. I'm a baby. What makes me excited is the projected mid to upper 70's this week! Yes, please!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Yummy Necklace

While we were all trying to get through a nasty head cold last week, the boys and I were going nuts from being stuck in the house all day, every day. We were sick of each other and bored. Truth. I had pinned enough things on Pinterest to last me a year and the boys had played with all of their toys multiple times. I started pulling out activities for them to do so that I could ensure they would both still be alive by bedtime. One thing that turned out fun was making a food necklace for movie night. I bought a few foods with holes in them and grabbed some embroidery floss from my crafting desk and we were ready to go. Graham wasn't very good at it, but Parker was a pro. Though he won't admit his enjoyment in making jewelry, I think Daddy even have fun making the necklaces.  

The options are endless, but I was trying to keep the necklaces somewhat healthy and non-messy. I really wanted to put chocolate covered pretzels on it, but figured Graham would be covered in chocolate, therefore my living room would have been covered in chocolate if I did. The list of foods we used:

Cascadian farms fruit O's
Cascadian Farms chocolate O's
Gerber cookies
Gerber Pinwheels

Glad we are over the sickness and able to be out and about this week!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Helper

Last month was a wild one. Lots of stuff going on. I didn't blog much because I didn't really have time. While going through last months photos, I found these and thought they were cute enough to share. In a 10 day span, I made three cakes. I love to bake, but that was about enough for me. Graham was such a big helper and lent me a hand on his daddy's. It was a last minute thing and I only had and hour to whip something up while David and Parker were swimming at the Y. It wasn't pretty, but Graham and I had a blast making a mess and it tasted delish! Vanilla cake with strawberry filling and butter cream frosting.

Yes, he's on the oven. No, I didn't leave him at any point.
 Baking made him hungry.
 A little bit even got in the bowl.
Yes, I'm aware you're not suppose to let them do this.
He survived. And made sure to clean the handle.
 He didn't quite understand why wouldn't let him re-dip the spatula. My kids really did inherit my sweet tooth :)
 David was surprised and loved his little hot-mess-of-a-cake ;)
 I can't wait for the day that Graham bakes me a birthday cake! You think it will ever happen?