Friday, April 17, 2015

This Moment

Playing along with Amanda today... in her words: 

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Some Days...

Some days you just need to stop at the park and stay a while... and some days you do and end up getting the whole park to yourself. So you try everything, you take your time, and you just hang out. Because some days it's hard being four years old... especially when being four means you have to go and get four shots in your thighs first thing in the morning.

So you try hard to be tough and brave, you do awesome, and you get the whole park to yourself... and some days Mama even lets you decide when it's time to leave...

...and so- some days- you play hard until you almost fall asleep on the swings.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Walk Through the Garden, April 14th

Ah, what amazingness a good rainy day brings to a garden! My little leafy babies were looking a little tired and thirsty... every-other-day seemed to come with promises of rain, but when the clouds built up and spilled over they always seemed to miss us... until today!

Such a nice crop of Bermuda grass in the paths, right?

After waiting a month and then some I gave up on my eggplant seeds and bought
starts at our local nursery- we're trying ichibans this year!

So many beets!


Looks like I have some powdery mildew in my little zucchinis already. I think I may just
pull up the infected plant since it seems to be mostly contained to the one in the middle.

My grape vine, full of leaves!

How funny that it only takes a long winter to make me forget about the struggles of the last growing season... when I walk out in the garden all I see is potential. It won't be long before my photos include more troubles, like squash bugs (I've already killed a handful creeping here and there), aphids, and whatever else... but for now, wouldjya look at all that green? Love.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Right Now

Right now, I'm loving a weekend that saw...

...a duo-dino party with Pappy.

...a crowd that was just right, and a party that lasted just long enough.

...white chocolate dino fossils, edible rocks, and no chocolate frosting on any of the furniture!

...surprise sparkler candles and every waking moment with this hat.

...French toast for breakfast, windows open, and an overnight visit from Aunt KK.

...lots of hugs and windblown wild hair.

...a little brute landscaping, some trees uprooted and burned, and two new rose bushes in the front!

...lots of good helping.
Right now it's cool, rainy, and quiet. I'm embarrassed to admit how wiped out I am after the yard work we did yesterday (and maybe the party had a little to do with it, too), and I plan on spending this afternoon flipping through some fresh library books and having a second cup of coffee... and maybe making fried chicken for dinner.

Yep, that should catch me back up to things.

Wishing all a happy Monday!

Friday, April 10, 2015

This Moment

Playing along with Amanda today... in her words: 

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Makin' It Happen

"So what are you going to do with yourself when both kids are in school?"

It's a question I'm asked a lot (and one I ask myself, too) lately... and I always draw a blank.

I only have one more year to figure out what the answer is... one more year before Henry goes to Kindergarten and I'm left with the majority of my day to myself.

I've had quite a plethora of helpful suggestions from people offering what they would do in my place:

"You should sell real estate."
"Why don't you go back into the (social work) field?"
"You could offer to watch other peoples' kids."
"I'd just sleep in and play video games all day."

Well, thanks friends, but if I'm being honest my heart is starting to speak up, and what it's asking for is none of the above.

Remember when I wrote about the daydreams I was having right after moving to our new place? Well, with the realization of our garden and chicken coop, I was not pacified but rather I found myself feeling further fueled.

With every consideration of another bureaucratic nine-to-fiver and the juggling game I'd have to play to maintain school schedules and home, a voice deep down started nagging- I don't want to be part of the mainstream. I don't want a traditional job. I don't want to have to leave my home to find a way to contribute to my family's well being...

Y'all, I want a productive, marketable hobby farm.


And during the car ride down to be with our families this past Easter weekend, I finally worked up the guts to say it out loud.

You know what the hubs said?

"That's a great idea."

I don't know what I expected to hear, but his immediate support surprised me. Really, it shocked me. I felt the tingle of possibility charge all the way down to my toes, and in that instant I knew we could actually make it happen.

I still feel giddy even now, thinking about where to go from here. My five year plan is looking almost tangible... and my sights are set on my next step: bees! So the first weekend in May you'll find me headed to a crash course in beekeeping (I used this site to find the organization and class), and after that who knows? Maybe bees this year?


Maybe both kids in school and some time alone at home won't be so bad after all... and maybe I really do have something valuable to contribute to our family without having to look to the mainstream!

Scratch that... I know I do... and I can't wait to make it happen.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Henny-Benny Sweetboy turned four yesterday. We hung balloons, we went to the grocery store and he picked out all his favorite things for lunch (mac'n'cheese, corn dogs, mandarin oranges) and decided on a dinner menu (mac'n'cheese, corn-on-the-cob, green peas, cookies and ice cream). We made dino cookies (and frosted them), played with Pappy, drew with sidewalk chalk, rode scooters, opened presents and stayed up past bed time.

While tucking him in at the end of the day, he said, "Mama, I wish it could be my birthday every day... but a birthday like today. I had so much fun. I wuv you Mama."

Happy birthday, Bubba. We wuv you sooooooo much.