In lieu of a CSA share, I had Jon build me a raised-bed garden this year.
We have really bad soil, and I'm not that great of a gardener, so I decided to start small. This garden is 4x4, and has one row of green beans, 1 row of (4) tomato plants, 4 colored bell pepper plans in the center, and 1 mound each of squash and zucchini. We will see if anything grows, as the tomato starters were a little sad from the outset.
This piece was chosen to represent Grafton Elementary in the Stafford County Fine Arts Festival last month. I'm not sure how many kids were featured, but we thought Michael did a pretty good job for a kindergartner.
We (meaning Jon) figured out what's wrong with the dishwasher.
If you look inside the dishwasher at the round black coil, you will see that it is bent downward. The heating element got bent and actually melted a hole in the bottom of the dishwasher. Jon is trying to work some magic with epoxy and caulk, so we will see if it works, but until then... dishpan hands.
Our farmer's market is not too far, so we stop in often. Today, we got the starter plants for our garden, and I planted it tonight. It's just a small raised-bed garden, since I have had poor success in gardening in the past, so we will see what comes of it. Pics to follow.
3 kiddos helping me with pepper plants
As I was paying for our goods, I caught this little stinker pilfering strawberries from a container. The lady said it was no big deal and didn't make me pay for the couple that he ate, which was very kind of her. David downed the strawberries, stem and all. Must've been pretty hungry.
The PTA at Michael school has a fundraiser every year to raise money for technology in classroom. The kids had a great time at Grizzly Fest, with moon bounces, booths, games, shows, and all sorts of cool kid things.
Michael the Great Sphinx
David needed in on the action, too.
The Stafford County Sheriff's Dept did some motorcycle stunts, which were quite cool.
We came right from Michael's t-ball game, thus the uniform.
In my haste to not lose a kid or 3 in the crowds, I didn't get too many pictures, but we sure did have a fun time.
I am involved with an organization called Community Bible Study, which is a year-long study through a passage of the Bible. The kids have a correlating study, and have been working through memorizing scriptures, learning Bible songs, and studying the Word.
Kate was pretty excited to share a little of what she learned this year in CBS (and maybe a little more than excited when she noticed Daddy in the crowd and started waving non-stop). So excited, in fact, that she could barely keep her dress down...
And he went in the potty tonight! I've been introducing the potty to him for familiarity and giving him opportunities to sit a few times a day (when he gets a diaper change), but with no expectations. He definitely earned a couple chocolate chips for that one!
God blessed us with a sweet, precious girlie girl in the midst of boys.
She bring so much joy and sweetness to our home. She's not afraid of worms, but she will be digging them in a flowery skirt.
Kate also adores art and writing. Kate wishes more than anything that she could write. She sounds out words and writes notes quite a bit, but she gets frustrated that she isn't good at it yet. She can often be found with chalk in hand while writing phonetic words all over the deck.
She leaves no surface unbeautified.
Jon brought home an amaryllis for Kate, and she thinks it's the most wonderful thing ever. She even labeled the space around the flower "Kates EMRILIS." I'm not sure if Kate adores anything more an flowers. She seriously LOVES flowers.
Michael has entered a new stage of reading- stealing daddy's mini-tablet (that he uses for work) to download (approved) books from the library.
Michael is committed to reading ALL of the Magic Tree House books, if he can get his hands on them. They are currently his favorite, as Michael dreams of traveling and wants to know about everything everywhere (which, from what I am told, is a lot like his Daddy was as a kid).
The play room has undergone a transformation in recent days.
(notice David peering out the window)
We got new (to us- thanks, Craigslist) furniture, a TV (with soon-to-be hidden wires), and... wait for it... a Wii!! The kids had $45 saved, and a friend just *happened* to have a Wii system that they were getting rid of for just that price (We're SO thankful for their generosity!!)
So now, how do I keep this from taking over? I was thinking that, since the kids earn computer time with chores, maybe they could get Wii minutes by reading. I'll have to figure all that out. Suggestions?