Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Garden 2011


Last year we planted our first garden. Grandpa Jim was nice enough to lend us some of his yard.  In the fall, he was nice enough to enlarge the space. We started working in the garden on Sunday.  Of course, we weren’t able to do it last week when it was nice & warm outside.  We did some tilling.  Nick & I helped pick up sticks in Grandpa Jim’s yard while we waited to start planting.  We planted 4 rows of peas, 2 rows of potatoes, a row of onions and 12 asparagus plants.  Last year our peas didn’t grow (I think we put them in too late).  We are trying potatoes and onions for the first time.  The asparagus is a first as well and was a request from Bean.  I think we are done until the middle of May now.  We have corn, watermelon, pumpkin, cantaloupe, bush green beans, carrots, cucumbers and radishes to plant. We’ll buy tomato, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and pepper plants. Maybe I’ll try some sweet potatoes again.  Last year we had some “friends” eat the sweet potato, broccoli, cauliflower & lettuce plants.  We are putting up a little fence/barrier this year.  There should also be a strawberry harvest this year. If not, I’m going to be mad!  We planted like 75 strawberry plants last year and they are supposed to bear fruit this year.  Anyone have any tips for planting pumpkin seeds?  Ours did not grow last year.  I’m hoping that maybe I just waited too long to get them in the ground.  If you’ve got any gardening tips, let me hear them!

My first time running a tiller:


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Jim helping with tilling:


Fresh tilled earth…yum:


Scott hoeing us a row for onions:


Nick & I planting onions:

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Jim getting potatoes ready to plant & Scott planting peas:

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The strawberry patch is just on the other side of Jim:


Putting in the potatoes:

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The asparagus:

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Nick throwing down some fertilizer:


Monday, March 28, 2011

St. Patty’s Day


Emmy & I had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day.


Emmy colored while I unloaded & loaded the dishwasher:

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Then she painted @ the easel for the first time:

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Then it was bath time:

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Then we took a walk to visit G’ma @ work and Aunt Pam, who was recovering from surgery:


This is what she looked like when we finally made it home:

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My 1st Dinner Party


I was chosen through House Party to host a Philadelphia Cream Cheese First Taste party for their new line of cooking cream.  I made a Tuna Noodle Casserole and a Broccoli & Chicken Casserole.  I also made Crock-Pot cheesy potatoes & creamed corn. I also had French Pudding Dessert.  I think everyone had a nice time.  The most important thing is that no one got sick!  I actually prayed about that before hand!

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Afterwards, we decided to play Wii bowling.  We had a couple first timers :)  Emmy Jo really got into cheering for everyone.  And Emmy finally – FINALLY – made up to Uncle Justin.  For some reason she always cried with him.  But he he discovered the key to her heart – ice.  He even took her over to Mom’s to get some crushed ice from their fridge.

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Thanks for coming everyone!!  So, who’s going to host the next dinner party??

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It’s March Already?

I haven’t been very good at blogging this winter.  There hasn’t been much to write about.  My life has, for the most part, been in a winter of it’s own.  Barren and cold.  Yep, I’m ready for spring!  I have a feeling that after about Sunday you, my faithful few readers, will get tired of seeing me highlighted in the blog feed. 

So I wanted to highlight some of the progress I’ve done on my 31 goals.  Not much, but I think that reflects the season of winter.  If bears can hibernate, why can’t we? (lol)  I watched five new movies: Play The Game, Dinner for Schmucks, A Christmas Carol, Letters to God and Charlie St. CloudPlay The Game was actually better than I thought it would be. It has Andy Griffith in it and it’s all about him dating in a nursing home and his grandson giving advice.  Dinner for Schmucks was hilarious!  I watched it twice in one day – once by myself and then @ Mom’s after I convinced them to watch it.  If you haven’t seen it, you must!  A Christmas Carol was the animated Jim Carrey version.  I didn’t like it much and probably only finished it because I was finishing up a bottle of wine as I watched.  Letters to God & Charlie St. Cloud were both good.

I read three books…a novel that I can’t find the title of, Refuel by Doug Fields & when God writes your love story by Eric & Leslie Ludy.  I have plans for lots of reading during the next 40 days. I was also recommended a couple C.S. Lewis books to read, so I’m hoping to squeeze them in.

Here’s something funny to leave you with:

Yoda Emmy

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The Karate Emmy

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(She’s actually doing a Karate chop in this picture. I also taught her to bow to the Sensei and to kick like Elvis.)

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