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More garden pics

I’m sure that I have posted similar pictures every year I have had this blog, but I feel that you can never have too many flower pictures =)

Enjoy!

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Life is changing…fast

Time is flying by and my little boy will be three on Wednesday!  My little girl is turning one next month and I am going back to school in June.  Yes, that’s right.  I got accepted to nursing school.  It is an accelerated program so it’s only 15 months, but I suspect that it is going to be a very busy and tough year and three months.  Needless to say, not only has this blog sort of taken a back burner already, but it will become even more so.

While I still have some time I have been teaching my boy (and my daughter who is constantly with me too) about gardening, plant growth and reproduction.  He has taken to it and has become very skilled at weeding and finding worms.  It is really great to see how much he loves the earth.  This year we made a trip to the nursery to buy plants for a planter.  His favorite color is yellow, so naturally he wanted only yellow plants.  I had to help him round out his color palate a bit, but it was a really great bonding moment.  I also found some time, especially with the amazing weather we’ve been having, to take some more pictures.

Enjoy, and I will write when I get a free moment

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Our first child who loves us more in the spring and summer when we are outdoors

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Our first apple blossoms!

A study in water droplets

As is usual in the Pacific NW, our sunny weather has been replaced with rain. It doesn’t bother me at all, and I rather welcome the rain because it means that we don’t have to run the sprinklers. I also love the beads of water that are left on the petals and leaves of flowers. Once again, I couldn’t resist trying to capture this beauty.
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Our Japanese Iris that I took from our previous house has bloomed this year. I love the slender and delicate flower. The water drops only add to its beauty.
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Baby and flowers

In case anyone was wondering, I finally had my baby. I felt like I was in labor, although I suppose it was technically pre-labor, for a week (so frustrating). We finally went in to the hospital to get checked out on my due date, but I was sent home (more frustration). A few hours later we returned and no sooner had I sat down on the table to be re-examined when my water broke (yippie). Five hours later (without an epidural) we had a beautiful baby girl. I love her to pieces and so does her big brother, which is a huge relief. You always hope that the older sibling is going to respond well to the new addition, but you never know for sure until it happens. Now we are just getting used to dealing with two children. Fortunately I am never down and out for long.

We were released from the hospital a couple of days later and I arrived home to find the garden blooming like crazy! The weeds were also growing like gangbusters, but I think I may just have to let that go for the moment. With baby in the front pack and big brother helping, we wandered the garden and took some pictures of what was blooming.

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Spring showers bring flowers

I am due to have this baby any day, so finding the energy to do more than take care of my son and myself is challenging.  Not to mention that I have also caught a cold.  Ugh.  As if pregnancy and a toddler weren’t draining enough.

This past weekend we had my son’s two-year birthday party.  Crazy, I know.  Fortunately my husband’s parents were visiting from out of town and were able to help.  With the extra hands I was able to get outside and take a couple of pictures.

Yay for spring flowers!

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Celebrating 100 posts

My last post was my 100th.  It seems like such an easy goal to begin with, but really, at least in my case, life caught up with me and I guess it is more work than you’d think.  As with birthdays, there wasn’t much fanfare on my end, which is really okay with me.  So with that being said, I will move on to what I am sharing today.

Flowers!  Our tulips bloomed on Easter this year and along with the amazing weather made it a beautiful day.  Buds are pushing, the early spring plants are blooming and I am so ready to be done with this pregnancy!  Despite the constant exhaustion and achy hips, I did manage to slip outside and take a few photos.

I hope you are enjoying the Spring blooms as much as I am!

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Anniversary

WordPress tells me it’s been 1 year since I started writing.  Has it really been a year, already?  I don’t even remember what prompted my decision to start this blog or what I was doing a year ago.

Recently I have been neglectful of this space.  Life has taken over and I find that I have such little time to write or take pictures.  I am due with our second child May 5 and I have been so much more exhausted than I ever was with my first pregnancy.  So far there have been no complications, unless you count a toddler who is on the verge of 2 and starting to assert his independence.  We have started trying to transition him to a toddler bed so that when the time comes we will be free to use the crib.  It has been a very trying and tiring experience as we seem to have a very strong-willed boy who loves test his boundaries.  Lets just say my patience has been tested often and I have had to find many interesting and often times creative ways to get him to go in the direction I would like.

In other news, my mom’s kidney is failing, again.  There are two major issues with this: one is that she has no more siblings which could be potential donors (she’s already had two previous transplants) and second because she got a liver from a non-relative several years back, her reactive antibodies are high.  This means that her odds of finding a match have become more difficult.  I will be tested, but since I am currently pregnant, I will be unable to donate for at least a year.  To compound the issue, recently she ended up in the hospital unable to walk.  After months of trying to figure it out, an MRI showed a major herniation of one of her spinal discs.  Needless to say it’s been a very hectic and at points, stressful few months.

With everything going on, my creative projects have taken a back seat.  I did manage to finish knitting a baby jacket and a cowl for myself.  Additionally, we recently purchased an apple tree and will be grafting a couple of different varieties onto it.  If I feel up to it, I will post pictures.

In other garden news, I pulled out several rose bushes, a honeysuckle, moved an arbor and strained my stomach muscles in the process.   So for now the most I am allowed to do in the garden is weeding and some light pruning.  However, it is looking a lot neater, albeit more bare, but eventually it will get filled in and not look so overgrown and overstuffed with plants.

That’s it for now.  Fortunately my son is still napping, so I can steal a few more moments of relaxation.

Happy Friday!

Veggie Garden Update

So apparently moving the bok choy outside wasn’t so good in the end. It bolted (flowered). Sigh. So now, I am back to square one. I think maybe I will try for a fall crop which means planting soon. Ah the things you learn by trying something.

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In other news, we have several tomatoes growing. Yay!

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End of July Beginning of August Blooms

We arrived home on Monday and I took one look at our garden and I knew that I needed to take some pictures. Only five days away and new blooms had arrived. Not to mention that it was already getting over-run with weeds. No matter, it has been fun to work outside and get to know the new plants that have bloomed.

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In vegetable garden news, we have tomatoes growing!

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Vegetable Garden Update

Originally I was going to try to grow everything indoors to prevent the pests from demolishing the plants. However, I quickly realized that they weren’t hardening off because the temperatures at night weren’t getting low enough. So, I revised my plan and moved them outside. I watched them, tended them, lost a few of them, and watched the ones that have survived grow strong.

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Our tomato sill doesn’t have any fruit yet, which has been a bit concerned. Also, a couple of my plants seem to have some bug friends, probably aphids.

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Does anyone have a good home remedy to get rid of them?

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