Garden: Take 1

April 16, 2014

Here she is… our first family garden.

We are taking it easy this year and ‘testing’ out some things. For example, we planted both seed pods and plants.  We’ll see what grows the best and how long it takes for both to bear fruit.

We did a variety of plants – a couple cherry tomatoes, golden tomatoes, beefy tomatoes, etc.  We also put in my favorites, basil and cilantro – love having fresh herbs – along with cucumbers, a pepper plant, a strawberry plant and a melon plant (I think it was honeydew or cantaloupe -not sure how the melon plant got in our cart, I guess my special helper Landon picked that one on his own.) :)

We were lucky enough to score a raised bed garden with a sprinkler system when we bought the house. The former owners had a little green thumb and let me know of all the great things they planted. I hope they don’t have high expectations upon their return visits to see friends in the neighborhood – I’m sure they’ll be sorely disappointed!

Prep was relatively easy – Dean raked out the bed, then I went with the kids and laid everything out and then we planted it all and watered it.


And don’t worry about any Mother of the Year awards for doing this garden activity with my kiddos… I only yelled at them 5,426 times during the installation of these plants. Good grief I can be anal during some of my projects.


(S)he sees you when you’re sleeping…

April 15, 2014

SleepB sleepL

Yes, I am that creepy mom who loves to watch her little boys sleep.  I know it’s weird. But it’s also when they are the most adorable, precious little things.

There is no talk back. There is no running away from me. There is no disobedience.  There is no parenting fail – yet again.  Nope, when they are sleeping they could easily be mistaken for the World’s Most Angelic Creatures.

Usually fresh from shower time and snuggled in their jammies with blankies and puppy/Chubby tucked in appropriately.  It is my favorite part of the day.  I reminisce the days when they were little 10 lb things, and reflect on how quickly they are growing. I think about the huge responsibility I have as their mommy.  And I thank God for the blessing of these two perfectly hand-picked additions to our family.

(P.S. I know, how dare I shine the bright flash in Brooksie’s face when he was in his deep REM cycle. I’m a crazy mom, I tell you!)



Spring Likes and Dislikes

April 14, 2014

We are full bore into Spring in the Carolinas.  I always love the reminder of this time of year – of rebirth and starting fresh. It’s a time for me to come out of the hibernation I am in in January and February (the post-Christmas self-induced coma).

While I was running, I was thinking of the things I love about Spring. And the things I’m ‘over already’.

Longer days – more sunshine outside and the ability to run after work because it isn’t dark until after 8pm!

Temperatures – I love this time of year, jeans and tshirts or shorts and a long sleeve. I love the brisk chill of the morning and the warm afternoon breeze of the day.

The sky – I think the sky is especially blue this time of year. Maybe I notice it more because the dreariness of winter has passed but I always love the sky and the sunsets I get to see on my way home from work.

Treat weather – Spring is the perfect time of year for fro yo outside or ice cream pops on the back patio.

Outside playtime – My kids love coming home from school and still having daylight to ride their bikes or push their lawnmower like daddy.

Tulips – my favorite flower is out in full force right now.  Whenever I see tulips, it always reminds me of my wedding day bouquet – which makes me smile. That was an awesome day!

Grilling out – At least once or twice a week, Dean is out grilling some meat for dinner. Grilling out is one of the best parts of this new spring weather!


ALREADY OVER IT – There are already a few  “Springtime things” that I can’t wait to be done with.

Pollen and allergies – done already. My big baby boy is so irritated he’s on 5 different allergy meds right now. His eyes are swollen shut in the morning and we are showering him multiple times a day to help relieve the itch.  It breaks my heart for him and I cannot wait until we aren’t covered in the yellow stuff each day.

The little green bugs that dangle from the trees – I’m not sure what they are called (maybe silkworms?), but when I’m out running, I run through their sticky dangly strings all the time. It’s like running through spiderwebs constantly. Disgusting!  After my run this weekend, I came home to find three little worms crawling all over my body – Yuck!

Yellow everything – to tie into #1, I’m ready for my car and other outdoor items to stay clean for more than a few hours. Even after the rain, there is no doubt that the yellowness will be back with a vengeance.

What are your favorite/least favorite things about Spring?



Worth Celebrating

April 11, 2014

If you’re like me, there are times when you forget to celebrate the small stuff.  The little highs in your days and weeks that make them better.  Sometimes I get so focused on the big things that I forget to love the little things that happen each day.

Today I am celebrating…

- a husband who has been extra helpful around the house lately.  Dishes magically washed.  I leave the house with dirty floors and come back to freshly mopped floors.  With no prompting from me.  This is my love language and I love it.

- getting into my running grove. I think I ran 7 out of the last 11 days.  That hasn’t happened in a long time.  Dean has even pushed me to get out there on a couple of the days that I was extra stressed or ‘fell out of the mood’ to go. Running has put me in my happy place lately.

- kids who have been sleeping so well this week.  While they may be grouchy by the end of the day, I can celebrate that they are going down so quickly and easily. Brooks has been in bed by 7pm multiple times this week (usually he goes down around 7:45).  I know they need the sleep and I love sneaking in and watching them sleep so peacefully for a few minutes each night.

- a little boy who is LOVING extra responsibility like showering and dressing himself each day.  It gives me some hands-off time when wants to do it by himself.

- Landon practicing both patience and not-whining when he can’t get something done. It makes me happy to see him work hard on it.

- Brooks remembering to say the prayer (and starting it before we all even get to the table) at dinner time.

- extra money in our paychecks, which means funds for some of the house projects we’ve been holding off on.

- the snuggles and cuddles I get with my two boys sitting in my lap reading “Dinosaurs Love Underpants” each night at bedtime.

- all of the fun things we have planned for this weekend (garden, coloring eggs, possible home decorating)

- and a countdown to Easter – only a week away!  I can’t wait to go to Elevation, hunt eggs, eat ham and hang out with family.  It’s one of the best parts of Spring!


Planning our garden

April 10, 2014

When we moved into our new house last fall, one of the cool things about it was this cute raised bed garden they had installed.  It’s about 5′ x 5′ and I am super excited about it.

I’ve always thought when we moved out of our townhouse that I’d like to grow some stuff outside.  (At the townhouse I tried some planters of tomatoes the first two years, but the results were ‘meh’!)

Since October, the kids have been asking if it’s time for us to dig in our garden and plant stuff.  Well, it’s finally time and they are thrilled!

I’m thinking we’ll do a variety of tomatoes (especially the cherry tomatoes), cucumber, basil, mint and maybe one or two other things.  I also think it would be cool to plant some ‘non foods’ in there, like a cute bush or two so the raised bed doesn’t look so empty in the ‘off season’.  I’d love some kind of berries, but nothing too large.  Any ideas out there for what I should add that will grow well in this Carolina spring/summer?!

Any other gardening tips I should think about?


Landon Says: Marriage

April 8, 2014

This weekend in the car, Landon looked at me in the rear view mirror and said, “Mom, Harleigh said she wants to marry me.”

I just looked back at him via the mirror as he continued, “and I want to marry Harleigh.” (Harleigh, his BFF cousin – just turned 4.)

I was a little shocked because I don’t remember ever talking to him about getting married and what it entails. I wanted to find out what he knew.  He just turned 4, so I figured I had a little more time before I explained what a marriage is.

“Bubba, what does that mean?  What happens when you get married?”
“Not MARRIED, mom, I said MARRY.” He corrected me.
“Ok, when you and Harleigh marry, what does that mean?” I asked.
“Oh, that means I am going to be babysitting her a lot,” he clarified.

This little boy is growing up faster than I can keep up with.


Parenting “It’s”

April 7, 2014

Parenting is a lot of things.  You don’t really understand the extent of it until you are knee deep in diapers and covered in baby throw up. You think you’re prepared, and then they come along and it’s harder and better and crazier than you could have expected.

It’s loving your kids more than you could ever love yourself.

It’s understanding what your parents were telling you all those years ago when you were a child.

It’s heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.

It’s oh so fun. and it’s oh so messy.

It’s chaos – sometimes controlled and sometimes uncontrolled.

It’s looking back and seeing how fast it’s already gone.

It’s anxiety producing when you think about the parenting that is to come – teenage years!

It’s eye opening.  You’ll never read a news article about a ‘bad parent’ the same way again.  It hits your core deeper than ever.  It makes you want Jesus come back tomorrow.

It’s seeing your partner in a new way – the best side of them. The compassionate, sweet, soft side of your mate.  It takes your partnership to another level.

It gives you a new purpose.  A focus on the little things.  A different vantage point.

It overtakes your calendar.  With activities and playdates, sports and fun.

It puts a lot of the little things into perspective.

It’s the most wonderful challenge I’ve ever been tasked with.  Some days, I want to curl in a ball and hide in my closet.  Other days, I want to shout from the roof how much I love being a mom and spending time with my two crazies.

Parenting – it’s a lot of “it’s”.



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