Thursday, April 03, 2014

Pedaling


Monday, Luke said "hey Mom, do you want to watch me ride a bike?" I had never seen him even try before, so of course I said yes. And low and behold, off he rode. He's pretty quick. Micah had a great time riding his scooter beside him and shouting encouragement. I was so surprised!

This is a good example of how Luke seems to work. He's not really into trying to learn things. He never spent time practicing labeling colors, then one weekend Luke decided they were relevant to him, and he spent two days identifying every color til he had it nailed and went on is merry way. Letters, numbers, counting and spelling have all been similar experiences. I am sure that working with Luke's style will be important in the future, and I'm interested to see how it works out.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Painting Hives

Our bees come in 2 days, and the final step was painting our hives. I vastly underestimated how enthusiastic a 5 year old and 3 year old would be when given free access to paint.


It only took about 5 minutes for paint to be flying everywhere, including covering my helpers. Paint spilled on the ground, footprints through the grass, Luke scooped out paint with his bare hands and spread it over the hives.




However, the end results are beautiful! I know our new colonies will be just as excited to build their home inside as we were to create art on the outside.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Growing


Luke and Ben posing for the camera. Ben stayed with us Saturday night while his mom and sister rested after birth.


Micah and Luke really enjoy baking. Often they work well together, and they're absolutely adorable. This day we made zucchini bread. I really like the recipe from The Smitten Kitchen. Mom gave me the cookbook for Christmas, and every recipe has been great!


Friday morning my little gentlemen needed OUT of the house! They were bouncing off the walls and each other. We went to the museum to play for a while.


This trip showed me a few things about how my guys have been growing up in the past few months. Their approach to the museum has changed. We could set a goal (bears) and get there without sideline distractions, we bypassed the farmyard, dinosaur trail and playground on the way. Each time I get to see a way they've matured it's exciting, humbling, surprising, and I want to slow them down!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Planting

There was a thirty second break in the weather yesterday, so we built a few garden beds and planted carrots, spinach, arugula, kale, peas and potatoes. I'm terrible at growing carrots. I don't know why. Obviously, or I'd fix it. I've also never grown potatoes before, this is an experiment.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Garden Expansion

I don't think I've ever started a garden bed the same way. We've built them out of bricks, tilled under the lawn and added dirt to it, built a wattle, I've used an old cabinet turned on its back and filled with dirt, and I'm starting to build the new ones by layering carboard and piling dirt and compost on top. And I still don't know what works best!


The two long rectangular beds perpindicular to the street are the ones we started 2 years ago. The wattle bed is off to their right. I used the cabinet and a wooden frame down by the street. I'm adding two beds in the near ground. I would like to add yet another to the right of the wattle, but we'll see how much time we really end up having.


This year I decided to start seedlings again. Two years ago I started tomatoes and peppers. They didn't do very well and were too weak to produce really. Last year I just bought seedlings. However, I also spent all of last year looking for ground cherry seedlings. The seed catalogues make them sound amazing! None of the farmers around me have them, and the farmers back home said they do, but they don't raise them to sell. They also said ground cherries are so good that's why they don't sell them! And then I figured if I'm setting up grow lights anyway, I might as well start tomatoes, tomatillos, and wonderberries too.

Starting seeds was off to a strong start. Then I discovered I had a mouse in the house, and that mouse likes to eat sprouts. I was LIVID. It took 2 weeks and a couple different kinds of traps, but I caught the sucker. Traditional old snap traps with chocolate chips for bait worked great. So my seedlings are about 2 weeks behind where I'd planned, but they're still going I think we'll have plenty. At least the weather is so gross and cold I don't feel too bad about being behind.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Kindergarten


It's time to register for kindergarten! Hard to believe that 6 years ago I was just finding out I was pregnant, now this tall kid is getting another molar, rocking at soccer, and has a loose tooth. We have a magnet system in our county, and Mike and I liked a STEAM school nearby. It's STEM plus art. I think it'll work well for the interests of both kids. Our neighborhood school doesn't have the greatest reputation, but it seems to be on the upswing. They have a new principal, a renovated campus, and a great sense of community. However, we felt with the science and math emphasis at the other school, it would hit where Micah would enjoy "extra".