Thursday, May 30, 2013

Today is the Best Day of the Year

The first strawberries are ripe!  Although, there was one ripe yesterday, but no photographic evidence because I ate it in the garden.  These ones I shared.

Here are a few cute pictures from last week.

Just finished a bath.


What an outfit!

Ryder and I all dressed up at my cousin's wedding shower.

Emma sitting with her cousin and the bride-to-be at the shower.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

2 Months Old!

May 2013

Ryder is getting so big and he is starting to do all kinds of new things this month.  When he is on his stomach he can hold his head up for a few seconds and he can creep forward on his blanket.  He is moving his arms and legs every which way.  

He sleeps for longer at night (he made it to 6 hours once!) and he is awake for longer periods during the day and more interactive.  He now smiles at me and Janda and follows our movements with his eyes.  I even think he has laughed a couple of times!  

Unfortunately he has also started a rather unenjoyable therapy for his post surgery recovery this month, but at least all is progressing well, even if he isn't having fun!

He barely fits on his little pillow anymore and I've had to pack away newborn clothes!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Our Little Plot of Land

Despite some delays to the garden and yard work this year (ahem...Ryder!), we are getting things on track.  I may have to buy a few vegetables this year, but I got most everything in the ground or in the pot.  We have been cleaning up the yard like mad the past month- it's great to have 1/3 of an acre but the weeding is never ending!

Outside in the garden boxes I planted snow peas, shelling peas, 2 varieties of kale, 2 varieties of carrots, spinach, beets, 3 varieties of beans, corn and lettuce.  Inside in the window we have 6 varieties of tomato (which sadly may have been planted too late to make in into the garden this year), bell peppers, Jalapeno peppers, butternut squash, watermelon, pumpkin, zucchini, 2 varieties of cucumbers and brussell sprouts.  All in all, I'm pleased with how everything except the tomatoes are going, considering that everything was a month late (ahem...Ryder!).

The tropicals are inside- the squash type plants are doing great on the end, tomatoes not so much :(

The boxes look barren, but really all the veggies have just sprouted.

The strawberries I planted last year have spread and are doing awesome- 2 weeks til the first strawberry of the year?

The front and back yards are looking very tidy and our side lot is really coming along.  A lot of grass is growing and we have some bulbs and other flowers coming up.

A lovely orange-pink tulip in the front garden

Johnny-jump-ups are my favorite-this one is inconveniently located in the tomato box

 The alliums are just blooming

The bulbs come up in the strawberry patch that is our front garden

The strawberry patch goes the length of our yard

 The back of the house- we used gravel around the foundation

The side lot is tamed and turning very grassy