Thursday, May 23, 2013

Scarecrows!


This is the unfinished product, but here's the latest fun project for the kids.

Jeremy took plywood and traced the kids figures on them, added some spikes on Haiden's head and pigtails on Hannah's head, cut them out with a jigsaw, and VOILA! Their own custom made scarecrows.

Next up is painting them (they decided they want to paint them with chalkboard paint so they can draw on them and change it up.  If it scares any birds away from the garden, I will be shocked.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Too many canvas bags on hand?

Have a small yard and no place to put a garden? A yard that consists of clay and rocks (mine) or a yard that is unsuitable for a good garden?

I can't claim this is my idea, but while sitting in the waiting room at the eye doctor's the other day, I came across a great idea for using canvas bags (you know, the ones you're supposed to be using for your groceries instead of plastic, but keep forgetting to bring with you or leave in your trunk every time?). Grow a garden in them!

I thought this was an excellent idea. Not only is it portable so you can move it from place to place to follow the sunshine, but it also fits in very small spaces so even if you have a small yard and no room or just plain old can't get a garden to grow in your yard you can still have your garden!

Today, I planted 3 different kinds of lettuce and some salvia and chamomile. I have seeds for more herbs and am going to try some other vegetables as well after I see how well my first round turns out. Of course, I don't want to use all my canvas bags--I need something for groceries too--but at about 99 cents a pop, they cost far less than many of the planters I've bought in the past so well worth buying more if it works out.

Next up, hay bale planting! I must give that a try too.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Larry


I promised myself we would not get another dog until we were 100% sure of where we were going to be living for the next few years at least, but alas another promise to myself has been broken.
A warm welcome goes out to Larry...the newest member of our household. We can't quite figure out what he is exactly, but he is definitely part chocolate lab with who knows what else. He is for sure less than 3 years old and already I would guess he's about 130 pounds or so. He has been living in Jeremy's co-workers' garage for the past month or two and the entire neighborhood has apparently been taking care of him and feeding him, so he's pretty hefty and appears to be in good health for a "stray." The odd thing is that you can tell he has lived in a home before and was obviously taught quite good manners and tricks. He sits, stays, rolls over, will lie down, come, etc. all on command, which is better than some dogs in this house who have been obviously living in the lap of luxury too long.
Jeremy brought him home this afternoon and he has been amazingly calm and great with both dogs and kids, so that's an instant plus. Another bonus is he has not yet peed or pooped on anything inside yet, another huge bonus. Downfall...we did find he likes stuffed animals just like Lucille, so we'll have to be on extra double super guard for all stuffed items in the house. Within the first few minutes of him being in the house, he ate a foam ball whole and then ate a ping-pong ball-sized rock outside. Guess the poor guy's not used to eating normal food just yet. These above items were just recently puked up on my kitchen floor. Blech. I am hoping he will eat normal food soon.
So...a big howdy ho to Larry. Heck, if we can't have a baby, a dog is next best, right? :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!






This years, we found a great town to do our trick-or-treating in, Woodbury, where they shut the streets down to traffic, the town really does things all out, lots of decorating, almost every house was "open" so there was none of the husual having to walk blocks just to get to a house that was participating. It reminded me of movies where they show the cute little town with the happy children running all over the place trick-or-treating. Seriously. It was like stepping back in time and seemed a little surreal, but it was a great time for us all.
Haiden wanted to be Mario for some unknown reason since we don't have Mario anything, but whatever. He had fun and it was fun for him to see other little boys dressed up the same when we were out. Hannah wanted to be Astrid from "How to Train a Dragon" which was quite fitting for her personality, and she had a great time doing her tough Viking poses.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Happy Birthday to Haiden---a month late!






Wow. Am I a bad mama or what? Of course we celebrated Haiden's 7th birthday this year, but I have failed to document it to share with the rest of our family and friends.

Haiden was so worried that he wouldn't have a birthday this year since he wouldn't be able to have the normal family/friend party, but we reassured him that would not be the case.

On July 28, his actual birthday, we celebrated by letting him pick out the meals for the day which consisted of lots of processed food, including his all-time faves, mac & cheese and chicken nuggets. He wanted an ice cream cake from DQ, so that took care of the cake. He picked out a tye dye one because, for some reason, he said it was really cool despite the fact that it was kind of purple and had kind of girly colors in it. But again, he wanted it, so he got it.
He got lots of presents in the mail from grandmas and grandpas and cards from family, which he had a great time opening in the evening. Lots of Legos, so he was in heaven.
Saturday, we took a trip to the Chattanooga Aquarium, as he had requested we go there for his birthday.
Some 7-year-old favorites:
~LEGOS. He is obsessed with them. He plays with them morning, noon, and night, reads about them, draws plans for them in his notebooks, and designs "sets" all day long. To be honest, I'm quite sick of them and now that he has little sister almost equally obsessed, I'm going nuts.
~Reading. He is working on the Harry Potter series and I am happy we found a series that will take a long, long time finally. I am going to have to check out the later books though, because I hear they get pretty dark and scary towards the end. We may have to cut it off early.
~Anything science related.
~Fave foods: Mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, cheeseburgers, fruit shakes, and bananas.
~47-1/4 inches and 40 pounds. He is very proud of this and wanted to make sure I put this in here. Plus, it helps me keep track of how they are growing, so what the heck.
~He also wants me to put on here that he has lost 3 teeth and has one that is loose.





Sunday, August 29, 2010

New theme!

I am not sure about the new peacock theme I have going on here. I let Hannah choose any design she wanted for the background here, and this is what she chose. That girl loves peacocks!
New design goes with new direction I'll be taking here starting whenever I have a chance to get on here and write....more of a chronicle of our daily life so family/friends can keep up with us and see what's going on now that we are further away, but same old, same old as usual.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Butterflies everywhere!



Over the past few days, our backyard, which is surrounded by a field and woods with wildflowers and grasses, has become flooded with butterflies. The kids are amazed by how many they are and we spent nearly an hour this afternoon watching them. Lucille chased them and tried to eat them, but I'm happy to report she did not get any. The kids suggested we become "nature photographers" so we grabbed the camera and got a few shots in. Our next step is to pull out our handy dandy butterfly book and identify these little beauties!