Fruits of our Labor

Last year my gardening attempts mostly failed.  I had some flowers take off, but many of my endeavors did not pay off, and I blame some of that on too little time and too many plants to care for.  This year I decided to just skip planting an actual garden and we’re focusing more on updating our general landscaping a bit.  I let the kids pick some flowers for the front and to put in pots (I grabbed mint and marigolds as I always do), and thankfully, they are all thriving!  We came back from vacation to find major growth and our first strawberry!

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It’s been really fun checking on the flowers with both kids, but especially Enzo because he seems to “get it.”  He loves to look for more strawberries and the squash he picked out is going nuts, and I think I’ll need a bigger pot.  Watching the kids eat their first strawberry off the vine has me excited to grow food next year.

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With luck it’ll also make them more likely to try the different fruits and veggies that they’ve helped plant and grow.  This year we just got busy and I decided to make time for other things.  Perhaps next year we’ll actually fix up the raised beds and add some chicken wire to keep out pests.

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Holy Productivity, Batman!

Sometimes I think we must be a tad crazy.  As if coming back from vacation and trying to get small kiddos back on schedule wasn’t hard enough, we also decided to drastically rearrange our house this weekend.  Madness, but it seems like it will be worthwhile madness.  All of this moving meant I needed another bookshelf, so we ended up at IKEA where Enzo got very excited about a small loft bed.  More excited than we’ve seen him over anything in a long time, so we decided to get it for him in the hopes that bedtime would become easier.  For the first time in weeks, he slept in his bed the entire night.  If this trend continues, the bed will have been worth every single penny.

All in all it made for a very busy weekend, though, and the kids are still off from vacation.  Enzo had a rough preschool drop-off and Phoebe got clingy as well, so I’m just hoping we can get everyone back into their normal routine this week.  I’m really glad we have a 3 day weekend coming up as I feel like every night this week is going to be filled with busy work as I finish moving books and toys around and finally get photos from our trip off my camera, and about a million other tiny little projects.  We do, however, plan on getting out this upcoming weekend and relaxation and fun will be a must.

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Friday Funday!

We are back (and very tired) from a long (but very fun) trip.  Pictures to come, but the kids did so good. I think the worst tantrum was actually when we got home. Ha ha!  This definitely has us excited for more trips in the future.  In the meantime, some trailers for some movies I’m looking forward to!

I’m just getting ready to read this finally!

Should be a fun one!

Could also be a fun one…

And because Honest Trailers are awesome.

Just your local crazy cat lady…

This summer really needs to slow down so we can have time to fully enjoy it.  As it is I feel like we have a million things I want to do and weekends are filling up.  There’s also the bug problem too. On our walk the other day I noticed a lot more mosquitoes out and about and while they didn’t seem to bother the kiddos, I had several bites within a few minutes and had to pick up the pace.  Time to bust out the various bug repellants and hope we can use our yard this summer since we weren’t able to last year.  I think Uzi will also be glad if we’re out in the yard more often.

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We’ve only taken Uzi out on a leash a couple of times so far, but he seems to enjoy it.  He’ll enjoy it even more now that we planted a few things outside.  Not surprisingly, some of our dog loving neighbors have pointed and laughed a bit, but it doesn’t bother me.  It gets Uzi some fresh air and lets him roll around in the grass.  I’d love to let him roam free, but we live way too close to a busy road and there are way too many loose dogs in the neighborhood and too few cat people.

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Unfortunately Uzi will just have to enjoy being outside on a leash and watching birds from inside the house.  There’s a bird feeder right outside my office window and I know there are birds out when I can see his butt twitching behind the curtain and can hear him start to chatter.  Ha ha.  No bird would be safe if I let him out.  Keep the dream alive, Uzi!  Maybe one day you’ll get out of the house unattended and wreak havoc on our bird community.

The Chaos of Four…

While watching 4 kids at once can be a tad chaotic, I can also see how some people get to a certain point and decide they might as well have more kids because adding one more doesn’t change things that much.  That being said, we have no plans to have more children, but we did trade babysitting with my sister-in-law and her husband about a month ago and got to experience a bit of the craziness parents with larger families do on a regular basis.

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I think the key to having so many kids is to not have too many under the age of 3.  Once they’re over 3 they aren’t as reliant on naps and don’t turn into terrors if they miss said nap, also they basically just take care of themselves so you can keep a closer eye on the smaller ones.

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Also, you’d think that with more kids you would need more toys, but in the fact the opposite is true.  If you think one or two kids can destroy a room fast, you should see what four can do in half that time.  Before you know it you have tiny cars imbedded in your feet and even the children are stuck in limbo afraid to move because each step brings pain.

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Thankfully children are easily amused, and watching a neighbor mow the lawn can be called entertainment.  With luck, the children will also play nicely together in which case you’ve found the golden ticket because you don’t need to spend half your time refereeing.  Phoebe still got a little jealous at times, but she’s pretty easily distracted.

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It also helps that if she’s tired enough she won’t fight it and will just crash.  I cannot even express just how much of a gift this is.  Sure, it has its downside like when you’re trying to get her to stay up just a little longer so her afternoon nap isn’t completely shot and she collapses on the stairs or in her chair, but for the most part it’s magical.  With Enzo, the stars have to align and angels need to sing for him to take a nap anywhere out of the norm. Hey, you can’t luck out with every kid, right?

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Truly, though, it was nice for the kids to fully wear themselves out with their cousins.  They were all go-go-go and had a lot of fun (we did too).  Granted, it’s always nice to settle everyone down for a movie and quiet time too. Ha ha!

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Especially that big kid in the back… he’s a trouble maker.