Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Field

One of the reasons I love my neighborhood is the jewel tucked away behind the street up from mine. If you go behind their alley, you run into the backside of the Rowlett Creek Preserve Bike Trails! There’s a wonderful field there that is great for nature walks (our science curriculum) and for other things like shooting off rockets with Dad!

Sure wish I could build a house right in the middle of this place! God certainly had me in mind when He placed us here.  🙂

There’s even a couple of pecan trees and some edible berries growing through there! And, when there’s not a lot of fast mountain bikers shooting through, we can even venture down to the trails by the creek!

I’m definitely a land lover, and dream of a big yard, but this right here makes up for it! Its a boy’s paradise!

Gardening Time Already!

So, after Christmas I decided to check out my gardening chart (best thing ever!) and apparently its time to start getting the garden ready for veggies! Ah! So, we headed outside today to do some tillin’. Nothing better than hands on learning to count for science! We saw earthworms and these funny looking beige millipede worms with pinchers on their butts. Not sure if they were millipedes or not…

It’s nice to have boys who don’t mind getting in the dirt! Ethan said, “I can till it Mom! I like working in the garden. I wanna be a gardener one day.” Caleb was just happy I let him get dirty.

And we had a supervisor~

Until she found the prickly stuff nearby.

The plan is to add a few more bags of organic soil from the nearby feed store, and then I want to put some twine out to mark some squares so I can try my hand at square gardening. I hear you can produce a lot more!

Since I want to also to focus on canning this year, I only plan to plant:

carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, and maybe one fruit for my large planter on the patio

Update on the coop: It still looks the same as last time. I still want to get the chickens in the spring, but there are some decisions up in the air about timing on looking for a new house and such, and since this is a rental property, I’d hate to get the chickens and make a mess of part of the yard, only to start looking for a new place at the end of the year. BUT, we aren’t sure about anything yet, so I’ll keep you posted!

And for the grandparents that read this, Jovie’s new favorite thing is to grab her right foot. lol

Also, I have found it easier not to plan all my kitchen time on Tuesdays, so I’ll keep posting what I do in the kitchen, but it won’t just be on Tuesdays.  Ha! I may just change that link to Kitchen Happenings.

Some Days…

Some days, you just need to know that everyone has a messy home sometimes. So, here’s a pic of how my home looks quite often with littles to take care of…

This shouldn’t be an excuse for not taking care of your home because as good stewards we absolutely should, but sometimes we feel like everyone else’s home must look like Pottery Barn and we start to compare ourselves with unreal thoughts, when in fact, most people’s homes that are lived in all day long, at some point probably look more like an animal barn. lol I know mine does! So be encouraged today if you’re struggling with expectations or unhealthy comparisons. We could all use to be a little more vulnerable with each other, that’s for sure!