Friday, April 24, 2009

Things that made me smile this week....

It's Friday again....my favorite day of the week. For some reason, this week in particular seemed to last forever. I'm not sure if it was due to the unusually warm weather we were having or if it was just having to adjust to getting back to our normal routine after spring break last week.

Thankfully, though, there was more laughter and smiles than there were tears and cries of frustration. Here are some things that made me smile this week.....

1) Garrett and Landon are the silliest kids. Even though it was 96 degrees outside for the better part of this week, that didn't stop them from wearing their winter hats and gloves. And, of course, anytime they share a hug (unprompted) makes me smile with glee.

2) Bella makes me smile with some of the things she says. She has a little crush on one of Cole's friends at preschool. After I picked them up from school the other day, she informed me, "Mommy, Carson is my one true love and I'm going to marry him someday." I asked, "How does Carson feel about that?" and she said, "Well, I just told him today....he didn't say anything. But that doesn't matter....I told him he's going to marry me so now he has to", as she sat in the backseat smiling adorably. Sure, she looks innocent and sweet on the outside but on the inside she's all princess.

Then yesterday I was explaining to her that we have to take good care of our veggie garden so that the plants won't die. She asked, "It's kind of like when you take care of us.....so we don't die?". And as I was applying sunscreen on the kids on Tuesday, I told her that sunscreen is important to prevent the sun from damaging our skin and she asked, "Why? Is it because our skin will get all crinkled and cruddy....and then we'll die?". In all seriousness, it's probably time to talk to her about death and dying....but her questions still made me smile.

3) Garrett has finally been speaking in 2-3 word sentences. Music to my ears. Last night, he ran around waving his finger in everyone's faces and saying, "You stop it" everytime we'd laugh at something he did. And he's even been saying "love you, Mommy".....can I just say that I melted like butter the first time he said it??

4) Lastly, our little veggie garden....oh, it's had a tough time surviving. The kids and I grew our seeds indoors for a month and then transplanted them one day, only to have the wind knock most of them over. And what wasn't knocked over was trampled on the next day when I hosted an Easter party at our home. So we started from scratch again but this time we planted the seeds directly into the outdoor garden. We waited and watched....waited and watched....but after 6 days, still nothing. And then suddenly, we noticed our seedlings were starting to pop out of the ground. Before we knew it, there were seedlings everywhere!! Yesterday morning, when Cole, Bella and I went out to take a peek at our lovely garden, we were all so excited that we did a little dance right there in our backyard....here are some pictures of our little veggie garden....

One of our blooming cucumber plants (the kids have fondly named it Dexter)


More cucumber seedlings


Watermelon seedlings


Tiny little lettuce seedlings



The view of the whole garden area




Green bean seedlings (we get a lot of wind on this side of the house, so Jenna from The Newlyweds, shared a tip with me....cut the bottom out of a planter and plant it around the seedling to prevent the wind from bothering the plant...we didn't have any planters so we used large plastic cups)

Our tomatoes and summer squash never made it out of the ground so we're gonna buy some seedlings from the nursery this weekend and plant them in the garden. According to Bella, we need to do this quickly...."Mommy, we need to get new tomato plants so the other plants don't get sad.......and then die".

24 comments:

Tami said...

Your kids are so adorable!

I'm looking forward to seeing the garden in full bloom!

Tell Bella, I'm right there with her LOL, the other plants will be sad and die if the tomato plants aren't planted. Tomatoes ROCK.

Jessica said...

What great pictures! And I am so envious of your garden!

newlyweds said...

Yea for the garden!! Your soil looks great and yea for seedlings!!! Great idea to use the cups. If you buy tomatoes you can always use those planters for them or other plants also. Great job!

Oh and your kiddos are so cute! But you already knew that!

Kristina P. said...

YOu have a serious garden! Good for you! I would kill everything.

Hajar Zamzam Ismail said...

OOOO, what a lovely little garden spot. I want to garden with my kids too, when they get a little bigger. We'll either need to move into a house with a yard, or an apartment with a patio or deck and grow things in containers.
You must be so excited to be able to do things like this with your kids.

Mother of Multiples said...

I love the garden..way to motivate. I love the things that make you smile. I wish it were 96 degrees here. We still have our hats and mittens out and are begging for the warmer weather

Nikki B. said...

i remember the "dying" phase...when everything is gonna die.

and if don't brush our teeth, we'll die...

and if we don't eat our veggies, we'll die...

and if we don't leave mommy alone, we'll die -- well, that one is kinda true!!

Karen said...

Aww, this post made me smile!

But, seriously, what is up with Bella's death obsession??

Mrsbear said...

Brother hugs always make my heart melt.

And Bella and her one true love...that was adorable. She's either been watching Shrek or Disney princesses. I can't wait to see the wedding photos one day, her in Vera Wang...him bound and gagged. ;)

Great garden!

The Mother said...

Make sure you keep a close eye on that Bella. Those teenage years are gonna be murder.

The Daily Dean Chronicals said...

Happyt Friday back at ya! I love the braces pic! You garden is amazing! I hope to have lots of stuff planted soon! In MN we have to wait...and wait! A smile go's a mile!

Missy said...

The Hug & the questions definitely put a smile on my face too! Your children are adorable!

Shauna said...

Hope you have a blessed and beautiful weekend!
♥ HUGS ♥

Yaya said...

The silliness in that first pic brought a tear to my eye! Darn hormones!! :)

Jess said...

What a great post! To remember things that made you happy this week... I'll have to remember that. :D Have a great weekend.

Femin Susan said...

Great photos.hope you have a great weekend.

thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind comment. feel free to visit again.
Cheers!

Veronica Lee said...

Your garden is awesome. All I have are 2 potted plants in my balcony!

HarryJack's Mom said...

Oh, what a happy post - thank you for sharing the smiles. It's all about dying clarifications around here, too, hoping it's a phase ;-) So jealous of your garden - it looks great! Maybe next year when we're not moving. Enjoy your weekend :-)

wife.mom.nurse said...

I'm impressed by your garden! You are going to have a bounty this summer.

Your kids are darling!

MoodyMommy said...

I have left you something on my blog....cuz you are AWE-SUMMM!!!!

Onna@toddlercraft said...

Helene-Love your garden!! Can't wait to do mine!!

I tagged you on my blog!!

Elizabeth Channel said...

Dexter! I love that!

The High Family said...

Yay for your veggie garden! It looks really good so far. :)

I love the pics of the boys and Bella! Too cute!

We haven't gotten into the "die" phase with Ryan just yet. We did have to explain "doggie heaven" though after my inlaws beloved black lab died...Ryan was pretty attached to Nittany. He was so confused why the dog wasn't there when we would visit. 6 months later he stopped asking about her...

Loved this post because thinking about all the happy moments will make a long, hard week seem not so bad, huh? ;)

Nancy said...

I love the pic of Landon and Garrett! Gave me a great giggle. :)

I can't believe you have time for a garden! How in the world do you do it all!?

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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