Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Cameron's teacher got a bag to go to her new condo in Florida, including a Smash journal since she loves to scrapbook. I spent $35, including the basket that I put everything in and the gift bag.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Thursday, March 07, 2013
On a side note, yesterday they had a disabilities workshop all day yesterday, showing the kids first hand what it's like to have a disability, including autism, a vision impairment, a physical handicap, tremors, etc. Another powerful experience. I love seeing all of this through her eyes <3
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Monday, October 22, 2012
We moved! We now live in a much bigger home where we can stretch out and fit all of our crap. We have a nice backyard and room for all of our family and friends to visit. We're also closer to all of our parents, which is so nice.
Cameron's in first grade. He is an amazing reader and loves to read Pokemon books. His drawings are full of detail and so thoughtful, but he only does them when he's asked to. His favorite thing is hanging with friends and he has a bunch of them. He's still a mama's boy and love cuddling with me :) I will never get tired of that! He plays soccer, takes swim lessons, is in cub scouts, and will soon be joining the Math Pentathlon and Destination Imagination groups at school. He has a great time at all of these social events, but at the end of the day he's a homebody and would prefer to be playing at home. Speaking of which, he would play games all day every day if we let him. He just received a few new games for his 6th birthday, which we celebrated by having a family 'Minute to Win it' game night. Cameron continues to be sweet, thoughtful, kind, conscientious, energetic, friendly, and always smiling.
Mackenzie has started the fourth grade this year! Boy how time flies. She is an avid reader and always has a book nearby (sometimes two or three!). Her new school has been a perfect fit for her, as she already has more than one close friend. And, they TEXT each other! There are numerous opportunities to be involved at the new school, and she is taking them all on! She takes swim lessons, but also participates in girl scouts, Destination Imagination, and Battle of the Books. We're still waiting to find out about student council, classroom officer, and math pentathlon. She is very into fashion and likes to always look her best. While growing her hair out, she has recently taught her self to style it with clips, ponytail holders, and even braids! Mackenzie still likes to play with her toys (like her American Girls and Barbies), but is starting to prefer 'hanging out' to playing with toys when friends are around. She is insightful, funny (the one liners she's been coming up with are priceless!), sweet, creative, and a great companion on any outing.
I am a lucky momma.
As for Jason and I, there's not too much to report. We've recently celebrated our ten year anniversary, and although our relationship has changed and evolved a lot in the past ten years, we're still a happily married couple who really like to spend time with each other. I've been substitute teaching, and the extra paycheck, not to mention getting myself back into a classroom, has been really nice. I've put my Master's classes on hold until we're totally settled into our new house and our new lives (a lot changes when you move across town!).
So, I'm thinking I'll use this blog as a way to document my children and their lives, my gardening adventures (ok gardening is not really an adventure, but I like doing it and writing about it!), and maybe throw in a few teaching ideas/resources/strategies for all of my fellow substitute teachers. And that's where I'll leave off. Let's see if remember to come back... :)
Friday, November 05, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Thursday, September 09, 2010
- My gourds are out of control, now going around and in front of the box, up the fence, and even into the neighbors yard! They say they don't mind, but I'm guessing I may need to go over and do some pruning soon...
- there is a green pepper growing on my pepper plants that didn't do too well this summer, as well as a bunch of buds, so I may just have a late green pepper harvest,
- I just got another giant zucchini for yet another round of zucchini bread (the kids and I never tire of it!),
- there are two summer squash in the making, even with a plant fighting against powdery mildew (all the squash, gourd, and cucumber plants have it - cukes are about done)
- the Roma grape tomatoes are never-ending (I must pick 5-7 of them a day),
- all of the other tomato varieties (there are three other plants are still producing except the grapes - I didn't care for them and the plant seemed to be dead anyway so I pulled it
- there is a whole new crop of jalapenos - at least 30 of them between the two plants, and the same with the cayenne peppers,
- the hyacinth bean vine looks beautiful even if I don't care for the taste of the pods (but Cameron eats them right off the plant),
- basil is full and tastes great,
- rosemary is beyond hardy and has grown right through the prolific squash/gourd vines that are taking over box #1,
- popcorn has been harvested and is drying in the kitchen (along with about 20 cayenne peppers)
- I'm leaving the corn stalks in the ground to dry and to protect my new little seedlings from the hot end-of-summer sun
- and dill pickles are ready to eat!
It wasn't all a beautiful harvest, though. We did have some problems. We had (have) the powdery mildew that I mentioned earlier. I've been treating it with an organic copper spray which hasn't cleared it up, but must be doing something because there is still a ton of growth on the plants that are affected by it (besides the cucumbers).
There were a LOT of bugs in the corn - little black ones that got in the top, worms that were eating like crazy from the inside, and even a grasshopper that I caught to show the kids, but he escaped. Unfortunately we weren't able to enjoy the corn this year, but hopefully next year I'll be more proactive. We actually got about 8 really good ears of corn before the bugs got to it, but it had a terrible texture. It must have cross pollinated with the popcorn, which I guess is easy to do. Next time I'll remember to keep some distance between the two!
The squash type plants also are infested with some type of worm - I've seen the evidence in the stalks, but haven't caught the little bugger(s) in action. However, it seems that maybe because the plants were so strong by the time they were invaded that the worms haven't killed them. I'm probably not getting as many veggies because of them, but we're still getting some, so I'm ok with it.
On a side note, I found a peanut plant in one of my boxes - planted by a squirrel no doubt! I'm going to look into what it would take to grow them next year - another gardening adventure :)