July 8, 2014

Fun in the Sun

Welcome to Summer!
 
It isn't my favorite season, but we've had a pretty mild one so far, so the kids and I have been taking advantage of it.
 
For Independence Day, we went down to Salem and while there, saw the parade.  It was your typical small town parade, but since it included candy, the kids thought it was amazing.  I asked Andrew if he was having a good time, and he said, "Yeah, because this is AWESOME!"
 
Emmie also loved all the political bracelets, stickers, and necklaces.  :)
 
 We put the kids in their swimsuits the other day and turned on our sprinkler.  We got it a couple years ago in the gardening section for a couple dollars, and it works just as well as expensive ones.  Yippee!  The kids had a really good time.  Emily had trouble remembering the word "sprinklers" so called them "spwinkies" for awhile and then changed to "sprinkles."  I have to say, I didn't correct her because it was just adorable.
Clockwise from top left: Emily crying because her swimsuit got wet (she got over it eventually), Mike helping Charlie get used to the water, the kids finally all having fun in the water, and Andrew being Andrew.  :)
 
We had some crazy high winds and rain last night.  It hurt our garden, but hopefully nothing terrible.  It also broke some pretty big branches off the tree in the backyard.  We ended up playing with the branches for hours this morning.  The kids had an absolutely fantastic time.
Charlie did get stuck in the branches once or twice, but it was fun for everybody. :)
 
  Clockwise from top left: The branches, little cutie on a big branch, Emily and Night-Night, Charlie on a different branch, Andrew climbing, and all three on the same branch
 

I thought he looked so cute and little here.
 
Andrew started climbing around and said, "I'm climbing like a panda!"  He then decided to pretend to be a panda and eat 'bamboo.'  He later informed Mike that pandas like bamboo and yogurt.  You learn something new every day.  :)  He insisted on us calling him Panda and Emily went and collected sticks for him to eat.  Later he told me, "I pretended to be a panda, because that was so cute."  Agreed.
 
 We set up the sprinkler again while we were working in the garden.  The next thing we knew, the kids had abandoned the sprinkler because there was now a mud puddle.  And who wouldn't choose the mud puddle?  (Or pubbles, as Emily calls them.)  They had so much fun, and got SO messy.  It took a lot of work in the tub to get them squeaky clean again, but it was worth it to see them having so much fun.
 
 
I guess summer's not so bad after all.  :)
 

July 1, 2014

Garden

We love our garden, and it's starting to grow so well!
 
Jalapenos
 
Lots and lots of tomatoes!
 
Emily saying, "Hi, wittle 'omato!"
 
Romas
 
Our cute little "helpers"
 
Watermelons!!!!  I know we planted them, so I shouldn't be so shocked to see them in the garden, but I really was!  So exciting!  Especially since they are so stinking expensive.
 
And teeny tiny little watermelons?  Seriously adorable.
 
Our squash plant is really starting to bloom.
 
Anybody have any idea what this thing is?  It's growing in our garden, and we're letting it just to see what it is.
 
This is a hideous picture of my hand, but I wanted to show the size of the leaves on our zucchini.  It's insane.  I've never seen anything like that before.
 
Here it is!  Peppers, tomatoes, jalapenos, watermelon, cantaloupe, zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, and lots and lots of grass.

June 25, 2014

Feelin' Jacobsy

There are a million and one reasons I love my in-laws.
 
 
 
 
And since I can't name them all, I'll just show their cute and funny faces.
 
 A few are missing, but I love them all the same. :)
I lucked out in the in-law department....big time.
I love you guys!

Belated

Our little girl turned three on Sunday, so I'm a little behind in this post, but didn't want to miss it.
Happy Birthday to the sweetest,

happiest,

most beautiful,

most wonderful little girl we could have ever been blessed with.
 
Happy Birthday, little Eggplant.  We sure do love you!

June 17, 2014

Fruits of our Labor

I LOVE having a garden!!  It's been hard to keep it weeded.  We're growing a lot of grass in our garden....but we're also growing tomatoes, zucchini, squash, eggplant, jalapenos, peppers, cantaloupe, and watermelon.  We also have day lilies growing in the yard.  We're trying to get some purslane as well, which is amazing in spaghetti sauces, etc.
 
We were able to use the jalapenos and some day lily buds and made some green curry. 
 
It was SO good.  And it was way better because some of it came from our garden.  Did I mention I love getting veggies from the garden?