Thursday, April 30, 2009

Better Late Than Never GIVEAWAY

So. It's the last day of the month... This month has just flown. Remember a few weeks ago when I hinted at a giveaway? Well... are you ready?

Leave a comment on this post and you'll be entered to win one of these little bonnets. (Make sure to mention which color you like!) The Giveaway will close on Saturday night at 10:00pm MST.
When I decided to make these little bonnets, I had a plan for them. I still do. It's just taking me some time getting it put into action. I chose the colors for a reason.
Red (pink) is for Courage to do what is right.
Yellow for Service from morning till night.
Blue is for Truth in our thought and our deed.
And then I added Green because it's the color of the CTR shield, Choose The Right.
Now you little luckies are going to have Our Primary Colors, (Children's Songbook, page 258), running through your head for awhile. It's okay. It'll do you good.
Good Luck, everyone!
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And the winner is...
Cheryl!!! Congratulations! I'll bring it over soon!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sweetmeats Squash

This past Thanksgiving, Gene's mom had a different kind of squash for dinner. She said it was a Sweetmeats squash. It tasted so good. And so sweet. The color was unbelievable. So bright. She had an extra one, and gave it to our family to take home.

It was so unusual looking to me. I couldn't get over the blue/green/gray color. I sat it out on a shelf by the back door. It sat there until Christmas. It was easy to cook, and tasted just as wonderful as it had at Thanksgiving.

I saved some of the seeds, hoping that it was an heirloom squash. (Heirloom, meaning the squash would grow true to the parent plant. Rather than hybrid, meaning it might not). A little while ago I checked out a book called Heirloom Vegetables by Benjamin Watson from the library hoping to find the squash within it's pages. It wasn't. I looked up the name Sweetmeats Squash online, and found it. (Scroll down the page a little here for a picture and find more seeds here.) EUREKA! Heirloom, open-pollinated.

I planted the seeds in small pots a week or so ago. And they've decided to grow! I gave some seeds to my grandpa (and to some of you) just to be on the safe side. I'll be replanting them into the South garden sometime soon. Now we just get to wait and see...

Monday, April 27, 2009

Bunny Trouble

This
and This
means THIS!!

There's another one too (shown here). They are the neighbor's bunnies. We noticed them coming into our yard a week or so ago. At first we all thought they were so cute. (We still do.)

Then I started to notice nibbled edges on my plants and flowers around the yard. And now they've eaten all the leaves off all the eggplants, and a pepper plant!

Bunnies and gardens do not mix well.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

sO YoU THinK yOu CAn dANce!

Not only can the baby boy dance, but so can his big brother!

Isaac decided he wanted to enter his break dance moves into the Imagine Contest. I'm not sure about his bow staff skills or his numb-chuck skills, but dance skills...I'm so happy I decided to go ahead and let him share his talents! (he does not take lessons, he comes up with this stuff on his own. a born choreographer. chuckle, chuckle.)


video

The first is his performance in front of the judge. Aryn filmed the second one in front of the school, but the battery was low, so only some of it recorded. It does show his cute strut though. (napoleon dynamite, eat your heart out. Enjoy!)

video

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Life and Zoe



Tiny hands.
Tiny toes.
Even a small,
Tiny nose.
Everything about her was and still is Tiny.
Except her Spirit.
This tiny little girl entered our lives five years ago. Her name means Life. Knowing what we know now, we couldn't have picked a better name.
She was born in the spring.
The time of year when Life is beginning.
Strong, powerful and beautiful.
This is Life. This is Zoe.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Dangerous Things

I've had the sewing machine out on the kitchen table for the passed few days. This can be a dangerous thing for me. It stays there and takes up a lot of space and time, with it's accompanying chaos. I stay up late at night and during the day everyone gets to fend for themselves, until the project is complete...

Anyway, I've been busy making some things. I can hardly wait to share what this mess is to become. But not until they are all finished. (Then maybe a giveaway...wink, wink?)

And I've got a little helper. Whenever he sees the pincushion, he says, "My ball." He loves taking out the pins. Dangerous, I know. I keep taking it away from him. Somehow, I don't think this is the end of dangerous things for this boy. Only the beginning. Speaking of dangerous, have any of you read The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden? I liked it. I think maybe enough to purchase it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dans le Jardin

The north garden is now mostly planted. There are four squares left to plant.

We've been busy the last few days planting all sorts of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. We've also needed to replant some turnip, leek, beet, and spinach seeds. (Our Littlest seems to think that the garden boxes are his personal playground. This is rather frustrating, but more importantly, I feel our family needs this gardening/learning experience.)




Last time I wrote about the garden, I mentioned that the leeks had sprouted. I was wrong! It was actually these lovely little plants. I forgot where I had planted things, I've since remedied that mistake by writing it down on the garden map. When the leaves started to show, I realized it was actually the spinach!

A few creatures have come to visit the garden. Most recently the ladybug. The lizard runs back and forth between the garden boxes in the north garden and the pomegranate bush. One time he ran himself into a plastic bag of soil. When we dumped him out onto the tarp he got buried in the soil. I started panicking a little bit because I didn't want him to suffocate! Luckily we found him.


One more little anecdote...

Yesterday when Zoe, Ashy, and I went back to the nursery, we saw my grandpa there. He was getting some more tomato plants for his garden. I told him a few varieties we were trying. One in particular caught his attention. The Wilford Tomato. I told him I got it because on the tag it said it was a local variety developed in Kanab. He then proceeded to tell me that it was his dad's brother, Wilford Heaton, who developed it. Pretty cool, eh? Ahh, the things we're learning...


Monday, April 13, 2009

Rice Krispy Easter Eggs

My mom decided to have some fun with all the grandkids. And boy! Was it FUN!

Easter and Family

City Easter Egg Hunt

We went to the city's hunt on Saturday morning. It had been raining earlier in the morning. (I was so happy. I love the rain. And I'm grateful for it every time we are blessed to receive it.) However, by the time our family arrived at the park, the rain had stopped. Our little family was excited to participate. I think they were mostly hoping and wishing we'd win one of the bunnies to be given away.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Little Moments

Yesterday, I was washing and changing the sheets on all of our beds. I had a nice folded stack. The colors looked so pretty and the light was coming in just right... (So I decided to take some pictures.)


I decided to have Asher help. And I'm so happy I did!


I love those little moments that just happen.

I sat him on the bed and he just got to work. Folding and rolling and playing.
The work of babies.
It was fun to watch him.
It felt good to watch him be in the moment. And I hope this is one of those little moments that gets to stay with me for always.




I got these vintage lovelies from The Bee Boutique on our recent trip to Gene's mom's house. The Bee Boutique is a name Angie calls the D.I. Isn't it so cute? (She also gave the idea for collecting the vintage lovelies in the first place.)