Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
In comparison, mine are smaller, more insect eaten, and the seeds don't always sprout. I begin to question myself and all the time and work I've put into this garden.
Our north garden a few weeks ago.
Our south garden today.
Then, I go out into our garden, and I start to work. I water, and weed, and watch the plants. And something happens. I change my mind and my thinking.
I begin to see that the plants are growing a little bit everyday. I start to notice the beneficial insects, like ladybugs, that are crawling on the plant leaves. And then Asher and Zoe notice them. So I get to watch their wonder and fascination.
The pomegranate flowering.
I get to see little miracles happening, blossoms here and tiny new fruits there. And I begin to know that this little garden is such a blessing to our family. And for a brief moment, I realize that I no longer need to compare. And that feels good.
Friday, May 22, 2009
I have to share one more piece of excitement. While Aryn and I were stitch, stitch, stitching away, Zoe wanted to try. I got her a little yellow hoop (her favorite color), she drew the picture on the fabric, and off she went! Now she's stitch, stitch, stitching away! She can even thread the needle! She's getting so big. She's so happy with herself too. And that makes me so happy.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Luckily, we had the opportunity to use a lot of our spinach last Saturday evening. My cousin Ryan came home from his mission and we were invited to a Homecoming dinner. I love when Family gets together. And I LOVE being able to go out into the garden and gather some of what we've grown.
My cousin Maresa gave me this recipe. (I've printed my adaptations.) It is SO good!
Spinach Poppy Seed Salad
1 bag fresh spinach... (or from the garden!)
1 head iceburg lettuce
1 small onion, slivered
grated cheese (I use cheddar)
1/2 bottle real bacon pieces
2 1/4 tsp. poppyseeds
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
3/4 tsp. dry onion
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. rice vinegar
1/2 c. oil
1.Wash and tear the spinach and lettuce. Mix together.
2. Whip together or shake in a pint bottle the dressing ingredients. Add onions and marinate for 8 hours or overnight. (Maresa says she only marinates for a few hours. Me too, usually.)
3. Layer cheese, bacon, and tomatoes on top of spinah mixture. Pour the dressing over this right before serving and toss.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
And just for your information...Isaac bought them from a classmate for 1 penny each. They also talked their dad into taking them to the Toquerville park/stream to catch more on Saturday. Hopefully, some of these little guys will make it to maturity!!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
We cooked hot dogs and tin foil dinners.
We all enjoyed the fire. (especially Isaac)
We played a game of Skipbo. (Nicole, Alex, and Gene)
We had so much fun that I decided to take the kids back for lunch and the afternoon today! It was so nice to be in the outdoors, away from our regular schedules and lives. It was calming and grounding, to stretch our bodies and our imaginations... to do something a little different and out of the ordinary.
We built and added to the woodland fairy houses we'd started the night before.
We scrambled up rocks and crowed like roosters. (He thinks he's king of the world!)
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
I've been meaning to post something since it IS a new month, but I haven't been able to because I haven't changed my picture heading or my colors BECAUSE it is a new month. Does that sound strange? Yeah, it does, even to my own ears as I write this...
Anyway, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, on Sunday !!!