Sunday, February 28, 2010

I may have overdone it. I just bought a few seeds. I’m determined to put my 1/2 acre to good use. Do you think my kids will have any place left to play?

Melon, Broccoli, Cantaloupe, Carrot, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Peas, Red Pepper, Green Pepper, Pumpkin, Tomatillo, Tomato, Watermelon, Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Rosemary, Thyme

I still need to buy potatoes & sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds (we are finally going to build a sunflower house!) and some flowers.

And my husband is not fond of gardening.

Friday, February 26, 2010


I recently spent a weekend in Williamsburg with almost all of my girls cousins and my Grandma Dudley. It was one of the best weekends ever. I loved reconnecting with these girls and spoiling our grandma. There is something about cousins. We grow up in different families, often in different states but there is an unmistakable connection. Genetics, shared childhood memories and a fierce love of our grandparents - for starters. And then maybe a shared love of pound cake, dance parties, and laughing. Thanks to Jami for the pictures. Love you girls - thanks for a fabulous time!

Grandma taught us how to make buttermilk biscuits

I can only get away with posting this one because I’m confident my grandma doesn’t read blogs. I think we all inherited a little attitude from her. 

      Yum. Dr Pepper was a staple.

       Grandma taught us a line dance from "back in the day".

It got more than a little wild, and I know there are some videos out there…

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Yesterday was Noah's 7th Birthday.

He had a LEGO birthday - cake and all.

Noah is not an easy guy to get to know. He is tender and sensitive and very aware of everything. He is a master tease. He is a hard worker. He worships his Dad. If he puts his mind to something, he will stick with it until he masters it. He hates to lose. He is stickler for the rules, but has a sneaky streak. He is a thinker. He adores his baby sister. He is such a sweet boy, I hate to think that he is really growing up.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

nature rocks

I recently read the book "Last Child in the Woods" by Richard Louv and I can't stop thinking about it. Jared and I feel like we do a decent job giving our kids unstructured, free play time in nature, but this book made me want to do so much more. I can't get over the stats on kids and screen time and the research on kids in nature is really moving. There are so many reasons to be concerned and active in getting our families outside. I always knew it was a good idea to make my kids play outside everyday, but now that I know WHY, I am really motivated. I have all these ideas rolling around in my head about how I can join this movement to get our kids reconnected with nature. For now, I thought I would start here, and share a few links to check out. And, if you are even slightly interested, check out Last Child in the Woods from the library. It isn't a short book, but worth a little skimming to get the meat of his message. has tons of great info. Lots of research you can check out. I love the idea of family nature clubs - plug in your zip code to see if anyone has started one in your area. Or, download their how-to guide and start one yourself - anyone in my neck of the woods interested? While you are there check out the blog, Field Notes from the Future, by the author of the book I read.

And this one I found in the American Girl catalog (a girl can still dream!). The doll for 2010 is a nature gal and AG partnered with National Wildlife Federation's Be Out There campaign for this new doll. They have great stuff on their website, I love the Green Hour idea and these quick facts are great -

And - great slogan, huh?

Join me in my new quest? We could all use a little more time staring up at the clouds & digging in the dirt, right?

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Today was the 100th day of school and Noah brought home a list of 100 things he'd like to have and a list of 100 things he would not like. On the "not like" were things like 100 chicken pox or 100 stomachaches. On the "like" side, one item stood out to me - 100 wives. Really? And we wonder why people get us Mormons mixed up with modern day polygamists. I can't wait until the next parent teacher conference...

A couple weeks ago we were discussing with our kids the rating system for movies. So today Ryan was telling me, in great detail, about his "game" with the playmobil men that involved the usual - someone is killing or wounding someone else - when he stopped abruptly and said, "Mom. It's wated PG-13".