Sunday, March 22, 2009


We have been working together as a family on our second square foot garden the past week. Last Saturday, my dad came up from Ft. Bragg and helped Chad make the box and cage for our garden. On Monday, I hoed up all the grass from our garden spot with the boys (and a friend who dropped by).

Saturday we were ready to mix the dirt and a had a fun time outside with the boys preparing our second square garden for planting. (Which we will plant seeds in for FHE on Monday). Andrew and Ryan have enjoyed helping out with their tools in the building and the digging.

Andrew discovered earthworms (but kept calling them worldworms). He thinks they are very cool and was very concerned about us hurting them while we dug.

He also rediscovered his love for the hose.

Last year when we gardened, he was very excited about building "Mr. McGregor's Garden." This year, he was insistent that we needed to find an "old man" to get some "beans from, but they have to be magic beans." Then we can "grow a beanstalk and climb up and get rid of the mean old giant." Ryan liked the dirt, but seemed to be more interested in the new sand Daddy put in the sandbox yesterday as well. (The sandbox was in the backyard where we were not working, so there are only a couple of pics of Ry-guy).

Chad also planted a Kwanzan flowering cherry tree in our front yard yesterday. She is a little gal, but she should grow to be 30 feet. I really wanted a white "popcorn tree" but was outvoted by the boys in the family who wanted a pink tree. It is beautiful (or will be) and I am excited to have the big hole in our front yard filled. (Andrew however is not. He is quite upset that Daddy filled in his space shuttle).

Green Day!

Last year I went all out for St. Patrick's Day. This year was a little different. My strong nesting instinct won out, and I could not bring myself to destroy the house or sprinkle green sprinkles everywhere. So for FHE on Monday night, we studied Noah's Ark. We made a torn paper rainbow together as a family.

While we slept, the leprechauns came to our home and were going to make a mess, but they saw our rainbow and decided that they loved it so much, that instead they left a trail of shamrocks from the boys' room to the rainbow in the kitchen where they left a pot of gold. (candy)

The boys were thrilled and had a great time following the trail. They were even more excited about discovering that the gold was chocolate. Although you can see Andrew's concern over the "one chocolate before breakfast restriction." He is quite the debater these days. Ryan didn't care to wait for the analytical discussion between Daddy and Andrew.

We ate cereal with green milk for breakfast and then had our school day with lots of fun St. Patrick's Day stories, games and crafts. The boys made these cute hats and Andrew laced a shamrock while Ryan colored one.

We made and ate rainbow jello. We read Green Eggs and Ham and of course ate that for lunch. For dinner, Andrew and Ryan helped me sort the tri-color rotini noodles and we cooked just the green ones and had pesto pasta with green beans, green grapes, kiwi, rolls and green butter. We finished with yummy green ice cream. It was a very fun day together.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Baby Name Poll 2 Chad's Version

The first baby name poll were my names. This second poll was created by Chad, hence the difference in our choices this week. But there are names on here I like, too.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Grandpa Bud

Grandpa Bud popped into town for a short visit this weekend. We went out to dinner with him and his friend Lynne. The boys didn't eat any dinner, but sure had fun running outside with Grandpa and Daddy afterwards.


We woke up Monday morning to several inches of snow. Andrew was so excited. "Oh Mommy look! Heavenly Father sent us enough snow to make a snowman!" We bundled everyone up after breakfast and headed outside. Andrew plopped right on the ground and made a snow angel.

Unfortunately the snow was too powdery for a snowman. Instead we decided to try sledding. We live in NC, so we don't get a lot of snow and don't have a sled. First we tried the recycling bin.

It didn't work too well. Then I remembered how we used to take the cafeteria trays in college on snow days. I ran inside and grabbed a couple of broiler pans. They worked great! Chad grabbed wax paper to make them go even faster.

Ryan cried the entire time we were outside, unless he was on the sled.

He kept crying "inside, inside," would throw himself on the snow, and kick his hands and fists in a real two year old tantrum. I would pick him up and he would throw himself right back down on the ground again.

Then as soon as it was his turn on the sled, he has happy as could be. Just like a light switch.
We went inside to warm up and Ryan fell asleep on the chair while I fixed lunch. He was one tired boy after all that crying and sledding.

After naps we headed out for round two. This time friends came over.

It had warmed up enough that the snow was ready to be packed into a snowman!

Luckily two very sweet young women from the ward helped us build ours. How many of you have tried to roll a snow man 8 months pregnant? I was quite the sight, so was grateful for their "womanpower." Andrew was so excited about the snowman, but not as excited as Ryan.

He was a completely different kid in the snow after a nap. He filled buckets with snow, made snow angels, and helped build the snowman. He crawled around in the snow pretending to be a puppy.

When it was time to go in and start dinner, Ryan staged a sit-in. He ran away from me, plopped down in the snow facing away from the house, refusing to move.

Luckily Daddy came home a few moments later and brought the boys back out for one last play time on the sleds as the sun set.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Baby Blueberry

We still haven't decided what to name our little girl. One of our friends created a poll, and we thought it was a fun idea. We would love for you to vote for which of these names you like the best. Or if you have other suggestions, we would love to hear them. We can't promise to live by the results of the poll, but we are curious to hear family's and friend's opinions. So vote for your favorite and tell us why it is your favorite. Just don't be too mean about any of the name choices, just in case we name her the name you hate anyways. :)