Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thinking about more

Our whole family has enjoyed our garden so much this year, I'm actually thinking of planting a fall garden.  Some veggies do not fair well in the hot weather and will not produce, such as my broccoli. I've already decided what I will and won't plant in next years garden.  If I plant cucumbers, I'll plant them at the end of the garden box, they definitely take over and shade other seeds around them, hindering them. 

The cucumbers are climbing right out of the box

I'll try green and bulb onion again, they didn't grow at all this year.  I was hoping to have some onions.  I won't do broccoli in the summer, I haven't had any florets bloom due to the extreme heat.  But, I can cook the broccoli leaves, which I am planning to do tonight and free up my garden.  They also seem to attract the most insects.  The insect is pretty and colorful, but eats the broccoli leaves like crazy!

Broccoli leaves

 I'm growing an organic garden without pesticides.  So the produce will not be the 'perfect' store bought produce, but it still tastes good and it's FREE.

More blooms on the Contender bush green beans, I love to see new blooms, MORE green beans coming!

 I'll add many more carrots, an assortment of peppers (hot and mild), green beans (bush - not climbers), and Bibb lettuce.  Who knew?  When you harvest the Bibb lettuce by cutting it at the base, it grows AGAIN!  What a sweet surprise.  I have more lettuce.

The second round of lettuce growing like crazy

Our very first tomato turning red

More tomatoes on their way

I'm also planning to buy some giant flower pots, place them by the front door and plant several different kinds of herbs in them, mint, basil, lavender, etc. I think not only will they be nice to see and use, but smell good as well.   Stay tuned.....I never know what I'll get myself in to!

Here's an updated pic of our garden:

"Nolan-ism" of the day.  While eating a pickle (he LOVES pickles), he popped a single seed out and handed it to me, "Mommy, save this seed I want to grow a pickle tree!"

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cosmo Splash

Finally!  Wyatt lost his very first tooth, his tooth had been loose for a long time.  I had checked it early that day, and knew it would be gone in the next day or so.  Blake brought the boys to the movies to see "Brave", in which they absolutely loved and Blake did as well.  They brought the left over popcorn from their movie, and Wyatt began eating it again while watching TV.  

I was in another room and Wyatt came running in saying, "Mommy, I lost my tooth!"   He was smiling from ear to ear. 

Mr. Excited "I lost a tooth!"

I asked him, "Where is your tooth?"  Wyatt, "I don't know."  I was so happy for him, we were cheering and jumping up and down, and finally we went to the chair he was sitting in.  Blake took the remaining popcorn, went through the bucket checking for the tooth. 

The famous popcorn bucket

 I started looking through the creases in the chair, under the chair, and I just couldn't find it.  Me,  "How did you notice your tooth was missing?"  Wyatt, "I was just eating popcorn and popcorn seeds and noticed the hole was there and my tooth was gone."  Me, "Do you think you swallowed it?"  ----------> ENTER THE LOOK OF PANIC.  Wyatt, "You, mean I can swallow it?"  Me, "Yes, it can happen."  ----------> ENTER THE CRYING.  I tried to comfort him, he was so upset.  Me, "Wyatt, it's okay, little boys and girls swallow their teeth all of the time, it just happens sometimes.  Mommy and Daddy both swallowed teeth when we were little."  (Knowing good and well, I don't know whether I really had or not.)  Eventually Wyatt starts to settle down.  Wyatt, "Mommy, I thought I was chewing a popcorn seed and I really think I did swallow it."   He and I decided we were going to draw a picture for the tooth fairy, put a piece of rice in the glass of water for her to take instead.  We decided the piece of rice would get nice and soft, and the fairy could take it with him or her as a snack. 

Wyatt posing with his "false tooth" (the rice, he HAD to pose with something)

So that's what we did, Wyatt drew a very detailed picture of himself in bed with his tooth and the tooth fairy was sprinkling dust on him from above.  We placed a glass of water with the piece of rice inside for the fairy. 

"The rice"  (in the bottom of the glass)

We read a book together before bedtime, Wyatt got into bed and went to sleep.  Early today Wyatt woke up around 7 am running through the house (I was already up), "The tooth fairy came, the TOOTH FAIRY CAME EVERYBODY!  Mommy, come see!  Hurry!"  So I ran into his room, he had the sweetest and most proud smile on his face.  Wyatt, "Look at my glass of water, it's orange, my favorite color!" 

The tooth fairy had taken the rice out of the glass, turned the water orange, left a letter, some green fairy dust on his dresser, window sill, and his bed.

Still half asleep but excited about his gold coin

Wyatt's tooth fairy letter read:

June 30, 2012

Dear Wyatt,

I was looking for your tooth in the glass of water and noticed a piece of rice instead.  I immediately knew that you swallowed your tooth.  Children leave my favorite snack,  a piece of rice in a glass of water (the water softens the rice so I can chew it) when his or her tooth is accidentally swallowed.  I'm sorry this happened to you, and imagine it was a big surprise for you as well.  But, don't worry accidents happen and I'm leaving you a special coin just the same. 

Well, Congratulations!  You lost your VERY FIRST tooth!  What a relief!  Loosing a tooth is a sign that you are growing up.

Please keep being a good boy and taking really good care of your teeth, so they'll stay healthy and not sick.

I left a special coin just for you.  It's a gold one dollar coin.  Enjoy!

Your assigned tooth fairy,

Cosmo Splash

Fairy Dust Color is: Graze (green)
Favorite Color is: Orange

Fairy dust on the window sill

Dust on his stuffed animal in his bed

Checking out the dust on his stuffed animal

Wyatt was completely happy with his Tooth Fairy adventure after all.    He was however a little worried that the Tooth Fairy wouldn't come if he didn't have a tooth to give.  We now have the next best pumpkin smile gracing our home.  A new milestone has been reached in the Anderson home, our little babies are little boys growing up; and way too quickly for me!