"Do not yield to discouragement in the face of difficulties and do not abandon yourselves to false solutions which often seem the easiest way to overcome problems. Do not be afraid to make a commitment, to face hard work and sacrifice, to choose the paths that demand fidelity and constancy, humility and dedication. Be confident in your youth and its profound desires for happiness, truth, beauty and genuine love! Live fully this time in your life so rich and so full of enthusiasm."
"Let us look with greater hope to the future; let us encourage one another on our journey."
~ Papa Benedict XVI

Friday, May 13

Catching up...again

Wow, 10 days without a post - well, we have been busy.  Our biggest time taker is baseball.  This weekend we have a 9am game, a 10:30 game, and a 11am game ... all in different locations.  Maybe the weather will help us out a bit. :  ) 

The kids are back to doing some school work, i am still pondering what else we really need besides finding the griddle cord and the crock pot, Cory is working hard as usual. 

We just celebrated Cory's birthday - i won't say how old he is because then you'll know how old i already am!   We managed to put a little aside through this move so we could get him a new grill for birthday/father's day. For mother's day i got a new, movable garden .... actually 2, but due to the cost of the 'dirt mixture' i opted to only use the larger one.  I have seeds for most things, i just need to purchase a few tomato and pepper plants and we will be good to go. 

Gardening is one of those things i have really missed these past 2 years.  Being homeless really puts a stop to gardening. : )  The kids have put in their requests for carrots and cherry tomatoes.  I am looking forward to the snow peas and fresh herbs...if they will actually grow.  
Over the years i have done quite a bit of research on gardening and have recently found Square Foot Gardening, which pulls together many of the things i have learned since we started our garden adventure about 5  years ago.   Our last neighbor used to give me a hard time about my gardening methods of raised beds and spacing.  She owns a farm and everything is done in rows.... the garden we had was huge and i could have gotten a lot more out of it than we did, i just never got all my ducks in a row.  She would be amazed now if she knew how much we are about to grow in 24 sq ft.  Its a little absurd. 

Gardening always amazes me, as the kids are willing to help plan and sometimes work, knowing they will have the joy of pulling cherry tomatoes and snow peas from the vine and just popping  them in their mouth.  The coolness of knowing something is hiding under the dirt that is nothing like the plant on top has them excited about the carrots.... they loved the years we did potatoes (with several other families)... such a treasure hunt is hard to beat.  Kids and dirt go hand in hand ....even with those kids who prefer to stay clean.  We have several of those and well, its totally my fault. : )  Even as a toddler i would make mud pies but cry and ask to be washed off if i got any on my clothes. 
I have always hated being dirty, which cracks me up because i am the one who threw pots through most of high school (a V-E-R-Y dirty activity) and i love to garden.  But then we must wash.  ah, to be clean.  I will be the first to jump in and get my hands dirty but don't ever stand in my way when it comes to cleaning up! :  )

I will try to get pictures up soon.  We have confirmation coming up for B. and pictures of the new house, baseball, new montessori materials, projects and the garden, which i am sure you all are dying to see. 
As always, please bear with me as things are crazy right now.... i'm looking forward to the middle of June!...when it all comes to an end - for the moment.  Geesh! : )

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