Monday, May 7, 2012

Manic Monday 10 - Buh-Bye Whole Foods...Sort-of...

Manic Mommy Monday!

I cannot believe that I have only participated in 3 of these Monday post hops, where has the time gone?

Well, I guess on top of being a mom of two VERY active toddlers, here is what our household has been up too...

Two weeks ago my Jon Jon (aka Leettle) turned 2. It seems like my kids grow up quicker than I can blink! My husband and I put together a small party for him and a few of his (or should I say his brother's) friends. We had a build-your-own-pizza party equipped with a candy-filled pinata, which was a big hit with the kids.

Now that I have dried my eyes a bit, I am excited to announce that we will be traveling to Boise, ID at the end of the month! It will be wonderful to see my family and friends who I have not seen in an entire year. My family and I have always been extremely close and have really struggled with the fact that we live on opposite ends of the country. Up until a couple of years ago, David and I could fly out to see them every 3 to 4 months with the cost of only one plane ticket, but now it costs around $1,800 for me and the kids to visit each time.

Ahhh...reaching for the tissues again...

Ok, so here is the real reason I have been blogging so infrequently, I well let the pictures do most of the talking.

Our creek area construction zone and soon-to-be butterfly garden oasis

Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes, basil, and marigolds (companion planting to keep away aphids chemical-free)

...and more tomatoes, basil, and marigolds

Watermelon, radishes (which we do not like at all, but also planted for companion planting purposes), collard greens, more marigolds, and basil

Cucumbers and some mystery plants

Meet apple tree #1

More apple trees (waiting in pots until we figure out where to put them) and some berry bushes

...and the last of my husband's cider trees

One of the many sunflowers that my 3 year old grew from seed, he calls them "his responsibilities" :-)

One of two blueberry bushes

Grapes (which we are killing off since it may be diseased), tay berries, and clearing a spot for my lavender (my husband bought me a bunch of seeds as part of my birthday present)

Even our porch is full of plants! Gotta love our "tornado-proof" tie-downs ;-)

The first fruits of our labor

My adorable helper :-)

Of course, there are another dozen seed trays (everything except the trees and bushes have been grown from seed) in our garage and my husband deserves most of the credit for this, but we are EXHAUSTED at the end of the day! Yeah to a smaller grocery expense from Whole Foods!

If you want to know what other crazy stuff is going on in our household, follow my blog and join the Manic Monday hop hosted by The Gnome's Mom!


  1. It looks like you have some great area for gardens. We have just started our garden too and my son eats our strawberries as fast as they are growing

    1. We definitely do! There is a shaded area that we need to clear out so we can plant some lettuce. We also have a juicer, which takes up a lot of fruits and veggies. I can't wait until I do not have to buy $2 organic cucumbers anymore...we bought the seed pack for that much! :-)

  2. Wow! You have been busy! This stuff looks like it is going to be yummy! Especially those strawberries:-)

  3. My two year old could easily eat more than a dozen I do not know if our 25 strawberry plants can keep up :-)

  4. You are inspiring! We are about to move into a house from an apartment and I really want to start a garden.

  5. I love your garden! So jealous! We're moving in a few months so I can't start mine :(

  6. oh wow that is such a great idea!!!! plus i know my girls would love doing this. your son looks like he had a great time ! :)

  7. Like I said, most of the credit goes to my husband, but it does require quite a bit of upkeep.

    It is also nice to have some yard help from the oldest kiddo too ;-)


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