Monday, January 30, 2012

Garden 2012: Sprout Robot

Last year, hubs built me a single raised garden plot in our backyard.  I was so excited to plant, water, and reap the fruits of our harvest.  But then almost nothing grew.  I literally had two cherry tomatoes grow, one of which was plucked mercilessly from the vine whilst still green by a three year old.  My best producer was basil.  I snipped leaves every other day from that baby and still she produced.  So satisfied with my small accomplishment, I'm crazy enough to try it again.  I hear herbs thrive on neglect btw.

But this time, I've been edjumacated about soil pH and the monumental importance it plays in how productive a vegetable garden is. 

You mean you can't get freshly mucked "compost" from the sale barn that is actually sawdust and poo, mix it with a bit 'o topsoil and call it done?  Oh. Well ok.

I just found this site called Sprout Robot from Herban Homestead.  You plug in your zip code and what you want to grow (from a list of things that will grow in your area) and it spits out a planting schedule for you, instructions on exactly how to plant each veggie and further instructions such as when to thin, harvest, etc.  It even has three planting options: containers, single bed, or family garden.  

Only it's telling me to plant seeds this week.  So I suppose tomorrow while Mr. is in preschool little bit and I will take a trip to the Breedlove's nursery.  Yay! 

Oh and I have two pallets waiting to be turned into something fabulous and I'm thinking one or both will be this using herbs instead of succulents: 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Play Group (Sanity & Chaos)

We had play group yesterday.  It's the first time I've hosted and I really enjoyed it!  Honestly I'm just glad anyone showed up.  We had three toddlers and three infants so it was busy busy and toys everywhere.  

I am so thankful to have friends to get together with and babies for my babies to play with.  I haven't been able to go to very many play dates lately and hosting this one reminded me how much I look forward to sitting and chatting with friends while our kids tear (enter host's name here)'s house apart. 

If you are expecting or are already a momma, I highly recommend starting or attending regular play groups!  It will keep you sane.  Or at least help. 

P.S. Roberto hung the new chandelier in the entry way.  If I said I was smilin' before, I'm beaming now!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Uncle Rich

I was sorting through pictures from the past few weeks and noticed that every other picture was of Uncle Rich and Wyatt.  This makes me smile because not many college age guys care one way or the other about toddlers.  

Ladies: he's single, intelligent, funny, employed, knows how to cook, loves God, and knows all random facts there ever have been to know.  

Rich, if you're not married in six months I'll eat my hat.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Entryway *Stripes*

I've been wanting to paint our entryway for quite some time.  While my incredible mother in law is here to wrangle the kiddos, I went for it.  Good heavens I cannot tell you what a difference it makes.  

I used to walk in and think "Gee I desperately need to paint these sterile hospital walls. Like, yesterday."  Now I just smile when I walk in the door.

A part of the monumental difference is that the previous owners bought a truckload of high gloss white paint and schlapped it on every surface in the house.  Trim, walls, cabinets, bathrooms, hallways, it didn't matter.  High gloss for all.  It felt like a cheap apartment.  

Now there is personality, if I do say so.  Look, you can even see the crown molding.

Part of me wanted to wait and show complete B/A pics.  Like with my new chandelier and freshly painted mirror and wire baskets in place etc.  But the who-knows-when-I'll-get-to-it-I-have-a-baby-to-nurse-every-three-hours-and-a-two-year-old-to-keep-from-tearing-the-very-doors-from-their-hinges part of me said 'I'd post pics now if I were you'.  And I am me, so I did.

The base coat is Martha Stewart's Heavy Cream and the stripes are Sherwin Williams Rice Grain.  Both in eggshell.  Experiencing what a completely different feeling it gives the house motivated me to paint the entire living room Glidden's Olivewood yesterday afternoon.  

I used this tutorial (but used a paint brush instead of a foam brush) to get perfect stripes.  Most satisfying tape removal of all time. 

Here are my original inspiration photos I scouted from Pinterest:

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

Whew!  We've been traveling hither and yon for the holidays and are finally home.  We flew the fam to Canada to surprise Rob's parents for their 30th wedding anniversary and stayed through Christmas.  They were surprised (quite a feat for the Hyde's- thanks Andy and Maylee for keeping it mum!!) and thrilled to have us there and meet their second grandbaby! 

At the anniversary party, Maylee gave them the best present ever- she and Andy announced that they'll be having a baby this spring!  Rob caught this shot right as Andy announced it- isn't she glowing?  And blushing in this picture, I think.  ;)

Wyatt played in the snow for this first time.  He loved it!  But he kept taking his mittens off which led to frozen hands and grumpy bears.  But so worth it.

Uncle Richie got Wyatt an earth mover for Christmas and snagged a friend for life.

Speaking of friends, let's talk about these two.  That's Andy and Maylee's new puppy, Lucy.  The first day and a half around Lucy was sketchy for Wyatt.  Being an energetic puppy, she kept jumping and trying to give Wyatt kisses.  But then Wyatt realized he could shove her off of him and their friendship blossomed.  And if she got out of line, he took her teething bone and conked her on the head.  Gently. So here they are getting into mischief under the dining room table.  

For New Year's, we had our long time friends over, Kristin and Clayton.  There was laughter, tears (from kids), charades and hot tubbin'.  It was a great time.

The guys won but only from obvious and unashamed cheating.

And we still have some holiday celebrations to go!  Believe it or not, we haven't celebrated Christmas with my side of the family yet, so the Christmas tree and decorations are still standing strong in our house.  I kind of like it.  It's like Christmas stretched into two months this year.