Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Daughter Obsessed With Greek Mythology

I just had to laugh when Colleen got into the googley eyes and tried to turn Paco into a Greek monster.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Garden Transformation- Day Fifty-Four

Today was the day to work on our church's community garden. We felt like it was important to include the children in this project so that they could spend time in service to others and boy did they work today. There was an enormous amount of weeding to be done and they stepped up to the challenge.

We also got to harvest some onions, lettuce, beet greens, and basil. What a great feeling to reap the rewards of your labor. It was fun dividing it up and taking it to some of the members of our church.

The home garden is not looking as wonderful, though. Glen put up a fence for Mother's Day to keep the chickens, bunnies, and dog out, but not before they dug up my seed. So, here it is:

The corn:
The squash, beans, and cucumbers:

The tomatoes:
Pitiful, I know. However, I hopes for a brighter future. In the mean time, the spring garden is doing great. This week we had Swiss Chard, radishes, onions, and kolrhabi. I have never tasted kolrhabi before, but it was quite good. The leaves taste like a very mild kale and the bulb tastes like broccoli. Surprisingly yummy.

This week we will be eating spinach, salad, and more kolrhabi. It is so fun to pick your food from your own backyard!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Crossing Over

Tuesday night was the annual "Last pack meeting of the year" for Cub Scout troop 442. We have attended this for 4 years and watched many young men cross the bridge from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, but this year was different. This year "my" cub was crossing.

It truly is a bittersweet moment. He is ready, but I may not be. It seems like just yesterday we started as a Tiger. The first year all the moms participate. But, for the next two years, I was the den mother for this group of boys. They have grown so much, both physically and mentally.

They did have to get rid of me though, because they needed someone, a man specifically, who had more to offer than sand art and sing-a-longs.

Here they are as Boy Scouts with their new troop. I am so proud of all of them, especially my little cub.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day Hike

Today, I was given the choice of activities by my lovely family and I chose something that we all love... hiking. We wanted to try a new place, but wasn't quite sure. My friend Sharon suggested at church this morning that we try the Schoolhouse Gap trail. Then, I remembered a blog written by my friend Randy at 900 Miles about his recent hike there. That was it.

It was a nice hike that started off along a creek and then headed up. Once again, my family was wondering what my problem was trying to get up the hill. But, it was fairly short and the rest of the incline was not so steep.

This a great hike for wildflowers. We saw Solomon's Seal, Foam Flower, Dwarf Irises, and numerous Trilliums and daisies. The best of all was the Pink Lady Slipper. Colleen was so excited! As we were climbing the hill she said that she had never seen a Yellow Lady Slipper or Pink Lady Slipper in bloom and when we got to the top of the hill... viola! She was so excited and talked about it the rest of the way.
We also found interesting creatures on our hike. Glen found a lizard that Colleen caught and I had an Inchworm land on my back. That would not seem so exciting, but we have just been learning about caterpillars and, in particular, we read about why Inchworms crawl like they do. It was fascinating to hold one and watch its little feet propel its long body.
Well, we had a delightful day and I am now waiting for the Mother's Day feast of steak and oven-roasted potatoes to commence.