Sunday, April 13, 2008

Spring may actually have arrived!

Well, I had my doubts. I will admit it. I thought maybe the whole Al Gore global warming thing was pure bunk. If it really was true why on earth was spring not coming????? Ok, I still think he's full of you know what, but it appears we have finally gotten spring around here. We were teased with it, long enough to get our deck built. And then it went away. And I was worried that we'd seen all the spring there would be.

And it snowed, just last Friday. At least at my house. Not many other places got it. And tomorrow- it is supposed to be 80 degrees. That's Utah.

So I need to get pictures taken so I have some before and afters. I have been trying to get the garden in, I will not fight the weeds again, I vowed that to myself. So I am hoping to beat the heat and have it mostly in before summer. I square foot garden, and decided this year I WAS going to get the boxes done. And then the pathways in. So I am working my way through. I have about a 5000-6500 Sq. Ft garden. I have a hard time remembering if I added the berries and herb garden into that. It is big regardless. And so I must tame the weeds. That's my goal for this year. Now that we have figured out my back issues and that they were the cause of the last 14 years of migraines I can hopefully garden again without the stupid headaches!

I am going to brave violin lessons this summer. I am freaking out. I don't know if you have ever tried lessons for yourself after watching a child of yours excel in that same area. It is a bit intimidating. I am going to try really hard not to suck. Brynja will never let me live it down. :) Her school orchestra teacher is also the city's Children's Orchestra teacher and I talked him in to this adult class since I have a violin. I am not sure what I was thinking now that it is actually planned. So, we'll see. I may pass out. I have plans though for if he makes us do a concert. :) I won't mention them on here in case he somehow finds out about this blog. Let's just say he won't be able to keep a straight face. And chances are we'll all be older than him, so what's he gonna do about it!?!?! hee hee

So, the kids are back to building forts in the backyard. All the palettes and old deck wood are in piles waiting to get moved to the fire pit. Well, that is not entirely true. They were mostly by the fire pit awaiting their turn for glory, and have been dragged off to various corners of the yard for said forts.

And the kids have the gardening bug too. We have planted 75 strawberries, have 25 more waiting their turn. Planted 10 purple asparagus plants, 20 more at least waiting to be shipped, lots of peas, carrots, lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, beets, like 90 potatoes (let me know if you need any) and a bunch of herbs. Oh and grapes, boysenberries, blackberries, a pawpaw is coming, and some more fruit trees. We'll be very busy the next month or so. And there is still all the summer stuff to plant. I love watching the kids garden, they get such a thrill out of it. There is just something magical about growing things. So they have their own spots in the garden to do with as they please (for the most part). And they all have their own strawberry patches now!

Well, it is spring break this week. I have no idea what we'll do. We were thinking about going to southern UT, but to "get warm". If it is going to be 80 degrees here I don't think we'll be needing to go south. But we love Capitol Reef this time of year, so we may still make a day trip out of it. We'll camp if Joe has time, which I doubt he will since the weather just perked up.

If I keep at this blog thing you'll know what we did in a week. :) Keep those fingers crossed!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Another batch to share

Aliyah and her "Rapunzel" hair-do for halloween. She was so adorable. Definitely the perfect little princess.

Hollie's little boy borrowing my Professor Trelawny glasses at halloween. He was so hilarious!

We headed to nebraska in november. We took Grandma to Shram, or Aksarben. I am not sure which it goes by now. We would go there every summer with her when I was a kid. And so for the sake of our kids having the same experience we took them. Jordan and his family took the trip with us. And Traci and her little guy came with to shram. They still have the world's largest catfish! Well, it is a different one than we saw every year, but it is still the current record holder.

Well, this is the last picture of the house. It has been sold now from what I hear. I am glad the kids got to see it again, and we actually stayed in it instead of a hotel. I am really glad we did. It will be in the kids' memories now. And we brought Grandpa back for Veteran's Day and (shhh) had some really great steak! Don't tell Grandma.

That is one of the huge catfish at Shram, not THE catfish, but still big. And albino. I swear it glowed in the dark.
And Easter this year. It is getting a little less exciting now that our kids are getting older. I expect they will never give up the hunt. But it is losing its thrill now. It is just too hard to hide the eggs for the older kids. Well, so they actually have to hunt, I mean.

Some time to catch up

I had some "extra" (hahaha) time this weekend and got a bit of scrapping done. I thought I'd share so I wouldn't be so far behind. :)

Our favorite family tradition is going to Bear Lake every summer. I don't think we will ever get away without going. The kids look forward to it all year and begin asking about in early spring. We love that lake. The beaches are incredible, the water is so clear, and if you time it right it is not crow