Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Some Garden Excitement!

We have been super excited about our garden this year, and although I was hoping to do more of a play by play in the season, not having a computer for a month, etc got in the way.  So, here's a little excitement in the back yard

First up, lettuce!  This is the last head of lettuce.  It will be gone soon.  It was so thrilling eating salads made out of lettuce from our garden. 

Then there's this little guy.  It looks like other peppers are about to come, but so far only this one has started to grow.  We received 4 pepper plants for free from a farmer's market so I figure anything we get is good. 

Our bean plant is about 6 feet tall.  It's out of control.  Any advice anyone has about controlling those little vines would be fabulous. Hopefully we'll see more beans and less flowers soon. 

And last but not least...our tomato.  Well, we have 7 tomatoes growing, but only one is turning red.  Granted, I'm hoping we get more than 7 tomatoes (I paid $10 for 2 plants), but seeing that it's actually working is so exciting. I look out of the kitchen window basically every time I'm in there to check on him.  Steve and I are both chomping at the bit to eat him. 

Sorry there's no picture, but Cadance's favorite part of the garden is the pink flower she picked out from Home Depot.  I'm honestly surprised it's still alive.  But, it's growing well.  And, now that Cadance has a small pool in the backyard she pours buckets of water on them because, "they are hungry and need to eat."

On the not so good side we planted 6 watermelon seeds and 8 cucumber seeds and nothing even sprouted.  We have almost an entire 4x4 foot square empty because it was meant for a watermelon plant.  Oh well, we'll try again next year!

Monday, June 10, 2013

When My Parents Came to Visit

Recently my parents came to visit.  One fun day after another.  Cadance was a trooper.  She loved every minute of it.  And, she still ends every day with, "another fun day," repeating what my mom would say to her every night. 

Here are some highlights. 

The Zoo          

Cadance with the flamingos, which I would say is her favorite bird

This orangutan started chewing the plastic coating off of the fence and then spit it at us.  I'm pretty sure she was bored more than mean, and it was pretty funny

Notice the brown pellets of animal food.  Cadance loved throwing "rocks" at all the animals and in the water.

My dad trying to get the peacock to open his feathers, too bad it didn't work.  Cadance called them pecans.

Notice the red cheeks and sweaty hair.  She loved every minute though

So excited to ride the giraffe on the carousel.
   Belle Isle      

Gorgeous view of the James River

Cadance so excited because she knows what's coming

Going for a walk with Grandma
Enjoying the current of the water
 The Greek Festival

Loving the dancing

Not so much loving the food

Cheesing it for the camera in the cathedral
Maymont Park

Bubble fun!
Always love the flowers
Looking at the waterfall

Enjoying time with Grandma

Thanks for the week mom and dad!  Good food, good adventures, good conversation!