Wednesday
Jul312013

A Garden Party 

This past weekend Ellie turned 8!!! It's hard for me believe that I have an eight year old. What in the world! Anyhow, every year the kiddos pick a theme and this year Ellie wanted vegetables. I see our garden tending is rubbing off on her positively. Yay! Here are a few snippets from her big day...

I must say my favorite part of the whole party was ellie's cake. The Mr took on the task and he and KJ came up with this! I was rather impressed. I also hear it tasted amazing!!!

Throughout the house I made watering can bouquets with flowers, vegetables and herbs from the garden along with roses left over from a friend who is a florist. She sold them to me on the cheap. Talk about perfect timing!

Of course, worms had to make an apperance. It was a vegetable garden party after all.

I always try to include at least one fun activity for the kiddos to do. It keeps them busy and helps with keeping their rooms from being pulled apart bit by bit. We went with decorating pots to grow herbs. Loved getting to see everyone's personality really shine here. A few just splattered paint everywhere while others were meticulous to the very last detail.

As everyone left they received dirt, seeds, and a gardening set to take home with them. The two babies of the group got tiny watering cans that were a tad safer.

I must say I really lucked out when target marked all their summer gardening supplies down to 75% off. It enabled me to go a little above and beyond for take away gifts on our budget. I also found the water cans for the bouquets at Target too and again they were 75% off!  Thankfully everything we used to make this party a true gardening party we will be able to use years to come. I used a coupon for all the pots at Micheal's and they ended up being around a dollar a piece. Not too shabby.

Tuesday
Jul302013

Run

A few weeks ago I put it out there that I started running on instagram. I did it less as a go me, but more as a "I can't quit now." I have been using the app Ease into 5k. It is the first time that I am actually seeing results on my distance running. Yes, 3 miles may not be much to some, but for me it's a huge accomplishment. I am about 3 weeks in and actually loving it. The first week if it weren't for the Mr pushing me every step of the way I don't think I would have continued. I personally like to breath. Ha. Maybe just maybe there is hope for me yet!

Friday
Jul262013

Eight

This little lady turns 8 this weekend. Eight seems like such a big number. She went to horse camp all this past week and she had a blast. Was exhausted, but had a blast. She has the sweetest spirit, is a prayer warrior, and finds the good in everything. I wish I was more like her most days. She is calm and collected and when she let's loss she can dance with madness. I am blessed that she is mine.

Wednesday
Jul242013

Advice Please!

For my birthday, which is in August, my parents gifted me a pergola. My papa and I spent a week and built one that he designed. It's been quite some time since we had that much quality time together and I can honestly say that part was my favorite. Is it not gorgeous??? In a few month's it should become a more weathered gray like the fence.

Our backyard gets sun ALL day long. It's hot. This provides some protection now. YAY! Now I would LOVE some of your advice. I already bought string lights to hang, but my question is should I put a dining area here or more of a lounging space? I could easily see us using both. I keep on flip flopping on ideas so I thought you all could be of some help! The fire pit will be moved of course and I am playing around with the idea of stenciling the floor. Also the back door needs a good paint job once again. I don't mind this color, but am wondering if I should try something different, thoughts?

Oh, and here's and updated photo of all the limelights blooming. Next year it should be more of a full wall. Can't wait! We also plan on adding sod in the fall. We have so many barren spots. boo.

Tuesday
Jul232013

The Kitchen Garden {an update}

I have been wanting to do a kitchen garden update for some time. Instead of waiting any longer for me to pull out the good camera I decided to just snap some iPhone pics. With wedding season in full swing the last thing I want to do is edit personal pics. Ha. I am sure if you happen to follow me on instagram you can easily tell how much I LOVE having a garden. It's been a fun project for both the kiddos and I. It relaxes me to no end. It's even better since things actually came to life. In the back of my head I was afraid that it simply would not work. Our garden is organic and gmo free. I have had to battle bunnies and bugs. Sometimes they win and sometimes I do.

These are either zucchini or cumber. I am still learning along the way needless to say. The lettuce flowered and became bitter. Had no idea that would happen. Again learning as I go. Will most definitely try lettuce again when it cools off. Apparently it's more of a cool weather plant not an Alabama heat kind of one.

I added zinnias for cutting and to draw bee's for pollination and to help keep bad bugs at bay. I had no idea they would do so well! The more you cut the more they come back.

The okra came in with abundance. The kiddos absolutely adore picking new finds and even trying everything that they have grown.

These were a surprise to me. I never planted sunflowers, but yet here they are!

The watermelon may be what I am most excited about. One now has a big old black spot on it. Heart breaking really. Any of you know of a good way to keep pests at bay organically?

This is from yesterdays bounty. Yum! It makes me want to add more beds, but alas we have a small yard and it's filling quickly.

You can see the start of the garden here.