Thursday, May 21, 2009

The hardest two years of her life.

Well, so far. Emma just completed her second year of preschool, and that means it's graduation time!


Isn't she looking old?


Pomp and Circumstance


The big moment. She's officially a graduate!


The exit march.
Now on to bigger and better. I can hardly believe she will be riding the bus come September. At least she'll have her big brothers to show her the ropes.

We love you Emma!
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Rabbit stew, anyone?

Seriously, where's my bb gun???





All this beautiful lettuce being eaten by rabbits! I wouldn't mind if they had eaten the little piddly heads, but they had to go for the big beautiful ones! Hopefully we'll get some lettuce in a week or so. We have a few tricks up our sleeves to stop the rabbits. If nothing else, I know how to build a cage to put over the top of my raised beds, I'd just rather not have to build those right now.

We had a fun past couple of weeks. Elliott's parents and my parents and sister were here for Ethan's baptism a week ago. We had lots of fun, and were sad when everyone left.


We had to find something to fill our time with, so I've been gardening, cleaning, and doing hair. Emma has a super sensitive scalp, so she doesn't let me do much with her hair, but Sophie loves to look like a princess. I never realized how many hair blogs there are out there, but lucky for me there are plenty of fun ideas, and Sophie is always game for a new 'do!

Elliott and I also hosted our 2nd annual chocolate party this past weekend. So fun! I highly recommend hosting one yourself. Each couple brings their favorite chocolate dessert, and everyone samples away (until they are sick--- seriously, you only need a bite of each!), and then each guest votes for their top 3 favorites. We awarded major prizes (chocolate cook book for first, world's best bittersweet chocolate sauce for two runner-ups), and had lots of fun!


These little black cakes on the bottom right were the grand prize winner- Boston Creme Pies by Jahnelle. Second place went to Leilani for her chocolate cream puffs, and third place was White Hot, Hot Chocolate from Matt. It's hot chocolate with cayanne in it!


(Don't I look like I'm having fun stuffing my face??)

Today Sophie and I planted 6 pepper plants (two each of green bell, red bell, and jalapeno), and two Roma tomato plants.


The Square Foot Gardening method recommends lying the tomato plants on their sides in the soil to establish a better root system. Hopefully I'm not killing my plants by following that advice!

Emma also helped us plant a pot of rosemary and a huge pot of basil. I love basil! I can't wait for homemade pesto. So yummy! Tomorrow I have 12 (!) more tomato plants coming, and later this week I'm planning to finish building two more raised beds for squash and pumpkins. Maybe I'll keep the lettuce in past it's prime in the hopes the rabbits will eat that and leave my other plants alone!

The boys are home, and I'm off to beat Andrew at UNO. Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Overheard

Background: Elliott went up to the Amish countryside today for a business meeting. He was telling us about it at dinner tonight.

Elliott: I had an Amish attendant at the gas station.

Ethan: Was he annoying?




(Later he clarified that he meant was it annoying not to be able to use electricity.)

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Just call me Slacker Blogger

We've had a lot going on at our house lately. Too much to even mention, but we've been having lots of fun together. This weekend we have both sets of grandparents and an awesome aunt staying with us to celebrate a momentous occasion. More on that early next week.

In the meantime, I've been madly trying to get caught up on a few things in the quilting realm. These 4 blocks are the January through April blocks for the Birthday Block swap. I will be so happy when this is over!

I've also been piecing a top as a favor to my mom... she quilts my quilts, so this is the least I can do. It's almost done, we just need to choose a border fabric while she's here this week. I also started cutting fabric for quilts for the girls' beds. I am SO excited to get these quilts made. Pics to come!


In the meantime, I'll leave you with this parting photo... now that Bama and Pa are here with their i-phones, all 3 kids can feed their addiction at the same time (Sophie was napping at this time, or she might have been crying for time on one herself!)