Monday, June 28, 2010

Natalie Stays Over Night

Natalie, our 15 month old granddaughter, came to stay overnight with us for the first time last weekend. I was a little nervous because I haven't had a baby in the house for 19 years and I was afraid she'd cry most of the weekend because she is pretty attached to her Mom. Well to my surprise we both did awesome! She didn't cry once, and I didn't let her out of my sight for a second. Talk about an easy baby!! She didn't put anything in her mouth, she slept through the night and she eats almost anything.

Here she is enjoying her mac & cheese.

She was eating with one of my measuring spoons.
She didn't care, she was having fun!

She can walk, but prefers to get around
on her knees. She can cover a lot of ground
this way!

After a busy day it was bath time.

She is all ready for Church, but she did
not like the barrette I put in her hair.

We enjoyed our weekend with her and we are all set to have her again in July. I didn't get a single thing done all weekend except play with Natalie, which was okay with me. She is a doll and the best little girl. God has truly blessed our family with this little girl.

An update on Shane...he is now in North Carolina at Camp Legeune. Once he is settled in there, Kelly and I are planning to fly out to see him probably sometime in August. It will be 6 months then that we have seen him and I can hardly wait to give my son a big hug!
Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July! We are on our way to Cumberland, WI for our annual vacation time with Dave and Jan (Kelly's oldest sister from St. Louis).

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Gardening Has Begun

Our field is full of wild strawberries. We did not let them go to waste! Kelly and I picked enough to make three pints of frozen jam, and seven half-pints of jam (which I canned so the jars are sealed). As you can see I have another bowl full waiting to be cleaned and processed. I LOVE making jams and jellies. Thanks Audrey for all the jars!!!

Here are a couple of pictures of our gardens. I'll update my blog as everything grows.

I planted a variety of lettuce this year (left) and have been
eating a salad almost every day. I had never had fresh
lettuce and it has an awesome flavor.
My Romaine lettuce is just starting to grow (middle row)
and we planted Kohlrabi this year (right side).

This is a LONG view of our original garden.
Corn, tomatoes, green peppers, zucchini,
carrots, beans, lettuce are all planted here.

This the extension Kelly started last year.
Planted here are onions, peas, cucumbers,
hot peppers, potatoes, sweet potatoes,
corn, cantaloupe.

If all goes well this fall, we will be very busy picking and canning everything!

Sidekick Melody. My 10 year old
girl does not leave my side when I am
in the garden. I just love my faithful friend!!!

Last but not least, here is the current prim I am
working on. I have a few more cat's cut out and
ready for a face.

Have a blessed week!