June 7, 2017

Portrait of the Month: May

May was spent enjoying 70 degree weather, taking family walks, dinner picnics, daily trips to the park, mastering the "big" potty, learning to sit up, and living on little to no sleep since everyone had been sick all month long.
James has been wearing his glasses almost full time after a recent trip to his ophthalmologist showed that his eye isn't progressing as well as hoped.

June 1, 2017

Dear Indigo: 5 months

Hello sweet girl,

You have such a sweet voice, as you coo and hum all day with a smiling face.  You are a very relaxed little lady.  You've been preferring to only be held by your Mama, but tolerate others for a short bit.  You'be been gaining neck strength, and can roll either way now, but you actually like being on your tummy.  You are such a content baby, now that regular milk is out of my system, which thankfully we figured out early on.  You've taken to sucking on your pointer and middle fingers of your right hand.  It is so precious, but we've been pulling them out so that your teeth don't come in weird.  You've been drooling up a storm, but no teeth yet.  Indigo you've laughed!!!  Its more of a chuckle/giggle, and I have to be careful to not let James tickle you because it like being tickled by wolverine claws.  You are sleeping through the night, save for one early morning nursing sometime two if you go to bed early.  We love you dearly, and are so beyond blessed to have you in our family.  This month was a difficult one for your Mama with Graham's 2 yr anniversary, so many reminders of what we missed with him.  Sweetie, you are such a precious little lady.  I savor your sweet smiles and squishy little legs.  You love to be held, facing out to see and experience the world.  We love you Indigo!

Hugs and kisses,
Mama + Daddy

April 28, 2017

April Garden 2017

The little front garden is starting to come back to life...the lemon balm is growing in the back right planter.  Some pumpkin seeds are starting to emerge in the back left planter.  There are orange California poppies, yellow Welsh poppies, and chamomile starts are all emerging from their self seeded places - mostly in the front left area, but the rock path is pretty well filled with weeds, volunteer poppies, and johnny-jump-ups.  
 The front pots are also starting to come back to life.  The agapanthus is just starting to come back, and the mint and oregano are coming in too.

I'd never been such a fan of spring until I started watching the new life emerge.   Are you planting anything this year?

April 27, 2017

Red dead nettle: Lamium purpureum

 You know it is spring around here when these little beauties start peeking their purple heads out.  I've been working to create a purple carpet, but have to keep reminding myself that for plants grow and multiply it simply takes time.  I've been reading about native vs introduced plants, and although some may consider these weeds, they are gorgeous little pops of color, packed with edible and medicinal uses.  I dream of seeing something like this...a little purple haven.
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