June 24, 2016

Little Clark III: 13 weeks

Hello baby, 
I cried when the nurse found your quick little heartbeat on the ultrasound, I was so nervous that I'd lost you since I felt so great.  She said you looked just fine for an 8 week old.  You are 13 weeks old today - over three months.  We have been praying hard that you're healthy and whole.  Thus far carrying you has been easy and wonderful...no sickness, no losing weight (no gaining either), shape shifting quickly.  I hope you decide to keep things that way. But I do have to say, I am all tuckered out by 4pm.  We are working on names, and have settled on a few of our favorites.  James is convinced he needs another brother, so I'm guiding him towards the idea that we don't get to decide.  I've been eating mini meals all day, (even once during the night) so perhaps that is what is staving off the nausea.  Baby, we love you, and hope to meet to in December.  You goal is Dec 2 (full term) anything after is just icing on the cake, got it.
Love and kisses,
Mama

June 22, 2016

2016 June Garden Update

The last time you saw my garden it was nothing but dirt, rocks and empty beds.  Remember?  Not anymore.  I've been taking a ridiculous amount of pictures to document the growth happening over here.  After a computer crash earlier this month, I haven't been motivated since all those pictures were lost that had yet to be backed up on my external hard drive. So here goes my little iphone camera for the win.

So....I have terrible soil;as in it is mostly rocks and woodchip dust, and roots from a spreading maple that keeps sending up little trees.  In one particular area, none of my chamomile was coming up.  Weeks went by and nothing; so I sowed some California poppies.   Two more weeks and still nothing; I sowed some dill.   All of the sudden my little patch was awakening...everything was coming up at once. Awesome. but that meant I had no idea what was what.
The middle right spidery one is chamomile, most of the rest are california poppies, front and center are succulents. the small shoots are dill.
 Take notice of the little construction zone in the back bed. :)
 The lay of the land...I was ambitious.  But we've already harvested some of the onions and chilies.
Volunteer pansies/johnny jump ups.  Wherever I see them starting, I let them stay...so pretty.

June 2, 2016

Monthly Portrait: May

This month I've been working on savoring the moment.  Savoring and basking in...opening the fridge to find a neatly lined up row of little cars.  Patting his tummy at naptime and hearing his little voice say, "my toes aren't cozy Mommy", and recovering his little feet with blankets.  All the potty training successes and accidents.  The walks to "throw bread at the duckies".  I'm enjoying the hunts for dandelions  seeds to shake into the wind because blowing = eating.  James is 2 yrs, 8 months, and a little whirlwind.  Why walk - when you can run?  Why talk - when you can sing? Why listen - when you have your own agenda? 

 We are throat deep in training him into a kind-hearted, respectful, honest, obedient boy...many days feel like utter failures.  It is funny how different James and my childhood behaviors are (at least what I remember) behaving/interacting with my parents.  Our personalities are quite different resulting in very different confrontations.  He is fond of being in control and asserting himself thus, which will serve him well in the future if he can learn to respect authority and listen to others.  He has much compassion for others, generously giving hugs, kisses and neck pats to make sure everything is ok.  He would much prefer to be running around naked singing at the top of his lungs than quietly play with blocks, but both types of play happen.  I wake up never knowing what exactly the day will bring, and I don't mind one bit.

May 19, 2016

Small flowered Forget-me-nots: Myosotis laxa

I noticed these little plants springing up around our house.  I was trying to figure out what they were when the tiniest, prettiest little flowers began to uncurl.  After some research, I found that they are PNW native small-flowered forget-me-nots.  I love the little multicolored flowers.