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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April 12, 2017

Dear Indigo: 4 months

Dear Indigo.

Sometimes I sit and hold you and just weep.  You were so anticipated, my dear.  We weren't sure if we would get another chance.  But here you are smiling, cooing.  You've decided that you are decidedly a night out and love to sleep in until at least 8 am.  (Of course that includes eating during the night)  Your smiles lights up your entire face!!! and your scowl is hilarious...even if it is around more often than not...those furrowed eyebrows...deep in thought.  You've gaining weight and height ahead of schedule.  You are in good control of your head now and thus are enjoying tummy time more.  You've also taken the habit of sucking your thumb and forefinger on your left hand.  We love you and all your little sounds.  James loves to hold you...as do I.  Your favorite thing is bath time and the quiet.  You love a quiet room with one on one attention and eye contact.  And my dear, you have such expressive eyes.

Love you dearly,
Mama for all
Indigo 4 months: James 6 months: Same overalls. same blue eyes.

April 6, 2017

Portrait of the Month: March

We're a bit late for ...mostly because this picture perfectly describes this last month...chill.
The kiddos have been fighting colds, fighting for attention, and one has been fighting with every word that comes from this mama's mouth.  Ah. The joys of parenthood.  Seriously I am so grateful to be doing this, but I've started a new note entitled: Things I Never Thought I'd Say.  It keeps me sane and focusing on the humor of it all.