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Archive for the ‘Home and Garden’ Category

Summer Update

Posted by Bryce Wend on July 24, 2010

Life’s been a little crazy round these parts lately.  Well honestly when isn’t it?  All this business of growing a family (literally) and tending to our careers can be a lot to handle sometimes.

Anyway, I wanted to do a quick update on the summer activities since lookie-there we’re already at the end of July!  This is a total random smorgashboard of photos but sums up our lives (well the fun part anyway) over the last couple of months.  Enjoy!

The vegetable garden in mid-May.

Visiting with friends.

Lot’s of role playing going on in our house.

First harvest, heirloom lettuce (Merveille de Quatre Saisons).

And Sugar Ann Snap Peas.

Weekend trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Jelly fish.

And more Jelly fish.


Mason’s first room service.

Getting ready for baby sister.

Fourth of July in La Selva Beach.

Fourth of July cupcake.

New Thomas the Train backpack.

Mowing the yard.


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March ’10 Wrap-Up

Posted by Bryce Wend on April 6, 2010

Here’s a not-so-quick wrap up of what we were up to this last month.

Hershey got a much needed haircut.

And after:

I finally sold my Honda.  What a great car that has been for me, it was a bittersweet day to see it go.


But, I’ve got this beauty to drive around now… and I luvvv it!

We celebrated St. Patrick’s day.  We wore our green.   

And ate a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner.

We took a trip to Vegas where Chris and Amanda got hitched.

And hosted Patty, Greg and Dylan on their drive back to Washington.

Casey’s been working really hard to finish up his latest project so it was great to spend some quality family time together.

We took an outing to the recently renovated Happy Hollow in San Jose and the kiddos had a blast!

Wow, it’s no wonder it felt like March flew by!

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The Vegetable Garden

Posted by Bryce Wend on April 3, 2010

When we did our major yard project a couple of years ago, we had always envisioned a place for raised vegetable boxes.  

Being a corner lot, we started out with a side yard that was directly accessed from the street with little to no privacy and a rolling slope. 

Our vision was to level out the landscape by installing a block wall and capture this space into the backyard.  Here the block wall is installed and the fence is going in.

And the final installation. 

Since it is a little narrow and long it was a good fit for vegetable boxes.  But after a couple years of not being used for much of anything it basically became our giant weed patch. 

So earlier this year, with renewed energy after reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and In Defense of Food the weeding began. 

The cedar was ordered and Casey built the boxes.  We roughly followed these guidelines from my web crush The Pioneer Woman. 

And then the dirt came.  What an exciting day that was for Mason to see a dump truck in our driveway!  Uncle Robert graciously offered his mad dirt shoveling skills.  Not surprisingly, Mason couldn’t just stand around watching.

Dirt is in, irrigation is run!  And Mason continues to provide his assistance with the gardening.

So, it’s beginning of April and we’ve got radishes, carrots, lettuce, garlic and sugar peas started from seed. 

I also have made an attempt to start our tomatoes and peppers inside.  Starting the basil didn’t go so well, looks like I’m going to be buying a couple of plants from the farmer’s market instead.  

Hopefully if all goes well we’ll be enjoying them in a few months!

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