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Coming Out of Winter

Posted by Bryce Wend on March 15, 2011

Here’s a look into our lives the last couple of months. 

We are lovin’ Mason’s imagination right now.  To say that it is blossoming would be an understatement.  On any given day he thinks he is a construction worker, gardener and truck driver.  This is him with his “pack pack leaf bwower and ear muffs”.

The state of baby girl’s hair is getting a little more normal.  I just had to snap up some photos, she’s got a mohawk, bald spot and mullet all in one.  Lucky girl!

We had some playdate visitors, Alicia and Juliette. 

Here’s them in our belly’s 🙂

Did I mention we’re potty training?  Ahh, yeah.  Check back in with us in a few weeks.  It’s pretty messy around here these days.

Spring is coming!  And Hershey has fleas!  Yay!

Bows and ruffles and pink… OH MY!

Mason and Casey making Casey’s favorite Chicken Fried Steak from the Pioneer Woman cookbook.

“Miso Cute” seriously… i … die…. 

We’re bouncin’ now!  Thank God for the stationary babysitter bouncer.  Saving mother’s sanity all over the world one bounce at a time.

Yes, we dress up our cat… don’t you?

My maternity leave ended and I went back to work.  Luckily there was a concrete pour to soften the blow 😉

Ryan has a personal vendetta against this plastic mirror on her playmat.  She can’t keep herself away from it and makes it her daily mission to try and wrestle it off it’s hanger. 

Baby girl has outgrown her bassinet.  Um, maybe we should get Mason out of his crib?

Ryan’s starting to sit up like a champ.  Let’s just hope she puts off crawling for awhile, we want to enjoy the stationary baby stage as long as we can!

And that’s it folks!

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Christmas 2010

Posted by Bryce Wend on January 24, 2011

The Christmas season came and went in a flurry this year. 

We started off meeting Santa Claus at Storytime with Santa night at the Campbell Community Center.  Mason did incredibly well and wasn’t the least bit scared.  It might have helped that Santa read a book to all the children before they got in line to climb upon his lap. 

He told Santa that he wanted a dump truck and a motorcycle.  Santa advised Mason that he might be a little young for a motorcycle but he would see what he could do. 

Then we had a Holiday Program for Mason’s preschool.  He and his preschool class of 2-3 year olds sang a couple of Christmas songs.  He was doing great at the beginning but something scared him and he started to cry before they could finish.  Uggh, just writing about it again makes my heart break.   

But we  moved on to more fun holiday activities.  Like baking cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. 

And opening up our matching Christmas Eve jammies.

We put cookies and carrots out for Santa and his reindeer.  The next morning they were all gone and Santa had left presents and filled the stockings.  Mason was excited to dive in.

He figured out Christmas a lot more this year.  Although it did take us a few hours to get through the presents, it seemed that every present he opened he wanted to play with.   We both really enjoyed watching him get excited about each one. 

And of course Ryan got her share of goodies too!  Although she was still a little small to tear into the presents on her own.

He did end up with a motorcycle, although it didn’t come from Santa it came from Grandma and Grandpa in Washington. 

Baby’s First Christmas!

Later that day we headed over to Brookdale to celebrate with the Leguillons. 

Mason got more even more presents.  Gardening tools from Grammy and Popi!

It was great to see all the cousins.  It was a little hectic, but isn’t that what the holidays are all about?

Hope you had a cool yule!

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Posted by Bryce Wend on August 4, 2010

Our vegetable garden is finally in full swing! 

Here is a shot of it mid-May.

And here it is mid-July. 

What a difference two months makes!

Herbs

Our herb section is coming right along.  We’ve got more basil, chives and mint than a family of three can handle.  Last weekend I made this pesto sauce for the first time and it turned out wonderful!  I even froze some for winter in baggies.  We’ll see how it holds up come January. 

The mint is growing very well also.  We had to cut it back, it was taking over everything.  Boy does it smell good though!  It made me want a mojito REAL BAD.  But I digress. 

Not fairing so well is the parsley and cilantro.  The poor parsley is so pathetic I couldn’t even bring myself to take a picture of it.  And the cilantro, well it was good for like 4-weeks and then it bolted and we couldn’t keep it down.  It kept wanting to flower and seed.  Cilantro turned out to be a pretty difficult herb to grow as far as maintenance goes.  Bummer for me, I love the stuff.  Perhaps a little more shade next year. 

Salad Veggies

We’re also enjoying a lot of carrots (Little Finger and Berlicum) and lettuce (Merveille de Quatre Saison).  Not fairing so well are the snap peas.  Some type of white mold took over the plants so we ended up pulling them and replanting this week hoping to get a second harvest of them.    

Tomatoes

And then there are these beauties.  Camp Joy Cherries.  My mouth starts watering just thinking about how yummy they’re going to be. 

We’ve also got a couple of heirloom varieties, Henderson’s Pink Ponderosa and some seeds we saved from Casey’s coworker Matt Heintz’ family. 

There is a slight chance that we are going to have more tomatoes than we can handle in a month or two.  I secretly hope this is the case.   

Peppers

We’ve got nine different pepper plants. 

Although after the ‘Great Pepper Mix-Up of 2010’ (read: Mason dumped out all the starters from their labeled containers)… I’m not exactly sure what we are going to end up with. 

Hopefully mostly sweet (Admiral Golden, Vidi Crimson and Valencia Orange) with a couple of Tam Jalepenos thrown in. 

Green Beans

Enjoying the Contender string beans.

Cucumber/Melons

And then there is this…

A hodge-podge of melons and cucumbers growing all over the place.  The sweet melons are Cranes and the Cucumbers are Garden Oasis.  I planted some Lemon Cucumber and not a single one sprouted, which has me stumped, maybe bad seeds? 

No fruit from these guys yet, although we’ve got lot’s of flowers and it’s looking promising!

July 25 Harvest

mint, basil, lettuce, carrots, garlic and onions (green and bulb).

How is your garden doing?  Any suggestions on the problems we’ve stumbled upon?

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