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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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Ryan Turns 4 Months

Posted by Bryce Wend on February 10, 2011

Yesterday was our girl’s 4-month birthday! 

I took a video of her new sounds, she seems to have found her voice lately and she just loves the way it sounds. 

Warning: if you have sensitive hearing you may want to turn your volume down a bit as she has taken on the voice of a mermaid!

Here she is with Leslie Trixie:

Happy Birthday baby girl!

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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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