Nov 16, 2015

Garden Update Monday

Good morning. It's dreary here today and we expecting lots of rain the first part of this week. 

On Saturday we worked in the yard again. I pulled almost all the green and ripening tomatoes and then pulled up all the plants. With the exception of the Roma tomatoes. We still haven't had our first frost in the city yet so everything was still doing fine. I just reached my limit. 

I also pulled up all the carrots remaining. 

Bryan worked on the greenhouse which needed a new cover. I forgot to get pictures of that so it will be in the next update. 

The garden and patio look quite a bit different. 

Nov 10, 2015

9 Months

This little mess turned 9 months last week. Ugh, I can't even.

He's generally a happy baby and we are so enjoying this phase.

While he's not crawling or walking or even talking yet, he's so funny to be around. To watch his smile and to watch him play. He's an active thing for not crawling or walking. When he wakes up, he doesn't make a noise, he kicks. We hear him shaking his crib with his forceful kicking. Lord help us when he can actually move around.

This week we started physical therapy. It is not a pleasant thing to hear something is wrong with your child or that he is delayed. But there are far worse things that could be true, so we're taking it in stride.

He will also be fitted for a helmet soon to correct his flat head. Let's hope he feels this excited when it comes time to wear it.

We are so thankful for our Charlie Bear. Let's hope he's still such a happy camper next month when he's wearing a helmet 23 hours a day. 

Nov 9, 2015

Monday Garden Update

I wonder how many more of these I will write this year. One? Two? 

On Saturday Bryan and I worked in the backyard for about an hour or so. Bryan blew leaves to our compost heap. The yard looks so much better. 

While he was busy with that I worked on the garden. I trimmed back the dead foliage from the asparagus bed. Then I took to the tomatoes. I'm pretty much at my limit of patience with them so I pulled up all the cherry tomato plants. A couple weeks ago I trimmed back all the tomato plants so that the green tomatoes would ripen. With the warm weather we've had since there was a ton of new growth and I had to trim them all again. 

We are now past our average first frost date so I'm keeping an eye on the weather. Once we have that frost date it's all over. If I'm being honest, I'm kinda ready. 

Nov 4, 2015

Zoo Boo 2015

This year we were given free tickets to the Zoo Boo held at our Memphis Zoo. We were excited to have something Halloween-y that we could do with Charlie. Although to be honest, he didn't really enjoy it. Well, anymore than he would have any normal stroll through the zoo. He didn't enjoy being in his costume and made his carseat and stroller a little snugger than normal.

Not amused by the singing pumpkins.

Bryan danced around and acted like a bird and finally got this kid to smiling.

One thing he did seem to enjoy was the hay ride! I'm so glad we got him out and did this. It wasn't long and since we were early we didn't have to wait in line. He enjoyed moving, being out of his seat, and seeing things.

I take him to our zoo about once every week or two. He's not at a point where he can enjoy it because most of the animals are out of his range of sight. I'll occassionally get him out of the stroller and try to point something out to him, which sometimes he seems to get, but most of the time, not so much. Its probably just an age related thing. I'll give it another six to nine months.

Bryan and I were super thankful that we got to go and experience it. We are prepared for future years. There are crafts, activities, fun decorations, and trick or treating stations. Charlie was definitely too young to enjoy it this year, but I can see him loving it in the next year or two.

We arrived at the start and were able to skip lines. As we were leaving an hour later we noticed some really long lines for the train and candy stations.

Nov 3, 2015

Halloween 2015

Since Charlie is still pretty young he didn't get Halloween this year. He was not amused by his costume. (Although the Halloween hater in me kinda hopes that he inherited it from me.) On the 30th we went to Zoo Boo, which I'll do as a separate post. For Halloween night we went out to Cordova to my parents house to have dinner with the family and give treats out to their trick or treaters.

Bryan did not fit into Charlie's costume. 

We had lots of floor play time.  Charlie got to "ride the dog," a plastic play thing that Mom bought for him. He's so close to really being able to play with and enjoy this. Once he's better at standing I think this will be a real hit. 

Of course we had to put him in his costume. Just to ooh and ahh at his adorableness. 

Charlie makes one adorable pumpkin. 

Oct 29, 2015

Cecil Aldin Prints in the Dining Room

Since Charlie was born we haven't done much around the house besides general cleaning and up keep. But there has been this one area of the dining room that has been bothering me. It needed some art the appropriate size. We had been filling in with awkward sized paintings and prints for the last year and a half or so.

My grandmother had these prints in her den that I always loved. When she died my uncle got them and I started searching eBay for some just like them. I bought my first print in February or March. The second one I ordered in August or September. They were different sizes and in different tones, but that's okay.

I had them reframed into the same frame and I love how they turned out.

I purchased the (fake) fern at our church's bookshop. It might be a little bit big, but it's not bothering me right now. I need to restyle the demi table with different books and maybe different frames. I'm not sure yet. But for now I am happy.

Oct 27, 2015


At church and in Bible study recently we've talked a lot about being authentic and honest. How we put a version of our best selves up on Facebook and social media. We think that others live this perfect life based on what we see, but often don't know the pain and sin behind those photos.

So in honor of "keeping it real" or being authentic, here are a few honest truths:
- I didn't want to shower this morning so I put in some dry shampoo and called it a day.
- Yesterday Charlie and I wore our jammies all day. And it was awesome.
- After bible study this morning he fell asleep in the car, so we spent about 15 minutes sitting in the drive way while he napped. Listening to Motown hits, checking in on social media guilt free since he was sleeping, and snacking on the extra snacks.
- There are leaves all over our house. Sometimes I hate fall.
- I have no idea what I'm going to do with that pint of cherry tomatoes on my kitchen island.
- My baby ripped a page out of our bible the other day. I used packing tape to put it back together.
- We've run out of laundry detergent. All dirty clothes, wash clothes, towels, and sheets will just have to wait until I get to the store and make some more. I'm thinking sometime by the end of the week?
- The shirt I'm wearing, my favorite shirt, has some loose buttons and sometimes they come unbuttoned. The nursery workers got to see my bra this morning. You're welcome.

Let's try to keep it real, you guys, and stop judging one another.