Friday, October 15, 2010
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
|Photo by Carol Foil|
Here's the area we want to revamp. The cornerstone plant will replace our crazy banana tree.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
As soon as I cleaned up the mess (salvaging what I could), it was off to the park.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Our neighbors have a beautiful passion flower vine that cascades over our fence. The bees love it. They're always at least a dozen bees hovering around the area at any given time.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Our oldest son, who is beyond picky when it comes to vegetables (going so far as to claim that he's allergic to anything green), will even tentatively eat these home-grown veggies.
I've always been intimidated with growing edibles. They seemed so fussy, but this single tomato plant has changed my tune. This fall I plan on planting even more vegetables with the help of my kids. The only problem I can see with these carefree edibles is that grabby little hands can do this:
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I love these little excursions to construction sites almost as much as the kids. It gets tiresome having to constantly come up with new things to do, so easy entertainment is always appreciated.
Friday, August 6, 2010
I love how little kids write their numbers-- the huge size discrepancies, the backwards 3's. He was so enthusiastic that he went to the end of the chalkboard and kept on going....
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Now everyone wants to help in the garden. Sometimes if I'm in a hurry, or have a certain way I'd like something completed, this "help" can be a little frustrating. But I have to let some things go. I may have an idea of exactly where I want that yarrow plant to go, but more than likely that won't happen. Sometimes I just need to take a deep breath and appreciate spending this time with my children. Hopefully they'll inherit a love of gardening from me, as I did from my Dad.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Foxglove-- pretty, but watch out!
photo by Cath in Dorset
- azaleas and rhododendrons
- elephant ear
- juniper bushes
Too bad so many of them are so pretty. I'm guilty of having a couple of these, but I planted them in our front yard, where I always have to keep an eye on the kids anyway.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I never would have dared using gloppy chalkboard paint on something I might have to paint over. That just seems like such a daunting undertaking. The beauty of painting this door was that it couldn't possibly look any worse. Now the best part of the door is the chalkboard. I think I'll have to expand it to cover even more of the door. The more that's covered, the better.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Summer, like childhood, goes by so fast. I really do need to slow down and savor moments like this. Nothing beats an afternoon of water play for a toddler.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Talk about inspiration!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
1) Chalk. Kids love to color and outside is no exception. They'll quickly beautify any concrete structure and probably even give your outdoor furniture a face lift. (I always buy the washable chalk, but I wonder if that even matters. Isn't all chalk washable?)
3) Balls. Can you ever really have enough? Probably not. I can't count the number of balls that my kids have lobbed in various neighbors' yards never to be seen again. It seems there's always a shortage, which, of course, invariably leads to screaming and tears. (The most popular ball we have I bought at the dollar store, so there's really no excuse not to stock up.)
Woe to the mommy who is caught without the essentials.
Friday, July 30, 2010
We also liked the idea of the kids still being able to use the space for bouncing balls and riding trikes and scooters around. After much research, we decided on sport court tiles. They're great for a driveway because you can even park on them if need be. Since we already had the concrete slab, this was an easy diy project. It just took a few hours to cover around 700 square feet. (We
didn't quite have room for a four square court, so we had to settle for two.)
We ordered the tiles from Versacourt at around $2 a tile, which is a little steep as a temporary fix. However, we're hoping this solution will grow with the kids. It's really made for basketball, so when the kids get a little bigger I envision them playing some hoops out back, or maybe they'll hone their skateboarding tricks on a half-pipe. Regardless, it looks better than an uninviting expanse of gray concrete.