Saturday, March 27, 2010

Progress & More Updates

My friend Joy hosted an awesome baby shower for us. She served brunch style food which included scones and jam, ham, egg casserole, mimosas, and a beautiful sheet cake (white cake with fudge filling and buttercream icing). We played a few games and had a great time hanging out with friends.

We got lots of cute gifts including this little hoodie

Ben and Jacob played a game that involved beer in a baby bottle.....a good excuse to drink at a baby shower. Jacob won.

On top of hosting this beautiful shower, Joy also made us this amazing quilt!

With only about 5 weeks until the baby will be here, we are keeping busy and getting a lot done around the house and garden. The family room is finally done and looks great with a lot more space. The nursery is just about done and just needs a few shelves and some things hung on the wall. We are pretty much as ready as we will ever be for her arrival and cannot wait to meet her!

Here is the paper mobile I made for above the crib
Here is the room mostly done without stuff on the walls. I'll post a final photo of it completely done

A felt bird mobile that I made

Here is the last pregnancy photo I will post at from 3/22 at 35 weeks. Next time you see me, it will be with baby on the outside!

Since my last garden post, we have done a lot more work in the garden and lots of time has passed! Ideally I should keep this as a weekly journal, but I do what I can!

-the grape bed is finished and planted

-both columnar apples are planted (one with kale and one with nasturtium)

this one has a wild kale mix and the one in the upper bed has nasturtium

- the peas finally started coming up despite being partially eaten by squirrels

-buttercrunch lettuce was replanted on 3/16 and as of now they are just starting to come up

-freesia bulbs were replanted, now with a squirrel barrier on 3/14

-we got two galvanized stock tanks to use as raised beds in the garden for carrots, tomatoes, peppers and basil.

- hollyhocks and larkspur seeds were planted on the side of the house on about 3/27 (although it may have been too late for the larkspur)

This is the sunflower we will plant on the side of the house when it warms up a bit more
-Ben decided he wanted grass in the backyard, so he put down some seed, along with compost and lime and of course of barrier to protect the area from the dogs. Here is the before photo taken on 3/23

Other back yard plants taken on 3/23

-the mixed greens havent come up yet. Im guessing its because the seeds were older. I think I will replant newer seeds in another whiskey barrel.

- the honeydew sage was apparently a cold sensitive plant and may or not survive after one night of frost.
-I purchased and planted broccoli and cauliflower starts on about 3/27

the cauliflower

the broccoli

-Ben planted walla walla onions and shallots today 4/2 (the onions are with the asparagus, the shallots are with the garlic)

- the culinary poppy is coming up and will need to be thinned soon

-the parsley is not coming up well and Im not sure why. I will keep watering and give it another week or two.

- a little bit of asparagus is growing! yeah!

- I planted chard with the tiny artichoke plants

The rhubarb flowered! Crazy! Ive never seen this before. Ben cut it to encourage more leaf growth.

These seeds were planted in one of the pots in the front yard awhile ago and havent come up yet. It was at least 2 weeks ago.

The cherry tree is blooming!

We filled the leek area in with some fresh compost

The passion flower may or may not come back this year. I gave it a better chance by clearing some of the grape hyacinth.

Also today Ben planted some thyme to grow over the lower retaining wall, some orange mint, a curly parsley start with the other parsley and an adorable little planter box for the front stoop for tarrgon, thyme, chives (which still need to be planted)

When its time we will also plant cucumbers and string beans in place of the peas, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers and basil. I also have a lot of pots that are in need of some annuals for some color around the front and back yard.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We are really looking forward to May 22 and seeing the new baby & the garden!!! good luck with all. with much love, Mom & Dad.