First Tomato Flower

This may not be a big deal to the experienced gardener, but to me it’s very exciting. My tomato plant has its first flower. I think this means I’ll have at least one tomato, right?!

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Oh gardening, how I love it already and my few plants hardly count as a garden. But, everyone has to start somewhere!

 

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Instagram Obsession

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This one is a little blurry, but it was his first time trying gum. I had told him a long time ago that he could try it after he turned 4. He was excited, but it turned out not to be as awesome as he thought it would be. He spit it out after about 2 minutes. He hasn’t asked for it again.IMG_6863IMG_6872IMG_6925IMG_6930IMG_6954IMG_7020IMG_7035IMG_7047IMG_7063

If there’s one thing you learn from looking at these photos, it’s that we like donuts. Okay, maybe you’ll learn two things…we like donuts and I’m obsessed with my kids. I just think they’re really cute.

I hope you’re having a great start to your week.

A Little About Us

I realized that I’ve never done a post about our little family, so I decided to put one together to share with you.

Since you already know some about me, today I’ll be filling you in on the other three members of my family.

First, my husband, Jeremy.

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(photo by Danny Bligh)

We’ve been married for almost six years. He’s the best of the best! He’s a great husband and an even better dad. He loves adventures, big and small. He makes an insanely good Gouda burger, seriously. He’s loves being outdoors. He will play anything the kids want him to play. He’s super funny and I’m pretty sure he is THE nicest person I’ve ever met. Yeah, you could say I like him a little. I can’t say enough about him. Oh, and he’s handsome! How could I forget that?!

Then there’s my 4-year-old son, Hudson.

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He is so cute! This little guy is hilarious. He’s full of energy…all the time. Even when I wish he wasn’t! Ha! He loves to cuddle, but has recently turned into a total boy. He never stops talking, making noise or moving (running, climbing, jumping, you name it, he’s doing it)! He’s incredibly smart and is obsessed with animals. He loves to read too. He’ll be attending preschool in the Fall and I know he’s going to love it.

Last, but not least, my 2-year-old daughter, Harper.

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She is our adorable little lady. She is a total mama’s girl right now and I’m loving every second of it! She is very girly. She likes picking out her clothes, playing with babies and has a new love for Lalaloopsy and Doc McStuffins. She loves to dance and talks about being a ballerina. She’s really calm most of the time, but now that she’s two (her birthday was last week), she has certainly been showing her opinionated side. The tantrums are beginning! Ha!

There you have it! Our little family in a nutshell. Jeremy and I are so thrilled that we have a boy and a girl and love that we get to experience the different relationships that we have with each of them. They are so awesome and bring us so much joy! We’re very blessed.

We still haven’t decided if our family is totally complete yet. We’re leaving it open for now, but no current plans to add another member. Wait and see!

Five Things

Now that it’s officially summer, well on Friday that is, I thought I would share my five favorite things about this awesome season.

1. Swimming. I grew up with a pool in my backyard and was a little fish my entire childhood. I loved swimming more than anything, and often times my parents had a hard time getting me out of the pool at the end of the day. My dream is to someday have a pool in our backyard for our kids. Someday.

2. Watermelon. Oh how I love watermelon. It’s the greatest fruit on Earth. I could literally eat an entire watermelon in one sitting. My husband just laughs at me.

3. All That Green. I love looking out the window and seeing all that green on the trees and the lawns. And the flowers! I crave that in the winter.

4. Farmer’s Markets. I like being able to buy fresh picked fruits and veggies from local farmers, but I also like just being around all the people and feeling like a part of the community. It’s awesome.

5. Long Days. Summertime is so magical with its long days. I just love that the sun stays up so late into the evening. I love dusk. It’s so gorgeous with colorful sunsets. I always so much more energy because of all the daylight.

Summer seems to fly by too fast, so I try my hardest to soak up every last second of it. We take lots of pictures, enjoy some long, lazy days just lounging around and also get out  and about doing all the things that we can’t do in the winter. There is nothing like summer and all its magic.

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In The Beginning

I’m already so happy to be growing a tiny garden in our backyard. There’s something about growing my own food, albeit not very much food, that feels really healthy and satisfying. I like the idea of it so much that I’m sure that when I have a yard that can accommodate a big garden, it will become my new hobby.

I really want to get another tomato plant. Is it too late? I need to read a gardening book. Can anyone suggest a good one?!

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I finally got our basil potted this past weekend. My father-in-law said it looked like good, healthy basil, which makes me so happy. He and my mother-in-law have a big garden and they grow basil, so I’ll take his word for it.IMG_7027

Right after I took this photo I gave the basil some water and it perked right up.IMG_7029

Is this pot too small for this tomato plant? We weren’t sure when we bought it. It didn’t seem like it at the time, but now it looks like it might be.IMG_7030

 

Is it weird that I want to sit on my deck with an iced tea and stare at my plants? Yes? Ok.

Project Life-Weeks Twelve & Thirteen

Hi! I’m finally doing another Project Life post! It’s been a really long time since I’ve been caught up enough to post. I had a few weeks where I added one or two extra inserts and today I’ll be showing you one of those. I love week thirteen! It’s the week of my birthday and I’m so happy with how the layout and inserts ended up.

**These photos aren’t the greatest because they were taken with my phone while my kids were bouncing around me**

Week Twelve

I didn’t really add anything special this week, except a drawing that Harper did for me.

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I did a lot of writing on my pictures on this page. IMG_7066

Week Thirteen

This was the week of my birthday and Easter, so I packed a lot of stuff into this spread. I added two different inserts and added lots of embellishments.

This first photo shows the week with the inserts included.IMG_7067

Here is a look at the first page of the spread.IMG_7068

And here is the back page without the inserts.IMG_7069

The back page with the inserts. You can see Design D behind Design J. (Both page designs used are Project Life products by Becky Higgins.)IMG_7070

This insert that I used to document my birthday is Design J. I use these a lot when I want to include 4×4 Instagram photos. Love these! For my birthday I decided to go with a black, white and gold color scheme. Awesome.IMG_7071

I knew I wanted to add some fine gold glitter to one of the 3×4 pockets, but didn’t think sewing the pocket closed would keep the glitter from getting out, so instead I bought a package of 2.5×3.5 self-seal laminating pouches (from Target). I simply sprinkled the glitter onto the sticky side of the pouch and sealed it. Then I went back and added the 33 stickers right on the front of the pouch and inserted it into the pocket. Totally love this and will definitely do more of it throughout the book.IMG_7072

I tried to get a more detailed shot of the glitter, but it’s so hard to capture how awesome it actually looks.IMG_7073

This is the back side of the insert.IMG_7074

For my Easter insert, I used Design D and cut off the additional vertical 6×4 pockets from the left side. I love that it’s just slightly bigger than Design J, so when looking at the spread it can be seen sticking out just a bit further. I’m loving how this turned out!IMG_7075

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Here is a look at the end of the week including the inserts.IMG_7077

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On this photo I added a “hi summer” badge button from Evalicious. Love those buttons!IMG_7079

Getting caught up on Project Life posts for the win!

If you have any questions about anything I did or the products I used, please feel free to leave a comment in the comments section or email me.

I hope you have a great week!

Last week was crazy for us around here, so I’m looking forward to some lazy summer days this week!

Summer Family Fun List

Every summer I create a summer fun list for our family. We don’t end up crossing everything off the list, but it’s a great way to remember all the fun things we always talk about doing once the weather warms up. We try to include activities that everyone will enjoy. It’s a lot of fun!

Last year we did end up crossing off most of our activities and had a ton of fun doing it, not to mention all the great memories we made. It’s a good way to spend some quality time together.

So I thought I would share our Summer Family Fun List with you today, and if anyone is interested in printing out a copy, let me know in the comments and I’d be happy to share it!

I also try to figure out a fun way to document all our activities to add it to our Project Life. Last year I used a coin pocket page and printed 2×2 Instagrams of all our activities. I’m not sure what I’ll do this year, which reminds me, I have been catching up on PL and need to take some photos to share.

Anyway, here is our list:

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We have plans to cross a few activities off of the list this weekend! I’m so excited!

I so love summer!

Happening Now

Reading Defending Jacob by William Landay (I just started, but I’ll let you know what I think when I finish)

Loving, totally loving my new iPhone 5!

Obsessing over Harper’s birthday party this weekend (I changed the theme and love it!)

Getting excited for the College World Series that starts this weekend in Omaha

Planning a trip to Walnut, IA for a huge antique fair

Feeling good

Making plans, lots of summer plans

Learning about how to care for and harvest herbs and tomatoes

Doing some major catching up on Project Life; I hate being so far behind

Anticipating a backyard camp out at my parents house next weekend for the Great American Backyard Campout

Hoping to go strawberry picking this weekend; fresh picked strawberries are awesome.

Drinking lots of Starbucks Hazelnut Machiattos, hot and cold.

Taking lot of photos

Working on relaxing and going with the flow more often

Watching Arrested Development all the way through. I forgot how funny it is!

Daydreaming of an outdoor getaway

Embracing any quiet time I can get

Lighting candles and bringing in fresh flowers whenever possible

Enjoying the start of summer

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We have a very busy week around here with birthday preparation, college world series, house guests, yard work, cleaning, and I could go on, but I’ll stop there and not bore you to death. So, that being said, I’m off to start on my giant to-do list.

Happy Monday!

 

 

 

 

 

Growing A Little Garden

I mentioned earlier that I planned to grow a tiny garden this summer. This is my first time ever growing anything edible. We grew carving pumpkins a couple of years ago and I was obsessed with them. I loved it, and would love to grow them again sometime.

This year I decided to grow some tomatoes and basil, but am also thinking about adding another herb; whatever my husband chooses. He loves cilantro and I…don’t, but I told him he should grow some anyway.

I picked up a Bush tomato plant at Home Depot. I chose this particular variety because it said that it’s good for container gardening, which is what I’m starting out doing. I think I’ll pick up another variety at the farmer’s market this weekend. One tomato plant just doesn’t seem like enough. I want a lot of tomatoes. I would love to make salsa and maybe even can some tomato sauce at some point.

I also bought two basil plants at the farmer’s market this past weekend. I’m so excited! We love pesto. And I think we’ll get Jeremy a cilantro plant this weekend. I haven’t bought a container to plant them it yet, so I need to get on that asap.

I’ve been reading some on how to harvest basil, because I’ve never harvested anything before. I can already tell that the first harvest will be totally thrilling. I’ve never been so excited to eat anything the way I’m excited to eat my own tomatoes and basil. Is that weird?!

I’m only just beginning my adventure in gardening, yet I’m already mentally planning for the raised beds that I want to build next summer. But, first things first, I need to see how I do with these little containers.

We love the farmer’s market. We try to go as often as possible as soon as the season starts. We also love eating locally and man does the fresh food taste so much better than store-bought!

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I bought myself one of these succulents. I’m trying to slowly add more green to our house.

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And here is my tomato plant. Question: Do I have it in a big enough pot? Remember, this is my first time, so I’m full of question and open to suggestions.

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And this one shows my cute little basil plants. I can’t wait to get them in their containers so they can grow, grow, grow.

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**I realize these photos aren’t the greatest, but I snapped them in the midst of all my excitement! I promise to take better photos of my little garden in the future.**

I’ll be keeping a little gardening journal both here on the blog and I’m planning to create a little notebook. Hopefully, that will help me keep track of all that I learn and will be beneficial in planting future gardens.

So, I’ll be adding garden posts documenting my experiences about once a month or so, so if that’s not your thing, I guess you can skip over it!

Here’s to hoping I can develop a green thumb!