Our porch got a pretty pink makeover in preparation for bug’s 3rd birthdsy party today. The birthday girl was thrilled with the balloons, pinata, streamers, flowers, cakes, ice cream, all in pink of course.
I’m exhausted, but this little part was pink perfection. It was also a great excuse to jump on the spring cleaning. There is still a ways to go on that front, but it was nice get the porch & living rooms out of the winter doldrums.
Tomorrow the celebrating continues!
And blubonnets and petunias….
We’ve been planting, weeding, mowing, weeding, edging, weeding, watering, weeding like crazy around here. All of this nice warm, wet weather this spring has been great. Especially for the weeds. Did I mention we have weeds? Not just ugly annoying ones, but icky pokey ones with tons of stickers. I have no idea what they’re actually called, but I refer to them just as “sticker plants.” A couple of days ago, we had a 2’x3′ pile a foot high of weeds, just from the area around the iris plants. Oh well. Lots of weeding turns out to be a great workout! It also leaves a pretty yard behind. I love love love love LOVE springtime and all the pretty flowers.
In addition to flowers, we’re trying several varieties of pepper plants, corn, tomatoes, strawberries, basil and rosemary this year. Hopefully our “crop” does well and we get some good food later this spring. We’ve done blueberries in the past at my parents, and may try that again next year. I’m also hoping to add more tomatoes in the future. We have plans to use the raised beds that exist in the back yard, but this year, we have too much on the plate to get more than just one of them going that’s housing our corn. Well, corn seeds for now. Hopefully it turns into real corn. And hopefully the grapefruit, fig, loquat (sp?) and pecan trees also do well. My husband wanted to live on a farm. I hope this is close enough for him to a real farm, because me? City girl.
Here are a few of our flowers. And bug. Kids don’t grow like weeds. Weeds grow like kids!
It’s stockshow and rodeo time! We took the girls last week and had awesome fun. We’re going again over the weekend since we didn’t get to ride ponies, get Go Texan samples or see a number of fun looking exhibits. We also have to hit up the petting zoo next time. The kids (all 3 of them) love petting zoos. 😉
Patsy Lou was so excited she could hardly sit still!
Patsy Lou insisted on getting her photo at every one of these we saw.
Lily was checking out the other baby competition. The chicks were cute, but no match for Lily’s adorableness. I may be biased, but only slightly.
I don’t know what part of this picture I love most. My baby eating fun squeeze food, the awesome fajitas, or Joe and the pig ears.
Waiting for the pig races. Joe insisted on wearing those pig ears the rest of the night. Patsy Lou was our section’s cheerleader, and since our pig won his race, she got a pig nose and cookies!
She and Joe loved trading the pig nose back and forth, and we all loved those cookies.
The Texas tent is really great this year. Highly recommend it. Bug LOVED milking the fake cow. So did Joe. Again, I have 3 kids.
Planting “seeds” in rocks was fun until bug realized it was a total sham and the fake coins perpetration themselves as seeds and the rocks instead of soil wouldn’t grow. She’s still convinced her silk roses she planted in Aunt MarMar’s parking lot at the flower shop are growing though.
So that’s the fun from our first rodeo trip of the year. Thanks to groupon and the season pass, we’ll be back a few more times. So much fun, such tired kids, such good sleep for me since they crash for many hours after a trip to the stock show. 🙂
Normal gets quotes because it’s not like I can pretend to actually be normal. I’m weird, & so normal is a completely relative thing. Speaking of, I blame my relatives for my lack of normal. ;p Oh, look. I went off on a tangent, see? Normal.
Lets try a real post now.
Joe is back to work! Having him home for 3 weeks was awesome, but those pesky bills kept coming. So back to a real job it is. It’s a really good one & I’m so proud of him! Things for the rest if us are getting back into a routine of playing, cleaning broken glasses off the floor, paying, laundry, cleaning, playing, eating, unpacking (still. Probably forever.), playing, blogging, playing. I love being home with my girls. We have a good time. Currently, it’s Lincoln Logs time. Joe got a best set if all wooden ones from my Grandma for his birthday. My patents had saved my olds set from the 80s, so now we can build quite the village. Also on the birthday present train came an awesome map with each country decorated with it’s flag. Ok, do I sold it to him as a birthday gify, but that was mostly my excuse for splurging on it. It was 10 whole dollars! We all know I’m queen cheap. But, as a birthday gift, well, that makes it totally fun to splurge. It’s big, so I’m thinking of hanging it over the sofa in the playroom to take up the empty space on that wall. But thats so boring. Must contemplate more. Anyway, three guesses where I got it. Guessed Goodwill on the first try? I’m so predictable. I love me a Goodwill. I actually did a happy dance on Monday in another Goodwill. I found Joe’s exact hard to find size khaki pants in like new condition, which was exactly what I was there for! And? They were the color of the week! And?! It was a Monday so it was $2 off instead of just $1 off. Que happy dance!
Here are pictures of the Lincoln logs & map. Extra credit if you find all of the out of date flags on the map. 🙂
post script: I’m signing Patsy up for pre school today. Nuts!
little girl is almost THREE years old! The toddler bed was quickly becoming too small for Patsy Lou. Conveniently, Lily us now too big for the pack n play & we really need to get her into the crib. Since the crib mattress is no longer being used by Patsy’s toddler bed, we can finally assemble the crib! Hopefully that gets done this afternoon someone between naps & bedtime. For now, wet least bug is in her much bigger bed. I think it desperately needs a headboard (Ana White most likely though I don’t know which plan yet), & lets not even get into the lack of decorations on the walls.
Sweet (kool aid or good southern sweet tea level sweet) red wine, chocolate, too big jeans (even if i bought them that way), Christmas, old
junk treasures, family, NAPTIME. Today is one of those days where you’re sure it’s a Monday, but it’s not. Or that you were really awful & the karma bus just hit you & flattened you like Kansas. But both girls napping AT THE SAME TIME giving me the chance to drool over all the pretty things that pop up on a search for “vintage jadite” for my yet-to-collect collection on etsy? Favoritest of all.
We gave the new island counters their biggest test yet with some holiday baking this morning. I promise a post about the whole counter craziness, as soon as I figure out how to get the snapshots from my phone synced with the post written & waiting on my computer. Tech savvy I am not. Thats why I married a computer geek.
Back to today & really breaking in the island. Christmas means cookies around here, so with a baby hanging on front of me & a 2 year old assistant, we dove into Christmas cookie crazy creations 2011. First up was picking a cookbook. Tough choice. 😉 Any guesses which won? What are your favorite christmas foods? Any tips on baking with tiny helpers?