This Week in Our Garden :: 1.19.2014

DSC_1190 DSC_1199DSC_1206In went our onions this week – both a red and sweet brown variety. In these few shorts years of gardening consistently – season in, season out – we have really come to love growing the staples. Carrots, celery and onions really are some of our favorites. They are so practical, and convenient to have on hand when planning our family’s meals. Having these homegrown staples on-hand have certainly saved us from many market runs when trying to get dinner on the table! Garlic would be in that mix, too. However, our battles with Rust make it very undependable, which, in the end, defeats the purpose of growing these staples.

All things Lego

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DSC_1026We are entrenched in all things Lego around these parts. Our dishwasher and kitchen backed up this week, only to find out that a Lego piece had lodged itself inside the garbage disposal! How the piece made it past the claws of the disposable, we have no idea. But, what I do know is that this Lego race track gifted to our little by my dad Santa, is just about the greatest thing.

Our little man really has no interest in the Lego kits you can buy. Yes, we do buy them, but the object that is intended to be made from that kit never comes to fruition. He eyes each box, scouting out particular pieces he wants to use on his own creations – and that’s how he chooses. And, of late, race cars are all the rage. We each build our own – testing, re-designing and then racing. Sometimes it is difficult for him to eye a piece on our particular car and not grab it off, so our favorite game is that whomever wins the race gets to choose a piece from another’s car. From Grandparents, neighbors and friends big and small – everyone loves to race.  If you come to our house, you’ll be racing in no time.

This Week in Our Garden :: 1.13.2014

DSC_1171 DSC_1174DSC_1177 DSC_1181This weekend we made a trip to our favorite nursery and picked up a few too many trees. Twentieth Century Asian Pear, Saijo Persimmon, Pomegranate and a Sundowner Apple are the new additions this year. Fewer than in years past, but more than our allotted spaced allows. After a walk around the property, we did find nice homes for each. And, well, it seems there is always room for a new tree, right? That brings our total tree count hovering just under 100, though we need to do an official count.. And, that room I was speaking about? Well, we may just be at full capacity. Maybe? I think it all depends on next year’s catalog…

Book list for Littles

DSC_1041DSC_1049Our little man is 4 1/2, and we’ve made the jump to the chapter book. While he most certainly loves his picture books, of which we read nightly, he has really come to enjoy listening to many of these chapter books. There is so many fantastic children’s literature out there, but here is our list of current favorites:

:: Jenny and the Cat Club :: Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (there are numerous books in this series) :: Stuart Little :: Toys Come Home (I’ve been told the move Toy Story was based on these books. There are three books total in the series) ::Pippi Longstocking :: My Father’s Dragon (3 book series) :: Tashi (there are 9 or 10 books in this series about a curious Elf) :: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (we first tried James and the Giant Peach, but our little guy was terrified of the mean ‘ol Aunts, so we stopped reading) :: Danny the Champion of the World, Comet in Moominland and Rufus M. have not yet been read in this house. They all came highly recommended, so I thought I’d share here. 
 
We were recently gifted, The Giant Jam Sandwichand while it is not a chapter book, it is just too darn good to leave out!