After 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I found the wonder of mothering slowly starting to get crowded out by the mundane feeling. I realized our world seems to surround people with the negative, and complaining about blessings seems totally acceptable. So I decided to fight against that "normalcy" and focus only on the positive. I look back to my first year as a mom when everything was new and keeping house was fun and I aim to have that attitude again. This blog is my outlet to showcase the daily miracles that surround me in my blessed life as a stay-at-home mom so that I will never forget the wonder of it all.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Our Week and Weekend in Pictures

This week;
 Friends came to play and Kian was THRILLED to find out he and his best bud had matching swim trunks.  He likes matching these days and would probably love it if his whole wardrobe matched his big brother's.  We've never done the matchy thing though, and now Logan has sized up into the big boy clothes so I doubt there will be many matching outfits for the brothers.

 We've been excited to find sweet baby praying mantis in our garden!

 I've been harvesting the last of the sweet peas (and another round of mostly failed carrots)....

....but I've also been harvesting the first of the lavender!
Lavender and sweet peas are two of my favorite scents so though I'm sad one is on the way out, I'm glad one is on the way in.

 Two new blackberries were planted.
My mom fears they'll now come up everywhere.
Are they hard to contain?  We have enough space for what is suggested, but we do have a small yard and don't necessarily want the berries taking over everything. 

 Zac finished the "lower bed"!!!!  It's the one on the left.  It's planted with tomato transplants (because I have volunteers popping up all over my yard), eggplant (the lonely two at the nursery), and basil, cilantro, okra, and beets from seed.
Zac took out that section of the fence to be able to get the wheelbarrow to the bed easily.  We really liked it out of the way, and it makes for easy watering, so off it'll stay!  Zac plans to build a branch arbor there for our berries to climb on.  So we are now collecting hefty branches.

 I've been putting all the lemon's I've been pumping through to use, and making lemon vinegar to use as a household cleaning spray.  I've craved lemons this pregnancy and have been known to go through 5 a day.  I only wish I'd started making lemon vinegar from the beginning!

We discovered that our grape is fruiting for the first time!
We planted another just down the fence from this one.

This WONDERFULLY long weekend;

I took what will be one of my last pics of one of the kids on the blue steps.  The deck is being rebuilt and the house will be repainted!!!  I am very excited and hope the NEW stairs will lend themselves to good kid pics like these old blue ones have.  Some of my favorite pictures of the kids are on these steps.

 A new friend was released into our pond.  We have friends who are relocating and couldn't take their pets.  We offered our pond to their turtle.  The kids named the turtle Millie.  They had suggested that name for the baby if its a girl.  Its cute that they all agreed on it, but we have a different name in mind.  So, the turtle was dubbed Millie.

 Millie came with a friend....a feeder fish she never ate.  This was the most docile fish EVER.  It would swim right into Logan's hand and let him pick it up!  Don't worry, the fish is very much alive, not hurt and now happily living in our pond with Millie.

 Aunt Miss bought the kids a new wagon at our friend's moving sale!!!!  The kids have been having so much fun with it!
The BEST thing our friends gave us was their 4 year old cat.  They couldn't take her with them and she needed a loving home.  Our kids have been asking for a cat since our last one died a year and a half ago.  Libby seemed to be the perfect fit as she was used to kids, dogs, loves to snuggle in bed at night, and goes outside to do her business.  So, we have a new cat!  She's been slowly warming up to her new house and family so I haven't pestered her with trying to get her picture yet, but when I get some, I'll post them.  She is a sweetheart!

The old broken printer was taken apart and experiments with the motors ensued.

We also had a wonderful BBQ with Papa and Grammy, banana zucchini bread (using last season's frozen zucchini) was made, baby and belly went through another growth spurt, which always does me in........but, after all these pictures, I'm sure you're glad I didn't manage to take pics of these things as well.  :)

Have a good week!
We are thrilled as its another short week for Zac.
Soon this job will be done.


  1. What a great week and weekend! You blackberry will want to spread, but if you keep it pruned, and don't let it, you will be fine!
    Also, would you share your recipe for lemon vinegar? We go through lots of lemons too!

  2. I love your pictures, makes me want to come over and play! I am definitely interested in baby bump pics. post away!

    1. Oh I wish you could come play! I haven't taken a baby bump pic for a few weeks but will soon. :)