Monday, October 29, 2012

You know you're a mom when...

Below are a few things I heard myself say out loud last week. 

"Stop freaking out, it's just poop."

"Quit whining or I'll give you something to whine about."

"Put your toys away and then you can play with them."

(Talking to the dogs) "Sit. Did you hear what I said? SIT!"

"Please let me pee in peace."

"Why don't you pretend that you are something really quiet. Like a turtle."

"You want breakfast? But you had some yesterday."

"Not "weena". Wiener. Weee-NERRR."

"Stop picking your nose and eat! That's gross."

What've you got? Have you uttered anything half as ridiculous as these? Please share :)

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Sam knew months ago that he wanted to be The Hulk for Halloween. 

Gone are the days when I get to pick something cute or creative for him to dress up as.

But, Im happy when he's happy and this kid is ECSTATIC about being green. :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Garden: FAIL

Last summer (my first year gardening) was awesome. We practically lived off of our backyard. Fresh eggs for breakfast and delicious salads for dinner!

Because everything grew so out of control in the two beds that I had, I ended up building 2 more in the side yard this year. It was a lot of work but I figured that I could definitely use the extra space for some new and exciting plants. 

I started early and felt prepared for the summer ahead. I planted seeds when the weather got warm I and spent a lot of time back there treating my garden with as much care and attention as I did last year. 

But something must have been different. 


I feel like such a failure. everything that could have gone wrong seemed to happen this year. Not to mention, we had A LOT of sunshine which should have made for a great harvest. But we were left with practically nothing and no explanation as to way :(
My mint, which despite all the issues in the garden, grew well and looks as though it will make it through the winter.
My one and only edible cucumber. LAME.  
One of the veggies we are most excited about every year is the broccoli and cauliflower. They were completely ravaged by insects. Last year they were eaten by the chickens so we have yet to taste fresh greens from this plant.

The biggest issue last year were my chicken girls. They love all things green and yummy. Imagine that. I put all of their favorite foods into netting this year but they are smarter than they look.

They are a lot like Velociraptors, they check for weaknesses in the fencing...and they find it. It only took 1 hour before they were able to destroy all my strawberries, peppers, kale and green been plants. And I mean DESTROYED.
My tomatoes were growing beautifully when a horrible wind storm blew them over. Now all the leaves are starting to brown due to the frost we are getting overnight. Its so depressing.
We had a ton of green beans and peas early on, two things that we don't eat a lot of in this house. It's also looking like we may get some squash out of this years harvest, but nothing compared to last summer. I would love to say I learned a lot from my mistakes, but I just can't figure out what the difference was! Ill absolutely try again next year, but if I have another horrible gardening summer,  I quit!!!

Did anyone else have a hard time in the garden this year?

Tuesday, October 09, 2012


This weekend, despite the awful head colds we were fighting, we went out to a farm in our area for a little autumn fun. It was a lovely 70 degrees and perfectly sunny. Wait, where do we live again?

Sam and Daddy got to fish in the trout pond. It only took 30 seconds before one was hooked. Sam told me later, "The fish wagged it's tail and splashed me. I don't want to do that again, it was gross."
 Somehow I got talked into riding the barrel wagon with Sam. Pretty sure my butt bones are still bruised. #fakesmiles #longest5minutesofmylife
 Sam was the leader while we explored the corn maze so naturally we went in lots of circles. 
 We each picked out a pumpkin and I am pretty excited to carve them with Sammy!

 Today was a cold foggy morning, more like the fall's we are used to here in the PNW. Sammy had his very first School Field Trip and he was thrilled to go check out Carleton Farms.

Um, Marty McFly?
 Over 3 feet!
 Laughing with our friends on the Hay Ride.
 Each pre-schooler got to pick out a pumpkin. Sam pointed his out before the hay ride had even stopped. It was fate.

 Then the teachers got to shoot their pumpkins out into the field with the Pumpkin Cannon. Sam was very entertained. 
 After all the events we got to play around at the farm for a little while. Sam wanted to try the zip line. I had just finished telling another parent how bored he gets on "thrilling" rides. Yup, that's about right.

Monday, October 01, 2012

My band plays Tulalip

Here I am, wig and all, singing "You're No Good" by Linda Ronstadt.

Such a fun show!