Wow, is June already come and gone?
There are so many times I want to jump on here and blog. And then I just don’t get around to it.
I’ve also found that when life gets tough, I need to keep my head down, keep the prayers going up and just take care of myself and my people. And things have been a bit more “tough” lately- busy with the kiddos, a new job and really the whole new world of life outside of active duty Army. It’s not all bad tough either, there is a lot of good in there. But I find it hard to balance the extra work, attention and prayers that life needs during tough times with the quiet time I need to reflect and recharge. The quiet time seems to be scattered throughout the day in little bits grabbed here and there and for some reason I just have trouble spending my time here in little bits, so instead a knit a few rows, read a few pages, catch a few winks.
Like I always say, living life trumps writing about it.
But I have to post at least once this month! Time flies and I am more often reaching for my iphone camera than the fancy one, but, I do make sure that I pick it up and purposefully capture my kids at their current ages. I can hardly believe that my baby Oliver is coming up on five months old. He has become the heart of our family. Like the hearth we all gather round when we need a bit of extra warmth, he is always there with his sweet baby cheeks, kissable lips and gummy smiles. Boy is he ever loved. Dash and I think he is our prettiest baby yet.
4 months old, lookin for a fist-bump
And these other two crazy kids. They keep us busy these days. They are best friends.
Amelia at 2.5, on the left is the usual face I get when I point my camera her way. The right is the rare occasion of a semi-fake smile. She is still her mama’s girl, but when she gets hurt, she needs Dr. Daddy.
Asher at 5. Currently on a haircut strike and a learning streak. I can’t believe he isn’t even a pre-schooler anymore. We are officially starting K in the fall and we are super excited to be doing it here at home.
I am loving these summertime kids to the moon and back.
And while I’m here (cause who knows when I’ll be back!), a quick peek into the garden! Everything has taken off and the harvest is rolling in these days. Tomatoes are doing the best, the beans are doing pretty well too, but for some reason, everything else seems to be moving a bit slow and looking a bit small. I have a feeling I may have added a little bit too much cheap compost to the beds and not enough rich/sandy soil. Or it could just be the high heat we have already been getting coupled with the bugs that never fail to plague. We have picked a few peppers, squash, eggplant, tomatillo, okra and even cut a few of the zinnias that are finally starting to bloom, but I do have to admit, I was hoping for better. Each season brings new lessons though! The weeds are getting a bit crazy out there and I will have to get out and do some serious weeding here soon. We will be starting some pumpkin seeds soon and planning a few more things for the fall. I’m feeling like a good clear out in August and some more work on the soil will get us in shape for a better fall harvest. For fall we will shift gears to plants like brussels and broccoli, carrots and beets, corn and squash, beans and new herbs and of course pumpkins. For now, we are enjoying and preserving our bountiful tomato harvest! Maybe soon I will have to post more about how we preserved our tomatoes.
Happy gardening. Happy summer!