Monday, March 18, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Planting

Oh yes, we had a lot of fun on St. Patrick's Day this year.  Instead of celebrating in a traditional way, we spent part of the day installing some of the plants at the end of the driveway.  Yes, we know how to party.

The neighbors had given us some tulip bulbs in the fall and I had planted them at the end of the driveway.  They are starting to come up now and we added a few nandina and a holly behind them.  We transplanted the holly from another part of the property and we need to get another one that is a similar size. 

We are not finished with planting here - we still plan on adding more flowers and maybe some small grasses.

Our house has needed landscaping for a very long time.  We are a little clueless when it comes to landscape design so we hired a landscape architect to do the design.  A local nursery offers this service and as we buy plants from them we get a discount then renders our design free.  We should be getting the plan within the next couple weeks.  They also give us a quote to have their people install everything - we're guessing it will be extremely expensive so we'll probably be doing it all ourselves.

Chris has been taking a beekeeping course through the local club.  This weekend he got to help install two packages of bees at another beekeeper's house.  He wore the whole getup - and looked kind of silly but it's better than getting stung!  He plans on purchasing his bees and equipment very soon.  I'll be sure to update on our hive as he gets it set up.

Chris is also entering a few beer competitions.  He had to get in a couple of the entries this weekend - Tucker's Nut Brown Ale and Kristy's Christmas Cider.  They won't be judged until later this month - hopefully the will be truly "award winning!"

Here's some Samantha news.  She has started walking on her own a lot more this week.  Although she still prefers to hold onto something. 

She is working on her first molar - it looks very painful but it doesn't seem to be bothering her very much.  We hope it comes in without too many tears.

Each afternoon Samantha watches a "Your Baby Can Read" DVD.  In it they sign the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" a few times.  When she was watching it this week, she started doing her own version of the motions.  There wasn't anybody to copy on screen while she was doing this - it was from memory.  I thought it was so cute.

Samantha helped me make some colored rice using Kool-Aid and a little bit of rubbing alcohol.  She had a good time squishing it all around.  We made a several different colors - red, pink, orange, yellow, green, and purple. 

Once the rice was dry, I put a lot of her green toys in a bin with the green rice and she has spent a long time playing with it.  It will be a lot fun as we play with many more colors and toys.  

We have a very busy week coming up so I'm not sure what we'll be able to accomplish - we'll see!

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