Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Eyes in the Back of Mom's Head

Through the use of reflections in windows, my knowledge of my son and his tendencies, and just in general being smarter than an 8 year-old, I've got Scott pretty much believing the old tall tale about mom's having eyes in the back of their heads.  So tonight before I tucked him in bed I made him get back up to put clean underwear on because I noticed he was wearing the same pair he'd worn to bed the night before (ah, the laxity of the summer time wardrobe).  He got up to change and said "no looking" so I turned around to give him some privacy.  He didn't move and asked, "And what about the eyes in the back of your head?"  Well, what could I do?  I had to put my hands over where I thought it would make sense that the eyes would be!  As he proceeded to change underwear, I heard Scott mutter, "So that's where they are!"  Bahahaha!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Funny Little Man

I would say that Alarik is cracking us up lately, but he's always cracking us up!
Tough to reach those fwuit 'nacks around two floaties!
Here are some of his good ones lately:
I help him brush his teeth after he's done it and when it's time to do the front ones I always tell him to go "grr" like a lion.  The other night he says, "Lions don't go grr.  And they don't brush theirs teeth!"

He wanted a temporary tattoo put on his arm the other morning and as I placed the wet washcloth over it to transfer it he looked at me skeptically and asked "Are you sure this is gonna work, Mom?"

I had boosted him onto the counter because he wanted to help me put away dishes.  After he was done I put him back down and before running out of the kitchen he turned around with a serious look on his face and said to me, "Can you say 'thanks for my help?"  Ba, ha, ha, ha, ha!

Whenever he is trying to get me to let him do something he always asks, "Is that a great idea?" and, conversely, when I am trying to get him to do something, he's quick to say "That's not a great idea."

"fwuit 'nacks" are his snack of choice and, as he told Grandma Linda one day "where I get all my energy"

He says "best I never had" instead of ever had.  Some of his other cute mispronunciations are: base-int for basement and skeen porch for screen porch and cuvoard for cupboard

Monday, July 21, 2014


A couple of days last week I skipped the fitness center and the kids and I biked to town instead.  The first day Caden came with us and we biked to the kiosk/wannigan, the trestle bridge, and then to daycare where Dad picked us up for a ride home.

 A couple days later we made the trek again and this time we biked to the City park to play for awhile.  After we biked around town a little more, Jesse picked up Alarik and the trailer and the other two kids and I headed back home on the bikes.  Bekah wanted to get picked up by Jesse after he and Alarik made a pit stop at the grocery store, but Scott and I biked all the way home again.
The first big hill on our road is by far the hardest part of the route!
Water break at the top!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Snake Killer

My old, brown, furry snake-killing girl still has it!  She may not be able to hear any more, but she must've been able to spot a HUGE snake in our lawn that I found her finishing off.  Shortly after that there was a smaller one slithering out the garage door (*shudder* - I despise snakes!) and I pointed it out to her and she did away with that one too.

 Good girl, Morgan!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Flowers & Veggies

The vegetable garden is not looking so great this summer.  I had read up on deep mulch gardening over the winter and decided I wanted to try it.  Turns out to be not such a great year to have 6 inches of mulch on the garden, holding in all that rain we got in June!  As you can see, what little "green" we have poking up amongst the mounds of hay is really more yellow.  I hope as it heats up here in July the garden will dry out and things will recover.

In the meantime, let's look at our pretty flowers and shrubs instead!

Bekah decided to re-do her flower pot sign this year.  Here she is putting a coat of poly on it. It says, "Bekah's pot of petals and such". She added the "and such" because of her little frog statue and welcome rock, which you can't even see now!
A close up of her petals!  Her lilies are all remnants of one she planted in there last year.  They spread like crazy!
This is Scott's pot, though I'm not sure why because he didn't help plant it, just picked out the flowers for it.  He's got a few stray potato plants in there.  We had some potatoes that sprouted and I chopped them up and threw them in there.  They hadn't done anything and I thought I had dug them all out when I planted the flowers, but I must have missed a few and then they started growing.  I wonder if we will actually get potatoes from them?
This one is Alarik's pot.  He DID help plant.
Here's the hostas along the garage. This is the third year for these plants and they are doing great. Every time he looks at them, Jesse asks if I feel dumb that we waited so long to get good perennials planted.
And here's some brand new hostas we ordered from Farmer's Seed Company this spring.  This one is Regal Blue.
And this one is Richland Gold. Jesse and I love to spend time each week walking around the yard checking on all our various plants.  The ones we've transplanted from his mom or Grandma Helen always do the best, but I hope these new varieties will take off too.