Monday, May 31, 2010

Weekend in Swimsuits

As I mentioned in a previous post, get ready for pictures. :) Grammy and Poppy brought Joley and Riley down to celebrate Memorial Day this weekend and, not to anyone's surprise, we spent most of it outdoors! From breaking in the new slip-n-slide to wading in the shark pool, we all got a little wet the past few days. We even ventured over to Nana's new house earlier today and despite the fact that the house is still under construction, the kids were quick to notice that the pool is not. So, they broke that in, too. :) Yes, I think little kids in dripping wet swimsuits with sunburns and Popsicle smiles are the first signs of summer. And without further ado, our weekend in pictures:

We kicked Sunday morning off with the three-man slip-n-slide:

Which lead to a little relaxation:

Which inevitably lead to this:

(PS: She was totally faking; however, the extended power nap they took later that afternoon was 100% real.)

After a quick nap, the kids needed a drink:

And a gooey, sticky, summertime kind of snack:

Then the troops were ready for more. After what seemed like hours of filling up water balloons (and popping a few on ourselves), the kids went through them in seconds! With these smiles, I'd say it was worth the work.

The next day was spent splashing around in Nana's new pool:

And the weekend ended with one satisfied, sopping wet customer:

I sure hope your weekend was just as sweet. Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Remembering an Angel

As much as I wish every post I write could be about easy things like Nathan's latest antics or my awesome zucchini plants, some subjects don't come as easily. Although I refuse to forget about my angel, it still takes a while to come up with the right words. Pictured above is a necklace I received from the boys for Mother's Day. It features my baby's due date birth stone (October) and the birth stone for the month she died (March). I wear it proudly to remind myself and others that I am still a mother of two. However, as much happiness as this brings me, I am still grieving.

I'm sad that I'm not pregnant anymore, I'm sad that Nathan doesn't have a sibling, and I'm sad that I'm focused on conceiving after doing so just a few short months ago. Most of all, though, I'm sad that her memory is fading. I talk to her constantly when I'm alone and I can feel her presence everywhere. To me, she is the wind, the sky, the trees, the flowers. Everything. My biggest fear is that no one else sees her this way.

As I was reading some entries in a support group I belong to, I came across this list of the Top 20 Things Parents of Angels Wish You Would Remember. If you want to read the entire list, click HERE. I also thought I would post a few of the ones that touched me. This is not directed toward anyone and not meant to say I don't feel loved, these are simply things I don't think people realize unless they've been in the same unfortunate situation.
  • I wish that you could talk about my baby more than once. The truth is if you do, it reassures me that you haven't forgotten her and that you do care and understand.

  • I wish you could tell me you are sorry my baby has died and that you are thinking of me. The truth is it tells me you care.

  • I wish you wouldn't think what has happened is one big bad memory for me. The truth is the memory of my baby, the love I feel for my baby, the dreams I had and the memories I have created for my baby are all loving memories. Yes, there are bad memories too but please understand that it's not all like that.

  • I wish you wouldn't think that you'll keep away because all my friends and family will be there for me. The truth is, everyone thinks the same thing and I am often left with no one.
Thank you for listening and thank you all for being there for me. I am working on feeling better every day and hopefully it won't be too much longer before there is another miracle in our lives. I know when that time comes, he or she is going to have one heck of a guardian angel. :) And remember, you do, too.

Friday, May 28, 2010

"I'm Bigger!"

"I'm bigger!" was the grand proclamation Nathan made after telling me only babies ride in the swing he has loved for so long. Then he climbed into the big boy swing, politely asked me to push, and there we stayed all morning. :) Heck, the kid even decided he could do the classic big-kid move and fly through the air - not to mention swing from the bar Riley-style. To top it off, I also spent time today planning Nathan's third birthday party. THREE! Yes, Nathan, you are bigger, and that is just something I am slowly accepting as I watch you grow into a really awesome person more each day.

PS: His b-day party will likely involve a surf theme, so save the date for Saturday, July 10 at Conway Grammy's house!

Oh wait, you thought this post was over? Wrong! No, Nathan is not the only thing in the Bauer household getting bigger. BEHOLD, the mighty zucchini:

His little brother's not bad either:

Scroll on up to the Blog Archive and click on my previous garden update to check out what he looked like a mere week and a half ago. Crazy, right? This thing has more than doubled in size and the buds growing on it are huge. It's really hard to tell size online, but see how it's already dangling over the side of the bed? And this leaf is probably the size of Nathan's head: And we all know that ain't small.

There aren't any mini-zukes growing yet, but I bet they come soon. If not, I may plant some colorful flowers to get those bees a-buzzing. Speaking of things growing in my fabulous garden, look at these sweet babies:

Yep, at last count there were nine juicy tomatoes growing and basking in the sunlight.

Although two of my crops are history, the peppers are on their way out, and it may be too hot for the lettuce, I now consider myself an expert zucchini/tomato grower. :) You're impressed, right? Okay, now I'm done bragging on these miraculous things I've been able to grow (with Nathan topping the list, of course). I hope you enjoyed this plethora of pictures, but get ready to be bombarded again this weekend. Joley and Riley are visiting, we are busting out the shark pool, and you know I will be armed with the camera.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Last Day of Preschool

Before we jumped in the car for the last day of Nathan's first unofficial year of preschool, I had to pull out my "awesome mom" card. As you can see, I made Nathan pose for some obligatory backpack/lunch box shots. Yes, Nathan walked into Mrs. Ruby's classroom for the last time this morning, delivered her daily hug, and handed her a beautiful good-bye drawing. It wasn't too sad, though, as he will be in her class again next year. It will be his official K3 year, you know actually being three years old and all. He will also be at a brand-new location, so this fall should be pretty exciting!

Until then, however, we are ready to enjoy summer! During my work days, Nathan will stay with Mrs. Brenda, a woman who used to serve as the administrator for NCA. When we are not at daycare/work, we will most likely be in the front yard, running through the sprinklers, splashing in the shark pool, and soaking up the sun! I hope the school year ended well for all of you other kiddos and/or teachers and/or parents. Happy Wednesday!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Family Fun Weekend

Well it seems as though this weekend wrap-up post will read a bit differently than I thought, as the Nashville Christian Academy end-of-school program will not be its main focus. :) Poor Nathan got all dressed up in his polo shirt, ready to sing his heart out, but as soon as we got to the church, his nose started bleeding. It did clear up before showtime, but he was so distraught with the situation that he decided to just sit in the audience and watch his buddies. He did make one attempt to go on stage when his teacher was introducing her students. When she called his name, he trotted to the stage, climbed right up there, then got embarrassed and climbed back down. Poor guy! However, a lack of program pictures should be perfectly acceptable, as you have seen plenty of private performances through this blog. Here's his outfit, so just imagine him singing on a stage:

We still hosted both sets of grandparents and had a great time visiting, eating tons of food, and playing outside (as pictured above). Nathan had a ball having so many of his favorite people in one location for an entire day! So, without further ado... here are some pictures of Nathan that do not involve the program, or clothes for that matter. :) Enjoy!

Super Muscles Nathan says, "Happy Monday!"

Saturday, May 22, 2010

My First Harvest

After seeing my green bean plants look pretty sad the past few days, I decided the cause may be the fact that there were a few mature pods ready to be picked. I had read somewhere that this can stunt growth, so I took it upon myself to do my first official harvest today. :) I know this is probably less than half of a serving of green beans, but they don't look too awful. Who knows what I'll do with them, but someone, somewhere is definitely going to eat them. I was pretty proud of myself so I thought I'd share them with you! Happy Saturday!

Friday, May 21, 2010

My Gardening Buddy

Like mother, like son, right? :) Last night while we were shopping at Lowe's with Nana and Grampa, Nathan came across a display of Sesame Street child-sized gardening supplies. We perused the different options and he finally settled on an Elmo gardening bag, complete with three tools and all the fixings for his own cherry tomato crop. And when the package of seeds has this guy on it:

How in the world can you refuse? Especially when Nathan tells me he wants to grow vegetables "just like mama." Awww... :) So this afternoon we mixed the dirt, filled the pots and planted our tiny tomato seeds. They're out there basking in the sunlight as we speak and who knows, Nathan's garden could very well do better than dear old mom's. Once the seedlings start to sprout and turn into full-fledged plants, we will find a spot in the big garden (probably one that used to house a dead squash plant...) and give these little guys a permanent home. Now you definitely have to check back more often, as the tomato competition is on!

Batter Up

Nathan, Nana and I broke out the old ball and bat this afternoon to try and teach Nathan the proper technique. As you can see in the above photo... he doesn't quite have it down yet. However, it was fun to watch him try and even more fun to see his face when he actually made contact:

He even did a little fielding while we hit to him. He had a blast running after the ball and tossing it to us as hard as he could. The kid's got a pretty good arm on him!

However, as much fun as baseball might have been, it seems as though Nathan may take after dear old dad. After only about five minutes of baseball, it quickly turned into a round of golf. :)

Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Music Man

When Nathan and I woke up to booms of thunder and flashes of lightening this morning, we knew it was going to be a sit on the couch kind of day. However, after a few rounds of Barney and a Handy Manny or two, Nathan decided it was a music-making kind of day. Therefore, I am gladly sharing a few of this morning's performances. The first kicks off with one of his favorite Queen songs and a few others I can't quite make out... The second video showcases his gospel singing side, with a bit of other music mixed in. (Three guesses as to why he keeps "excusing" himself)

I wanted to share these with you because A) Nathan is adorable and everything he does is worth posting and B) it's the build up to what will be a phenomenal weekend post when we attend his end-of-school program and hear him belt his favorite tunes. Enjoy the show(s), folks. Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

5 Out of 8 Ain't Bad

Since the day my seed catalog arrived in my mailbox and I was filled with thoughts of bountiful harvests and cute gardening gloves, I've learned a thing or two about this whole vegetable business. First of all, it's far from easy. I figured by this time my beds would be overflowing with food, so much so that I'd have to haul it off to friends and family in buckets. However, I've quickly learned this is not the case. :) Secondly, I've learned to get excited about the small sucesses at this stage in my farming career. That being said, I want to share a few pictures from today's garden tour.

This morning, as I was strolling around the beds, soaking my shoes and listening to the cows, I was shocked to see this big beautiful flower smiling back up at me!

Isn't it pretty? It's proof that we are probably going to have zucchinis in a few weeks. From what I've read, after the plants flower, the veggies come quickly. And see how dark green it is? I believe it was much more yellow the last time I posted. I don't know what I'm doing right, but I guess it's something! However, the zucchini's close cousin, the squash... well I can't say the same about him. As embarrassing as it is, here's what he looked like this morning:

Doesn't look too promising, does it? I already pulled up the other plant but left this one alone as it had buds. The buds are still there, but they seem a little crispy. Oh well, I personally like zucchini better. I'll try not to jinx it, but I can't wait to fry those suckers up! :)

As I referenced in my weekend post, the tomatoes were also looking fabulous this morning. There is at least one tiny tomato growing on each of the six plants, so hopefully they'll all make it to full-grown. Here are some pictures to show these cutie pies in action. There are still more yellow flowers, waiting to turn into more deliciousness, fingers crossed!

Also, even though the plants did not turn into the bushes they were supposed to, my little green beans are miraculously doing well. The plants look very sad, but there are several snap beans just weighing them down. They should be ready to harvest in the next two weeks (woohoo, I got to say "harvest") Check 'em out:

So if you're keeping count with the post title, thats 1 dead crop and 3 still growing. My lettuce still looks great, basically the same as the last time I posted - it shouldn't be too much longer until I can start munching on that. As for my onions, I got especially curious the other day and pulled one up that had a crispy, brown top (as opposed to all the others, which are tall and green) and lo and behold, there was a tiny onion at the bottom! Eureka, they're growing! It even smelled (and tasted) just like a real vidalia. Success! :)

As for Team Fail, the bell peppers don't seem to have much hope. They're still green, but they aren't growing or flowering and many of the stems have broken off. I'm actually going to fertilize them this week and see if I can perk them up. The cucumbers are history as well... again. I transplanted another batch a few weeks ago and they died just as quickly as the first round. I think next summer I'll just try to grow these from seed.

Well I hope you enjoyed your morning tour of the Bauer Family Vegetable Garden! Maybe my next post will include more exciting uses of the word "harvest" or at least more instances of the word "success" - Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

My Silly Guy

Today has been a pretty lazy Sunday around the Bauer house. It's a bit too humid/thick/hot/disgusting to enjoy playing outside with the threat of storms looming in the air. And since dad's at work and we really have no where to go, it's gotten silly around here. So I thought I'd share a bit of that silliness with you. :) Pictured above is one of Nathan's favorite gymnast poses. Note how he takes the time to "cheese" while maintaining a focus on perfecting his form. Following are a few of the many faces of our camera-loving kid.

Sad Nathan (or "You don't make me cupcakes!"):

Super Smile Nathan (or "Check out my school picture face!"):

Crazy Nathan (or "Wanna see my bangs shake??")"

Finally, my very favorite, Amazingly Precious Nathan (or "If I make this face, she may forget about nap time."):

Happy Lazy Sunday!

P.S. As it is simply too disgusting to go out to the garden right now, I will tell you that I was tending it earlier today and by George, the best thing out there right now are the tomatoes. They've grown leaps and bounds over the past few weeks and I have several grape-sized fruits just a-growing. Everything else... is questionable at best, but I plan on fertilizing this week and maybe that will give those babies a needed boost. If not, the silver lining is that I've learned several "what not to dos" for my fall garden. :)

P.S.S. Keep watching for finished bedroom pictures. I don't want to show it off until it has all come together. We're still waiting on the new bedding and we haven't hung all of our decorations yet. Until then, know that we are sleeping fabulously in our gigantic new bed.