Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Nathan Sings



Although we had a rotten, no good Tuesday (dead truck, cable out, sick Nathan, etc), it ended on a high note. Lots of notes, actually! Just because it's been a while since you've a heard a little ditty from Nathan, I figured I'd better get it while the getting was good. I think this song is about camping. And shooting stars? And the Hokey Pokey? Whatever it is, it's awesome. Enjoy! Here's hoping all of our Wednesdays are wonderful.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Fresh Veggies



These two harvests are just a couple of the buckets of yum I've been toting in. Pictured above (to my utter surprise) are pickings from five out of six planted crops! We turned the peppers and eggplant into a delicious stir fry, chopped up the okra for freezing, and have been munching on raw maters and cukes. It's unbelievable that I'm actually reaping the benefits of my dirty hands and hard work. As you recall, that wasn't exactly the case last year. While Jonathan's busy in the kitchen chopping eggplants to fry, take a peek at the final crop, battling the squash bugs and growing their little hearts out:





Someday soon these baby watermelons will (hopefully) provide a sweet, refreshing dessert to our dinners fresh from the garden. Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Happy Guy



I sure hope you didn't listen to this one with the speakers on full blast! I can't explain how amazing it is to watch my once colicky baby squeal out of sheer happiness. So amazing, in fact, I had to record it. As of July 10, Owen is four months old. Last week both boys paid a visit to the pediatrician and despite the fact that six shots were given, they held up well. This chunk weighed in at 17 pounds, 6 ounces. Both boys were in the 90th percentile for weight and height, as you could have guessed. I personally think they're off the charts for cute and adorable... but I'm no doctor. ;) Happy Thursday.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Family


Last week my boys and I braved the heat for our first official family pictures. A good friend was kind enough to meet us in Hope with her camera as we camped out in Nana's front yard. Sure, we were hot and sweaty about 10 minutes in, but I think we got some good shots. And what kind of friend would I be if I didn't share them with you? Click here for a Facebook album featuring even more of my favorites. Happy Tuesday!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Hope



During today's search-and-destroy squash bug mission, I stumbled upon a bit of hope in my pretty little garden. There's not one, but THREE watermelons set on the infested plant. Sure this one is shaped funny and its future is uncertain, but I recall stating if even the tiniest melon set, the plant is a success. This discovery paired with the death of one bug and several eggs made for a fabulous morning in the garden. Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bad News



There's no casualty just yet, but I have bad news. And it comes in the form of my most dreaded enemy - the squash bug. I thought I'd trick them this year by skipping all forms of squash after the zucchini incident last season. Turns out they like watermelon, too. They've chewed up the stems and many of the center leaves are dead. Upon closer inspection, I saw them mating! I quickly turned the garden non-organic with Sevin. This morning I saw no bugs and squished a handful of eggs. The adults could live through the apocolypse, though, so I expect to see more. If all else fails, I will pull the plants and prepare the area for fall. On the bright side, we're still doing MUCH better than last year. :)


Pure evil. Nathan says he is "a LITTLE bit cute, but mean to my garden." This is not my picture, I wouldn't dare get that close.

Tomatoes are still producing, but don't like the heat, the peppers plants are weighed down, and we've picked three cucumbers. However, these went in the trash! Ridiculous heat can turn cucumbers bitter, so I'm hoping they'll get yummier if the weather cools. We are still cutting a mess of okra and I have four eggplants growing merrily. See? A couple (re: probably dozens) of squash bugs can't keep me down! To prove my garden is still green for the most part, here's a peek:


Some of the bells growing daily on our six plants. Some will turn orange, but we've yet to see color.


Pretty little Early Girls. We've probably harvested 10 tomatoes overall. Both these and the Romas have a great taste this year.


I don't know much about eggplants, but this one is a beauty!


An itty-bitty teeny-weeny cucumber. He will likely be bitter, but hopefully his future cousins aren't.


This is one of the butterfly varieties that has made a home in this year's garden. We love to just sit and watch them.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Tractor Time



Okay, enough with the mushy four-year-old posts. Let's get to the cake! :) Nathan's fourth birthday party was held Saturday and our little guests sure had fun at his tractor-themed shindig. We had the place strung up in John Deere green and yellow, at the birthday boy's request, and he loved every second. After a pre-party nap, he wandered wide-eyed into the kitchen and exclaimed, "This is the BEST birthday party I've EVER DESERVED!" Yes, Nathan, you're right. From busting open the tractor pinata to cooling down on the slip-n-slide to stuffing our faces full of delicious tractor cake, I'd say it was pretty fantastic and much deserved. Thank you so much to everyone who came and partied with us, especially those grandparents, who were a tremendous help in both the set up and clean up of the par-tay. While Nathan and I go play with every new toy at least twice before bedtime, please enjoy a few snapshots from the big day:









I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed as much downhome country fun as we did here at the Bauer homestead. I still can't believe I have a four-year-old (AND a four-month-old). But I'm thinking it only gets better from here. Happy Sunday!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Four Years Ago



Four years ago today, my lunch was interrupted by a surprise hospital visit to meet my first baby, almost four weeks early. Four years ago today, I watched life begin, in all of its five-pound glory. Four years ago today, I learned how to love.

In celebrating the birth of the Amazing Nathan, I'm getting a bit nostalgic (hence the picture). I've been looking through pictures from four Julys ago, and tearing up over my little squish-nosed baby boy. I cannot believe it's been four whole years; however, I feel like I've known Nathan my entire life. He is my best friend, my confidante, and my second banana (although that role is known to reverse). Every day I am blown away by the kind of person he is becoming. On top of that, I'm also celebrating my own anniversary. Not only did he greet the unsuspecting world, but he granted me my biggest role yet. I'm so humbled to have the title of mama to this special little boy. Nathan is destined for amazing things, and I'm happy to hold his hand along the way.

To my Nathan, thank you for giving me more joy in my life than I ever thought possible. Thank you for helping me grow as a person and as a friend. Thank you for showing me how to love and how to be loved absolutely and unconditionally. Happy Birthday, Nafey. I love you.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Lake Day



The Bauer family took to the waters Sunday and came home absolutely worn out and 100% satisfied. We rented a party barge on Lake DeGray and spent the day in the sun, catching fish, floating around, and cruising the open waves. It was Nathan's first time on a boat and the kid didn't hesitate for a second. I was even more amazed that he didn't think twice before jumping into the green waters below. He donned his life jacket and doggy paddled around! He also caught his first fish, not to mention the first catch of the day. Check it out:







Nathan's first lake day was a success and he's already asking when we can go back for more. It was wonderful watching the little guy explore something new and dive in head first (figuratively, I promise). I think the whole boating crew had a blast, despite the triple-digit temps. The ice-cold refreshments and a little SPF 85 paired with the ability to jump in the cool water at a moment's notice made for true, authentic fun in the sun. So much, in fact, that a nap even took place:



You've got to be pretty good at napping to catch an hour's worth in the middle of a lake on Fourth of July weekend. :) I sure hope your weekend was just as fantastic. Maybe we'll catch you sometime on the high seas!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Fourth



My big fat baby says, "Happy Fourth of July, y'all!" :) Hope your holiday was just as star-spangled as ours, and I hope you weren't nearly as confused by your fireworks as Owen was by ours.