Saturday, October 29, 2011

Autumn Harvest

This year's trial-and-error fall garden took a hard hit a few weeks ago. There were a couple mornings of October frost. Now, that surprise definitely wasn't factored into my garden zone calendar. We lost all the carrots, which I thought were frost-tolerant. However, I knew the green beans were not so they were saved by a couple of old bed sheets. There are dead leaves from where the frosty ice rested on the sheets, but the plants are still alive. They've even started showing signs of flowering. Who knows if we'll make it to beans before frost, but at least I've learned a lesson or two. (ex: plant EARLIER!)

In my other bed, we planted various lettuces and spinach. These crops actually loved the frost and this morning I harvested the majority of a salad bowl lettuce plant (pictured above). That should make for a yummy salad with dinner. I actually spent time sitting in the garden, sampling leaves like a rabbit, and they tasted alright to me. :) Hopefully those frosts will stay away for a few more weeks and we will have beans to share before the darkness of winter takes over. Even if it does come before then, enjoy a bit of photographic evidence proving that I did grow vegetables this fall:

Green bean blossom peeking out among the frost damage:

Pretty little butter crunch lettuce forming a head:

Dark green spinach leaves growing in the cooling temps:

And of course, I couldn't do it without my helpers:

Friday, October 28, 2011

My Pumpkins

To kick off the Halloween season, the boys expertly carved a couple of perfectly plump pumpkins. Per usual, Nathan was quick to draw his own silly face pattern and his Daddy was happy to bring the jack-o-lantern to life. This year, Nathan's pumpkin was a dandy, complete with mustache! Jonathan also carved a pair of ghosts looking particularly spooky. Once again, Nathan didn't want to touch the "pumpkin meat" but was happy to scoop it out with an extra-long-handled spoon. Hope your weekend is just as filled with holiday happiness! Happy Friday, y'all.

(PS While the big boys were busy carving pumpkins, Owen was trying to figure out why his wasn't real!)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Try Jesus

I love when Nathan belts out new Christian songs out of nowhere at the dinner table, as our mouths drop open at his little voice. I like to think he leads his preschool choir on chapel days. If it's not true, it probably should be. No, this isn't the original dinnertime version, but a more visibly forced performance. :) However, it's still awesome, and I couldn't resist convincing him to sing it once more for you. A pretty sweet song with a pretty sweet message. Be blessed, y'all.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Time for an update, huh? This October we have been so preoccupied with dominating the soccer field, acing preschool lessons and watching a baby grow to dangerous levels of cute. As it turns out, I've neglected to update you. :) So here we go, a very quick version.

Grammy spent last week with the little guys and me while Jonathan was in Chicago, graduating from Hamburger University at the top of his class. We are super proud of him, and super happy that he's finally finished! Nathan has had a blast with soccer - the kid even scored the winning goal during a kick-off to break a tie last week. Mama sure was proud. :) Baby O has gotten two new teeth this month, mastered sitting up, and seems just about ready to crawl. He's devoured every flavor of mush I've prepared and can't seem to get enough! He's also the most adorable baby in town, but I could be biased. As I sit here looking at about 278 recent photos, I thought I'd just stick a couple on here. (Don't miss the Halloween sneak peek!) Hope you're having a fantastic October, too. Happy Tuesday!

Friday, October 14, 2011


"Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Thing About Babies

In the seven months that he has lived with one, Nathan has learned a thing or two about babies. He's learned that they're absolute drool machines, they can reach sound levels he never thought possible, and they eat mushed-up peas like they're going out of style. Yuck!

In his infinite wisdom, however, big bro has also learned a few fun things about the silly bundle we brought from the hospital. You should hear Nathan sing Owen's praises when he catches him sitting up by himself or babbling syllables! His entire face beams when he's the only person who can make Owen laugh himself silly. Baby O is enamored with his big brother and, despite the hair pulling, toy drooling, and mush faces, I'm pretty sure Nathan loves him, too. So much that Nathan loves brotherly photo shoots. Unfortunately, the thing about babies is that they don't stay little and they don't stay still. :) Happy Thursday.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bound or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13

The members of our church welcomed its newest (cutest?) parishioner on a gorgeous Sunday morning. Baby Owen was baptized in the name of Christ in front of three rows of family and a chapel full of friends. Beside him stood his parents, his brother, and his godparents Abby and Scott. The same Abby and Scott who stood by us the day our family began. Pretty special people, those two. :)

During Mass Owen was a champ, all the way from the christening oils to the wet head. He listened as if Father Alphonse were speaking only to him and he got a few laughs by yanking on his dad's tie. As everyone watched, I couldn't miss the love that permeated the room. It feels amazing to know my baby who is fairly new to this world is already an important piece of many people's lives. I was proud to dedicate his life to Christ, but just as proud to have so many smiling faces back me up.

On the same note, Owen had a pretty special loved one in the room. Someone only One other attendee was able to see. Owen was baptized the day before the anniversary of our angel baby's due date. I'm pretty sure no matter how hard I try to figure it out, I won't be able to make sense of the connection. I just know two things: that Owen has one fantastic guardian angel and that God has something wonderful in store for us. Everyone out there is blessed, sometimes we just have to open our eyes to see it. Be blessed, y'all.

Psst... more pictures of Baby O's big day HERE