Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Garden 2014

I got my tomatoes in the ground before the end of March. We had a freeze warning a couple of weeks into April. I tented the plants with some old sheets.

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It wasn't too bad. I think I lost one tomato plant, but it might come back.

The strawberries survived and are producing fruit.

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We've eaten 4-5 so far, but some animals have discovered them and there are now bites out of the ones that are growing.

We've had a pretty cold spring. The benefit of the cooler temperatures, tomatoes already growing.

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Isn't that awesome!!!!

I didn't do much with my compost this winter due to the broken wrist. I discovered that cold composting doesn't kill pumpkin seeds. After a quick screen of the compost, I tilled it into the box before planting the tomatoes.

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After a week or two tons of baby pumpkin plants were going. I moved a couple and plucked the rest. I'm still plucking the rest.

I don't know if the transplants will survive, but if they do, maybe we'll get from free pumpkins for Halloween.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter 2014

We had a nice Easter.

The boys were up early. We woke up A so we could have the egg hunt and make it to 8am mass.

Easter 2014

Easter 2014

Easter 2014

The kids were nice enough to stand in front of the remaining dogwood flowers for an Easter picture. The boys weren't super cooperative about smiling for the photo. When J looked at the camera without a forced grin or a smirk, B was staring off into nothing. This was the best I could do.

Easter 2014

After mass, we went to fish fry at the IL's house. It was delicious as always.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Spring is here. Weather is more often warm than not. Kids are busy.

B is playing soccer, flag football & baseball.  I've been talking way more than taking pictures, but I did remember my camera last Saturday.

playing soccer

playing soccer

J is suppose to be playing golf and baseball but he's had problems with his elbow. After some rest, he tried playing baseball last week.

playing baseball

playing baseball

playing baseball

After the game, his elbow hurt again. We went to the doctor this week and he got a shot. We'll see if it helps.

A is busy dancing. They had a performance last weekend.

She also won first place in the Catholic Daughter's of America essay and poetry contest. She got $50 for each award, but she had to go read them to the ladies.

I think I'm looking forward to summer and fewer activities and slower pace. Or I can at least dream about it.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Confirmation - in action

DH took a video of the actual confirmation. It is blurry and hard to understand but I have to post it for posterity sake.

In case you can't hear, E's confirmation saint is Bernadette and A's is St. Therese of Liseaux.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Last Saturday the girls were confirmed. They both selected Aunt Mimi (S#5) to be their confirmation sponsor. It was so nice for the "twin" cousins to be confirmed together.

The girls and their sponsor before Confirmation.

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The girls being holy.

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Easter is late this year. My dogwoods bloomed for Confirmation instead. I love my dogwoods.

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Processing into church

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The anointing of oil.

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Father Alan stood in the way of my photography. Of course Father Alan would tell me that it is a sacrament and I shouldn't have been taking pictures in the first place!

Goofy A opening her cards.

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S#5 gave them cross rings from James Avery. She wore her matching ring in honor of the event.

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In thanks for being their sponsor, the girls gave S#5 an Awesome book. It had fill in the blank pages about how awesome Mimi is. There were lots of references to confirmation and dancing and baking and putting up with them.

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I think she liked it!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014