It has been a crazy week. I can hardly believe it is already Thursday, it seems like we were just celebrating Mother’s Day. Our days have been full of soccer, baseball, finishing up history projects and overtired boys. I was thankful for the thunderstorm that rolled through yesterday late afternoon and cancelled our evening’s activities. We needed a night off.
Yesterday the temperatures here were over 90. 90?!! Usually, in Nebraska, the nineties don’t come til the end of June and into July. With only a couple weeks left of school the kid’s minds are already on summer vacation, now it actually feels like it too. I always feel for the teachers this time of year. The combination of the calendar, warmer weather and spring activities must make each day feel like an uphill battle to keep the kids on task. Luckily, with cooler days on the way, we will be back to spring-like weather soon.
Our plan for Mother’s Day, as is every year, was to put in the remainder of our garden. But because of the high temps and winds we decided to wait, for the benefit of the plants. Although it was still hot and windy yesterday, as the sun started to set it cooled off and the winds died. Samuel and I stayed outside after baseball to get our remaining plants in the ground.
We’ve doubled (and then some) the size of our garden this year. More tomatoes, peppers, herbs, lettuces…and of course our traditional sunflowers. This year for Easter, instead of a basket full of candy and a toy or two I filled small flower pots with a few of their favorite candies and seeds for the garden. Each boy got an annual, perennial and something that we would eat. We planted them that day. They’ve always loved helping with our garden, but I thought if each boy had something of their own to watch, they might be more invested.
Ben loves arugula (he also got zinnias and daisies) and has been faithfully watching over their growth. It was fun to watch his excitement as the first green leaves began peeking out of the ground. Samuel has his sunflowers (along with zinnias and beets). They were the first to make an appearance and it looks like we will have many beautiful, sunny blooms come July. Henry is watching his zinnias, coneflowers and nasturtiums, checking each day with a watchful eye and reporting their progress.
With plants in place and seeds growing more and more daily it seems our garden is on it’s way. Today, Henry and I will put the finishing touches on the rabbit fence, also a new addition to our garden this year. Between our large, yellow lab and a family of bunnies on the other side of the fence, without it, our little plants don’t stand much of a chance.
What are you growing in your gardens this year?
Our local farmer’s market opened this weekend. I’ve been counting down for weeks. There is little I love more than going to the farmer’s market. Walking the aisles, soaking in the morning sun, talking with vendors as they share the fruits of their labors, purchasing food that is local and fresh.
At the end of last month my oldest boy turned 10, it was a big birthday for him, but also marked 10 years of motherhood for me. With Mother’s Day this weekend I thought I would share 10 things that I’ve learned in my 10 years of motherhood. I’m not promising rocket science revelations, just a few of my thoughts.
1. Being a mom is HARD (remember I didn’t promise rocket science).
2. I’m a better mother than I thought I’d be, most days anyway.
3. Maintain a strong sense of humor.
4. Some of the things you did in your childhood (you know, those things) will come back to haunt you in the form of your own children.
5. It’s important to make sure you have a passion for something outside of your family.
6. When your child is telling you something, put down what you are doing and listen to them. It’s important. Look them in the face so they know they have your attention.
7. Shower. Daily.
8. The years will go by faster than you could ever imagine.
9. You are always teaching your children, be an example, even when you think they aren’t paying attention.
10. Take care of yourself so you are able to take care of your family.
What have you learned in your years as a mother? What did you learn from your own mom?
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there!
This month over at ‘The Creative Mama’ they are paying tribute to the color yellow. I found myself smiling when I read this, yellow being my favorite color.
“What’s your favorite color?”
It’s a question often associated with childhood or used on a quiz that defines your personality type. There’s a lot that can determine your favorite shade on the color wheel. It is no secret around our house that I love yellow. Sure, there are other colors I like…orange, apple green, gray, robin’s egg blue. But yellow, well, it holds a special place…
It was the color of one of the first flower girl dresses I ever wore. Feeling like a princess at the sweet age of 5.
The color of my first bike, training wheels and all. My first taste of independence, cruising around the neighborhood.
It was the color of the flowers my husband gave me when we first started dating.
It is the color of the sunflowers that grow in our garden every year.
It is the color of the shirt Samuel wore 2 years ago on my birthday, telling me that wearing my favorite color was his present to me.
It is the color of the bouquets of dandelions Henry brings me every spring.
It is the color of the flowers that bloom in my favorite mountain meadow.
It is the color on our walls, the place we gather, make memories and call home.
I would encourage you to head over to ‘The Creative Mama’ and check out the links of others sharing their love for yellow, maybe even share one of your own.
Hoping for a little bit of sunshine and yellow in your Thursday!