Wednesday, May 30, 2007
We had a birthday bash for me on Saturday. Friends came over for some bocce ball and good food. I got lots of wonderful goodies from my friends. A two hour massage, homemade massage oil and comfy salve, a wonderful bag, movie passes and a night of babysitting, a gift card to Gardeners Supply and another one to Made Boutique. Thanks everyone!
The rest of the weekend was spent in my garden. I finished planting my veggie garden. Decided to go small and do it well. I invested money in bags of Intervale compost to make my soil happy and I planted 4 tomato plants in between my peas and chives. I also planted two strawberry plants. They will all live among the many sunflowers my son and I planted earlier. I also added to my herb/kids garden. We built a spiral herb garden and it is now filled with basil, lemon balm, parsley, cilantro and mint. Lavender and Rosemary are planted around it. With my gardeners supply gift card I was able to buy an amazing big blue ceramic pot to put in my back garden (thanks Kim for the tip) and I planted bulbs in it.
It was an amazing weekend of digging in the dirt.
***I have been trying to upload pictures to blogger for two days and I am still unable to. Argh! So for now you can see my recent garden pics that should have gone with this post on my flickr site here
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The evening ended well by JB and I going out for a couple of drinks with some friends after we put the boys to bed while a friend babysat as my birthday gift. Thanks Kylbl!
I had many happy birthday wishes come through the phone, email and blogging community. Thanks to everyone! Usually I get bummed out when people forget my birthday. It seems like each year the numbers increase as we age and build families etc. This year it was three of my closest friends who forgot. It bummed me out but I didn't let it get to me as hard as I have in the past. It was a wonderful day and I am grateful for what I had.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Two years ago today my littlest guy was born. Today Salvatore turns two! If interested read my birth story here .
We celebrated his birthday on Saturday. My parents came up for the event and we also invited a small group of our friends over. The weather was lovely and we were able to be outside. I made a two layer carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. It was yummy. Sal had a wonderful time. He was most amazed by the 15 balloons we bought for him that morning. His only request for the party was balloons and a bowl of booty. He got what he wanted. He received some wonderful gifts from our friends (thank you everyone), a trike from us and our family pitched in (thanks everyone) with us to buy a swing set for the both of the boys. Because of his older brother we are all set in the toy and book dept so we thought it would be a nice to get a swing set for both of them to use.
Little Sal it has been amazing having you in our lives. You have such a wonderful quiet yet crazy personality. You can sit and get absorbed in a book or digging in your garden spot but there are still many moments when you are only satisfied having me hold you. I will cherish every moment when you walk over to me and desire my arms around you. Your vocabulary has bloomed and it is music to my ears when you speak and show me your world through your words now. The other day when you came up to me, put your arms around my neck and said "I luv mommy" I thought my heart would melt into a puddle on the floor. I think it did.
Thank you sweet boy. Thank you for bringing such joy into my life. Thank you for being a friend and brother to Enzo. Thank you for choosing us.
Happy Birthday little guy. We love you so much.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Happy Mother's Day to all you mamas out there. I was lucky to have my mom up for a visit this weekend. I surprised her with peanut butter toast in bed like I used to do when I was little. She was so happy. My boys then gave me some flowers and took me to the Blue Plate cafe which is like a paint your own pottery place where they each made me something. JB cooked me breakfast and dinner and I think I only changed one diaper today total. It was great. At the end of the day JB took the kids to the park and gave me an hour at home by myself to be in the sun and dig in my garden. It was wonderful.
Thank you JB, Enzo and Sal for being the best family in the world to be a mother to. Thank you to my mother for all the love and support you have given me.
Friday, May 11, 2007
the picture below is of the roses we placed at Ocean Beach in San Francisco a week after we lost little. We lived a block from this beach at the time and it was very special place to us. We ended getting married up on the cliffs you see in the distance 8 months later. It is hard being on the other side of the country now from this place. Someday I hope to go back.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Yes it is true. I rockergirrl will be hitting the stage Sunday 6/3 at Higher Ground Music for the Moms Who Rock competition.
- Sunday 6/3 MOMS WHO ROCK
Advance Music and Star 92.9 are giving 25 lucky Moms a chance to come out and strut their stuff........from the Moms who secretly sing in their cars, to the shower singers, or maybe even the Moms who sneak out to the Karaoke contests on the weekends, this event gets Moms up on the big stage, singing with a live rock band, in front of a big crowd. This event is a benefit for the Woman's Rape Crisis Center in Burlington. Please come out and show your support for this great cause and the Moms who Rock!
Gardening has become a passion of mine. I am very much still a beginner but every year I learn more and more. Much like parenting gardening takes patience and time, and one will never truly master it. Also like parenting you need to take it day by day, provide food, time and care. Gardening is therapeutic for me. If I am having a bad day there is nothing like ripping out weeds to take out my frustration of even the simple act of standing still watering my flowers and taking in their beauty and scents can calm my nerves.
Gardening is also a wonderful activity for children. The act of planting a seed, learning to water it each day and watching it grow is a wonderful lesson for them. My children love helping me plant and water. Every day the run outside to see if any of our seeds have sprouted and when the veggies get big there is nothing better than having them pick right from our garden and then watch me cook them up for dinner. The lessons learned about the earth, where our food comes from and recycling is priceless. My children know that when we rake our leaves we either add them to our compost or bring them to our local center which turns them into compost that we then buy from them to put back into our yards.
Spring has sprung and summer is coming. You don't always have to find summer camps and endless activities to keep your children occupied this summer. Look around you and in your own backyard and you will be amazed at what you can find to do.
If you don't have a yard or live in a city do not fret. Container gardening is just as rewarding. Everything from flowers, herbs and so many vegetables can be grown in containers.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Here is a nice article called Hand to Hold I found on mothering.com today relating to this topic.
Monday, May 07, 2007
lawn mower fact:
A conventional lawn mower pollutes as much in an hour as 40 late model cars (or as much as as much air pollution as driving a car for 100 miles).
Here is a picture of our new beauty. No more smelly gas mower. No more having to hide the kids in the house when we mow because of spitting rocks and sticks. No more having to wait until our neighbors are awake to mow the lawn. Using a push mower is great exercise too.
My headaches have returned. Well they never really went away. I suffer from daily chronic headaches. I have no idea why. The doctors tell me something different every time I go. I have tried everything and nothing works. It just plain sucks. Most days the headache is there but I can go on with my day. Most people would not even know I have one. I am so used to feeling like this that I can act pretty normal on a good day. A good day I would rate as a 3-4 on the pain scale. A bad day shoots up on the pain scale and makes me feel horrible all over. I can't focus or concentrate and I just need to be on the couch with an ice pack. this is what happened to me on Saturday of course. The day of my big craft show. I couldn't push through this one and I ended up having to pack up my stuff and leave three hours before the end of the show.
My little guy Sal turns 2 on May 14th. He has changed so much in the past two months. His language has just exploded. He is amazing to watch grow. He is a great little guy.
My birthday comes one week later on May 22nd. I will be celebrating my 34th birthday. We plan on having some friends over for a dinner gathering.
Working in my garden has been my therapy. It is so nice to be out digging in the earth again. We planted our peas last week and lots of flower seed in pots. Enzo and I also started a new project in the kids garden. We are building an herb spiral. I will post pictures of it soon.
We ended up switching schools for Enzo. He will be attending a non-graded, multi age primary program which is offered at one of the other Elementary schools in our town. They open slots for a certain amount of children from each of the surrounding schools and we were able to get in. It means I now have to drive downtown every day to drop him off and pick him up but I was so happy with the program I think it is worth it. I figure it is the closest thing to alternative education I can get for free. We go for an open house in a few weeks. I can't wait.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
and thank you to Sara from Made Boutique for putting together the show.
here are some pictures of my display