Monday, May 24, 2010

Great Weekend!

We had such a lovely (albeit nonstop busy!) weekend!! I know most people prefer their weekends to be relaxing and lazy, but I'm quite the opposite. Productivity and family time is the name of the game around this household, and this weekend embodied both of those!

Lately, I've felt that our yard needs a major pick me up. When I first bought my house I still lived and worked in NYC, so I had no time to landscape (nor the ability to water regularly enough to keep anything alive for long). Luckily, the summer following the purchase was the rainiest on record in Austin, so by the grace of God my sodding grew in to resemble a half-decent lawn, but that's about all we've got going for us around here. We have two trees in the front yard that are growing, slowly but surely, but definitely give away the young age of our neighborhood, since there aren't any mature trees (which I would LOVE!) Anyhow, this weekend I decided it was time to do a little something about the yard, and tried my hand planting some flowers. Normally I just buy a bunch of cheapie zinnias or other annuals, forget to water them, and start the cycle again in the next season. Truth be told, I have a black thumb. This time, though, I did my research, and made more informed choices for the front flower beds. Check it out:

Our beautiful hydrangea plant, considering starting to bloom:

Flower Beds:

Mexican Heather:



Lantanas & Pentas (aren't you just on the edge of your seats haha):

English Ivy (will spread to cover area around trees):

Front View of Flower Beds:

Smaller Tree:

Slightly More Successful Tree:

Then, last night, D grilled steaks for dinner and made homemade Mexican rice, while A and I planted a home farm garden! I've been wanting to get in on the home farming movement for some time, but wanted to do my research on this as well given the aforementioned black thumb, so it's taken us some time. We found this great greenhouse kit that should get our plants started, though, until we can recruit someone more handy than D to help me build a raised garden box to transplant the plants to as they grow! So excited! We planted snow peas, sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, thyme, rosemary, zucchini, morning glories (we needed some flowers for color), and perhaps one more thing? I can't remember. I'm so excited for our little seedlings to grow. Here's A helping me out:

She's such a great helper! Alright, time to go pump. Ava woke up at 8, ate, and promptly fell back to sleep, where she's been ever since. Homegirl would NOT go to sleep last night until literally the second the Lost finale was over (10:30 CST), so needless to say she a.) has great taste, and b.)is exhausted. I, however, am getting SO much done with her sleeping! Later today we're picking up an exersaucer, so stay tuned for how much she's probably going to LOVE it!

Happy Monday, friends!


  1. Ahhh... the blackthumb. It is a terrible disease to have. I wonder why there is no ribbon for this cause?

    Toni @ Hemp & High Heels

  2. Wow! You're garden looks amazing for someone with a black thumb! I also have a black thumb, but would love to one day have a vegetable garden. I don't have too much space right now though. What a great thing for you and Ava to do together. Hopefully she didn't inherit your black thumb!

  3. I have a black thumb too...mostly because I ignore my plants. I'd love to have a veggie garden someday. I love to eat, so that would be my motivation to keep up with the plants!

  4. Someday when we find a house, we will definitely have a garden... and hopefully I can turn my black thumb into a green thumb. I have never had many plants but I definitely want to change that. Before it was because we had a cat that could get into them... now it's more like b/c we have a baby - but at least we don't have a baby that can jump onto the fridge. :)
    Can't wait to hear about the exersaucer. I am waiting for Bennett to have a little more head control and be able to sit up on his own a little better before exploring that new world!! how fun!


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