Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Favorite Sister?

Sometimes I wonder if the novelty of Peter has worn off... Nobody's jockeying for his attention anymore now that he's mobile, mostly they're trying to keep him from eating their various books and chokeable treasures. 

But Mary Claire still acts like every time she sees him again is the FIRST time!


"PEEEEEE-der!!! Can I give him a hug and a kiss? And say 'Ip, Pih-bip?' (Her nickname for him) Can I mush him? And say 'Peter WHAT are you doin'?' And I kiss him and he give me a WET kiss?"


She makes him laugh SO hard. Usually whatever it is is incredibly annoying to me until I see how much Peter absolutely adores it. 


Of course, she also thinks it's hilarious to try to ride him when he's crawling. And she runs up to him "mushes" his cheeks until he MUST be in pain.


Lately I can't leave them alone to play together anymore because I'll hear him inevitably cry and run to find that she's pinched him.

"DO NOT pinch the baby!"
"Um, I di'nt pinch him, I 'nidded' him!"

Not a thing.


Or I find his head covered with saliva, because she practiced her spitting skills right over his hair.


It really is nice to see how much these two have bonded, though - the twins have their special twin thing going on and I really wondered where Peter would fit in with all the other kids. I think they still like him!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Garden Tour {In July}

Happy July! Because I'm a nerd, I'm gonna go ahead and bore you with garden-y stuff again and link up with Cari for her garden tour link up. I'll make it snappy, because Mr. Never-Nap is currently in his high chair spitting out cheerios and who knows how long that'll give me (not long enough for a shower, but perhaps long enough for a blog post?)...


Zinnias blooming! Marigolds too, and baby sunflowers close... I harvested the garlic scapes and used them in a very tasty salad dressing last night, too. 


Zucchini, summer squash, mystery squash, and cucumbers are growing nicely considering we started them late.


Looks like at least one cucumber has been pollinated so far (I've been doing it by hand because I don't trust the bees and because it kind of makes me giggle to think that I'm doing "artificial insemination")!


And a zucchini, too!


The volunteer tomatoes are CRAZY. I'm pretty sure we've got some roma plants and I'm not sure what else... Carrots are in that bed too, and sugar snap peas that have just about died off.


So far we've got one adorable little ichiban eggplant from that bed as well, and it's going to fulfill its destiny in a tasty ratatouille tonight!


Pole beans are growing decently but don't look like they'll produce as well as last year, and basil leaves much to be desired but I've got high hopes for pesto!


I've harvested a total of two bush beans as well, to add to our farmer's market purchases. Oh beans, why you gotta be so lame?


At least they're pretty?


The other tomatoes are producing generously, and we've feasted on many a cherry tomato so far.
  

Sadly, they're diseased and even stripping off all the affected leaves didn't help. So we'll see if they can stick it out, but so far they still look good except for all the dead leaves!


I've got many big, beautiful tomatoes just waiting to ripen and as long as I can keep toddler paws off of them, I'm thinking we'll be eating lots of caprese salad in a few weeks!


Also, so many cherry tomatoes that I can't find places to stake them all... This happens every year!



The morning glory in the Mary garden has started climbing, and we have ONE lonely flower from the seeds planted at Easter. There are a few more that will be coming soon I think, but it's not going to be quite as lush a garden as it was last year, sadly...


I have no idea what this is, it came in a wildflower seed packet from the dollar store. But at least it's pretty!


In the rest of the yard, the hostas are blooming and weeds are trying to take over everything else!


How does YOUR garden grow?



Saturday, June 27, 2015

Fried Green Tomatoes, Confiscated Pillowcases, and Twin Transgressions {7QT}

--1--

I tried fried green tomatoes for the first time this week. Not by choice, but because Elizabeth decided to pick a rather large one, attempt several bites, and then discard it in the grass.

I was NOT pleased. But I sliced it up, sprinkled with salt & pepper, and fried it in some olive oil with panko bread crumbs. Surprisingly tasty!

Meanwhile, the twins also decided to pick about a dozen green cherry tomatoes, burying them in the garden because "We're gwowing da tomatoes!!!"

Some people plant extra crops in order to make up for natural loss due to animals. I planted extra to make up for loss due to toddlers.

So now I'm picking them as soon as they start ripening, in the hopes that I'll save more from the twins that way!


--2--


And speaking of the twins, you'll be shocked to hear that they're still crazy indoors, too!

After putting them on time out in their room for one transgression, I went to get dressed and returned to find that they had removed every item from their dresser and then climbed onto it to remove everything from their closet bar. Oh, and they took their pillowcases off their pillows.

So now their dresser is no longer in their room AND they're not allowed to have pillowcases. The punishment fits the crime, but I still feel ridiculous... "NO! You're not allowed to have a pillowcase anymore!"

--3--

Why do I even try?


They *wanted* me to take their picture! And yet... The expressions. Kills me!

--4--

Apologies for not rotating this picture but... I've been working on these quick takes for more than a day, so I just don't care!

John Paul sorted through one of those coupon mailers we get in the mail every few weeks, setting aside the ones he wanted. My personal favorites?

"I saved this garage door one, because we don't have a garage!"

and

"I saved this cell phone one because I really want a cell phone!"


So thoughtful, that kid.

--5--

Blueberry season is here! Andrew's mom is going to be visiting at the end of the week and we don't have room in the car for everybody to go blueberry picking, so I get to stay home with Peter while they labor in the fields!


And then we'll enjoy our waffles on Waffle Wednesday with fresh blueberries! Those holes are just perfect blueberry spots!

--6--


Peter's still bellyflop-crawling and it's SO funny to watch but kid can move! Nothing is safe anymore, and he's also trying (unsuccessfully, so there's that) to pull up on tables and chairs and all sorts of things. I'm considering removing the little table from the playroom until he's figured it out, solely because there's too much potential for head bumping and I can't spot him 24/7!

--7--

On the plus side, "crawling" means he's a little more content to be put down for more than 4 seconds at a time. Favorite toys? Obviously Legos! Actually, he tends to go for cars, trucks, balls, trains... Very typical "boy" things which is interesting to me because John Paul was not at ALL that way, so it'll be fun to see what he ends up liking!


In anticipation of him actually liking cars (and because Elizabeth always really likes this toy at other people's houses), we found this toy for $6 at a consignment store and bought it for him for his birthday... Which is in November. I've been socking away rather a lot of birthday & Christmas presents for all the kids and need to remind myself to STOP because then we'll end up with mountains and mountains of presents come birthday season, which is just ridiculous because we don't need *all the things* at all! 

Cutting myself off. No more toys. I hope.

Linking up with Kelly for some Saturday Quick Takes! Hope you have a beautiful weekend! We'll be celebrating our 7th anniversary early tonight (it's tomorrow) because my awesome sister is babysitting!

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