The start of a herb garden

Well this past weekend, I did it! I started a herb garden, right in my kitchen window.

I have absolutely no idea how to grow herbs. I am hoping it is not too hard.

A herb garden is something I have been wanting to have a go at for a couple years, nothing huge, just a small kitchen window one. I hadn’t planned on starting so soon, I wanted to do some more research, get some pots, be more prepared. However, we were at the Home Depot, they were on sale, so why not?

I did decide to only start with a few. I don’t want to kill a ton of herbs here. Eventually, adding more would be awesome!

So, here it is! Spicy Basil…the little leaves are beautiful!
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Sage…it smells incredible! I have found myself walking over and just smelling it.

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Rosemary…I am pretty sure I have some of this in my front flowerbed!

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And some parsley…YUMMY.

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As you can see, they are all still in the containers from the store, I haven’t found pots yet. I could be a little scared to pot them. What is wrong with me? Growing herbs is easy, right?

‘Honey Do’ List…Complete?

I know I say this all the time…My husband is totally AWESOME!

Well, the truth is, I kinda really think he is!

This past weekend he went above and beyond. He finished his never-ending ‘Honey Do’ list!

We have been working in the backyard for the past couple of weekends, and I am proud to say it is almost complete.

We added some lattice to the playhouse/fort/clubhouse, which surprisingly looks like a stage. How cool is that? I need to add some curtains, lights, and a few more touches and it will be perfect!

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He is so not a carpenter. He does an amazing job pretending though!

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The old kitchen sink became the beginnings of a small mud kitchen for the girls. Some pots and pans should make for lots of fun memories. Sounds like it’s time to hit up the flea market. ­čśë

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Some tricycle fun for the baby!

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He also turned this old changing table into an outside gardening table for me.

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I can not wait to use this thing!

He did a few things in the house too.

See, I told you…He is AWESOME!

I have to say, I am lost! I have no projects for him right now, it is very weird for me!

I think I will let him rest, for now anyways!

Room with a view!

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Yellowstone, 2012

Going through old pictures is always so much fun for me. I LOVE remembering all our adventures. This one is from a trip the kids and I took with my Mom to see my sister in Montana almost 3 years ago. We took a night and day in Yellowstone, this was the view from our room. I wouldn’t mind waking up to this view every morning.

Beach or Backyard Redo?

This past weekend I was given the option to spend Saturday at the beach or to work on the backyard.

My first thought, why these two things?

I want to do both!

Even though it hurt my heart to turn down a day at the beach, I picked the backyard. I mean, I have been trying to get the mechanic to do something in the backyard FOREVER!! If I ever had a chance of getting it started, it was definitely now.

It is a GREAT backyard! The trees give an awesome forest feel, makes me go back to being a kid.

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And it is one of the reasons I LOVE this house so much! The soon to be extended patio will go here. The sink in the corner there is from the kitchen and being saved for a mud kitchen for the girls.

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With the help of all the kids and the whole day Saturday, it looks amazing!

We packed a pallet of flag stone, piece by piece, to the back. Because the mechanic is so awesome, he found all of this for almost nothing!

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The 11-year-old, helped me piece together a patio. Not an easy task!

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We are by no means expert patio builders or landscapers, we kind of just winged it and did it your own way.

The mechanic put down some paver sand.

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These three just chilled out and watched in the shade. It was so hot!

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While I spread the sand, the boys started building the tree house/fort/clubhouse.

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Nothing fancy, just nice and simple in the shade.

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The baby finally got her swing put up. She LOVED it! And yes, we did sunscreen and bug screen the littles.

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The mechanic always says he is not a carpenter. I say it is so not true, he always does an amazing job with all the projects I give him. And this tree house/fort/clubhouse is perfect! We have to add some things…lights, curtains, plant some flowers, and a few decorations before it is totally complete.

It still works for a picnic lunch though!

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We didn’t totally finish, still need to plant a few things, trim some trees, build a mud kitchen, and add some furniture. But, for now I am happy!

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Yes, those are my beach chairs! They fit perfectly back there, right in the sun.

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I LOVE cows!

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I LOVE cows! I am not sure why but, I find them to be very beautiful. Yes, I am a little strange. Maybe they take me back to my roots, make me think of my Daddy. We found these cute little guys on vacation a few weeks ago at the Grand Canyon, on a off road trail. Just look at those faces!!

Learning with a 4-year-old

This summer we are totally getting geared up for some PreK learning. This should be easy, right?

The truth is, for me, it’s just a bit scary!

Ok, I am totally terrified!

When we started homeschooling the older kids, they had already been in public schools for a few years. Someone else had been in charge of teaching them phonics, how to┬árecognize letters, how to write, and to read. I was just kind of an at home teacher’s aide who helped when they had a problem.

Now the younger kids, I am completely responsible for. There is no one else to blame if we don’t get it right!

AGGHHH!!

See why this is scary?

So my plan…

1. Find fun learning websites…check! She is in LOVE with ABC mouse. We have been working with it since January. And she does not need Momma to navigate through it. All the mechanics kids are crazy smart with a computer!

2. Lots and lots of books to read and workbooks…check! Thanks to the two used book stores down the road for making reading with 6 kids more affordable. The Dollar Tree also had several different workbooks and with the help of my little laminating machine, the mechanic bought me, they are all now dry erase pages.

This is her PLEASE can I write in this book face!

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And I have to say, she does a pretty mean A!

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3. As many different flashcards as I can find or make…check! We have ABC’s, shapes, colors, site words, addition, and subtraction.

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4. Magnetic and felt boards…check! These pizza pans are perfect for only $.88 at Wal-Mart. Canvas boards wrapped in felt are AWESOME fun!

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5. Her own workspace…check! She bought this little table at a yard sale last fall, it makes the perfect little desk. The little red bear stool the mechanic found at a thrift store for like $3, fits just right!

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6. And total organization of all home school supplies…check! The kids old toys boxes made great shelves once we took the lids off. Each kid has their own box for papers, pencils, notebooks, binders, and books.

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I do feel somewhat more prepared for this journey but, at the same time, still completely terrified!

It’s going to take a lot of patience, love, work, and understanding, but we so got this!