Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Tent Trailer

Around the time we received our tax return, Erik and I began talking about what to do this summer. Somehow Erik managed to get three weeks off during summer break, and we wanted to make the most of it. We bounced around the idea of a tropical vacation, which I knew Erik would really like, but I began to wonder if buying a camper or a tent trailer might not be a better investment. I didn't really think Erik would go for the idea (since he's a real "roughin' it" kind of guy) but to my surprise he liked the idea, so we began a two month search for the right tent trailer.

After we found the one we wanted - and after the bank transfer debacle of 2015 while trying to withdrawal our money - we purchased a tent trailer from the nicest retired couple EVER down in Oregon. Not only did they hold the trailer for us while our money transfer was pending, but they walked us through everything we would need to know AND wrote down websites we might like about tent trailers. Plus they took Avery around their beautiful yard to show her baby birds in a nest. We couldn't thank them enough for their kindness. It's home now and I'm not sure who, out of the three of us, is more excited about it. All I know is we can hardly wait for summer!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

1 Saturday, 2 Birthdays

Avery has four cousins that live in the Puget Sound area, and two of them had birthdays this past week. Their birthday celebrations both happened to to be last Saturday, so Erik, Avery and I headed up north. Our first stop was Rylee's 1st birthday barbeque, and it turned out to be the most unbelievably beautiful day to have a watermelon themed party. How cute is the cake my mom made? And the watermelon dresses? The cutest!

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The second birthday celebration was for our niece, Bella, who wanted to go to a Mariner's game for her 6th birthday. So, after Rylee's party we met up with Erik's family at Safeco Field in Seattle. It was warm and beautiful, and the Mariner's won the game just for Bella (at least I'm pretty sure it was for her...who else would they have won for?). The girls got Fernando Rodney bobbleheads...in fact, we ALL got a bobblehead, and for some reason Erik thinks his belongs on the fireplace mantle.

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We got home at 1:30 in the morning, but it was nice to wake up in my own bed on Mother's Day. Erik and Avery made breakfast, and then my parents and my brother came over for fajitas and margaritas on the patio. 

It was a pretty great weekend for nieces and for moms.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Planting the Garden

With Erik and I working full time it wasn't easy to find time to plant our garden this spring. The days and weeks kept flying by without any seeds in the ground and I was beginning to worry that we wouldn't have time for a garden at all. But last week we were able to pull weeds, turn the soil, and plants rows of vegetables, so all is right in our little world. This year we planted zucchini, green beans, snap peas, carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, cucumbers, and herbs. I did a lot of research on flower and herb companion planting to get rid of aphids and other pests naturally. So hopefully we won't lose any cabbage or broccoli this year. 

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We have also seen quite a bit of growth on our espaliered trees (you can see their progress here and here). We trained our 6 branch pear tree into a 10 branch tree, and it's created quite a bit of privacy between our house and our neighbors. We only harvested one pear last summer, but we already have quite a few more this year which is really exciting. Our 6-way espaliered apple is packed with tiny apples, and we are hoping that one of the offshoots will enable us to train it into a bigger tree as well. And our blueberries are out of control, as usual.

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Here's to another year in the garden.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

By the Fire

Spring evenings around here are usually pretty cold. Even when the days are warm, the night air brings a sharp, cool breeze that makes you feel like summer is further away than you thought. Sometimes the only difference between a winter evening and a spring evening is the scent of cherry blossoms and freshly cut grass that sweeps in every time a door is opened. The best thing about these cool evening hours is that there's still a reason to build a fire. Erik hustles in and out, chopping wood and bringing it inside, then Avery excitedly kneels beside him while he places kindling in the fireplace. And suddenly a crackling fire fills the room with warmth and a soft, golden glow. Avery snuggles in while Erik and I watch baseball...and all is right in our little world.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spring Break: A Week of Cousins

We didn't plan much for spring break since Erik was working. However he did have Monday off, so we (the exciting people that we are) painted our kitchen and dining room. Erik and I sure know how to have a good time. Luckily Erik's sister arrived with her kids on Tuesday to rescue Avery and I from a boring spring break. Then on Wednesday we headed to the beach with the kiddos and Grandma and Grandpa Seley. There were plenty of driftwood forts for adventuring and shells for collecting. And the three cousins played and splashed and ran until the late afternoon.

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On Thursday my sister and I took Avery and baby Ezra to visit our youngest brother and his family. Kody and Emily had only seen Ezra in the NICU, and their girls had yet to meet their new cousin. We laughed and napped and snuck in a trip to Dairy Queen after all the cousins were asleep. AND we went to Hobby Lobby, a first for Amy and I since we don't have one where we live (which is probably a good thing). Also, I took an obscene amount of photos of baby Ezra and I'm not even sorry.

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Spring break was pretty great.