Sunday, May 19, 2013

Yesterday and Today

Yesterday was a day of graduations.  Dane's school had their graduation featuring Michelle Obama as the speaker and then Dane's cousin, Anna, graduated yesterday evening.  Anna is the last one to graduate in that generation on Dane's side of the family.  Next up will be Elise!

I got a picture of Michelle Obama and Dane together!

I'm a bit giddy with excitement with all that's happening in the "homesteading" sense this spring.  I'll share of bit of it with you in pictures from today

Elise helping out with her wheelbarrow

The bees are busy.  We hope to get 2-3 boxes of honey this year 
 The backyard garden is growing with a few surprise squash and tomato plants that came from the compost used.  And we got the garden lot planted just before a slow steady rain on Friday.

 Dane is working on a tree house that will join our yard with our neighbors.  Kids and adults are excited about it!

 Strawberries picked and jam made, and more strawberries to come from the garden lot
Elise's roses are blooming

We went to the grand opening for Nashville's new convention center today.  Here is Elise enjoying some of the festivities


 Elise has an obsession with shoes right now.  She likes feet too and you'll often see her kissing her own feet.  Here she is examining her Daddy's holey socked feet and walking around in her Daddy's shoes.



Monday, May 6, 2013

Little Life Update

Spring is coming in spurts here in Nashville.  It is lush and green everywhere, but this past Saturday didn't even see 60 degrees.  I'm ready for it.  I'm ready to get the garden in.  I'm ready to ride bikes (if we can convince Elise that the bike seat is fun), and go to outdoor concerts. 

Dane has 3 weeks left to teach this year and then is "off" for the summer.  He'll still be working, but plans are tentative.  Either way, he's looking forward to the break from teaching.  Michelle Obama is speaking at his school's high school graduation this year.  I'm looking forward to that.  I've never been in the presence of a US President or First Lady in my life.

Elise is so fun right now.  But can also be so frustrating:)  She is a bit spoiled with attention I think, but as cousins grow and more cousins and siblings arrive that will change.  Elise loves being outside, loves bubbles, loves animals, loves tractors and big trucks.  The girl just loves life.  She also loves to get what she wants when she wants it.  Delayed gratification isn't really a concept she grasps yet.  Jibber-Jabbering contantly.  Sometimes it's real words, other times it's her very own language.  Words she says now are: bubble, dog, hot, Dada, Mama, Paw-Paw (grandpa), Pop (Great Grandpa), mo (more), up, peeeeeease (please), tant too (thankyou), Hichoo (highchair), I do, shoe, bye-bye, hi, eye, no, boon (balloon), tickle, ball, and then noises of most animals, a tractor, and a train.  It amazes me how much she understands.  She loves being chased.  It makes her squeal with delight. 

We're reminded everyday of how blessed we are.