Monday, May 25, 2015

I am not sure if winter knows whether it's coming or going here in PA!  One day it's 85*, the next it's 50*!  Jack Frost stopped by this weekend... but luckily we were able to cover our little garden and everything made it through the night unscathed!  


We started some tomato and pepper plants 
indoors this past week and are already seeing some sprouts!

We are all enjoying watching the plants grow and are looking forward to harvest!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


One morning last year, I looked out the window to the tree where we hang our bird feeder.... and... it wasn't there.  Baffled, Cory went outside to look for it.  After some searching, he found it quite a ways off of the ground in a pine tree between the neighbors' and our house.  Having heard reports of seeing a bear in previous weeks.. the only explanation we had was that the bear must have gotten it and dragged it up the tree!  We don't live in a very tight neighborhood... there aren't people passing by on the sidewalk or cutting through yards.  So it is unlikely that this was a prank, though I suppose it is possible!  In any case, in an effort to not encourage the bear to stop right next to our house... we decided to put the bird feeder away for the rest of the summer.

Fast forward to this year...

We decided to get the feeder out and once again attempt to hang it on the tree.  The girls were very excited to go out and help Cory fill it with sunflower seeds and watch him hook it to the branch.  Then they came back inside and stared out the window for quite awhile, hoping to catch a glimpse of a bird.

It wasn't until the next day that we started noticing goldfinches.  And I don't mean just a few.  We counted EIGHTEEN goldfinches!  Male and female... but of course, the bright yellow males were more exciting because they are "Mommy's favorite color"!

Then we started noticing some other creatures hanging around (especially at the seeds that dropped to the ground)... so I started taking pictures!

Unfortunately, that great big SCARY squirrel seems to be keeping the birds away lately.  But he is still fun to watch hanging upside down from the branch to reach the feeder.  The girls like him, so we continue to fill the feeder.  And thankfully, so far no bears!

Do you put out feeders?  
Have you had any other creatures enjoying the feast?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Garden to Keep

Cory and the girls went out last Sunday morning before church and put our tiny garden together!
We opted for a kit as opposed to buying the boards and cutting them, etc.  Cory is a math guy and figured out it would be cheaper in the long run.  I trust his judgement!  

So far we have Broccoli, Carrots, Radishes, Beets and Peas!  I'm praying they actually grow... at least some of them.  None of us here have a green thumb... at all!  (Our cabbage already bit the dust... oops!)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

5 Months!

We've been MIA as we were all sick for awhile.... but we are finally back to normal!  Well, guess that depends on your definition of what "normal" is - ha!  But I didn't want to go too long with posting about this little sweetie! 

Audra turned 5 months old!

She loves to sit up (still with a little help) and play with her toys.
She absolutely loves Eloise and all of her crazy antics! 
No one can get her to giggle like El!
She recently started taking a pacifier.  We mostly only give it to her when we are going out of the house.  It's a comfort thing and sure helps when I need her to fall asleep at church without a fuss!
At her last appointment (we had her in when she was sick), she weighed 14 lbs, 15 oz. - so I'm sure she weighs more than that now!
Still a mama's girl... :)

You may start noticing that I am going to tag my photos with my blog name.  I know I've posted a TON of photos in the previous years that aren't marked... but I wanted to start marking them.  I honestly wish I would have marked them from day one.  Not that anyone else will take them, but you just never know.  I did actually have a company contact me last year about using a picture of my nephew that they saw on my blog.  They ended up NOT using it... but I appreciated that they asked!
Anyway... so that's that!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

We're all under the weather here..... back soon.. I HOPE!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Growing a Garden... Our First!

The idea of growing your own vegetables has always appealed to me once I hit my twenties.  When I was a kid, I couldn't have cared less!  My mom would sometimes have a garden, but we never really had to do anything except maybe weed a little and make sure we didn't blow grass clippings all over it when we mowed the lawn (a feat in itself, trust me!).  And I admit, I was a little disgruntled when she got rid of our swing set and put a garden in it's place!  (Ok, I guess I was getting a little too big for the swing set, but still!).  Anyway... when Cory and I got married I had good intentions of starting my own garden.  But we married and moved in to our house in early June (after the honeymoon) and it just seemed like it wasn't a good time to dive in to something I didn't really know much about.  Fast forward through the next almost 5 years and I've either been pregnant or had a fairly new baby in the spring.  Not a good combination (for me at least) to go whole hog into something I'm not familiar with.  BUT THIS YEAR I AM DETERMINED!  We try to be very conscientious about the foods we eat.  We eat organic when we can find it and try to limit processed foods (though I admit, it's hard!).  Due to Eloise's food allergies, it gives us more of an incentive to know whats IN our food and where it comes from.  All the more reason to grow our own!  And with Eloise and Dinah getting older, I want them to learn the importance and process of gardening (right along side me).  No offense to my parents, but they didn't have us girls help with the garden so I am pretty green when it comes to all of it.  I have been doing my homework though and I hope to be on the right path!

The girls helped me pick out the seeds we would get (I did a little swaying, of course)... and we drew pictures of what we would be planting (a way to let them "help" me).  


Then we ordered our seeds and waited for them to arrive!  Once they got here, we did a little more waiting... much to the girls' chagrin.  They wanted to start right away!  

Finally the day came to plant our seeds!

 Eloise and Dinah were excited.  
I let them help water them - since I didn't really want
 them touching the dirt with the perlite in it.

Eloise stood and studied the dirt for awhile
until she finally revealed how frustrated she was
that nothing was growing yet!  Haha!
It was a good opportunity to explain the process, 
which I admit I should've done in the first place!

Live and learn!

Our garden is going to be a small 4'x4' raised bed that we will
be rotating crops in.  So we only planted a few broccoli and
cabbage plants to begin with.  We have the rest of our schedule
set for everything else (and transferring to the raised bed).

Yesterday when we came downstairs I noticed that
the seeds had started sprouting!
I sure wish I would have gotten the girls' reactions
on video!  They were over the moon!

Today, Eloise was even more excited that the sprouts 
are even taller than yesterday!
Seems like we're doing something right, even
if I am just kind of winging it!

Now.... if the snow would stay away!
We are ready for spring!

Monday, March 30, 2015

4 Months!

Audra turned 4 months last week!  
Of course I'm behind in posting about it... so here it is!

She learned to roll over from her back to belly several weeks ago 
and actually prefers it to rolling from belly to back!

She loves to sit/stand in her exersaucer and watch her sisters!

She likes to chew on burp cloths as opposed to toys!  
But we're working on that!
She likes her wooden ring as well!

She had her well baby check up and weighed 14 lbs, 5.3 oz 
and was a little shy of 24" long!

We get about 4-5 good hours of sleep at night...
sometimes 6 or 7 (if we're lucky)!

We've opted not to start baby food just yet.
I am leaning toward 6 months and perhaps trying Baby Led Weaning.
If anyone has experience with that, I would love some input!
We didn't do it with our other 2, but I wish we had!

Such a joy she is!