Sunflower meal?

Ezra planted a sunflower (from school) in the middle of the garden-last year, I’m like, oh, ok that is a great spot (in the bed that I have cleaned out, planted a hedge, made herb garden, spent literal hours redoing), yes, a giant sunflower will certainly go perfectly there!  Being the cool mom I am, I let him do it thinking it probably wouldn’t amount to much–WRONG, it was HUGE, over 6 feet tall and quite a conversation piece.  We actually had to stake it, and then a storm came and we gave up on rescuing it.  I had intended on researching how to harvest the seeds but as with many of my ideas, it never happened.  This squirrel was glad and the kids thought it was so cool to watch him, I was pretty impressed too.  And, you know it, we’ll be planting more next year, although maybe in a more supportive and less conspicuous location.

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Pumpkin carving

It’s been a tradition to carve our pumpkins with our friends Rob & Becky — whose daughter happens to be Marian’s very best friend since they were 3.  We’ve had pumpkin parties in the past but it just didn’t work out this year.  We managed to sneak it in just in time, the day before Halloween.  And, it was a beautiful night . . .

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Ezra & Caleb were out playing soccer much of the night, even after it got dark.  It was late and I was putting Ezra to bed when I saw his feet!  Ughh, better at least get those feet washed (the boy never wants to wear shoes!)

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Garden harvest

As I’m thinking about what to plant & where in this year’s garden, here are a couple of pictures from our 2013 bounty . . .

I wanted to try broccoli last year, I had been to a clients the fall before and they were talking it up (and we eat a lot of broccoli!).

Did you know that you can harvest broccoli well into the fall?  Like for 2-3 months!  Here it is flowering at the end, it was hard to keep up with it.  Now that we know what we’re doing, we’ll do a better job.  I’ll probably encourage the kids to just go out and eat it whenever they want to also, it was delicious and we will be doing it again in 2014

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The other huge success . . .

Carrots!  I’ve tried them before without any luck but this year with Kelly building that raised bed off the deck, we had perfect soil for carrots to flourish.  Kelly would send the kids out to pick carrots for dinner a couple times a week and some of them were huge (and still tasted good).  I planted them zig-zagged between the red peppers (which didn’t fare very well) and the tomatoes.

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Tobin’s birthday

I really thought I had blogged this already . . .

We had a circus party for Tobin

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Grandma Sandy made him a lion costume

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And, I made everyone wear a clown nose if they didn’t have a costume.  Kelly was the Ringmaster, Ezra the strongman, Marian the clown, Tobin the lion and I was the lion tamer:)

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