We made our annual road trip to take the littles to Ma'am and Dadgum's house for a few weeks. It was amazing. Their house is always magical but especially so in the summer. We played with the hose, ran through the sprinklers and had a water balloon fight. We had a catfish fry with fresh garden tomatoes. We had some tasty take out from Taco Cabana. I loved seeing their garden; the difference between their garden and mine is so interesting to see because of the different climates that we live in. They both certainly have a green thumb that I continue to hope rubs off on me!! The kids have been interested in perfecting their gin rummy skill so I am sure I will have some experts when they come home. All in all it was a great weekend and I am so happy my kids have such a fun place to be always but especially during the shutdown for this pandemic we are having.
This has been a strange time for everyone. Who would have thought we would live through a worldwide pandemic and be quarantined in our homes. There were many times over the last several months when I had such gratitude that we have so much space to run around in our backyard and room to stay out of each others hair inside. With that being said, we still went a bit stir crazy. School was a challenge for the children and me both, we can't wait for a normal school year! We did have a fun time playing in the hot tub and running in the sprinklers. It was a time of intense bonding and was good for our family. Since the stay at home order has been lifted we have been venturing out a little bit, with social distancing of course. Josh and I had our first sushi date in months. We went out to stimulate the economy (shopping) and picked out some books to read for fun over the summer. We also finally ventured back into the gym. It's been a nice albeit anti-climactic start to summer.
The garden is still going pretty strong. We finally had an artichoke bloom that was as magnificent as they say. We even had a huge bumble bee visit it. We also had a Siamese twin squash and made some garden salsa. I planted some field peas that are in such a perfect row it makes me believe I have finally broken the dogs from digging in the beds. My okra is an abysmal display of gardening, I have no idea why it is doing so poorly. Luckily everything else seems to be growing as can be expected. I am pretty excited to try a few different things this year. I have planted Armenian cucumbers and asparagus beans which are supposed to do really well in the extreme heat that we get. I can hardly wait to see how they do. Until next time, stay healthy! XOXO, Amber
So, we've moved. Five years ago now actually. We have a much more relaxed HOA now so we are allowed to have citrus trees. We have slowly been expanding the garden each year and it is really shaping up nicely. We had HUGE success with artichokes this year which was wonderful. We also have had many volunteer plants this year which is pretty fun. We are hoping to get some good produce before the weather tries to kill everything off. We have dug out our wheat and replaced it with okra which tends to like the weather here.
Talk about a blog hiatus!! Life's been busy but I'm trying to catch up. Here's what we've been up to....
Penny got her first pedicure
It's hot again so we've been to more than one splash pad, luckily this was the only time he wasn't in a bathing suit
We've kicked back in our backyard
Our previous play pool got a crack and when we went to replace it, we bought this instead, completely on an impulse and haven't regretted it at all!! Best $90 ever spent and it's only been a few weeks.
The next generation of Murphy's already being trained : )
Frank proved that he actually has been paying attention with the flash cards we've been doing, when he made a J out of blocks and said J for Jillian without any guidance from me at all. I was overjoyed!!
I made a few things I saw on Pinterest, that turned out really cute