Well as requested I will post some pictures of our garden. I don’t think it looks that great right now though. Clark tore up the ground to put in a drip irrigation system for each of the garden beds and so things are still torn up and need re-mulched and cleaned up. The first picture is designed with 5 petal shaped raised beds with one long bed along the fence line. The second picture is an old long raised we had and moved it to the back of the yard by the chicken coop. It has big things growing in it like yellow squash, cucumber, zucchini and cantaloupe. The third picture is up close of our fairytale eggplant, I think it is so cute. The last picture is of yellow squash blossoms.
This week we found out that Ethan is very far down the waiting list to get into a charter school that he was hoping to start going to this next year for 5th grade. It was good to find out what position he is in and it helps me know what to plan out for this next coming year and keep preparing him until the day he does get accepted, which may be next school year (6th grade) or even the next. We heard it takes about a year of waiting to get into the school, so we are willing to wait because we believe that this is the direction Heavenly Father has led us.
Since we found out the news, I was relieved of some pressure to get him ready for “real school”. We started our summer break early. It actually made for a tough couple of days not having any plans and I look forward to this next week and hope to come up with a better schedule. The kids will still be working on math, reading and Greek history during their break. This will keep up their skills and keep us moving forward and catch up in some areas. We hope to start our new year in late July or early August.
With our extra time I made some popsicles with these new popsicle molds I bought on amazon. They worked beautifully and will have to orders some more. Six is not enough for our family!
Other big happenings this week, Carly learned to ride her bike without training wheels. Now I know she is older and should have already done this by now, but she never showed an interest. She caught on so fast though and was riding her bike the first night trying and has been unstoppable now. She wants to ride all the time! We also took Gavin’s training wheels off and it has been a bit harder for him, but he does well practicing and I bet he will have it down in a week or two.
Dylan loves puzzles, I mean really loves puzzles, as much as he does the chickens I would have to say. This kid is always playing with one or begging for a different one. He knows where all the pieces go and was thrilled I brought more home for him this past week.
For Mother’s Day we had a wonderful day at church and then off to my grandma’s (a.k.a. MaMa). We had yummy sandwiches, potato salad and Clark made a lime zucchini cake. It was so nice to see everyone and the kids had a blast seeing MaMa’s chickens, riding bikes and learning to play pool. Grandpa Don was very helpful in all these things!
From Left to right: My Aunt Susan, MaMa, My Mom, cousin Rachel (Aunt Susan’s Daughter), and me.
On a sad note this week, Jonathan got his first fire ant bites and they always make his feet swell up and he has been pretty miserable these past couple of days.
On a happy note, Clark caught a picture of a beautiful rainbow.