Healthy body, healthy spirit, healthy mothering. This is the journey I have set out on with my two amazing children.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Trees are cool

Kelen and his cousin decided to climb the giant tree in Nana & Papa's front yard.  Then they decided to try to get onto the roof of the house from the tree.  I don't think that Tia thinks this is a very good idea.  Better stretch those legs a bit further little man.Almost there.Tada!  My little guy is pretty darn proud of himself.    But how to get down?  It's a good thing Tio John is 6'8" tall.  This spot didn't work out.  The gutters were in the way and we couldn't afford for those to break.So he found a different spot and took a giant leap of faith.  I am so glad he caught him.  All I could think was, "please don't let my son fall, he already thinks most men aren't going to be there for him."    Safe in his Tio's arms.  Is it really the little things like this that will teach my son that he can rely on men to not let him down?  This is a topic that he brings up more and more.  It breaks my heart to hear my 10 year old make comments about loser dads, or saying that he doesn't need a father because his momma takes better care of him than "that man" ever did.  That man.  My baby refers to his father as "that man."  Makes me want to find a way to bring his father back to life just so that I can punch him in the nose.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Container garden year 2

Welcome to Tia's container gardening 101.  First things first.  Gather all your supplies.  This year I waited for the landscaper lady at Home Depot to ask a soil question.  Namely, what type of soil should I use?  Last year I used the cheapo stuff and while my veggies did grow, they didn't do as good as I was hoping.  This year we went for the name brand Miracle Gro for containers.  I'll let you know if it makes any difference.

Yes, the laptop, coke & cell phone are all on my list of essentials.  I put the music library on shuffle and cranked it up.  Heard some opera, Hank Williams Sr and Poison while planting.  Cool.

A big thanks to mom who moved into an apartment and gave me all of her plant containers (the buckets are mine).  I bought 2 tomato plants, 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, 1 jalapeƱo, 1 strawberry, thyme and parsley.

After taking microbiology this semester and studying the different bacteria found in soil I decided to wear some gloves this year.  Not sure how much they helped.  I was breathing in the darn dirt as it flew everywhere anyway.  Plus, my gloves aren't that long so the dirt was filling them up from my wrists.  Maybe I should invest in a pair of ugly gardening gloves so the wrists will be tighter.  Anyway, it took me about 1 1/2 hours.  Only 15 of which was spent dodging a freaking bee the size of a baby bird.  I didn't swat at him, just ducked when he dived bombed my head.  Apparently he doesn't know the rule about "leave them alone and they won't bother you" because that booger was certainly bothering me.

So, I cheated and bought one tomato plant that is already sprouting some green tomatoes.  That's the tall one in this picture.    In the upper right corner you can also see the bottom of my hanging tomato planter.  The mom-in-love gave it to me for my birthday.  The homemade hanging planters I made last year were a disaster and I really want this one to work.  I just think it's the coolest thing to see plants spilling over their containers.  :)

I've still got 2 buckets with drainage holes, 2 large ceramic pots and 4 or 5 medium sized planters just waiting for something to go in them. Maybe on payday I'll get some lettuce and see how those grow in containers. I still want some dill, oregano and rosemary too.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Happy Birthday!

 I cannot believe that this little girl is already 8 years old.Seems like just yesterday, all 10 pounds of her was fighting to be born.  I knew I was going to have my hands full from the very beginning.  We took three trips to the hospital with false labor.  The midwife tried to induce labor three times but this stubborn little girl wasn't coming out until she was darn well good and ready.  My Nevaeh Grace came screaming into the world seven days after her "due" date, fracturing momma's tailbone on the way out. From the time I brought her home she has been wrapping people around her little finger with her big, brown eyes and expressive little face.  She is so much like her momma, it is downright scary.  Stubborn to a fault, so very smart, loves to read, loves to sing and dance and there isn't a single topic, under the sun that this girl doesn't have an opinion about. Lord knows we clash.  We are mother and daughter; we shall continue to clash until she reaches adulthood.  I just pray we are able to clash in a way that doesn't harm your spirit or cause you to doubt for one second just how      much I love you.  I am looking forward to watching this little girl become the amazing woman I can already see when I look into her eyes.   Happy 8th birthday my precious Nevaeh.  Thank you for letting your momma learn from her mistakes.  Thank you for being so patient with me when I am not patient enough with you.  Thank you for being such a wonderful daughter.  Thank you or teaching me how to appreciate the beauty of rocks; even as I curse as I step on your collection.  Thank you for showing me how much fun it is to dance around the kitchen while rushing through another late dinner.

But most of all, my sweet, sweet girl, thank you for being you.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Plans for time

I need more time in my day.  It's almost the end of another school year.  Not just for the kids, but myself as well.  This year is completely different though.  You see, on Thursday, May 13, 2010 I will finally have a college diploma.  :)  Yay me!  I am finally going to earn my Associates of Science.  Sadly, this feels like a letdown.  I have been working so hard and yet I realize how much further I have to go.  I am currently spending almost all of my free time studying for a microbiology final.  If you want to know about the bacteria that cause almost any disease, just ask me.

The sis is finally moved out of her house.  The past week and a half we have spent a lot of time over there helping her pack.  In a little less than a month she will be headed to Pittsburgh, PA.  :(  I can't even express how much I will miss her & her rugrats. 

The kids' field day is almost here.  That always marks the end of their school year.

At the end of May I should be hearing from CU Boulder as to whether or not I have been accepted into the Integrative Physiology program.  In that case, time seems to be dragging.

Hopefully, this summer will find me blogging more faithfully.  That is the plan.  Surely, with no classes to study for, I can find the time to do a bit more writing.

Thats the plan.