Sunday, February 28, 2010

Starting Seeds

Lily and I started seeds this morning. How fun and hilarious at the same time. Here’s what we tried to plant: snow peas, snap peas, jalapenos, sweet onion and sunflower. We planted not necessarily based on what seeds should be started now, but on what packages Lily liked best. The snap peas and onions were her favorite, I think. She likes the big seeds and the teeny tiny ones as well.

What will grow from those little pellets remains to be seen, because let’s just say, it wasn’t quite as organized as I thought it would be. Actually, I knew it wouldn’t be organized at all, no matter how much I tried, but I had hopes. The way it turned out was too much fun to care about the organization anyway, which is definitely something Lily teaches me over and over again. And who knows, we might come up with some interesting new hybrids altogether, like a jalapeno flavored sunflower or a snap/snow pea combination.

I thought she would enjoy watering them and watching the pellets expand, but really she liked the seed packets and the seeds best. She also had a blast sticking her finger into the water between the wells to “drink” it.
It was awesome to see that she enjoyed it far more and for a lot longer than I thought she would. We practically had to tear her away from it.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Climbing Trees

Okay, it’s taken me a while to get this blog post out, but last Saturday was absolutely gorgeous here. I’m talking 60-plus degrees, blue sky and sunshine. And not a chilly breeze to be found. We got lots of work done in the yard. And when I say, “we,” I mean Greg got lots of work done in the yard while Lily played and I weeded a tiny bit weeds and thought about all the work I wanted to get done, but couldn’t.

Greg pruned the big trees which all needed some intense pruning. As I have pretty much no clue about pruning trees aside from lilacs and forsythia, I let him do the hard work, not that I could have done it anyway in this stage of a pregnancy, but still it’s not something I enjoy. I know it needs to be done, but I just feel like cutting huge branches away is such a major commitment and could so easily make the tree look ridiculous. Greg did a great job and now, instead of our plum tree looking ragamuffinish, it looks clean and refined. And the one lilac shrub that’s grown into a tree doesn’t smack us in the face anymore when we walk by it.

Of course Lily wanted to help with the pruning because she loves trees almost as much as worms, but it’s not really something she can do yet. Maybe in ten years or so, right? Climbing trees is a whole different issue, especially with her daddy around to “help” her. I love these pictures almost as much as I loved seeing her smiling in the tree with the sun around her, but they remind me she’s not my little baby anymore and she’s growing up way too fast for me to keep up. Although, I imagine any speed would be too fast for us parents, right?