Thursday, May 20, 2010

Catching Up

I've missed a few milestones over the past few weeks, like Lily's 2nd birthday and Mother's Day. Lily had a great birthday with lots of visits from friends and relatives and the weather was gorgeous. My mom, Nana and Lily go on walks around the neighborhood all the time and Lily loves to see the garden art or, stuff, if you will, that people display in their yards. She sees stone lions and metal chickens and pink flamingos. It's like there's a zoo right here in our neighborhood. So Nana bought Lily her very own ladybug art piece for the garden. I have to say, it's pretty darn cute. Greg and I repurposed an old mailbox into a bird feeder for her to put in the garden too, because this kid loves birds!

For Mother's Day we took a walk to the hardware store to buy some plants and enjoy the sunshine. Lily rode in her brand new handmade wagon (from her G-pa, Greg's dad.) I picked out a couple of cherry tomato plants and Lily picked out some marigolds to plant in some teeny tiny pots she found in our shed.

I'd like to make planting flowers a tradition for myself on Mother's Day, although, next year, I'll plan ahead like I did last year, and buy the plants before the actual day so that I can spend Mother's Day doing the planting instead of shopping with crowds of strangers.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Newest Little Sprout

It's been five weeks since Jasper Kincaid Ohlin arrived and yet I can hardly remember life without him. Lily is excited to have a baby brother, but to be honest she's more interested in all the stuff that comes with him like his little onesies, his diapers, his blankets.

If I thought maintaining my writing and gardening selves while parenting Lily was a challenge, I had no idea what two sprouts would do to my life. At the moment, I have absolutely no desire to write, but I'm determined not to lose that part of me; so once again, as with Lily, I'm going to let the garden be my muse for now. Thank goodness she and Jasper both like to be outside!