Monday, February 28, 2011

Haiku #151


A trip to the park
and a failed attempt to nap
makes my bed sandy

My Dream Garden: The Beginning

My Dream Garden

After nearly 7 years of home ownership I am determined to turn our sad, brown backyard into an exciting place for our family. I know little to nothing about plants, gardening or landscaping. Our budget is small but my ideas are BIG.

Here is what I want in a garden:

1. A safe and magical place for the children to play.
2. Plants and activities that stimulate all 5 senses.
3. Learning opportunities: science, math, art, music, reading, writing and loads of FUN!

I am committed to exploring the most kid- and earth-friendly options as we construct and build our garden. We will be reusing and recycling found objects in a variety of exciting ways.

Here's what we have to start with:

Built by the previous owners, this was a treehouse on stilts. We cut the legs off and converted it to a palatial dog house for Abe & Frida.

My goal is the repaint the exterior with whimsical colors and make make sure the rough interior is baby and preschooler friendly. I also imagine the house with a colorful flag or pinwheel!

Our backyard is shaped like a piece of pie with a very long stretch of boring privacy fence. We've had these 3 raised beds for several years with nothing but leaves in them.

My goal is to fill these beds with plants that appeal to a preschooler's sensibilities: pumpkins, radishes, cherry tomatoes, gourds, sunflowers, lavender and more.

Between the raised beds I want to construct a cave or teepee armature that will eventually be covered in climbing vines of morning glories and beans. I'm not sure what material would work best for this (strong yet earth-friendly and inexpensive). Rebar...? Wood...? Suggestions are appreciated!

Our first steps:

1. Fill the raised beds with soil
2. Start seasonally appropriate seeds indoors. We will be repurposing food containers for this purpose.

I will be documenting our progress as we work in the garden. Progress will be slow but I am determined to take back our yard from our pups! Please join us on our journey and share your ideas, suggestions and comments!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Haiku #150


With socks on his hands
and visible underpants
he's ready for bed

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Haiku #149


our favorite game
is tortilla peek-a-boo-
fun with bread products!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Haiku #148


His 10 month birthday
calls for a celebration:
a rainbow cookie

...his first Ukrop's rainbow cookie!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Haiku #147


10 second puppet:
they're good for wiping noses
and keeping hands warm

(old socks, googly eyes, pipe cleaner & hot glue)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Haiku #146


For Valentine's Day
he helped me push the stroller
through the warm garden


Friday, February 11, 2011

haiku #145


He appreciates
the simple pleasure and joy
a hoodie can bring

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine's Day Craft

Lovey Dovey - Crafty Crafts

To prepare for Valentine's Day we made heart banners to hang around the house. We used an old medicine dropper, liquid watercolor paints (food coloring would work as well) and paper doilies I found at the Dollar Store (28 for $1).

"Mama, heart has two eyes!"

It took some patience and practice but he quickly got the hang of creating swirls of color and was excited by the colors he made.

We sprinkled the wet hearts with salt. The salt absorbs some of the liquid and creates a beautiful, mottled effect.

Lots and lots and lots of hearts!


Friday, February 4, 2011

Haiku #144


Due to lack of sleep
and complicated hormones
this one made me cry

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Haiku #143


My funny bunny
has two fuzzy ears, no clothes
and a big fat grin

Haiku #142


Twenty Eleven
is the year of the rabbit -
hippity hop hop!

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Haiku #141


He was asked his age
and his answered surprised me:
"I two dinosaurs!"