I'm quite proud of how our little garden fared this year! We grew some California poppies, zinnias, cosmos, dahlias, and Tim and the girls planted sunflowers along our fence line. For edible goods we had lettuce, black winter mustard greens (which I left from last year and it amazingly survived the winter, along with the parsley plant!), some bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, a few herbs, and one lone tomato plant that limped along.
I'm kind of an unfortunate gardener-personality combination of "I'm just going to do this and see what happens", plus no mental energy to actually read up on things properly, so I consider ANY growth or produce a success!
I do think our garden bed isn't deep enough for the tomato plants, so next year I'm going to try them in big pots.
All the girls are taking an Irish Dance class this year and right after lessons started their school participated in a local Half-way to St. Patrick's Day parade. It was a hot day and they were out for a good few hours, so we rewarded their efforts with lunch at a local restaurant afterwards.:) I was so proud of them!
Heidi turned 7 at the end of September! We celebrated the day before with a family brunch and made bacon, eggs, this ham and cheese croissant bake, two kinds of scones, had apple cider donuts from Aldi, spiral apple slices, and my sister made a gf coffee cake. And, of course, pumpkin coffee from Trader Joe's!
|She requested a vanilla cake with blue frosting|
We love our seven girl!
This year the girls started at a new school. Last spring Tim and I talked about the criteria for what we needed this school year to look like. We prayed a lot about it and voiced our views in letters, phone calls, and petitions. As a mom it was a difficult several months for me. There were lots of tears and sleepless nights on my end, and I really struggled with feelings of hopelessness at times. The school we had been at for several years finally came out with the information of what the school year would look like the day before we left for the beach, and Tim and I felt at peace that the writing was on the wall for us to un-enroll the girls. We had no concrete backup plan; Tim called a few schools on a whim to ask about the what their plans were and if they had room. Then, while we were on vacation, we got a call that a school we had heard was full months ago could fit all the girls and it fit what we were looking for, so here we are! It was a God-sent crazy whirl-wind of events, and I would never have expected this outcome even a a few months ago.
A few weeks ago we attended the funeral for my dad's cousin Jane who passed away unexpectedly. She got married later in life but was blessed with a daughter; it was so heartbreaking to see her husband and daughter at the funeral!
It was special, though, to be able to meet her siblings who were the children of my paternal Grandpa's brother. They all grew up in Minnesota so we never knew them and Jane was the only one who moved out to the DC area. Our family's last name isn't common at all, so it was pretty great to hear the name mentioned several times and feel, "hey, there's more of us!".
The girls had the day after Columbus Day off so we made the trek out to one of our favorite places, along with my sister and niece. It was a fun fall day. Orchard apples are just so good! And I made it a point to buy a decent amount of apple cider donuts- they're seasonal, after all.;)
|Happily sat in the wagon and munched on an apple the whole of picking time.|