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Autumn Weekend 2011

On Friday we went for a run and picked wild flowers on the walk home. Java joined in the fun. Then Daddy cooked us up some potato and egg skillet lunch while Mommy baked a homemade sweet potato pie. Both were delicious!
On Saturday, we got up and started our pumpkin carving. Thalia quickly drew her “silly face” on her baby pumpkin. While she had a messy little tea party, Daddy carved a Gator! And Mommy went for a skull since her pumpkin was skull-shaped. It all turned out perfectly. This afternoon, we’re all heading to Thalia’s best school bud Maria’s birthday party!

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Pumpkin Partay!

The fam (minus Unca AL) got together Wednesday night to have some yummy cheesy dip dinner, eat some Graveyard Pudding, drink some Mummy Juice, visit a nearby pumpkin patch, and watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. We.. had.. a.. blast. Documented. Fun Stamp.

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Cedar Key Seafood Festival

Trip to Grammy and Grandad’s for the Cedar Key Seafood Festival and Kanapaha Orchid Show and Plant Sale.

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Garden #2

The first garden is doing wonderful. Beans are coming in. We’ve harvested a handful of Jalapeno peppers already. Collards and lettuce are about ready. Carrots and onions are coming in nicely. So we decided to put in a second garden. We’ve got more collards going in it. Also, Kale, more lettuce, bush beans, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. It’s going to be a salad fiesta! Pretty pictures:

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Play Time!

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False Alarm

My hormone levels are not rising normally. In fact, they’re dropping. I’ve been bleeding for the past 5 days and it’s getting worse. It’s not officially a miscarriage yet. But it will be on Friday when they confirm it with an ultrasound. I’m disappointed, sad, and shocked that it happened to me. But we’ll be ok. It’s just a little too… you know… life.

I’ve shed my tears. I’ve mourned my loss. And I’m not done yet. But I already anticipate a quick recovery… and a certainty that I will try again once my body is ready. I’m not the pessimist I used to be. I’ve grown a lot over the past year. And I know that happiness is what you make out of life. I still have a fantastic life with one little setback. It won’t set us back too far, I’m betting. So don’t feel sorry for us. Everyone has their hardships and this one is temporary.

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Danger!

For those of you who don’t do Google

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Our First Square Foot Gardening Box

We’re using a method called “square foot gardening” to start a vegetable garden here in Florida where things grow OH so much better than they did in Colorado. Our soil here is actually pretty nice. But the square foot gardening method uses a special blend of peat moss, compost and vermiculite. We also built a special container for the garden. It’s 4 foot by 4 foot and each foot is divided up using laths. Depending on the type of plant, a certain number go in each square and it’s easy to determine spacing and quantity for each. We started with 2 tomato plants, and 2 pepper plants. We planted 4 collard seeds (1 per square) and 8 mustards. Also, 8 lettuce, 9 beans, 16 onions, 16 chives, and 16 carrots. One container is supposed to feed one adult a salad every day. We don’t eat that much salad. So we’ll see how well it worked out. We started this garden in mid August. Here are the first few weeks of it’s life. Everything is successful except for one pepper plant.

August 14th – Planting Day

August 19th – Starts Sprouting

September 10th – Extra mustard seeds were planted in the dirt next to the container along with some flowers.

We’ve harvested one pepper already. The hot pepper plant is budding like crazy, the beans are starting to bud. And the mustards and collards are taking off like crazy. It may be a success!

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Ice Cream Sandwiches

Thalia somehow got it into her head that she wanted Ice Cream Sandwiches. So last week, we rounded up our flour and sugar and honey, made us some yummy chocolate chip cookies. Then we turned them into… dun da da daaaa! The Ice Cream Sandwich!


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Labor Day 2011

We had a good first day at the beach with Grandpo for Labor Day. Second day, not so much. But that’s a different story. We went to the beach. Thalia was a little scared of the water and looked like this for most of the time there:

But eventually she decided to have fun and built a “Pink Princess Castle”

The other highlight was racing cars with Daddy and Grandpo:


We also made some “Cake Pops” and ate too many sweets! It would have been a great weekend if not for the aforementioned second day. But hopefully only the good memories will stick. We also got muscadine grapes on the way home. Yum!

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