Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Daddy's first weekend home

Taking a break in the shade on a warm afternoon.

Best friends!

A girl and her dog.

Our super garden helper, decked out in the propper apparel: Sun hat, sun glasses, sun screen, and her very own gardening gloves!

The firepit (notice the lack of flame?) was fun to sit around and Renee munched marshmallows, toasted or not!

Daddy got back from his business trip last Monday and this past weekend was his first time off work in 2 weeks. Lucky for us the weather was outstanding so we took advantage of it and played outside both days!

Saturday Daddy spent some "man-time" in the garage playing with his motorcycle and changing the oil in his car. Renee had been reading a new book from the library about a kite festival and begged Daddy to let us go fly kites, so after nap time we took a walk over to the closest park and did just that. There was a bit of a breeze, but not enough for the bigger fancy kites. Of course the simple, cheep-ee kite flew the best of the bunch! Renee learned very quickly how to run to keep the kite up and how to yank on the string to straighten it, and stand still and hold on tight when the wind blew in big gusts! She had a ball!

For dinner we decided to grill burgers, and later got out the fire pit and roasted marshmallows and made S'mores. It was fantastic! Except... the firewood was just too wet and wouldn't really stay lit. Then at the end of the night the fire pit actually cracked and the bottom fell out of it. Talk about a bitter ending to a sweet day! Daddy thinks we can still salvage the firepit, but it will have to sit directly on the ground, and is no longer easily portable in it's metal cage. Bummer. But it was fun while it lasted!

Sunday we hit the backyard and finally made our garden come to life! We dug up rows and inserted edging to make garden beds, then we planted seeds for radishes, carrots, bell peppers, basil and cilantro. We're working on another bed for tomatoes, and would like to do another one for some beans. So far our biggest predator is Apollo, since he can't resist digging in the freshly turned dirt!

The weather has been warmer finally, actually into the 70's over the weekend and yesterday and today were in the upper 60's, so still very comfy! Our driveway is lined with trees that are now bursting with beautiful little white flowers, and last week we enjoyed little purple hyacinth popping up in the backyard! Spring is finally here!

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