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My Garden This Year…!

Planting a garden here is difficult. If you live anywhere where it snows you understand. You have start your garden inside.

So I started with the green beans plants. I always put them in moist ziplock bags and hang them on windows. If you ever did that green bean science project in elementary school…that is what I do every March.

I forgot to take pictures, of course, because I didn’t think I would post this. But I did an entire package of bean seeds. So about sixty seeds.

But this post is about the transplanting from the starter seeding to the main pots. We were going to build big garden boxes this year but the snow would never go away, and the building materials have become unreasonably priced…so we opted for Home Depot buckets. Also for all my romaine lettuce, that I started from tiny seeds, I will be using various pot sizes that we already have. Because I originally planted seventy-two lettuce plants.

My lettuce…😳
This is our potato plant. It’s our first year trying potatoes.

Back to the topic of transplanting…

Every water bottle has its own green bean plant. And my lettuce plants in the back look happy.

At this time I only have about fifty-six green bean plants. And some more will probably die after the moving of pots…

Well once I began, I realized I forgot to buy more soil, and Walmart is too far away to only spend about sixty dollars in soil. So I checked online to see difference of price.

Ace. Ace is closer and only two dollars more. Ace it is!

Now I can start!!
Don’t forget my big helper!!

Elizabeth was helping me fill buckets. She will probably be bored soon.

They look so healthy!! But man does it take a lot of time.

We only have one tomato cage. So I am putting the big plants together. We will go buy some more at another time.

Do you see the roots…most of the plants were like this. It shows me that it needed to be transplanted maybe a week ago.

Green beans are done!

It’s about 12:30pm now so I have to feed my hungry thing…

Well I took a long lunch break. Elizabeth was over heated. She over heats if it is over 60 degrees outside. It was almost 80 today. So It’s 4pm now. I had to make sure Elizabeth was cooled off completely. She is watching a movie inside and I’m outside again with the baby monitor.

Keep going…

Since the lettuce plants are so fragile I just quickly finished. Everything is in its new pot and all watered!

Of course it is supposed to be cold and rainy tonight so I will have to put them back in the basement.

The transplanting was Saturday. Today this is a current photo.

Only five bean buckets survived and one lettuce bucket.

It is super tiny, but I have little green beans growing!! I feel like a proud mama of my baby plants. 😂

The potato plant is sad but still alive. The lettuce plants are still thriving. After moving pots, I’ve lost about ten more bean plants and about twenty lettuce plants. I don’t think the lettuce plants are too happy with the purple lighting. I think they prefer sunlight.

Hopefully the cold weather is gone and I can leave them outside soon… we shall see.

Enjoy your Friday!

Oh well…

Happy.

Excited.

Wanting.

Smiles.

Shock.

Fear.

Anger.

Whining.

Screaming.

Tears.

Happy again.

Inspired by Elizabeth yesterday… It is finally warm outside so we decided to venture over and say hello to our new neighbors who moved in about one month ago. I asked Elizabeth and she said a very excited, “Yes!!”

Finally going to say something…I said, “Hi, finally we are able to come over and say hi…” then the water works and screaming began….

Sheesh…

At least the neighbors have two little kids so they understand, but that was really the worst kind of first impression ever…😓

We will try again another day. Hopefully it stays warm, so that it will be another day soon.

Oh, the emotional roller coaster of a two year old…

Digital Art by emily2jane
5-01-21

Life As A Mama #36

The woes of toys…all parents understand…

This is two days of not cleaning….it’s a mine field in our living room…
Big building blocks!!! OUCH!!
Plastic bears between the toes…!!!!
Impression of the lego on the foot…can you imagine the pain!?!
It was chalk time?…I was making lunch and she got too quiet. Which is why I walked through the mine field.
Daddy’s chair…😵 at least he was not home. I made her clean it off…
The rocking horse…😩 again she cleaned it.
The piano bench…I did not include the couch or another shelf…which again she had to clean. Her chalk has been taken away.
Enough was enough…Clean up time!!!
Just because I can!
Imagine angels singing a big, “Hallelujah!”
But not for long. The sound of blocks being thrown begins again…

The living room looks worse than it did last night….so we will be cleaning again! All parents understand the legos…Whoever invented them did not think about the pain caused when stepping on them. If they had…

When the older kid legos become a big thing in my house…we will have to have a designated area…

Enjoy your Thursday!! 😊

Supposedly the happiest word is laughter…

The deed is done.

So you wait for it to grow.

Waiting.

Feeling.

Loving.

The heartbeat is strong,

So you, of course, push on.

Softness.

Warmth.

And love.

They see you for the first time.

Happiness comes to mind.

I decided today I would write a poem. It’s been a while since I wrote poetry but my style hasn’t changed. I needed some inspiration so I looked up the word of the day….and came upon The Happiest Word: Laughter. I understand their reasoning. But my happiest word would have to be birth.

Birth. Bring into life. The mom’s in the world…you understand. Even if there are days where you think you will lose all your hair you just need to remember that when they opened their eyes and saw you for the first time…they knew.

Elizabeth has been too much of a sweet sweet to draw…but knowing her personality, I will have something soon.

4-13-21 8:57am

Enjoy your Tuesday. ❤️

Sad to miss church…

Sadly we are missing church today. Because Elizabeth had a cough and a runny nose last night.

I believe it was my fault. I was warm and didn’t think we needed the heater. But I should have thought of Elizabeth…😔

It randomly started snowing yesterday and it’s supposed to be cold for a few days.

So sadly we will be missing church to get over a slight cold. I don’t want to be that mom that brings a cold to church.

So enjoy your Sunday!! ❤️ Elizabeth is still sleeping. That tells me she doesn’t feel good. Because she normally is like clockwork and is up by 7am.

Credit: Photo taken by emily2jane’s Nephew
2021

My mom sent me this photo yesterday saying one of my nephews took it. It is so beautiful that I needed to share. I will definitely be painting this in the future. 👏

Life As A Mama #33

I wanted to paint some…so I set everything up and…

So excited for art time!!
Well at least I was happy…but the Nooooo! Started as soon as I sat her down.
“Ughhhh….”
I compromised…
😎
Painting…painting…painting! Baby sneakily running…???
Really…???
Really.
(Yes I gave myself a dark rain cloud. Because that’s how I felt)
Someone found a sharpie…dad’s desk…😓
She felt bad about it. And she said sorry and gave me sorry kisses.

I at least got some more of my painting done. But her arms still have faded sharpie lines. One mark looks like she has barbed wire on her arm…

Just in time for Easter…hope most of it is gone. Because her dress has no sleeves.

This is when it happened…it’s now thankfully almost gone.
My painting so far.

Life As A Mama #29

This happened last night…

So it begins…
Hiding in her animals and screaming at me…right after, out of anger, she threw all her animals everywhere…
Same with the books…
Proceeding to scream into the chair. She also pushed the foot stool into my foot and broke my toe nail…I put that up so no more of my toes would harmed.
Before throwing a temper tantrum she tried bite and scratch me out of anger….my angry little thing…
Save me…
She calmed enough to snuggle daddy. She only did soft whimpers into his shoulder. 😒
After about 10min she was somewhat sleeping in Daddy’s arms. Only whimpering occasionally.
Letting her fully fall asleep in mama’s arms before putting her in her bed. She is my sweet sweet again…❤️
Bed time!!

The hubby is back on day shifts at work, so it means I will not have his help tonight. 😳

Please let her do better tonight…🙏 All moms who understand what I am experiencing please pray for me and my sanity.

Original by enily2jane
3-19-21

Still…happy it is the weekend!! and when we woke up today she was once again my snuggling sweet sweet!! 🥰

Journey w/ Cookbooks #1

My hubby has a friend, from work, who is currently retiring and moving; that decided to gift us his cookbooks. I was thinking like 5-6 new cookbooks…more like 3 dozen cookbooks. It was a God send; I was getting bored of cooking my normal go-to recipes.

There were 3 cookbooks specializing on Italian food…like the unusual, adventurous food…we are giving those to a different buddy. We are brave, but not that brave…let’s be honest, I don’t think I could cook the weird things without getting sick…

So my plan is to go through 3 books at a time. The one pictured below, another by the same author but called, ‘Dinner Time’, and then lastly one called ‘Crusts’. I’ve done a few already. They are delicious!! Sadly I didn’t think of writing my experience until now.

This is being used for today’s cooking session. Thank you Ree Drummond!!

This is recipe # 7 so far. Rigatoni & Meatballs. Serves 6-8…we will be eating the is a while. A new recipe of meatballs from scratch…I have one, but this is more complex.

I’ll take more pictures next time…but I’m cooking the meatballs and sauce. The noodles are later.

You know how reading the recipe all the way through is a smart thing…I always forget to do that. I have 20min after I finish the meatballs…haha 🤪

They look like the picture in the cookbook!!
Yummy!!
72 meatballs later…😳

This recipe in total is 1hr and 4min…so I guess I lied earlier…

“How much longer?”-Hubby

“10-20min”- me, but with 25min to go…🤓

Elizabeth loves to help mama…or at least hang out with mama when she is cooking.
She is pointing at the picture and saying, “Yumm!” Hopefully she likes mine just as much…

I think I will rate them one by one after each recipe. Taste for my family. Easiness to follow. And if it looks like the picture…haha 😅

Hopefully all goes well…

Meatballs and sauce is done! Noodles only 2min left!

Finally finished! Her picture looks so much better than mine… rating out of 10…so guess looking like the picture is more like a 4. Taste: My hubby gives it a 10! Elizabeth gives it a “Mmmmmm” so probably a solid 8. I like it too, but I mostly care about their opinion. Easiness…it is not too bad. If I had read through the entire recipe I would have time managed better. I give easiness a 7.

So overall. I will definitely be trying this recipe again!! Tomorrow night we are using the leftovers for a suggestion from the cookbook…Meatball Sliders.

I will make the mini rolls from scratch…we shall see!!

Life As A Mama #24

It’s been sunny and beautiful these last few days. Nothing super funny has happened. Instead we’ve been outside enjoying the sun and playing. She has also been a sweet sweet. 🥰

It has been 30-40 degrees so 20 degrees warmer is a huge thing!
Setting up the patio and eating lunch outside. She has been eating everything!
Coloring with chalk…I don’t know if I’m enjoying chalk more than her 🤪
Future driver. She occasionally makes vrooming sounds when she runs around in her car.
More applesauce mama!
Zooming…
She did steal my glasses at one point. The pose in the car was perfect for her sunglasses face 🤓
Back inside. Yummy thing after lunch.
Volunteered nap time…I was exhausted too. Happy for a break.

Enjoy your Friday. There is expected snow up her next Thursday…not happy…😩

Life As A Mama #23

You should know what’s going to happen…
Not only Daddy’s muffin…but the last muffin…
Elizabeth has spied the muffin. She doesn’t quite understand the concept of “Daddy’s muffin”
I guess the puppy dog eyes got to him so he decided to share with his sweet sweet…
Muffin meets baby…muffin no more…(
what’s really funny is used to do this to my hubby all the time before Elizabeth…)😅
Keep it together! Haha he was so mad…🤣
Elizabeth’s stuffed baby cheeks!! Still so sweet, but I don’t think her Daddy will share next time…
Original by emily2jane
3-3-21

When this happened a few days ago I died with laughter. The hubby was mad, Elizabeth was filled, and mama was laughing in the corner.

Not related to this post at all but…

Happy Birthday Sister!! 🎉