Busy busy bees! October is so busy for us with all the birthday parties and Halloween/Fall activities we have planned. For the first week of October, we are working on the letter “O” and the color Orange. We will probably be working with the letter orange all month in the spirit of Halloween, and because Big Sister gets orange and red mixed up since they are so similar. We will also work on the letter “I” and the letter “U” this month. We might work on a fourth letter, but I have not decided on that yet. Of course we will be making tons of Halloween crafts and decorations for the house and for grandparents(they LOVE that stuff!). I will have to put the pictures up in a few days of our recent letter animal crafts. We have had a slight not-enough-memory problem, on my computer, so I have to move a bunch of stuff to my external memory to put new stuff on my computer. Big Sister is so into animals, so we do most of our letter practicing with animal words and pictures to make things more fun. For the letter “O” we made and owl, and we are doing octopus writing practice printables. Here in Houston, the leaves are just now starting to turn yellow and orange so we are finally going to start our fall activities. (In my opinion, it is no fun to do fall nature activities with green leaves.) We also have Big Sisters birthday party planned for this weekend! She loves fairies, her favorite is Vidia, so she asked for a fairy birthday party. We have a few boys coming to the birthday party, so I don’t think we will be doing any fairy activities at the party. Actually, I am not really sure what we are going to do, but I do have all the decorations purchased and the food planned. I just have to find a dress for Big Sisters party, she requested a pretty dress(not a skirt or a tutu, it must be a dress). We have a lot going on, but I hope to get some pictures up in just a few days. Thanks for stopping by! What do you have going on this month?
Thank you to Kaitlin, from The Garden Grazer, for sharing her Spinach Artichoke Feta Quesadillas! I found them on pinterest and had to check them out. The recipe is so easy and the prep time for these was fast! I added chicken to mine since I had a chicken breast left over from dinner the other night. I also used white onion instead of green onion because I forgot to buy green onion. They probably would have been better with the green onion, but they were still pretty good with the white onion. The tortillas came out crunchy which makes these more delicious and I added a ton of mozzarella to make them extra gooey. I wanted a quick snack to eat while watching the Houston Texans kick the stinky Ravens butts(haha) and this was perfect! You should definitely check out Kaitlin recipes, these Spinach Artichoke Feta Quesadillas(+ chicken!) were so yummy!
A few weeks ago, Husband and I came up with the BRILLIANT plan to turn a large part of our garage into a room. Our house is not very big and our attached garage is a big underutilized space. (It is considered a two-car garage, if you are the proud owner of two smart cars, which we are not.) We have the regular house repair tools and lawn equipment in the garage, but not much else. We thought about putting the kids in the same room, but Big Sister has a ton of toys and is used to her own space and Little Guys current room would be kind of small for our playroom/school room idea. So we cleaned out the garage, got rid of a ton of junk, and made plans for our new room. We had a slight glitch in our plan, right after Husband put the frames up for the room, we remembered that we might need a permit for the work we were doing. Husband solved that problem pretty quickly though and got a $30 permit at the county office. So he set off again and got the sheet rock up, the wall taped/floated, and the wall painted and then my car started acting up. Now a week and a half has gone by and no construction. We were hoping to get this done in a month, but with one car out of commission, I am not sure when it will be finished. As soon as the room is done, I will post plenty of pictures. Until then, we are stuck doing school activities in our living room. Hope you have a great day!
I cannot believe September is here! This has been such a busy summer. We have a few birthdays we celebrate over the summer months as well as vacations, family reunions, and holidays. It seems like we have something to do every weekend, and just when we thought we would get a break and get to relax, the new school year is already here!
So this school year, we have decided to start home-schooling Big Sister. She is a little young, but we are only introducing her to the idea of school. It’s a way for me to get time with her for something that only she can do, since Little Guy does everything else with us. Right now he just scoots around on the floor, so he probably won’t take part for a while. We are going to start working on letters, numbers, colors, and shapes. She knows a little of each already, but we want to spend more time on these to really get to know them. Now we are not going to put a ton of pressure on her to learn these things either, she will learn them all in her own time, we just want to have fun and learn a little too. She already loves art/crafts supplies so we will be using everything crafty we can get our hands on. Luckily stores put most of the supplies on sell for the school year so we got all new markers, crayons, construction paper, pencils, scissors, and preschool puzzles. We also got more pompoms, paint, chalk, popsicle sticks, glitter, and tons of stickers. I have gone crazy the past few weeks researching fun activities for us to do that are fun and having anything to do with what we want her to learn. It is a little overwhelming how many wonderful resources are out there for homeschooling. I will try to start posting again to give you an update on how we are doing. I will also let you know where we have gotten all of our wonderful projects from. Good luck in the new school year!
A full year has gone by since we first put our garden boxes in, and boy have they changed! Our herbs lasted over the cold winter, as well as a few of our flowering plants. We were also surprised to see our cilantro came back this year. When we planted the cilantro last year, it burned in the sun right away and died. I never took the plants out because they wilted and other plants grew around them. Now the cilantro has spread all over the place and flowers like crazy. Our lily also bloomed this year which it did not do last year although we checked that we had it planted in time for it to bloom. We did remove a few things and added a few other plants. We will probably end up changing the boxes again at the end of the year to try growing new plants, but we are pleased with what we do have this year.
In the box to the left we have: the lily, chives, two kinds of aloe(only one is pictured, but my neighbor gave me some after I took the picture), a cherry tomato plant, basil, parsley, and rosemary. In the box to the right we have: spearmint, peppermint, chives, lavender, cilantro, and a three flowering plants that I cannot remember their names. The three flowering plants have grown tremendously this year and one is especially taking over. I did buy a citronella plant, but that will stay in a separate pot since it has almost doubled in size in the last few weeks.
I plan on saving my herbs by drying them and using them in our meals, but I have to learn how to do that first. I also would love to grow garlic or large onions next year. For now my Garden Boxes bring me great joy with my flowers blooming and all our butterfly visitors. If you have and tips or comments for me, feel free to give your advice. Thank you for checking out my plants!