Gardening Weekend

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I spent a lot of time this weekend gardening. I got 6 yards of mulch delivered on Monday (about the volume of my entire station wagon), and now I'm weeding all the flower beds and putting the mulch on them. The mulch really keeps the weeds down and keeps the moisture in the soil, meaning they don't need water, not that I'd water them anyway! I got a really dark colour and I love the light hostas against the dark mulch.

Beth's favourite garden sayings:
Garden saying #1 "patience in gardening is measured in years, not minutes"
Garden saying #2 "if it needs water after the first two weeks in my garden, it doesn't belong in my garden!"

I also bought some annuals as I have an urn on my front porch and two big pots on my back patio. I got a high contrast combination of purples and neon greens, as well as one silvery plant, and one that flowers yellow for the back and orange begonias for the front. Now, if I get the chance to paint my front door green, I'll be happy.

I was proud of myself for not buying any new perennials this year, but at the cash register when I was buying the annuals, they had some native plants for sale, and there were black-eyed susans. I have a weak spot for these as they used to grow along the side of the road near my rural childhood home. I had some of these rudebeckia in my yard when I first moved here, but I tried moving them and they all died. I tried planting some from seed and none grew. This time, I've put the plants in front of a large rock in a nice sunny spot and I can't wait to see them grow! As I buy new plants, I'm trying to focus on native plants (see gardening saying #2).

I'm exhausted and still have at least 2 yards of mulch to go, and two large flower beds to weed. It'll have to wait for next weekend.


Cute Girl

Monday, May 23, 2011

My Sweet Pea has glasses. She's adorable!


Tackle Football and Mother's Day

Sunday, May 22, 2011

On Mother's Day, we went to a park down by the river with my mom, brother and sister-in-law and my hubby and kids.

DH brought a football and a soccer ball and we had a wonderful picnic, some playtime, and a tour of the pioneer museum.

Precious was off walking Moses, the dog, and face-planted and there was a huge amount of blood.

After about two hours at the park, we headed home, full of yummy sandwiches, date squares, veggies, and cheese.


Spring Concert

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Precious had her spring concert last week. It was adorable and sweet.
Precious is second from the left. If you can't tell, she's wearing a yellow umbrella hat and yellow rubber boots. She also had the yellow rain coat, but the teacher decided there was no time to change between singing "I'd like the Teach the World to Sing" and "Singing In the Rain".


Most Recent Post at 5 Minutes for Special Needs

Friday, May 20, 2011

Come over the 5 Minutes for Special Needs to read my most recent post. It's about social inclusion for children with developmental disabilities.


May Day

Thursday, May 19, 2011

My boy turned 9 on May 1st.

His birthday was as close as it's ever been to Easter so it kind of snuck up on me this year. I had this vague idea that he would be ready to have a small party with just one or two friends, dinner and a movie and a sleepover, but Mr. Boy would have none of it. He really wanted a big party with lots of friends (hopefully not because of the presents!) and he insisted it be at home rather than out.

He wanted a party just like his friend Corey's from last year. I emailed Corey's mom and she told me they played Pin the Wand on Harry Potter and a game called Pick a Penny. She said the games were very simple but that the kids had lots of fun. In fact, Mr. Boy still talks about it.

I did my best trying to re-create the Pick a Penny game on a piece of cardboard. There were 30 equally-sized squares on one sheet of Bristol board. 4 squares said "Pick a Prize" and the rest were split between "Lose a Penny" and "Pick a Penny". The kids had to bounce a penny off the wall about 4 feet up the wall, and do whatever the square said where the penny landed. They all started with three pennies and it took a long while before anyone won a prize. The prizes were half-price Easter chocolates I had bought at Zeller's a couple of days before the party. Sweet Pea managed the rogue pennies and giving out the prizes.

Kids that ran out of pennies or got bored played on the trampoline.

The kids were so amazing. They did silly rabbit ears in the photos, and made fart jokes, but they all agreed on rules when the rules weren't clear, they all took off their shoes at the door without being asked, and they generally managed themselves. It was the easiest party I've ever had at home.

With the games and prizes being so cheap, we made the loot bags a bit nicer, and ordered in pizza for everyone. Nine 8, 9 and 10-year old boys can eat a shocking amount of pizza. I let each boy have a can of pop and several asked with surprise and disbelief "You mean I can have the WHOLE can?" They were so cute.

Duncan came over for a sleepover that night as a special treat for Mr. Boy's birthday.

Mr. Boy got several Bey Blades and an arena and he has played with this so much.
Mr. Boy picked vanilla cake with cream cheese icing. I didn't decorate it at all.
The next day, we had everyone over for supper and at Mr. Boy's request, had BBQ chicken and sausages along with mashed potatoes and salad. The family cake was chocolate with butter/icing sugar icing. It was actually moist and light. No one was more surprised than me! I'm not known for my moist cake.
My boy is growing up.


Dodge Charger for a week

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

We have a rental car while our car is in the shop for repairs after someone ran into it a few weeks back.

DH was offered a Nissan Altima which the car we currently own. I prefer this sedan that looks like a sports car since it's only for a week. Otherwise we wouldn't be able to afford the gas for it.

DH claims is purrs and it looks pretty nice, too but I had to darken the photo to make the dirt less visible. It's true what Gino Vanelli says - black cars do look better in the shade.


We Are the Champions, My Friend

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mr. Boy's hockey team went to the finals and won the championship in mid-April. In fact, they were undefeated during the regular season, too. Mr. Boy got one goal during the season, which I witnessed, even if I didn't make it for the final game.DH won coach of the year for his division and he was happy. He put his heart and soul and a lot of his free time into that team. He spent hours planning and running the practices. He organized the year-end trophies and the tournament medals, and the year-end bowling party.

I'm not upset that we have our weekends back for the summer. Next year should be lots of fun with Mr. Boy and Sweet Pea both playing hockey and both DH and I coaching.


TV Guide Kate and William Special

Monday, May 16, 2011

After worrying I wouldn't be able to make a decision on which royal wedding commemorative issue I would buy before they were all sold out, I decided to splurge on the TV Guide Kate and William special edition. I generally like the photography and the format of Hello! Canada and it was for sale at Costco, where I ended up shopping last Monday. When I leafed through the photography, though, I wasn't too excited by the excessive amount of photo retouching on all of the photos of Kate so I put it back.

As I was heading to the checkout, I saw the TV Guide Kate and William special. I loved that it's a mix of back story, design, baby photos, and just the right amount of wedding photos. After all, I don't really want to see 462 different photos of Kate in her wedding dress. A couple of her from different angles is plenty, thank you very much.

So I am quite happy with my purchase, and I finally finished watching the last of the 10 hours of coverage that I had taped on my PVR.


3rd anniversary of my blog

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Just trying to decide which commemorative magazine to buy for Kate and Will's wedding. Ideas? I watched the ceremony real-time, but haven't watched the other 9 hours of footage I taped on my PVR.

Aside from that, since I last blogged;
I've had a great overnight trip to the States for shopping with some ladies in my family
I've worked a bunch of overtime (unpaid, of course).
I've planned and held a birthday party for my son.
I've held and planned and held a birthday party for myself. I'm turning 40 tomorrow - or as one of my birthday cards said "20/20" although mathematically, I know this is not correct!
I've joined Twitter - finally.
Gardened to the point of three bloody blisters.
I've had a wonderful mother's day and had a picnic with my mom.
I've started playing hockey again for the summer.
I've volunteered to help coach my daughter's soccer team.
And that's about it!

Tomorrow, I'm off to the allergist (after a 10 month wait for an appointment) with Sweet Pea to see if she really is allergic to kiwi, and then straight to the magazine rack at the drug store under the doctor's office to make my selection of the best magazine.


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