Friday, April 19, 2013

Happy Birthday, Seamus

Six years ago today, I gave birth to a beautiful brown-haired baby boy. It was an overcast spring day in Tennessee and just starting to get warm. My father sat in the corner of the room, taking notes on my labor progression. The first sentence he wrote was, "11 a.m. and the red buds are in bloom."

Our boy was born pink and dainty--just under seven pounds--and with a head full of dark hair. His first cries were small and gentle. Thomas and I remarked on his politeness. His cries seemed like someone who hated to interrupt. That, of course, would change.

Now our boy is in Kindergarten. He writes sentences. He reads. He adds and subtracts. Just a couple of weeks ago he learned to climb trees. And he is absolutely obsessed with frogs and salamanders. At the age of six, he's certain he'll grow up to be a herpetologist. He's an amazing kid, and we are so lucky to be his parents.

Happy birthday to our nature boy. We love you, Famous Seamus, more than 10 giraffe necks.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

More Spring

I can't resist posting more pictures of spring around our place. Seamus and I must mention everyday the fact that spring is our favorite season, and there are four reasons why: warmer, sunnier days, birds returning to the feeders, frogs and salamanders coming out of hiding, and flowers...

Monday, April 15, 2013

Our Garden...

It may be a little early to plant a garden in New Jersey, but with the warm temperatures we've been having lately (and the great forecast), we decided to go for it.

This weekend we planted: kaleidoscope carrots, russet potatoes, festival bell peppers, cucumbers, sweet peas, tomatoes, dill and basil.

And we found a few treasures while digging up the dirt.

Now to stake those tomato plants and have some kind of coverage standing by just in case of frost.

T is still working on some sort of fence to keep the critters out. Though I imagine they'll still find a way in. We have clever squirrels, foxes, and ground hogs around these parts.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Lately from My iPhone

Bird watching out the window.

Playing inside on rainy days.

S has a novocain smile.

Fun at the Da Vinci Science Center.

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