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Spring is Popping up all over!!!!

 “Walking on sunshine…..whoa whoa….and don’t it feel good!”

IMG_5235(Yep…I was rock climbing here!)

I love that song. I love the way that the warm weather makes me feel. And this time of year, I get to work on one of my favorite hobbies……

my garden.

I originally started a garden as a way of saving money. However, I didn’t realize how much I needed a hobby like this…something relaxing that I could work and see the fruits of my labor.

Yeah…I’m one of “those” people. Totally obsessed with my garden!

IMG_0451(This was last year’s squash and lettuce bed)

I’m not a great gardener but I do love the joy I feel when you harvest your first vegetable of the season. There is something awesome about growing the stuff that you eat.

I am so excited to share with you all the veggies that we have growing in our box gardens this year! And I also wanted to share with you that from this past summer and fall, I was able to create my own organic compost to use this year. I have been keeping the vegetable and fruit clippings in a compose bin that I created using an old trash can. I had the hubs drill a few holes along the sides and bottom of the trash can so that the water would seep out. I added my old hay and pumpkins from the fall; grass clippings, coffee grounds, egg shells, and newspaper shreds. I periodically went out, maybe 5 times total, and turned the pile over with a garden spade. I also had the kiddos help me find a few worms to toss in and help me with the composting.

It was awesome to throw all that compost in my garden beds and prepare that trash can to start all over for next summer!

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The picture above shows all of our green and red pepper plants surrounded by some marigolds to keep some pests away.

IMG_5747This bed houses my tomato plants. Two cherry tomato plants and one plum tomato plant. I added a basil plant to the center of the box garden, as I read that it makes your tomatoes sweeter. I have room in this box for 2-3 more plants on the left. I just haven’t figure out what I want to add. I am thinking about possibly adding some yellow summer squash that I couldn’t get earlier or some beans. I forget the name of those red flowers but they suppositely attract butterflies to your garden.

IMG_5748This box contains all my plants that will eventually grow up a trellis. I am growing cucumbers, zucchini, and the girls added two watermelon plants. I have also added oregano to the center of this box, as I heard that it keeps pests away from cucumbers. As they grow, I will continue to help them grow up the trellis.

Last year we planted four strawberry plants, We were told that they would most likely not produce last year but should do well this year. Well…those four plants took over the box that I planted them in and are doing very well. We have been presently surprised by these little gems!

IMG_5750Can you see all those fun little spurts of red? All I know is that the children have been begging every morning to go out and “eat” out of the strawberry patch. haha

This was our first “tasting” of our strawberries.

IMG_5743IMG_5741IMG_5740IMG_5739IMG_5738A couple of days ago, I was able to pick a few strawberries for breakfast.

IMG_5754This has been such an awesome experience for the kids.

Next year, they want to try blueberries!!!

Each year we also like to add a “splash” of color to our front landscaping.

We do not have much of a yard in the front of our house, and it also doesn’t get much sun, so finding plants and flowers that produce color and don’t require full sun as been difficult.

Here are some of our fun flowers/plants for this year:

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IMG_5752IMG_5726Each year we try to add a few perennials and annuals to see what looks best. It’s still an ongoing process. The hubs is ready to pull in a landscaper but I managed to wrangle another year with that job under my belt..haha.

Come back and to check my future posts to see how our garden is doing!

Pray for a good harvest!

I promised the kids that if we had a good surplus of veggies that I would allow them to set up a vegetable stand. These little entrepreneurs are willing to water them everyday for me..haha.

Money talks….

God Bless,

Tammi

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7 quick takes on a quick few weeks……

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I really wish I was a great blogger. I just…..don’t always have time. I’m like that great girlfriend that you have that you could talk for days with…but you just NEVER get the time.

(In all honesty…I have been writing this blog since Thursday night…and its Saturday morning…geez)

I wish you could see my “list” of blogging topics. I just have to stop “making memories” to be able to blog about them….

and let’s be honest…that’s NOT going to happen so….

I appreciate your patience!!!

These past few weeks/months have flown by….so here’s a quick look at a couple of the things that are going on here at Camp Crazy:

  1. My family is obsessed with the movie Frozen.

IMG_5175In this picture, Mini Me was playing the scene where “Anna” was cold and walking through the snow to find her sister. I mean…she knows the movie so well…just come by and she will descibe every scene. Often times…she plays both characters dialoguing. haha.

IMG_5188 Are they “raising the roof”? Um…No….they are creating the ice castle like Elsa…..of course. Complete with a cape that they can throw off.

I have broken up countless arguments because “You can’t sing Anna’s part, I’m Anna” or “she’s Anna not Elsa this time”. I can’t begin to express how “taken” my kids are with this movie. Even Miss Missy was found belting “Let it Go” through the aisles at IKEA.

2.) Another rockin’ Mother’s Day for this momma……I usually dedicate a whole blog to this but this year…I’m going to keep it simple. I was thoroughly spoiled.

First I got to sleep in. Did you see that? I got to sleeeeeeep in. It makes me giddy like I’m an 8 yr old going to a sleepover. Secondly, I got a long, uninterrupted shower. Repeat……uninterrupted.

My husband has really learned me. I tell you…it’s a beautiful thing. The hubs booked me a Mother’s Day brunch that started at 3pm. 3 pm!!!! That means…sleeping in. No rush to dress littles early in the morning. No starving kiddies. Let’s get into the brunch later…….this was breakfast:

IMG_5313Gotta love when your kids and husband NAIL your ideal breakfast….complete with my Shakeology shake. Love this crew!

IMG_5321I mean….my cup runneth over. Look at this crew, my heart really is so full. Everyone was excited to dress their best and head out for a fun brunch. The three oldest were getting their first “buffet” experience where they got to take care of themselves. So….after 4 years of doing buffets with babies, and toddlers….this was my best experience ….a super fancy buffet but in a loud kid-friendly environment. No shushing kids. Just eating…and laughing.

IMG_5330Check out this goofball stud. I love this kid. He really makes everything fun!

IMG_5329Sweet Pea was in her glory. What a foodie! “Mom..did you try the lobster mac and cheese??!!! It’s UNREAL!!!”

IMG_5325A plate full of desserts….sure I will smile, mom!

IMG_5335Gotta get some daddy love…as often as possible. Love these two.

 3.) We raised butterflies!!! DDD has been taking a biology class through our local co-op. His teacher suggested that we purchase a butterfly kit from InsectLore so we could see the butterfly process at home. It was a fantastic experience for the whole family.

IMG_4978Here are our little guys. The kit arrived with five little caterpillers. Within days of arriving, the caterpillars crawled to the top of their little cup and got in their “J” formation to form these chrysalis. We then removed the paper from the top of the cup to the large butterfly cage the kit provided.

IMG_5182In this picture, three had already come out of their chrysalis and were flying around. These two little guys were spending a little more time being perfected.

IMG_5275Releasing our little friends!!!

IMG_5273I would totally recommend this!!

4.) We went rock climbing!!!

IMG_5265Look at these gorgeous little faces already to conquer rock walls! The hubs and I have really been inspired to offer our children another gift….fitness! Our children learn the best by example so….

IMG_5264Yep! Momma showed all the “little cubs” just how to scale the wall like a champion.

I have to admit I was a bit nervous about this. I had just recently started to work out and wasn’t sure if I would have the stamina to do something like this but I wanted to show the children what it means to challenge ourselves.

It was so cute hearing their little voices, “Go, mom! You got this! You are doing great!”

And they were soooo right. I dominated that wall……and it dominated me the next day.

IMG_5233  Mini Me taking to the hallway rock climbing.IMG_5249

The fashionista was fearless. We never saw her on the ground. She loved this!!

IMG_5267I almost went into panic mode when I noticed the guy putting a harness on Miss Missy but….she did great! “I NOT little”, she said. I know big girl…..sigh…..

5.) Time to prep our gardens!!!!

IMG_5200Seriously….one of my favorite hobbies. I recently fell in love with gardening a few years ago. Since building my first vegetable garden a few years ago, we have branched out to three box gardens. We plant tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, green onions, and cucumbers. It’s such a blessing to eat the food that you grow. The children also love to take turns picking stuff for dinner.

Last year we planted strawberries.

IMG_5203This is the first year that our strawberries have produced !!

IMG_5211 This little cutie keeps my strawberries hydrated. haha

We are hoping to get the rest of our vegetable plants in their boxes this weekend as well as tackle some outdoor projects.

Hope the weather holds up for it.

6.) Bring on the Spring weather….and find me a park!!! Huge fan of watching the kiddos literally exhaust themselves at the park on a spring afternoon. I st ill enjoy a good push on a swing or going down the slide with my toddler. I love hearing “mom….watch me!” “mom….look how high I am!” Then carrying the little kids into the house to finish their nap that began in the van on the way home. IMG_5362 IMG_5363 IMG_5364 IMG_5369Gotta love some “selfie” fun!

7.) Baseball is in full effect!!!

Unless its pouring raining, this kid never wants to miss a game. He might need to be reminded that he needs his bat….a mitt….his hat…..his cleats…..but otherwise….he’s out the door!

For his sisters, they love to scream his name as he’s up to bat. His little sister can be found banging along the bleachers and picking flowers.

IMG_5477DDD was so excited when he was presented with the game ball after his game last weekend! He had a tremendous hit and solidified the last out with a nice throw to first base playing outfield.

So…that was 7 quick takes on our life up to now……

Thanks for stopping by to check out how our little family is doing.

God Bless,

Tammi

Stay tuned for more blogs……

DDD’s first communion

Sweet Pea’s Skating Party

Our Spring garden!!!