Tag Archive: Gardening

Jul 14

What Sundays are Made of

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Sundays are glorious. And this Sunday morning, the weather was beautiful AND our first tomato was ready to be picked! This is an exciting day around our household. We’ve been watching this little guy, waiting for the perfect picking hour. In the two years past, we’ve put a lot of effort into gardening but haven’t seen a lot of produce come from it (see here), . We blame the inconsistent weather and constant hail storms of Western Nebraska. So to see a ripened tomato this early in KS was super exciting! IMG_6890
Barkley took a little time this morning to stop and smell the flowers. He knows what’s important in life.IMG_6892
These guys will be ready in a few days/weeks/however long they need!IMG_6896
You should also know that I brought it inside, washed it up, sprinkled some salt on it and ate the whole dang thing. It was “the best tomato I’ve ever had”…direct quote from me this morning to my loving husband. IMG_6899
Just a Sunday morning glimpse of our back patio where our container gardens are growing.IMG_6902 Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

Jun 25

Project: Dont get Stuck with the 5 inch Thorns!

“Sure Dad, c’mon up and we will play golf or something”.  “Yeah Andrew, we will just relax and do some grilling”.  I had em’ right where I wanted them.  Little did they know that they were going to have to deal with the tree of torture: 5 inch thorns and all.

Both my Dad and best friend knew they were going to get in some good old fashion manual labor.  I can’t say it enough, Kelli and I are very lucky and blessed to have people like them in our lives; that no questions asked, will come up for a weekend and help out with our crazy forest house!

finished product

Super Pumped to have the help of these fellas.  One project off the list!!


This Locust tree was only a small part of our weekend project, but it is definitely the most intimidating.  Those thorns are long, sharp, and will go right though a pair of shoes.  I also found out that if they stick you, the very tip breaks off and stays in you.  I’m living proof of that…

5 inch thorns

Here was the before picture of the house.  As you can see, this side of the house needs a little TLC.  By a “little”, I mean a lot of work for three guys, plus some work from my wonderful wife and her tag-a-long Char Char.  Kelli is not a big fan of that name for Charlotte but until something else pops in my head that’s what daddy’s nickname for our mini is going to be.  Sorry, I digressed.

before 2
I’m picturing settlers back in the frontier days making some pretty intense weapons out of these things.  I mean seriously, look at them! They’re straight out of a Steven King book.
Locust Thorns
With all that said, naturally the first thing to do would be to climb up a ladder straight into the thick of things.
Trimming high
Bush, meet Dad.  Dad, meet bush.  It just needed a little hair cut.
(Both my dad and I were blessed with low maintenance hair, aka we are bald.  But, if we did have hair, this bush is what I assume it would look like in the morning.)
Out of control
Continuing on the trimming theme, we decided to take out these green things from beside the house. Are they a tree, a bush, a weed?  Those mixed messages are probably the main reason it got the ax…I mean saw.
more chainsawing
After we got everything cut down prepared, we were ready to start re-laying the brick edging.
laying barrier
How many guys does it take to screw in a light bulb…wait, I mean lay down bricks in a neat line?
playing in the dirt
Bring on the greenery!
Our plants
Kelli and I don’t get a ton of chances to go on “errands” with the family.  I really enjoyed the time of sifting through the 50% off area at the greenhouse.  Gotta love deals and gotta love family!! 
at the greenhouse

at the greenhouse

Honestly, I don’t know what this thing is.  I’m sure if I asked Kelli she would know, but it’s 12:30 a.m. now and she is fast asleep.  Whatever it is, it is one of my favorite plants.  I love the color of the leaves without any type of flowering or blooming.
Throughout the 3 years of total home ownership and the variety of landscaping projects we’ve done (see Sidney example 1 or example 2), we’ve learned a couple lessons.
One is to always stage what you plant.  It’s the easiest way to determine whether you will like the arrangements of your plants.
The other is to keep in mind that your plants will grow, so be sure to space them out.
staging plants

staging plants


setting up
There’s “miss green thumb” herself.  Even with a bun in the oven she is still out there pitching in.  What a trooper!!  Can’t keep her away from planting.
Kelli planting

Kelli planting


One of the last things we had to take care of was the random bench on the entry way.  A couple of bolts and a few screws and it’s outta here.
still removing bench




removing bench


Here’s the rag tag trio of landscapers.  Without them I would probably still be stuck in the thorny tree!

the work crew

the work crew


Barkley was the supervisor for this project.  As you can see, he takes his job very seriously.

Big B

Big B


And the Grand Reveal!

Five for Friday- Front Flower BedOne last Before picture so you have a good idea of where we started.

before 2

before 2

finished product

Until next time!


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Jun 21

Fireside Five for Friday!

Happy Friday!! As usual, this week has FLOWN by! We had something going on every night of the week (all fun things), so that makes it go especially quick. This weekend, we are looking forward to painting and going to my second baby shower! Well, one of us is not so excited about painting…but the end result is always so satisfying that it’ll all be worth it, right?!


Here’s what we’ve been up to this week! (P.S.- These are all phone photos so bear with me. They’re not the best quality!)


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This happened last night. Hahaha. Eric got to wear the sympathy belly at baby class! The women got to make their men do something particularly difficult while wearing the belly, so I had him sit on the ground and pretend to paint his nails and try to pick things up off the ground. He was a champ! I think he got a little taste of what it’s like to carry around some extra belly weight 🙂

Five For Friday- Baby Class
Eric’s family and best friend visited last weekend and look what they did! I’ll have a whole post devoted to this project, so get excited for that. They worked so hard and should be super proud of themselves. It looks awesome and has really changed the look of the house!
Five for Friday- Front Flower Bed
Paint Swatches!! You know I’m a DIY freak when the sight of paint swatches gets me SO excited! These are the four colors I picked out for our bathrooms, dining room, basement, craft room, AND front door. Can you guess which colors go where?? I guess you’ll have to wait to find out!

Five for Friday- Paint swatches
Looking at this picture, I’m sure you can’t make out what these babies are. Use your imagination. They’re SOON going to be window valences! Eric put them together and now it’s on to my portion of the project- adding the batting and fabric. That’s on my list of weekend to-dos. We’re doing these wooden valences in the nursery and our bedroom. Again, there will be a whole post devoted to these beauties, so get ready for that!
Five for Friday- Valences
I saved the best for last! THIS is my new diaper bag!! I’m just absolutely in love. I’m such a cheapy that I’ve never made the plunge into buying a designer purse. So, when I saw this Vera Bradley diaper bag on sale, I made the impulsive decision to buy it! And I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. There’s just enough pockets, it’s the perfect size, and there’s a fold out changing pad. Perfection! Now, I can’t wait to fill ‘er up with baby goodies!

Five for Friday- New Diaper BagHope you all have a great weekend!

May 19

I Love Sundays…

There’s something about a Sunday that I love. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t love that it’s the day before we go back to work for the week, but there seems to be a laziness about Sundays that I appreciate. The storms last night brought a beautiful gift to the yard this morning- our first iris. It’s been fun seeing the flowers and shrubs coming up. When we bought this house, the land was covered in snow so we had no idea what to expect as far as the landscape goes. There’s a lot of work to do, namely taking care of the pesky weeds, and designating areas for flowers/shrubs/veggie garden. But we have a lot of room to work with, so we will take our time. For now, I’ll just leave you with a few pictures of the front yard as of this morning.Bird Feeder front yard Iris Bud IrisEnjoy the rest of your weekend!

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