Adventures

Spring has finally sprung! The weather seems to have given up its indecisiveness and has stayed warm the last few days. We’ve been loving it! Hubby took a stay-cation this week so we have all been enjoying some local adventures together!

We went down to the marina to see the Nina and the Pinta, which are replicas of the ships that Columbus sailed on. They didn’t remake the Santa Maria because apparently she was disliked by Columbus for being too large and clumsy!

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This photo was courtesy of some cute munchkin who stole my camera! 😉IMG_0456

What’s a pirate’s favorite letter? Rrrrrrrrrrr!

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Insurgent 3D! It was my first 3D movie and I loved it. I read the Divergent series and while the movies don’t follow the books exactly, the main storyline and overall feel of the movie series thus far has been accurate in my opinion. Hubs and I always feel like Shailene Woodley is an odd choice as Tris when the movie first begins, then we love her by the end. She just seems so fragile when you first look at her but surprises the audience with some killer emotional scenes and kick ass moves. And can we talk about Theo James? He and Shailene together make for such a sweet love story despite all the action and sci-fy-ee stuff. Plus, he’s not exactly hard on the eyes, if you know what I mean! 😉

This movie definitely made up for the last one we saw together! I will be adding it to my digital library as soon as it comes out.

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So far our adventures in gardening have gone well. We harvested 8 bags of lettuce today and our broccoli is starting to really take off. We added a trellis for the cucumbers and bought some additional veggies to get us through late Spring/early Summer. All-in-all we have:

  • Asparagus*
  • Bee Balm*
  • Bell Peppers (just sprouting)
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts*
  • Cucumber
  • Fennel*
  • Lavender*
  • Lemon (two lemon trees)
  • Lemongrass (re-sprouting from last year)
  • Lettuce (harvested 8 bags today)
  • Mint – mojito and spearmint*
  • Rosemary (harvest ready)
  • Strawberries
  • Sunflowers
  • Thyme (harvest ready)
  • Tomatoes – grape*
  • Watermelon

*Newly planted

The lettuce seems to regrow well after it’s been harvested so I hope to have enough to last us through another two cycles. The tomatoes did great last year but I’m planting them earlier so let’s see how they last the summer. We’ve also continued with composting but I find that since we haven’t had to cut the grass yet this season, I’m lacking in “brown” material… so our compost is way too wet, and I’m sure the pH is off. Hopefully Spring will bring growth which will mean more grass clippings for composting, which will in turn mean even happier plants!

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Post harvest

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I couldn’t hold out any longer (I have that problem with gifts) so I gave the kids their Easter baskets early and we did an Easter egg hunt in the backyard.

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Hmm… some paper wasps have decided to make a nest at the corner of our garage. Our plan is to let the kids watch them build for another day or so, then knock it down. Is that mean? I’m sure it is, but I can’t exactly relocate a wasp nest (even if I wanted to… which I absolutely do not) and you know what? I love nature, but it can stay outside.

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I think the adventure to the farm this afternoon was the highlight of the week for the kids. There is a local farm here that allows you to foster a pair of chicks for two weeks. Some of my FB buddies who own chickens think it’s crazy that a farm would charge you to foster chicks when that is apparently the toughest stage of owning chickens, but considering we don’t have pets and it’s a great learning opportunity for the kids, I thought why not? This afternoon we went to pick them up. They’re adorable. We’re still debating on names for them, but so far it’s been either Pip and Squeak, Peep and Chirp, Nugget and BBQ Sauce or Peanut Butter and Jelly.

One is definitely more mischievous than the other. The kids have been very good about not over-handling them and giving them space to get settled. It’ll be an interesting two weeks though because from the little instruction packet, they will be big enough to attempt to fly by the time we take them back!

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Here they are! We have a heating pad underneath the box so they stay warm. The instructions say to put a towel over the top of the container to help them calm down and it seems to be working because they’re asleep now. I’d love to keep these two long-term but I’m fairly certain our HOA doesn’t allow it. 😦

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Stay tuned for more cheeky chick stories!

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