Monday, May 5, 2008

the grass is always greener...











The view from my kitchen window is a bit obscured lately...(and no, it's not just because of the water spots, there is a good reason for those water spots!)...

I am in charge of decorations and table centerpieces for a motivational women's luncheon we are having at my church in a week..the overall theme is a picnic...with different little "Ant" words used (persist"ant", dilig"ant", get the idea?)sooooo...I had the brilliant (ahem) idea of little tin containers of real grass, then we could stick a few daisies in there, tie a bow around it...maybe a little plant marker sign and VOILA! Now there are TEN containers of wheat grass growing in my window (truly amazing how fast they grow, I only planted these 6 days ago)...and there is also two plastic cups with fabulous growing things my 4-year old planted at Preschool (they planted a pumpkin seed and the school's name is "Punkin Seed"...very clever;))oh, and the water spots are because I have to keep misting the various plants with water...

Anyway, I shall post a pic of the centerpieces when they are done...we shall see how brilliant of an idea this actually was!
We truly live in one of the most picturesque places on earth...when it is not raining that is:) The Willamette valley in Oregon is a gardener's paradise--and I guess the rain certainly helps with that, so one shouldn't complain too much!

When we moved into our house the backyard was just dirt and rocks...and now a year later we are definitely starting to see some progress--weeping cherry trees and the "rhody" is blooming!!! ahhhhh....






I love the Northwest for all the gorgeous Japanese Maple trees too...so delicate and such colors...






We all went out in the backyard to enjoy the sunshine this morning...little Carter, our 11-month old...LOVES the backyard....loves the dirt, loves the rocks...cries when you try to bring him in, simply LOVES it. We have a car that all of our children have played with and loved..its so old, but still going strong. We put Carter in the car to see how he'd like it...

as you can see, he quickly learned th basics of driving: HONK the horn and yell for people to get out of your way...



Funniest thing Reagan (our 4-year old) said to me this morning...I was getting her dressed for the day and doing up the buttons on her shirt, and she said

"Mom, my dream-boy had a funny idea"...(dream-boy is her name for Henry, a small friend of hers from preschool--who obviously is quite dreamy by Reagan's standards)

I absentmindedly say "Oh, what?"

Reagan, " Well, he says we should take off all our clothes and then maybe we could kiss"....


UMMMMMMMM......WHATTTT???????? This statement quickly brought me back to reality and I say, "Sweetie, I hope you told dream-boy that was the worst idea he ever had! What did you say to him? Did you tell him NO WAY?"


she looks at me all confused and said, " No, I didn't say that mom...I just told him I had really hard buttons to undo so that wouldn't work"....


HEE heeeeee, I had to go in the laundry room and laugh for awhile and then come back.... we of course had a long talk about our bodies and privacy, etc...etc...but for all of you out there needing a good way out of a sticky situation, just try saying "I have really hard buttons to undo".....;)


OH and just a note...my fabulous Ausie friend Cree interviewed me for her blog...if you want to check it out here

10 comments:

hoganfe said...

Nat I love your new blog! Your yard is gorgeous - lots of work to get is there I bet!
mary
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Natalee said...

Mary...oh THANK you!! When we finally get our deck put in I'll feel like I can post a view of the whole backyard:)and yes...LOTS of work...
~Nat

Kassie said...

hahaHA, I cannot believe what funny kids you have....seriously....they kill me! :) And I'm also really excited for these little blogs you're going to be writing....definitely exciting news. Lurve you so much Nat!
Kassie

Jenn said...

Welcome to the blogging world Nat! You'll be hooked in no time ;)

LOVE the grass centerpiece idea...I'll have to file that away!

Your little guy is so sweet and squishy!!!!!

take a bow Jenn

freshandvintage said...

Gorgeous garden and gorgeous little boy! Thanks for sharing. I miss my home state of Oregon. My mom always had the most beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. You grass centerpieces will be fantastic.

Natalee said...

Eva!!!! Did I know you were from Oregon?? well...you are coming home then...I can't wait to meet YOU!!

Natalee said...

Jenn...I can tell this blogging thing could become addictive...almost like scrapbooking, without all the muss and fuss of paper and scissors, he he! I'm counting down the days with you till your little boy arrives:)

Jen said...

Your yard is beautiful! I love it. Carter is so big and gorgeous! And how well you responded to Reagan - I may have passed out cold if little Evey told me that story.

Natalee said...

yay...how lovely to hear from you Jen!!! HOW are your cute kiddos??
and yes...oh my goodness, what do you say to a 4-year old about the whole "taking off the clothes" thing? I've since told the story to the preschool teacher and we both got a hoot out of it...then she promised to address the subject with Henry AND Henry's parents!!!

Kassie said...

you never posted the finished product Miss Nat. Remedy that immediately please.