spring projects

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This is what March is like around here.  One day it’s snowing, a few days later you’re planting pansies and soaking up the sun in your front yard.  I’ll take it all, but it really did feel pretty wonderful to be outside almost all day Saturday and Sunday, watching the kids zoom around the yard on their bikes, or playing on the swing and sandbox.  I don’t know quite what got into Brandon this weekend, but he went to town on a few projects for me/us.  He made small planter boxes for me (his own design, which I love!) so that we can have a scant amount of veggies, at the very least.  The ONLY place in our yard that has light is our porch, so I plan to have a few containers this year of the barest essentials: herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, greens of some sort.  It’s just the best growing food with little ones.  They are so excited to see the whole process and I do believe it helps with better eating when they’ve grown and tended the plants themselves.  For us, it helps some financially and nothing tastes better than our own produce.  I really miss our bigger garden space but I’m thankful for at least a little square of sun.

Philippa was attempting to “help” me go through and sort clothes earlier last week, I suppose, or at least making the job easier by dumping all of Noah’s wardrobe contents on the floor.  She is for sure the most mischievous of all the children so far, at 15 months old.  I literally clean up one disaster, walk into the next room and find another one.

We filled up our bird feeder this weekend and rehung it and it’s been really fun watching at the windows and from the porch, spotting new cheery visitors.  The warm sun made me crave getting my fingers in the dirt and seeing some bright new life, so we planted a few pansies.  I was amazed at how interested Philippa was in planting flowers.  She surprises me with how much she understands and how eager she is to do “big kid” things.  The older two were busy rowing their “boat” through the wild seas, so she had the dirt and trowel all to herself.  She filled up the little pot with dirt very slowly and plunked purple pansies down in there, smooshing them in sideways.  Watering everything was another adventure which completely fascinated her.

Earlier in the afternoon on Sunday Brandon told me he wanted to make me something, a surprise.  I took Phoebe on a mommy/daughter date to pick out a craft she had been saving her spending money for (an “Anna” sculpture/piggy  bank to paint) and when I came back Brandon surprised me with an Amish yarn swift!  I felt so so loved!  I put it to use right away last night and it is so much easier to use than the other methods for winding skeins that I had been attempting.  Mostly, it just meant a lot to me that he came up with that idea and figured out how to make one.  He honestly supports me endlessly in all my little endeavors, even when I constantly doubt myself, and it means so much.  I don’t know why he seems to believe in me, but he does, and in this great big world full of critics and naysayers, one of the greatest gifts is having someone who is always, always on my side, someone who is for me, cheering me on, pointing me always toward who + what is best.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect and we butt heads often, but ultimately we are each other’s biggest cheerleaders and defenders in a world full of opposition and difficulty, and for that I am grateful.

 

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