Yes, exactly. I have random bits of this and that to post. Nothing cohesive, just a tad here and there.
- Okay, I had my first run-in with a little girl who had a head full of pine tree sap. I thought it was going to be an utter disaster! The Lord musta blessed because it came right out. I let it fully dry. I actually thought it was a bit of an ice cream sandwich because I couldn't smell the pine smell over the smell of the shampoo. Here was the remedy: a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil massaged into the hair. It took it a while to get it worked in since it was matted to the scalp. Then I wrapped it up in a plastic grocery sack for about 45 minutes (I don't have a shower cap). I broke up the last bit of sap with my fingers and then went through her hair with a fine-tooth comb. I washed it all out and, voila, it came out totally pain free! Whew!
- Is Josiah the biggest tornado I've had, or do I forget from toddler to toddler what a mess they make? Just this morning he grabbed a step stool to reach a pint of honey that was left out and made a tremendous mess from head to foot and counter to floor. Then I put him in a shallow tub of water. I went to tend after some laundry to let it soak out. He managed to nearly submerge the bathroom while was gone for about 5 minutes. Then the boys went to try to stop them. They both had red clay on the bottom of their shoes, making a muddy mess everywhere.
- We have homeschool evaluations in about 3 weeks at 8:30 in the morning. It's about an hour's drive, if not more in rush hour traffic. We'll have to get up before dawn. We're early risers, but not that early. Not looking forward to this day.
- I'm already having some relatively strong Braxton-Hicks contractions. I always have them, but I don't remember them this early. Maybe it's because I have now actually labored?
I'm not really concerned, just puzzled.
- This is the kids' last week of school...that is if they can manage to focus through another week of school. :-)
- Speaking of pregnancy, I'm also enjoying lots of baby wiggling. I'm getting bumped at the back, front, top, bottom, and all points in between. It's amazing that one little baby can make so much a ruckus!
- More pregnancy: I have never taken so many supplements in a pregnancy. I'm taking a plant based prenatal, a 3-6-9 omega blend, a vitamin D3 supplement (soy based), and a calcium supplement (kelp and alfalfa). I maybe need to take iron later, but for now I'm good. I usually take iron, pregnant or not, but my prenatal has a good bit of iron in it.
- I bought a set of hair sticks and LOVE them!!
- Ethan will be having a kindergarten graduation next week with our homeschool fellowship group.
- The kids LOVE to swing. Unfortunately they've outgrown the little swing they have now. We bought it when Ethan was younger than Josiah. It's rusty and dangerous. Here it is:
- Daddy to the rescue though, because he, with some help from his dad, built this kid-tough version with a whopping SIX swings on it:
- I spent the cool morning on the back porch swing sipping coffee and listening to Mourning Doves and Purple Martins. (Links are examples of their vocalizations) Very, very relaxing. Of course, I only got to enjoy it about 10 minutes, but hey, that's better than zero.
- Speaking of Purple Martins, we haven't had them in our Martin houses for years, but it looks like either 3 or 4 pairs have set up "house" this year. We had a rat snake clean out all the babies several years back and no birds, other than Marsh Wrens, have used the houses. Here are a pair that I grabbed a photo of this morning, the male being darker in color (click to enlarge.
- We did have a nest filled with mockingbird eggs, but the eggs have mysteriously vanished. The kids were disappointed, so I don't think they did it. John ransacked a nest once, and was then devastated once I explained to him that those eggs were the mommy bird's babies. But, we do have this next of Blue Jay babies!
- Josiah can open all doors, which is not good.
- Josiah also runs directly to the road when he thinks no one is looking. Fortunately, its a probably 100 yards to the road, and a car hardly goes down it. But I'm still not turning my back on him for a second.
- Okay, I said I wasn't posting any garden photos. Well.......... I LIED! I can't resist!!!!
little-bitty zucchini, though these will be ready before anything else.
Have you ever seen a blooming elephant garlic? Now you have!
These heirloom, non-hybrid watermelons were given to Jeremy by a co-worker. They have yellow rinds and yellow meat. Plus, they're actually thriving. Watermelons haven't done well in the past.
Teeny-tiny baby-sized green beans. The plants are overrun with blooms. Hopefully we'll have a good season with these.
And baby tomatoes! YUMMY!! They've grown a lot since last post. We did, however, lose 2 plants: both of our celebrity tomatoes got some kind of root rot, I guess.