Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Days

Thought I would share some recent photos of Peanut! She will be 1 year old this weekend, I can hardly believe it!!

Here she is at the pool playing with her toys! This little girl simply LOVES the water - I have to constantly have my hand on her or else she will try and dive under!

Again, at the pool, keeping cool with a bandana:

Watching the Memorial Day Parade! She was so interested in all the horses and bands that passed through:

Garage Sale Season Finds!

I love garage sale season around here! In our region, we usually have sales running from Thursday to Sunday! Enough to keep you busy for some time! I typically plan out my route by Wednesday or Thursday and hit the sales hard on Thursday and Friday mornings. Towing an active 1 yr old along does make for a challenge, and I really have to limit my time spent at each sale as well as the number I visit. However, I've been able to score some great deals nonetheless!

Some of my finds include:
  • 2 patio chairs for $1 each
  • 1 "baby" folding lawn chair for $1
  • an outdoor toddler slide for $1
  • Tons of name-brand baby and toddler clothes for under 25 cents a piece!
My main objective this season is to stock up on clothing for Peanut and little Snowflake. Since we've decided to wait on finding out the gender once again, I'll need more gender neutral clothing this time around since all we had before were a few newborn pieces. This baby is also going to be born in the winter, whereas Peanut was born in the summer, so we'll need warmer items as well. (Peanut was actually born during one of the hottest summers on record. It was sweltering hot, with heat warnings throughout the entire summer! I spent many days just trying to keep the poor baby from sweating to death, lol). I also plan on stocking up the clothing bins for Peanut until next summer, and I've been able to find some great items for her that are just adorable! Although it is hard to imagine that she will one day fit into some of these clothes, I know she will be there before I know it!

I love how much money we save by shopping at garage sales! We've set up a garage sale budget for the summer, and we try to keep it open for unexpected finds that are too good to pass up. At the end of the season, I will post pictures of all the clothing I've been able to buy shopping this way as well as some of the other major finds of the season!

Do any of you shop at garage sales?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Garden Progress and Harvesting Time!

It's been a while since I've updated this blog, but rest assured everyone, I am still here! About 8 weeks ago, we found out another Campbell Baby will making his or her entrance in December!! Since I suffer from rather terrible morning sickness, some things have sorta gotten thrown to the wayside. However, I am feeling a little better now that I am about to enter the 2nd trimester.

My garden pretty much got neglected the entire month of May. Terrible, I know! But we had one of the wettest springs in decades, meaning I really didn't have to water anything and some growth was stunted for a while. However, now that we've dried out, the weeds have been growing like, well, weeds! In fact, I was too embarrassed at the state of my garden to even take a picture- the vegetables were completely overtaken by those nasty intruders! A good 2 hours of weeding was required to get it back in shape, but now you can see how things are really doing.

My onions are starting to pop out! I expect in another month we will have plenty of onions for our cooking needs!

I think I was a little over-zealous with the lettuce plantings. I think we could feed the whole neighborhood with this harvest!

I really did not know what to expect from our cauliflower plants, but they turned out great! Here's a picture right before harvesting:

Beautiful cabbage heads ready for picking...

Our garden, 2 months along! (The empty space in the front bed next to the cabbage is where our radishes were. We harvested them about 3 weeks ago - they were perfect! My mom was a grateful recipient since we don't really care for radishes.)

Today I bought tomato, pepper and squash plants. I also plan on getting some zucchini, peas and beans. I can't wait for our summer harvest!!