Life With Nine Kids

Monday, May 11, 2009

earthworm mama

Monday May 11, 2009
I'm trying to get in a bath to wash the black soil from my toes, scrub my nails and feel clean again! But some little one wants me to rock him. I spent the day doing yard work. Planting is slow going for me since there is SO much other yard work that keeps us sidetracked. But I do have to say things are coming along great. The strawberries we planted are starting to flower already! It's great! I had used some black weed out cloth around them, but that wasn't working as well as the ol' lasagna garden method. So the kids and I spend Saturday afternoon pulling up the black and then laying newspaper and straw down around the plants. When we were working Ethan found the biggest earthworm any of had ever ever seen! The picture doesn't really even do the worn justice, it was even bigger than this.

Tuesday May 12, 2009
I never made it to the bath last night. I fell asleep with Layla and Sebastian. I never even changed my clothes! Ricky thought it was so funny. So this morning I was ready to garden again, why even bother. It was a rough go this morning though when Sebastian decided to be super needy/unhappy. I got a few things done but not nearly enough. I worked until I was tried of him on my back in the backpack. I think his gums must have been sore. He was quite cranky. He finally took a nap this afternoon and I made better headway. I transplanted some ornamental grass to a different spot, planted a salad bar of baby greens in a partial shade garden bed and tended to the lavender I had planted yesterday. I also dug a huge "trench" of sorts along a fence to eventually cover with paper/mulch/compost (lasagna garden) and plant something in. I planted 6 cauliflower starts, and 5 cabbage starts in the "main garden" area. Do I even have a main area anymore???? I've got Shtuff planted EVERYWHERE. I have no clue how I'm going to keep up with all the watering. This is the hardest I've ever worked outside.

Trying to make serious plans for some big projects: chicken fence, ripping up carpet in house for the wood floors, planting area for large vining plants; pumpkins, watermelon, cantaloupe.

I have another BIG thing hanging over me too though; we have to finish getting the rest of our stuff out of the old house! Eeeep. So little time, SO much to do.

New chickens (baby chicks) arrive the 20th!!!
I'm insane.

Other Various:
We took snapshots of a nest of baby birds and put the pictures here We tracked them until they left the nest.

Kids "homeschooling"

The girls who light up my life and make me pull my hair out

Sebastian eats soil more than once a day


Hope said...

LOVE the pictures of the kids- especially Ethan's worm and Sebastian getting his daily serving of soil, lol.

When the kids were little I just took a shower with them, I would soap them up and dance under the water with them. They loved it and even though I couldn't clean up as well as I could on my own I still felt better having just stood under the water.

tansy said...

i found a huge earthworm a few weeks ago...i've never seen one so big before. he must really like the soil he's in!

i fall asleep in the clothes i wore all day more than once a week! it's hard not to when you've worked your butt off all day in the garden then lay down to nurse someone to sleep late at night...

congrats on the chicks!

Kimberly said...

Oh I'm SO glad I re-found this blog of yours!

I miss you!!!

((hugs)) to you all, and whee- Layla and I have a birthday next weekend ;)