Life With Nine Kids

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring, planting stuff and chicken eggs

I painted us a new sign for the yard!

Spring, oh spring how I love you so! I love where I live in the Midwest. The seasons here are perfect for me. By the time I never think I want to see winter again spring welcomes me with newness and joy. By the time I'm sick of Summer the fall opens me with breezy arms, blue jeans and sweaters. I'm never really sick of the fall, my favorite season, but by the time the leaves have fallen from the trees and family gathers for Thanksgiving the joys of Christmas snow and once a year snow ball Christmas cookies make me giddy with happiness!

At the end of summer I'm always so worn out tired and frustrated with lost crops that I never want to plant anything again. But I'm always wrong. I always find I can't wait to dig into the Earth's dirt after the ground thaws!

My Grandma Wanda and I just ordered 200 day lily bulbs off eBay! We are excited! I'm going to have those things growing at every nook and cranny of my yard. They are really low maintenance! I decided last year I was going to focus on landscaping that works 100% well for my area. Things that need little water for the heat of summer, but won't drowned in hard Midwest downpours. I started paying attention what businesses have planted outside their places. Like gas stations, restaurants, Etc. I noticed everyone has daylilies!
The best part is that they are easy to grow AND they bloom all season and all the way until the first frost! Perfect. I already have some on our property, but I look forward to planting 100 more!

So we are in full force spring mode. The kids are a ton of help! Those little buggers keep getting more and more helpful with age ;) Our big project for the weekend, which is half done now, is cleaning up the front yard, putting up a temporary fence so the dogs can't access the front yard anymore and planting new grass . Our front yard has been really tore up by Great Pyrenees dogs and lots of kids. So the whole front yard is off limits this summer.

I have so many projects started and planned inside and outside I can barely think straight. I LOVE it though. I was trying to stop starting new projects before finishing old ones ....but I realize now it's just my thing. I start a whole bunch, overwhelm myself and them work like heck to get caught up. It's just my thing. I love it.

In other news we had a bad spring cold (croup?) come to our house and my baby girl Penelope (4) is SO sick. You know what my kids just LOVE is Naked Juice Green Machine. It is so full of super foods it's what we drink when we are sick. We buy a ton of it and usually only when we are getting colds or have colds. It's pretty pricey, but we think of it as medicine. We prefer the Naked Juice brand, but Bolthouse farms has a knock off that is tasty and good as well.    
Penelope's eyes get really red and sore when she is sick. Her eyes tear up and she often rubs her eyes raw when she'd this sick. Under her eyes I have to use Country Comfort Salve. This stuff is amazing for all kinds of things. It's in my must have mama medicine box. Anyhow, it helps under her eye a lot! We use it for lips, skin sores, sunburns, stings, cuts, etc.
Oh my poor baby !!

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