Family/Plants/Family/Rocks/Plants = Perfect Day For Me!!

Today was amazing!! I started early, for a Saturday.

Family:
All five of us went to a potluck brunch and had a lovely time with lots of other families that we have gotten to know the last few years. After this we went home.

Plants:
Once home, I spent some time in the garden. I got some help from my younger daughter too, so technically I also got some more family time too! It started out kind of sad when we realized that our corn had been chomped on by something, so that was sad, but I found the rest of the corn seeds and planted more. I did a little research and think it was a crow that did it, I tried to send messages to the one I saw on our chimney and mentally explained that the plants meant a lot to the family, hopefully he/she is as perceptive as I believe and understood me!

I decided to then tackle the lilies. This little bunch of them really looked like they needed space!:

Crowded Lilies

I dug up the bunch of crowded Stargazer Lilies that aren’t doing so well, split them up, and replanted them where they have more room, a very satisfying job! I also put two of them into pots for my youngest as she asked me to. I just hope we remember which pots are the lilies! I’ll need to get some masking tape or something to mark them!

Family:
Once I finished with the lilies it was time to go to grandma’s house. Once we got there I got to spend some time in her garden too, so this one is also combines family and plant time. First I cleared out a bunch of morning glory from where the recently planted raspberries are planted, and then did a bit of trimming away of ivy and other plants that blocked paths etc. In the end I got five tomato plants too, score! I left from here with my older daughter, and went on to our next adventure.

Rocks:
I took her to the NW Rockhunter Shop! It was just last week that I discovered it and now I’ve taken both of my daughters here as well, and they definitely share my love of colorful rocks and learning about them. On top of this there was a very friendly dog (who is always there, he’s awesome!) and also there was a recently adopted kitten today!

Rockhunting

After leaving the store my daughter agreed to go to a restaurant that we hadn’t been to before, it was near where we “thought” we were going and it was great! We both really liked it and I enjoyed being in a “hip” Pho restaurant that reminded me of some of the restaurants I used to go to when I lived in NYC, and to share the experience with my very grateful daughter who is normally quite picky made it even better!!

Plants:
Once we got home I got started with the tomatoes right away…I wanted them to get into the fresh soil/compost and get busy making us tomatoes! I started out looking for some bigger pots..I only found about 3, and so I started doing some investigating. I had a few plants that I thought would be good companions, so I did some research and also while I was looking for decent companions I also found a couple more medium sized pots. I thought it was more than I needed! I was also pleasantly surprised to see this!:

First Lavender Flower of 2016

I laughed out loud when I saw the flower! I had been convinced it was rosemary, I looked up what rosemary flowers look like and sniffed the flower and (of course) it is definitely lavender. I thought it was so funny because I have been trying to get another of my lavender plants to bloom (unsuccessfully) for years!! This one was adopted a few weeks ago when I found it on and old toy outside of my sons preschool. I remember them telling me it was lavender and still being convinced it was rosemary…well that shows me!!

My next surprise was when I got started with the tomatoes, what I thought was five tomato starts, was actually closer to 12! Each of the 5 little containers with the starts had 2-3 strong tomato starts in it! I planted about four with either the lavender or oregano that I had in pots already and used the rest of the potting/compost that I had putting the rest of them in the big and medium sized pots that I found. I used every single one and they all are now happily planted either in a bigger container and less root competition or alongside so plants that will hopefully be good companions.

I feel absolutely exhilarated at such a wonderful day, my cup is completely filled up with both family and plant time, both of which make me so happy! Plus I got some one on one time with each of my daughters today, one at the rock store and the other in the garden. I had to write it so that I can always look back and remember, I want to make sure I have a LOT more days like this!

I hope that you had and amazing day too and that tomorrow is even better for all of us!! Maybe I’ll get some laundry or dishes done even, lol!! Today I didn’t have any symptoms come up related to Multiple Sclerosis but I really believe that it is days well spent like this one that help me to stay as healthy as I am.

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Bunny Pen Outside…Seattle Springtime.

Lovely day just sitting outside with our bunny and my daughter. We recently (finally) got the exercise pen and it is working really well!! I just love springtime.

Maya Outside

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My Vote is for Bernie. Period.

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I don’t think it is a feminist move to vote for Hillary, as great as a woman president would be we could have used this logic with Sarah Palin a few years ago, would she have made it if she pretended to be democrat? I think that people who are voting for Hillary are missing that improving our country for all of us, would only increase the odds of an awesome woman coming next, a woman for the people. A woman who earned her way not through family, marriage or money but EARNED it. THAT is a woman I’d love to see as president. I see voting for Hilary as a scarcity move, one that implies that we will “never” have anything better, and I believe that we will, especially if Bernie wins.

Are certain people (especially women) scared they won’t live past this next president and this is the last chance to see a woman as president? Is that really a reason to settle on someone who says “we can’t”?

I personally don’t like that kind of negative attitude. I choose potential, and possibility that we CAN make things better. I believe that there are plenty of brilliant and wonderful women who will come once we clean up the mess of what we have now.

I am voting for YES WE CAN.

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Medical Marijuana Health Benefits

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Awesome Shirt + Tree Planted…is a BONUS if you love trees like me!

I couldn’t pass up on promoting this offer. I love supporting artists by buying awesome art and I also love planting trees, I mean seriously, I have like, 40 baby trees that I’m personally cultivating in my front yard as I type this! Here is the deal I’m talking about and after that I’ll show you pictures of MY tree babies..

For the month of April DBH will plant a tree for every tee sold from the Eco Collection

I just went outside and snapped a few pictures of my plant babies that are growing into trees…I left out the ones that are actually bushes and the raspberries that I’m working on multiplying for this post. I have been collecting trees for years! After leaving pear trees at a house we left in 2011 and a cherry and plum tree at a house we moved to after that I began just keeping them in pots to care for until we get in a “forever” house. I love that I was born on Earth Day because it rationalizes my mildly obsessive garden habits. I really think it would be my favorite time of the year even if it wasn’t my birthday! Here are some of my tree babies as promised!

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Is Mom Really Rapping??

EyesIt all started out boring and regular as ever, I picked up my girls from school and then went to pick up a few things at the Wholefoods on the way home. We were all kind of tired and maybe a tad grumpy. We checked out after I got my stuff and some snacks for them and got into the car. On our way home our regular stations were boring…either fundraising, advertisements or just bad music.

So I started surfing…

When I first heard it, and stopped pushing the buttons I just paused…it’s not the first time I’ve been fooled by a sample being in a new song to be disappointed, so when I heard it I gasped (or yelled as my daughter tells it), it was Aaliyah’s song “Back and Forth from “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number” (1994) which was right at the beginning of my “caring about music” phase. I thought she and Left-eye from TLC were the coolest women in the world at that point.

Then it happened. “Dear Mama” came on. Me Against the World by Tupac came out in 1995, I totally feel like his lyrics helped me survive some of the “hard times” I experienced that year when as a teen sometimes does I felt like it was me against the world, and so yes, I knew all the words and was singing/rapping along.

Final song of the ride home was one that came a few years later that I didn’t really like but absolutely had memorized from a summer when they played “Too Close” by Next just about every other song. Hilarious song to know the lyrics to but definitely not my favorite (for the record!).

Hearing those songs after being kind of deprived of MY music with my Generation X husband’s music and the modern pop music of my Gen-Z kids…I know anyone else who is a part of the Xennial generation that oriented a little more towards hop-hop than alternative music can relate to this post…I got so excited I kind of reminded myself of how my mom got excited when James Taylor came on…or my dad with The Who…lol!!

Seems like things change…yet they don’t sometimes right?


My energy boost was ridiculous…I felt like I’d awoken from a long long nap or something, I felt SO good, later on when my husband was out he called me trying to let me hear Bobby Brown “Every Little Step” that came on…and yes, while I don’t like him much now, when that song came out I was a HUGE fan. I think Geoff is already figuring out how to change my wake up system…

Only songs that would have gotten me more excited would be off TLC’s “Ooooh on the TLC tip

Keep looking for your favorite station/music…it is SO good when you find it.

I feel absolutely revitalized!!

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I Got to Spend a Sunny Seattle Day at the Zoo!!

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Of course the map was the most interesting part for my almost five-year old though ;-).

Wednesday is a day that I spend with my son and so when I found out my daughters class was going on a field trip on Wednesday I quickly went from being bummed I wasn’t available to go, to realizing that of COURSE I can still go. We saw all kinds of animals but it was a very different experience than when I go with my daughters. Rather than spending lots of time staring and trying to interact with the animals once we could see them in an exhibit he just wanted to keep going! We definitely saw some Lemurs and Zebras, I think those were his favorites:

I think he was really more excited at the prospect of “maybe” finding his sister and it was super fun once we did find her, they even ran to each other as if it had been weeks and not hours since they had last seen each other. I love this age that they are at, 4 and 6 for this, they have so much love for each other I love it. I wanted to be sure to blog about it so that I can always remember this time in case it doesn’t last long!

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Lazy Lavender Propagating

I have a lavender plant that has been abused…it is leggy and not very pretty so I am trying to start some new ones. I clipped a few of the branches that are still alive/new and placed them into holes in the pot where the original Lavender, Mama Laven I call it, and I’ll just see if it works.

I am also looking into starting a few more blueberry bushes from the ones that I have that are good producers. Soon I’ll start “really” trying to effectively propagate these by following some instructions available online but I’m feeling impatient and experimental…I’ll let you know if they survive!

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No Shopping Yet

Angel Choir - HazelAm I the total dude in this instance? I don’t think so but I relate to the pictures of people out frantically getting presents for folks. I think that if anything I will go with my husband for our annual “Goodwill Sibling Gift Shop” which our family seems to enjoy, this is when the kids each get to pick out presents for their siblings at Goodwill.

It is a fun opportunity for the kids to shop that isn’t too pricey. It also encourages bagging up some of the older toys to donate (get rid of to make room for new to us toys) and to give them to some other future child that will love them. I tell them it is activating the Santa they have within.

I just looked up recipes and am excited to see it is pretty simple to use fresh ginger instead of the dry, I just need about twice as much as it calls for. This means we will have some gluten free gingerbread cookies in our future!!

The focus for this year is really on family time and bonding…presents will be given from grandparents along with some needed gifts from us (husband doing the shopping part). Maybe I’ll get a family book of carols or something to sing together or something. That day of ice skating after xmas looks fun too, we will see! The picture is of my youngest daughter from the day she performed with the Anger Choir at Center for Spiritual Living.

Shopping will happen, but it isn’t our focus this year.

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I Am Absolutely Thrilled That My Bracelet Got Smarter!!

Love watching my sleep!

Picture links to Fitbit site.

I have a Fitbit, the one they call “Flex”. I got it for the holidays from my husband about two years ago. I had wanted one for a long time and so I was super happy to receive it. I was the most excited about tracking my sleep, reason being I “knew” that I didn’t get much but I really wanted to know how much I was getting.

When I found out that the Flex required me to ‘tell’ it both when I went to bed and when I got up, I was so frustrated! It seemed to me that there must have been some kind of logic that it can figure out based on my movement when I actually go to sleep. Two years go by and a handful of frustrated posts on the community site and then this week I got the email. I figured I either had to save up for a more expensive one or I had to just buy a different device with the functionality that I wanted.

Since then I’ve had a lot of fun with the challenges that I can participate in with friends and family that live both locally and far away from me, so I have grown to love the device even with this minor could-be-improved feature.

It was an almost casual announcement that with the new update it would be able to track my sleep for me. I was floored, and updated as soon as I could. I have been using it for three days now (it is set to just DO it, I am so glad I don’t have to ask for it!!) and the picture in this post is the result of that. I’m wondering if that took away some stress because looking at my numbers my sleep has improved each day since it started (mostly kidding, but maybe!).

I’ll go add some steps towards the challenge I joined for this week…let me know if you want to be “friends” on their site and do a challenge with me!!


Fitbit Flex

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Learning To Read

I’ll start out by telling you I have three children. My oldest is ten and is a voracious reader. My younger two children, who are very bright are the focus of this post. My 6 year old is now in 1st grade. She is tested into very high levels of Math, and this is when we realized that we maybe weren’t stressing the importance of reading enough…she was put into a lower level of math simply because she couldn’t read the instructions telling her what to do! I have since stocked up on sight words cards to help her start to memorize those and while I was at it I picked up some phonics card for my 4 year old son who is expected to start Kindergarten next year.

My older daughter wanted to learn to read, so it really is a whole new territory for me. So far I am finding that it helps if we are very accessible when she is reading her books/cards. I am encouraging her to spell out the words she is having a hard time with too, logic being that she at least needs to think about each of the letters and doesn’t just skip over the challenge. My son I’m hoping is absorbing some of these lessons from hearing his sister learning to read. With him we are still working on letter recognition, and his preschool gives him a book each week of the school year that is focused on the letter of the week. Reading these books each night is definitely a part of our routine. On really good nights I can get my 6yo to attempt to read the book to her brother and my older daughter/husband or I am close to help with any words that are more difficult.

Do you have any tips or tricks that you used to get your children reading? I never really worried about it too much because I know so many people who are focused on letting the child learn at their own pace…but with them in school I’m finding it is definitely an impediment to not be caught up in one area or another. This could just be a flaw of the common core curriculum that reading is required so early on in math, but at this point it is what it is so I am working to get her caught up. I’d love any tips you have to offer!

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