April 06, 2012

Random Spring Time Fun

A bunch of SpringTime cheer came in the mail this week.  Look what Angi from Drakestone Primitives sent me.  She makes the most wonderful creations imaginable and they smell soooo good.  Believe me, this picture does not do it justice.  That cute little blackened beeswax ornie was included too.  Thanks so much Angi, "Annie" (Little Middle named it), will be cherished for years.

Night before last I was coming downstairs for my nightly snack before bed.  The sun was almost down and left the things on the window sill a silhouette.  I thought it looked so neat like that. 

Last week we prepared the garden for planting.  An annual family activity the kids look forward to.  We took down the sunflower stalks which were left up all winter to feed the birds.

 We raked all the weeds and old plants and stalks into a burn pile.

 We edged the plot and dug out sod to extend the growing area. I think it's great that "Oldest" loves to wear dresses no matter what the activity.  

Then Husband started it all on fire.  The girls wanted to roast marshmallows.  We were mean and said no:(  They would have tasted really gross anyway.  They had ice cream afterward instead:)

There was a plastic snap set pool that was left at the garden's edge all winter.  When we moved it this little rodent had been living under there and ruined all the grass.  DH didn't waste anytime trying to kill it.  I was screaming the whole time he was trying to smash it "NOT IN FRONT OF THE GIRLS....NOT IN FRONT OF THE GIRLS.....AHHHH.  Then the screaming of three little girls.  I wonder what the neighbors were thinking, smoke coming from our back yard, and 4 girls screaming at the top of their lungs.  Apparently they weren't scarred because "Little Middle" ran right up and grabbed the mouse and told us she was going to keep it.  Ugh.  

We worked really hard as a family.  That is something I think is important to do.  Teaching your children that work can be fun and getting something hard accomplished as a family team builds unity.  It gave us a chance to praise and appreciate each child for their work.  We all had a really good time.
 Here is the garden, all ready to be sowed.  It is not quite warm enough yet.  But next week I think the most of it will go in.  The girls love to plant.

 Last night we went to an Easter Egg hunt in our friends back yard.  I thought it was so cute that "Baby" was more interested in the horses. 

Well, if you made it to the end of this random post I am proud of you:)  Tonight my wonderful Hubby and I get to go on a date.  Whooo Hooo!!!   I love that man.  We are getting a baby sitter and then are going Easter shopping and catching the show.  Have you all seen the Hunger Games?  I am so excited.  I think I will curl my hair, put on my heels and jewelry and perfume, and get all dolled up.  
Have a great weekend.  


Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Great family activity!! Your girls are SO PRETTY!! It's great that you have taken a yearly chore and turned it into something the girls look forward to.I couldn't believe"little middle" picked up that mouse!! I thought only boys did things like that!! :) We were at a little league game years ago when my friend's little boy ran up to us with ...wait for it....a JOCK STRAP he had found. EWWWWW! He wanted to keep it!!! KIDS!!! Have a wonderful date with your wonderful hubby!!--smiles--Jan

Sheila said...

Morning Dear Steph!
got snow? Yep, we did ;-( but that's Idaho spring weather for ya! North of us is getting it worse though. Hubs started a fire in the wood stove to take the chill off. Not flip-flops for this old gal today.............
Hubby worked on our little garden area yesterday even though we won't plant until the end of May. I'm anxious though. Your girls looked like the were having fun and you are so right about having them learn at an early age of how to work together. Love your new "Annie" bunny~

Enjoy your Friday night date! Haven't seen the hunger games yet.

We bought the "War Horse" and will be watching it on Sunday after our Easter meal. Bringing my MIL out to our house for the day. She's not been doing well and does not want to go out and eat so the three of us will enjoy a quiet day in.
hugz and Easter Blessings~

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Happy Easter Steph~
Family fun gardening~ I could use a couple of extra hands this weekend~ think the girls would come over & help?~
Love the bunny from Angie~admire her talent~
Breathtaking silhouette so glad you captured it, just something mysterious & beautiful about silhouettes~

Firecracker Kid said...

Ah how sweet, family working together and you're right it is important to do that. You girls are darling and adorable. You're garden will be great and another teaching tool for the girls.
Yes, yes, yes, I have some of Angi's creations! They are awesome and addicting :o)
Oooh, date night. Good for you two. I know you'll have a wonderful and blessed Easter.

A Primitive Place ~ Tammy said...

Hi Steph,
Sounds like a great day with the family!
Loved that silhouette photo. How cool was that!

Have a happy Easter!

alltheseboys said...

How old are you? Imonly asking cuz once....I had a date night...got dressed up and smelled all purity like....and THEN......ended up giving birth....13 years after I was finished having babies...at the age of 40! Lol! (ok that was pretty...obviously NOTpurity!)

Cindi said...

I love when a family works together and has fun together. Actually just when families are together it is a good thing! Have a fun date night and may you and your family have a blessed Easter!

lilraggedyangie said...

So fun working the ground together! Loving the middle with the mouse ...just love all those beautiful girls! HOpe you enjoy your night out! Wishing you and yours a very Happy Blessed Easter! hugs lil raggedyangie

TheCrankyCrow said...

Fun, uplifting, post Steph. Those girls of yours are too stinkin' cute!! Love Middle and the Mouse (and the fact that Oldest loves to wear dresses!) Beautiful capture of the silhouettes....so peaceful. And congrats on your lucky win from Angi!! I so love what she does and how she does it!! I have one of her teddies and a little bunny. If postage from across the pond were so dang expensive, you can bet I'd have more!! Wishing you a Blessed Easter Tide....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

TheCrankyCrow said...

PS - Have fun on your date night! Yikes - I haven't been on a date - or to a movie - in forever! :o

The Gingerbread Gem said...

It was indeed an uplifting post! I'm like your oldest daughter. I work in my garden in my best clothes (recently noticed that my mother does it too). Have fun on your date night. My husband and I should do that more. He reads my blog sometimes, maybe I could post a hint there haha :-).


Raymond Homestead said...

Happy Easter! What cute girls!

Trace4J said...

WHat a cool post. Making new memories with your Family is the best. Have a wonderful time on date night. How fun.
Happy Easter to you & your Family!


Christine said...

Steph you and your Dh and girls make a GREAT team! Love that you spend time together - even working can be fun!
Angi's bunny is so sweet - lucky you!
Have a fun date and blessed Easter

bettyj said...

Steph, I thoroughly enjoyed this post. You are so right in thinking our girls should contribute a "little" labor.lol The family who works, plays, and prays together is a family united. Happy Easter.

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

This is a great post, Steph.
I hope you and the family have a joyous Easter day.

Angie Berry said...

I saw where you won Angi's bunny, congratulations! It is adorable!

Lol, sounds like our house! We have the only kids around so when we are all outside, we can be heard for quite a ways away. One of the first things our new neighbor said to us when we moved in was that we would like it here, it's nice and quiet. I said well we're here now, so that will probably change, lol. He thought I was joking, but he knows now. =] But I agree with you, it's best to work as a family. Even though it's work, it can still be fun. Great memories can be made as well!