First Day(s) of School

I can hardly believe I have a first grader. Well, I can believe it when she starts getting all sassy with me. Sometimes she is six going on sixteen!

This year we transferred her to another school so that she could do the Spanish Immersion program. It was something I’d been thinking about for months. She was really sad about leaving all her friends at her last school, and I felt bad for her. However, I knew that she would be able to make new friends quickly, which she has. Also, Dave and I both speak Spanish, so it’s kind of a no-brainer. We would be stupid to not put her in a program like this.

Gwenie started preschool yesterday. She was SO excited. She had her clothes all laid out by her bed and at 7am came into our room, on my side of the bed, and when I opened my eyes and said good morning, she whispered to me, “first day of school.” Then she went over to Dave’s side of the bed and did the same thing to him. It was really cute.

When I dropped her off, she didn’t even look back at me. I decided not to take it personally. When I picked her up and asked her how it went, one of the first things she said to me was, “I don’t have any homework!” Sounds like a younger sibling to me!

Right now both girls are at school and Olive is napping. I almost don’t know what to do with myself. I think I’ll get used to these quiet mornings!

One of these days we won’t have such an ugly front door.

Baby Girl’s First Tomato

“Freshly harvested tomatoes! I can hardly contain my excitement!”

“I hope this is better than that mushy baby food they always feed me.”

“I’m a fan of tomatoes!”

Showing her third bottom tooth. We love her snaggle-toothed goofy grin she gives us now.



Getting Ready for First Grade

We have an outfit picked out for the first day and a new haircut.

Who needs school supplies?

Olive at Nine Months

One month

Two months

Three months

Four months

Five months

Six months

Seven months

Eight months

My Name is Olive

And I have fun getting myself into a tight spot.

It’s a lot of fun until I fall off that little ledge and hit my forehead on the hard floor.


Now I know that deer eat watermelon. 

I think it’s obvious that they read blogs too.

Holy Garden Batman!

This year I wasn’t quite sure we were going to have our garden space ready in time to plant anything. Since we moved in a year and a half ago, we have been slowly (but surely) making progress with our yard. It was a crazy mess when we bought this place. Seriously, when we look at the before pictures, we cannot even believe that we bought our house! Anyway, it’s been pretty slow going. I was hopeful we would have a garden this year, but just not certain.

Well, Dave pulled through just in the nick of time. By then it was too late to start seeds, so I went to a local nursery and bought some starts. It was pretty picked over by that time, so I just grabbed a bunch of random vegetables. I planted them all a bit too close too. I guess I didn’t expect everything to survive. But survive, everything did. And it’s now a crazy looking garden.

Here’s looking back on just two of the four grow boxes. It is a hot mess.

I bought at least five different kinds of tomatoes. I only had a few cages though, so most of the plants are growing in big planty piles. Dave’s parents used this method of growing tomatoes last year with good results, so I wasn’t too concerned that each plant didn’t have it’s own cage. I have only harvested a few grape tomatoes so far, and there are a ton of green tomatoes that I impatiently urge to turn red every day—especially the cherry tomatoes. Yum

I have a few yellow bell pepper plants coming along nicely.

A few watermelons growing fatter each day.

Some walla walla onions.


Mini pumpkins ( because I am always too cheap to buy these in the store)


One of the plants that I bought just for fun was this pumpkin plant. I’d forgotten about it until I noticed a pumpkin plant with HUGE leaves growing so I went out to find the tag. I think I wasn’t expecting it to take as well as it has and I did not give heed to the last part of the directions where it says to give it “room to grow.” Just one of the lessons I’ve learned with this year’s garden.

This baby is probably the size of a beach ball, and it still has a few months left to grow. It’ll be okay as long as it leaves my tomatoes alone.

I expected the zucchini to do just fine, but I’ve been really surprised with how many cucumbers we’ve gotten.

The bad thing about cucumbers and zucchini is that they are pretty easy to miss, and tend to get quite large over just a few days, like that HUGE cucumber on the bottom of the picture.

Even though I have done very little, having a garden and eating fresh from it brings such a great feeling of accomplishment! Now if my tomatoes will just turn red…

My Name is Olive

And I’ve discovered something beyond crawling. I get up on my knees, bounce around a little bit, and yell. Once I get there, I’m not quite sure what I should do next, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out soon enough.

Anyway, it’s really fun. I highly recommend it to all babies.