Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


We've never been ones to make Elliot "look at the camera," "smile," or "say cheese."  But somehow he's developed his own fake, camera smile and even says, thought clenched teeth, "CHEESE!"  Proof that some things, both big and small, are so ingrained in our cultural fabric that we can't get around them.  

Monday, June 27, 2011


Ahhh, yeah.  Bring on the sprinkler and the post-sprinkler snuggles.  We're ready!

Before and After

More fun with my power tools.  This garden plot had been dug by a previous tenant, but I decided to take it to the next level.  All it took was two more of the same 2x6s I used for Elliot's sandbox, the scrap piece of 4x4 left over from the sandbox, and the 5 pavers that I put down the middle.  All together it only cost about $15 (plus soil and plants).  Since we joined a CSA and get a weekly farm share for the summer, I decided we only needed to plant the fun stuff: cherry tomatoes, pumpkins, cantaloupe, watermelon, and herbs.  Mmmmm, I can't wait! 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Look What I Made

I built Elliot his very own sandbox!  With many thanks going to the two, best little helpers in town, and Elliot's Nan for granting his birthday wish.  It came together over the last week or so.  I used the raised garden beds we made at our last house as inspiration for the design, but added the 2x6s across each end as a little ledge for us to perch on when we're playing with him.  I used a staple gun to line the inside with a tarp, then used a second tarp and sewed a fitted sheet-style cover to keep the cats out.  650 pounds of sand later and Elliot is one happy little two-year old.