Monday, May 24, 2010

Sunday Afternoon

The Wamsteds certainly had a cute afternoon yesterday. Jay and I put Kira in her bathingsuit (with tutu attached!) and her pink jellies, and we all went outside to play with her water table. We had a blast!

I will leave you with these adorable, chunky legs...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cuddle Bug

Recently, Kira has been "snuggling" with her stuffed animals and Eli. Basically, she rubs her head against the current object of her affection. Eli's a little uneasy when he's singled out, but it's just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. In the picture above, she was going through her basket of stuffed animals and "snuggling" with each one before throwing it down.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Simple Mathematics

1(Wonder Woman T-shirt) + 2(Boxes of Beer) =
Loads of Entertainment

Friday, May 14, 2010

A Post Without Pictures

"'...and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?'" - Lewis Carroll

Lately, Kira has a new trick every day. She seems to have crossed some kind of cognitive line. She understands so much of what I say to her. She can say "Eli" and "Daddy" clearly and "Mama" to a lesser degree. She does motions to The Itsby Bitsy Spider. She claps all the time. She can walk while holding my hands (I think she'll be walking on her own soon). She crosses her chubby little arms like an adult. She shuts doors when you ask her to. She pats the dog gently. She throws the ball well, and loves to play fetch with Lilly (Annie and Jeremy's dog - Eli doesn't fetch). She babbles constantly and responds when you ask her a question (not with actual words, but still). Although this post may be like Alice's book without pictures, I want it to be known far and wide that Kira is growing up. And she's doing a great job at it. Way to go, baby!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Jay took the day off yesterday, and we went to Montgomery to meet our new nieces. They are so precious and tiny. (It makes me realize just how BIG Kira has gotten!) We loved getting to see them, their big sister, and their wonderful parents!
(Paul with Audrey Kate)

(Anne Perry)

(Uncle Jay, Anne Perry, and Kira)

I hope I'm right about which twin is which in these pictures!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow?

This spring, gardening has taken up a good bit of my time. I envision a day in the not too distant future when gardening will be a family activity. But, for now, I am lucky that Kira loves her wagon so much. I can pull her around while I check on seedlings and do a little watering.

(Doesn't Kira look like Jay in this picture?)

We have quite a few edible perennials in our yard. We inherited two prodigious fig trees, and we LOVE them. Jay has literally eaten himself sick on raw figs in years past! This year, I hope to make TONS of fig preserves. We went through our supply too quickly this winter!

(fig tree)

In the winter of 2008, we planted bareroot plants: nine blueberry bushes, two dwarf apple trees, two Asian pear trees, and one almond tree (all ordered from Ison's nursery for those of you in Georgia).

(blueberry bush)

(Asian pear tree)

This winter I ordered 26 types of seeds from Seed Savers' Exchange in addition to those I had from last year (kept in a cooler in the crawl space). Seed Savers' Exchange carries heirloom seeds that come with fabulous names and descriptions. How can you not order pumpkin seeds when the promised pumpkins are "reminiscent of big wheels of cheese?" So now I'm scrambling to find space for everything and get it all planted. Thus far, I have the following annuals in the ground: three varieties of tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, pumpkins, melons, four types of beans, basil, and tomatillos. I have more in pots in sunny windows and in seed packets waiting to be planted. I am hoping for quite a harvest!

(Mexico midget tomato)

(bush cucumbers)

(Empress bush bean)

(purple podded pole bean)

These are our bamboo teepees ready for their climbing beans. And just so my flowers don't feel left out, I will leave you with these gorgeous peonies.

Welcome Audrey Kate and Anne Perry!

Jay and I officially have two new nieces! Paul and Anna's twin girls arrived today and weighed in at 6 lb. 9 oz. and 6 lb. 6 oz. That's a lot of baby! Is Anna is a rock star or what?

We can't wait to meet you, girls! Welcome to the wide world!

Sunday, May 2, 2010


Gramma and Papa Al (Jay's mom and stepdad) were in town this weekend, and I didn't get a single picture! I always seem to forget about the camera when we have visitors. Next time, I won't be such a slacker. Despite my forgetfulness, know that we loved seeing you and a certain grandbaby missed you when you left!

The picture below is totally unrelated and was actually taken a few weeks ago, but Jay thinks it's too funny to go un-posted. I want to preface this by saying that Kira was actually having a good time even though it may appear as though she had been abandoned outside and desperately wanted to get in. Seriously, she thought it was hilarious.