Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rogue Watermelon

Apparently, we're also growing watermelon.  It took me an embarrassingly long amount of time to figure out that this plant is not a squash of some sort - but that, rather, we have a vigorous watermelon vine amidst our tangle of pumpkins.  There is one fat watermelon that is gaining in size daily.  

It's hard to tell in these pictures, but the watermelon leaves are huge.  Much larger than a dinner plate.  And the watermelon itself is already bigger than a good sized butternut squash.  That's it in the center of the picture below.  The leaves in the bottom left corner are our heirloom pumpkin vines just starting to stretch their legs.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Around the Homestead

Jay built cages to keep the birds away from our blueberries.  They're made of PVC pipe and bird netting, and please note the "door" that I'm holding open for Kira.  Jay's kinda my hero sometimes.
This constitutes John's haul for the afternoon (which then became his afternoon snack).
Bean vines climbing skyward.
Various tomato varieties are beginning to set fruit around the yard.
We have several squash varieties that have sprung up from our "homemade" compost, and we've given some of them room to roam.  Here's our largest pumpkin so far.  We've also planted the same pumpkins we grew a few years back.  (You can see those here.)

Bountiful basil.
The bees love the lavender almost as much as I do.
Asian pears.  We've never had much luck with these trees, but we're hoping to eat at least a few this year.
Last but definitely not least, our fig trees are fighting for a future.  We thought they were dead after a long and cold winter, but new branches are growing furiously.  We won't get fruit this year, but there will be figs again!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Family Picture Day

We may still be sick here at the Wamsted house (Day 12 for Simon & Day 8 for John, if you're counting; the doctor says these things can hang on for "weeks") but we wanted to put up a couple of pictures from last week--back when we thought both boys were over the hump. Sigh. 

Cute picture, though, right?
This is what the promise of ice cream will buy you: seven children aged six and under all posing & smiling. Ice cream, and, from what I understand from Aunt Anna, Photoshop.

Friday, June 13, 2014

John, Simon, Kira

John (intently watching a kite fly)
Simon (gleefully running in and out of the surf)
Kira (momentarily breaking her pose between 2 curly headed cousins)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Back to the Beach

John came down with Simon's stomach bug but seems to be recovering quickly.  He had to take a break from the beach yesterday, but he was back in action this morning.  (Sadly, we have also infected a cousin.  Let's hope, possibly against all reason, that she's the last victim!)
In case you're wondering, Simon is also back in action.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Kira Runs With The Twins

All of these photos were taken in the space of about 30 seconds. Kira is in the lead here, in the turquoise shirt. Anne Perry is chasing after her, and Audrey Kate comes on the scene in photo number four. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


This is Jay.

A smattering of pictures of Kira & John with their Wamsted cousins. Here we have Anne Perry (4) and Gramma on a dig yesterday.
Lunch today. Addie (6) is in the striped shirt, and Anne Perry's twin is in the green--Audrey Kate (4). 10 month old Andrew is at the end there. By the way, just seconds before John had been having the time of his life. This is his "say cheese" face.
Cute picture. Again, though, what's with the no smile?
Post-lunch story time with Papa Al.
Though I couldn't get a good photo of it, there was a brief shining moment when all seven cousins were all doing the  same thing at the same time: watching Frozen.
After dinner game of Uno. There were a few tears yesterday when it became apparent that not everyone could win the game at the same time, but things calmed down today. At least, it worked out for this game in between dinner & dessert. If you're wondering, John is inside finishing his dinner. That kid eats so slow.
Where is Simon, you might ask? Well, the only real hiccup in the whole process has been a rather crazy stomach bug for the boy. I won't go into details, but it does involve a 2 A.M. wakeup call, a twenty-minute tag team cleaning, and Simon going to sleep with a towel for a blanket because everything from his crib was in the wash. Sigh.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Simon & The Shovels

This is Jay.

Some of you may have noticed a certain joy in Simon's eyes in the photo that closed out yesterday's post. That joy is due to his newfound love of dirt. Millie's crazed gardening throughout this spring has informed Simon's need to similarly dig; often, we will find him outside, wielding a spade, upturning random patches of earth. The beach, obviously, felt like home to him immediately.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Off to the Beach

We're headed to the beach!

This is Jay. I packed the car better than I ever have before so that we could get Kira into the way back, so that John & Simon could have some distance between them for the trip. Here's a view of the back; Kira is on the other side of that seat you see buried behind bags & beer.
Here she is, pleased as punch to be in her nest of books, stuffed animals, and art supplies.
Here's John.
And Simon. Notice Buzz Lightyear's arm sticking out from under that blue striped towel.
A little later in the ride, John "reading" his current favorite book to Simon, who is entranced by his older brother and Six Little Chicks.
Nap time, worked out to perfection. How cute is that kid?
A little later, John fell asleep too. He was pretty cute also, despite this washed out picture. That Snoopy in the lower left hand corner used to be mine when I was John's age.
This is what Kira looked like the entire time. Once, I asked John if he wanted to listen to a story on the iPod and Kira looked up briefly: "No, Daddy! I'm reading!" I'm not sure if I've ever been so proud.
Next stop: Tybee Island! Bye bye!