Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I know, I know...I've been away...

I had not realized so much time has gone by since I have updated my blog, until I received a note in the mail with a Christmas card, asking why my blog had not been updated for those long distance friends and family.

*insert red face*

Nothing like calling me out. hee hee. It's hard with Facebook, where I tend to post more updates and pics there, and kinda just forgot the blog thing.

I was also a little hard pressed to find much that was positive to post about. Life has seemed to take a big turn for us, and just getting by daily was a chore.

Hubby has been busy working with me in getting our garden ready for planting. We had to dig out about 4ft down worth of soil and haul it out. My poor little garden was getting stunted from the neighbors tree roots. He spent two days hacking away at huge tree roots, and digging away. I then loaded the space with steer manure, organic compost and organic vegetable soil. So far I have Spinach, Cauliflower and two different Tomato plants in the ground. I was so excited that we managed to save my artichoke plant. We dug it up and stuck in a pot while we did all this work, and then replanted it. It's still alive! This will be my third year growing it, so hoping next year to see some artichokes on it. This has got to be the slowest growing vegetable EVER. I have carrots and Red Onions to still plant, but we have a huge rain storm this week hitting, so I will wait until after. Then next weekend we will start in on our second garden area, tearing those roots out. That neighbor has a huge crab apple tree against the fence and the roots are everywhere. I'm planting Squash, Zucchini, Strawberries, Peppers and Green onions there. We also trimmed our Lime tree way back, so it should be a great producer this year.

Austin is back playing Rugby, and is on the Varsity team this year. And it never fails, he gets hurt. The 2nd day of practice, he broke his finger. And it was a pretty bad break. Urgent care rushed us to an Orthopedic Surgeon, and they wanted to do surgery. But they could not guarantee me success, only chances of more complications. So we opted out, and he was in a splint for 6 weeks. He will have a little crook in his finger forever, but it moves. Now he's back playing and is doing wonderful. Fridays Game, he made several key plays and ball handling. I was NOT happy to hear the doctor tell me his growth plates show he is still growing. Seriously? He's already 6'3 and a size 12 shoe. How much taller can he get? Hubby is only 6'2! Geez...and of course he loves to put his arm on my head, and look DOWN at me and ask hows the weather down there? SMH. Kids!

Emily finished up Bowling with a first place win for the team. She loved it and keeps talking about playing again this next season. In September, she started Competitive Cheerleading, and what a roller coaster it has been. Her first year ever, and she is LOVING it. They have had 2 competitions so far, and have taken 1st place both times. We have another Comp this weekend, and they have changed the routine a bit, so hoping they can pull off another win. She has also managed to obtain the 4.0 GPA Superintendent's Honor Roll for both trimesters this year. She is loving middle school, and comes home talking about new friends, what new things she learned in PE, and O.M.G. she has been to two school dances already and LOVES them. I hear back from the teacher chaperone's and everyone comments on her dancing and singing, and how she knows all the words. ha ha, if only they knew how addicted to music she is. I am so happy she has found her peace in this world and living and loving life right now.

I lost my job on Halloween, due to slow business, and have been unable to find anything. It's so tough to even get a call back from applications. But I have been busy with helping to take care of my mother who has been pretty sick, and carting kids back and forth to sports practices. I volunteered again to be the Rugby team mom and so every Friday I get to cook dinner for 50+ people. I know, I'm crazy! I spend all day Thursdays shopping for the food, and Fridays cooking, then I get to haul it all out to the football fields and set it up and serve. But let me tell you, those kids appreciate it so much, it makes it all worth it.

I will update more...i promise!