in season | asparagusI consider it a huge accomplishment that it is not only NOT the last day of April, but that I’m actually getting my April edition of this project published before the end of the month! This month has been filled with Easter, family in town, more asthma issues for Little Bit, a conference in San Antonio, and even a jellyfish-filled weekend away in Corpus. All that to say, it’s kinda a miracle that I’m getting this done on time. Next up on my list is catching up on my Project52–I’m only three weeks behind as of today.

So anyway, asparagus. Yes, that green spear-like plant that we refer to as “trees” and our kiddos as “giants.” Not sure if that’s what did the trick in convincing them to eat asparagus when they were first trying out foods, but they love asparagus just as much as we do.

We eat it pretty regularly in our house and my favorite way is grilled with a little bit of olive oil, kosher salt, and ground pepper. Nice and simple but oh-so-delicious.

Even more delicious? Eating asparagus when it’s fresh and in season.  But still, nothing compares to eating it fresh from a local place. We were so spoiled when we lived in Delaware and lived just miles away from Fifer’s Orchard. It is a fantastic place to enjoy all kinds of seasonal treats such as, you guess it, asparagus, as well as peaches, apples, blueberries, strawberries, and so much more. Oh, and the apple cider donuts…a little piece of my heart still cries that they’re so far away.

At some point, I’ll be adventurous enough to try to grow some in my own garden. But for now, I’m satisfied growing our carrots, basil, and radishes, and purchasing our asparagus from the store.

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p52 piano p52 piano p52 pianoWe’re nearing the end of our first year of homeschooling SweetPea and it’s an awesome feeling. We’ve already finished up spelling for the year and language arts is rounding the last bend as well. Then it’ll be just math, science, and history/geography for the rest of the school year. While I’m not sure of everything we’re doing for next year’s venture in homeschooling of a third grader, I’m looking forward to it—SweetPea is too.

But the one question I do have, is whether we’re going to homeschool Peanut this coming year as well. She’s been doing preschool 4 days a week this year and with all of her sick days this winter, it has shown just how much time it takes to get her to and from school each day. I marveled at the irony of having a sick kiddo at home and yet I had more time to accomplish everything and our days felt more peaceful. Go figure.

She wants to homeschool (because big sister does) but she also wants to go to school and be with her friends. I’m really torn and we just go back and forth on this decision. There are a lot more factors involved than what I’ve stated, but the gist is that we just don’t know if I’ll be homeschooling one or two kiddos next year.

Anyway, this week had another episode leaving Peanut out of school, but she wasn’t so sick that we had to stay home from piano lessons. So while Big Sister was doing her lesson, Peanut requested to do some of her own school work that she’s been working on little by little these last few months. She was quite pleased with her work and requested I take a picture of it.

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puppies | p52Oh my goodness, aren’t puppies just so cute?!? We’re a little canine-deprived after the last year, so you can bet that when my girls had the opportunity to see some pups and then get to HOLD them, they were all over it! These little guys were adorable. Know what was even cuter? Watching my girls hold them. Made my heart melt.
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Spring has been here for about…um…well I’m honestly not quite sure. Winter never really came this year. We had our first 90degree day in early February and yet it doesn’t exactly feel like summer. It still gets cool in the evenings and the humidity isn’t crazy.

So in February I had the intentions of starting our patio garden and taking advantage of the nice warm, sometimes hotter weather. But we had vacation coming up, so I pushed it off a little and finally got around to playing in the dirt shortly after we came back home. The kids of course joined in.

We planted all kinds of things like lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, and basil. Our carrots and radishes might need a wee bit of thinning.

The magic of planting seeds is how quickly they sprout. It’s exciting and the kids love it. They love checking on them everyday, get excited when something changes, and look forward to getting to eat the produce.

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