Sunday, April 24, 2011

Busy Summer Days

Now that irrigation season has begun, Daddy is puting in very long hours, including switching irrigation in the early morning and late evening- seven days a week.  The kids love going along with him some evenings, and it gives Mommy a little break too.

Picking dandelions.  They were soooo pleased to find that they grow here too, not just in Alaska.

There's a pond in the backyard that needed the cat-tails burned out of it.  It was quite a thing to watch, and Daddy was on the tractor with a hose in case things got out of hand.  Since irrigation water came last week, the pond is now full!  There are quite a few ducks, geese, and birds that we enjoy watching there every day.

The garden isn't tilled or planted yet, so it's a perfect place to dig holes.

And both are loving the fact that she can now read him so many stories.

And this guy was also very pleased when aunt Lindsey got them yet another set of tractors.  There's even a 4-wheeler in there like Daddy uses for irrigation.

Breanna overheard us talking about our new diet plan, and when we got home this is what she came up with.  A list to remind her what to eat, what not to eat, and what was ok for both.  I love how she spelled things how they sound.
Speaking of diets, I've gained another 13 pounds in the last 6weeks!  Guess that whole ordeal was harder on me than I realized, but in any case- I have to get drastic now.  It's been warmer (though windy) lately, so I have enjoyed going on long walks almost every day.  Like 3 miles or longer, walks.  The kids are loving it too; Breanna riding her bike, and the boys in the jogging stroller.  Many days Marcella & Brooks come with us too, so Brooks rides a bike with Breanna, and Marcella and I visit.  It's been nice!

I've realized that I now weight 51 pounds more than I did when I was working out at the gym 5 days a week and felt really good, wow..... that's a LOT!  It's also the amount I weighed when fully pregnant with Breanna.  I've seen too many photos of myself lately and been very disappointed, but it's motivating me to get moving and eat better.  And it's so nice to get out and enjoy the sunshine!  =)


Evan and Clover and Co. said...

Awesome pictures! That is a HUMONGOUS garden!! I love Breanna's list-- too cute!

Verity Earl said...

Haha, Breanna! That is adorable. :)

Rebekah said...

What views you have! Now that list though...I see chocolate is on the DON'T EAT list....eeeek!!! ;)
You'll get back on track I'm sure...I'm trying to watch my sugar intake. I was really inhaling the treats during the day. So far this month, I'm noticing a huge difference in how I feel! But it could go the other way with just one stressful moment...

JBCottens said...

I LOVE KIDS THAT LOVE DANDELIONS! :-) I have been trying to walk everyday. I get up an hour and a half before Justin has too be off and that way I can walk faster than with the kids. But the weather doesn't cooperate very well. This AM, I went even though it was raining and I got soaked. But it is so nice to get out and have some quiet time before the day starts. I was having the same problem has Rebekah--lots of sweets during the day. So I am trying to just have sweet stuff once or twice a week. I don't want to diet, I just want to eat differently. If that makes sense. And this is turning into a way too long comment! :-)

Holly said...

I especially love how Breanna spelled 'watermelon' on her list! CUTE! LOVE your blog...LOVE having you close by...looking forward to getting together some time...maybe this summer when I have days off!! :)