In the yard

We’ve been spending a lot of time in the yard lately. It seems like we skipped right over Spring and are now in full Summer weather mode (for the moment!). It was 90 yesterday. That might not seem like anything special to a lot of you, but out here, wow. Especially in May! I used to live in high desert in CA so I know all about heat, but living in Chi-town has made me a warm weather wimp. That stuff about your blood thickening is really true: I can handle zero degrees with little discomfort, but anything above 85 has me reeling and feeling sick. A-n-y-w-a-y, enough about the weather. If you wanted to talk about the weather you’d be chatting with your grocer or neighbor. I’m sure you’ve got better reasons for being here!

So, the yard. We’ve been getting a lot of work done, in addition to all of the outdoor playtime we’ve been having. Over the weekend, Brian and I planted a whole host of hostas around the perimeter of our front/side yard. These hardy plants were given to us by our neighbors who wanted them out of their yard. Score! Check out the pretty lilac trees in bloom, too.

And, of course, I’ve been spending time in my garden. It’s crazy how fast weeds spring up. Here are my little plants getting bigger everyday! I can’t wait to eat them! Behind the garden you can see the old cracked cement foundation where the garage used to be (and little legs, exploring the terrain). Brian has been getting a workout with the sledgehammer, trying to break up the concrete. Once it’s out, we’ll be able to install a fence that will enclose the rest of the yard. I’m also hoping to put in another raised bed for my summer veggies!

And here is the rest of the yard. General up-keep on a yard this size is a lot of work (I’m told, I don’t do most of it!). Recently we’ve been able to clear the yard of all the random sticks/branches that accumulate over the winter. They are all sitting on our front yard waiting for the monthly branch pick-up. It’s so nice to see the blooms on all the trees!

And let’s not forget all the fun we’ve been having. With the hot days I knew it was time for some water fun. Our little pool from last year broke, so I improvised with a storage bin and the hose. I don’t think Parker minded at all. In true little boy fashion, he insisted on drinking from the hose. Oh what fun.

Love that little face!

I do eventually need that storage bin, so I decided to pick up another pool this morning. We got one from Target that shoots water off of one side. Parker just can’t get enough of it.

Splish splash!


Homemade Playdough

Parker eats everything. EVERYTHING. So I’ve been hesitant to try out crafts that would generally be inhaled by our young man. I had heard you could make edible (or eatable as the Johnny Depp version of Willy Wonka would say) play-dough, so I thought I’d give it a try. I felt extra motivated since I went to a children’s resale event this past weekend and picked up some cheap play-dough toys (a combo of molds, a grater, and a saw). Parker has been obsessed with the saw since I brought it home, so I figured he’d love getting to cut through the dough. So, here is what I did:

Edible Play-dough Recipe

1/2 cup of peanut butter
2 TBS of honey
1/2 cup of flour

Mix it all together until it reaches a play-dough like consistency. You may need to add more flour as you go. It’s that easy!

I floured a baking sheet for the working surface and it worked well. The dough is stickier than normal play-dough, so keep that in mind. I’m not sure whether you can keep the play-dough for future use or not. I think it might get too stiff if you kept it in the refrigerator. Let me know if you try it out and are able to keep it for future use!

Do I see a few crumbs on that face? Hmmmm. I think some snacking has been going on!

Showing off his skills and his new saw toy. Fun!

Parker did eat a lot of it. Heck, after smelling the peanut butter and honey combo I wanted to eat some of it. Surprisingly, he played with it a lot too. So, overall, I think it was a success! The only downside is that the color leaves something to be desired. I suppose you could add food coloring but I’m not sure how good it would look mixed with the peanut-butter-brown. Let me know if you try it out!


Weekend Fun: Sledding

What a lovely weekend. I don’t think we’ve had that much fun in awhile! Good times with friends, a date night, seeing the King’s Speech (uh-mazing!), a coffee date, good family time, watching a favorite classic movie (His Girl Friday — Cary Grant is the best!), and a Costco run (free food!). But my favorite part?


It was our first time sledding since we’ve lived in the Midwest, and Parker couldn’t get enough of it. It was a nice warm 32 out, so that made the experience much more enjoyable. Illinois is a pretty flat place, but we managed to find a small hill near the lake by our house. The lake is all frozen over and all the ice skaters/hockey players were enjoying th ice. It really was as idyllic as it sounds! I’m pretty sure we’ll be spending many more afternoons doing this sort of thing over the next couple of months. And I don’t mind one bit!

First, Parker got to go for a little ride on the sled before we got to the hill. It’s great to be a kid!

Just walking around in snow is a lot of fun when you’re just 17 months old!

Check me out!!

Can’t wait to get down that hill!


Getting dragged back up the hill. So much fun!

Mix and Repeat. Recipe for a great day!