Tuesday, May 27, 2008

5 years!!!

Has it really been five years since I've become Mrs. Ankrum? It really does feel as if it could have been last year. A new home, then a daughter, then a son. Our lives really are so very different than they were in 2003. I asked Neil over the weekend what we did with all our spare time when we first got married. More evenings out. More dinner parties. More time to do whatever we wanted I suppose. More time for home projects and more time for each other. Now we consider ourselves lucky if we can get away for a date a few times a year. The time we have alone now is definately more cherished.

Neil's folks took the kids overnight and we went to dinner at Fogo de Choa. What an experience. I haven't seen so much meat in my entire life. Of course I ate too much and we had to take a long walk when we came back. Then we had a nice fire in our outdoor fire place and made smores.
I hope the next five years are an enjoyable as the first!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

More plants

Gardening is addictive. Once you start, you see a hundred little "projects" just needing to get done. That's the way I feel this summer. The past 3 summers I've either been pregnant or just given birth and haven't really thought much about the yard. This summer it's all coming back to haunt me. I see patches of creeping charlie, dead bushes that need to be pulled, bare spots in the yard, ant hills galore...I could go on and on! Needless to say, there's enough "work" to be done to keep my busy all summer. It's happy work for me, so I don't mind it one bit!

Here a few more of my new plants: Heirloom tomato Pruden's Purple, White Patty Pan squash, Iris, "Goblin" Blanket flower, Cuke-nuts, and Chinese Lantern.


Sunday, May 18, 2008

New plantings / Lilies

My Mother-in-law took me to the Friends School Plant sale last Friday and I was in heaven. Thousands of annuals, perennials, veggies, herbs. You name it, it was there. I spent a little more than I was expecting, but when I saw the vast array of vegetation I knew I was going to love it.
Here are the lilies I came home with. The oriental lilies are the ones that smell fabulous.

Moonlit Masquerade (Day lily)/Lolly Pop (Oriental lily)/Mary Reed (Day lily)/ Dizzy (Oriental Lily)/ Catherine Woodbury (Day lily)






Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A year ago today...

I woke up at 3:30am with contractions. I laid in bed for an hour timing them and then walked around for an hour. I finally woke Neil up at 5:30 and told him I was in labor. We called his folks at 7am to come over to watch Evelyn. We got to the hospital a little after 8am and boy was I relieved to be 6cm already. The check-in and epidural went well and I talked to my mom and Neil until I was check at 10:30 and declared to be 10cm. My OB let me hang out for another 30 min so the contractions brought his head down the birth canal. I pushed at 11am. Once to get his head out and once more for the body. We were so happy to be surprised with a boy! (We didn't know what we were having).

This past year has been the happiest year of my life. Having two healthy happy children and being able to stay home with them feels like such a gift.

Happy birthday Wyatt. Thank you for being such a sweet little boy.

Just born:
Today:

Monday, May 12, 2008

First Birthday party!!!

Wyatt had his 1st birthday on Saturday and it was such a blast. The weather was a little cool, so we spent the morning inside. We had the party at 10:30 am and that was fantastic. Everyone was in a good mood and the party was over in time for the little ones to get their afternoon naps. The highlight of the party was Wyatt attacking his cake.

Wyatt's new truck:
Messy boy:

Thursday, May 8, 2008

All done! (delayed post)

Wyatt and I made it to 11 months of breastfeeding. It was my choice to stop, I think he likely would have continued gladly. I breastfed Evelyn for 10 months and that was a much harder journey. Not so much because she was my first, but because I went back to work for 5 months and pumped during that time. It was really hard to keep my supply up. I ended our nursing relationship when she was 10m to TTC again.

Nursing Wyatt at home was so much easier, obviously. I was lucky to not have latch issues with either kids, but I did experience more clogged ducts with Wyatt.

It's been a month and there are still times I want to nurse him. Mainly because that was the only time he would sit still in my arms. I can say I'm glad to get rid of my nursing bras. "The girls" look a little worse for wear, but they will never be in the same place they were before. All-in-all I felt like it was a very good experience for both me and the kids.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

I lifted 3000 lbs!!!!!

(Not all at once, of course) Neil and I built two raised garden beds for my mother's day gift and had a special garden dirt delivered yesterday. It was 2 cubic yards and I moved it all myself from the driveway to the backyard by wheelbarrow. After the first few loads, I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew. My back screamed in agony with each shovel full of fragrant soil. Something inside myself told me I could do it and I continued until the beds were full.




A few ibuprophen and a brandy-n-seven later here is the finished product.



On the right side you can see where I took a digger and lost control of a load. Whoops! At least no one saw me! It wasn't a pretty site.

I can't wait to plant my garden. I'll be growing tomatoes, zuchinni, peppers, cucumbers, snap peas, carrots, beats, radishes, lettuce, sunflowers, cosmos and a bunch of herbs. I'm trying a new technique called "Square foot gardening", which maximized the area by planting in 1x1 ft sections. I'll post a picture once things start sprouting. I can't wait to get my hands dirty!!!!

Back to Basics

I've been a Loreal (# 9 1/2) "natural blond" for a very long time. Probably for the past 10 years. My husband has never seen my natural color. (Is that sad?) Anyway a few weeks ago I decided I'm sick of dying my hair every 5 weeks. I'd love to go a year without worrying about my roots showing.
(Warning, I took these shots myself. Sorry if the angle is weird)

Blond:


Brunette:


The moms in my ECFE class didn't notice the new color. I think that must be a good sign that it wasn't a drastic change? Now....what to do with my style? I'm contemplating bangs, but whenever I get bangs I don't like them.