Saturday, March 19, 2011

G-A-R-D-E-N Spells Garden

For those of you who have been following our blog, you know that I am a gardener. Well praise the Lord, He sent me some boys who are like minded. Yesterday, the kids had the day off of school because it was the sweet 16 basketball tournament a teacher workday, so we decided to head outside. Temps were in the mid 70s and after 8 hours outside, I even got a sun burn. My very black children can't figure out why mommy's skin turned red, but they did find it mildly amusing.

We started by creating a new garden space on the side of the house, since all the grass is dead, thanks to having to install a new water line in January. The plumbers left quite a mess and piles of rocks everywhere. So we decided to make lemonade out of lemons (or a rock wall out of rock piles in this case) and create a new garden space.

Kids being kids, they got easily distracted, but I was impressed with AJ ingenuity of hooking up the wagon to his bike.

We had to wait for Ababa to get home from work to get the rototiller started, but once we did, we rototilled to our hearts content.

Mickey didn't understand the purpose of the rototiller until we made a few passes. Then he said, "oh, like in Ethiopia we do this with cow." I said, "yes, but we don't have a cow." He said, "and it would be hard to turn around a cow (with plow) in our yard." True dat, son!

AJ took this picture and he wanted me & Ababa to hug, so thus the goofy pose

AJ took this picture of me showing the boys how its done (I know, I look pretty dang sexy in the capris with the work is my middle name).

We're doubling the size of our garden this year (since we've doubled our food intake in the last 7 months). That's AJ at the far end working on the new part of the garden.

Distracted again

Priceless videos

AJ loves to help me work outside and God love him, he rototilled most of the garden by himself. I'll probably go over it again when he's in school because he's just a bit too short to allow the rototiller to really dig into the ground. When I tried to go over it again yesterday, he said, "NO, Mom, its all done." So I left it for now.

1 comment:

Richelle said...

Looks like a great time! It's neat to see the kids get so involved...even with a few distractions. Nice that they remember things from Ethiopia. Seth remembers and talks about things from his birth home too. :)