Our Arizona garden was the complete opposite of the Little Red Hen. Jason did all the work and I reaped all the garden fresh tomato sandwiches that my tomato loving heart desired. It was a good set up, at least for me, so I am surprising myself with how much I am really enjoying getting my fingernails dirty. Especially when I'm the assistant gardener and the self proclaimed head gardener wears a super hero cape, red butterfly gloves and believes that the best water comes from an elephant shaped watering can. And insists on planting a lemon tree with seeds from a lemon, and insists on planting carrots so that he can pull them up from the stem and eat them out of the side of his mouth like Bugs Bunny, and insists on consulting his gardening book prior to planting tomatoes, and insists that all caterpillars will be immediately evacuated from the premises, but there is an open door policy for worms. This boy is just all sorts of awesome. There really is a lot to be said about being outdoors getting nice and dirty right along side your kids while being productive at the same time. I'm really digging this whole gardening thing (lame pun intended).
Grandma Judy is the real head gardener and she is also the one who spoiled Maddox with the gloves and watering can. He's a big fan of Grandma Judy. We all are. (as a side note, Maddox is wearing his school uniform which means two things 1) Being able to wear sweats to school every day was my dream senior year 2) he has started school visits and will be starting all day as a new entrant when we get back from break. I'm having some serious issues with this. We'll discuss it more later).
And in other news...Ryder moved out of his 4x4 port-a-crib and into a big boy bed. I always imagined moving my last baby into a big bed would be quite ceremonial. Instead I realized while cleaning his room that his "crib" was just a hub for all of his toys and between all the cars and the stuffing he keeps pulling out of his pillow, there really isn't much room for him to sleep. So I packed it up. And that was it.
Kylie's teacher emailed me to let me know that Kylie was going to be receiving an award at the weekly assembly and I was invited to come. She was so embaressed and begged me not to go. Like any good mom, I ignored her and went. She decided she was glad that I came after all because her friends said they liked the way I dressed. I guess we've officially reached that stage in life where your mom can make or break your social standing. I was surprised when Jayden got an award too, so I was extra glad that I showed up. And last but not least, Jayden finally got his cast off. Sitting with all four kids through those weekly doctor appointments to get it x-rayed were the death of me, oh, and Jayden is pretty happy to have it off too.