Monday, June 3, 2013

Coming out of a blogging fog

I haven't blogged in a long time. Usually I've noticed my peaks and valleys of blogging correlate with the seasons. In the spring/summer I have more to say because I'm inspired by the ingredients on hand. This time, though, my absence was more related to an extended period of constant nausea, sleeping poorly and generally having a much less energy than usual. 

What do all those things add up to? If all continues to go well, it means a new little person is going to be joining our family in early October! We're thrilled! Even Quentin seems excited about it. 

Here is a "before" picture, at 6 weeks.
This one was at 18 weeks, already a month ago!

Quentin is getting ready to be a big brother. He loves to point out "bebe" in maman's belly, and teases me by calling me "gros maman!" (in French, the word "gros" means both "big" and "fat." So basically my son is calling me fat). 
We also snuck away for a trip to Hawaii in May. By then,  I was feeling better and everyone thoroughly enjoyed some beach and pool time. Quentin is still asking for the "piscine" (pool) almost daily. 
Handsome boy will be two in just a few weeks. I can't believe it!

Speaking of being almost 2, we decided now would be a good time to start Quentin in some part-time "preschool." We were lucky enough to find a French-American school that takes kids starting at 18 months. He started two weeks ago and loves it! I think being around more kiddos on a regular basis is going to be very good for him. And the transition is far enough away from baby's arrival that he wont see it as us abandoning him for the baby. Hopefully. So here is his first "first day of school" picture.

Meanwhile, you can see that I have my energy back. And with it came my crazy ideas, back with a vengeance. After watching a movie about lasagna-style gardening (Back to Eden, if you're interested in watching), we decided to forego the idea of removing our sod before planting a vegetable garden. Instead, we laid newspaper, compost and wood chips directly over the grass. Here was the truckload of free wood chips from a tree trimming company. Thank goodness I said we only needed one truckload! 
Memorial day weekend, with the help of many friends, we completed the project wheelbarrow-full by wheelbarrow-full. It was quite a weekend, but so far the veggies seem to be doing well. I will do a more in depth post about the process soon. For now, thank you thank you thank you to the friends who gave us their time and efforts to help us!!
Whew....having that first post after a long absence feels good. Now I can jump back in with everything going on at our crazy house. It's feeling more and more like the urban homestead I've been dreaming of. I love it and can't wait to share it with you!


Stacy said...

Welcome out of the fog! Q's preschool sounds great! Can't wait to hear more about it. Good luck with the garden. How are the chickens?

FourthGradeSomething said...

Yay! So glad you're back! The baby bump is adorable. Quentin is adorable. Keep the updates coming!