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January 14, 2012


Filed under: gardening — Jana @ 1:43 pm

We have these two lemon trees in the back yard.  They are magic.  One that has been bearing fruit since we moved in… which makes pink lemons, and a baby tree that up until just recently hadn’t born any fruit.  We finally picked a yellow lemon off of it today and cut it open and wouldn’t you know it… Green lemons!

For reference… here are our magic pink and green lemons next to a run o’ the mill costco lemon. :)

See I told ya… magic.

Ok, so the pink may just be a grapefruit hybrid, and the green is probably some sort of lime hybrid, but that still seems pretty magic to me.


July 11, 2011

just another update

Filed under: carmen, family, gardening, Lee, me, moseley — Jana @ 1:26 pm

Carmen is getting so big, she is so smart and spunky.  She is getting to the age where you can’t really get away with slipping stuff past her.  She has a question for everything, and wont take brush off answers anymore like “just because”, which is leading us into more adult conversations (always fun).  She loves dresses (still) and has something to say about her wardrobe every single day I try to dress her.  She loves all things girly like pink, and purple… but she also likes red and “turqu-lish” (turquoise).

The tooth fairy visited our house for the first time ever the other day.

Carmen had this loose tooth, and it already had the adult tooth growing behind it.  I was urging her to wiggle it a lot, but it just wasn’t seeming to want to come out on it’s own, so I bribed her to let me tie a string to it and rub some baby orajel  on it.  Once I got the string on, she decided she didn’t wan’t to pull it and asked if I would take it off.  I had purposely tied it on tight, so it would be hard to get off without pulling the tooth.  So faced with that (and the fact that I didn’t want to have to take her to the dentist to get it pulled)  I made a split decision to just yank it before she knew what was happening.  I will tell you, this is one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.  I would liken it to jumping off a cliff at lake powell or something.  My heart was pounding and I knew I just had to do it, or I’d chicken out.  It happened so fast that we weren’t sure if the string just popped off or what, but when I looked in her mouth, yep the tooth was gone.  Her first reaction was hysterical laughing, immediately followed by hysterical crying once she realized it was bleeding.  Two minutes later the bleeding stopped and she was back to being excited at the prospect of the tooth fairy coming.   I asked her if she was mad at me and she said no, so luckily there was no lasting trauma to her psyche.

In fact she was so excited that she ran in my room the following morning at 5:45 am to tell me that “The tooth fairy came and left a dollar under my pillow!” yaaaaaay. ;)

Moseley wanted to show me his teeth too, and he was really bummed that I wouldn’t tie a string to one of his teeth and pull it out too.

Moseley is getting cuter every day with his new found words.  He loves to rattle off full sentences, although nobody can understand him yet.  His vocabulary is growing all the time.  I thought it was cute the other day when he pushed his chair over to the counter to watch me wash all the new produce I had gotten from the grocery store.  He took one look at all the nectarines and grapes and such and said ” NUMMY ‘TUFF!” (yummy stuff) “I want some of that nummy ‘tuff!”

Also the other day he walked up to me and said “I wanna go to the o-ten to see the wa-er”.  (which took  5 minutes of him repeating himself for me to realize he was asking to go to the “ocean to see the water”)   We have been going to the beach a lot this summer, and he just decided randomly he wanted to go that day

He is obsessed with mario brothers (apple doesn’t fall far from the tree).  He asks me all the time to turn on his game and when I do he stands there for about 3 minutes just humming and dancing to the theme music.  He is such a funny kid.

He has finally agreed to stay in his bed at night, which is so nice.  If I could just get him to stop screaming All The Time, things would be just perfect.  Carmen and Moseley are best buddies and they love doing everything together.  She loves being his “babysitter” and taking care of him.  Like she will carry him all the way from the gym to the car, even though he is almost as big as she is… she keeps plugging along.  She also love to dress him up… here she had picked all of us flowers to put behind our ears, and Mose would not be left out.

Look at that grin… he loves any attention from his sister.

I planted a tomato and herb garden this year, and it’s coming along nicely.

 And my first red tomato is just about ready.

I can almost taste that fresh tomato sandwich!  Why do garden tomatoes taste so much better than store bought?  I would pay way more for a tomato, if it tasted like it wasn’t picked green and allowed to ripen on a truck.

Lee still loves to take the kids golfing.  The other day he asked them if they wanted to go, and Carmen asks him what he was going to wear.  He shows her the light blue shirt and white shorts he will put on and she goes and finds a matching outfit out of her closet and puts it on.  It was seriously cute.  And watching her stretch out, and take practice swings just like her daddy, it was making me die a slow death of cuteness.   I wish I could have captured it on video.

July 16, 2007

Tomatoes everywhere

Filed under: gardening — Jana @ 10:16 am

Ok so if you like tomatoes, come to sewing night at my house tonight… I have a ton. When we came home from utah we had so many ripe tomatoes, we don’t know what to do with them all. So come get some, if you would like. Otherwise I will be making salsa tomorrow.

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I have double this amount so don’t be shy. And just to let you know they are mostly all early girl tomatoes. Which means they’re all pretty small. They aren’t real meaty, they are more fleshy and really sweet. But I think they’re better than the ones in the stores, so come take some.

June 24, 2007

Super fun weekend

Filed under: carmen, family, gardening — Jana @ 7:08 pm

Well I started out the weekend with a trip to the beach with the girls on friday, which was super fun.  Especially because it was the first time I left my house for anything but doctor or pharmacy visits in about a week.  Me and Carmen have finally gotten over our sickness.  Thank heaven. It was a rough week, but we are alive, and one good thing came out of it…Carmen learned she could just lay down anywhere and take a little rest.  She would never sleep anywhere but her darkened bedroom, with the fan on, before that.

Here are some cute pictures of the beach:
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Here’s Carmen looking…beachy.

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Here is the lady octopuss I made for the kids to distroy.

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Then when I got home from the beach I went out to water the garden and found this:

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Our first red tomato!  It was just a tiny one off of the early girl tomato plant, but I was excited none the less.  This picture made me laugh because this describes a day in the life with Carmen perfectly.  And guess who got ahold of it and took the very first bite…of course she did.  But I still got to eat the rest of it and it was sweet and delicious.  Much better than the ones you can buy in the grocery store that get picked while they’re still green and ripen on a shelf.  We found a few more red ones today and ate those with dinner.  It’s only a matter of time before we have tomatoes coming out of our ears.

Now back to the weekend, Later friday night we went and saw spider man 3 with emo-spider man, which was good (not great) and extremely long.  Then we went and ate at Chilies and scared a few members of the staff with our husband’s late night antics.

Saturday we went back to the beach, which was just a little more tiring than fun.  Carmen was all up in everyones business which makes it hard to relax.  Then we headed over to the san diego county fair.  It was a lot of fun seeing all the farm animals and stuff, but I think it will be more fun next year when Carmen is a little older and can ride some of the rides.  We still had a great time stuffing ourselves with all the great fair food, and Lee had fun playing the carnival games trying to win us a cupie doll.  We didn’t actually win anything, but that’s ok, it’s all about the ambiance. I didn’t get any pictures of the fair because I forgot my camera again, but all in all, it was a fun weekend.

June 13, 2007

Yellow squash

Filed under: gardening — Jana @ 2:21 pm

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This marks the first vegetable out of our garden. Yay!
We’ll eat it tonight to see if it’s good.

May 15, 2007


Filed under: gardening, projects, the office — Jana @ 11:50 am

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Here is the super cute bib that I finished sewing today. Lauren gave me the fabric and the pattern (so pretty much the whole thing) I just sewed it up. Thanks again Lauren, I love it!

And since I am a tomater nerd… Here is another picture of my green tomatoes. (and Wendy if you want any of these when they turn red, you’d sure better start being nice to me) :)
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I don’t know what is so fascinating to me about seeing my garden grow…But it is just so cool to plant something tiny and watch it turn into something you can actually eat. It blows my mind.

P.S. Two more days until go timeTheDundies-24TheDundies-25.

I don’t know if I really want Thursday to actually come though because then I have to go through Jim withdrawals until next season.

May 8, 2007

First Tomato

Filed under: gardening, projects — Jana @ 7:43 am

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Here is the first tomato to pop up in our garden. The garden is coming along nicely.Garden 001

Here it is now and here it was when we started just to refresh your memory. I finally figured out my watering problem ( I had the gardener unhook the sprinklers in that area) That way the tomatoes don’t get watered every day, I can just water them with the hose once a week like they need. If you water tomatoes much more than once a week it leeches all the iron out of the soil and makes them yellow, and it can also make the tomatoes have soggy rotten bottoms. They do the best with deep water, then no water for a while.

A few more tomato tips:

  • If you put egg shells at the bottom of the hole before you plant the tomatoes it adds calcium and other nutrients.
  • Tomatoes are members of the nightshade family, so never eat any other part  of the plant…  only the fruit is non-toxic.
  • Marigolds planted around the garden help keep bugs away.

March 24, 2007


Filed under: gardening, projects — Jana @ 1:20 pm

Yay, we finally finished planting our garden. And Carmen’s stepping stone looks cute at the foot of it.

20 tomato plants, 2 yellow squash, and some marigolds to keep the bugs away.

It’s kinda fun planting a garden, it makes you feel so grown up to me… for some reason. I don’t know, something about learning to be self sufficient.

The whole time I had the dixie chick’s song Cowboy Take Me Away stuck in my head…” I wanna grow something wild and unruly”.

Anyway we’ll see how it all turns out. Hopefully around the end of the summer we will have a ton of plump red tomatoes to eat. I am so excited.

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