Monday, May 30, 2011

Ruber Ducky

If only Archie had this much fun when bathing with his rubber ducky.

Weekend Highlights

Some of my favorite things that happened this weekend:

Jacob barbecued.
I ate barbecued ribs, chicken and fries.
Yes, we barbecued the fries too.
They're delicious that way.

Archie is almost always one of my favorite things.
This weekend, one of my favorite Archie moments was
when he recognized my voice at church.
He let out a loud, happy squeal and coo
when I said the closing prayer for sacrament meeting.
It may not have been reverent
but it made me happy.
Also, we had a small harvest from the garden
including these green beans.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Archie Smiles

Sometimes they're tinny,

sometimes they're full of energy,

and sometimes they bring out a dimple on his right cheek.

We love Archie's smiles!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Gardening 2011: May

For the first in this series click here.

The Second Zone is comprised of tomatoes, asparagus, bell peppers and chili peppers.
The Asparagus is a perrenial and these particular plants have been there for three years. We harvested off of them for the first time this spring and it was delicious.

The asparagus are behind the other plants, the tomatoes are bordered by chili peppers in the front and bell peppers in the back. Tomatoes keep the chili plants from getting burned by the sun. The peppers keep some pests away from the tomatoes. The asparagus have deep roots and get the water and nutrients that soak away from the shallower roots of the tomatoes and peppers.

This time I covered everything with cardboard and punched holes in it to plant in. because the area had been very grassy because of aspargus waterings. The cardboard has drastically reduced the weeding, although I was surprised to find a volunteer tomato in one of the pepper holes. I suppose the tomato seed must have survived composting and come in with the compost I spread before planting.

Most of the tomatoes and peppers are store bought because last years attempts to grow them from seed mostly failed. I tried again this year with some new techniques: First I made planters out of egg cartons. Punch out the bottom of the egg holes and nest it in the top of the egg carton. Place the whole thing in about a quarter inch of water. The paper of the egg carton sucks the water up via capillary action and keeps the dirt placed in the egg cups mosit but not too soggy,

Next I made drip jars by punch a small hole in the lid and turning the jar upside down. This quenched the transplanted plants thirst in our hot Las Cruces weather in the sandy soil without having to water them two times a day. This small jar keeps it moist for 2-3 days.

Here is a pepper plant of about five leaves partially shaded by a tomato.

And here is the progress of the first zone:

The corn is a little stunted, and I expect that the spacing was a bit tight. Next year I will spread the corn - green beans a little farther apart and make the furrow wider giving them a little space from the peas. The peas were tasty and abundant. Green beans are about ready to harvest, Corn and squash are in flower, watermelon and cucumbers are growing. I learned after we lost the first ones that the cucumber needs a drip jar. The peas are still producing sweet pods, although I expect the heat will kill them soon.

Potato Casserole

I made this potato casserole last night.
I just threw things together that sounded good.
And it was.

What exactly, did I throw together?
Other than the obvious tots, my casserole consisted of sausage, green chilies, cheese and a sauce that I made from butter, cornstarch, milk and sour cream infused with ranch.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


I could take pictures of him everyday!

He is so much fun!

We Often Go Walking

Could you believe that this cute little guy never gets grumpy?

Don't. He does.

Almost every time he gets tired.

We are convinced that evening strolls around our neighborhood help distract Archie from his evening grumps. A leisurely lap around the block is all he needs to calm down.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Pick Me Up

Lately, Archie has become more interested in toys.
We have been placing them in his hands for him,
but today, he grabbed this ball all by himself!

...And he's only two and a half months old.
Yes, it may have been more of an accident
that his fingers got caught in the ball,
but I can't help feel a motherly joy that Archie is...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Monkeying Around

Archie had tons of fun playing on the floor yesterday.
At times he preferred it to his much loved swing and bouncy.
He was so happy. I had to take photos!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Ballroom In Mesilla

My sister Donica and her partner, Matt, are two of the newest members of the NMSU Dance Sport Team. They've already competed and it's not just my opinion that they rock. We recently went to the plaza in old Mesilla to get some fun photos. Below are some of my favorites but more can be found on my new photography blog HERE.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thank You, Swing

Dear Swing,

Thank you for keeping my Archie so happy today. It was so nice, for once, to not find him crying when I got out of my shower this morning. It seems that he even had a good time... without me! I will always remember this, again, thanks.

Yours Truly,


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Game Night

I was recently called to be in the young women program (girls 12-18) at church. I was in charge of last night's activity. With the girls' final exams being this week, we decided to take it easy by just playing some games and eating some cookies and popcorn. The girls decided on playing Apples to Apples and then a round of Mexican Train.

The Apples to Apples game was fun and a fairly quick game since many of the girls and leaders, myself included, didn't score a single green apple card. In my defense, I really don't know the girls very well yet. My strategy in this game is to play to someone's personality and likes; knowing so little about the girls, I had the idea from the start that my lose was inevitable. I can be a little, okay REALLY competitive when it comes to board games so, in a way I saved that energy and hope of winning for Mexican Train. As I declared the game over due to one of the girls winning, there was a certain young lady who was almost in tears that she did not get even one green apple card. I tried to reassure her. I told her everything was okay and that several of us didn't.

As we started Mexican Train, I found it hard to believe that so many of the younger girls had trouble with the concept of lining up dots. It made me proud of my 10 yr old sister who has been playing this game like a pro for years. Close to the end of the game I could see my victory in view I had my train in, the last 2 dominoes all lined up and the girls ahead of me all had had to draw at least once. Then I noticed out loud that the a fore mentioned certain young lady had less dominoes than myself. This was completely impossible. She had either played out of turn or not picked up enough dominoes to start. After I had noticed this, I could tell that she had no idea that she had somehow misplayed. I remembered her disappointment at her failure of the last game. I put my own competitiveness aside and said to never mind. She won that game and her happiness at victory became my own. It was better than winning myself.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My Luck

Jacob and Archie both happened to be wearing
matching gray shirts the other day.
The sun was setting; the light was sweet.
I had to get a quick picture!

Okay boys, enough with the silly faces!
First Jacob...

Then Archie...

Like father like son :)
I really do like Archie's face on the first photo
and Jacob's on the second.
If only merging photos was easier.

At last, they booth have their eyes open!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Two Months Old

Our little boy is 2 months old now!
He is super strong; he's supporting most of his weight here.
He holds up his head like a champ
and he'll stand or sit for short periods with a little help.
Even the doctor was impressed with his neck and leg strength.

He's really working on his neck rolls.
Comparing the paperwork we got at his 2 month check up
to the amount he eats, he's working double.
They say he needs 4-5 oz in a 3-4 hr period.
With all the traveling this weekend, he got plenty of bottles
and averaged 9oz in that time.
With all that eating, his height and weight are just above average
so he probably has my metabolism.

Here's Archie in grandpa's cherry tree.
Jacob helped him "climb" it.

He's generally happy. He loves attention from anyone.
He gives us the most smiles when we play the face game.
This is when we name as we point to everything on his face.
He seems to really love it when we poke at his nose, chin and cheeks.

This was taken towards the end of this photo adventure.
As you can see from his tongue sticking out,
he got too hungry to take anymore pictures!

At birth he was 8 lbs 15 oz, 19 inches.
At two months he is 12 lbs 14 oz, 23 inches.
We love our growing boy!

Grandma's House

This past weekend we had our first road trip! We journeyed to Jacob's parents home about 3 hours away (a bit longer this time around with our 2 month old Archie). It was great to spend time with all of his aunts, uncles and cousins.

I love how very green it is there. The grass and the beautiful fruit trees made a great backdrop for Archie's 2 month photo shoot (soon to be posted).

Archie seemed to really like all the new things to look at. He was well behaved; he didn't cry too much at night and gave out tons of smiles to whoever was looking.

It was also great to spend so much time with Jacob. We got a chance to go to the temple and play games and eat some fantastic food.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Just For Fun

Archie had his first play date yesterday.
So I dressed him up for the occasion in this playful overall set.

We definitely had some good times before his new friend arrived.