Last week was all about the outdoors and gardening….we have been enjoying the warm sun outside while the house remains like a cold fridge most days….the downside of owning an old house i guess!
His Patient Self has been on holidays from work so there has been lots of catching up on jobs outdoors as well as some fun Daddy/daughters time…..there truly is nothing the toddler twosome enjoy more than ‘helping' outdoors and it was a special treat to have so much time with Daddy!
There was some planting and watering of succulents being transplanted from around the garden…
These aren't actually planted in a pot yet but it didn't concern Tara…they still needed water!
Our new pot of succulents…the thing i love about these plants is that you only need one little cutting and in no time you have a whole new plant….i like to plant them into the nooks and crannies of our rock walls around the vegie garden! They are such hardy little things!
Of course the watering didn't stop just because the potting was done (which i think surprised Daddy a little, hehe)
With a nice big bucket of water to keep refilling water cans the toddler twosome proceeded to water all the fruit trees as well!
And then there was a little rice tub play….note i put it on the table so they wouldn't climb in…worked well didn't it?
Thankfully Ruby was happy to play alongside Tara…lately they both seem to have to be in there which is why it has become an outside activity! I have had that tub for over a year now and they still love it…i don't add anything fancy, i probably wouldn't even call it a sensory tub…they just love to pour and mix and play with their farm animals and people in there…..it's a nice little stress buster and i highly recommend it as an easy play activity!
Our little Ruby unfortunately gave herself a black eye after some adventurous climbing outside…all seems to be healed now though and didn't overly concern her…just Mum who had booked haircuts for them the next day…i felt like the worst mother ever!!!
I began to meal plan in earnest again and it is going well so far although i am still tweaking the plan i am using…i am trying to incorporate space for the twins meals too as i have to be realistic and accept that they won't eat the family meal each night as yet (Thanks so much Amanda for your tips!). It has been a little less stressful so far but i think that may be because Daddy is around to help distract…after next week he will be back at work so the test will come then!
Miss Teen made us some lovely mushroom omelette's as part of her Food Technology course….note the artfully placed black pepper!
I had a slight win with Ruby this week beginning to eat some little patties and fingers with rice and vegies in them…i was over the moon to see her try something new and really needed a breakthrough with her as i was starting to really despair that she would never try anything different!
I'll be sharing 3 successes i had with toddler food last week in a new post but until then i would encourage anyone with fussy toddlers and bubs to visit One Handed Cooks ….this lovely blogger shares some amazing recipes that are so simple but i really am enjoying working my way through her archives!(And don't you love the blog name?)
We also welcomed a new addition to the garden in the form of a little green house…..it is only a budget version and small but i really want to get serious about raising seeds this year rather than spending as much money on seedlings….this will help us to get a head start i hope!
We have already begun to plant some seeds ready for spring planting! The warmer days have taken us by surprise…as well as some of the winter crops too i think which haven't been as prolific this year!
Did manage a nice little harvest of leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, mini cabbages and sweet potatoes through the week though.
And the lettuce patches are doing well now after a seaweed feed….i really don't feed the garden enough but trying to get it done with toddlers underfoot is proving difficult!What do you find is the best (well easiest honestly!) way to feed your vegetables?
His patient Self built and erected another little bird house (there is no end to the uses that man finds for pallet timber!) for the small birds (still trying to work out what they are…they look like finches) we have everywhere here…they are such gorgeous colours but too quick for me to catch in a photo as yet!
Did you manage to get out into the sunshine this week…perhaps get some cooking or meal planning done?
I just love being able to reflect upon our weeks…reminds me that time is always moving, there are some tough days….but there are also some lovely moments to cherish too!
Have a lovely week everyone…thanks so much for continuing to stop by and leave your wonderful comments…i do so enjoy being part of this community!
Happy Whimsical Hearts says
Lots of wonderful outside time going on at your place Jode! I had a great giggle about the rice on the table!! And I love succulents too, they are so hardy (well if they are frost protected) and look so interesting 🙂
The weather has been glorious outside here, a little hot even but so much better than inside our old house too:) I’m a big lover of succulents too, I’ve got a couple ready to push into a pot, they do so well with hardly any effort which I love. Yummo to the delicious food that your teenager is making, mine starts home ec next year and she can’t wait!! Your garden is doing really well there Jode, what a delicious haul you got this week. I put some fertiliser in the garden and mix it around and then like you use seaweed solution, it seems to work quite well. I hope that you have a wonderful week. xx
Twins Squared says
Like the little one in the box! 🙂 Yes, I remember when my littles were the age of your twins I had one that ALWAYS had some horrible bump, gash, or bruise on her face. She had so much energy she was always smashing into something and hurting herself! Sometimes I think it’s a miracle all our children survive each day!
So much fun!! I am sure they loved having Dad home. I know my little one enjoyed having my husband on home on vacation last week as well. Thank you for sharing at Happy Family Times!