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OMG...

Look what we harvested from one of our tomato plants last night.


This is honestly the largest caterpillar I think I have ever seen. He's kinda cool...and kinda gross.


Touching him felt like touching a living gummy worm. Ewww.


He put a pretty good dent in the foliage of one of our cherry tomato plants so we plucked him off and brought him home, mainly so I could get his picture. (Our garden is at a friends' acreage a few miles south of town.) 


Once we had him here we weren't sure what to do with him, so Brea grabbed her butterfly home in which we put him, and some extra tomato leaves from the volunteer tomatoes that have grown around the compost area, for the night.


This morning when we checked on him he did not seem very happy, so we decided to release him in the compost area where he would have cover from birds, food if needed, and access to the ground. Thanks to a biologist friend of ours we learned he is what is commonly known as a Tobacco Hornworm. We think he is in hi…

Going Vertical...

This summer we jumped on the vertical garden bandwagon after seeing a cool low budget idea on Growing A Greener World on PBS. (Yay public television!) On the show they used a pallet garden to plant a salad garden in a small yard. I originally thought we would use ours for herbs, but ended up simply planting inexpensive flowers to test out the concept for this year. For this summer we have our vertical garden leaning up against the garage straight out from our back door. (It won't be able to live there permanently, maybe another year or two, due to the baby sand cherry bush that is planted just out of the right side of the frame in the photo below.) It has been such a joy to watch out little plants fill out and has added a much needed splash of color and life to our yard throughout this very dry for Iowa summer.


(If I have one criticism of our pallet garden, it's that it has been a pretty water intensive maintenance project...but then everything thing garden related this year ha…

Cool Dude...

It's been a hot summer. We are doing our best to stay cool. Efforts include many, many trips to the pool and homemade Popsicle.


I bought this, here, as a special summer treat for the girls during a Mommy only weekend trip to Omaha. While it was a bit spendy, it has proven to be a very fun investment allowing us to make fun, creative, unique, YUMMY edible treats. Plus the science nerd in us all just can't get over being able to actually watch the ice crystals form. Now THAT's cool!


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Quilts...

This summer we were able to make an extra trip out to Western Nebraska to attend Scott's 20th high school reunion (!) during Gering's Oregon Trail Days, and of course visit with family. I did a horrible job photojournaling this trip, though my camera did go along with us on our trip into town to check out the annual OT Quilt Show.

 We looked...


And voted for our favorites...


The girls helped color a quilt...



There were modern designs and fabrics...


As well as my favorites, the old classics...



When we got back to the house, Grandma and Brea napped because quilt browsing (and 100 degree heat) can take a lot of a girl.


We had a very nice trip. It was short. Our days were busy. There just isn't ever enough time to visit with everyone we would like to see during these trips, but we did get a chance to check in on my Great Grandma for a little bit each day while were there. She is doing as well as can be expected after a few rough days that ended with the placement of a pacemake…

Sit...

What happens when you combine 1 happy and energetic dog, 2 happy and energetic kids, and the magic that is cell phone camera shutter delay. What a funny pooch my Mom's dog is. We love him.


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What a Difference...

The 4th of July (well technically a week prior to the 4th, but I have a feeling in the years to come we won't remember June 25th as much as July 4th) marks the anniversary of our relocation to Carlisle. The first Independence Day we spent here was quite emotional for me. Actually it was miserable and a big reason I didn't feel bad running away to KC for our 2011 red, white, and blue celebrations.

Every time I turned around yesterday, from the parade brunch in the front yard to the time we spent out and about in town, I was repeatedly reminded of all the good people who have come into our lives over the past 2 years who have helped Carlisle to become our home. I am SO thankful for those lovely, lovely people. Our life regularly involves more laughter because of them.






This is the view from our front step as we waited for the parade to start. I love living on the route!


After our morning brunch and parade watching party we headed to the park. Having been wrestled into doing a lit…