Monday, March 26, 2012

Flowers, flowers, everywhere!

I absolutely love this time of year when I get to watch everything bloom.  When I was preparing to move to Bentonville last year, I dug up a bunch of plants from my yard in Little Rock and relocated them to the yard here. 

I've had this camellia bush since 2005 and I've dug it up and brought it with me every time I've moved and this is the first time in 7 years that it's bloomed!  It must be happy in it's new home.

Robert and I have also planted a lot of new things in the yard.  Last fall, I planted over 200 tulips and daffodils in groups throughout the flower beds. Robert thought I was crazy until they started blooming here recently.  Now he understands what I was going for and is happy that I did it!

The three trees that we put in last June made it through their first winter and they are just gorgeous!  This magnolia is in the front of the house:

This flowering tree is in the front too, but we didn't plant it. I have no idea what this tree is and I honestly don't recall seeing it bloom last year, so this was a nice surprise:

In the back yard we had planted a plum tree and a Japanese cherry blossom and both are blooming more by the day.

This past weekend Robert and I extended a flower bed in front of the house to curve along the path leading up to our door.  I've been wanting to do this since last summer and I figured I better get started before I'm too big to get up and down from the ground.

Let's be honest, it's already getting very difficult, but I manage.  Besides, gardening is really good exercise so I'm going to keep at it as long as I can.

On Saturday we got the sod all pulled up and relocated to some needy bare spots.

On Sunday we turned the dirt, mixed in compost, installed a metal border and topped it off with some heavy top soil.

Sunday was a challenge, to say the least.  We borrowed a tiller from our neighbor, Linda. It hadn't been used since last year, and right away the gas line needed to be replaced. Robert and I went to Lowe's and bought some replacement line. 

I also picked up some Phlox flowers while we were there.  I had some of these in Little Rock, but didn't get a chance to bring any up here.  There were just a few left in the store so I pounced on them.

We went home and Robert wrestled with the gas line on the tiller for an hour before declaring that he needed more line.  Back to Lowe's we went!

We came home and Robert went after the tiller again.  Then Ricky, Linda's son, came over and the two of them fought with it for another 30 minutes to an hour.

Finally they gave the diagnosis that the carburetor was bad, so we started to dig and turn the dirt by hand.

We thought we knew where the sprinkler line came into the area where the new bed is, "thought" being the key word here.

Not so much.

So we took a third trip to Lowe's for a replacement part to fix the sprinkler line.  It cost $.69.  We spent more in gas driving to the store than we did on the part.

We repaired the line, filled in the dirt and finished up the bed.

I cannot wait to start planting!  We are trying to get a game plan together so there will be color in it throughout the majority of the year.  Next spring should be amazing!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

23 Weeks!

We took our 23 week photo on Sunday, but I'm just now getting around to posting it.  It's been a busy week.

At 23 weeks, Baby Girl Brown is 8" or the size of a papaya, according to my "What to Expect" app.

Who the heck has a friggin' papaya laying around? 

Not this girl, so I found a delightful 8" box of Girl Scout cookies instead.

Yeah, yeah, so it's not a fruit or a veggie, but it's all I could find.  Samoas have coconut in them; that should count for something!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cap'n Crunch's Bad Grammar

I have a gripe with the Cap'n Crunch box.  Besides not spelling out "Captain" (I guess that makes it two gripes...), the punctuation on the front of the box is incorrect.

The "Crunch-a-tize me Cap'n!" desperately needs a comma.  It really needs to be "Crunch-a-tize me, Cap'n!"  I feel the urge to add the comma with a marker every time I look at the box.

Really, Quaker folks?  No one on your branding or marketing teams caught that?

This probably isn't a huge deal, but when we are in a world where college educated adults can't even manage to use "you're" vs. "your" when appropriate, to me, this deserves some attention.  I mean, kids are reading this box and it's all kinds of wrong.

That's all. I'll climb down from my soapbox now.

I do love the oh-so-delicious contents of the box, so I will continue to purchase the Crunch Berries variety on a regular basis of two boxes per week and will draw in the comma's myself while praying that the Cap'n Crunch folks get some grammar lessons.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Security Bunny

Like a lot of kids, when I was little I had a security blanket, or rather a security bunny.  It was a Fisher Price bunny security blanket (basically a bunny head on a blanket).  It went EVERYWHERE with me.  It was the love of my little toddler life!  

See?  Me and the bunny were inseparable BFF's.

I even have an Olan Mills professional portrait somewhere with the bunny in it.

In fact, I was so attached to the bunny that my mom bought two extra bunnies to swap out with me so she could get the current dirty bunny away from me long enough to wash it. 

She didn't tell me about the extra ones though, she was slick like that.  

My mom continued to let me think there was only one bunny until one day me and the bun were doing laundry with her and, lo and behold, we found TWO MORE BUNNIES in the pile of clothes!  

Holy jackpot, Batman!

I remember being so completely overjoyed and in shock at my marvelous find.  

And I remember thinking that bunnies must come from the basement. I mean, what other explanation was there?

I was always keen on going through the laundry pile after that, in case there were any more bunnies lurking about.

Needless to say, from that point on I traipsed around with three bunnies clutched in my fists at all times.  

Good luck getting me to let go of all three for a bath, Mom! Haha!

My mom sewed and repaired my bunnies many times, and she eventually bought me a shiny new pink one, which I promptly lost at dance class.

One blue bunny was also lost along the way, but I still have these two to this day:

As you can see, they were literally loved to pieces.  The one on the right even had a rhinoplasty at some point after I loved his nose straight off his face.

So here I am, at age 32, preparing for my daughter's arrival and last night I had the brilliant idea that Baby Girl Brown should have a bunny too!

This morning I woke up and got online right away to look for a bunny.  Do you know what I found?

My beloved bunny is now "vintage" (the polite way of saying OLD), I can only find it for sale on sites like eBay and it retails for $198!

One hundred and ninety-eight freaking dollars!  Seriously??!!

(I actually wouldn't part with mine for twice that much, but nobody would want to buy my tattered old bunnies anyway.)

After some searching, I found a lady that makes replicas that look pretty close to the real thing for around $36.  

I was talking to my mom at lunch and she was just as shocked about the bunny prices as I was.  Mom offered to buy a replica for Baby Girl Brown so she can have a bunny too.

Man, I love my mom!  She understands how much getting that bunny for my little girl means to me.  Maybe it's a silly sentiment, but I don't really care one bit. 

When she's old enough to read this Baby Girl Brown will understand everything behind her worn, loved bunny and hopefully it will mean as much to her as it does to me.  

I'm so excited that my little girl will have a bunny too!  Thanks, Mom!

Bunny Power!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

21 Weeks and All that Jazz

We are 21 weeks along with 19 more to go!  And the countdown officially begins...

Baby Girl Brown is now the length of a banana, 7 inches.  (Note: I STILL think the sweet potato was larger than both the mango and the banana.  I guess I bought too big of a potato.)

I have some really exciting news to share. I felt Baby Girl Brown move for the first time last night! I had gotten up to pee for the 47th time, and I laid back down, got comfortable and was laying still when I felt her tap me a few times toward my left side!

That was soooo amazing! 

Now that we know it's a sweet baby girl, we've been working on names for her.  Naming a baby is so hard!  I mean, it's permanent.  (Unless you want to pay $100 at the courthouse to change it later on, but who really wants to do that?) Her name has to be something that will sound good on the playground or in the board room.  That's a big responsibility!

We sure don't want her to get made fun of because of her name, so first it has to pass the "banana-fana" song-test and then we have to see what else we can rhyme with it to make fun of the name. 

Robert and I have also been looking up meanings of every name, to make sure it's something good.  We've ruled out quite a few based on meaning alone.

So wish us luck!  We'll let you know when we have settled on the perfect name for our little girl.