A Wednesday evening at home was spent outside in the gardens. Mason was proud to show off his latest tricycle riding skills while Daddy, Ellie, and I looked on. After checking his mailbox he and invited me to watch him shoot some hoops at his new basketball hoop from Valerie.
We then were playing a bit of catch with our new lacrosse game when we heard Daddy calling us to see what he found in the garden.
"Mason come quick! You won't believe it!"
We left our game and hurried over to see the treasure he found. As we entered the garden, we were greeted by the Dipper Gourds that seem to get bigger every time we turn around.
As we made our way past, Ellie and Daddy showed us what they discovered under the beautiful peanut plant leaves... Our first peanuts!
We have been noticing quite a few changes in the garden over the past few days. The herb garden:
The tomatoes are towering over their cages.
The bean teepee is healthy and strong.
The mysterious cucumbers that like to hide out under their leaves.
The driveway garden is booming. The spaghetti squash is climbing, the Cinderella pumpkins are beginning to peek out from underneath the leaves and the corn "is as high as an elephant's eye".
After watering, harvesting, playing, and digging the sun was setting and it was time to head inside. The fun didn't end there. Mason was checking out the Bumbo seat we borrowed from Ana and wanted to give Ellie a turn. She is so cute sitting in it. Mason kept bringing her toys to play with. A train car, black steam engine, pretend foods, a CD. You know, stuff babies like. Then he started singing the new song Josh taught him, "Hiccups". Ellie loved it, too as you can see in this video. Her new little laugh which she shared with us the other day briefly, was caught on film.
Thank you to all the family and friends that helped jumpstart the garden project this spring for my birthday. Thank you Josh for all the hard work you put into our gardens this spring and summer. I love that you have brought such beauty and magic to our yard. I love that the tiny seeds we planted have grown taller than us. I love that Mason knows so much about the plants and how to harvest those "red, ripe, amatoes". He was so cute running over to Ellie and me with his basket full saying, "Mommy I'm bringing a picnic for us to share, here try a bean." I look forward to more special times outside with family and friends.