Monday, June 30, 2008

Yuck

I was hanging out with my son in the backyard yesterday. I decided to do a little work while he played. I put down some newspaper for my organic weed barrier, and went to get a bale of pine straw from across the creek. I felt a creepy crawly sensation on my hand as I got to my little Woodland Garden. The bale of straw was covered in ants, and so was I! I quickly brushed them off, and tried to get the straw away from my toddler. He wasn't interested, and ended up crossing back over to the house. End of my work. A short while later it rained on my unmulched newspaper. Oh well. Today we went to the park. We were there for an hour or more. I bribed my son with a juice box, so we could get home for lunch. As I was driving home, I noticed something in my hair. I opened the window, and tried to brush whatever it was off. It came out and flew back at me. I yelled, naturally! I didn't know what it was. It could have been a flower, for all I could tell. That didn't keep me from having the heebie jeebies the rest of the drive. When I got home, I found the culprit, a Japanese beetle, on the floor mat. Yuck!

Streak Update

I thought I might be laid up for a couple of days after last week's knee "injury." Thankfully, I must have just come down on it hard, and it only hurt for about a day. So, I got right back into my Streak. I've been doing treadmill walk/runs for the last week and a half in addition to my usual crunches, back exercises, and Yoga moves. I would decide to go "hardcore" just as the summer weather really kicks in. It's nice that we have our own treadmill. If I had to drive somewhere to use a treadmill, I probably would have quit already. I guess I'll wait and take on my hilly neighborhood when it cools off. Until then I'll take on pretend hills in my basement. Yay me!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

What Would You Do?

I was eating my cereal yesterday morning, and I picked up my grocery receipt from the previous day. The quote "you saved $.93 today" was what caught my eye. I thought to myself, "That's not much." I looked over the list to see that only one item on there was a sale item. I also noticed that there were a couple of items not listed. There were supposed to be two gallons of milk, there was just one. There were also supposed to be four Luna bars. Yep, just three. So, I thought about it. I knew everything got on the conveyor belt to be checked in. I missed a gallon of milk, because the bagger guy got it and gave it to the cashier. So, I guess she just missed those two items. So, should I drive over there, and pay for the milk and Luna bar? The drive over there costs at least as much as the Luna bar. I was wondering if I was overcharged for something, if I would drive back. I guess it depends on how much it was. Had I noticed the mistake while I was there, I would have gone back then. Had I never looked at my receipt (which is what normally happens), I would have been happily ignorant of the whole conundrum.

So, what would you do?

Wet week!

This has been a banner week for rain! We had two little showers on Thursday that totaled about half an inch. There was a dead Japanese beetle in my rain gauge (oh shucks!), so it was probably not quite as accurate as usual. And we had a really heavy downpour last night. I checked this morning, and the rain gauge (sans beetle) was one inch! I can't remember the last time we had an inch of rain. That's so sad. Everything looks so happy (although, maybe a little beaten down from the heavy rain) this morning. They say it may rain again today, and then the next several days are supposed to be hot and dry. We'll see. We have outdoor plans this afternoon. It would be a pity if they were ruined (I'm not serious!) Duncan loves to play in puddles, so we'd make it work. Woohoo!

Friday, June 27, 2008

What to Do with Evan's Garden



Well, I haven't felt much like writing lately, because of the continuing drought and hot weather. I've been discouraged about the future of my little gardens. When I planted Evan's Garden last year, I thought that I had a part sun area. Maybe 3 hours of sunshine. So, I planted things like Hosta, Hydrangea, Ferns, and some neat woodland natives. Once summer began it became obvious that this was not a part sun area. It's full sun. So, I've got Hydrangeas wilting in direct sunlight until about 2 o'clock in the afternoon. The blooms are enormous, because of the sunshine, but I'm having to baby them. So, I decided that I'll move them to a shadier spot later this year. I'm also starting to see that I'll need to move a lot of other shade lovers from Evan's garden to a new home. It's kind of sad. I spent a lot of time and effort to design and plant this little garden. Too bad I didn't do the observation I shoulda done. Oh well. Live and learn, right? The fun thing about finding out that this is a full sun bed, is that now I can find some fun full sun plants to put there. So, I'm not even in the planning stage. I'm in the thinking stage. And I'm thinking sunflowers, more named Evan dahlias and coneflowers, and drought tolerant stuff. What do you think would be fun in a child's memorial garden? I need ideas!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Muchas Smooches!

Back in our early days as a couple, Justin would say, "Muchas smooches!" I don't really remember if he then bombarded me with kisses (remember the little black helicopters, honey?) or if he was throwing long distance kisses or what. I don't remember when or where it began. Lately the phrase has popped back into my head.



It's hard not to kiss all the sweet, chubby cheeks around here.




Miranda sits in her bouncy seat and kicks her leg (or sometimes both legs) to get the chair rockin'. What else would you expect from our punk rock girl? I'll sit beside her when she's still, and give her a kiss on her cheek or forehead. She'll start kicking, like she's excited. I'll keep my face just close enough, so that I can kiss her each time she rocks forward in her chair. So, that's about a kiss every other second-give or take. So, I'm giving out lots of kisses. She seems to like it, because she keeps kicking. She'll stop, and I exclaim, "Muchas smooches!"

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Weekend


Duncan with the Nail Gun (It's Unplugged!) and Appropriate Head Gear

Justin installed hardwood flooring in Duncan's Big Boy Room (aka Evan's room) over the weekend. It looks fantastic. Duncan was his Daddy's eager little helper.



Duncan Uses His Little Red Hammer to "Fix" the Saw Horse

He carefully hammered a screw (that's not a typo) on the saw horse. He added his own sound effects when he "used" the real nail gun. It sounded like "chuchuchu."


Daddy's Little Helper

Duncan's little face fell and he sought hugs when it got too noisy. Like when the air compressor came on. I commented to Justin that I thought it was amusing that Duncan was so sensitive to loud noises, seeing that he is kind of a noisy customer. Justin says, "Duncan doesn't think there should be anything around here that's louder than he is!"




We also made time to go to a local botanical garden on Sunday. We'd gone there in Winter and Spring. This was the first Summer trip. I gasped when we pulled into the parking lot. The daylilies were glorious. Of course, the main reason for going there that day was to see the Children's Train Garden. On our previous trips we saw the track, and wondered if the trains were still in use. I was looking up information about local rec programs, and saw that the train runs each Sunday from 1-3.


Choo Choo!

It was a lot of fun. Too bad the volunteers had to take everything down because a storm threatened. I hope we make the train a regular Sunday event.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Sigh

So, I was going to title this The Streak Goes Hardcore. Or something like that. I was going to tell you I got the ok from my doc last week to do a little running. I actually saw the picture of my spine and the curvature and said, "That's not so bad." And the doctor was very encouraging about more exercise. I did some run/walks over the weekend, and I was looking forward to getting back at it today after using Sunday as a day of rest. Except, I had to take the kids to the park this morning. I take them most mornings. Usually Miranda doesn't boo hoo for the walk, but she did today. So, we altered our route a bit to shorten the ride, but ended up taking a couple of big hills. I had the kids in the stroller we fondly call the "Caddy," because of its monstrous size. It's pretty heavy, too. So, I think the weight of the stroller, plus 45lbs of babies, and hills kinda messed up my knee. So, my Streak will continue to be tame until the knee feels better. I'm pretty bummed, actually.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

It's 1am, Do You Know Where Your Toddler Is?



If you're me then your toddler is out of bed and fussin'. Last night Duncan got cranked up around 12:30. His Daddy took him downstairs to try to calm him. I went down to assist after several minutes. For all of you who see Duncan all smiles and giggles, and mostly quiet...that kid's got some lungs on him. He wailed for a while. We tried to get him to listen to music or watch Curious George. Nothing doing. I put it on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The clapping and laughing distracted our little monster long enough to get him to stop crying. He ended up laughing and clapping, too. So, I'm not sure if a nightmare is waking him up. Or maybe teething. I secretly suspect that he likes late night TV. Yawn...

Friday, June 20, 2008

Aha!


Anemone canadensis

In this post I thought this plant was Geranium maculatum. I mentioned my uncertainty of this conclusion once it started blooming. Weeeell...I was watching HGTV's show Gardener's Diary yesterday morning, and the lady featured said this was Anemone canadensis. She also said it's a pretty little weed that will take over if you let it. Thanks for the help, Green Jean!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Chocolatiers of the World are Conspiring Against Me!

I discussed in this post how I'd found a yummy Lemony Chocolate square in a variety pack by Dolfin. I emailed Chocosphere to find out if I would be able to obtain this delicacy in bar form. Turns out it's not available in the US. They could do a special order of several pounds for around $100. I didn't think I needed several pounds of Dolfin Citron, and I certainly didn't want to spend that much money. I found a chocolate lemon bar in a variety pack on Amazon. I put it on my Wishlist, and had high hopes for Christmas goodies. However, the last time I looked at my list, that item was showing as no longer available. I was pleasantly surprised when I went to my local Target and found a Choxie Dark Chocolate Lemon Biscotti Truffle Bar. It was an excellent replacement for the Dolfin AND it was local. I told my mom about my find on a recent visit. We went to the Target in her town. They had Choxie chocolates, but not my lemon. I have gone back to my Target. No lemon. Why is it that every time I seem to find some lemony goodness, it's no longer available? Wah!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Late Spring Activity


Deutzia gracilis "Duncan" or "Chardonnay Pearls"

Here's a picture of Duncan Deutzia in its new spot in the Shrub Island. If I move the Annabelle Hydrangeas over there behind Duncan like I plan, we'll have some double digging or tilling to do.


Hydrangea aborescens "Annabelle"

The Hydrangeas are still blooming their heads off. I should take a picture of some of the larger blooms next to my head for a comparison shot. They're really big! Not to say that I have a big head or anything.



Gardenia

The Gardenias are hanging on to the last blooms. Still very fragrant. My little Gardenia radicans also bloomed recently. Somehow the scent reminds me of buttered popcorn.


Dahlia "Evan Matthew"

My Mom's Evan Matthew Dahlia is blooming up a storm, and looking robust. The foliage on my new tuber is starting to take off. Hopefully, I'll have some blooms in another month or so.


Dahlia "Alpen Diamond"

Meanwhile, the Alpen Diamond is as happy as ever.

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Stokesia laevis "Mary Gregory"

This is my new pale yellow Stokesia. I love it! Next year when they bloom alongside the blue Stokesia, my Butterfly Garden will finally have some contrast. And hopefully I'll get more bees and butterflies, too.


Coreopsis "Limerock Dream"?

The placard that came with this Coreopsis has a picture of orangey red flowers. Mine is more peachy. I googled Limerock Dream and found that others have this same lighter color with their plants. I'm not disappointed. I rather like it. I really have my work cut out for me this fall. I plan to move the Hydrangeas, and also some small perennials that are being hidden by bigger, more thuggish plants. This Coreopsis is being overtaken by the Crocosmia. Shoot, it seems like most everything is being overtaken by Crocosmia!



Cracked Soil in My Backyard with My Foot for Perspective

Drought has shown itself in more ways than droopy leaves, and dying plants. The soil in places is cracked like a broken terra cotta pot.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Happy Baby, Happy Daddy


Daddy and Evan

Here's a tribute to a Daddy who loves his kids.


Daddy and Duncan

He seldom loses his cool.



Daddy and Miranda

He's always there for hugs and kisses, grins and giggles. Because he's a great dad. Happy Father's Day, Justin!

Workin' in the Yard

Last evening I carried my Duncan Deutzia across the creek to the proposed Shrub Island. I had planned on planting it right at the front, as it is a small shrub. I scraped the weeds away, and pulled out my shovel to start excavating. Problem was, the ground was so hard I was only getting down a couple of inches. I dug around the whole area, and gave up. My back was telling me "Forget it!" and I was discouraged. I told Justin that we may need to till the area. His response, "But I just put mulch down!" So, I went back out this morning to check out some other potential sites. I dug around in the Butterfly Garden. I was getting buzzed by a yellow jacket, but I kept on digging. When it turned into 3 yellow jackets, I abandoned that site! I looked at a spot next to Evan's Garden, but decided the shrub would be too obscured by other plants. I decided to try one more time in the Shrub Island spot. This time I took a different shovel, mainly because I like it better. Today, I had much better luck. I was able to dig out an area for the Deutzia and some Iris that I dug up and divided. Yay me! I was smart enough to put the back brace on to give me a little more lumbar support. I put on my jeans and long sleeve shirt to avoid skeeter bites. So, I guess I shouldn't be surprised by the heat rash on my stomach where the brace closes. So, I now have some measly looking rash on my tummy. Well, at least I got my plants in the ground!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Hoodies!

After seeing a picture of a friend's little guy in his hooded towel, I decided to post some of our hoodie photos. There's just something about a clean baby all wrapped up in a soft, fuzzy towel that is so cute!


Miranda at 3 months


Duncan at 2 months


Evan at 3 months

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Rain!

We got a little rain last evening! When I checked the rain gauge this morning, it showed about a tenth of an inch. Not much. But enough to perk up all of my gardens. Heck, I'm not complaining. I just hope we get more! The bucket I had under one downspout was filled. Too bad the rain barrel is still not hooked up. In other news...Today Justin mowed the weed patch that will be the Shrub Island. Now all we need to do is get rid of the weeds, amend, and mulch. Yeah! It feels great to have an ongoing garden project. I hate to be idle for too long. Let's hear it for more rain in the Southeast (and less in the Midwest!)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Summer Fun


Going to the Pool

We went to the pool for the first time this season. Miranda looked as cute as could be, but didn't seem interested in getting wet.


Surf's Up!

Duncan was interested, but only if I held him. If I acted like I was going to let him swim, he tightened his vice like grip on me. So, we just bobbed together. It was fun in spite of the cold water.


Duncan Not So Happy About Making Footprints

We went to Grandma and Grandpa's last week, and made stepping stones with Duncan's and Miranda's footprints. It was fun, but very squishy.


To Grandmother's House We Go

It's tough to get a shot of Duncan and Miranda together, because that requires Duncan to sit still for more than a few seconds!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Blood, Sweat and Tears...or Maybe Just Sweat

When I read that our temperatures would be going back to the 80s and chances were good for rain, I decided to plant most of the plants I recently purchased. I got out there last evening, and dug up some of my more thuggish perennials. I also dug up some stuff I just didn't like. It's really too bad I didn't do this in time for the spring plant trade in April. I would have had some good trades, but my back was a wreck and time was short. I planted two Stokesia's "Mary Gergory" with pale yellow blooms, and two yellow Salvia greggii's! I didn't know that Salvia came in yellow! I was so pleased to find them. I also made room for a yellow blooming Corydalis lutea. Yes, I went yellow crazy at the nursery. I wanted something yellow to bloom with all of my blues and purples. I have been discouraged by the lack of activity from my Evan Matthew Dahlia. When I buried the tuber, I went against the Dahlia Society's instructions, and filled in the hole (instead of filling it gradually as the tuber produces sprouts.) I carefully dug around where the tuber was planted, and I found new growth! I decided to leave it exposed, and bury it as it gets taller, like I shoulda done in the first place. Oh well. At least it's alive! So after all this sweaty work in the mosquito-y twilight hours, I come in to see that the chances of rain have decreased. I got up this morning and looked outside. Clear as a bell. Today is our day to water, so I watered all the new stuff, the stuff I moved, and the stuff that seems more prone to wilt. I have only one plant left to put in the ground and that's my new Deutzia "Duncan"! Of course, I plan on putting it in my Shrub Island, which still needs to be dug up, weeded, mulched, etc. I've got my work cut out for me.


If these things don't make it, there will be tears!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Musical Memories



Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory. ~Oscar Wilde


Last week The Pioneer Woman had a contest for the online music marketplace Zune. She wrote about how she still misses John Denver, and asked contestants to submit the name of a musical group that brought back special memories. She had a similar contest asking for a special song. Our pastor recently touched on how a piece of music can express our deepest emotions. And lately I heard talk on NPR about a particular minor key that Mozart believed to be the most tragic. I've always loved a good minor key. I love the way "Classical" music sounds and blends, as well as the feelings it may produce. I enjoy how it makes me feel. The music that brings the most difficult feelings bubbling to the surface, however, are Evan's old favorites. In the first several months after Evan's death, I wouldn't go near the Disney Channel. The first time I heard the music from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Handy Manny, I cried. I cried when I watched Sesame Street with Duncan for the first time. "If I Had A Million Dollars" by the Bare Naked Ladies was one of Evan's favorite jumping songs. It's a quirky, happy tune. But it makes me cry. Justin watched The Wiggles the other day with Duncan. He told me later, "I might be the one person in the world that gets sad when I hear 'Barbi on the Beach.'" I said, "You're not. The other person is right here."





Evan loved music. He'd bob his head to the beat. He loved nursery songs and lullabies. Grandma and I both sang "The Lord's Prayer" to Evan at bedtime. He always called it "Our Father." Of course, he loved listening to anything from Talking Heads to Ella Fitgerald, as I mentioned in this post. But the songs that he sang were the ones he learned at school. Evan would sing the Wheels on the Bus and do the arm movements. He'd beat his head to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I was very pleased at his blossoming musical education. When he sang the ABC song shortly before he died, here's how it went (unfortunately, I don't have a recording): "ABCDEFG, HIJK, MMMOP...."


According to Leigh Hunt, "Music is the medicine of the breaking heart." So, maybe there's hope for me, yet.

What's Beating the Heat...And What's Not


Apothecary Rose (I think) Hiding Behind some Crocosmia Leaves

I looked at weather.com yesterday to get an idea of our temperature, without having to go outside. It said 97 degrees. And the heat index? Just 98. Ho Hum. I know if I were outside, I would be wilting. So, it's no surprise that some of my planties can't take the heat.


Dahlia "Alpen Diamond"

The one rose in my yard, the Dahlias, Zinnias, Gauras, Loropetalum, Crocosmia are all doing well. They don't seem to flinch.


Salvia guaranitica "Black and Blue"


I was surprised by my droopy Echinaceas and Salvia. They are both "drought tolerant" plants. Although, they do typically rebound once out of direct sunlight.



A Place to Sit and Enjoy Evan's Garden


But my poor Bank of Hydrangeas! I looked out of the window on Saturday and saw major wilting, and nearly cried. I did yell. I quickly went to the rainbarrel to drain some water for my thirsty Annabelles. They recovered once out of direct sunlight. But I'm starting to think that the Bank of Hydrangeas may have to be moved to a shadier spot. I just happen to have an available area--the Shrub Island that I will be installing when it cools off (um, maybe October!) So, I suppose I'll baby the Annabelles until then, and move them over. I think I may leave the Oakleaf because they're tougher. There are already shrubs behind the current Bank of Hydrangeas, which include Itea "Saturnalia, Viburnam "Snowflake," and Clethra alnifolia "Ruby Spice." Oh yeah and Duncan's tree Magnolia "Royal Star." I had thought about moving a few of these over to the Shrub Island and keep the Hydrangeas put. But the Itea, Viburnum and Clethra are doing so much better in the spot, that I think they'll stay. I'll have a little space to place new stuff where the Hydrangeas will be removed. This is in Evan's garden, so I'll have to find something fun. I thought about some more Evan Saul Echinaceas. Hmmm...


Our Rainbarrel!


Our Rainbarrel. I'm loving it. Except for the whole we haven't had any rain in 3 or 4 weeks part. It is storing our air conditioning condensation nicely, though. There's a good chance of rain tomorrow, and cooler temperatures. So, hopefully after today, we'll have normal weather for awhile. And more rain!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Is it Summer Already?


View of the Backyard from My House

Today the best view of the garden was from the house. Not because I have sparkling clean windows, but because it was a scorcher outside. It felt more like August instead of early June. And no rain. It's probably a good thing I still have my rain barrel hooked up to the AC!



Hydrangea aborescens "Annabelle"

The Annabelle Hydrangeas, and Oakleaf Hydrangeas are blooming together now in the "Bank of Hydrangeas" in Evan's Garden. And it is as beautiful and impressive as I had imagined! Now if I could get the rest of my gardening design to look as splendid. And if I could actually get a good picture of the whole thing. I think I need a tripod to stop the attack of the shaky hand.


Hydrangea quercifolia "Sikes Dwarf"

Like the "Wineberry Candy" Daylily in the previous post, I purchased "Paper Butterfly" last fall. It's purely coincidence that their colors are complementary.



Hemerocallis "Paper Butterfly"

I picked up this Gardenia at a Garden Web plant trade. It was marked Gardenia radicans, but it doesn't have the low, spreading growth. I was disappointed at first, but this one has outperformed all of the Gardenia radicans in the garden. I had considered moving it, because it somewhat obscures Hirohito, our Japanese maple. It's just so happy and beautiful, I just couldn't bring myself to move it. Maybe Hiro will get bigger!


Gardenia Trade Plant

Echinacea (Coneflower) "Evan Saul" is one of the newer Coneflower introductions from ItSaul Nursery. They have introduced dozens of Coneflowers in the last few years. In addition to the dark orange blooms, Evan Saul has a subtle, sweet fragrance.


Echinacea "Evan Saul"

You see these Daylilies in ditches and on the sides of the road, and they are referred to as "Common Daylilies." I think that's an unfair name. They really brighten up our creekside. The foliage is nice and green all summer, and crowds out weeds pretty effectively.


Common Daylilies

A Grandparent's Perspective


Ole Blue Eyes

One fun thing about blogging from my parents' house is that there are photographs that I don't have in my own collection. All of these pictures in this post and the previous post were taken by Grandma and Grandpa. During more than one of Evan's visits, he was given a fudgesicle after dinner. Grandpa says Evan wasn't so sure about the treat at first, but was pleasantly surprised after that first bite. He took a bite and said, "Gooood!" with enthusiasm. With goodies like this around, it's no wonder he didn't want to come home!



Driving at the Mall

Evan was one of those kids that when Mommy showed up to get him he had to play with every toy all over again before leaving. He also had to ride every ride-on toy at the mall until Mommy ran out of change or offered a good enough bribe to leave.


A Few of Duncan's Favorite Things

Duncan loves trucks of all kinds. He has truck toys, truck books, and truck movies. When we pass a construction site, he points at the diggers or bulldozers, and says, "Whazzat?" Oh, but he knows what they all are. He just wants to be sure we do, too.



Get Me Outta Here!

A family friend made this little cradle for Miranda's doll. Grandma thought it would be cute to get of picture of Miranda in it, even though she was a bit too big. What do you think Miranda thought of this?!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

First Anniversary


Evan Rides the Rocking Horse

Today marks the first anniversary of starting this blog. I re-read that first post recently and thought about losing Evan and my grief journey. And I realized that I have a long way to go. Sometimes it hurts so bad, and I feel so lost. Then I look at these pictures, and remember my sweet boy and the fun he had.


Evan with His Itty Bitty Tractor Lawn Mower

When I enrolled Evan in the PMO (that's Parent's Morning Out, folks) program at church, I was surprised when Evan's teachers always said, "Boy, does he love to play." I thought, "Well, don't they all?" Both of my boys really played hard, to the exclusion of snack time, circle time, etc. Who cares about food when there are TOYS!



Sliding with Mommy

Indoor play is fun, but going outside can't be beat. Evan was already saying, "Side, side" for outside by 18 months. We'd go outside together and play. If he needed a drink, he'd go inside but I wasn't allowed to come in (didn't I say he was bossy?) He was afraid if I came in, that we wouldn't go back out. I would tell Evan repeatedly that I just wanted a drink, and we could come right back out. I always kept my word, so I was disappointed when he didn't believe me.


Evan with His "Tree"

Going to the park was always a treat. Evan loved to run more than he liked playing on the playground, and he loved playing on the playground. He'd climb the stairs (because that's fun when you're a kid), slide, swing and say "faster, Mommy, faster! He'd see a kid coming down the slide and warned, "Be careful!" If we were there with "fwiends" he'd say, "Come on, guys!" to get some playtime started. During the summer months we mostly went to the shady park. He never seemed to tire of going there, even though some of his friends did. I remember telling Evan we were going to a different park one day. He had a blast, of course. The next time we went to a park he said, "Go to the Different Park." I thought he meant that particular park, and I said, "We're going to the Rubber Park" because the place we were going has rubber mats instead of mulch on the ground. As we pulled in to the parking lot Evan got all excited, because it was a different park.

The picture of Evan with the leaf was taken by my parents. When they went to a nearby park, he picked up the leaves and called them his "tree," and toted and waved the leaves as they walked the trail.


"Doing the Steering Wheel" (as Beth would say!)

Still missing you, kid.