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Monday, April 29, 2013

Countdown to Summer

Last year, if you'll recall, I did a lot of bitching and whining about our summer here being cut way short, with school ending in June and starting back in early August, due to a silly weather waiver. This year, since the waiver is no more, the kids are getting out earlier (May 23rd) since they started so early and then going back to normal start time the end of August with the rest of the state, so our summer break will be a little over 3 months long. 

I'm very much looking forward to three months of not having to deal with Dracen's early morning grumpy bear syndrome because sweet-Lord-in-heaven that child has really been testing my morning patience, which is barely there to begin with.  

He and Popaw plowed and planted his very own vegetable garden in our backyard Saturday morning.

Charlie plowed it up for him last spring and then Dracen got busy doing this-that-and-everything-else on weekends and never got it planted. Since he was just a toddler, he has loved helping his popaw in the  garden and now, at the age of 9 and a half, he has graduated to his very own.

I love seeing him get that excited over something besides watching marathons of Duck Dynasty and American HoggersWell, that isn't entirely fair. There's not much he loves more than playing baseball and hunting turkey.

Turkey hunting is something he just took up this year. He told me last night that the best way to wake him up in the mornings is to tell him we're going turkey hunting since he swears he springs right outta bed when Popaw wakes him for that. Somehow I don't think he'd buy that on a Monday morning so I haven't tried it...yet.

Devin spent his entire weekend, with the exception of church yesterday morning, upstairs in the bonus room watching Netflix and playing XBox. We barely seem him anymore. When he came down to put his laundry in the washer last night, it almost startled me because I nearly forgot someone else was in the house. 

I told Charlie he needs to take him to the shop and work him some this summer because he has strong tendencies toward sleeping past noon, couching it all day long, and staying up until ungodly hours of the night. Teenagers are another breed. But we were all there once. 

And this (and the seemingly long summer ahead) too shall pass...

Too quickly, no doubt. 

I sneaked and got a few shots of the garden-planting through the bedroom window with the zoom lens Charlie gave me for Christmas. I love that thing...

Makes me feel like a spy.

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.  Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.  ~Alex Haley
One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.  ~W.E. Johns

The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.~Lois Wyse

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  1. Are those Squash or Cucumbers?

    Nice tiller. A bit bigger than mine.

    Cant wait for some fresh veggies.

  2. I love it!
    I wish I could plant edible stuff. The wildlife would get it before I could.
    One day my fence will come....
    HAHA I crack me up.

  3. I love, love, love that first quote! I remember gardening with both sets of my grand parents.

    I hope Dracen knows the turnip story about his daddy:)

    My oldest turned 13, today!!!! Time flies. At dinner, tonight, I told him I was just as tired tonight as the day he was born. Teenagers?

  4. Youngest has those shorts... and he pairs it with a blue shirt often. :)

    Our kids don't get out until the 26 of JUNE. They go back day after labor day. We are DRAGGGINGGG though the end of the school year. Course that doesn't stop every class from having projects due.


    Now that zoom lens... I'd love it as well. Course then they'd have to be far enough away from me to use it and not up my booty all the time...

  5. I'm so jealous... May 23rd! Oh Be Still My Heart! We go until June 10.

    You've got yourself quite a country boy! I plant a garden every year, but my kids have no interest in it.

  6. That's quite touching to peek in and see their interaction. :)