Gardening, Yoga and Other Things I Love (A Week in Review)

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that summer is here. Summer! Sun! Heat! I’m doing jazz hands and high kicks as I type this. I’m that happy. 

Despite fussy little ones, this week has still managed to be a good one. I spent a good majority of this week outside, enjoying the sun anyway I could. Whether I was in the garden, doing yoga, or reading a book, I made sure to do it all while soaking up some Vitamin D.

This year I’m giving gardening my best effort. In years past I’ve started with good intentions but ended with, well…weeds. It’s just so dang hard to keep children and a garden alive! So this year I’ve kept things simple. I filled my garden mostly with flowers and herbs, and only planted a few vegetables: red onions, my favorite “chef’s blend” lettuce, beets and pickling cucumbers. I feel like it’s small enough to manage, yet enough to be worth the trouble.

I’ll update my blog as my garden progresses (hopefully) through the summer. I’m no expert; I largely learn by trial and error, and by lots of reading both online and in my handy-dandy regional gardening book. But I’ll be happy to share my journey along the way and, hey, if you can gleam some wisdom from my victories and failures, all the better.gardening book, Gardening, Yoga and Other Things I Love (A Week in Review)

garden. Gardening, Yoga and Other Things I Love (A Week in Review)In addition to working in my garden, I’ve spent a lot of time working on our home’s flower beds. In the two previous summers that we’ve lived here, we’ve had major projects that have required all of our attention and left our flower beds largely unattended. But this Spring we’ve been large-project free, which has left me plenty of time to pull out old shrubs and add pretty flowers.shade flower bed. Gardening, Yoga and Other Things I Love (A Week in Review)pink flowers. Gardening, Yoga and Other Things I Love (A Week in Review)hanging basket. Gardening, Yoga and Other Things I Love (A Week in Review)hibiscus. Gardening, Yoga and Other Things I Love (A Week in Review)

Theo went to the dentist this week for the second time. Honestly, I’m surprised with how well he does. He listens to our hygienist – who is absolutely wonderful with him – and isn’t scared by any of the procedures. One quick tip I would recommend to you mommas of little ones: take them to the dentist with you for your cleanings before it’s time for their own. I think one reason why Theo is so comfortable with his own cleanings is because he knew our hygienist and had seen the equipment and heard the sounds they made before it was his turn in the chair. Theo at the dentist. Gardening, Yoga and Other Things I Love (A Week in Review)

Thursday was National Hamburger Day. My boys love hamburgers. I picked them up a few hamburgers to go (and a veggie chow mei fun from the chinese take out place next door) and we headed to a local park for a picnic dinner. When the weather is nice, I like to take advantage of every chance I can get to be outside, especially to eat!boys eating hamburgers. Gardening, Yoga and Other Things I Love (A Week in Review)picnic dinner. Gardening, Yoga and Other Things I Love (A Week in Review)

The best part of my week, though, was the opportunities I had to take my yoga practice outside. I love being on my mat in the hot sun. IMG_2889 IMG_2896 IMG_2908 yoga outside. Gardening, Yoga and Other Things I Love (A Week in Review)

I’ve also been working on some special blog posts for the upcoming weeks. Be sure to stay tuned! Happy Friday, folks!

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