Over the years Adam and I have tried to mesh our different traditions for holidays.
One Connolly tradition was that most holidays meant family work day. Typical holiday projects for Adam and his siblings, included things like, re-roofing the house, painting the house, fixing other family members houses, working in the yard, building a shed, etc. Usually it was in the grueling heat of the summer and everyone had a temper.
My family always played on holidays and never did big projects. I have great memories of holidays, but not many of our family working hard together.
Now that our boys are getting older, I love the idea of taking all the good parts of these traditions and combining them! And...I think we were successful on Memorial Day.
One of our family goals for 2012 is to have a garden. Memorial Day weekend is usually when Alaskans rush to get their plants in the ground. This year, we joined the masses.
Our little garden box.
There's nothing more fun than a pile of dirt and riding in the back of a truck
(even if the ride was just in the drive-way).
Unloading the soil aka dirt.
Throwing the soil..."bombs away!!!"
Simon gettin' down and dirty in the fertilizer.
(this was his face when Adam told him what he was digging into)
After I took this picture, he threw some up in the air and unfortunately he still had his mouth open, screaming. Let's just say, Simon got his first and hopefully last taste of steer manure.
Dad enjoying a moment with Noah, teaching him about roots and planting.
Our little garden. It's not pretty, but it has Connolly written all over it! Love my boys!
Because the growing season is so short we bought starter plants. When we got to the nursery we let the boys pick out something special of their own.
Noah - Watermelon
Simon - Strawberry
Jett - Pumpkin (mom's suggestion)
We also got some lettuce, broccoli (Simon's fav veggie), cucumber, squash and peas. And, we planted some carrot seeds. We also had a sweet friend give us some tomato plants. With this little project we are choosing to be optimists, in that, we are planning on an abundant harvest...even the watermelon!! hee hee...
Wish us luck!!