Our Box Garden

Jun 20, 2012

About a month ago, I was Pinteresting and came across a great pin that had to do with raised gardens. M and I have always wanted to have a garden, but our soil is very sandy and more like clay than dirt in most places. When I saw the idea, I knew we had to try it. 

Originally I had taken a lot of pictures of the entire process of building the simple box garden and was going to a step-by-step sort of post with pictures. I was going to use them as a before and after sort of shot, too, however, I left my camera in RAW shooting mode and now can't figure out how to get those pictures back to JPEGs. Plan B.

One month later and our garden is doing very well. Here's the simple steps for a 4' X 4' box garden(and no we can't all be as fancy and detailed as the couple over at Young House Love).

1. Gather two 2X10X8 pieces of lumber, a circular saw, your best drill and screws, a truckload of topsoil, and one good lookin' husband to do the rest. Just kiddin'. You totally can help by standing around and taking pictures and holding the lumber in place. 

2. Cut each piece of lumber in half, resulting in four 2x10x4's (like my math skills?) and screw the wood together to form a square. 

3. Pick a great place in the yard that gets sun for at least 6-8 hours a day. Because we have so many trees, it is really hard to find a place where sun shines for that long. Our garden is in the most random spot in the yard and in no way looks organized with the layout of the property. Guess not everything can satisfy my OCD needs. 

4. Once you've found the perfect spot for the wooden box, go ahead and fill it up with topsoil, making sure to really pack it down every few minutes. Before you even start planting make sure to get the soil good and moist. We added about half a bag of Miracle-Gro and mixed it in well. 

5. Go ahead and do your planting! We chose 1 of each: squash, zucchini, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, and a baby watermelon vine. I also added some lavender in hopes to make some wonderful lavender tea and lemonade, but the poor little gal looks like she's not meant to grow. 

M and I both have enjoyed seeing the plants grow over the past few weeks and are excited for the time when we can do some picking! 

Our tomato plants are doing really well! On the left is the cherry tomato plant and we already have a few starting to grow.


My Favorite- Squash!

Our watermelon plant. I LOVE watermelon, but I'm just not sure how this little guy is going to do. We will see!


It's a Boy!

Jun 19, 2012

Never in all my life did I imagine myself as the mommy of a little boy. EVER. But two minutes into the ultrasound, when the tech was just looking for the kidneys, I caught a glimpse of that little boy part and knew even before she confirmed it. To tell you the truth, I was in shock for a few minutes!Before the appointment I had to have a sugar fix and apparently chose to do that at the wrong time, because little baby looked like he was training for the Olympics in there! Even the technician said he was the most active baby she had seen in awhile. It took us twice as long to find all the necessary parts due to him jerking and moving around. I think he takes after his mamma - he just wants to move on already to bigger things!

Even though the gender is a bit of a surprise, I am so excited to meet our little one and be the parent I have always determined I would be. I will be his solid ground, but allow him to fall, and learn. I will forgive myself when I fail. I will not be afraid to apologize to him when I've overreacted or responded incorrectly. I want more than anything for my children to learn to be independent, to think for themselves, to know my God and serve Him, to stand up for their beliefs and passions with all of their hearts.

I can't wait to find out who this little boy is, what his hopes and dreams will be, if he is gentle or outspoken. Whoever he will be, his daddy and I will love him with all of our hearts and give this 100% during the time God will allow us to watch over him. I can't wait for the moments that take my breath away, and the hilarious moments in between.

Baby's First Outfit from Mommy & Daddy

 We have chosen the name Noah Dale Conyers. We both loved Noah from the start and Dale is both M's late grandfather's middle name and dad's middle name. We thought it only fitting to have it as part of our little one's name. We are so happy to know that our baby is healthy and growing properly. I feel so thankful.

Baby Update: 18 Weeks!

Jun 18, 2012

How Far Along? 18 Weeks, 3 Days
Size of Baby Conyers? About the size of a sweet potato! Averaging about 5.5 inches crown to rump and about 7 oz.
Maternity Clothes?  Yep! A week ago I bought my first two pairs of maternity capris for work. My jeans still fit me everywhere, but the waist is uncomfortably tight when I sit down. I've been surprised at how comfortable the maternity pants are. I'm not big enough to need to wear the support band all the way up, so most days I just fold it down. My 2nd pair are still a bit big, so I won't be breaking into those for another month probably.
Weight Gain?
Still nothing on pre-pregnancy weight. This was worrying me, but my Midwife, and my nurse mama,  does not seem concerned. Every women gains differently and at different times in the pregnancy. I can tell a huge difference in my belly area as it seems to have grown a ton the past few days, but no visible weight gain anywhere else.....YET.
Stretch Marks? STILL Nope, and hopefully they'll stay far, far away! Been rubbing that lotion or Vitamin E oil on every night! 
Gender? WE find out TOMORROW!! The ultrasound is schedule for 1:30p. We both are so excited, but equally nervous!
Sleep? Still been sleeping fine except for the frequent bathroom trips in the middle of the night. I have noticed that it takes more effort to switch sides because I can feel pulling in my lower abdomen. I'm trying to be careful and not stretch or pull something that isn't supposed to be stretched or pulled!
Food Cravings? Just plain ol' sweets!
What I Miss? The occasional glass of wine, especially when we're out at a nice dinner and I have to sip water with my Italian dish instead of the normal sweet vino!
Symptoms? The past few weeks have shown me mercy- hardly any symptoms. I still get nauseous when I'm really hungry, but I can usually help that one! Still not much of an appetite, but I was never a big eater to begin with.
Best Moment of the Week? Michael got to feel little baby kick for the first time at exactly 18 weeks. I loved the look on his face and was thrilled that he can now finally feel the little kicks that I've been feeling for the past couple of weeks. Call me crazy, but we bought a fetal heart doppler from e-bay for $50 and have been listening to baby's heartbeat about once a day. We also were given a monitor/music player to use in the third trimester to play music to the little one- a child prodigy in the making! :)

Since tomorrow is the big day when little baby will hopefully cooperate and show us if he is a he or she is a she, I figured M and I could give these gender-guessing tests a try! Here we go!

Chinese Gender Chart: GIRL

Old Wives Tales Quiz:  GIRL

Key Test: GIRL

We decided to stay away from the Drano test and we couldn't agree on which way M's ring was swinging. I will post tomorrow once we find out whether baby C is a boy or a girl! Can't wait! I'll also include a belly bump picture, too. 

As a side note, I had tons of pictures of our new garden for a non-pregnancy post (figured they can't ALL be about Baby), but I forgot to switch my camera from RAW to JPEG and now can't figure out how to get them onto M's new computer system. OH well! :) I'll improvise later this week.