Sunday, May 21, 2017

Date night

Date night consisted of chocolate fondue (I bought the last heavy whipping cream at the store and as I closed the door the person behind me mentioned she also was going for the whipping cream...sorry?  I do feel bad now because we only used two tablespoons, which we could have used milk instead.) We made bubbles with some slime I made for Madison earlier in the day.  Then we went outside and took some night time photos.  Tyler edited some of the photos in light room.

The Garden

I have to have a garden.  This year I waited a bit to start my seeds.  We mainly started romaine, tomatoes, peas, spinach, cilantro and oregano from seeds.  We also did some flowers for Madison this year, which we haven't done in the past.  I'm super excited about the romaine as the last time we did it (Provo) the lettuce was bitter.  This year the lettuce has been I just wish I had planted more romaine.  Buying tons of lettuce can get expensive here.  I buy the 6 pack from Costco, but sometimes they only have to fancy baby artisan lettuce, which I feel is kind of a rip off.  Lettuce is super expensive in the grocery store...use to buy it for $1 a head in Utah on sale.  I think its a couple dollars here.  I planted a variety of tomatoes.  My best and biggest ones (they were still pretty small when I planted them) got eaten by some bugs.  That was beefsteak tomatoes for us this year.  We do have 3 black cherry tomatoes (Tyler really liked those last year), a sun gold cherry, a yellow pear (my favorite), and two mystery tomatoes.  Mystery tomatoes as in the mom of the kid I watch is a plant professor at Loyola and she brought me 2 tomatoes, two peppers (I think one is banana, one yellow), two basil (I was hoping for the basil), parsley, sage, cilantro, and lemon balm!  Our oregano had a short life--I think we thought the oregano was a weed and pulled it while actually leaving the weeds...sad.

Every time Clark walks past the garden he has to pull something!  Poor Madison might not ever get a chance to see her flowers in full bloom.

Finals are DONE!

What does a dad do the day after finals are all done?  We took him to our newest favorite park.  It's located in one of the most expensive areas in Baltimore and only five minutes from our house.  There is a little walk way up to the park and plenty of trees for some shade, which I really enjoy.  Madison loves this park because there is a tree swing!  It is located right across the street from Loyola University.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Princess Ball

The library had a princess ball.  Madison was so excited to go!  Luckily we got there a few minutes before its printed start time and beat the buses of kids that showed up.

 The first thing we did was go get our balloons.  These kids wouldn't smile for anything.  Since the place was empty the balloon lady made Madison a complex Frozen balloon.  It took quite a while to do.  Clark got a giraffe on a stick.  By the time we were done there was a long line for the balloon lady.

While everyone was waiting in line for their balloons we went and had Madison's face line because everyone was in the balloon line.  The painter asked if Madison wanted a princess face, but Madison was very adamant about a rainbow.  I think it turned out awesome.

We hit up the snacks next--oranges, fishy crackers, and cake.  There was a small orchestra for dancing while they ate.  By this time the bus loads of day care kids was a bit crazy, so we grabbed the crown crafts and headed for home.  The kids had a blast.