You all, it blows my mind with how long it has been since a post has been published. Would you believe me if I told you I have three different posts started as we speak? I laugh thinking back on how I thought we’d stay on course with the blogging schedule while adjusting to a new precious, demanding human being in the house- first-time parent fantasy. (Let alone stay on top of the basic daily grind.) I’ve seen it done, but that just wasn’t my reality.
We aren’t completely consumed by baby these days. In fact, Ryan and I have stayed surprisingly on schedule when it comes to the garden. Thanks to big moves ahead, there’s a lot less summer planting happening than what our homesteading hearts desire. That alone has helped us handle what’s on our plates…for the most part.
There is a lot to say about those big moves, the garden, and other happenings that have been dominating our lives. The following are five things that are currently ruling our world:
What’s ruling our world
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How early can you potty-train again? Diapers are the story of my life. Diaper changes, spraying, every other day washings, an occasional soaking, and the preciousness that is a clothesline full of diapers (and diaper accessories) is the money saving train I can’t get off. I use a combination of organic, one size, double weave gauze diapers (paired with a coverall) and all-in-one diapers. Like my rapidly growing and changing girl, cloth diapering has me adjusting how I do things every now and again. It goes without saying that I love the environmental impact this choice makes. But what really makes me happy about going the cloth diaper route, is getting to use them with baby #2 (years down the road). Savings and a small environmental footprint are enough to make me clap my hands like a giddy girl, or at least endure the few inconveniences and keep on keepin’ on.
Eco mop gold
Best Christmas present of 2017! What can I say? My man knows the way to my heart. The floor mop with an additional pack of reusable microfiber clothes had me swooning. Imagine me “swiffering” the entire house with a perma-grin and pep in my step. With a quick change of floor cloths that clip to the bottom of the mop, and a spray bottle of my homemade floor cleaner, I can give the floor extra love if needed. (One cloth is for cleaning and catching dirt/dust bunnies, the other acts as a mop.) Let’s just say it is the gift that keeps giving now that Lula has become one with the floor mobile. This link will take you to the exact setup Ryan got me.
Little harvests are starting to come from the garden. Rhubarb, alpine strawberries, Swiss chard, kale, snap peas, and leeks are keeping us fed while we wait for the summer babies (seedlings) to take off. This year Ryan has spoiled me with flowers. The raised beds are planted thick with calendula, along with a mix of carrots, kale, jalapenos, strawberries, zinnias, and yarrow. The asparagus is finally old enough to devour and the fig trees should fruit better than ever this year. It’s eye candy all day.
Our back deck is covered with all kinds of fruit seedlings and young plants. It’s really just a sign of what’s to come. Our future homestead is going to be dripping with fruit from these lemons, grapes, muscadines, kiwis, cherries, and so many other cool and strange fruits. For now, we are just happy to see our one year old thornless raspberry flowering for the first time!
Eight month old
Eight months! Where has time gone? I already have first birthday party ideas going through my head. Being a mother has been one of the most challenging, selfless, and rewarding things I have ever taken on. The girl rules my world and I love it. It has taken me 8 months now…but I am starting to find a balance between keeping house, baby, garden, blog, etc. Lula’s new found independence and introduction to solid foods has freed me of so much that kept us physically attached for the better part of a day. (I’m already brainstorming on how to get our next one to take both breast and bottle.) Time is a tired blur, and yet life has never been so sweet.
How long have we been talking about buying a place of our own? The answer is years. Remember that time we talked about testing the house hunting waters? It was just before our focus shifted to becoming first-time-parents. Getting more to the point, the stars are align, calls have been made, budgets have been set- we are going to be homeowners. Ryan and I are to determined to have the freedom to plant, dig, and redesign to our hearts content very soon. Hello chickens, pigs, goats, donkey, etc! The world, er homestead, is our oyster and we have dreams ready to unfold.
Admittedly, it has taken us a minute, but we are starting to find our groove. I’m deeming this our “quiet” season and considering it the calm before the storm whirlwind of awesome. Our dreaming hearts have our minds set on pushing for big things. We look forward to sharing the adventures ahead here with all of you.