Friday, June 25, 2010

Piano Lessons

You may not know this about me, but I love music. As a little girl I started off on violin and loved it, but I really took off with the piano. I've been playing since about 3rd grade.  In college it was a way to relax and express myself, on my mission it was a necessity. I was always playing for church meetings and baptisms. I've played piano for our church primary for several years, and I always get tingles hearing those sweet kids singing along while I play.
Now it's time to share my talents in a new way and start teaching lessons from my own home!
Please pass this link along to anyone you know who might be looking for a piano teacher! Thanks!!

Piano Lessons

Summer session
July 12-August 23

Includes 6 half hour lessons
(flexible scheduling to accommodate vacations)
{That's about $13 a lesson!}

Let your kids learn piano in a fun, challenging and encouraging environment.

I love teaching kids! I've nannied, done private tutoring,  foster care, taught preschool, and have played the piano for my church for years!
It's time to combine my love for children with my love for teaching and music, and start teaching piano lessons!

Sign up now for this steal of a deal!
{Lessons will be $15 in the fall.}
**Refer a friend and get a free lesson in the fall!**
**Can't commit for summer? Sign up now for first pick of fall time slots**

Lessons will be taught in my home piano studio in the Glenkirk Estates community in Gainesville, VA.
Your student will have my full attention, as I have arranged childcare for my own children.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A day at the park

I snapped these photos as we were leaving Burke Lake Park a couple weeks ago. (Which, if you live around here is SO fun- by the way!) I love that they just started holding hands without any prompts from adults. They are so cute. 
2 little cousins
3 little cousins
My sister visited for about 2 weeks. We had so much fun with her kids Ruby and Cora. (Aren't those the MOST adorable names??) Ice cream, lots of pool time, sprinklers, parks, and tons of play time. Avery called Ruby "Owie" the whole time because she can't say "Ruby". And sweet Ruby said Avery was "crackin her up." Aren't kids so awesome? 
Look at these 2 year old beauties!

More pics from Burke Lake Park- carousel ride.
Our favorite ice cream:

p.s. Remember how these little girls used to be so tiny?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I feel silly

So that surprising flower we saw budding from our "pepper" plant IS indeed a flower plant, I got confused because I started an "assortment of pepper varieties" from seed back in the winter. However, I also planted some flower seeds, but they all died and I threw them out. (Or so I thought!) So,  I thought this plant was just a "different variety" of pepper plant, when it is indeed a VERY different variety, a Dahlia
Kind of embarassing! But before it blossomed it really looked like a baby pepper all tucked away! I guess you see what you want to see!

p.s. Anyone know a good remedy for blossom rot? I have it on my tomatoes and squash- I've read a lot of different solutions online but not sure which way to go- has anyone had this problem before?

We love you, dad!

An awesome dad's day for a terrific dad.
We love you, Kirtis!

More garden surprises......

Every day our garden changes and grows! It's so fun to watch. 
And yes, we are a little obsessed.
This flower popped out of one of our pepper plants! What a lovely surprise!
I feel like these little cantaloupes are my babies!
They are growing so fast!

I'm having twins! (ha ha)

Tamaters. Think red happy thoughts!

Last but not least, a baby bell pepper.

p.s. we're eating our zucchini and squash for dinner tonight: 
Here's the recipe:

Summer Fettucine

Fettucine noodles
olive oil
fresh garlic
red onion
1 yellow squash
1 zucchini
corn or other vegetable
diced tomatoes
fresh parsley
fresh basil

Cook fettucine noodles according to the directions.
In a saucepan pour olive oil to coat the pan. Add fresh chopped garlic and red onion. Chop up yellow squash and zucchini. Add to saucepan after garlic and onions have cooked (5 minutes). Chop up your fresh basil and parsley. Add diced tomatoes, basil, parsley and corn (or fresh green beans if you like) to the saucepan. Let heat until your fettucine is done. Pour contents of saucepan over fettucine. Top with grilled chicken. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tour de Garden

I am absolutely in love with our garden! I go out and check on it several times a day. It is fun to watch it grow. It changes so quickly! We have 3 boxes- and I want more! I am seriously loving it. I think I learn so much from seeing others garden- so I thought I'd give you a tour of mine- in case you've ever thought about starting one- you can see for yourself how easy and fun it is! Plus the kids LOOOOVE it. Seriously, this hasn't been hard at all.
In Box #1 I planted 3 cantaloupe plants. I'm still not sure the best spacing- they were staggered about 1 foot apart and planted on mounds (as recommended on the seed packet).
I planted the watermelon and cucumber about 2-3 weeks after the cantaloupe- for no reason other than it's how long it took me to get the store to buy the seeds. The cantalope looked about like the watermelon 2 weeks ago, so you can see how much it's grown.

In the second box I have 4 bell pepper plants. The seed packet was assorted- so we'll see what color I end up with! I started the seeds indoors in March-then transplanted them to the box at the end of April. ) I bought one jalopeno plant. Shortly after planting, Avery plucked every leaf off of it, but it seems to be doing just fine. Also, Jackson for some unknown reason calls it the "Dr. Pepper Plant" and I think it's so funny/cute that I can't correct him.
Then comes our squash. One zucchini plant and one yellow squash plant. Kirtis calls it the whore of the garden- and he is about right! It's about to take over everything! I planted a row of carrots to see if I could squeeze it in on the side, but it's overtaken the whole box- almost overnight! We do have little squashes on there- about 4 inches long- which is exciting!

These are my baby tomatoes ALL GROWN UP! These are all big boy hybrids. I bought one seed packet, started all 20- picked out 8 plants and gave the rest away. Next year I'll do some more variety- but this was so fun to see these plants from sprouts to full grown like this! Remember these little babies?

Now they have their flowers on them, which will all be tomatoes soon! So exciting.

Okay, so that's the basic tour. We also have some blackberry, rasberry, blueberry bushes in pots. Any tips on these? We're still deciding where to plant. Any veggies you guys love to grow? I'm compiling my list for next year! Questions?