Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Monday, June 04, 2012

putting in the garden

You haven't lived until you've tried to plant a garden with 3 small children.

Actually, you can use that sentence for any experience.
You haven't lived until you've...bathed 4 small children in a bathtub at the same time.
You haven't lived until you've...taken 5 small children to Wal-Mart.
You haven't lived until you've...fed 4 small children cupcakes with rainbow colored ice cream.
Anyway, I digress...

Our new backyard came equipped with a fenced garden patch, complete with already planted strawberries and a sprinkler system.
After weeding the whole thing, we decided it was high time to plant it...lest the weeds return. So, despite our fear of snakes, we loaded up our crew and headed to Walmart's garden department to get our garden on. 

We loaded up one cart with kids and another cart with tomatoes, basil, cilantro, onions, peppers, sweet peas, zucchini and squash plants. I threw in a few marigolds on Amy's advice that they'd keep ants away. And, each kid got to pick a packet of seeds. So, we planted broccoli (the one vegetable that is a consistent favorite), carrots, sunflowers, Swiss chard and jack-o-lanterns. Unfortunately, I didn't have any garden markers and with all the little hands helping, I didn't get any of the rows marked. I guess we'll just see what blooms where it's planted!
Sam & Glory examining roly-polies
So, while ND and Ellie napped, I took the middles outside to help garden. They weeded. They hunted for roly-polies. They dug worms. They hauled over buckets of water to water the freshly planted plants until Glory asked, "Ninang, can we please stop doing this job?" (Nothing like a little manual labor to tire out the troops).
Kate holding a worm

Amy came out and snapped a few pictures until her napping charges woke up.

Then, we took them all inside, fed them rainbow cupcakes and gave them a bath.

1 comment:

Rae said...

hopefully everyone can soon enjoy the fruits of their labors! what a good way to keep them busy, in a meaningful way!