Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Buried Alive

That is what our house had become.  It was literally being swallowed by our shrubbery!  Something had to be done.  Drastic measures had to be taken.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again.  I do not have a green thumb.  I kill things.  This is where I enlisted my husband.  My poor, unsuspecting husband. 

Be prepared to be horrified...

Yep.  That is truly sad.  I use a hedge trimmer every spring and fall on all of our shrubs (that is the only yard work I do... ever).  That is just not enough for these monstrosities.  (Good thing we don't have any windows in the front of our house.)  There are three very large shrubs there.  You can't see the third, but it is behind the purple shrub and is about the same height.  So I used all the charm I could muster and begged Kevin to take out these three shrubs.  Rip them right out!  Then we will place a couple of very nice looking, small shrubs in their place.  After he did this, I noticed that the holly in the back was a lot taller than I remembered.  Also, the one partially behind the big green shrub was half dead.  Sooo, while he was sweaty and dirty I asked if he wouldn't mind just ripping all the holly out as well (imagine me batting my eyelashes).  I believe there were at least four very large holly shrubs.  Out those went as well!

So looking at that left side; we Kevin took all of those shrubs out.  The left side of the house was completely naked!  We went to the nursery and bought lots of nice things.  And I also ordered something very special this week for that space.  It should be delivered in about two weeks.

This past weekend, Kevin ripped out the overgrown shrubs on the right side.  Woo hoo!  And hopefully this weekend he will plant our new shrubs and possibly trim back the trees a little.  I should have a picture next week of all the progress.

Monday, June 17, 2013

10 and 11 Months

Wow, I am really behind posting pics of Klive's progress.  The time sure has flown. 

Klive is a pretty good eater for the most part.  He likes to eat, just not all the things that I wish he would eat.  For instance, I gave him lima beans the other night for dinner.  Hated them.  Wouldn't eat them.  But the very next day I saw something sticking out of his mouth.  It was a leaf.  I had to pry his mouth open to get it out!  He didn't want to give it up and was quite upset with me for not letting him eat it.  Now how does a leaf taste better than a lima bean?  Answer me that?  Here he is eating tomato sauce with some spices, ground chickpeas, star pasta, and cheese.  He was enjoying himself.

And he loves playing peak-a-boo with the curtains.  I CAN'T keep him away from the curtains.

Okay, this pic speaks for itself.  How stinkin' cute is he??!!

I got him some shades the other day.  He thinks it is funny to wear them.  He usually will keep them on for a minute or two.

Klive is really good at getting into things that he is not supposed to be messing with.  Like in this picture... he pulled out the bins with the DVD's and used them as a step ladder to get to the Wii player so that he could push the power button again... and again... and again.  He's also trying to climb up the entertainment center.  And no, I am not a terrible mother.  I did pull him down as soon as I got my picture.

This is one of my favorite pics of my little one.  I took some shots of him wearing his Papa's straw hat and sitting on the tractor for Kevin's Father's Day present.  I LOVE how it turned out. 
Happy Father's Day Papa!

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