10 September 2012

This Grass Might Actually Be Greener

Towards the end of last school year, Deacon's glass grew little bowls of grass.  He was super proud of his grass, especially when we planted it in one of our garden plots in our front yard.  And the more it grew, the more proud of it he got.
Then one day, the company that does the landscaping here came by and cut down everything we had growing in that one plot.  We had carrots, lemon basil, and, of course, Deacon's grass growing in that plot.  Josh was furious about the carrots, and Deacon was SO sad about his grass.  Every night for a week he prayed that God would grow his grass back quickly because the man came and cut it.
Eventually, it did grow back, as grass is wont to do.  We called housing and they told the guys not to cut anything in that plot because we have carrots growing.  My neighbor came out and explained in Spanish NOT to cut that plot because of the carrots and Deacon's grass.  But a few weeks later, once Deacon's grass got a few inches tall, they came buy and cut. it. down. again.  Oh yeah.  I have a picture but I can't find it right now.
So, this past week, I noticed the grass was growing back again, and I really didn't want it getting cut down a 3rd time, so as the guys were cutting my neighbors' lawns, I did this:

I took some of the rocks from the outside of the plot as a whole, and from the tree in front of our yard, and I made a little "rock fence" around the grass, so they wouldn't go over it with the weed whacker again.  And on that day, it worked.  The guys came, the guys cut, the guys left, and the grass was still there.
So, you can imagine my surprise and my absolute ANGER when yesterday I was checking on the gardens after having been gone Friday and Saturday at the Women of Faith conference in Philly (hence no blogging those days or yesterday as I was exhausted from it), and I saw this:

The guys came back later in the week and PULLED THE WHOLE PLANT OUT! I saw this after an incredibly rough and stressful day, so when Josh called to see why I texted him that I was angry, I actually started crying when I told him what had happened. (Side story: as I stood there on the phone crying, Finn came over, rubbed my tummy and said, "It's alright.  It's alright."  Sweet boy.) Needless to say, Josh was not happy either.
This morning I called housing again and lodged another complaint against these guys and told housing the whole story, from beginning to end.  The housing lady I spoke with was angry too.  She asked me to email her the pictures of his grass and of the hole, so I did.  She then forwarded them to the supervisor of the company and told him the story.  She said he was appalled and couldn't believe his guys would do that, then asked what sort of grass it was so he could replace it as closely as possible.  I said it was grass, and that he probably wouldn't notice any difference as he's only 5.  Shortly after we finished eating lunch, I got the call that the grass had been replaced.  I went out and saw this:
I think that grass is WAY bigger and brighter than Deacon's original grass.  He's thrilled it's there again.  I'm happy they fixed it, and that my boy is happy with it.  Now let's hope none of it happens again.

06 September 2012

Mah Baayyy-baaaayyyyys!

Today was Zeke and Deacon's first day of school (finally). You guys, my boys are growing up WAY too fast.  Also, as much as I complained about summer vacation being a few days too long, as I walked the boys to the bus this morning, it suddenly felt like summer went way too fast.  Here are our first day of school pictures:

That's Zeke on the left, all ready for first grade (first grade?!).  Then there's Deacon all set for kindergarten. 
They both had good days at school.  I won't talk about the bus today.  It's too late in the evening for me to get angry again.  Maybe another day if it doesn't get better.  ANYHOO...
Deacon's wrap-up of kindergarten went like this: "Mrs. S is great.  But some of the kids called out and didn't stay in their places."  I think we need to start calling him The Enforcer.  He really likes to boss people around, making sure they're following the rules. Zeke's wrap-up was, "Mrs. V didn't yell at me.  I listened to her and she smiled at me."  He's such a sweet boy.
However, those 2 aren't the only 2 getting bigger.  Mr. Finn has grown quite a bit this summer.  I had to change out his 3T pajamas for his 4T ones (he's not even 2 1/2 yet).  Now, in defense of his pajamas I'm fairly certain they mis-size those things.  It's always been my theory, and this just solidifies it in my head.  But the point is, now he's wearing these: 

And yes, he is actually on the phone (with his daddy), while sipping his juice.  Big boy indeed.

05 September 2012

Fishy Fun

As some of you may or may not know, we got some fish the other weekend. Five fish to be exact. Happy, Spotted, Ezekiel, Watson, and Davy Jones. Unfortunately the day after we got them, Happy and Spotted died.

This past weekend, we got 3 new fish to replace the 2 dead fish. I guess Josh figured at least one was bound to die again so he erred on the side of extra? Well, all 3 are still alive and seem to be doing pretty well.

Meaning, we now have Spotted 2:

Happy 2 (whose is very tiny and guarded closely by Watson apparently):

And our 6th is Laurence FISHbourne, or Larry as I like to call her (yes, Zeke decided that fish is a girl):
My apologizes for the fuzzy pictures. Apparently new tanks get cloudy and stay cloudy for a few weeks or so. And, is it my imagination, or is Ezekiel growing a mustache?

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04 September 2012

How Is It September Already?

Seriously guys, how is it September already?  This summer (during which I took a break from blogging, in case you didn't notice) went really fast.  And here, at least, September came and brought Fall right along with it.  It's cooler (still warm, but we all have pants on today) and it's been raining, raining, raining. 
BUT, now that it IS September and we're getting back into the swing of things, I've decided to get back into the swing of blogging.  As a sort of "goal", I've decided to blog every day that Josh is traveling over the next school year, at least.  Now, this is probably going to be a bigger task then I think as he's going to be gone quite a bit more with internships and classes and a possible 4 month trip to Afghanistan (you may call it a deployment if you wish).  And yes, since I'm blogging today, Josh has left today for a week long trip (maybe longer...we'll see when we see).
So, I think I'll just spend the rest of this post quickly recapping our summer with some pictures which are in no particular order.
We went bowling a few times (as well as to a bounce house one day):
We played at a number of different parks with a number of different friends:
We checked out some local construction:
We drove to New Hampshire for a wedding (Josh's cousin).  We also took a mini-vacation and visited with all the grandparents:
Of course there were many hours spent at Frog Falls (the waterpark behind our house):
One evening we took the boys and Thomas mini golfing and then out for ice cream afterwards:
We went for a boat ride, and did some crabbing while we were out there:
Finn made a "new" friend:
We visited camp where we had lunch, went swimming, played on yet another playground and did crafts:
We met a bagpiper who has me totally convinced that I NEED to learn to play the bagpipes myself and that I can totally do it:
And we got some fish:
All in all, a great summer.  This past summer also marked one year for us being in New Jersey.  And what a year it's been.  This next year looks to be pretty busy, so I'm sure I'll have plenty to write about here.