Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Last Toothless Grin

Toddlerhood is fast approaching. I have a little less than 5 months left of Alex's remaining baby antics. Soon he will be walking, and talking, and eating big-boy foods. I admit that those are all good things, but it's still depressing. As if I need reminding of this sad fact, this weekend showed his first tooth poking through. It took me by surprise, because I had no clue that he was teething. I would blame my surprise on the fact that he is an overall fussy baby, except that he has been less fussy than usual lately. He won't eat baby food, and he won't take a bottle, but he's happy most of the time. He plays by himself much more often, and his laughter warms up the house. He's even started sleeping through the night! Not every night, but there were more nights last week that he slept through than those that he didn't. Wonderful progress! I have high hopes that sleepful nights lay in my not-so-distant future.

I took this picture today. It may very well be his last toothless grin.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Extreme Weekend Warriors

I know I haven't posted in a long while, but we have been so busy working in the yard. Actually, DH (and his dad) does most of the hard labor, as Alex makes it difficult for me to help much. I act more in the role of designer / supervisor :) It is wonderful to see my plan starting to take shape! The curves are beginning to define the areas between planting beds, stream bed, sidewalk, and patio. Our fountain turned out beautifully, and I love the sound!

We will soon have the showhouse of the neighborhood! All the other houses in the subdivision have cookie cutter yards with a teeny sidewalk leading from the driveway to the front door, a few shrubs and trees scattered here and there. I will have a wide, curving, wandering sidewalk with a bridge crossing a stream. It will be a path through a garden, ending at a cool water fountain. I can't wait!

I forgot to take a before picture, but I do have some in-progress pics. We hope to pour concrete for the sidewalks this weekend.

This is the view of the front of the house from the right side. It's hard to see the curving shape of the soon-to-be sidewalk because the lawn slopes a bit. You can barely see the urn fountain that will be set in the middle of the patio by the front door.

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This is from the left side of the front lawn. The sidewalk will end at the street here. It will be bordered on one side by flowerbeds, and a dry riverbed on the other side.

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My first scarlet rose of the season! For those interested, it is a floribunda. It sets the stage for the red and purple color sheme I hope to achieve.

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I want to plant a butterfly/hummingbird garden when the flowerbeds are ready. I don't think we will have a problem attracting them, since we have caterpillars all over the place!

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I'm so glad it's finally spring! I will post further updates as we move forward.