Recycling for seedling

This year we decided to be a bit more thrifty with planting our seedlings for the garden. We had a ton of egg cartons so we figured why buy a bunch of little pucks with unknown dirt when we can DIY it. Here is what we did
First take some egg cartons and cute them to fit in your trays
Add dirt
Have super cute kids help out with planting.
 Pose for some photo ops
Water cover and wait

2012 What a year!

What a year ūüôā So much has happened in our little family is the last year.
Thinking back and reflecting on 2012. Cael celebrated his first birthday and has learned so many things. He can walk, talk use a spoon, fork and a cup. He is so full of fun and it has been an amazing time,
In April a series of events lead Hubby to getting surgery on his ankle for a bone infection, that I guess he has had for years. We are so lucky that it was finally diagnosed and the issue has been solved. So happy that he has been pain free since then, which hopefully means no more flare ups.

Home Learning was really in full swing this year. We have gone on¬†amazing¬†field¬†trips, met some¬†amazing¬†people and looking forward to continuing on this path for us. Damian joined beavers last year but really has gotten into it this year. I have joined on as a colony leader who who knows how long? ūüėČ

This summer was truly amazing  it started off with the Stampede and the 100 year celebration. Damian got to ride in the parade with Great Grandpa. We also got to go to the Ponoka Stampeded with Grandpa, the boys had so much fun with that.  We we on rides, played some games and had a blast. Nothing quite like partying cowboy style!
¬†After a few weeks with family in Alberta we headed home to prepare for the Epic Extravaganza. What else could you call a 17 day road trip with three children across Canada and the upper USA! 4 provinces and I think 13 states we crossed while driving. We started off the trip with Hubby and mine 10 year high¬†school¬†reunion, and some fun on the lake. . ¬†Saw my sisters, they both live far away from me, and¬†their¬†kids. Saw Hubby’s Dad & his little family,stayed with them for a few days.We went to¬†Niagara¬†Falls, one of my bucket list places, we even took a ride on the maid of the mist
¬†We stopped to see Mount Rushmore, or the “Mountain¬†Men” as I called the last time I saw them ( I was 4 I think) Next to Yellowstone, where we got to see Old Faithful, and buffalo. At both National parks the boys worked towards their Junior Ranger badges, and still talk about them to this day.
Then we stopped in Salt Lake city  for the night to see the temple, So thrilled to be able to have been there as a member this time. Hopefully next time we go we can spend more time. We camped along the way with the children and yes the baby stayed in his cloth diapers for the trek. ( I have that many and with the stops at family I was able to do laundry )
Then fall came, back to reality….. and packing. You see before we left on the Epic Extravaganza we found a new home, A place that was going to meet our need more fully

I celebrated my birthday.I harvested my first successful garden. :)Then the move, I thankfully went off without a hitch. Next came the Damian and Ainsley’s birthdays, wow 6 & 4 I can barely believe it. November then December and I can¬†barely¬†believe it is over again. We have done so much this year but it still feels like 2012 just started.

I’m looking forward to 2013, I’m sure it will be amazing. We have plans and goals, I hope it works out for the best ūüôā

Keep it local

I love to do my grocery shopping at small local places. I like to look for things that are grown locally and are from our environment  Now yes I am aware bananas are not from around here but my kids love them and we will buy them but we still buy from the small farmer shop for our veggies.

Why do I buy local?

  • ¬†Well I know it is fresh and not something that has been sitting in a cold fridge for who knows how long.
  • ¬†It helps sustain our local farmers. If we don’t help the little guy, the man will crush him. If we want our food healthy and local we need to support local
  • It’s good for the children to know where their food actually come from. Yes we can ¬†talk and talk about farmers and such but seeing them and meeting them is much more important. Helps foster the younger generations¬†knowledge¬†in how food is supposed to be made
  • In many cases I find it cheaper, when I go directly to the farm.
  • Tastes better. Honestly carrots for one taste so much different in the big stores then they do from the farm. Try it you may just be surprised

You can keep it local with so many more things then food. Support mom’s in business. Even if it is just that party company that every body is doing. She is trying to make a living, put her kids in sports, or even put food on their table.

Support small businesses, support home based businesses, Keep your dollars where you are, keep it local!