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Wow, I’m really slacking with the webposts! We’re in a bit of a slump around here I suppose. Perhaps it’s the heat, or Paul’s slow yet steady finger recovery (he did ended up getting surgery and it went well – I’ll leave all the details for him to summarize some other time), or the fact that we’ve decided to stay local this summer versus our usual Flagstaff weekend climbing trips and roadtrip back east, or maybe it’s our embarkment upon these home improvement projects. Whatever it is, it has me unmotivated to write. It’s not like we haven’t been doing anything. We’ve just been doing different stuff…Tucson stuff…the kind of stuff I’ve always imagined most people doing that aren’t busy spending their weekends hangin’ around a bunch of rocks.

The garden:
We’ve been spending all kinds of time in our garden. Harvesting, planting, harvesting, snacking, harvesting, weeding, keeping the compost moist and turned, staking tomatoes, squash, tomatillos, peppers, yelling at the gophers that keep eating all the wildflowers that we had growing on the outer perimeter and stuffing rocks in their holes to make them mad, watering, watering each other, and harvesting some more. Our garden is AWESOME. I am amazed at how much food we’re getting out of it and absolutely loving the year-round growing season we have here in Arizona. We put it in last Sept and have already had 3 plantings!…with another around the corner with the monsoons that are about to start up. The kids are so into it too. Every time we need to leave the house, Silas says “Mama, before we get in the van, let’s go take a peek at the garden!”….lowering his voice with a mischievous excitement. We go over to it and just stand there and admire it. It’s quite funny actually, if anyone were to see us doing it. We have a true love for the thing.

Home improvements:
Back in April we got a heater/air-conditioner installed and as of this month we flicked it on and started using it. What a treat! Before that we had some plumbing fixed in the guest house. Now our guests can use the shower…another treat! Next on the list is electrical work. We’re getting rid of all the old wiring and adding/moving plugs, light fixtures, switches, etc. We’ve finished our bedroom, the kid’s room and 2 walls in the living room. Paul’s finger surgery slowed us down a tad but we’ll be back in action on it come this weekend. The home improvement list is long so I’m not even going to get into what the next project will be once the electrical is complete. We may just call it done and go climbing!

City life:
We’ve been exploring downtown Tucson a lot this summer. The kids and I got a membership to the Children’s Museum and have already spent a nice handful of days there. We’re regulars now (and members!) of our local food coop, The Food Conspiracy. We’re still familiar faces at the Tucson CSA…I think they all secretly get a kick out of watching my children run around like wild banshies. And we’ve even taken the kids and braved some not-as-kid-friendly new restaurants downtown with small tables, no high chairs, fancy cocktails and delicate centerpieces that beg to be grabbed by small hands. At our last dining experience Paul and I finally toasted to our long-awaited return to the relaxed restaurant scene, where we were actually able to be holding a real-life adult conversation as our children entertained themselves. We thought the day would never come. 😉

The big-boy transition:
This summer we hope to accomplish 3 major milestones with Ivan, similar to what we did with Silas right before Ivan was born. #1, say bye-bye to the crib. #2, say bye-bye to the pacifier. #3, say bye-bye to the diapers. Two weeks ago we got rid of the crib. We also got rid of Silas’ toddler bed and put bunkbeds up in their room. HUGE success cause well, bunkbeds are just cool like that. Incredibly, Ivan stays put. If he does climb out it’s only 3-4 times right after we say goodnight. The best part is every morning when he comes out of the room with the biggest proudest smile on his face…as if to say, look at me! I’m such a big boy I can just wake up and climb out of bed and say good morning ALL BY MY SELF! So cute. Last week we got rid of Ivan’s pacifier, “the binkie.” This one pretty much happened on it’s own. We lost it AND the back-up bink. Surprisingly, Ivan went right to sleep without it. So when I found them both a couple days later I kept the news to myself and quietly put them in the trash. Victory on #2. So now we’re faced with the big #3. Silas was just waaaay too easily potty-trained. What are the chances that Ivan could also be easy? Slim to none I’m thinkin.’

And finally, home life:
During the week while Paul is at work, if the kids and I are not attending one of the countless children’s summer events going on around us (storytimes, craft hours, gymnastics, gym-climbing outings, harmonica lessons, museum activities…you get the picture.) you can pretty much count on finding us either in the pool or hunkered down in the coolness of our air-conditioned adobe. Both boys absolutely adore their books and we spend many hours reading. Silas is really into doing craft projects (my patience wears thin very quickly with this though because Ivan is bent on destroying, not creating. I’m working on it!). The legos are getting plenty of love (when they’re not being fought over). Ivan is a certified kitchen-helper, whether you want him there or not. And finally, we have a delightful variety of make-believe animal friends that live with us, or visit us, or call us on our cell phones…or when our cell phones are dead and need charged, send us smoke signals….except when the friends are on the other side of the earth because they migrated there to get away from the heat of Hueco Tanks…and they’re too far for smoke signals…and then it’s my job to figure out how we can communicate with them because mama bird just had a new baby bird and we need to know if they’re doing ok!!! Indeed, the home life can be pretty exciting too. 🙂



Garden life. I can’t go out and pick anything without Ivan at my heals



Biggie ONIONS!



Beautiful kohlrabi



Compost love





The garden has become a sort of sanctuary for me – it can cheer or calm any nutty of a day



Finally! The garlic is ready for harvest! Now where in the heck can I find a cool dark place to hang it to dry around here?! This is the desert!



Go ahead, stand there and admire me



Check out our basil!



The start of our summer home improvements – a big crane in the driveway



New heater/AC unit. The kids were speechless



Wonder where this old wiring goes? Into the chimney of course! As our plumber always says, the cowboys that built this place were good at hustlin’ cattle, not running plumbing or electrical



A trip down to The Children’s Museum







This place rocks. Enough said



On one of our adventurous adult-restaurant nights, the kids were so well behaved that we decided to take it up a notch and go mini golfing with them afterwards…WELL past bedtime. Oh..my..word..this was a blast. Pre-kids I remember going mini golfing and looking on with dread at all the parents with their children running wild, swinging clubs, throwing balls and not at all actually trying to get the ball in the hole. Well, we were those parents now and it was honestly, no-kidding, the most fun I’ve ever had playing mini-golf. Silas was actually very interested in getting the ball in the hole using any tactic possible including hitting our’s out of the way, and Ivan just ran around with a golf ball in one hand and a club in the other just lovin’ life with a big ‘ol smile on his face. I actually found myself now looking on at young couples without kids, stopping at those little mini-tables to fill out their scorecards and thinking to myself, man…I remember those days. BORING.



A trip to our local fire station. Wow, if I knew we’d get this kind of special treatment I would have knocked on their door a long time ago!



Craft hour at Agua Caliente Park…aka “the duck park” according to Silas. This day we learned about desert food chains!!!



One last hurrah for the crib





Sound asleep in his new big-boy bunkbed



Binki free!



A secret craft project for mama’s day



Silas, Dad and Ivan put it in their bedroom to dry. I was clearly not allowed to enter



Silas, pooh and black bear having a tea party. I like how he made booster seats for them with books and a hardhat



Ivan crashes during storytime with Dad. Silas is giving him “pets”



Summer fun is better with a buddy

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