Wednesday, June 2, 2010
On the other side of the parking lot from our local farmer's market is a "demonstration garden." I have always meant to check it out and this morning I finally did (with sick kiddos in tow). IT WAS AMAZING!!! Like walking into a little piece of The Secret Garden. A wonderful man greeted us, showed us all of the plants, let my daughter touch, smell, pick and taste things, and shared with us some organic gardening secrets. They grow tons of fresh produce and herbs, which they donate to a local shelter. There were gorgeous flowes, tiny wooden bridges and a soon-to-be children's garden complete with a teepee made of sweet pea vines. The master gardener also said that in about a month the garden will be covered in butterflies. The highlight for my child...drinking a glass of cold, clear water straight from the hose! What a wonderful, and free, treat on what was turning into a pretty crummy day. If you live anywhere near Norman you have to check this place out! If you don't, be sure to check out your local farmers' market, you really never know what treasures are hiding there.
Friday, April 16, 2010
First, let me apologize for my absence. I am still new to the blogging world, not to mention easily distratcted and incredibly sleep deprived. If I get a free minute, I'm more likely to be snarfing a turkey dog (or a glass of wine depending on the time of day) than clacking away on the computer. Anyway....I am thrilled that Spring has finally sprung! My little maniac is a tricycle riding rebel and we are making almost daily trips to the pond at the end of our street. The girl is TWO YEARS OLD and can ride that trike all the way down the street, run around the pond gathering rocks, flowers, dirt, cat-tails and the like, then ride the thing back uphill like a pro. Man, am I in trouble with this one!!! Baby brother also seems to enjoy the fresh air, giggling every time a breeze blows in his face. It really is wonderful and so simple to get out in "nature" and explore. Every day we find something different to see and talk about: a tiny snake skin, a luna moth wing, a snail shell, and so on. I don't know about you but this is way better than that football-headed Dora! So, here's my tip for the day: get out and explore a local pond, waking trail, or someplace where you can still see nature in a semi-natural form. It's a wonderful experience for all; Plus, it will keep you from hitting the fridge in desperate mommy boredom...or is that just me?