Mark calls him “Froggie”

»  olya    27 Jul 2007 @ 14:45    

She always has time…

»  olya    26 Jul 2007 @ 12:35    

… to stop and smell the flowers :)

New Baby

»  olya    23 Jul 2007 @ 09:56    

But not ours :) She’s about a week old in these photos… Today she’s almost 2 months old.

Finally! Playing in the ‘rain’

»  olya    22 Jul 2007 @ 02:27    

Well, since our kids don’t get to play in the rain more than once every 3 months (that’s about how often we get rain here), they took advantage of this opportunity when Mark was cleaning whatever he was cleaning on the roof and the water was running down straight into a dirt patch in our backyard. This was about 2 months ago, I told you I’m way behind on our family photos :)

New adventures in gardening

»  mark    17 Jul 2007 @ 12:23    

Inspired by Olya’s new pictures, I thought I’d take a moment and share something as well. This summer’s gardening experience has been very interesting. The biggest change has been the much more “hands-on” approach to help I’ve received from Maya and Elijah.

Elijah has been testing all of the plants in our raised boxes for durability by climbing on them. Fortunately, many of them are now bigger than him, so the damage is not so severe. The best thing I put in our garden to survive with this unusually large “invader” is a small lemon thyme, which can take being stepped on up to twice a day. I think that includes being sat on… the label did not say exactly.

Maya has been keeping a close eye on our garden. She’s learned (I hope) that green cherry tomatoes don’t taste so good, but fresh basil does. She is also something of a plant conservationist at such an early age:
“Papa, put that back, be nice to the weed!”
“Papa, be gentle with the weeds.”
“Papa, you need to say sorry to the weeds.”

My big victory this summer was learning how to make an earwig trap. Take a tuna can and fill the bottom with bacon or other meat grease and just set it out in the garden. The earwigs are drawn to the scent and the seclusion, and they perish in the grease. After one night of being in our garden, I had half a dozen dead earwigs in the can. After three nights, I had well over 30 plus some bonus box elder bug nymphs. Very easy to do and no insecticides necessary.

Now if keeping the leafhoppers at bay was this easy. I’ve heard some people are able to achieve some success with fly paper, but I can just see Elijah coming into the house all wrapped up in fly paper, so I’m not convinced that is the best approach as yet.

Preview #1

»  olya    16 Jul 2007 @ 02:26    

One quick photo from the upcoming gallery. I have about a whole month worth of photos that I need to find time to edit, including some from the BBQ where I took this photo of Barbie and Josiah :)

My b-day 3 weeks ago

»  olya    16 Jul 2007 @ 02:24    

No work on Sunday night, so I finally got to edit some ‘old’ photos! These were taken on my B-Day. First we went to One World Cafe with Mark’s family, we finally had a good enough excuse to take them there :) After that we went to the Temple Square and walked around a bit. The next day Barbie took me to The Greenhouse Effect Cafe to have some delicious crepes. Since I didn’t get in any of the pictures during my b-day, I added one at the end of the gallery that Maya took with a remote. She’s all about ‘pushing the buttons’ ;)

(I’ll have to rewrite the whole thing, I sound really boring in the middle of the night…)


»  olya    2 Jul 2007 @ 10:24    

I know I haven’t posted any photos in a while (yet again…), but I really have been busy with other people’s photos… Here’re a few ‘oldies’ that I never got a chance to share…

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