June 27, 2017

A Work In Progress

Late in the spring I mentioned that we moved the rhubarb plants to a new planter and were then going to be removing the old rhubarb area.  This took place last week.  Josh borrowed a co-worker's skid steer and in no time at all moved all the dirt and tree roots that had been in place.  With those gone the next project on the list has begun.
Since the deck was built six years ago the ground has settled a bit.  The summer Josh is building new deck supports and reconstructing the support system for each of the posts.  This is slow work as only one support can be removed at a time.  But slow and steady the work is progressing.  Here is to a better, stronger deck for the years to come!

June 26, 2017

Summer Sun

Our struggle with Jaundice in our little boy - How thankful we are for modern medicine and for the summertime sunshine.  
One last blood test this week and we should have confirmation we are in the clear!

June 23, 2017

Friday - Garden Update

This week we had more sun and that was intermixed with a little splash of rain.  Honestly folks this is perfect garden weather.  If things continue we might have our best summer ever.  Do I dare to say that so early in the season?
Here is a view of the entire garden, expansion included, from the deck.  In the expansion area you can start to see the beet and carrot seeds coming up.  Our biggest change in the garden this week was I gave in and went to the greenhouse and bought three new zucchini plants last weekend.  Ours just didn't make it through that cold spell and summer wouldn't be summer without zucchini.   

Projects this week:  the weeds.  As much as the vegetables are growing so are the weeds.  I really need time without Zachary to not only weed but also fertilize the main body of the garden.  The greenhouse I can do easily with him but the outdoor area is a little harder to maneuver.  
The weather has also been lovely enough that this week we moved the lettuce boxes out of the greenhouse and onto the deck.  Yeah for easy access for summer dinners.  We have already had a BLT night and all loved the taste of our own garden lettuce.
The new rhubarb planter box is also doing well.  Takes a little more work to get the watering can out there but Zachary and I do it each day and the rhubarb is thankful.  It is growing so well after having its roots torn apart just a month or so ago.  The small strawberries planted between the rhubarb is also doing ok.  Not flourishing but not dying either.  Progress!

June 22, 2017

What A Celebration of Zachary

The lovely ladies at my church planned a baby shower for baby Zachary.  Way back in the spring when everyone was looking at the calendar there was so much going on, and I always have babies that come late, that June 10th sounded like a good day.  Well, our little Zachary decided to come June 8th instead and we have concluded it must be because he is not one to miss a party, especially one for him.
 Josh seriously helped us check out of the hospital the morning of June 10th and drove us to our baby shower.  One of the ladies helped me cut off all of my hospital ID bands upon arrival, ha ha.
 The entire party was story book themed and it was so perfect and fun.  Books on the tables, books on the fire place mantle, books hanging on ribbons made banners around the room.
And the food was all connected to books too:
The giant cabbage book was with coleslaw
The tale of peter rabbit was with veggie sticks
Red Fish, Blue Fish was with a bowl of colored gold fish crackers
Green Eggs And Ham were with deviled eggs dyed green
The three little pigs was with pigs in a blanket
The Little Red Hen was with a loaf of bread
Winnie the Pooh was with a jar of honey
Blueberries for Sal was with blueberry jam
The hungry, hungry caterpillar was with cupcakes and green tortillas and cream cheese all rolled and cut into the shape of a caterpillar.
And then on top of all the gifts he was given, Zachary was loved, kissed, hugged and adored at just shy of two days old.  We were all so thankful that we made it to the party, and that we then got the chance to go home and be tucked into our bed for time to rest after all the love we had been given.  What a way to celebrate our little man's arrival into this world.

June 19, 2017

Summer Days

Summer days and loving life with a newborn!

June 16, 2017

Friday Garden Update

Recently there was been a lot of sun and heat in Fairbanks with a good mix of rainy days.  The perfect recipe for garden growth.
 The garden expansion area was planted just days before Zachary was born.  It is full of small carrot and beet seeds that are all popping up and bringing us delight as well as the pea and bean starts.  For some reason I didn't take a picture of the whole expansion area but will do that for next Friday.  It looks great.
 The sunshine has our greenhouse pushing 100 or more degrees everyday and the plants are loving it. Baby cucumbers are in our future.
 And little Zachary and I use our wakeful night hours to go out and pick the suckers off of our tomato plants.  You have to love living in the land of the midnight sun where you can garden with a newborn at 2 in the morning.
Besides our zucchini, which suffered from the cold at the beginning of the month and still haven't rallied, everything is growing strong.  If I am up for going out and about one of these days I will go get a few zucchini replacement plants and we should be back on track.
A little picture of me and my gardening buddy.  

June 15, 2017

Heavenly Gifts To Celebrate 36 Years

Today I celebrate my birthday.  What a busy month June has become in our house.  As I think about all of adventures and experiences life has given me for the past 36 years I find such joy in my five greatest gifts from God.
 My little mother, planner, motivator and petite spinning girl.
 My adventure seeking, always moving, super loving and hugging red haired boy.
 My strong, helpful, cuddly, and focused little blue eyed girl.
 My 9 lbs of snuggles, three chinned, long haired and breath taking little boy.
All added to my best friend who keeps me stable, loves me, encourages me, dreams of the future with me and celebrates me today.  Today I celebrate 36 years of life and I sit back and wonder how was I so lucky to be blessed so abundantly.  

June 14, 2017


Here is a picture of Zachary's first bath.  Last night my little man's hair was washed under the bathroom faucet.  No full baths allowed yet but my baby with lots of hair was due.  Love that clean baby smell.

June 13, 2017

Love At First Sight

There might not be a lot of words on the blog this week.  My arms are full of baby sweetness.  But I do have plenty of pictures to share.

Josh's mom is here helping us keep this family going this week and we are so thankful.  On the day Zachary was born, she was able to bring the kids in to meet him when he was less than three hours old.  They were all in love!

June 12, 2017

Morning Help

Sometimes I am a little slow in getting downstairs in the morning if one of the kids is in need of extra help picking clothes, making a bed or cleaning up morning time books.
But since the kids love to be helpers, there really is no telling how they will "help" get breakfast ready as I make my way to the kitchen.  Life around here is rarely full of dull moments for sure!!

June 9, 2017

Our Number 4

What a busy and unexpected week we have had.  Tuesday morning at 3am I started to feel "off".  Thursday at 3:42 pm our little baby boy finally arrived.  Who would have ever thought that our number 4 would take so long to arrive.  How ready we were to meet him.
 I will soon take the time to write his birth story but today he deserves his introduction.  

Zachary Davis Klynstra
arrived 6/817 at 3:42pm
9 lb 14 oz
22 inches long
He fits into this crazy little family perfectly.  We are so very happy he is here.

June 8, 2017

Early Morning Favorites

One of my great joys is watching the kids engaged and happy.  Mixing the kids, their personalities, they need for different things at different times and how everyone is feeling makes these special moments seem rare.
But sometimes all we need to smooth out a situation is some crayons and big pieces of paper.
And with those tools three different minds can create three different views on their worlds and express what they see.
Early morning coloring, creating and expressing - a great way to start a day.