June 30, 2017

Friday - Garden Update

Once again, Fairbanks, Alaska has had a great growing week.  Making sure the garden is watered is a main issue as the sun has been so nice and warm.
 Following up from last week, I did get time to fertilize and weed this week.  Josh held the baby while I fertilized last weekend and Zachary is learning to lay on a blanket in the garden while I weed.  He doesn't love it but we are learning how to make it work.  Josh gave me a watering barrel in the main garden this year and it helps so much with the fertilizing.  Not having to go in and out of the greenhouse and using that water.  I add the fertilizer right to the barrel and it is a faster system.
 Our biggest issue became evident this year.  With the great new fence in front of the garden I planted pole beans this year as well as bush beans.  Figured I would see how the different varieties grow.  My problem, I planted the seeds when tired and pregnant.  The transplanting also took place when tired and pregnant.  Thus I have pole beans in the middle of my garden not anywhere near a fence.
 And a whole bunch of bush beans taking up space along the fence with no desire to climb at all.  Oh what a silly problem.  But Josh has fixed this issue by adding a strip of stand alone fence down the middle of the garden for the pole beans and I have learned to always label my starts and not to trust my memory.
What a good summer for growing.  

June 29, 2017

Three Weeks

This afternoon at 3:42 pm we will blow a horn and dance a dance to celebrate three weeks with this beauty.  How is it that three weeks has come and gone.  Abigail often remarks, "I can't believe he is a person."  For so long Mama just had a big round belly that bumped and moved and suddenly she has a brother.  What an amazing thing!
Yesterday our little man, but not so little, weighed in at 10 lbs 5 oz.  Up 9 oz in just one week.  
He has also taken to going to bed on the early side the last few days and, since I sleep whenever I can with him, I have been going to bed early too.  Thus no blog posts.  We will get back into the rhythm of all of life soon.  Something just sometimes slide as I sit and love on my little guy.  Three weeks, thoughts of him leaving for college make me tear up.  

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 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.

June 7, 2017

Cleaning Up

This spring has been a fun and muddy one for the kids.  Fun and MUDDY!  

The other day was a nice and "feels like summer and maybe some dry days ahead" kind of day.  So with a broom I headed down to the kids small playhouse to help remove some of the layers of mud from all of the lovely mud pies, fudge and brownies that the kids have been making from the spring time mud they find.  I quickly realized that the job was going to take a little more then a pregnant mama with a broom.
So with that, the little house was moved to the driveway and the kids were given a bucket of soapy water and rags.  I have found that little else keeps kids happier longer than water and rags with a job at hand.  This is really a chore they love.
Ahh, time for the summer time cleanse.  Since the washing the kids have moved more to making "salads" out of flowers and grass instead of all the mud inspired desserts.  A good shift for sure.
And as the kids scrubbed down in the driveway, I was on the deck doing a little of my own scrubbing.  Baby carseat and pack n' play have been scrubbed down, sun dried and put back together.  One more step closer to being ready for our new little man.

June 6, 2017

How We Celebrated

Last Friday our little girl turned 3 years old.
We spent the entire day celebrating her with all of her favorites.
 Breakfast started us out with her favorite: gooey eggs and sausage accompanied by phone calls and being sung to by family and friends.
 Mid-day saw us in town for a special lunch and time down at the river to feed the local ducks.
 Then off to Pioneer park to ride the horsey-go-round (carousel) and then the train.
 Since pioneer park just had their grand summer opening over Memorial day it was the perfect time to celebrate Naomi on her day.  She had been asking after these much desired rides for months!
 At home she got her special requested dinner of homemade mac n' cheese with cucumbers, salad and grapes.  How this girl loves grapes!
 Opening presents is always fun but the one present your brother and sister pick out for you - always the best one.  Love how this little tradition from my childhood has carried out into the lives of my kids!
 So very happy daddy was on hand for the "some assembly required" gift that I had no idea was going to actually require any assembly, opps.
 And finally getting to present Naomi her much requested Panda bear cake.  Looking back at pictures, I realized that I didn't start the special cakes until Abigail's 4th birthday.  Now each birthday seems to be a game for the kids to "stump mama" with their requests.  But I was pleased with how this little panda bear turned out.
And of course Naomi's favorite stuffed panda, and inspiration for her request in the first place, sat front and center with her as she enjoyed her treat.  Well to be truthful, she licks the frosting off and leaves the cake.  But when it is your birthday you can do just what you want!  What a fun day we had celebrating Naomi and taking note of the special things she loves on her day.

Tree Disaster of 2017

We had quite the tree drama this year.  After years and years of real trees from the woods I was done with the needles.  DONE.  Last year A...