Walks With Ida : Ault Park

When we lived in Oakley, Ault park was our favorite spot to visit if we needed to get out of the house. It's probably the thing I miss most about our old place. It isn't that far, but there are so many other places to explore that are closer to our current home, so we haven't visited since the spring.
When we had to head over to the area for Ida's 2 year doctor appointment, I thought it would be the perfect time to go exploring on our favorite little trail with just Ida. Ida wasn't in to walking (which doesn't surprise me since Cora didn't really hike it until she was 2.5), so she spent the whole hike in the carrier asking "what's that?!" about every single tree we passed and noise we heard.

After the hike, we walked around the gardens and Ida stuck her feet in the fountain. I was quickly reminded how big Ida has gotten since the time Jazz came to visit and the girlies were all about the fountain. Ida was fascinated with the face at the top of the fountain that spits out water. It took quite a while to peel her away from our fountain spot.

We went up to the top of the steps and Ida was obsessed with the water fountain... which baby cora used to be obsessed with too. Ida spent way too much time stepping on the water fountain pedal and taste-testing the water. She also loved running around inside of the pavilion and making loud noises to hear the echo. 

Ida does not like to stray to far from Momma, so she spent a lot of time making sure I was closely following her or asking to be carried. It was nice to spend one-on-one time adventuring with Ida and I'm looking forward to similar outings with my girl in the coming months.
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Vegetable Garden : Enjoying the Process

Last time I shared about our garden, we had a tiny harvest and everything else was either rotting, being eaten by deer, or still growing. Because we weren't getting much and we lost some plants to that leaf fungus thing, we decided we would see where the rest of the season took us and really just enjoy the process of walking in the garden, watering plants, and digging in the dirt. Any extra harvest would be a bonus.

When we got back from vacation, we thought we'd try one of the watermelons even if it wasn't ready yet. We picked our biggest watermelon (AKA Mama Watermelon) and chopped it up.  Success! It was so delicious and the girls chowed down. I don't think either one of the girls had seen watermelon with seeds in it before, so that was a funny realization.

While eating watermelon, Cora asked if we could plant the seeds. I hadn't thought about it before so I read through a bunch of articles on the internet and landed on this process. First, I put all the seeds in a bowl of water and discarded the seeds that floated to the top. Next, we laid out the seeds and let them dry overnight. We made some envelopes for the seeds and then put all the envelopes in a jar with a little bit of rice. I'm not 100% that this is correct, but I'm hoping what we did worked and we have a good amount of watermelons next year. We made sure to write the name of the watermelon on the envelope to see if one watermelon produces more plants and whether the best tasting ones produce the best tasting offspring. Some of our other names include Trashy Watermelon and Butthead Watermelon... so mature!
Cora was cutting up some lemons from her lemonade stand and she separated all of the lemon seeds hoping to plant them. Of course, I consulted Google to see what I should do. We soaked the seeds in a jar of water before planting. It looks like the plants can be moved inside (or even the garage!) during the winter and it will continue to grow. Cora loves checking on her lemon plants and watching their progress. I'm sure she would love to make lemonade from her very own lemon trees if they ever yield fruit.

In the last month, we have harvested a couple tomatoes and peppers (which are way too hot for me) and we're waiting for some more tomatoes to ripen.

We also found some of these cool mushrooms around the yard. I don't let the girls touch them, but they're fun to look at and observe the different ones that grow around our property.
I have been pulling out some of the dead plants and thinking about starting a fall garden... but for now, we're enjoying where we're at.


Life With Ida : 2 Years

I'm looking back at all my Life With Ida updates and loving all the pictures of baby Ida. I'm enjoying seeing how much has changed in the last year and seeing all the progress our sweet Ida has made.
Ida is always making her grumpy face and it's one of my favorite things. She is super grumpy when she meets new people... and it's always a fun surprise when she doesn't have a grumpy face when she meets somebody. Some days she is grumpy and mean mugging at everyone we pass and other days she is smiley and waving to every single person we see.

Ida is getting more and more independent and it is so fun to watch all the things she is learning. This week, she can finally open the fridge and she's constantly disappearing and reappearing with a yogurt in her hand.  One day, I heard her go in the fridge and I told her from the next room "you better not come back in here with a yogurt in your hand" and she peeks around the corner with a yogurt and her sweet little voice was just like "peeeasse!" followed by all of us cracking up. I also love her little voice saying 'thank you' whenever you help her with something.

Ida is really into chanting (just like the rest of our family) and she'll always find something to chant. She was really into her birthday with all the chants of "fashion show" and her name. Sometimes when there is a game behind our house, we'll walk over to grab a little treat from the concession stand. As soon as she hears we're going over, she'll start chanting "treat! treat! treat!" and it is the cutest thing hearing her little voice chanting.
Ida is quite the fashionista. She loves to pick out her own clothes which often includes a pair of sunglasses. Our neighbors gave us a little tinkerbell nightgown hand-me-down and that has been Ida's favorite article of clothing lately. I love seeing the random things she picks to wear.

Ida loves to color... but also loves to be a stinker and color all over her body. When I work from home, she usually colors next to me for a bit. When she's really concentrating on coloring, she puts her hand up to her face and it's the cutest thing.

As always, Ida loves going out on walks. This month, we found a new-to-us discovery garden and our favorite backyard filled with black-eyed susans. Ida is always the first to request to go 'ouside' and runs off to get her shoes whenever we talk about going on a walk.

Happy 2nd birthday sweet Ida! We love watching you grow and can't wait to see everything the next year has in store for you. We love you so much and we're lucky to have you in our family.

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