Monday, July 30, 2012

there's nothing secret about this garden

We've been having more fun in the garden lately.  Last week, we had green beans for breakfast.  That's because we found that there were beans ready, and Heather didn't want to wait around.  So, we steamed them up and ate them.  There's just nothing like a good breakfast of green beans and cheerios, let me tell you!

Also, I've been enjoying some of the quirks that come with learning by experience, garden style.  See, I don't like to do a whole lot of gardening research.  That's partially because I'm lazy, and partially because the more rules/guidelines/suggestions there are for me to follow, the more quickly I become overwhelmed and decide to throw in the towel, essentially finishing before I've begun.

And that friends, is how it came about that in my little square foot garden, I planted cucumbers in front of the bush beans, with no trellis or pole or anything upon which they could climb.  Who knew that cucumbers liked to climb?  Not me.  Who has ever even seen a cucumber plant?  Not me.

Luckily, I planted peas in back of the bush beans, right by the garden net so at least they could climb.  So, now that peas are long gone, I've ripped those plants out, and threaded the cucumber plants through the gauntlet of bush beans, helping them bravely make their way to the net, where they can grow and climb and blossom and make little bits of cucumber deliciousness.  I've also jerry-rigged a few sticks in the garden to give them a bit more climbing room.  It's working all right for now.  However, I've learned my lesson, and next year if I plant cucumbers, they will definitely have a different garden address.  Live and learn.

Another fun discovery?  Gardening with a three-year old girl is the best thing ever.  Heather loves watering, harvesting, pruning, clipping, you name it. (as long as you don't name "weeding"--but we are mostly potting soil people this year, so there aren't a whole lot of weeds to be weeded.)  I guess it's just another level to my my Christmas analogy of nearly a year ago.  Like Santa, and Christmas morning, and the magic of the holiday season in general, gardening is also infinitely better when shared with a child.

Particularly if that child is my Heather.

You can stop reading now, or if you are up for a few pictures, may I present:  

Gratuitous Photos of Gardening Heather:


quirky 7-12


This one cracks me up.  "Hmmm . . . "  she seems to be saying,  "I suppose that will do for now."

Gratuitous Photos of the garden in general:


These are the cucumber plants.
Notice how I've put in some makeshift decorative solar light for them to climb?
I do what I can.  



Thursday, July 26, 2012

Part 3

If you've just tuned in, the following explanation may prove helpful:  

A bit ago, my neighbor and newest commenting reader requested that I tell parts 1, 3, 4, and 5 of our love story (having read part 2 here.)  I figured, why not?

So here, in a similar format as was used in parts one and two, is part three:

Unspecified dates between July 4, 2006 and early November, 2006:

-One evening, over plates of halibut, Charlotte and Eric get talking about marriage in general (not to be confused with actual marriage plans).  Eric mentions offhand that he "kind of doesn't think marriage is gonna happen for him".  Charlotte keeps her cool on the outside, but inside big red flags are popping up all over.

-Later that night after Eric has gone home, Charlotte determines that she should probably step on the brakes a bit with this Eric guy, seeing as how she does think and hope that "marriage is gonna happen for her", and if that is the case, there really isn't much of a future for the two of them.

-A week or so later, Charlotte asks for clarification on the whole marriage in general point.  Eric, fearing Charlotte is wanting a proposal after a mere month or two of dating, keeps his cool on the outside, but inside big red flags are popping up all over.

-The conversation continues and it becomes clear that 1)Eric would like for marriage to be a part of his future, but is hesitant to hope for something so glorious, based on some of his past experiences, and   2)Charlotte is not wanting a marry-in-haste proposal, but rather the assurance that an engagement, while not a foregone conclusion, is at least a possibility for the semi-distant future.

-Having come to a place where they better understand one another, Charlotte and Eric continue dating.

They see "Charade" together, sitting in the deserted balcony of this very theatre one night.
No smooching though. 

Later, they see "The Fly" at the same theatre.
(It is possible that there was smooching involved at that one.  )

-One day, Eric mentions to Charlotte that he needs to travel to Salt Lake City to pick up some frames for his glasses, and invites her to join him.  She quickly accepts his invitation.

-A few days later, Charlotte and Eric stroll around the Sugar House area of Salt Lake, dropping in to this store and that store.  Eventually they come to their intended destination.  As Eric tries on various pairs of frames, in search of the one that is "just right", Charlotte sits on a cushion across the room, watching and waiting.  In a semi-rare moment of reflection, she realizes that she is happier, more comfortable, and more content than she has been in a long long time.

-Eric and Charlotte continue dating, more frequently now.  One evening, Eric is talking to his brother, who lives in Minnesota.  The brother suggests to Eric that he and Charlotte should get married at Christmastime, since all of the Cantwell siblings will be in Utah at that time.  (This is early November.  Charlotte and Eric have yet to discuss marriage in a non-theoretical way)  Eric blows this off, but later tells Charlotte the story, assuring her that she needn't feel pressured in any way.  Charlotte replies that she won't feel pressured about Eric's brother trying to marry them off in less than 8 weeks if Eric won't feel pressured about the fact that she has realized that she  really likes Eric's last name, and if she were to take a man's name, the fact that his is higher in the alphabet than her current one (Corry), and has phonetical (Spanish) ties (if not actual linguistical ties) to "singing well" tickles her fancy and would pretty much make it her first choice.

-Eric and Charlotte laugh over this, and agree not to feel pressure.

-(Somewhat miraculously,) they manage to keep that agreement.

glasses image courtesy of mmatins

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Princesses In Training

About a month and a half ago, Heidi and I decided that it would be a good idea for us to get pictures of our little girls together.  Luckily, we had both enjoyed a great photo experience earlier in the year with Jennifer Bryner, so we knew that her work was great, and at $50 for sitting and disk, totally economical.

So it was that around the middle of June, we met at a park with two happy girls, a bunch of girly props, and hopes for a good time and even better pictures.

Our hopes and dreams came true.  Wanna see?  Of course you do!  Why else would you have read this far??








I think we told them to show us their sad faces here.  Pretty convincing, huh?











Those girls are so freaking lucky (blessed) to have each other.  

As are their moms.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Saturday is a Special Day

I've really been enjoying the summer, especially Saturdays lately.  Many Saturdays we have reunions or trips or family gatherings or our stake pioneer day celebration (pics of that coming soon--I know you can hardly wait!), and those are great fun and enjoyable and I'm grateful for them.  But, there are other Saturdays that are basically free and easy.  On those days, we generally go pick up our Saturday morning veggies, and then we head for the Gardener's Market.  On one such day, Heather and I had made our way to the Gardener's Market, purchased a bag of sugar snap peas, which we were eating like it was kettle corn or something (super-delicious, and I'm not kidding in the least), when Heather decided that her dad needed to join us.  So we called him, he hopped in the car and met us there.

We spent time at the playground, and Eric wandered around and discovered a new addictive cheese-some kind of super-aged Edam that he and Heather can't get enough of, but that doesn't do all that much for me.  Then, we decided to have a stick race down the little stream that runs through the middle of the park.  (Surprisingly my stick won, once both Heather's and Eric's were lost in the mini rapid halfway through the race.)  Then Eric decided he was ready to go home, and Heather and I hung out for a bit more until Heather decided that she was ready to go home too.  I quietly snapped these pictures during that calm little waiting time.






It was a good day.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Part One

A bit ago, my neighbor and newest commenting reader requested that I tell parts 1, 3, 4, and 5 of our love story (having read part 2 here.)  I figured, why not?

So here, in a similar format as was used in part two, is part one:

February 2006:

-Charlotte Corry finds herself at the end of a 3-year relationship.  Rough stuff.  

-Being nothing if not practical, Charlotte sits down on a day when she isn't heartbroken and discouraged, and takes stock of a few things.   Among the things that cross her mind are the friends that she and her previous beau shared.  Knowing that the ending of the relationship was such that it will be awhile until she will feel comfortable in his presence (and vice versa), she reflects on which of the people with whom she had been associating most will continue to spend time with her, and which probably won't anymore.  

-As Charlotte goes down the mental list, she finds that she's mostly okay with how things will probably fall out, with one glaring exception.  There's this guy, Eric.   Eric is clearly going to end up in the other camp, and although Charlotte doesn't have any romantic feelings for the guy, she can recognize quality when she sees it, and feels wistful that her days associating with Eric with any frequency are almost certainly at an end. (Rats!)

March 2006:  

-Charlotte's birthday comes around.  Heidi (being the stellar friend and roommate that she is) throws a "talent show" birthday party (awesome!)  Guests are invited/requested/in-some-cases-coerced to perform for the birthday girl and other party revelers.  A good time is had by all.  Surprisingly, Eric (who isn't really one for crowds) attends the party as well, and presents Charlotte with a thoughtful gift of lavender scented candles, lotion, and linen water.

Our first picture together.  Just to be clear--that's Martinelli's on the dining room table back there.
Heidi doesn't throw that kind of a party.

-During the party Eric, who isn't necessarily tuned in to the grapevine at any given moment, discovers that Charlotte and Eric's friend have called it quits.  He is astounded.  


Three months or so pass, during which Charlotte & Eric see each other at church, and church activities, and have occasional chats about this and that in the foyer.  At some point in these three months, Eric determines that he wants to spend more time with Charlotte, but doesn't want to be a jerk about it or cause hard feelings with his friend.  So, he goes to the friend and basically asks if it would be a big deal if he (Eric) were to ask Charlotte out.  Friend says that would be fine.  


June 5, 2006:  

-Eric sends an e-mail to Charlotte (not the first time, nor the last), the text of which is (partially) pasted below:

Hey there

You know, I was thinking about you and how yellow is your favorite color. . . (Edited  to remove about seven sentences of small talk about the color yellow and Eric's favorite color(s) as well.)

Alright, that's enough of my silliness. So how are you? . . . (Edited to remove a few sentences about life at the opera, which in June changes significantly from what it generally is in April and May.)

Charlotte, we have to go do something, because church just doesn't allow 
enough Charlotte time for me. Ok, I'm going to pull a chicken date here and 
ask if that sounds at all good without any firm plan, because I only want to 
do whatever sounds fine with you. I mean, dinner maybe?


June 10, 2006:  

-Having accepted Eric's invitation for "dinner maybe", Charlotte waits at her home for Eric to pick her up.  He arrives and takes her to a restaurant where they share a delicious dinner of fine Mexican Food, accompanied by even better conversation.  They talk for so long that restaurant management, having reserved their table for a party later on in the evening, ask them to move to a different table in a different part of the restaurant.  (Charlotte and Eric determine that it's probably time to go home instead.)

-After Eric drops Charlotte off that night, she heads over to the Dansante building (where she works) to help her friend Tayneshia (who also works there) set up for a bridal shower (Heidi's bridal shower, as a matter of fact) to be held the next day.  Tayneshia asks how the date went and Charlotte, obviously pleased, mentions that although she's trying not to get her hopes up or anything, it was a really enjoyable evening, and that she would like to spend more time with this Eric guy.  

And thus we begin . . . 

Monday, July 16, 2012

A Pleasant Surprise

You might remember a bit ago when I mentioned that Heather and I spent a night in the Salt Lake Valley, attending Kristi's wedding reception, hanging out with my cousins, and watching Elia get sealed into the Greenway family.

Well, it turned out that between leaving my cousin's house in the morning and being at the temple for the sealing in the afternoon, there were a few hours in between for hanging out in downtown Salt Lake.  We checked out the City Creek Center in Salt Lake (Awesome kid play area!), and rode TRAXX to Heather's heart's content, and then, with about 45 minutes to spare, we made our way to the Church History and Art Museum.  I had vaguely remembered that years ago (pre-Heather), there had been some kind of children's exhibit there, all about pioneer life, with displays and play areas, and general kid goodness.  I thought it would be fun to check and see if it was still there.

Turns out, it wasn't.  BUT, there was a NEW kid-friendly exhibit there, all about the Book of Mormon, combined with some Latino culture.  It was really quite fun, kind of like a mini-children's museum.  I'd wished that we'd gone with more time to really enjoy it all.

Here are a few shots of our visit:


These are puppets that are pretty good imitations of crabs in seashells.  There were others that were clams.  We got a kick out of both.

Heather spent some quality time in Nephi's Boat.  She had been learning the song "Nephi's Courage" in Primary (the second verse of which talks about how Nephi was commanded to build a boat to take his family across the ocean to the promised land), so it was particularly timely.

With the help of a few other children, we took these block pillows, and made our own version of an Ancient Nephite Temple.

After that, Heather made her way to the biggest set of paper/magnetic/dress-em-up dolls that either of us had ever seen, ancient America style.

There were more stations, including one on gold plates, a kitchen/farm scene, a place were kids could dress up in Latin America celebration costumes and dance simplified versions of native dances, and even more that I can't remember right now.  We participated in some, and when the time for the sealing drew closer, we reluctantly left, with hopes and plans to come back another day.

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