As you all know by now, i’m currently 18 weeks pregnant with baby #6. We have pretty much nailed down the baby’s name, so i thought it would be fun to share 10 baby names i love, but won’t be using (this time 😉 ).
This was our second year of having a garden, and so i thought i would share my notes on how things went, that way next Spring when we plant again i’ll have something to look back on and who knows maybe my notes might help someone else out.
This year we planted:
raspberries (bought an already started plant & it died without giving any berries)
jalapenos (they never grew)
We started our garden at the beginning of April, which was way too soon for some plants (pumpkins) and way too late for other plants (watermelon, tomatoes).
Radishes are always super easy to grow and they are ready to harvest very quickly. If you are just starting out growing things and you want to have an easy victory, plant radishes.
We bought broccoli that was already started, yet i was surprised at how well it grew. We were able to harvest it pretty quickly (beginning of June).
For our strawberries, we also bought them already started so they were also ready pretty quickly. However, the plant ended up dying pretty quickly too. When we bought it, i just transferred it to a bigger container, next time i think putting it into the ground might be better.
Green beans did really well, i will definitely grow them again. Our peas didn’t do well this year, not sure where we went wrong there.
Tomatoes are just now starting to grow, and they are growing very tiny. I think we needed to start them sooner and also needed to spread them apart more.
Zucchini did really well. It was easy to grow. Just from the 9 zucchini plants we had, we got well over 30 zucchinis.
Watermelon and cantaloupe are still growing, we probably should have planted them sooner.
Pumpkins didn’t grow as big this year, and they were ready to be harvested sooner.
Spinach, lettuce, and cilantro were all easy to grow. Super tasty too!
I believe we planted our onions way too close to each other, so they didn’t grow that big.
Bell peppers are just now starting to grow, probably needed to start them sooner.
Carrots were another vegetable that didn’t grow that big, perhaps once again we planted them too closely.
Our cabbage grew really enormous, however they got infected with bugs so we ended up feeding all of them to our chickens.
As you can see there was sort of a pattern here this year, we planted things way too close to each other. I believe that and the weather (we had a really cool spring and beginning of summer) played a major part in how things grew and didn’t grow.
As most of you probably know (if you follow me on Instagram), we are a camping family. Even before we had kids my husband and i would go tent camping every chance we got.
After we started having kids we still went tent camping, just not as frequent as it is harder to tent camp with babies and toddlers.
We got our first RV over six years ago, it was an old 1970’s fixer upper. It had water damage, electrical problems, plumbing issues, and in the floor was a giant hole. We basically just fixed the cosmetic stuff (paint, bedding, replaced couch, flooring, etc.) and left the electrical and plumbing issues alone.
After having our 5th baby and adding dogs to our family, we quickly realized that old ’70’s RV wasn’t working for our family anymore. We decided it was time for an upgrade. So last year we purchased a new (2017) RV, one that sleeps 9 for our growing family.
We are the boondocking or dry camping type of campers. Isn’t the whole reason to go camping, is to get away from the hustle and bustle of people?! That is why we don’t use campgrounds. Boondocking has definitely been an experience. We fill up our water tank, and make sure of other tanks (gray & black) are empty before we go camping. We have a generator that we bring along, to be able to have power. For our family size, we have found that we can’t go camping for more than 3 days because our tanks fill up and our water run out.
If you are camping with kids, here are a few of my tips to make it go smoother.
Bring extra clothes – I usually double the amount of clothes needed (i.e. if we are going camping for 2 days, i bring enough clothes for 4 days.).
Bring their pillow and/or blanket from home – They will sleep so much better if they have that same familiar pillow/blanket.
Pack extra snacks/food – There is something about camping that makes everyone extra hungry.
Pack at least 2 pairs of shoes – Everything is going to get dirty or wet while camping, shoes are no exception so bring back up.
Bring toys/books/games/coloring books/etc. – With camping most of your time is spent outdoors (fishing, hiking, etc.) but an unexpected thunderstorm could come along (happened to us last time we went camping) and you find yourself stuck inside it’s nice to have something to keep the kids entertained (and their minds off the storm).
One thing i just found that was super helpful was to buy a big exterior mat (i got mine on sale, 40% off, at Hobby Lobby) and place it on the ground right in front of your door. It really helped to lessen the amount of dirt that got inside the RV.
If you are new to camping, or are thinking about purchasing an RV, and you have some questions feel free to leave me a comment and i will try my best to answer your questions.
My husband and i recently celebrated 17 years of marriage. To celebrate we went on a family vacation to the Oregon coast.
We stayed in Seaside, OR in a beach house that we rented. It was really nice to get away for a couple of days and see the ocean.
We arrived on a Tuesday afternoon, after a 7 hour car ride. Immediately the thing we didn’t like with our beach house rental was the parking. Or should i say lack of parking. We are a big family with a big vehicle, and to park at this house we had to drive up a narrow alleyway and make a hard left turn to squeeze between the back of our rental house and another rental house. Just to enter and exit our rental house was super stressful. I really wish they would have added this parking information on their website, we never would have rented this house if we had known.
How confusing is it, when even the property management can’t decide on how many parking spots there are? Also that “parking area for 2 cars” in the above picture, was where we ended up parking, but our vehicle took up the entire area, so i have no idea how 2 cars could fit there (maybe tiny 2 seat vehicles?).
Another thing we didn’t like about this rental house was, although it was a pet friendly rental there was no place on the property to take your dogs potty. No grass/yard at all. Very disappointing. Once again i wish they would have shared this information on their website.
Our first night there we didn’t really do much. We went down to the beach, stopped at the grocery store for food for dinner that night & breakfast the next morning, and then we relaxed after a long day.
Wednesday morning we took the dogs on a walk, and then we took the kids to play in the ocean. We really wanted to go to a place with tide pools, so we searched and searched for an area with not much luck. Finally in the afternoon, we settled on this rocky area, but the tide pools there were very disappointing. The only animals/creatures we found were crabs.
While walking on the rocks, i fell pretty hard on my bottom, which caused me to be in a lot of pain. After we left the tide pools we went back to the rental house and pretty much rested the rest of the night.
Thursday was the day we decided we would go on a hike. We found this trail called “Tillamook Head Trail”. It was absolutely beautiful and by far my favorite activity we did on the whole trip. If you are ever in Seaside, OR i highly recommend taking this hike!
After our hike, and a lunch break, we took the kids to the beach to play in the water. It was a cool day (about 55-60 degrees), but all the kids wanted to put their swim suits on and go in the ocean. They had so much fun, and can you believe it, not one child complained about being cold?!
Friday was our final day in Seaside and also our anniversary. We decided to go out to breakfast at a place called Firehouse Grill. The food was terrible. They served what they called a biscuit, but it was more of a not properly made/baked dinner roll. As we were leaving the restaurant it started to rain. We had planned that this day would be our souvenir shopping day & exploring the town day, so after breakfast that is what we did.
The kids got to ride a carousel, we saw the Candyman, we ate delicious freshly made pretzels from a local place, and we bought a couple souvenirs.
We went back to our rental house because it was starting to rain pretty hard and we were done shopping. Once the rain let up a little bit, we went down to the beach one more time.
The rest of the evening was spent eating yummy food, cleaning the rental, and packing up.
To be honest i don’t think i will ever go to/stay in Seaside ever again, and also i don’t think i would ever rent from the same company ever again. However, all in all i’m glad we took this vacation. We made a lot of memories and despite the hardships we had fun.