Our Very First Square Foot Garden

Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together This past spring I decided to try and do a legit little garden for my family to enjoy. I have so many fond memories of helping my grandfather and father in their gardens, that I wanted to give that opportunity to my girls. We rent and can’t exactly go tearing up our yard to make a huge garden, so I was very happy when I discovered square foot gardening while browsing on pinterest one day. We actually had a little raised bed that we fixed up last year, but we only grew flowers then. This year I planted carrots, beets, onions, peas, a tomato plant, and spinach in our little garden bed. Then I planted a cucumber plant in a planter and a pepper plant in another planter.

Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together These pictures are mostly from May when we did our big harvest. I should have let things stay in the ground a little longer, but we were getting ready to leave for a long trip and I knew it would be too late by the time we got back. My girls had so much fun pulling out their veggies! And let me tell you, they were so much more excited and open to eat vegetables that they picked themselves.

Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together The peas, tomatoes, and cucumber plants kept giving a continuous harvest for a while, so they were still able to go pick some goodies to eat later.

Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together   I liked square foot gardening because it was more technical for a smaller garden space. Meaning, the sites I found told you how big to make your “boxes” with string (if you like) and how much of each thing to plant in each “box”. That way everything is spaced out correctly and has enough room to grow. I did know that our space wasn’t very deep and it was rocky once you dug down far enough, so I wasn’t sure how the root vegetables would do. Fortunately, they did pretty good! Our carrots are a little funky looking, but that’s okay. It was still fun to give them a try and they tasted fine.

Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together Unfortunately, we came back from our few weeks trip to a very sad garden. I figured it would happen since it gets so hot here in Louisiana it makes plants dry up real quick. Aphids and stink bugs also attacked our tomato plant and it was too late to try and save it. I planted some zinnia seeds for the time being and am having pretty flowers consistently. I’m hoping to get some things planted this month for a fall harvest though. Did you grow a garden this year? What did you plant?

-Jess

10 on 10

10 on 10 | Happy Together I’m am determined to keep this 10 on 10 up. Even if I skip a month or am a day (or more!) late. It’s fun to share a little bit of life along with craft stuff. My oldest got out of school in May and we have been having a fun and very full summer so far. 1> I started it off with finishing up some Fourth of July projects. Yes, I actually did something way in advance for once. Go figure ;) Those giant pinwheels were mostly made from wrapping paper. Believe it or not, I made them all during a two hour nap time. I had never made them before and was a bit nervous it would be time consuming. I was really surprised when they weren’t. 2> We have been able to visit with my sister and I loved seeing her artwork (see more here). I have one painting she did of miss J and plan on acquiring more over the next few years. 3> We like to pull over and watch the animals sometimes. Both my girls are big time animal lovers. 4> Miss E went on a carousel for the very first time at the Kemah Boardwalk in Texas. My hubby had to go work right outside of Houston for a week and we swung over there and hung out one night. It was a lovely time. 5> Miss J is currently obsessed with having a parakeet and a hermit crab for pets. The hermit crab is in top place though since it will be easier to take care of. One of her uncles found her some at the beach to play with one night while she awaits one of her very own (you know, one that doesn’t need to live in the water). 6> I have always wanted to be a better drawer and I have been wanting a new logo for a while. I decided to just try and see what I could come up with. I found with some better drawing supplies I pleasantly surprised myself with how I could do. Hopefully one of these will be my new logo soon.

10 on 10 | Happy Together 7> Our garden has continued to give us all kinds of yummies. Especially our tomato plant as of late. I’m so glad I actually stuck to it this year and really tried. The girls have been much more excited to eat their veggies when they go and pick them from the garden all by themselves. 8> Another pic of my family having fun in Kemah. 9> We went to a Lego store for the very first time and I think you can see the “big kid” of the family was in Lego heaven! He was one of those kids who was really into them and he still really likes them. Maybe I should get him some for Father’s Day? 10> With the girls getting older, we have been trying to incorporate them more into the big people chores. It’s usually so much easier and faster to just do things ourselves, but they need to learn. Plus they actually enjoy it right now, so we definitely need to take advantage of that.

-Jess

My Very First Yarn Bomb Sighting

Yarn Bombing in Lake Charles, LA | www.happytogetherbyjess.com

I had a friend over a few weeks back and asked her if she wanted to go do some photography location scouting in the downtown of Lake Charles, LA. She obliged and we hopped in the car. Much to my surprise I discovered that the area had been yarn bombed! I was so excited! We had our little ones with us, so she sat in the car with them while I hopped out and snapped a few pics on my iphone. I meant to make it back with my big camera, but that never happened, so I’m sharing these today. I was most impressed by this tank that was decorated. Lovely isn’t it?

Yarn Bombing in Lake Charles, LA | www.happytogetherbyjess.com Light posts and poles were also covered along the streets. It looked so pretty.

Yarn Bombing in Lake Charles, LA | www.happytogetherbyjess.com I’m hoping they do it again next year. We have one more year here before it’s time to move again (three years goes by fast!), so it would be neat to see before then. Have you even seen yarn bombing in your local area?

-jess

A Birthday in New Orleans

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Birthday decor in the hotel room.

Our girls both had their birthdays this summer. Miss J was first and turned 6 on me. I can’t believe she’s 6.

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The birthday princess in Anthropologie. She loves it there as much as I do.

This year she asked to stay in a hotel for her birthday instead of have a party. I was totally down with that. We decided to use it as an opportunity to see New Orleans with the girls (my hubby has to go down there a lot so he’s been many times already). We had to make it a short trip, but that was plenty for us.

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We went to the zoo, the aquarium, the mall, a cute restaurant for breakfast, and had lots of fun at the hotel.

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It was a nice break and a good time for our family. We usually save our trips for visiting family, but we are trying to do more just ourselves to explore new places while the Coast Guard has us moving around. Might as well experience all we can while we are in different places.

Happy Birthday sign
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Since this trip was her birthday present, we only got her one gift that we had been talking about for a year. A sewing machine. Well, actually we gave her a picture and are hoping to go get one soon lol.

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Miss J started school back up again. It’s a little more quiet than normal. Although miss E definitely makes herself known. Along with getting into a new school routine, we are prepping for a family wedding coming up soon! I’m making flower girl dresses and taking the pictures, so I can’t wait to share all of that.
-Jess

Alligator Huntin’

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Being a military family, we have learned to embrace where we are moved and enjoy what it offers.

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One thing that is growing on me here in Louisiana, is the nature. Granted, it is rather hot right now, but it is beautiful. I’m starting to enjoy rides out into the country side and even find myself longing to settle down in a more rural place eventually (but not too rural….).

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Since moving here, I have seen plenty of alligators in the wild. In Florida, there were some that I heard of (like the one that lived in the lake at the golf course, etc), but I never saw them. Here it’s different. Usually though, my oldest daughter can’t catch a glimpse of them because we are driving too fast and there’s not a place to stop and look. So we heard about an alligator loop, where it is just for driving around and looking at the alligators, and decided to visit it.

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It’s a 3 mile (i think) road covered in rocks. You go slow and stay in the car and partake in the beautiful birds, plants, and alligators. Miss J was able to see a ton of alligators on this ride!

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We said we were alligator huntin’ because we were looking for them.

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There was no shortage here. That’s for sure.

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Although, we didn’t see any real big ones like I had seen in some other spots. But this was good enough.

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I liked that we were in a car and I’m glad that some pictures came out. I just had my 50 mm, so I wasn’t sure how that would work out with no zooming capabilities and all.

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It did grow the desire for my husband and I to get a lens that would work better for wild life. We do love taking pictures on these adventures and capturing animals and birds in action.

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I kind of kept thinking we might see an alligator go after one of the birds that were everywhere, but not that day.

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It was a trip well worth it in my book.

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Now onto the next adventure…..
-Jess