53 In Family Life/ Gardening, Growing, Fun with Flowers


It’s not often that I take “warts and all” photos of the boys when I know they’re heading for a blog post.  Generally there’s a clearing of the planned photo site, and some care is taken over what they’re wearing.  This isn’t one of those posts.  This is a children-running-about-in-pants, bath towels on the washing line, children slopping about in the mud kind of post that resulted in my barking, “SHOWER” and “NOT ON THE SOFA UNTIL YOU’RE CLEAN!” whilst frogmarching two grumpy and resistant boys up the stairs to the bathroom by mid afternoon.
Yes, it’s gardening season [also known as snail gambling season].


This time last year I was waddling about, 8 months pregnant, and growing a human.  This year, that bump has bloomed and blossomed into the third apple of my eye.  He’s just so precious and full of joy.
He loves escaping to the great outdoors.
Yes, he’s wearing hand-me-down Christmas leg warmers to protect him whilst crawling. Poor third child.
Whilst the mister spent over two hours ridding the oak barrels of weeds and changing the compost in them [and rudely awakening the biggest, hairiest mommy spider we’ve seen in quite some time, then sending a HD photo of her to my poor mother], I attempted to entertain the boys by letting them plant their sunflowers in the little pots we got from IKEA.  I even named them this year so there’s no cheating confusion.

Jensen managed to find some new residents for his snail house and decided they really, truly needed over half of the new salad we’d been growing in the kitchen.  Everything was going well…too well…

…Everyone was playing together peacefully…

…and then Yotie [Lyoto] appeared with his watering can.

It all kind of went downhill from there – or rather, the inevitable happened.

Mud soup.

Everyone loves mud. Everyone except those who have to wash it off places it shouldn’t be [read: mom and dad].

In the middle of mud production, the boys took a break to get involved with the actual planting of our garden.  We’ve never grown anything in the ground since we’ve lived here, because Casanova and Excalibur needed the space to run, and as huskies, they were keen landscapers themselves, but in a slightly different manner.  As Excalibur and Casanova both have now both crossed the Rainbow Bridge, the garden [and my heart] feels empty without them.

So that afternoon, in celebration of our furkids’ upcoming 15th birthday on the 22nd, and before we sow our vegetable seedlings outside in the barrels, we planted mystery flowers in the ground sent to us by the Bakker Spalding Bulb Company as they celebrate 70 years of gardening this year.  The boys have only ever grown seeds before, and they were pretty sure they were burying onions in the ground, but they humoured me.  We’ll post when they start to sprout and as we guess what they might be.

It’s going to be a long, muddy, memorable Summer.

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    Masshole Mommy
    May 18, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Well they sure had fun in the dirt, huh? Our yard is ALL shade, so we don't even try to grow anything ourselves.

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    Christy Maurer
    May 18, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Dirt is the best toy 🙂 It looks like they had a BLAST and the pics are so cute. I don't have much planted because our soil is not good at all.

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    May 18, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Daww. Your little helpers are too cute! I always loved getting out and playing in the dirt with the kids.

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    Liz Mays
    May 18, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Aww they had so much fun gardening. If only I was able to enjoy it that much! I would be outside planting flowers right now!

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    (Terry) My Journey With Candida
    May 19, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Getting dirty planting a garden can be loads of fun for everyone. I am planting now too.

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    Megan Elford {WelcomeToTheZoo}
    May 19, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    Your kidlets are adorable! I bet they had so much fun getting messy 🙂 I'm sure your planting will go wonderfully!

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    Jenni E.
    May 19, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    Looks like they had SO much fun. Of course, it's always fun to play in the dirt. I'm ready to get out and get some planting done.

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    Alli Smith
    May 19, 2015 at 1:37 AM

    Ahh, kids in their element. Love it! I laughed out loud at the comment about the poor 3rd child. My youngest daughter was looking through her baby book and the only "first" was when she ate her first solid food. That's it. 🙂

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    May 19, 2015 at 3:07 AM

    This looks like a ton of fun! Nothing like a little gardening and fresh air to get a good time rolling!

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    Kisa Johnson
    May 19, 2015 at 3:30 AM

    Seeing your little ones playing outside like this makes me want to make sure that my toddler gets to enjoy the outside tomorrow. I have some weeds I need to pull up anyway, so I think I'll let her have at it!

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    Jennifer Juro
    May 19, 2015 at 5:23 AM

    They are absolutely adorable!! My kids have made mud soup quite a few times and each time they get messier.

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    HilLesha O'Nan
    May 19, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    My goodness, so much adorableness! It looks like they had a lot of fun. My son is 9 and STILL loves to play in dirt.

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    Russ R.
    May 19, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Your kids are all so cute and adorable. I like how they looked so game with all that dirt & mud ( something that I didn't do when I was a kid because my nanny hated cleaning me up ). I look forward to your post when all the seeds you and your boys planted start to sprout. I bet they'd be really excited.

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    Rochkirstin Santos
    May 19, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    I'm just curious, is that mud safe for babies to touch? Our doctor was just explaining last week about how parasites enter the body and it's through our skin. The mud is often the culprit to these things. 🙁

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      Sara-Jayne Jones
      May 19, 2015 at 2:51 PM

      Hello! Yes, I am happy he's safe in our mud. In fact, I feel happier with him playing in the mud as he grows up than anywhere else. Many studies show that there are so many benefits to the immune system – and our children's mental health – in doing so. Both my husband and I grew up playing in the garden on a daily basis and we're very healthy indeed! I do thank you for your concern though, it's so kind of you 🙂

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    Six Time Mommy TEST
    May 19, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Oh how fun! My Littles love gardening, or as they call it gardening! But getting dirty in the mud! So much fun.. Too bad I don't enjoy it as much! – jeanine

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    Bonnie Gowen
    May 19, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Awww what a cutie! My kids love helping out when it comes to planting too.

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    Michelle Ordever
    May 19, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Awww, what a load of fun they had – getting all muddy and climbing everywhere! A great set of photos of your children!

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    Michelle Varga
    May 19, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Looks like they all had lots of fun! Your kids are all so adorable!

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    The Rebel Chick
    May 19, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Your kids are just so adorable and it looks like they had a blast planting seeds. Even if it did end in a mess, at least it was a really happy and adorable mess! LOL!

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    Kate Thompson
    May 19, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Fabulous! Looks like they had so much fun, getting messy outside is so important for kids 🙂

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    Chubskulit Rose
    May 19, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Wow, a handful of cute gardeners, looks like fun! It is always great to involve kids in gardening at home.

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    May 19, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    That third apple of your eye is just so adorable! Well, they're all adorable, but I just love babies. 🙂 They surely look like they were having a lot of fun.

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    May 19, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Oh my goodness. You've got the cutest little helpers ever. I"d get out there too if I had such willing assistance. 🙂

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    Phoebe @ Lou Messugo
    May 19, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Too cute! Genius idea to use leg warmers to protect the skin while crawling.

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    Erica Price
    May 19, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    It looks like a lot of fun – we planted some summer bulbs too and they are just about to flower.

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    Liz Burton
    May 19, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Aww what glorious candid photos. Sometimes they're the best kind!

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    Jen Walshaw
    May 19, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Oh this would have been every picture I ever too of Mini, he was a total mud monster. The boys look like they are having a blast in the mud. Gardening is good for the soul

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    May 19, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    I love his leg warmers! Feel free to send those helpers this way. I've got lots of yard work to be done. 🙂

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    Happy Homebird
    May 19, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    So very sweet even caked in mud 🙂 Gardeners in the making. Super pics.

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    Rebecca Swenor
    May 19, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    This is such a precious thing to do with them. I love how they all played together and even got the seeds planted. I had done bulbs with my nephew and niece a couple weeks ago. They can't wait to see the flowers. Thanks for sharing.

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    Mistee Dawn
    May 20, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    Looks like they are having such a great time. That is when some of the best photos are captures, when you have nothing planned.

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    Autumn Blues Reviews
    May 20, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    Oh my gosh he is soooo cute. They make me smile. He looks like he is having so much fun too. Thank you for sharing.

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    Lauren Richardson
    May 20, 2015 at 1:06 AM

    These pictures are absolutely adorable! My son would love to play aournd in the dirt like that!

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    May 20, 2015 at 3:35 AM

    Hehehe my daughter loves to play in dirt! We made her a dirt sensory play bin since she loves it so much lol. She plays in it kinda like sand

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    lisa prince
    May 20, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    we are currently doing our garden out too but instead of snails and slugs we found lots of worms for the boys to chase their sisters around the garden with lol x

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    May 20, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Those kids look so adorable! I believe that it's okay to let them play in the dirt but my husband doesn't like it. Ugh.

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    Cara W
    May 20, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Your post and most especially your photographs made me smile. The kids are just so adorable and captivating! Love this post! Thanks for sharing!

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    Sarah-Louise Bailey
    May 20, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Hehe it looks like so much fun was being had!

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    May 20, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Ah, to be a baby – your youngest looks so happy crawling around in the mud. Looks as though you had a great day for all those beautiful shots.

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    Krystal Butherus
    May 20, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Those leg warmers are just too adorable. I love when we play outside. My son likes to get dirty!

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    3 Princesses and 1 Dude
    May 20, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Oh I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! Look how happy they are getting all muddy and messy. I love to see kids getting all dirty in the mud, too many people are scared if their kids getting dirty for one reason or another. Beautiful photos too, enjoy your garden lovely xx

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    Kara Guppy
    May 21, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Such cute photos – mine love nothing more than getting wet and muddy

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    May 21, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    I just loved this post! See the kids get messy is just the best! And I bet they'll enjoy these memories down the road!

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    Soiree Design Studio
    May 21, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    My daughter has been asking me since spring has sprung to start a garden! I guess I better get my boots out and get cracking!

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    Michelle Ashmore
    May 21, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Playing in the mud is the best fun kids can have. I remember well making mud pies with my brothers and going out in the rain with no socks and shoes on to let our toes squelch in the mud puddles!

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    Gabriel Bregg
    May 22, 2015 at 2:26 AM

    Nothing says spring fun like a mud bath – just tell yourself it's good for their skin! We're doing our planting this weekend, hopefully the stuff we've been growing in pots is ok, we've waited a couple of extra weeks because we are still getting frost.

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    Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    May 22, 2015 at 3:02 AM

    Looks like the kids had the grandest time playing with soils, snails, and mud. They all look so happy!

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    May 22, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    Oh what brilliant, muddy fun!! Love those Christmas legwarmers and just the free fun of a day spent in the garden enjoying it. I hope the weather picks up so we can get out into ours a bit more!!

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    jared's mum
    May 22, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    a delightful post! i truly enjoyed reading about your boys getting all muddied up + having loads of fun! i would like to have the same with my little boy! 🙂

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    Claire Toplis
    May 22, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    What adorable helpers x messy kids are happy kids

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    Eileen Chow
    May 25, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Looks like the whole family had so much fun with this activity! It's like to let the kids get a little dirty now and then 🙂

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    Ickle Pickle
    June 11, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Oh my goodness, your photos are too cute! Kaz x

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