Friday, May 22, 2009

Almost Gardening

I had an "almost gardening" day today, and it was almost perfect.  We had a beautiful low 80 degree day today, and this morning I took the girls to the Highfield Discovery Garden at Glenwood Gardens which is part of the Hamilton County Park system.  We have a membership to the Discovery Garden and it's such an awesome place for kids.  The program today was about vegetables, and Kate, my 4 and half year old, did me proud and could identify all the vegetables the staff member held up, including cauliflower, eggplant and a radish.  I was impressed.  They have awesome raised beds there that they do square foot gardening in, and Kate was even willing to take a bite of spinach (which she spit out and said yuck, but it she was willing!)

After nap this afternoon, the girls had fun playing in water in the backyard.  I filled up some buckets that they played in on the patio, and then we busted out the Dora sprinkler, which we put next to the garden in the hopes of some of the water hitting a few of the plants.  They had an absolute blast, and Kate taught Claire, my 15 month old, how to drink from the sprinkler once she turned the water pressure down.  Precious, precious photo op!  

Then at dinner Kate said she was willing to try a piece of lettuce "with dip" (ranch dressing).  She ate the whole piece, then she ate a small salad, heavy on the dressing, with croutons which are a favorite  of hers.  Plus, she tried a bite of my cheeseburger, which is also a first.  We finished the evening off with a trip to the "ice cream store".  What an absolutely wonderful day of "almost gardening".

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