For her wonder project, Indika chose to discover a bit about Solar Energy.
Her booth at the school Earth Day fair, was a styrofoam and duct tape racetrack for the ten solar cars she had assembled.
Also noteworthy, I received a special thank you from Indika: "Dear Mom, thank you for helping me with my booth I would be lost with out you, and also for letting me go to a few booths: Love, Indika" I cried a little when I read that...so sweet!
But as of Mother's Day, we have an herb spiral, veggie garden, some shrubs and various marigolds and nasturtiums for company and color to the budding seeds.
And of course the Redbud (poking in below-left) adds great height and color...yay!
I have a few more pix on flickr, and will add to it every so often cuz the garden changes daily. Let me just add that it was the best Mother's Day evah! May become our traditional family plant time form hereon out?!
I think it was in April (the days are running together), Shawn designed, ordered all the materials for and then constructed the pergola in our front patio all in ONE week. There once was a pergola in this spot (pre-house remodel), but I really like this one better and not just cuz Shawn built it, but it turned out to be a much better design and it's prettier. Check out these before and after shots:
It makes a HUGE difference AND, the poor wysteria that has been flailing after being cut back to nothing for three years can finally reach up, out and over with it's beautiful winding arms which is green much of the year and even when the leaves fall it is gorgeous...so YAY. Strande, you've become a master at your carpentry!! I guess, all prep for the guitar making years to come.
Indika Mackayla graduated fifth grade and as her version of the memory book assignment, she created a slideshow of her first six years at SDCCS. We loved every memory and friendship created on our journey through elementary school.
But not for lack of big things happening. Just the time to sit down and document. I'll start with the most recent; Shawn and I had our five year anniversary (May 28) and with wood as the theme, we exchanged these gifts:
My very own Redbud (I badly wanted this to add to our newly created garden space)
and his very own sushi set (pottery made dishes and wooden chopsticks)
Thanks, mom for watching the kids while Shawn and I slipped away for the evening.
I am working through pix from Indi's birthday (March) to mother's day planting (May) and lots more...fingers crossed I get it up before my B&W Photography class starts next week, otherwise it may be a while longer.