Another lesson in life…go with your gut!

Since we’ve moved London had to move to a new day home/care situation. Because her birthday is at the end of August she can’t start kindergarden until next year even tho I’d love for her to start today and be empowered with knowledge.

It was gruelling, we searched high and low for a good fit we probably talked to or saw 15+ places. Some were horrific some sounded okay. Then we found One in Highland Park area less than 10 minutes from home. Perfect, right? NOT!

London came with me initially when I met The women who ran this place, she played for a few hours with the kids while I was there observing. It felt okay. The parents seemed happy enough but how do you really tell?

First sign: She was annoyed about me changing my mind on London’s start day even tho I’d phoned Her and told her that she wasn’t going to start until the Tuesday as I was going to finish off the month at Jens. What does it matter I’d already put down my hefty deposit for the full time spot starting April first and I’d left a message letting her know.

Second sign: London was crying so hard from the time she would wake up. She didn’t want to go. She’d cry at night about not wanting to go. I was chalking this up to the move. Jeff was out of town this first week of April the new day home. Just so many factors.

Third sign: we would both be crying when going. Poor London Jean and mom. Mona would tell her not to cry that she was a big girl. She’s only 2.5 years old. Poor bugs. She would roll her eyes at me when London and I were having a rough morning. Me not wanting to leave her and her not wanting to stay.

To make a long story short, we had to jail brake her out of there. The women kept saying we were to kind to our daughter and needed to be cruel to be kind – not the other way around – crazy I know. She wouldn’t give us back our money deposit nor the payment for the first month well she was only there 8 days and we paid for a month and a half..

Eight days was enough to know that that wasn’t the right fit for London, she was loosing her spark and we weren’t handling it well either…go with our gut instinct and get her out of there.

We moved her a better-safer place. We all feel better. Huge sigh of relief…

Have you heard of KidsU it all started with an idea that kids need education in their first 2000 days instead of a daycare/dayhome scenario…so after this horrible experience up above, we need a different option and we found an amazing place with KidsU.

Not sure if she didn’t want her picture taken or if she was looking at something but I just love that her backpack is almost as big as her – adorbs!

Project Pallet Garden is in effect…

I’m feeling inspired to work in my yard again, I used to plant a vegetable garden years ago but then we bought a holiday trailer and the garden went to seed while we were out enjoying camping…now that we’ve moved and are getting settled into our home, I feel like I’d like to play in the garden again. My Sister inspired me to plant and do “raised” beds as they grow quicker and the results are faster plus there’s less weeds!

I wanted something different and the more I googled “raised garden beds” I found some neat things.

One was a pallet garden box. I fell in love this with idea because of this site Pallet Garden.

So after doing a bunch of research in how to do this-  preparing the pallet for the garden, I marched down to this landscaping and greenhouse that’s a few blocks away called Plantation Garden Center found a couple of FREE pallets ONE for me to use and the other one for parts…

Jeff helped replace a few boards, we picked up the perfect red paint and landscaping fabric to enclose the back – so the dirt doesn’t fall out…

After doing some more reading on a seattle girls blog she mentioned to fill it up with dirt, while it’s on it’s back and let it sit for a few weeks to set the roots etc. I”m all set to put plants in. I have some started, carrots, lettuce, radishes, onions and cucumbers…I’ll get these placed in here tomorrow. I also have some sweet peas ready to go into the dirt too…wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted as to the success of this…I also added my compost bin from the house to help keep the soil nutrient and ready to take the new plants. I’d love to add some succulents to this mix also – plus they are perrennials so that will help increase the longevity of this idea. Have you tried this before? Any tips you can give me? I’ll post pictures once I have this up and attached to my fence or leaning against my fence.

{admiring it from within the house after our power painting episode}

{ready to go…letting it settle over night, will transfer some or all of my plants in it tomorrow}