Here is the latest progression of our sod. We seem to be addicted and keep adding more and more - it's so nice to have the instant green gratification. Also, you'll notice our little hammock near the playstructure (thanks, Mom and Dad), where mom or dad can sit and read or relax while the boys play. More often than not, though, we spend the time in our little garden, which you can see on the left side of the picture. It's just a little salad garden of peas, lettuce, carrots, and tomatoes (with a few sunflowers and watermelon plants for fun), but it sure is neat to see the boys learning how plants grow. The other day, Taylor came rushing into the house moments after going outside. He excitedly shouted, "Hey, Mom. Everything is GROWING so much! It's almost gonna be spring in just a few more years!!!"
In addition to enjoying the plants, we've thoroughly enjoyed the return of the bugs. The boys dig up worms and carry "rolley-poleys" around. A few weeks ago, we bought a container full of ladybugs from Home Depot (as a natural aphid control) and had a lot of fun playing with them and releasing them a few at a time. Aric, when he finds a particularly gross bug, will shout out, "Hey, I found a lucky bug!" (he can't say "yucky"). Now that's become his nickname - Aric is our lucky bug! :-)