What I learned this week…you are not going to believe what I did.

by Janelle Hanchett
  1. Okay, y’all are going to think I’m lying when I tell you this, because it’s totally freaking unbelievable, and frankly, respectable humans just don’t do this sort of thing, but I did it, and I’ll admit it: I completed a project I pinned on Pinterest.
  2. I’ m not lying. I did. Well, of course, by “I” I mean “my husband,” but still. Impressive, right?
  3. “We” built a raised bed out of cinderblocks. Then “we” got soil and put it in the bed. Then, we put plants in the soil (I actually helped with that part). And now, we have a garden. Can you believe that shit? The whole thing blows my mind. Photographic evidence below.
  4. Speaking of food, that Georgia character can put some AWAY. That kid eats I tell ya. Last night she ate four pieces of pork, about 9 heads of broccoli, and rice. Two hours later she ate chicken and more rice. This morning she ate TWO WHOLE eggs (scrambled), half a bagel & cream cheese and a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal. And an oatmeal cookie (which of course I didn’t give her because I don’t feed my toddler sugar, obviously). I am trippin’ with this kid’s eating habits. All I know is, she didn’t learn that shit from me…bird-eater that I am. HAHAHAHA.
  5.  My allergies are so bad I want to rip my face off.
  6. The kids are playing baseball/softball again. We’ve already been over my feelings about extracurricular activities, but I just wanted to let you all know that my getting-ready-for-baseball skills have not improved. In fact I believe they’ve degenerated. Even further. Who knew that was even possible? I’ve gotten so bad my 6-year-old son defied all laws of the nature and the universe by putting his own uniform out the day before baseball. When I was shocked and elated and full of joy and wonder at his behavior, he looked at me and said “Well, mama, there’s no way YOU’RE ever gonna find it in time.”
  7. So that confirms there are now TWO – count ’em – TWO children in this house who are more responsible than I am.
  8. Georgia, however, continues to dump trash cans on her head, so clearly I’ve got her beat when it comes to sound decision-making.
  9. Yes, I am strangely comforted by that.
  10. Speaking of comfort, school’s out in two weeks. For three months. And then, summertime. When the livin’s easy.

You see those green things? Those are PLANTS.













Georgia likes to "help."


12 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized, weeks of mayhem | April 30, 2012
  • Eddie

    “We” are currently painting our upstairs hallway. “We” are working very hard on it, since it involved stripping off a lot of 70 year old wallpaper first.

    So glad my kids aren’t in soccer or baseball this year! There are kids out there already, playing in the rain while their parents huddle under umbrellas on the sidelines and swat mosquitos.

    Great garden box!

  • Paige

    whaaat! 1. it feels awesome to do things that you found on pinterest (I did some do-it-yourself white boards out of picture frames and craft paper but that’s way less work than a GARDEN). 2. whatcha growin’? 3. I just like things in multiples of three. /end

    • Marisa

      Hurray for multiples of three!

  • Alycia

    The watering can is almost as big as she is!! I love it. You have absolutely adorable kids. Kudos to you for your pinterest project. 🙂

  • Vicki

    Props to you on the Pinterest garden! It is awesome! You’ve just raised the bar for me…I have yet to get off my ass and do one Pinterest project that I have pinned to my stupid make-believe boards of things I’m going to accomplish!

    Your blogs are the highlight of my week!

  • Carrera

    What a beautiful garden! Nice work 😉

  • Shan

    Love it!

    I made something from Pinterest, too. Where yours was all mother earth and healthified, mine was s’mores cookie bars.

    With any luck, our garden will be in this coming weekend. All we need to do is: Build and install the raised beds (my dad has these and has decided it’s better to build them at his house. 50 miles away). Rearrange the front yard sprinklers so we can get irrigation to the back. Move the pile of dirt off the driveway. Plant the plants (which are taking up every bit of available window space in this house). Oh, and put up the fence that will keep the girls (dog included) out. And we have plans Friday night and Sunday. At our house. With guests. *ohm*

  • Alissa

    Pinterest sets me up for failure. I tried one project, and gave up about 5 minutes into it. Unless I pin “How to Drink a 12 pack” …it’s not happening.

  • Marisa

    I am jealous of Georgia’s eating abilities. My daughter eats like a bird, it drives me nuts! She also only wants to eat rice cakes.

    Lauren: Mom, may I please have a rice cake?
    Me: Eat an apple, then you can have a rice cake.

    This is how we get through the day. Strawberries, rice cake, almonds, rice cake, banana, rice cake….

    Love the garden. I want one!

    • Marisa

      Well, I guess that’s not entirely true, she’s having a slice of pizza for breakfast.

  • Brandon

    Those pictures of Georgia carrying the water can are freaking adorable.

    I help build my mom’s garden box that she uses religiously now, and it is very fulfilling to eat the food that grows out of said garden. But seeing it made with cinder blocks makes me wonder why I never thought of something so obvious.

  • Jennifer @ Also Known As the Wife

    I absolutely love these lists every week!

    Kudos to everyone around for doing a Pinterest project, becoming self-sufficient, and still beating out the toddler in responsibility. 🙂