TED Talk: Jamie Oliver: Teach Every Child About Food

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, West Virginia — and a shocking image of the sugar we eat — TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.



Tree Trimming & Climbing

We trimmed a big branch off this ficus tree. It’s been over due. Nathan can easily get up in there now. He also got to use the battery powered chain saw to cut the branch down into burnable pieces. Phoenix weather is wonderful right now.

One of the Sweetest Smells and Flavors





Our orange tree did well this year. It didn’t produce a ton of fruit but what we harvested tasted great. This last pictures is one of the last pieces of fruit for the season. As you can see the blossoms are plentiful for next year. My favorite thing, besides eating the fruit, is the fragrance of the blossoms while the bees are busy doing their job. Oh, so good!

Oh So Sweet!

I walked out onto the back patio a couple night ago and smelled the most wonderful aroma.  Our orange tree is in blossom and is full of blooms.   The smell is so sweet to my nose, thank you Lord for my senses.

I am so excited to see so many blossoms this year.  Unfortunately we only got about a half dozen oranges last year.  This coming year should be much better, God willing.

I love daisies…

I am blessed to have my own daisy patch in our front yard.   These are called blackfoot daisies and they return to our garden every year about this time.  The kids and David have kept me with a steady flow of vases filled since the beginning of February when they were filling out the garden.  One of the many good gift for the Father of Light.

Nathan’s lawnmower

Nathan has been asking for a kid lawn mower for about 6 months. (Probably when we saw one at Big Lots)  I finally found one at Goodwill. (We love that store) So anyways, he is in heaven now, mowing the lawn with Dad.  Taking dominion of the yard. PTL.

Hummingbird Nest

A work of art . . .

 I found this hummingbird nest in the bougainvillaea bushes up front a couple weeks ago. I had been pulling up dead flowers and giving the bushes a good trim when I found it way in the back of the middle bush.  It was quite a find. As you can see, most of it was made out of laundry lint! Whatta cozy little shelter! :D


Nathan and the trimmings

by Beth

Nathan was a big help in trimming the hedge.  He enjoyed putting some of the trimmings into buckets and then dumping them into the big garbage can.  Oh course, making the sounds that the garbage truck makes…. beep, beep, beep.   After we fill one garbage can we decided to haul everything around front for our quarter trash pick up day.  In the picture the pile had already shrank about a foot.  The pile actually looks like a giant bush but it is the trimming from the back hedge.  Now we just wait patiently for the frontloader to arrive :o)

A fresh look



By Beth

So my family thinks I got a little carried away when I trimmed the back hedge last week.   It was so tall and thick I couldn’t reach to the back of it with the hedge trimmers.  My thought is that it will grow back, right?  David’s hair always does when I go a little short with it…tehehe.