Well, it’s been quite busy for us since the last time I sat down to write something for this website.
The pups (which I don’t think I’ve mentioned) are growing quickly. We’re having problems training them together because all they want to do is be competitive and distract the other one. They’re not misbehaving all that bad but it’s hard to get them to burn off excess energy when all they do is try and wrestle one another. Making them think and wait is much more taxing on them. I’m confident that we’ll get them where we want them to be. Their names, by the way, are Stone and Rogue.
Sawyer turns 3 in a few months. We haven’t quite figured out how to get him to use the bathroom for #2 but he is doing well in all other regards. In fact, the other day, he went to his room and changed out of underwear to put on a pull-up so that he could go #2. It’s a good step – he knows when it is coming. We just need to get him to do it in the right location. It is frustrating. I’m sure that I echo what millions of other parents have said in regards to their children and toilet training.
I’ve kept Jessica busy – well – she has elected to stay busy with her garden. We’ve made some more space available in the front of the house and I put in a few garden boxes in the back yard. All told, we’ve doubled our usable space. Earlier in the year we put in a greenhouse (one of the kits) to get a head start on things. Hopefully by mid-summer we’ll have all of the fresh vegetables that we can stomach.
We’re planning a 4th of July party. In typical fashion, we’ll have way too much food and too much to drink. The one thing that may slow us down is the lack of parking. I’m curious to see how it will all pan out in the end. Jessica allowed me to replace our old grill a month ago with a new smoker. I’m a big fan. I’m going to try and cook over 100lbs of pork. My rough guess is that in order to get it done to the desired temp (190 for tenderness) I’ll have to have had it on heat for a minimum of 18 hours. It doesn’t matter what time you count back from when you have an 18 hour cooking session – somebody is going to lose some sleep.
My parents are coming out for the holiday as well. We haven’t seen them since… right. That is how long it has been. I’m trying to remember but it was probably last summer. Hopefully things change in our life and we can get some more free time. I’m hoping that it all works out for us.