We have a community garden plot! Hooray!!
If you've been reading our admittedly sparse entries recently, you may have guessed that we were in search of a little bit of land in which to plant all manner of exciting things. After two whole years on the waiting list, we were finally offered a plot in Evanston's Community Garden Program this year. It's half a plot (200 sq. ft.) and it's our very own:
So we have started weeding and planning and have even planted a row of sunflowers.
Olivia loves digging and planting and Elsie, it turns out, loves dirt. Eating it, that is. The other evening, we popped over to the garden for a spot of weeding. I had bought a little yellow spade for Elsie, and she seemed really excited about it - in fact, I didn't really hear a peep out of her, and could see out of the corner of my eye (as I was viciously attacking dandelions), that she was playing contentedly.
I redoubled my weeding onslaught and looked up only to see my one year-old with a muddy face. She had been using the spade as a spoon to shovel (literally) dirt into her mouth.
She had also taken a minute to rub her eye, and thus looked a bit raccoonish, with a dirt smudge over her eyebrow.
Olivia thought it was hilarious.
It was. Dirty, but hilarious.