I'm so very frustrated and disappointed. If you have any "my kid and I have an awesome time gardening together while we wear matching little gloves" stories, shut yer yap...
The garden itself is pretty awesome. We got the Resolution Gardens thing from Groupon and aside from being a little late, I'm pleased. Including Abby and Emily in the process was an EPIC FAIL. At first Abby was excited because she thought we were planting flowers. She started crying when I told her they were not.
I had wanted to take pictures but was busy running interference so none got taken. Emily killed a kale. I turned around and Abby had a mouthful of something and when I asked her what she mouthed (and it was obvious) "Dirt". HELLO. You're 4. Almost 5. I guess one would say I snapped at her and of course she started crying again. Trying to prevent a call to CPS on the part of the guy installing the garden, I tried to calm her. I asked her nicely why she wanted to put dirt in her mouth and she said "I wanted to know what it tasted like". Arrrrgh.
Emily restirred at least half the areas where we had just planted seeds. She also kept insisting on standing where the one monster fire ant pile in our yard is. She didn't get any bites thank God. Both of them did get completely coated in mud, shoes included and it took a solid hour once inside to get everyone undressed, washed, redressed and then clean up all the mud that got tracked around anyway.
Basically, I had imagined a blog worthy memorable afternoon with my kids. Instead I'm embarrased and feel like a horrible mom. Abby and Emily are probably scarred for life. I guess the best I can hope for now is that I can keep the damn garden alive.