I think I posted here already about the backyard: short story is the landlord had our soil tested last summer, the lead levels came back very high, and he had some workers come at the end of the summer to remove and replace the top foot of soil. So now we're starting again! The landlord had a guy come last week to put in these great wood planting beds so that we can grow vegetables and not worry about the roots getting close to the lead-y undersoil. Felix "helped" Giles put in a huge batch of strawberry plants. Hopefully we'll be able to keep the squirrels away from them.
So... that went fast. Leto is one! To celebrate Leto's first birthday, we had a little party at the house. Leto's actual birthday was Easter Sunday, which made it a bit difficult to schedule anything big. In keeping with my increasingly serious Martha-Stewart-syndrome, I've stepped up my cake-making game. This time, I sculpted my own cake topper with gum paste. Take that, Martha! I'm pretty proud of it, but worried about what I can do next time to one-up myself. We had a bunch of people over, and I hope lots of fun was had by all. Thanks to everyone for coming out!