Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Signs Of Spring Around Our Yard And An Update On What We've Been Up To!

There's  nothing quite like Spring to reawaken our souls :-)

To have new growth and unlimited possibilities... how the strength of one small, determined seed can change everything!

Here is one of my squash plants that reseeded itself and has started to emerge from the soil... although something is mighty hungry and already beginning to eat it's leaves!

Our blueberry bushes are also starting with new buds. We planted 3 last Spring and are anxious to see how they do this year after some growth!

I found this beautiful bird bath that is solar powered and lights up at night at our local Big Lots. My mom always loved hummingbirds as do I, so I knew it would be the perfect addition to our yard.

We have this beautiful mature Camellia shrub that is absolutely beautiful! It has many blooms on it, but the other day after this was taken the colder temps. hit and made a lot of them close up and die :-(

                                                       I love how pretty the blooms are :-)

Kathleen's strawberry plants she put in last year are coming out too! Now I just need to find a way to keep the squirrels out of everything!

I'm pretty sure this is another tomato plant that reseeded itself, unless the birds dropped another kind of seed into the tomato container! :-)

             With the death of certain plants and trees, there is room for new life and new beauty....

                                          Dried leaves and seed pods and pine cones galore!

                                   Wild violets popping up all over the yard too! So pretty!

Little hard to see as it blends in so much, but the butterfly bush I planted last year is coming back really well!

Still keeping our feeders filled until it gets warmer again, the birds are just in heaven having food readily available and 4 bird baths to enjoy!

Our Rhododendrom has lots of buds getting ready to bloom soon. This one is always so very pretty!

                                            Small new bud on one of our dogwood trees.

                                                            Well hello little "guy"! :-)

i love walking around the yard and seeing all the new things growing, despite every odd they make it through with determination!

  Our pecan tree! Not many leaves yet, but boy do the goats love eating them when they do come in!

                  Weeping cherry is always so pretty too... this is one of Jerry's favorite trees :-)

                                                 More dogwoods starting to bloom.

                                                        Green grass beginning to show.....

I was excited to see my tulips starting to come back up, but NOT happy to see the squirrels digging up the bulbs to eat them! My dad said squirrels don't seem to like daffodils and I see a ton of them blooming around town and in our neighbor's yard so may have to plant those for next year!

             We've had a lot of rain lately and it has finally gotten our pond filled back up! Yeah!!!

      Spent some time sitting and talking with mom as I was walking around the yard. Miss her             terribly...... I could feel her with me, but I just wanted to give her a hug so badly.....

          Birds are getting ready to lay their eggs, we have several bird houses all around the yard.

Walked down to say hi to Annabelle and Ruby :-) Didn't have treats on me so they were trying to nibble my fingers, lol ;-)

This is our sunroom and I was trying to get a good shot of my stained glass windows, though the sunlight reflection makes it hard to see. Two were my moms, and the hummingbird window Jerry had someone paint for me :-) I love sitting there enjoying the warmth and watching the birds.... my mom always like dit too. She always said she could spent the whole day in there when she wasn't able to get outside.

  Another perk to Spring weather coming is finding more and more delicious fresh fruit to enjoy!
            When the strawberries arrive nice and sweet I'll be making several dishes with them!

                                Just had to include these pictures of Elvis.... he's so spoiled!

The other day Jerry and Kathleen got to spend the day together and they had a blast at an adventure place that had an arcade, go carts, mini golf and more! Enjoying the beautiful weather!

           Can you find Kathleen on the porch in the little house? She kind of blends in there, lol.

It's good for them to get a break as they have been so loaded down with homework every night. Hayley made this delicious guacamole that she learned how to make in her foods class. :-)

    She was also very excited when she received her first edition of Hemingway's Farewell to Arms!

               Busy planning out our projects for the house and yard. Will be updating more soon!


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Kathleen Gets Transformed into Merida at the Bibbidi- Bobbidi Boutique in Walt Disney World!

The excitement of being in Disney World is all around and for young girls experiencing the Bibbidi-Bobbidi Boutique, it is all about the moment, the pampering, the magic......

We bought Kathleen a Merida dress to take to Disney so she could experience the excitement one last time at the boutique. When she was younger she also did it with Hayley and loved it! 12 years old is basically the cut off age, but luckily Kathleen was just 11 when we had this done last June :-)

The staff is wonderful and truly gave her a memorable experience! Though I will say a larger area would have been better as it was very packed and hard to move or get good pictures in there. Luckily we paid for the photo pass so we could have great pictures from different perspectives.

                                           Now for the magic sparkles (a.k.a. glitter) ;-)

           They give them a face shield to keep it from getting in their eyes and all over their face.

               The final reveal! She was so happy and excited! I just love the smile on her face!

                                        When they are done, they announce them to everyone :-)

            We got the package with a bag and she was able to keep her makeup and hair supplies.

Then we went to another part of the castle to have some professional photos taken. Another benefit of the photo pass as all the ones the photographer took were loaded on the card. :-)

She looked so beautiful and yes mommy had a few tears in her eyes just thinking of how quickly she has grown up!

Walking around she had a permanent smile on her face, she was on top of the world. Everyone commented on how pretty she looked and staff members addressed her as Merida as they saw her walking around the park. It's these little moments that make the most amazing memories!

Of course she wouldn't complete her look of Merida without her bow and arrows! So we had to buy them for her too.

                                                              Look out bystanders!!! ;-)

                                                             Or should I say daddy? LOL

                                                All good, he recovered pretty quickly ;-)

It was so incredibly hot while we were there and I don't do well in the heat at all, plus the sweaty and  red look I am sporting here, lol.... but I had to jump in the picture for a selfie with my sweet girl. :-)

Next she was on the hunt for Hayley and Breanne! LOL ;-) We had a blast and it is something she will remember for a very long time.