Monday, February 20, 2017

Busy Weekend! Birds, Ducks, Flowers and More!


We were blessed with an absolutely gorgeous weekend this past weekend and we stayed busy and just enjoyed being outside!! While we had to run out a couple times to get supplies, we drove by this  New York pizza restaurant we'd never been to and thought we'd pop in and get a quick dinner. This area is where you can sit and watch them through the glass making the pizzas and more. Kathleen loved watching them make it all from scratch and tossing the dough in the air. She wanted to stay all night and watch...lol. I will say the pizza was pretty amazing!


We also stopped by one of my favorite little antique shops in town and she was just getting ready to leave, but stayed because a couple things caught my eye... This bird bath was only $20.00! A nice addition to the back yard :-)



She also had this old wheel barrow for just $30.00 and I have been wanting one for awhile to plant flowers in and was so excited to find it. Jerry drilled a couple of small holes in the bottom for me so it would drain properly and we purchased some potting soil and pansies from Lowes.


     Kathleen always loves helping to plant and other things around the yard so she jumped right in!


I placed one of my statues in the middle of it to add to it and I really like the way it turned out. :-)


The chair I had out there last year was falling apart (it was wooden) so I thought this would be a nice replacement and last for awhile.




I still have my other metal antique chair in my other garden area and we added some of the leftover flowers to that one and another one of my statues. This chair will last for many years.


We love our ducks and we know it's getting to be time for them to lay eggs again. Last year none of the eggs survived, even when we tried in an incubator after she abandoned them. Kathleen would love to have baby ducklings this year and kept asking Jerry about building a duck house.


Finally we had some time this weekend to work on it. Here is Jerry creating the base as he had the idea to put it on a platform over the pond to deter other critters from going in there.


           Kathleen got down and dirty on this project too. Mud all over her hands and face, lol.


Hayley was a big help too, carrying things and getting it all put into place. She got right down in the mud along side of Jerry..... and I took lots of pictures, lol. ;-)




I had suggested to Jerry about finding an old dog house to use as the duck house instead. That would save him some time and also last awhile being plastic. So luckily we found one on a yard sale site for only $15.00!!! If you've ever priced those in the store, you know that's a great deal.



Kathleen bless her little heart was determined to carry the whole bale of straw over to put in the duck house and even though it was a little heavy and about as tall as her, she managed to get it over there. :-)


       So proud of both my girls and how they pitch in to help us and take pride in all that they do!


                               All done and we have a very happy little girl on our hands :-)


                         Jerry built the ramp too so they could walk up it out of the water.


That's a neighbor's house behind them. Most of the property of ours backs up to their back door. It used to be one property all together with ours but that is a long story for another day...



The ducks were very curious the whole time and kept coming over to see what we are doing. We really hope when it is time they will nest in there and have some protection.




Jerry also put in the pole out front and mounted the bird feeder on it that he had made me for Christmas. I was super happy to see it go up :-)



    As you can see it holds a lot of bird seed!! So won't have to fill it up for awhile :-) I will probably paint the pole while just to have it all match a little better. He did such an amazing job putting it together for me, I love it!


So that was part of our weekend in a nutshell... I've been busy reorganizing the house and Kathleen's room. We still have some boxes to unpack and sort from the move but there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get it all done. :-) We have lots of projects on our list too I'll be sharing with you as we complete them. I sure am loving this weather! What did you do this weekend?

                                                                        Blessings,
                                                                             Jill

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Kathleen Planned a Valentine's Special Day For Us :-)


My "little" Kathleen.... how I love this girl so much! She planned out a whole special day to celebrate Valentine's day together as a family. Each day I received a special note leading up to this morning. She dressed in a special outfit too and planned everything out perfectly. Such a nice surprise.


    She set everything up in the basement so here were special notes as we went down the stairs. :-)



She had a table all set up and ready. They decided to make Biscuitville a part of the celebration, lol. Even though she was originally going to cook breakfast with Jerry. We had  a busy day planned so it saved a little time.


                                                   I love all the special signs she made.


                    Mirabelle was happy to hang out in the dollhouse and keep an eye on us, lol!



She bought cups and all the decorations with her own money and did a fantastic job setting everything up. This was her seat....


                                                                 This one was mine :-)


                                                         She made all the loom hearts :-)






She made this delicious dessert chocolate and marshmallow and it was so delicious but very, very sweet!!!


                                                                            Yummy!!!!


                                          My precious family... how blessed am I? Very!!! :-)





               She also made up some fun games for us to play. We had quite a few laughs too!


                                                                           My girls and I.....



                                         Then she had even more planned for us outside.....


                            The ducks ran over to greet us... I never get tired of seeing them :-)



                       She had set up paints and little mini birdhouses for us to paint together.



While they were drying we took a walk around our pond... it was a gorgeous day here in the 70's!! Tomorrow is supposed to be just a s nice.






Hayley found some daffodils under our tree that were blooming and Jerry noticed the early buds on the tree.

                                            So peaceful, calm and relaxing here... I love it.



                                                                      All finished!




She also made another sweet surprise... chocolate truffles!!! Thank you so much Kathleen!!! You did such an amazing job with everything today and I love you more then you could ever possibly know!!!


                                                                          Blessings,
                                                                                Jill