Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Easter, an Art Contest for Hayley and Catching Up!

Happy Spring!!! Hope you all of you that celebrate it had a wonderful Easter :-)
It was very difficult without my mom this year as this was one of her favorite holidays, and also my sister and her family couldn't make it down this year. We celebrated the best we could while missing them all. 

The Easter Bunny was good to the girls and they enjoyed their baskets and the egg hunt. They found money and candy in their eggs and Kathleen won the grand prize egg with $20.00 inside! She's been lucky the last couple of years, lol.

                                                  As you can see here she's pretty happy :-)

 Kathleen also likes to do an egg hunt for all of us; so she fills and hides the eggs and then she has grand prize eggs where we can pick from several prizes. This year she had them sitting out in her little wagon :-) She is always so thoughtful and puts a lot of time into her planning.

           This was Jerry's plate at Easter... we had chicken as well and desserts too of course :-)

We had such a beautiful day to enjoy!! I was quickly wondering why I had a light jacket on, lol... it did come off after the photo!

     My dad spent the day with us and then the girls went back to his house to stay a couple days.

 Our ducklings have grown so much so we recently had to move them out to a dog kennel we had in the yard. We had to put boards around the bottom as we quickly learned they tried to escape. The dog house is for their shelter.

Of course they have a pool to swim in and they love it! They are so very fun to watch. The kennel is completely enclosed, on the top too so nothing will get to them as they are growing.

                                                                  They are so adorable!!!

We have 3 original ducks left from when we first moved here. They still run right up to us for their food each day.

The goats got their Easter treat.... peaches! They were quite happy :-)

The other day I had my annual doctor visit and they had this sign in the window that made me laugh... just had to share it :-)

While there my blood pressure was 175/108 so she has put in a referral for me to see another doctor and I'm still waiting for that call. I had several recommendations for the Dash diet... has anyone else tried this one? I went to Barnes and Nobles and picked up a few of the books, then found the new Pioneer Woman magazine and a new book from Maria Shriver that was also recommended to me. I'll be busy as I'm already reading another book and listening to an audiobook lol.

This was my lunch one day... I am part of weight watchers online, but don't keep up with the tracking like I should..... lifestyle changes are hard and after losing my mom I just have been stress eating :-( I know I need to change things around to stay healthy for my girls... baby steps....

I also had a great coupon for Erin Condren and this is the first time I've ordered her products. They are just lovely!

Kathleen is back to finding 4 leaf clovers!!

                   I keep them in a vase she made a few years ago, always makes me smile :-)

Found this little beauty on our egg hunt... we have several throughout the yard and they are so pretty.

                                         Even the dandelion brings a smile to my face ;-)

Jerry is standing next to our redwood tree we planted last year, it is rapidly growing and doing well near the pond.

 This was also sent to me and I wanted to share as I'm sure we can all relate to this feeling... I know I can lately! So much going on and life keeps spiraling so quickly forward... rarely time for rest.....

On a happier note..... Hayley's artwork has been selected for a recent contest and if you are on Facebook you can cast a vote for her using this link  If you love her artwork as much as we do, we'd love to have you vote for her :-) When you get to the page scroll down until you find her photo and then click on it, it should highlight around the edges. Then scroll down and hit the submit button. Thank you for supporting her!!!

                     Kitchen reveal will be coming up soon! Just a few more finishing touches!!!



Debra She Who Seeks said...

Looks like you had a lovely Easter!

Carla from The River said...

I love your pond, ducks, goats and family.
How exciting to find a four leaf clover, I never have!
I like the art work. Best wishes to Hayley.
Sending extra hugs for you, I do understand the feeling!

Barb said...

Hi Jill~

Oh my goodness, Hayley is an amazing artist, what a gorgeous painting!! I don't do Facebook, but if I did she would get my vote!!

I'm glad you had a nice Easter, all of those "first" things are so difficult, but you do them with such grace... :0)

I love your little growing farm! Those cute little ducks are adorable! But, I have to say, I am a little jealous of your warm weather. It's still cold and dreary in Idaho!

Can't wait to see that new kitchen!

Hugs and Love,

mamasmercantile said...

It was a joy to catch up with all your news, looks like you had a wonderful Easter.

Stephanie said...

Good morning, dear Jill! What a delight to catch up with you and oh, what sweet pictures you shared with us! It looks like you had a lovely Easter with your loved ones. And those ducks are just too cute!

Congratulations to Hayley! Her artwork is simply stunning and I must say she is quite gifted.

Hugs to you!

Red Rose Alley said...

Yaaay, Kathleen won the grand prize egg! What a cute picture of her. I had the same Easter dinner as you, Jill, except we had potato salad. Aren't those ducklings sweet, and a wonderful picture of the duck. That's great news about Hayley's artwork. How special that even the dandelion weeds make you smile, Jill.
I hope Kathleen finds more four leaf clovers. It was always fun to do when I was a kid. : )


The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Your Easter celebration looks so lovely. It's nice your dad could enjoy the time with you and that your girls enjoy visiting with him. We had our grands with us this past week as well. Love seeing your sweet little ducklings growing up. Happy weekend. ♥

McVal said...

Happy Easter!! Wow, your daughter is talented! Beautiful painting.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, Hayley is such a talented artist - such an amazing painting! Good luck to her in the contest! Looks like you had a wonderful Easter day with the girls and your Dad. I know how it feels to have that empty chair at the table, though :( Loved seeing all the sweet little pets and your nice family photo. I've wanted to try the DASH diet, too. You'll have to let us know if you like it. Hope you have a nice weekend xo Karen

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Looks like you had a lovely Easter! And your homestead is growing! So cute. We had 4 baby lambs born this week. Spring has sprung! God bless, Jackie

Kay G. said...

What a delightful post! What a lovely joy filled Easter! Blessings on you and your family. That little flower in your yard? I have read that it is is good for butterflies, so good for you for leaving it! :-) Happy Spring! x

JD/ Jill said...

Just found your blog. I enjoyed my visit! Your Easter dinner plate looked almost identical to ours...smile..
I must do a search on that Dash diet book looks interested
Hope you have a great weekend...