Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Moments

We spent this Memorial Day at Jeff’s parents house, eating…eating….oh and eating.
And of course, taking pictures. Or maybe that was just me and Kelly.
We couldn’t spend it out at the family’s cabin in Colden like we usually do because due to all the rain we’ve had these past few weeks (and MONTHS), it’s like a swamp out there and the grass can’t be cut until it dries up. The kids managed to find a way to have fun with nature anyway, of course :)

David letting Will have a turn with his remote control lego car

My husband made his delicious “Krabby Patties” for all

My perfect little nephew let me hold him again AND feed him a bottle.
I just love him.

I of course had to get some photos of their beautiful flowers.
They have the most amazing gardens.
Two of my favorites…I love bleeding heart flowers.
We ended the holiday with a trip to DQ, a sleepover
and a CRAZY loud thunderstorm.
What a perfect day Smile with tongue out

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gardening Day

Just like last Memorial Day weekend, we spent today re-doing our flower garden. Jeff and the kids did most of the work, but I helped. I even picked up a worm. One of the kids took it & threw it somewhere before I could get a picture of it. It was frickin huge.

My husband is very talented at landscaping, he did it for a living for a while before we had kids. He went and got a bunch of bags of top soil and used some bricks to make a two-level garden so more of the flowers will be visible from the front - and so the flower-eating bunnies might not have such easy access to everything.
(somehow I think the little furballs will make it up there anyhow)

The before picture looks a little better because it’s not as washed out but trust me the garden looks a million times better than it did this morning. We have a mix of Impatiens, Begonias, Dahlias, Violas, Dianthus, Zinnias & tons of other random flowers that we picked out at the school flower sale. I am so completely in love with flowers.

This is David’s Yellow Dahlia that he chose for his terra cotta pot that he decorated.

And this is Sammi’s purple flower plant that she chose for hers. I can’t remember what it is but she purposely picked one that did not have any blooms yet so she can see if she can make it bloom herself.

All of our potted plants soaking up sun in the yard.

I also rescued the clover I found growing in the front garden. I think the little shamrocks are so beautiful but my husband says they will take over everything. So I took it and transplanted it into that little pink ceramic container. They look pretty pathetic right now but I’m hoping they’ll bounce back.

I’m also very excited because my daisy patch is about to bloom any day now…

It’s too bad these are the kind of daisies that stink because as everyone knows, they are my absolute FAVORITE flowers. They will be on my kitchen table in a pretty vase in a few weeks…stinking up the house.

Friday, May 27, 2011

DARE to be Drug Free

My girl, waiting to walk across the stage to get her D.A.R.E. diploma

She and all of her 5th grade friends learned so much from this wonderful & important program. The essays that the kids read were absolutely amazing. They really seemed to take it all in – one of the girls wrote hers on Heroin – I had tears in my eyes because of the way she expressed her views on the dangers of it and many other drugs, based on what she learned from the police officers who dedicated their time. My daughter wrote her essay about marijuana, alcohol and tobacco…I was going to share it on here but I think she doesn’t really want me to, lol. It was AWESOME. I am so proud of her!! I can only hope and pray that she always sticks to her pledge to stay drug free.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Art, Music & a Rash

We went to the annual Art & Music Show at the kids’ school tonight. My son had one piece of art on display, but my daughter didn’t have any…none that we found at least. She did have her band concert though, and she did an awesome job playing her clarinet. They really all sounded very good! I did not get any good quality pictures of her up on stage though, unfortunately… It’s so hard to get a good photo in a school auditorium! After the show, we went to the school flower sale and went a little overboard. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to plant what we bought this weekend…if it ever stops raining.

Oh and yeah, my little guy woke up with a rash on both cheeks and hands today. He started out with it only on one cheek last night, so I figured it was some kind of irritation and didn’t think much of it. But when I saw him this morning, having worked in child care for a long time, I knew right away that it was probably Fifth Disease (aka Slapped Cheeks Syndrome). My husband took him to the pediatrician’s office to see what they thought, and yep, that’s what he has.

They said it’s not contagious anymore once the rash appears so he went to school for the rest of the day and we did take him along to the Art Show tonight. Thankfully other parents didn’t stare us down like I worried they would.
Why does my poor boy catch everything that goes around?
Sick smile

Thursday, May 19, 2011

From Orange to Gold

I’ll pretend I have a clue what it even means…
(besides the different color neckerchief, that is)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Artist

My daughter is almost always drawing something. She likes to make books full of drawings and cute little stories, mostly about our dog or some other kind of animal.
Tonight she was continuing on one of her many books and then when I checked on her after a while, I was shocked to see this…She was sketching that photo of the World Trade Center.
I think maybe she was inspired because of all the craziness
that has been in the news these past few weeks.
Here’s the finished product:
All I could say was wow…

Back in 2008 she drew one other picture of the WTC.
It’s amazing when I look at the many differences between the two…for many reasons.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Day at the Zoo

Today I joined my little boy and his classmates on a field trip to the Zoo :)

Here are some of my favorite pictures from our day

I loved how in awe they all were of the sea lions!
This is by far the best addition they have ever made to the Buffalo Zoo
It kind of looks like the bear is growling in the background. Sadly, he wasn’t.
The Kodiak bears were being shy today, we didn’t get to see them at all.
I think they are so cool… even though I always feel like they’re going to jump across the ravine at me. They’re HUGE.

Mama gorilla looked right at me as her baby slept on her back.
So cute!

Again…so cute!

This picture….

…is priceless.
Maybe we should have re-thought the making them look directly into the sun thing.
My son is in the middle of yelling at me here because of the sun in his eyes.
Oh yeah, he was quite the little crank by the time the trip was over. We had a nice little discussion about his attitude when we got home later on…but we’ll just leave that part out :) We had a very nice day!

Monday, May 9, 2011

I Heart Spring

I realized the other day that seem to be noticing the colors of spring more this year than ever before. I don’t know if it’s out of a subconscious need to notice beauty in the world right now when there is so much negativity, or what. I just LOVE the bus ride to work in the morning because it gives me the chance to see all of the beautiful, blooming trees and flowers. Yet another reason I love living where I do – we get to see the beauty of EVERY season. I honestly think that aside from daisies, blossom trees are my favorite flowery sight.
These are some pictures I’ve taken so far this spring on my neighborhood walks with the kids.

What’s your favorite flower?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day was very nice except for the fact that my Dad is still suffering from pain in his leg. He took us all out to breakfast at IHOP and the poor guy suffered through as best he could. He has had this terrible pain in his leg since his oral surgery on April 29th. We don’t really know for sure if it’s related to the surgery although at this point they think it could be a side effect of nerve irritation from the anesthetic he had during the surgery. Other than that, the doctors have said they are “stumped”. He’s seen a neurologist & was at two different ERs, thinking it may be a blood clot. So far no one can diagnose him. But he’s hurting. It’s been very tough. I’ve asked everyone I know to pray for him. It’s a helpless feeling not being able to do anything to help him.

Other than that, the day was nice. We went back home to my house and spent some time together before going to Jeff’s parents’ house for dinner.
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Somehow I did not take any pictures at their house…I don’t know how that happened!
But I did get this one of my girl enjoying the sunshine on the way home :)