Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Breaking news -- Lily knows how to grow cabbage

You bet she does!  Her school participated in the Bonnie's plants cabbage program and this is the cabbage start that she was given about 2 months ago...

She submits her picture in September to be in the running for a $1,000 scholarship! Fingers crossed!

Girlfriend's got a green thumb~

P.S. Here's the "before" pic... 

I am Amsterdam...

Well, I'm not, but that's the slogan for this beautiful city that I had the luck of visiting while tagging along with John on one of his business trips!  We took this trip back in September. (Hey, no hassle on how long this post has taken to write!  Just love me for my determination to get it completed!)   One way I can easily remember the date is because we were out of the country on Lily Clare's birthday.  BELIEVE ME when I say that I was given a very hard time about not being with Lily on "the most important day of her life".  Yes, I felt guilty, but --really-- am I supposed to pass up a week's trip to Amsterdam and London with a paid hotel room?  We left the kiddos in the loving hands of their grandmothers and Miss Lil had a lot of attention and spoiling on her special day!  (I even had an incredible friend deliver surprise cupcakes to Lily's classroom with a note from John and me.)  So, see?!?!  I'm a loving, thoughtful mother...right?!?!

So, John and I flew nine hours overnight and awoke to a new city and new adventure.  He had meetings to handle the first couple of days, so I had to do some exploring on my own. (Hence the many selfies!)

I fell in love with these powdered sugar covered babies!  Poffertjes -- a street food must!

Rembrandt's - The Night Watch"  Did you know that it is 12' x 14'?!?!  Huge!

The view from our hotel room

But eventually, he had some free time and we got to explore together! The best day was the day we rented bikes and rode 1 1/2 hours out to the incredibly fairytale like town of Weesp.

The scenery was unbelievable!  Here you'll see the reality of the old saying "black sheep of the family"! 

We visited Muiderslot castle.  It was built in 1285 (what?!?!) and was just amazing to think of what kind of stories those walls had to tell!

A not so tiny fireplace with a not so tiny tour guide! 

We stopped for lunch at a small canal front cafe and listened to the church bells ring and watched the drawbridge open to let passing boats through.  

Never has a sausage, fruit and cheese platter tasted so good!!!

The next day brought a little more sight seeing around Amsterdam, then we were off to London for a few more days.  

As I add to all of the posts about these trips that I've been fortunate to take...we could never do this without the help of our moms and friends!  Knowing that we're leaving the kiddos in the loving hands of these people helps to increase our enjoyment and relieve A TON of stress!!  And everyone knows...


 Ready for my next trip~

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Full of surprises!!!

Who knew that I would be taking an eight month blogging sabbatical?!?  Not me!!  I'm not sure exactly what happened...but, I'm back and I'm ready to start posting on my page again!  So, as I collect my thoughts and review my hundreds of pictures that I've taken since last August, here's something for you:

"Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!"

The surprise of Spring is definitely something that has made me smile this week!  What has made you smile?

More to come~

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ready to hit the books

OK, I'm not sure those were the exact words out of the kids mouths this past Monday, but they did get out of bed and get through five days of early mornings!

Lily Clare started the third grade and was excited to get the teacher that she had hoped for!

Biscuit and Gravy sent her off with some encouraging words!

Every girl needs a little "bling" on her first day of school!  (That anklet has been on her ankle since it was purchased in Costa Rica.  Girlfriend will not take it off....)

Sam is starting seventh grade!  Unbelievable! 

It's gonna be a GREAT year~

Dirty fingernails and all.....

So, one of the things that we were most excited about when me bought this property was the opportunity of having a garden. We tried our hand at it last summer and things were ok, but this year we went head-on into a variety of fruits and veggies and not to brag....but it was a HUGE success!  (And to prove that I'm not cocky, I'll refer back to this post  -- my seeds were a HUGE failure!  See, I'm grounded, I accept my faults!)

Well, when the weather warmed up and the ground was ready we started planting.  We planted cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon, tomatoes, bell peppers and jalapenos. While we did kinda overdo it on the quantity of some of the plants (our garden runneth over), the quality was perfect!

We loved being able to share our harvest with our friends and I put myself and the kiddos to work and we canned some pretty awesome pickles and salsa, if I do say so myself.  (Dang, more bragging.) 

While our family and friends call our home "a farm", we do know that we are only a speck of the real deal.  But my friends love to drive by and honk while we are out in the garden or pasture and they laugh at me in my red boots and sometimes dirty fingernails.  

But, really? Would I want it any other way?!?!

 Playing in the dirt~

Smart words, Audrey!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Time for a little break...

well, a big break actually!  Sam and Lily's Spring Break took us to Costa Rica!!!  This is something we've been wanting to do for so long and it really was a dream come true!  John and I had been several times before, but we'd been wanting to share the experience with the kiddos and we finally got our chance...

Our week in paradise included:

Horseback riding...

Zip lining.....

And lots of swimming....

Our week was full of amazing sights and experiences:

And these two are great travelers!!!

Just give them some electronics and Biscoff cookies and they'll fly anywhere!!!

 As they say in C.R. -- Pura Vida!!!~