Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Great Outdoors

We visited a local farm stand this week.  I love when the weather warms up and the farm stands open.  I love the whole atmosphere - surrounded by fresh produce and beautiful flowers.  Plus it gets us away from the hustle and bustle of our busy street. 
 photo photo_zpsb98503a6.jpg

The boys got to feed apples to the sheep (who were feeling a bit shy and didn't end up eating any of the apples until after we walked away).
 photo photo4-2_zpsb50723a0.jpg

 photo photo2-2_zps66945414.jpg

 photo photo3-2_zps6aa43b16.jpg

We picked up a few more plants to stick in our garden.

Here she is! 

This bed contains strawberries, various tomatoes, and onions.
  photo IMG_2214_zps7e340d6a.jpg

In the next bed we planted cucumbers, green beans, sweet peppers, and jalapeno peppers.  I think there may be one other vegetable, but I can't remember right now. 
  photo IMG_2215_zps245faee9.jpg

I also have a little herb garden.  It contains Basil, Cilantro, Chives, Parsley, and Lemon Thyme.  I also have a pot of Mint, but our friend at the farm stand said to keep that out of the garden since the roots spread all over the place and we'll end up with Mint in places that we don't want it. 

I'm so excited that we're growing some of our own food!
 photo IMG_2213_zps76506288.jpg

And this is just a random photo of me and Bella at a church dinner a couple of weeks ago. 
 photo DSC_0057_zps8651347b.jpg

Monday, May 13, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

I woke up to breakfast in bed.  This was a first for me on a Mother's Day.  Sunday mornings are our busiest of the week and any celebration usually begins after church is over.  I was pleasantly surprised to start my day with eggs, toast, orange juice, and coffee!  Way to go Andy and Bella!

The clouds from the morning lifted to make way for a beautiful Mother's Day.  We had some post-church/pre-lunch play time outside.
 photo IMG_2183_zpsebdb816e.jpg

 photo IMG_2186_zpsc2145cfc.jpg

 photo IMG_2192_zpsd7a03b54.jpg

 photo IMG_2191_zpsb42641ed.jpg

Curtis was not quite in the photo-taking mood that his big sis and bro were in.  
 photo IMG_2199_zpsa7e75f4a.jpg

The fashionable piece of jewelry that I'm wearing was made by Bella.  It's her thumbprint.  Love it!
 photo IMG_2204_zpsd7a809bc.jpg

We're a crazy bunch at times. 
 photo IMG_2206_zps67b7bcd9.jpg

 photo IMG_2207_zpsf6f7f2ac.jpg

Four smiles and three out of four people looking at the camera.  I'll call that success.  
 photo IMG_2203_zps5812be49.jpg

We roller skated in the parking lot, took a family drive, and went out for dinner.  The kids fought over who could sit next to me.  Our schedules have been busy lately.  It was so perfect to have a day to just be together.  I'm so thankful for these kids and that I get to be a mom - their mom!  And I'm thankful for such a great husband who pretty much gave me the day off.  I need to see what I can do about making Mother's Day a monthly thing! 

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Hello May!

The kids were outside exploring and they discovered this. They thought it was candy.
 photo IMG_0591_zpsa8cb9859.jpg

Graydon loves "yellow flowers".  No matter where we are, if he sees them, he always wants to pick a bunch.  We did some yard work this week.  Dug up some bulbs and transplanted them.  We also added some annuals to the backyard.  He loved planting these.  He's pretty fascinated with plants and flowers right now. 
 photo IMG_0594_zpsf40710ed.jpg

I watched a friend's kids on Monday morning.  We made some chocolate chip cookies and they all took turns adding ingredients and stirring.  They all worked together so nicely and the cookies were delicious!
 photo IMG_0595_zps9807dc43.jpg

A church family surprised us with this Edible Arrangement this week.  I've never had one before!
 photo IMG_0600_zps5647d753.jpg

Bella loved that it was Hello Kitty.  And if you notice her smile, you can see that she lost another tooth.  This one almost literally fell out of her mouth!
 photo IMG_0602_zps7e66e7d5.jpg

On Thursday night, we went to the Phillies game. 
 photo IMG_0606_zps0a4677b8.jpg

It was definitely a late night - but we all had fun.  And the Phillies won!
 photo IMG_0607_zps37245729.jpg

Bella had her choir concert on Friday.
 photo IMG_2176_zps3ab75e93.jpg

I just took a quick picture at the beginning and intended to just watch the performance and enjoy it - no scrambling for pictures or video.
 photo IMG_2173_zpsf995753d.jpg

But then I saw her head up to the front of the stage.  I didn't know she had a speaking part!  Later on she told me that she wanted that to be a surprise.  I scrambled for my cell phone and got terrible footage.  I even missed the first part of the joke that Bella delivers the punch line to.  So I'll tell you now, the kid before Bella says, "What's a pirate's favorite holiday?"



After that, I sat back and enjoyed the performance.  The songs were adorable and the kids all seemed to be really enjoying themselves.  I was kind of on the verge of tears through the whole thing.  It was just so cute!

On Saturday afternoon, Andy and a friend finished up the path in front of our church.  This project took several days to complete.  They did a great job!

 photo IMG_0609_zps6dc86a25.jpg

The kids did a drama in church today on our church's history.  We celebrate our 150th anniversary in a couple of weeks.  I didn't get any photos of that either since I just wanted to enjoy the moment.  And I did.  Even Curtis got up at the end to sing a song.  It was a wonderful morning!