Thursday, February 28, 2008

Grand Opening!

Welcome! Pull up a chair and attend the Grand Opening of my Azalea's (along with a few other pollen carrying plants!):)

So colorful--these are Encore Azaleas
A bud forms
These azalea's are actually smaller than they appear, but thanks to my Macro lens, they look large!
Remember those Canna Lillies I cut back to the ground a few weeks back? Here they are, ready to bloom some beautiful red flowers soon!
Who's this little tulip? That is Mr. Jarin on the top of the swing set
Demonstrating how he gets down
This lovely plant is a climber...a jasmine shrub. It will soon be blooming fragrant flowers.
An azalea in the front yard
And another from the front
Even the begonia's know it's time to bloom!
A variety of iris
I believe this is a Yaupon Holly tree.
A close up of the leaves and berries! It's beautiful when it's in bloom!
An Indian Hawthorne in bloom Wait a minute! What is that? A lily in my flower arrangement on the table. I can't take any credit for growing this in-laws bought this bouquet! They were just begging me to include them in the pictures, so I had to oblige!
Also in the bouquet...a carnation
I hope you enjoyed your tour around the yard. If you want to see more, you simply MUST visit us!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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Thanks to Carl and Inez, we now have a new chimnea that they brought back from their trip to Mexico! I bought sand and Chimnea Logs this past weekend and we enjoyed dining on the patio with the warmth of the new chimnea!
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Justin's Blue and Gold Banquet for Scouts was this past weekend. They included the Cake Bake in the mix for dessert. Each Scout was to make his own cake decorated like a favorite game and bring it to share for dessert. Judging by the looks of it, most of the parents made them. Justin did decorate his with a little help from me (see the Uno cake). They crossed over the steps to receive their Bear Badge as well as other belt loops and badges that they had earned. Each Den did a skit or 2 and dinner was served. It was a great evening.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Tea party 2008

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My sister-in-law, Sarah, had a tea party yesterday. We enjoyed it. Grandpa was nice enough to babysit so I had a day without kids too. We had a great time! Thanks Sarah!

Titanic Exhibit

When we went to Moody Gardens, we were able to see something I've always wanted to see...The Titanic Exhibit. To summarize: We were not able to take pictures of the artifacts and security cameras were in place for anyone who violated this rule. We were given boarding passes (see pictures) with actual names of people who boarded the Titanic. Then we went upstairs to a dimly lit snaking hall with the story on the wall and artifacts under glass cases. How would describe it? To me, it was VERY moving. Just to see the dishes they'd used, the clothes they'd worn (including a pair of women's gloves), the chandelier, and the rooms set up exactly as the state rooms would have been was amazing. Pictures of the Captain and others were on the wall and their stories. Music played and you might think you were at a funeral it was so melancholy. All in all, I'd say I enjoyed it. It was definitely very moving to think about all who perished.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A day at Moody Gardens; Galveston, TX

We took the boys to Moody Gardens on Monday. We had a great day!
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Mike's birthday gift

My husband was a year older on Sunday. I took up a collection from the family (and myself) to buy him this... He loves it!:)

Better late than never

Thought I'd post a picture of my Valentine's bouquet from my Dear Husband.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Video of driving to the beach

About his trip

Trinidad is an island in the West Indies located off the coast of Venezuela. The people of Trinidad are poor according to American standards and the country has a high crime rate. Mike said everywhere he went there were walls with metal fences, barbed wire and guards. Even his hotel was secured this way due to the high crime rate. He mentioned that it felt like you were going to prison everywhere you went due to the security. The native's of Trinidad "Trini's"; live metal lean-to's wherever they can find a spot to put one. They drive on the Left side of the road, and steering wheels in cars are on the Right. They have one soccer field (see Smilebox) that he could see out his window of his hotel. He said Wed. night mtg. was interesting. Picture this: he's picked up by some of the friends and they're moving fast along the highway and all of a sudden the man makes a sharp turn up the side of a cliff to an apartment like structure. They walk up the stairs and the apartment is basically a 2 room apt. with 3 walls, the 4th with no door, but a net over the front. They enter through the net and have meeting. He said the way the mtg. was conducted was the same, but everywhere you go in Trinidad, the people like their loud raggae music. This was apparent with the neighbors of the friends. He said music loudly blasted all through the meeting. A bit distracting, but at the same time, he said the accents were so thick that he only caught about every 10th word. He enjoyed his trip, but he did say it was a real eye opener to see how some third world countries live.

Mike's trip to Trinidad

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Friday!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Goin' green one day at a time

I just have to say that despite the fact that I probably should be more energy concious, I'm not one of those that makes a concerted effort where saving energy is concerned. This week for the most part though has been beautiful here. We had a day of storms, but aside from that the weather has been in the 60's-70's, so we've spent some time outdoors. So have our clothes. You see, I'm one who does laundry daily with 2 kids, so I decided this week that since the weather was so great, that instead of using the dryer, that I'd use my drying rack. We live in a community governed by HOA regulations, so a clothesline is out, but I was able to use the drying rack and put the contents of the washing machine out there. In the past week, my dryer has only run once! So, there ya' go! I'm saving energy. It's probably a good thing too that I didn't use my dryer. Yesterday I felt adventurous and tackled the weeding in the flower beds. What I found was kind of scary. Where the dryer vents, there was lint all over the mulch. Upon closer inspection, I looked at the vent and found globs of lint stuck in the vent. I came inside and pulled the dryer out and unscrewed the hose. After a good vaccuum and clean up job (both inside the vent and hose) I felt better. Hopefully now my dryer will run more efficiently the next time I use it. We've got rain in the forecast for the weekend, so I'm not sure how long my good fortune will last, but it's been great to have such a warm "early spring". Now if you'll excuse me, I've got clothes to hang dry!:) Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Other blog sites

Click on over to the Left and check out some other sites that where I blog. The picture site is a fun challenge site that we choose a category every 2 weeks and post in that category. It's definitely broadening my photography skills. The fitness blog is a group of us ladies trying to achieve the same goal...getting fit and trying to live healthier lifestyles too. We're in it together to try to motivate one another. Both are a lot of fun, so check them out!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Growing like crazy!

Jarin had his 5 year WCC yesterday. He's now 44 lbs. and 44 1/2" tall. He's in the 75% for both weight and height. He had to have 1 Hep A shot, but he should be all set for school next year.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a good weekend! What did everyone do? We had a great time at Gina's Housewarming party! Enjoyed visiting with everyone and great food too. I won't have any pictures to post this week as DH has gone to Trinidad, so he's swiped my camera for pictures. Will have a lot to post next week though of his trip. Have a great week!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Scary stuff!

If you haven't seen must! . It's a Monacle cobra who's bite can kill an elephant within seconds.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Oh the things that you will find

Remember the book by Dr. Seuss called "Oh the places you will go!"? I think I could write a book called "Oh the things that you will find!" I would base it on the treasures that you find in the pockets of little boys. Here are what a couple of the pages would look like...'s my excerpt...

Bolts and screws can be such fun, especially when you pick up more than one!
When you find a rock on your walk, pick it up and put it in your sock!
A nickel is quite dandy and it really comes in handy when you have to buy some candy!
Legos are black like can build your tower's higher, but it's more fun to put it in your pocket and hear it go "clink" in the dryer!

--Coming soon to a bookstore near you!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Re-decorating in progress

We're slowly re-doing the guest bedroom. I painted, got the print up, and put the new quilts on the beds. Eventually the lamp will be replaced with sconce type lights over each bed, we'll invest in headboards and a new nightstand as well as a small desk, new bedskirts, a valance and throw pillows. For now, this is where we're at.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Sweet little boys

How I love those little freckles. I'll miss them next August after school starts. There might be more popping out in the summer as we play in the sun and by the pool. Oh, how I love those little freckles!

Friday, February 1, 2008

The shoes that promote questions

Jarin is a #1 fan of Lightening McQueen of "Cars", so it was no surprise that when we saw these "croc style" shoes at JCPenney that he had to have them. Since then we get comments just about everywhere we go. On any given day when he wears them, we have people say things like "Oh, I like those shoes", or "Those are some cool shoes!". Today was the day that topped them all though! Jarin and I headed to Panera Bread for lunch. It's always busy in there at lunch time and difficult to find a parking space. We parked a little distance and walked into the restaurant. There was a line, so as we looked over the menu I felt a tap on the shoulder. The lady said "excuse me, can I ask you a question". "Sure", I said, not knowing what she was going to say. "Where did you get his shoes?". "JCPenney, I replied". "Oh, thank you", she said and off she want. She had no intention of ordering, just following me into the restaurant to find out where I got his shoes. I'm sure she must've parked and followed us in just to ask that question. In fact, I'm guessing she headed right over to JCP to see if she could buy some for her child. It struck me as funny that someone would go to that length to find them, but they are pretty cute. After lunch, we headed to Target and I saw the same shoes there. In fact, I found some Lightening McQueen sandals too. I can't wait for the first person to ask us where we found the sandals! That will be next!:)

Painting fun

The boys painted some masterpieces the other night with some paint of Justin's.

Upside down or right side up?

I caught the boys having a grand time on the trapeze bar of the swing. Who says 2 can't use it at the same time?

What's in the pocket?

It never fails to amaze me the things that little boys pack away in their pockets. I'm sure Justin found these on the playground, in the hallway at school, on the bus etc., but somehow, they always wind up in the pocket as "treasures".

The tulips

My husband brought me some tulips last week. They were beautiful.