Sunday, April 29, 2012

Spring Garden Tea Party

Tender blades of green grass please us all with a standing ovation for the arrival of spring!  Purple violets decorate the grass and the sun shines warmer!  This celebration of the arrival of spring was the backdrop for our celebration of Gracie Anne's 5th birthday!  April 5th was a lovely day for our Garden Tea Party!  This tea party was complete with sweet girls in lovely dresses, vintage jewelry, vintage hats and linens, mismatched tea set, pink lemonade and yummies, croquet, and hopscotch!

Gracie Anne, Eliza, Genna, Anna

Thank you to the darling girls for making a sweet memory with Gracie Anne!!

A Zoo Membership

This was such an exciting day!  The two little people in my life announced one day that we should all go to the zoo for my birthday!  So that is what we did!  Then we paid a few dollars more and turned our day's admission into a year membership!  Cool!

The first item of business was to figure out which way we were going.  After we lost all of our maps within the first 30 minutes of our arrival, we just followed our hearts!!

The day was beautiful - not too hot and not too cold!

And the critters were very cooperative and let us get a good look at them!

Cheetahs were the most anticipated visit of the day!  Avery and Gracie Anne both have a deep love for Cheetahs and could hardly wait until we found them.

I love this picture!  It reminds me of a little Callan and his first encounter with a polar bear!

For me!  I had a very memorable day with the most precious people in my life!!  I couldn't imagine a better way to celebrate 40 years!!!

Long Time No Post

This winter has turned out to be unseasonably warm!  This is was the warmest winter that Nebraska has had in the last 40 or 50 years!  We did have some blustery days, but thankfully, if we were to have a mild winter, this past winter was most beneficial to us since we still have been unable to completely close up the walls!  As usual, we have been very hard at work and our little old house on the hill is much better for it!

The family keeps growing up, dirtying laundry and are always hungry!!  We are sure to be eaten out of house and home before we have a chance to complete our renovation!

This is our sweet Grace who really wanted coy-wees (curlies)  in her hair for church.  I granted her wish a couple of months ago!  She was more than happy to let me take pictures!!

These are photos of the progress of mine and Tim's room.  This room came together pretty quickly.  I was surprised!  

Getting our king size mattress up the stairs was equally challenging!  It took us 35 minutes to stuff the mattress around this corner in the stairwell!

We have since enjoyed  many blissful nights in our bedroom!  I am currently working on window treatments and other details.  I will post finished pictures when I am finished!

The yard has also been a big priority.  We are needing to tame the wilderness that lays beyond our front porch...  We have a plethora of poison ivy that has taken over the property.  I am terribly allergic and despite that, I waged war on anything that lays in the immediate yard.  I am still paying for it, but I sure hope that very soon I will no longer be tormented by the noxious weed!

Creating a garden has also been very important.  I am leaving behind berries and asparagus and other wonderful things that I have become quite spoiled by when we lived at the orchard!  It was very important to establish perennials right away so that we could enjoy them next year!  We've planted red raspberries, strawberries, asparagus, a cherry tree taken from my little teeny grove at the orchard, rhubarb, white and purple juicing grapes, and of course, flowers and starts from the orchard as well as plants I've relocated from around the property to a more local bed so that we can be aggressive in removing poison ivy on the rest of the property.  We've also planted a good part of our veggie garden!  Unheard of this early in the spring in these parts.  I'm not complaining!  More pictures of our 'formal' style potager garden to come!

We had several hollow and huge trees that posed a serious threat to home and power... Thanks to the power company, several of these threat were removed, including a large  Lindon tree that we learned would have likely fallen onto the roof of the house within a month's time.  It was on of those tender mercies that the tree was taken down only a few days before a serious thunderstorm came through that produced tornadoes in Talmage and Nebraska City!  We surely would have lost the tree on the house!

 One of those sweet moments captured of the little people in my life!!

We haven't captured any photos of Mama Fox's babies yet!  But they are cute as they can be!  I was trying to photograph one of them when she walked around the corner of our dilapidated barn and she was startled at my presence.  She told me a thing or two and then leaped and bounded in the poison ivy that we grow so plentifully!