Thursday, September 15, 2016

Our Fall Garden

Frame +

Dirt +

+ Seeds & Plants = Garden!

I planted kale, spinach, chard, lettuce, beet, and radish seeds, along with green onions, thyme, parsley, and basil plants I bought at the grocery store.  Joy added some turnip, carrot, and wheat seeds at her end of the plot.  I'm looking forward to seeing how our garden grows.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Many Talents

Joy is a girl of many talents.

She can eat the middle out of a pretzel without breaking it apart.

She can switch her hands when she plays the piano . . .

. . . and even play one of her favorite songs while lying on her back.  I sure can't do any of those things.  Can you?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

A Zippy Anniversary

Phillip and I celebrated our anniversary this week, and we decided to commemorate eleven years of marriage with a romantic getaway . . .

. . . zip lining in Hot Springs.

Neither of us had ever been zip lining before, and though the first "bunny slope" line had a low tower and a shallow angle, it was still hard to convince my brain that stepping off into thin air was a good idea.  I sat down in my harness, gingerly eased myself off the platform . . . and after surviving that first attempt I wasn't scared a bit.

 Soon enough we were zipping through the trees having a grand time.

Half the fun was blithely brushing past "Warning! Keep Off!" signs to traverse a narrow log bridge . . . 

. . . or a swaying suspension bridge high above a stream . . .

. . . so we could zip through the forest some more.  Thanks for sharing this adventure with me, Sweetheart--both the zip line tour and our eleven-year journey.  Here's to many more years and ultimately eternity together. 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Thank You, Engineer Husband!

This morning Daddy bought some lumber . . .

. . . and set to work building me a frame for a raised vegetable garden . . .

. . . (while Todd played with the little pieces of wood Daddy wasn't using yet).

Phillip was even brave enough to let Joy pound a few of the nails just inches from his thumb.

I'm so excited to finally have my own garden (or at least the start of one--I'll add the dirt, seeds, and plants later this week).  I told Phillip it was one of the best anniversary gifts he's ever given me.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

What's Todd Up To?

What has Todd been doing lately while the big kids are off at school?

Sticking stickers all over his legs . . .

. . . playing with the birthday banner letters . . .

. . . taking his favorite stuffed animals for a ride in the toy stroller . . .

. . . and visiting the library where he likes to play on the little chairs . . .

. . . and Mama likes to cuddle the big teddy bears (it's really very soothing).

My little buddy and I share some good times in the morning, but he's always really excited when the big kids get home in the afternoon.  They're more fun than I am. :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

From Two Wheels to Four

Before and After:

Daddy's Commuter Vehicle in July

 Daddy's Commuter Vehicle in August

That's right--after weeks of riding half an hour to work in hot sun and driving rain, our motorcycle devotee Daddy bought a car for his commute.  The last straw may have been when coworkers informed him that he would be riding to work in sub-freezing temperatures during winter.  I think Phillip's new MINI is cute; he's just glad it handles well and has air conditioning.

Monday, August 29, 2016


Clouds in Southern California:

(i.e. there usually aren't any).

Clouds in Arkansas:

I took those four pictures within two minutes of each other today, simply by pointing my camera in different directions.  I love the beauty and variety of the clouds here.

(Dragonfly included at no additional charge.)