I'm a free-spirited photographer, soon-to-be yoga teacher, gold medal aunt, aromatherapy lover, and grand adventurer who loves nothing more than warm evenings on the porch with her husband, dogs, cats and a good bourbon.
"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." - Ronald E. Osborn
A zippy post before I go into full panic mode of throwing clothes in a bag since I fly out for Biloxi this afternoon and still haven't packed. And I need to run to the grocery store for dog food and cat food. So who knows what I will be wearing in New Orleans. I messed up by buying great new shoes but I don't have outfits yet that I think are cute enough for the shoes. So I have things hanging together but not quite packed :)
I think in July I will try to be a better blog poster.
The pics above is a selective lens shot of my petunia spillage. Our close friend Daryl with her son Conrad and friends at Poverty Level's performance last Thursday night to kick off the Beach Music Festival. And a new lily variety for us from bulbs planted last fall. I don't use very much pink in the backyard but I thought these were so pretty and girlie.
Life is busy. Summer is here and while the nights are easy and Southern the days are busy. I'm ready for a few days off from vacuuming pet hair and mopping Lab feet. The cats have actually been staying out enjoying the heat but Earl and Eudora's black fur keeps them in with us most of the time. On the days it has gotten to ninety I can barely get them out to even pee. They just hate the heat.
Izzy and Caleb have been spending time here with school out and basketball camp close to my house. They've both spent the night, fished for big bass...Izzy has surpassed the boys in Toonces points because she helps cook! And together we put out big meals. The way to a man's heart is through is stomach must be true! When we get home Jackson and Ben will hopefully get some time here too. I wonder if they will help me cook too?
All of the outdoor room furniture has arrived finally!
In spring time, love is carried on the breeze. Watch out for flying passion or kisses whizzing by your head. Emma Racine deFleur
It is going to be a nice 89 degrees here in Stuart, Virginia today. Easter Sunday was hot as well and filled with as much energy as it was sunshine. Children scattered the hills, fences...even the barn on the prowl for eggs. I love Easter. I love what it represents and being able to spend the day with my family, friends and of course, the children.
It's been super busy. Friday was a shopping day with Isabelle. Saturday was Amy's birthday and Izzy's bowling party with her friends. Then yesterday I took the boys, minus Seth, to see "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." Which I loved. Caleb really likes the books so he was looking forward to the movie. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a realistic look into that period in your life. Going from cute little kid to teenager. I hate the school pictures from those days. My head was way too large for my body. My front teeth seemed huge. I was so scrawny until after the ninth grade, a very late bloomer. So I could relate to parts of the movie. Very funny too. Lesson learned "Be Yourself". And I finally broke down and went to the doctor to get something to clear out my head.
some birthday girl shots:
I love this shot from Izzy's party that caught a big brother moment....
Some egg hunt captures:
Well our winner for MOST EGGS in the younger group (6 and under) and actually she got the most eggs period, even beating Caleb is my beautiful little cousin Madi:
Autumn found the little kids golden egg. Seth got 2nd MOST EGGS. Prizes for both. Caleb found the most in the older kids with Jackson coming in a very close 2nd. I wish, boy do I wish, that I had the camera with me when the grown ups played for the family Easter basket that included Blu Ray/DVD of Toy Story 1 & 2 with tickets to see the upcoming 3. Books, candy, etc. The parents carried one egg in a spoon and another between their knees and waddled across the yard to the fence. Eric was this year's winner.
We had 12 children hunting this year. My grandmother and Martin's dad sat on the screened porch with my mom taking in the festivities. My guests brought some great food in and I just thought it was a really good day.
Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us.
My leprechaun visit yesterday.
Last night I attended "Sew easy to be Green" on Main Street, Mount Airy hosted by our friend Timmesa. It was for their women's club but they let Sharon and I come and I had a great time. We made our own shopping bags from old jeans or khakis. I wish I had a picture of my finished product but I don't. Maybe I can get a copy from Amy who was also there. There was food, green beer, and I got to be creative. The sewing machine really intimidates me because I can just hear my mama in my ear telling me how to do it. I was always afraid to press the peddle. In the old days your hair and everything else got stuck in that bobbing needle! But their super machines of today are nothing like those old machines.
Night before last I went to Zumba. LOVED it. Hopefully I will get off work in time from My Friends Closet tonight to go to it too. Love shaking that bootie and chatting up friends.
It is so nice to want to be out doing things again now that the weather has turned.
Though I could use a night at home. My house certainly could use me here too!
Timmesa and Amy pictured assisting the others.
Timmesa getting Sharon started and Tate doing her thing.
Time to get to work on my photography tax numbers before my husband kills me. We are behind getting things to the accountant so I can't keep procrastinating. I wasn't as good at printing my invoices out as I was last year. That is why you should do things correctly as you go. Live and learn. I hate this time of year because once we hear our final numbers I have to hear the cursing and get put on a budget!
I can tell Seth has been here because when I got my stapler out I found he has taken the guts out of it. The work of a true leprechaun.